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Video of Windows Phone 8 GDR3 and Nokia Bittersweet shimmer in action

As we continue the saga of the Lumia 920 loaded with GDR3 (Windows Phone 8 Build 10484), the forthcoming OS update from Microsoft, this afternoon we can bring you a video of the updated OS being operated.

The video comes directly from the leaker in our forums, xs2k, who was kind enough to provide Windows Phone Central with a copy earlier this morning. The nearly four minute video, mostly silent, shows the OS being manipulated and various features being revealed, confirming the authenticity.

Features in GDR3 + Bittersweet shimmer that are now confirmed include:

  • Custom sounds for text, voice mail, e-mail, and reminders (not seen in this build of GDR3)
  • Restore over Wi-Fi when you reset your phone
  • Huge amount of work on Bluetooth with various vehicles and devices
  • Driving Mode
  • Screen rotation lock
  • 'X' to close out apps in multitasking
  • Icon for multitasking apps
  • General performance improvements
  • 1080P Display support (for new devices)
  • Support for new Qualcomm chipsets

We may have more video footage to bring you later today, based on feedback in our forums. Stay tuned...

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

435 Comments
  • First :D
  • Oh boy is on lol my 925 just smiled when it saw this .
  • Drugs are bad m'kay
  • I agree but I still want Microsoft to make the settings in alphabetical order as it is a nightmare finding things in settings.
  • Agreed, or at least if not alphabetical, able to be reorganized and specific ones pinned. Toward the end of my Lumia 900's usage (still works, just replaced with a 925 on launch day) I was using it for work for calls and data, no chargers handy unless the place for lunch had wall outlets, so the first thing I'd do after unplugging it was enabling battery saver mode just to make certain it could make it last the day. Battery Saver on the 900 required at least one screen swipe to get to, and was not logically placed. The 925's also requires the swipe, but I don't need to use it, as it has much better life than the 900.
  • I agree the Battery life is better on the Lumia 925 than the Lumia 900 as I did the same as you when the 925 came out but I never had an issue with the battery running out on a day usage. If I used the Battery saver I could get 2 days out of it as I used this at Glastonbury this year and compaied to my brothers HTC Titan who did the same I had just over half battery left at the end of the day and he had just under a quater left.
     
    I hope MS do something to get the settings menu in order thougth.
  • That's true...anyhow i still waiting for GDR2 update on my Ativ S and we talking about GDR3...dohh...
  • Yeah, its a complete mess. Well I guess we have to wait another year or two for that "feature" to be added.
    How things like this get ignored for so long is beyond me, just like rotation lock. "Small" things like these creates a pretty frustrating user experience, something you really want to avoid.
  • But really , when are stuff like , full screen ie , folders , when are little stuff like that are coming , I thing they could have included them in gdr3 well I guess we will have to wait for wp8.1
  • Samsung windows phones have folders.
  • That's just it. If Samsung can implement this; why haven't Microsoft or Nokia done it yet. I suspect they could come up with an even better implementation.  
  • Its an agreement thing. Htc got the clock, Samsung got folders. I would like to see the clock tile available to all wps, but i don't really care about folders. I'm not against them, more options is better etc, but i cant say i want them personally
  • I don't think that's quite it, MS and Nokia just haven't implemented a solution yet. Nokia can change core framework to WP if they so choose.
  • designing a new way to handle folders can be tough, i mean they could have some incredible concepts on paper but couldnt decide which to use
  • So does my Nokia... although it's not suppose to.
  • Just get it thru proxy dude. No problems!
  • No wp9 :P such small things always take long with WP, like screen rotation lock haha
  • Those aren't really features most people care about. They have bigger features both user facing and under the hood that are way more important. As a matter of fact, from all the post I've seen compaining about wp, this is the first time I've seen full screen ie and folders.
  • Folders=no. Its an outmoded mechanism. A hangover. I can't wait for the day we have no folders.
    Apps put their doc type in the rigth place in the cloud. Tagging and searching make the files retrievable. Folder management will look like faxing in 10 years time. Can't wait. Good riddance to folders.
  • There is something really fishy in the video.....in the extras + info it says the manufacture name is rm_India which means it is an indian phone....but on the top left of the phone it says at&t but at&t doesn't have any store in India nor it functions in India.....so what am i missing....im very curious
  • The phone is from India, the SIM is from AT&T.
  • Dude.. Since when did it start happening that you put an at&t sim in an indian nokia and the logo magically appears on the phone.. -_-
  • No, it is a T-Mobile sim card.
    so, the firmware is Indian, phone belongs to AT&T, and the sim card is T-Mobile!!!
  • This is correct. And very odd. U.S. AT&T 920 with Indian firmware and a T-Mobile SIM card. I'm sure there's an interesting back story to this.
  • There is. Its a dev device.
  • Lol..
    The phone is like a bastard love child.
  • second
  • Hopefully the expanded Bluetooth means being able to use a Bluetooth keyboard, I mean we have office..... I long for wimo functionality.
  • I've waited for years for WP to take off and it never did. Now im switching to the new Note which will be my first non-windows smartphone ever thanks to MS. Custom alerts? Orientation lock? Those are headlining updates? By now I thought my phone, my computer, and my Xbox would be this big ugly unified monster that everybody bowed to... but at least you can close "multitasking" apps now without pounding the back button an infinite number of times.
     
