Video: Microsoft’s Preview for Developers and updating to Windows Phone 8 Update 3
We go hands on with the 'Preview for Developers' app and show you what it's like to update to Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (build 10512)
This morning, Microsoft not only announced Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (aka GDR3) but they also announced a Preview for Developers program whereby devs can get early access to the latest OS builds by download an app (opens in new tab) (and being a registered developer). How fast can you get GDR3? Well you can do it right now. In fact, we updated our Nokia Lumia 925.
Want to see how it all works? Watch our video tour of the process to see what will happen.
The whole process takes no longer than a standard OS over-the-air update, that is about 20 minutes. The only difference here is there is no firmware to install so it’s actually faster. One of the more interesting things we noticed was the “grinding gear” portion now has a status meter to alleviate any concerns that it is stuck.
The process was overall very smooth and we have no complaints.
Want to know what’s in GDR3 and to see those new features? Stay tuned as we’re going through the OS update, build 10512, right now.
Do you have questions about the Preview for Developers Program? Head into our forums where others can help you out. forums.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-gdr3-preview
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Tried and tested.
Some of us like the ease of hitting the back button and cycling between a small number of apps.
Seriously, not rocket science.
Single press takes you to the start screen.
Double press takes you to the App Switcher
From Home Screen, swipe to the right is now Bing (Universal Search just like windows 8.1)
I'm not that worried about Warranty , I got like a couple of months left .
I wan't sure about weither I update & hope for the best or wait for HTC ... looks like I'm gonna update it tonight :)
I think that's how it's always worked. I don't think that part is new. I could be wrong. I'm used to sending a doc from WITHIN the doc. The method of the long press on the doc "icon", as you've isn't something I've practiced before however( I don't think). Is that really new?:-) If so it is a plus and thanks. As you noted I was expecting the ability to do like old Window Mobile days and attach a document from an email. Hope we get that functionality. Thanks again. Every ounce of progress is progress.:-)
Looks like the 822 can beging replacing the Zune 80.
just to be sure, u didn't get stuck at spinning cog while updating yours? cuz i don't want to lose all my apps and end up wasting my time setting up my phone from a scratch. all the previous updates had me stuck there and ended up reflashing my phone and lost everything.
However, I would just wish Nokia would clarify their stand on the warranty.
Will they consider the warranty void if I join in this? If they're to be taken over and destroyed by Microsoft, it doesn't really make much sense to declare the warranties void. Still, I will restrain myself from updating until I hear an official word from Nokia. After that, I'll do it (or not). My warranty only ends January 2015 and I'm not jeopardizing that.
X button to close open apps!
email attachements in Office! (?)
I'm still looking for more... anyone else?
1920x1080 Or only in 1080p mode?
The "x" is nice but swipe is better. They could enable both. :) Microsoft need to improve the OS. Tile updates and notifications is basic stuff that do not work well. I like my L920 WP8. But I cannot do any promotion until Microsoft fix the tile and notification. How do you want me to explain the issue to my friend? They use iPhone and Android they complain a lot about their phone. It's a good time for WP8 promotion...but now, If they know about tile and notification they will never switch to WP8.
And maybe it's just me, but it really bugs me that the "X" is not present on the task, until it gains focus. It takes a second to fade that "X" in, and it doesn't look right. I am used to seeing task windows with their "X" present all the time! And speaking of fading, I am one of those people that likes all the animation and fading in and out of windows and menus....until a week later when I just want speed. I would like an option like Windows where you can choose to turn off some of the eye candy to increase responsiveness.
Let me know guys.
2. By Manually reading the OS version string Now if you do happen to brick your phone in the process, the guys at Nokia Care won't be able to access your phone to verify both the above points in the first place. Secondly, if you run into some other problem with the phone that requires you to take the device to the Nokia Care, simply uninstall the Preview app before you go there. Most people working there are dumb enough not to realise what version you are using right now. So, don't worry and just go ahead with the update. I already did and am now enjoying a better experience with my 920.
Not a single of my downloaded apps will work, the screen swings in and out when pressed and that's it. Even the screen rotation setting in the settings does nothing when pressed. Did something break halfway through my installation?
I'm currently reinstalling everything.