What’s coming next - Microsoft officially announces Windows Phone 8 GDR3 OS update
Windows Phone 8 GDR3 to be delivered in the coming weeks, bringing many new features to current and future hardware
This morning at 8 AM ET, Microsoft officially pulled the veil off of the highly anticipated General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3), the third and final OS update for Windows Phone 8 before next year’s 8.1 overhaul. This comes just days after AT&T in the US began to push out GDR2 for current Lumia 820 and 920 users and the nearly complete worldwide launch of that second update.
Microsoft updates their mobile OS through a series of updates, called GDRs, which are akin to the Service Packs of Windows desktop from years ago. In addition to full OS updates, GDRs are meant to add fixes to the OS for bugs, bring new features to current users and enable new hardware options for their hardware partners.
Windows Phone 8 GDR3 8.0.10512, expected to begin delivery to current devices in the coming weeks, will bring many new features to current and future Windows Phones, including:
- Support for 1080p display for new devices like the Lumia 1520
- Support for new processors including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8974 quad-core CPU
- Close apps by tapping on the X on top right in multitasking view. The icon of the app appears below.
- Custom tones for text or IM, voicemail, email and reminders
- Better storage management: New storage settings make it easier to free up space on your phone and manage temporary files. A new category view shows what's taking up space at a glance.
- Screen Rotation lock: When auto-rotate screen is off, your screen will stay in the current orientation when you rotate your phone.
- Driving Mode: Turns of all notifications except texts and phone calls when you're driving. You can also turn calls and texts off completely or set Driving Mode to text and automatic reply like "Hey, I am driving right now. I'll reply you later." Driving Mode can start automatically when your phone connects to a Bluetooth device.
- Connect to Wi-Fi in OOBE when switching on your new phone for the first time or after you your reset your phone, so you can restore your data even before connecting to a cellular network.
Microsoft detailed the new OS update on their official Windows Phone blog, noting that a lot of the new features were driven by user requests.
Back in late 2012 and early 2013, GDR1 (also known as ‘Portico’) was released. That update brought new texting features, improved Wi-Fi and messaging improvements. Starting later in the summer, Microsoft and their OEM partners delivered GDR2, an update that included fixes for Xbox Music, ‘Other Storage’ and more.
In addition to the OS updates, Microsoft’s partners also deliver accompanying firmware updates that allow the OEM to further customize the OS and improve hardware support. Nokia has prominently lead these updates with their colorfully named firmware including ‘Amber’ (GDR2) and ‘Bittersweet shimmer’ (GDR3). Nokia’s firmware has enabled new features such as Glance screen, call + SMS blocking, flip to silence, double tap to awake, new camera options and more.
Microsoft expects GDR3 to launch in the “coming weeks” and to continue delivery in the coming months.
Updates today for developers
Microsoft is also announcing a developer preview program, whereby they can get early access to these updates, including GDR3. To qualify, you will need to meet one of these criterion:
- Your phone is “developer-unlocked”
- You’re a registered Windows Phone Store developer OR
- You’re a registered Windows Phone App Studio developer
Microsoft will give further details on their developer blog later today.
Source: Windows Phone Blog
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Data Sense which exists on the phone is only 1/2 of the product. The other half of the product exists on the carrier's network which is supposed to provide data compression and data tracking so that you get more of a real-time knowledge of how much data you are using. My understanding is (and I could well be wrong here) that ATT is planning to support Data Sense at some point (presumably because it means less traffic on their network), but they would need to update a lot of things on their network to make it work. Updating the network takes time and is expensive... and to be honest WP is still far too small of a platform to make such changes for. So while it may well be coming... it is not a priority.
I think that the same could be said about the GDR2 release for non 1020 devices. During that same time frame iOS7 was being tested for implementation. Apple users kind of outnumber MS users (at least for now!), so the priority went to Apple development to get that working correctly on the network for launch day, while GDR2 for existing devices was put on the back burner.