  • Don't let the door hit ya where the dog should've bit ya❕... This site is for WP fans... Windowsphone FANS❗
  • I'm a grown man, I know how to walk through doors. The person I replied to said he longed for Winmo functionality... the OLD version of windows that is more functional than the new one. I told him not to hold his breath because the breaking news in this update is custom alerts. Let the dog bite me on the way out, I don't give a f#ck.
  • A grown man that bitches about a phone... would be a sad f#ck
  • Who's bitching? I mentioned the lack of function in a SMARTPHONE. I thought the GDR3 was a big update that would keep me on the platform... its not. Is that bitching? I found an alternative that Im happy to adopt... theres nothing sad about me so quit making assumptions, it reflects poorly on your intellect. 
     
    Speaking of reflecting poorly, lets have an example about a lack of function in WP: I had a presentation to give for my undergraduate degree (Im a premed biology major/chem minor before you make anymore dumb ass assumptions about me). I load a research powerpoint onto my phone so that  I can look at it while I wait to present at the conference. I notice an edit I wish to make to the text (not to a chart, graph, or animation) and I find out that my Windows based phone is incapable of editing in a windows based program. That is the very definition of a muthaf#cking shortcoming, is it not? I still did well in my presentation, but the point is, I didn't have a device that could do ****WORK**** for me when I needed it to. Do you do work on your phone? I mean real work, not just searching maps to find the gay porn outlet store. The person I REPLIED TO mentioned winmo functionality and I said it was a long way off... and as soon as I say something negative about the platform that I currently use, the fanboys run out and try to start a pillow fight with me. My old Touch Pro 2 would have likely been capable of editing that powerpoint for me (winmo).
     
    But let's all clap for the updates that are coming.
     
    When I said grown man, maybe I should have said educated... because none of you have said anything worth reading. All I get are corny ass replies like "dont let the door hit you" and snide personal jabs about how I must be a sad f#ck. I can throw disguised personal jabs too, but thats not what I came here for and if thats ALL you have to reply with, save your "breath."
     
    I guess you guys are the WP guard dogs or something... Attaboy.
     
    And for the record, Nowhere in ANY post did I say WP was bad...  I simply said that MY needs are broader than what WP can cover at the moment, and in the foreseeable future, in a reply to somebody who might be in the same boat I was in last year. 
     
    Let me know if you need help understading what I wrote little buddy.
  • a man thought he prepared for presentation but didn't bother to check if the phone could edit, ok congrads u just proved u're a "man" /s
    now have u never been taught what the difference between "not for me" and "put it down" is?
     
    since u're a student (if u aren't lying that is) shouldn't this come up in your "research"? i don't have loads of time to research things anymore but i knew that before i bought the phone...
     
    we genrally like meaningful discussion and conversation, but for u and ur arrogant "should be unified by now" fails that *hint* go figure out how business work and how programming/designing is done, biology ain't gonna help u understand these things
  • What?! Expecting a phone that displays a full powerpoint presentation NATIVELY to be capable of editing it (just like in word) makes me something other than a man? It's not the phone, its my fault for expecting a uniform experience throughout the MS Office suite that comes on the phone? Thats unreasonable? Sigh. I dont make a habit of creating powerpoints on a phone, but the one and only time I needed to, I couldn't, and probably still can't with this new update. I'm not saying anybody is dumb for liking WP because I love mine, it always works, I've only needed to reset it like two and a half times in two years. Thats magic. They have a great foundation, but they arent building much upon it.
     
