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SMS and call blocking part of Nokia update

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SMS and call blocking part of Nokia update
Nokia has been able to cover for Microsoft in some situations where the guys at Redmond were taking a bit too long fixing a bug, or giving Windows Phone users certain capabilities that other smartphone platforms already give their users. Nokia has just started sending out an update for the Extras & Info part of those Nokia Lumia handsets that already have the GDR2 update loaded on their device. That includes models that were pre-loaded with the update like the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Nokia Lumia 925 and the AT&T version of the Nokia Lumia 520. In addition, some unlocked Windows Phone 8 models received the GDR2 update overseas while carrier branded units in the U.S. should start to receive it later this month. Nokia users will have the GDR2 update combined with the OEM's Amber update.

This extra update for GDR2 enabled Nokia Lumia phones allows users to block certain phone numbers from making calls and also blocks certain contacts from sending you SMS messages. The update gives you an updated Extras & Info section with a new heading called "Call + SMS Filter". As you can see from the screenshots in the slideshow below, there is nothing terribly headache inducing here, although some Nokia Lumia users contend that the feature is carrier-blocked by some mobile operators. Finding out that your carrier has blocked the new features that allow you to do some blocking, is enough to make you reach for the aspirin.

One of the cool features in the update is the one that allows you to link a Live Tile to the Start screen so you can monitor how many calls and SMS messages have been blocked. You can also check out the new features by watching the video below. If your Lumia model doesn't have the GSDR2 update yet, this will be the closest that you get to the Extras & Info update for now.

source: WMExperts, WPCentral via DailyMobile

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posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:25 1

1. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)

How long am I going to wait for my Nokia Lumia 720? Goodness! Too slow MS!

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:31

3. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Funny thing. . I got an extras and info update, and a display and touch update. The update descriptions mention amber features such as the glance screen.
what's funny about this is that I haven't yet received the GDR2 and amber update. Odd indeed.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:33 10

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

I think WP development should be given to Nokia, they'll definitely bring it to top otherwise MS is slower than tortoise, WP exist due to Lumias.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:47

5. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Pretty sad.
MS, the software power house is dragging its feet, still.

There's no fire in their souls an it's showing.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:47

6. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

Dont really need this so far, but a nice thing to have.
MS need to speed up their windows phone development. Actually i think WP and RT should be merged as one.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 07:15 1

12. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

I wonder if every thing nokia is doing, what ms did?
just made a os with no or less features.

better should have stuck to symbian and done new things with it sumbian was not not processors hungry os even with single core was capable doing 1080p rec. Like n808 if they would have showed this kind of dedication b4 with symbian results would have much btter people are not buying phone bcoz of wp8 its because of Nokia and its features like camera

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 07:46 1

13. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

.....I'm bothered by MS essentially letting Nokia do everything for their OS.....they dont care.....and they dont have to care, cause they make money regardless, and that is one of the things that really bothers me about MS....They dont have to release a good product to compete, they can release crap....sit back and watch the money pile in....then use everyone else while they slowly make their crap at least decent....then they move on.....evil...evil company

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 08:03 3

14. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

I bought a WP because of Nokia. MS are dragging their feet. When you are behind you don't play catch up.
The only reason why I stay is because I like it much more than android and ios. I don't care about instagram and the only app I want is either MX player or vlc. I don't care about the specs war as long as the experience isn't hampered.
The only OS I would consider after WP is Ubuntu. Apple doesn't appeal to me and Android needs to get its act together. The only good android is a nexus
if you don't own an unmodded, unrooted version of 4.2.2 then your argument is invalid

the fact that you have to customize and tweak and mod the beyeezus out of your device just to make it smooth and useable IS NOT A PLUS

I prefer smoothness OUT OF THE BOX if it means a walled garden approach then fine as long as it is straightforward, easy to use and effortless. That is WP.

I shouldn't have to learn stuff like dalvik cache clears, boot loader, jit, root, etc just to use a phone

that's ass backwards. Technology should be simpler and more capable. If MS doesn't get off their arse I'm joining Ubuntu

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 09:55

15. mousesports (Posts: 279; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

+1 I really like what you say !

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 16:05

18. Dastrix (unregistered)

+1 mate, best comment!
We keep telling those Android fanboys, but they never accept the truth. You nailed it right on bro!

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 10:12

16. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

new news about gdr3 now:

Hi guys,

So here's what's coming in GDR3:

Orientation Lock
Driver Mode, will turn on automatically when you connect it via Bluetooth. Can reject phone calls / sms and send auto reply back
Ability to have 3 medium sized tiles in a row
1080p / new SoCs, which we knew for quite some time now

Other features that are currently being tested and are likely to be pushed to GDR3:

80% chance

Ability to actually close the apps via multi tasking

60% chance

Silent NFC (meaning no more constant confirmations for pairing something)

Please don't ask for source, there is none.


posted on 10 Aug 2013, 15:06

17. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)

I would love to have this for my 928 but apparently my phone don't get the updates like they are suppose to. I had the update for the display and touch but don't even have the feature on my phone at all.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:02

19. babuk (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)

Is this update there for lumia 710

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