Separate volume controls, quick settings menu coming to Windows Phone 8?

Separate volume controls, quick settings menu coming to Windows Phone 8?
The way volume controls work in Windows Phone haven't changed much since the platform's debut. Basically, there's a single volume setting that applies throughout the entire system and to all installed apps – an inconvenient solution, as many WP users would agree.

But according to rumors, Microsoft may change things a bit with the launch of the GDR3 update. Once the new software is out, Windows Phone 8 may finally get separate volume controls for the ringer and other media playing in any app.

The same source also hints at a Quick Settings menu of some kind being readied for Windows Phone 8, supposedly meant to debut with the very same GDR 3 release. Its design, however, has yet to be finalized, so we're not sure what the said menu might look like.

In addition to these features, Windows Phone 8 is also expected to receive a notification center as part of the GDR3 software. But as the case is with all rumors, the above information should be taken with a grain of salt until it is confirmed by an official source. Chances are we'll see GDR3 in action for the first time with the debut of the Nokia Lumia 1520, aka Nokia Bandit.

source: WP Dang (Translated) via Neowin

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40 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

quick settings menu is desperately needed! and a notifications menu would be great!

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

notification is coming too buddy..........there are more features coming that we don't know right now........!!!

26. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It's fine how it is! As long as it's smooth. Android wanabe. So it took them 30 months to realize that! What's next..... Unlimited multitasking which will take another 24 months. Then in 3 years time it will be like Android Froyo!

2. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Holy sh*t the list is getting bigger... But i think that quck settings will be added in wp8.1

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Everything will come its just a matter of time. she's just a gorgeous girl give her some time to grow her parts.:-)

12. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol wow!

27. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Surely it is. It will take a very ™Loooooooooooooooooooooooong™ time

3. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Another step towards Android…

19. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

anouther step in natural OS progress. Windows has had multiple volume comtrols for different programs since XP.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool... Nokia Lumia 1520 or Nokia Bandit will show us all features.

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

lumia 1520 is bandit. yep u r right lumia 1520 show us all features with bigger screen........!!!

5. papss unregistered

I have not been bothered by the same volume setting but would love a unified notification

6. sohayb

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Games, media and system sounds MUST have custom volumes. Adding these features is not a step towards android, all smartphones have essentially the same features now, but the differentiation is how to present these features and info to the user, the UI/UX combo which makes a platform more appealing. Android is way more feature rich than windows phone, but Windows Phone beauty is in what i already mentioned, its UI/UX

7. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I'm assuming quick setting menu will allow you to turn bluetooth, cellular, wi-fi, among others on or off whithout having to switch between multiple screens. That would be cool as I have having to do to settings/wi-fi/click on/back/cellular/off/back/back, just to switch to wi-fi. In fact I wish they would make it 1 click to turn wi-fi on and cellular off. I don't think the notification center will make it to GDR3, as it was initially supposed to come with blue. I hope it does make the GDR3 cut, cause I want people to stop whining about WP not having it. Multiple volume controls would be nice as well, but I'd like to see more flexibility regarding notifications. I'd be happy If I could set e-mail to vibrate, but still have phone calls rign through.

8. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Keep improving ! Android is not suitable for common users.

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well that's depends on how you define "common".

22. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

McJobs.. what does that even mean? Your comment makes no sense. Please explain.

39. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Just a guess, but I think he's saying android is overly complicated, offering too many customization features, making it a tad slow, apposed to WP which offers minimalistic customization, but is smooth as butter.

9. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Lovely news

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

it's call stunning news

28. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It's called ™ not assured™ ™take it with a grain of salt™

30. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I LOL @ you

32. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Me2 to Credo® Grreetz™

34. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Hahahahah, when are you going to develope your own OS? with your own hardware? I would love to see that :)

37. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I wish I could.. Wp9 5inch 500ppi 4000Mah Open source like Android Sapphire Glass Every features taken from every Os and mix it in Exynos 5450 8X CPU Mali T678, PvrSgx 554X8 GPU Carbon Fibre, Ceramic 120Fps refresh rate, current is 60Fps 100htz Flicker free Carl-Zeiss Cyber-Shoot Pureview Camera Front 8mp 90Fps gameing 90Fps video Dream come true ™

38. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

again u better make your own OS and own phone. u better like it

40. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

In order to get all those features, I think the phone would be the size of one of those 80's cell phones.

16. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Nokia should give priority to make changes in the ui,Nokia is Indians favourite brand but this ui setback them from buying lumia,even though sales increase here

18. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I think ui & responsiveness is the greatest thing on WP. My personal preference though.

20. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Win os ui is unique and responsive but every one can't accept that bro

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