    @Xaphoon, This is why I come off as an asshole... defending reasonable logic against irrational thought is ridiculous. I'm not a man? I might be lying about being a student? C'mon. Being a man, I can apologize for being offensive when it wasn't my intention. Sorry.
     
    @ the people who responded reasonably, I appreciate your non-offensive comments and your ability to see an argument from both sides without bias. I apologize if I came off a little heated, but it came from a place of love. If I hated WP, I wouldn't care that it let me down. 
     
    Peace
  • You're good.. I respect your opinion.. Sorry if I was a ass..
  • And what exactly were you expecting? For your phone to magically become all-in-one light saber/cheese grater/sex buddy combination? I can't really think what you'd want that's missing from the OS unless you consider the gimmicks provided by Samsung "features" and if that is really the case, I urge you to leave.
  • Lol you are right, those are gimmick features that don't even work like Samsung promise's, what a shame ...
  • Just like the "gimmicks" provided by HTC and Nokia. Don't single out Samsung just because you Nokia Fanboys hate them!!!!!!
  • Why are people so defensive about nothing? I mentioned that I had love for the OS for years and have been let down, and look at all the negative backlash. I came to look at the update and its just this list? I don't need any urging but thanks for your concern.
  • Let me tell you what I expect from a device: I receive a lot of electronic documents at work... you ladies know what work is right? Those documents often require a signature... that means I sign my name to indicate that I've read said documents. It would be cool to do that on any device without having to print first... do you understand that? I could just sign that muthaf#cka on my phone and send it back in minutes instead of sitting down at a computer, opening my email, printing, signing, and walking my ass to H.R. (thats human resources for you fucking clowns who suggest grating cheese with a phone, but I guess that was supposed to be funny to somebody). Do you understand how much more streamlined the process of signing my fucking name will become? Thats what I want from my device... something that works WITH me.
     
    Its cool though, orientation lock is coming to WP8 so buckle up.
     
    That doesn't sound like a samsung "gimmick" feature to me, but by reading the replies to my comment, most of you kids were probably out on strike asking McDonalds for higher wages recently.  I can also have two documents on the same screen and make edits on the fly between the two... do you think that the new nokia behemoth will have that function when its possible on my windows based desktop? Probably not. The question then becomes WHY? SHIT LIKE THAT IS WHAT I EXPECTED BY NOW. How about I long press to float the icons, long press again on an app and have that app launch on half the screen? Nope... custom alerts.
     
    All comments are not generated by fanboys. I've put thought into my choices and you WP fanboys came out like it was ladies night at the chippendales to try to make some sort of point.
     
    I see that logic has no place here.
  • @jaeskill
    Sorry to bring this to your attention, but you sound like an real asshole.
  • Well, for what it's worth I agree with you. winmo was and still is a more useful device for business. WP is a consumer device and even Microsoft has said as much. There is an "enterprise pack" coming sometime in 2014 that might help, but for now yeah, WP is for socializing and playing games. Such is the trend these days. The only reason I'm still on WP is that I don't like any of the alternatives. Google is spyware and using an iPhone for work is even worse than WP. Firefox OS I don't think is out yet and I've always hated Blackberry. So WP it is. And I know it will keep getting better so I'm OK for now. The thing about WP over winmo is the stability. My winmo would crash daily and I can't have that.
  • Cheese grater not coming until Windows Phone 8.1.
     
