Images of GDR3 and "Bittersweet shimmer" update for Windows Phone 8 are leaked

Images of GDR3 and
A Nokia Lumia 920 developer model purchased on Craig's List, is providing a treasure trove of images relating to the upcoming GDR3 update for Windows Phone 8 users. Nokia users will be receiving the GDR3 update along with a Nokia update entitled "Bittersweet shimmer."  The GDR3 update will indeed allow Microsoft to stuff upcoming Windows Phone modes with faster Qualcomm silicon, and also allows the resolution of the screen to hit the 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution that has been a feature on most top-shelf Android models (not branded Motorola).

Based on the screenshots taken from the phone, the update would allow Windows Phone users to close out apps on a multitasking window by clicking on an "X" in the upper right of the screen while the app's name and icon are shown below. Other screenshots show that users will be able to disable (love that combination of words) the accelerometer, locking the phone in the current orientation that it is in. Windows Phone 8 OS Build 10484 also includes a Driving Mode that offers users the option to turn off phone and texting capabilities so that you can do nether while driving.

Other features coming in the update, discovered from another source, will allow users to set up individual sounds for email, text, calls and reminders and restore over Wi-Fi if you have to reset your unit.

Microsoft is expected to push this out in November, and for now, you can check out the slideshow below with screenshots taken from what appears to be the real deal.

source: WPCentral

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Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(10.8h 3G talk time)



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That's sweet.

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Not sweet, that's So Sweet.

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nah, KitKat is sweeter.

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nothing is greater sweeter than sugar.

22. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012


39. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Now what....u need chili ?

47. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

what about the search button dude???????????

24. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

No its not. Its Bittersweet Shimmer. ;)

34. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Funny because I will still not buy.

37. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

who care.

43. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013


2. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Just in time for when the amazing Nokia Lumia 1520 is released. .

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Exactly.. I think it'll be a more than decent device with 1080p display- a good addition for phablets , quad core processor- may be not needed for running WP smooth but high end games & apps will sure need it, 21mp pureview camera it'll be an excellent device.

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Waiting for Nokia lumia 1520. The gigantic mammoth.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

No more stupid comments saying "last year specs"... Ha ha.

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

It's a time dude. The time has arrived dude.

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree, after that there shouldn't be such comments anymore. But those comment were not stupid since we know that performance is required not only for OS but for apps and games too. And let's hope that Nokia-Microsoft won't fall behind again after making step forward.

17. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Well they didn't said anything when moto x was announced...true fandroid are hypocrite...I'm also a fandroid bt equally a window fan.... I believe this device is more awaited then 1020 would b proud of tht for sure.....I'm happy too:)

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Well they didn't said anything when moto x was announced..." You mean about performance?

36. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

No...abot specs x was long awaited bt it showed a different picture,..were a bit surprised.... Then they said its all about performance:D when they saw specs sheet

49. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

But I have said a lot of things about Motorola Moto X specs and that it is mid-range device. :)

31. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

To be fair, we still don't know what specifications the GDR3 will support. Will the processor be a Snapdragon 800 or a Snapdragon 600 processor? How much RAM will be supported? What kind of sensors will be supported? Also, Intel and ARM will be introducing new chipsets and architecture, respectively, for devices in 2014. It's a matter of how quickly Microsoft updates it's software that will determine whether you hear people say it's running "last year's hardware" or not. Microsoft has shown a record of catching up to the competition but then they seem to fall short of staying at the same pace or getting ahead of the competition. So, while it's great that Microsoft is introducing 1080p screens and quad-core processor support, they need to look ahead in what is coming down the pipeline in order to properly prepare their software in time. I mean just looking at what is possible for next year: flexible screens, screen resolutions of up to 2560x1600 on 6 inch screen devices (yes, it's overkill but there is some benefit to higher screen resolutions such as color reproduction even if it is a minute difference), x86 architecture chipsets, 4GB of RAM, etc. Yes, obviously a lot of those things are overkill, but that's what sells in the mobile world. Even though you may not be able to tell the difference between a dual-core or quad-core phone so long as the software is properly optimized, people will still choose the quad-core phone because they THINK it's better. On another note, I must say I am looking forward to the Lumia 1520. It looks to me like a great device that could be a potential game changer depending on a few factors.

45. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Rumors are indicating Snap800 quad-core, 1920X1080 screen resolution, 2+ gigs of RAM, amd 64GB of storage for the first flagship models. With Nokia's hardware and software teams (and, notably, R&D) being brought into the Microsoft fold soon, updates will be more frequent and more effective. Cool thing about WP8 is that it's fresh from the ground up: Up to 64-core support natively, beyond 8K recording and playback without unlocking for capable chipsets, doesn't need crazy specs to run well so the extra goodies that match android will knock it to the ground in a head-to-head. Android needs a major revamp to properly utilize the specs at its disposal and move to a fresh iteration without the JVM.

48. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yes, but you also have to remember that Microsoft standardizes all WP8 hardware, regardless of whether the phone supports it or not. I wish they would take away hardware restrictions period and instead create a "minimal hardware requirement" for all manufacturers to follow. That way Microsoft can ensure everyone will have a smooth experience while also allowing innovation to take it's natural course.

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

This update should have been made a year ago. Windows phone keeps falling more behind. I love windows phone but IMO I can't see it being around in 2 years from now based on its progression.

5. papss unregistered

When is the rumored release date of the 1520? I was going to get a second phone (note 3 or G2) but I might wait for this.. Hmmm

29. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Wait for the 1520, it'll be worth it with the excellent build from Nokia you can trust. I fear this will be the last big Lumia phone to carry the name Nokia and Nokia's last great effort. shame really. We'll see where MS take us down the road.

32. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yes, you can expect good build and camera from Nokia, but the Note 3 has some crazy good functionality. They make great use of the stylus and the size with additional features and tricks. I don't think Microsoft will be able to bring a competitive bag of tricks to the phablet world any time soon. If, indeed, the Lumia 1520 just turns out to be an over sized Windows Phone with no additional features, it would really be a shame.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pushing me closer and closer to test out WP8. Next year maybe?

33. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Yeah next year would be excellent, it is great today but if u are a hardcore Android user then you are gonna miss a few things, wait untl 2014!

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