Windows Phone GDR3 to bring 5-, 6-inch devices later this year, Windows Phone Blue will introduce notification center in 2014

Windows Phone GDR3 to bring 5-, 6-inch devices later this year, Windows Phone Blue will introduce notification center in 2014
Windows Phone 8 was a huge update over the initial WP7 bringing support for key features like multi-core processors and microSD cards, but since it launched Microsoft has been very quiet when it comes to updates. The company basically hasn’t released anything major since then.

Now, we have just saw it detail the changelog of a minor update that’s coming up, the General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2). It brings improvements to Xbox Music, an FM radio feature, and the capability to set a camera Lens as the default camera app. Some other stability improvements and minor changes are coming with it too, but nothing big.

Why is that and what is Microsoft doing, you might be wondering. Whispers say Microsoft has entered “shut up and ship” mode as it has fully focused on delivering a massive Windows Phone Blue update and that’s coming up in 2014.

Windows Phone Blue should introduce huge changes like a new notification center, better multitasking, and changes to the core Windows Phone apps, according to The Verge.

It is also possible that some of the WP Blue features arrive earlier as part of a GDR3 update coming later in 2013. The biggest novelty coming with it will be support for 5-inch and 6-inch Windows Phone devices with 1080p screens and quad-core chips. Those devices will also come later this year.

A lot of the current features will support all future phones so you’ll have nice unified support across devices.

Interestingly, Microsoft is said to have wanted to deliver a number of smaller updates to Windows Phone earlier this year, but bugs and other issues have stopped it from doing so. Still, it’s clear that the company is cooperating closely with vendors and Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore himself has said: "I wrote more than 10 pages of feedback myself on the Nokia Pro Camera app as it was being developed."

Microsoft obviously realizes it has a lot of catching up to do, and hopefully it will deliver with updates in the near future. From this point of view, its silence recently might be actually encouraging.

source: The Verge, Windows Phone

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60 Comments

1. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

now hopefully other oem jump into WP as WP RISES THE RETURN OF KING NOKIA

6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Go wp! Go wp! Let beats IOS and Android!

36. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

lol........................ but love to have nokia L1020

7. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I hope no "King" rises. Competition is always a good thing, having a monopoly is horrible. Just see Verizon/AT&T who have a duopoly on the wireless industry in America. Horrible customer service, each raising prices has they wish and not having to compete seriously with each other because the other also raises there prices when the other does. Or Samsung who pretty much has a Monopoly on the Android market. They haven't released anything inventive in a while.

10. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

completely agree.but as elop said NOKIA wants to stop sammy apple duopoly

16. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

True, a Duopoly between Samsung and Apple sucks, I just hope we don't get another Duopoly/Monopoly after getting rid of the former. :/

49. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Apple's breaking its own duopoly portion by itself

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'd be thrilled with a 50% Android, 25% WP, 25% iPhone market. Anything is better than the current (or at least until Nokia went WP) duopoly.

18. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Lol, so there's no BlackBerry OS in your perfect world? :P I'd like to see it become a 4 way tie between the OS's.

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Nope, sorry. BlackBerry is bankrupt in my perfect world. They pissed away 2 years in the delay between BB7 and BB10. Maybe I'll let Firefox have 10%. ;)

27. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Ubuntu?

33. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm only looking a year or two down the road. Ubuntu will have a tough uphill climb, even with wide support.

35. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Ubuntus mission of using only free and open source will cut it off from most major apps. And most of their knock offs aren't very good. Ubuntu touch is lovely, as is Sailfish, but if lack of apps as hurt WP, what will it do to them.

50. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'd like to see 44% each Android and WP, 10% blackberry or Sailfish, and 2% ios

57. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Now that's dreaming. No way is Blackberry going to beat iOS.

43. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I like what Windows phone is doing, but my issues with the OS is its "Youth", screen size, and internal specs. Im a big guy with big hands so I cant have a small phone to use on a regular basis. Offering better internal specs like a quad-core processor, SD card capability, and at least 2GB RAM AND its screen size is 4.9in or larger for some of their models would make me think twice about staying with android. I have a Windows 7 laptop at home so it would be hard to use a phone that'll integrate within each other just as easy as google does. i think that the OS looks better than Android and Apple and to have updates in real time is a cool feature

51. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

With the Lumia 1020 having 2GB of RAM and large-screens and quad cored being confirmed, it looks like your next smartphone might be Windows Phone. Embrace the #Switch

58. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I'll have to see it in person to consider making the switch

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Why the size and resolution restrictions?

4. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

due to windows age. It´s still a young system but with every update they add more and more. I don´t understand this hated toward microsoft. Is it due to their infamous history related to pc market? Android didn´t look too well at this stage of its existence. Ics was the first really good version of google´s system. After donut, froyo, gingerbread and other minor updates. The direction wp is heading is different from android´s. It was meant to be as simple and effective/flukd as it could get. Now, it´s time to polish it and add some customization.

9. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

coz they are aware that WP has potential to be no.1 OS. they dont want their android to be overtaken. full offence this time for WP haters

17. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

"I don´t understand this hated toward microsoft. Is it due to their infamous history related to pc market?" I think you hit the nail on the head. That's pretty much why I've seen people dislike WP8, because they dislike Windows 8 they assume they won't like this OS which looks just like it (but preforms much differently, it's almost like comparing iOS to Mac OS in that regard, IMO). Windows Phone is much easier to use but people don't give it a chance due to having "already" used it on there computer.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And I find the Metro interface works better on a phone than a PC or even a tablet. But even I would have a hard time embracing Windows Phone because it's still Windows. It's a silly prejudice, I know. But (stock) Android appeals to the anti-establishment geek in me in a way WP8 never could.

24. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

hmm what how big you want wp to get 5-6 " is huge no after that windows tablets are like 8" and onward resolution there is no need to bring ultra HD to phones its overkill and no point since humans dont see at micro level

34. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

FHD on 5-6" is not overkill, ask any owner and they'll tell you they notice the difference going back to low-res. At the end of the day it's the content that matters and we're used to view stuff on 1080p on TV, monitor and laptop, therefore it's the resolution to have on tablets and phones as well. Smaller the screen the closer it is to your eyes, so it's not a size thing but a content thing. What I don't understand is why can't W8 devices scale like Android? I'm sure Nokia would've wanted to release a 1080p screen, or Sammy who like to be first at everything, but there are the restrictions, and I simply wonder why.

3. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

if u take a closer look,NOKIA WORLD and GDR3 seems to be held at same time.maybe in sep-oct. 1080p,4.7inch,quad core s800,GDR3,12-16mp pureview cam,oh wat an excellent device this turns out to be. #switchtolumia

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nokia and WP haters will knock their heads against the wall when this comes out. #thisislumia

14. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

no.they will not fight anymore as nothing will be left to brag about.they will switch like me. #switchtolumia

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

First, they will knock their heads against the wall, then, they will switch to a Lumia. #thisislumia

29. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

talking to yourself? LOL

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