    Sex buddy must be an HTC exclusive?
  • Sad to see you go but if you must go, goodbye then. And you'll not be missed since you've never really been with WP LOL!
  • Omg no please don't , we need you, your gonna crush us if you leav :P
  • Don't be so hard on him dudes :) Hes got his points.
  • ^this. I see his points. The vulgar statements could have been left out, but yes he makes a good argument. I prefer WP to any other OS out there for what I use my phone for, but in comparison to the other OS's out there, it lacks behind. Sure we have other aspects that the other OS's don't have, but truth be told WP is not up to date in functionality and hardware especially when some features from winmo is nowhere to be seen on the platform. I dig the OS, but others are jumping ship. It's all about prefrence in the long run.
  • I never thought WP lovers will start behaving like apple fan boys. It's  a sad day.
  • I can't wait. The ability to close programs is gonna be sooo nice.
  • how about closing a program with the back button instead of leaving it with toast notification or the windows button 
  • Huh
  • I do that right now but if your are deep in an app its usually 2 or 3 taps before you back out. It will be nice to just have this implemented.
  • It says they added an x to close apps right there in the article.
  • Browser apps like IE, User Agent Switcher, and UC will be easier to exit.
  • +1
  • I like and am used to how windows 8 does it... Why can't we just pull the app down to the bottom on the phone to close it? What's wrong with beings consistent between the OS's?
  • Because you will hit the Windows button when you reach the bottom. Try it.
  • Then swipe up. The little x is kinda ugly.
  • I've seen so many people complain about the x to close an app. Of all the things to be concerned about. Holy smokes. Wtf is the big deal about an x? It has been a respectable member of our alphabet for hundreds of years, until now. The readers of wpcentral have put an end to the letter x for all of mankind.
  • "respectable member of our alphabet" LOL
  • I couldn't care if it's an X or slide down, as long as you can close an app. However, implementing some win 8 gestures would be a good idea. Would be a nice step toward unifying the windows experience across devices.
  • Agree
  • It's a minor complain, but the sliding is a more elegant implementation. The x is old and you have a small target for tapping. The slide to close was great on webos and the implemented it in w8. Even ios 7 will have it. This is just a step backwards and seems like a simple thing to create. They could probably use some of the code from windows 8 to create it on wp.
  • Sliding down is fine on tablets, but not on a phone normally used with one hand, phones are getting bigger and trying to slide down to close an app while taking a leek will prove disastrous :P
  • Good point, plus I don't buy that swiping your big fat fucking slimy finger all over your phone is elegant somehow. A stylus is elegant. Your wart encrusted finger not so much.
  • I was talking about having a simple screenshot of the running app as opposed to a overlaying UI element. You know what else is inelegant? Your crappy comment and attempt at an insult you self projected. Might want to see a doctor for that wart problem, mate.
  • How is hitting the x more approachable on larger phones than some swipe? 
    It may get difficult to reach the X with one handed use on larger phones. I think they should have both options. X and a swipe. Either way a user can close it. 
     
  • Nicely put.
    This is whole "tap = small target, slide = more easily executed" is what made WP so special, and it has a name "Metro".
    Metro is the main reason why I preferred WP.
    X is so un-Metro.
  • I don't care if it's an x, y, q or dollar sign, having a button is uglier than a swipe. No other OS uses a button to close out apps. It's a step backwards.
  • iOS uses a tap to close apps. Using tap instead of gestures is more logical. You can use the phone with one hand and not stretch your fingers and hand to do a near vertical swipe gesture to close the app. You simply tap a button. It's more usable this way
  • No it isn't. Smaller target, missing will launch the app, and swipe up or down is a perfectly doable gesture, I use it in baconit all the time. Also, iOS7 using gestures to close apps, so referring to anything older than iOS is irrelevant. Android, iOS, Windows 8 and WebOS all use gestures to close apps. Windows Phone should not use a button. It's ugly, it's harder to use, it's unnecessary UI that clutters up the interface.
  • iOS 7 does not exist in production so it's normal to refer to what exists Windows 8 is tablet OS or desktop os so you get a large piece of equipement made to be used with 2 hands.
    It does not clutter the UI and it's not at all unnecessary UI since swipe gestures are used across OS for navigation not actions. So the button makes more sense for consstency and for usability. Also about the smaller target that is visual target the actual tap target can be big enough to ensure you don't miss tap.
  • GDR3 is also not in production so it is perfectly reasonable to compare the two. Whether or not the OS is released is completely and totally irrelevant and it's dumb to act like it matters. Android uses swipes, as does WebOS. iOS7 is in use on a much larger base than GDR3, and is closer to release than GDR3, but should I wait for it to be globally released before you'll acknowledge it? Seriously, that was a really dumb argument. The button is ugly and a step backwards in usability. Gestures are a much better navigation tool in closing something than buttons, as has been shown in dozens of programs. People are already used to a swipe gesture to close apps, so it's intuitive as well. This button crap is stupid. Edit: also, here's an example. Baconit has buttons for upvotes and downvotes, as well as the ability to swipe up and down. You know which is easier with one handed use? The swipe.
  • My point about iOS is not a dumb argument. Is a valid argument. Since when users migrated from iphone to wp they were using ios6 and even now the base of users use ios6 so it is something that works and has been proven to work. WebOS this is a dumb argument. How many migrated from webos to wp that mentioning what webos does matters? On android the swipe is horizontal over a shorter distance and marget visually by aligning the app cards to left side. So it's easier to induce the direction of swipe to the user. Anyway is irelevant as user may have migrated from iOS or android but they are using wp now with its set of rules. AGAIN in wp swipe is for navigation and not action. As you say gestures are better as navigation tools. Closing something is an action not a navigation so the button ideea is better suitted from usability point. Also please keep in mind that the app cards are vertically centered. So in this case you don't indirectly tell user a direction for the closing swipe gesture so no visual clue here as opposed to the button approach. Baconit is an app it does not represent how the WP gestures are integrated in the OS and most of the apps.
     