Annoying? Sure. But at the same time it is understandable. If you want better support, they you just have to get more people to buy into the platform you like. Also, I am much happier to have it a month late but without a patch compared to getting it on time but buggy. The GDR2 update went smooth as butter without any major issues as far as I can tell on my device.
In other words stay as far away from ATT if you want good WP support.
And I think data sense is really the only missing feature... And it's missing on some other carriers too.
I do agree that they took way too long with GDR2, but I think the rest is overreaching a bit.
By the way I am on ATT and I feel everyones pain on that last update, but its hard to get mad at AT&T
ATT decided to strip this probably because they suck.
One of the most important feature that i still find missing is being able to copy files downloaded to any other mobile.
This is one of the basic feature not implemented yet.
I'll finally be able to slap GDR3 in faces of Android fans here XD
and leave a comment for the MS Admins. It is one of the highest rated topics for Xbox Music now. If they bring it to the Wi8 OS version, hopefully it will filter through to Phone8 too.
Any news on that?
You can see the full spec list above. No reason to go guessing anymore. It's official.
HTC's international version WP8 devices do not have that even after the GDR2 update, however it is important for EU users as data availability is not unlimited. (Once over, drop to GPRS speed and wait till next month)
I think it makes sense for 6inch phones but not everyone will like it.
You think they could build an app that would be able to print any files saved to the phone. Then I could save a document and open the app to print.
isn't very long now..it'll be worth the wait..
Hurry the f up MS!!
Also, being able to set it so that Car mode can run automatically once paired w/ a bluetooth device is what I was hoping I could do with NFC tags in the first place.
Of course a few weeks means "not until next year" for AT&T customers though :/
I'd appreciate it if AT&T didn't drag their feet.
What if you push on the screen while turning the phone and then it knows to hold the current rotation (not auto rotate).
This is just more bad publicity waiting to hit the WPC forums once again. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale of testing, HTC will push the update out as fast as possible as they did with GDR2 and cause problems for us lucky unbranded 8X users which needed another firmware update to partially fix.
This can only be resolved when Microsoft finally wrestle this update process out of the carriers hands somehow (not sure if they ever could from the manufacturers). We know they (MS) have all the testing facilities to ensure a quality update for every carrier scenario, I'm sure there's a lot of overlap going on. I wonder how the schedule is is affecting WP8.1?
When I try to attach to either a new email or a reply, I am only allowed to selected files from Camera Roll, Screenshots, Mobile Uploads (SkyDrive), Photos or Saved Pictures (also SkyDrive).
I do not see any way to attachg an office or a PDF document at all, except by sharing the file from SkyDrive in a new email (this was always available).
Am I missing something somewhere?
i'm pretty sure these people don't know what they're talking about when it comes to email attachments - can only use the "share" option still (WP is still the handicapped 'business' phone...)
Register for free and you can get GDR3 from this link
hope this help if you did't already know it
The nice thing is that this GDR3 sems to have a progress bar below the gears now. That's great, but the progress bar isn't moving :/
Installed without incident on my Lumia 521.
And does anyone know if this is a fully stable release or alpha/beta release?
what about media sharing directly from gallery via chat apps????
That's my only gripe with Windows Phone.
jesus Daniel. you're missing TO in "I'll reply you later."
Btw "Professionalism? I do this job in my PJs and often drink while doing it." really was true considering you cant even qoute right "dingbat".
Ok, so now we are going to get orientation lock on WP8. But isn't that what we call basic functionality? I even had that on my Nokia N82 with Symbian.... And custom text tones too...
So..not to be complaining, but i still think theese functions should have been in WP8 from day 1.
There is not significative changes except the "x" button to close apps and custom the SMS tone, this is a shame.
I hope Microsoft begin to do more significative changes.
I installed gdr3 in my HTC 8s
if htc release gdr3 update can I get that update