    So end point it's the right usability choice not a backward choice considering how gestures are used on the platform and as for ugly the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I assume their design team looked at the options and choosed the best visual appeling one.
  • No. Just no. Windows Phone is at 4% market share globally, there will be plenty of people left to come over from iOS seven. Call it whatever you want: navigational tool, action, whatever. The swipe works in every other OS, the button has been abandoned and should be by WP too.
  • Best rant I have seen on these forums :) You deserve a gold star sticker.
  • And the X in the corner has been a staple of Windows from 3.0....
  • why don't you flick it down? It's a better one than swiping it down.
  • For all anyone knows the final build will support swiping down to close in addition to the X.
  • where did you know about that? link please...
  • Both methods actually make sense: a self explanatory one along with the quick one.
  • Reaaalllllly ugly.. Its like when the pointer doesn't disappear during a video..
  • Swipe up is used by iOS7 and MS will get sued by Apple if they used that as well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h0PrSImGJk
     
  • MS and Apple have agreements in place to use patented features.... Actually they have used them for years.
  • You should try it as well. If you slide from the top down, as long your finger is on the screen, doesn't activate the windows button.
  • I tried it and nothing happens. The window button reacts to tapping. When you slide a fingure over it, nothing happens.
  • You won't actually. The digitiser for the touch buttons is just an extension of the screen, and the touch buttons only reactsto a tap, not an existing swipe. Try scrolling a page up and down (eg settings), you can actually scroll over the touch buttons without activating them.
  • I'm not having problems with swiping down, the 3 capacitive buttons on my L920 don't respond when i swipe down... exactly like it should be when there was the feature to close apps like this ...
  • So you tried 4 inches of slide down. Just a flick would have been enough.
  • I hope this is an old build so that the X is just temporary. The animation slides down anyway so why make it so that I have to reach and tap this small button?
  • Why can't we have it wirk both ways❓
    We should have both ways right❔
  • Agree! I think it would be nice if WindowsPhone can use gestures like a Windows 8, like drag down to close app, swipe right to switch app, swipe Left to charm/notification center, and changeable background like Windows 8.1
  • That X to close apps seems like.a crappy cop out. Could they not think of anything more imaginative than that? Maybe slide your finger down to close apps for example.
  • +1
  • That's subjective. Looked alright to me. You would complain if you unintentionally closed a app by trying to swipe sideways too I guess. (rolls eyes)
  • That's how you close Tabs in IE. UI consistency.
  • Bad consistency. Managing tabs in IE is a nightmare. We need more gesture bases functions, it keeps the interface less cluttered while maintaining ease of access.
  • Works well for me. Gestures are stupid, hidden, and unintuitive. The x has symbolized closing programs since the beginning of Windows and does not need to be changed just for the sake of being imaginative. I am looking for ease of use and by golly the muthafuckin x works like a dream come true.
  • Honestly, you're so annoying I hope it's a gesture to close apps just so you have a freaking anneurism about a gesture everybody else has gotten used to.
  • Well, if you've gotten used to it then it must be old. We need a NEW solution to close a program that's more ELEGANT! How about you put on a Bluetooth cockring and "twitch to close."
  • Managing tabs in IE is ridiculously simple.
  • No, it's NOT. You have to press a tiny "..." then wait fro the menu to slide up, chose tabs and keep pressing tiniy "x's" hoping not to tap in the middle of the thumbail bringing you to where you started. The same goes to quickly navigating trough tabs.
  • Or change the refresh button to the tabs button. Then pay attention to what your doing and tapping the "x" is as I stated ridiculously simple.
  • +1
  • It is more obvious with a visual X in the corner.  
     
    I'm a total computer nerd and it took me forever to figure out how to kill apps on my friend's gs3 with the side swipe method.  It's just not that obvious.  But neither is the W8 drag from top to bottom.  :( 
  • Because you can keep your finger at one location and hitting it multiple times will close all open apps faster then sliding each one down.
  • True. Hadn't thought about it this way.
  • Why does a simple action need to be muddled up with cute gestures?
  • I agree.
    Sliding down may not be intuitive to most. The 'x' is obvious.
  • Sure it's intuitive. Windows 8 has it, Android has it, iOS7 has it. WP has no reason to not have it.
  • LOL! Mr double-negative guy is advising us on simplicity...
  • Everything I said was grammatically correct and about as simple as the sentence structures would allow. Are you so mentally inept you couldn't even understand it?
  • I will agree that your point was made and understandable, and that your sentence structure was (technically) correct; That said, use of a double negative is still grammatically incorrect. Grammar'd.
  • No it isn't. Saying I didn't do nothing when meaning you didn't do anything is incorrect. Saying they have no reason to not do something is completely correct and really isn't even a double negative because it doesn't imply that they have a reason to do something.
  • Good point, implication is the key here..
  • Ummm that wasn't a double negative dude!! Nice try at trying to be a smartass though!
  • Sure, others have it so it must be intuitive. :L
  • No, others implemented it because it's intuitive. Microsoft themselves uses a swipe to close apps, there's no reason for Windows Phone to use a tap.
  • ^THIS! +925
  • Why not both?
  • Don't care. Its something they can improve on later.
  • -10
  • Damn they finally added a way to close the app, who cares what it looks like. As long as it does the job.
  • +1
    Also for those ranting about the 'x' and comparing its implementation to that of Android and iOS hell even webOS(former owner and loving how the standards it set are now being hyped by others) think about the process to kill apps on those platforms. You use gesture to bring up running apps and a gesture to kill. Unless MS changes the function of the back button, on WP you press & hold the back btn to show running apps and for design and UX consistency the use of the 'x' is something users will recognise from previous experience of the windows platform but it also means that the user doesn't have to think about what gesture/direction to swipe. The process of tap>tap is more intuitive than tap>swipe. I know ppl will argue that users will grasp the process quickly but MS can't afford for users to be confused about the use of WP. In this instance they played it safe and in my opinion its the right move but you never know, it may well change. MS has of late been back tracking due to c/m feedback.
  • The gesture is there on other operating systems, it's even there on their own operating system. The button is ugly and more difficult to use than a short swipe up or down.
  • Man,, WPC is becoming more and more like Phone Arena with the stupid ass comments... Whatever happened to just being a WP fan, and not complaining about every damn thing... It seems like every since the "News" it the fake ass WP fans have been coming out of the woodwork complain about everything... Personally, I don't give a damn how its initially implemented,, I am just happy to see WP become a more robust OS.. Even if it's a feature that they won't ever use they still complain about it... I wonder if some of these ungrateful WP "fans" can be narrowed down to a specific region... I got a good guess❗
  • Do you have sand in your vagina?
  • Would have to use a second hand as my thumb does not reach the top of the screen
  • No, you wouldnt swipe down from the top, you flick down on the screenshot of the app. I think they should've put the flick down instead of x.
  • Okay that makes sense, thought people was suggesting doing it from inside the app,and not from the screen that shows what apps are open
  • Not that you're suggesting so, but
    That wouldn't be a good idea because that would restrict the app to that function.. Plus, that might take the developer to make that happen, so some apps would close and others wouldn't have the capability.. All of the apps would have to be updated, and what a mess that would be.. It's easier for us to let MS work this out on their own.. I trust them to not completely botch the idea... Lol❕
  • I agree, RN50. You would think they would want the gesture similar to windows 8 app close gesture.
  • I still hope a simple swipe down will replace the X in the final version of the update. It's much more elegant and it bears similarity to the Windows 8. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 should be as similar as possible (in terms of gestures and stuff). Anyway, now I have something to look forward to this whole autumn :) 
  • I think Microsoft wants to keep Windows Phone as simple as possible, which is why they're holding back on the gestures. They don't want it to be hard for users to learn.
     
    But I would like to see features from Windows 8 make it to WP. Like the amazing multitasking on Windows 8... if Microsoft implemented that it would be awsome!
     
    However, I do like the new features of GDR3. Closing apps from the multitasking ribbon is welcome, and it looks like we finally get separate volume controls. Also, I think the video was trying to show us that we can set custom tones for SMS now. I'm not completely sure, but that's what it looked like.
  • True multitasking (snap view, or whatever it is called, from Windows 8) is a *must* if Microsoft wants that fabulous looking phablet to have any impact on the market. I'd buy a Windows Phone phablet tomorrow if it came with a pen and was capable of running two apps side by side. :) But for that to happen Microsoft must invest a lot of manhours into extending the OS to accomodate all the new stuff. 
    It took me three days with my Windows 8 tablet to develop a habit of swiping around my phone like a baboon. :) I switch from my tablet to my Lumia and suddenly I cannot close an app by swiping it down, charms bar doesn't appear... :) But yes, I understand your point, an average user would probably be very confused by all the gestures :)
  • I just don't see why they don't include both.. W8 has both ways... How would that make it harder for new users❔❔
  • You're both ways. How is that harder for your new users
  • Bittersweet Shimmer, because all that glitters isn't gold, and they knew they were being purchased by MS.
  • I thought all the updates were supposed to end in O. Mango, Apollo, portico....shimmer?
  • Bittersweet shimmer isn't an OS update, it's a firmware update from Nokia.
     
    Also, I don't think there's a rule about all OS updates ending in O. Windows (Phone) 8.1 is called "Blue."
  • It wasn't a rule, it was a convention but it ended with Blue
  • Yay! No more endlessly pressing the back button to close apps. Finally cos my back button is almost worn out, apart from this, the rest of the video is same same
  • umm, I guess all WP8 devices will have touch keys... :/
  • Wish toggles were introduced, makes it more accessible to switch things on and off
  • Connectivity Tiles. Look it up in the market. Great app for quick access to settings.
  • There's tons of quick settings apps, but tiles that actually toggle things on and off with a tap would be awesome.
  • That's just a workaround and just brings up the relevant page. We need the ability to add tiles to the homescreen that add toggle the setting on/off just by tapping the relevant tile without it leaving the homescreen. And this needs to include Tap+Send. I would use it a lot more if I could just switch it on more easily.  
  • ... or just make it through the notification center?
  • That would be a welcome solution as well, of course. However, I'm not convinced we'll see a notification center with GDR3.  
  • I have heard that the notification center will be seen on GDR3, but I don't sure, because it's from another source (not WPC), so I doubt about it.
    Anyway, I hope that shortcut will be integrated into the notification center.
  • Probably not GDR3 then.
  • Yeah i have them, but they're not as efficient or as quick as they should. The settings page is a mess. It would be a lot easier/faster to have options like rotational lock to be a toggle rather than a settings page
  • Why not flick down to close app like windows 8
  • I predict end of year. 2014.
  • I predict you will be very wrong.
  • You might be right if you're talking about when the update comes to AT&T 920 devices.
  • I predict the ATT 920 will never get GDR3. I hope I'm wrong, but I think the 920 will be going EOL soon with their release of the 925. Once a device goes EOL it is unlikely to ever receive another update. Ask Titan, Titan II, Quantum, etc users on ATT. They never officially received WP 7.8. I wouldn't even be surprised if the ATT 920 never got GDR2. I hope I'm wrong on this, but this seems to be how ATT operates.
  • Better yet ask the 810 about it... oh wait...
  • Yeah. That is when they start rolling out the update. Summer 2015 almost every user has the update available.
  • The swipe down feature many is asking for isn't 'visible' enough and many people wouldn't even know its there. Otherwise this is another boring update. *cheers weakly*
  • Exactly how I feel, how do they even try to compare themselves to IOS with the crapoy uodates they give us? Look at what IOS 7 is bringing to IOS user versus what they are bringing us, they get quick settings and a whole new look, while the biggest thing we are getting is an "X."
  • Because WP doesn't need an overhaul. IOS does.
  • Many built-in apps in wp need complete overhaul: music, calendar, ie...
  • You want a Japanese school girl candy? That's what IOS7 is.
  • Actually, it doesn't look so bad in action.
  • I have an iPad 3. Been using the betas for quite some time. I agree it doesn't look so bad in action and the multi-tasking pane is much better than that of ios6, but its still too candyish to be called a mature UI.
  • a whole new look.. hehe..this is what apple sells you everytime.. a whole new thing 
  • This is a minor update. The major update is due early next year. It's been mentioned on this site and others only about a thousand times.
  • Most GDR improvements are "technical", such as support for multicore. WP8.1 will offer a lot of non technical improvements.
  • GDR3 is an interval release; why would you expect something like the iOS 6 -> 7 transition?
    If _WP8.1_ ends up being a minor update then I'll be complaining along with you.
  • +1020 especially coz then there will be no nokia to add relevant features in firmware upgrades.
    Personally, with nokia getting acquired, WP 8.1 will be make or break for MS. That would be the time when alot of people will decide whether to stay with wp or to make a shift. For me, its either a great wp update or ios/nexus here i come.
    We all know MS has been slow with the updates. There us only a limit upto which we can justify it through our fanboyism and with Nokia out of the picture what MS gives is what we'll get, no scope for improvements.
  • +920 absolutely agree with rohitsingh. And this is assuming my at&t 920 even gets 8.1 which I'm starting to believe is a BIG if.
  • Windows Phone doesn't need an overhaul however it's lacking badly in the basics. Can't edit a phone number before calling, can't remove a contact photo, settings page is a mess (add some icons there, idk I'm always lost after 3y using WP), separate volume, push working properly, live tile working properly, Bing wallpaper working properly, the email app handles folders weirdly, try opening a folder and pressing the back button, tah dah home screen, can't select all items when selecting photos, emails, music, Xbox Music is a joke and so on and on.
  • My little violin is playing for you!
  • His name is in the video and the post
  • Any info on a notification that was rumored for gdr3?
  • I wonder how long until someone gets the ROM so I can flash it on my Lumia 920 :)
  • .. I do want it on my 620 too ;)
  • Nice and welcome additions
  • Wtf grd2 hasnt reached 80% of the windows phone community n they already thought of grd3...lol
  • Dude they're already testing 8.1, let alone gdr3. Gdr2 is out of their hands now, as of june the latest. They can't rest on their laurels as they watch the carriers take their sweet time getting the update out to us
  • 80% huh?
    Could I see your math on that?
  • Whew is notifications screen???
  • I'd imagine the X to close apps is a placeholder until 8.1 comes in to start matching things to RT 8.1 gestures. Probably easier to implement a simple X button.
     
    I do love the name, and it's perfect for what is probably Nokia's final external update to the OS before they're consumed by Microsoft. One, final, bittersweet shimmer of an update. Almost enough to bring a tear to ones eye.
     
    A shame the video doesn't really show much in action. I'd be interested to see if auto-rotate does anything such as allow the start screen to display in landscape. Probably not but if the function is there I'd assume there must be a few more places in the OS that supports landscape and portrait.
     
    I'd also be interested to see if the volume controls have chaged at all. When he decided to play some music I assumed we much be about to see some new feature but apparently he just fancied some Rihanna, lol! I was hoping we might finally be able to switch between ring, ring & vibrate, vibrate, and silence without having to venture into the settings. I'm not holding my breath for seperate music profiles until 8.1 however.
    Nice work though, it's all very exciting!
     
     
  • I don't think the rotate button is there to allow landscape view for apps and the main screen. It is there to NOT allow or lock the screen from rotating even if an app supports rotation.
  • What the hell was that near the end of the video? He goes into Nokia Music then returns to Home Screen. Scrolls up and down, then there's a check box sitting there. The video seems to abruptly turn off.
  • It could be a picture of a toggle switch, or we may be looking at an interactive tile, more like a widget.
  • I noticed this, upon close inspection it is actually the photos tile with what appears to be a screen shot of the settings menu, particularly battery settings. Is this a suggestion the screen captures will be made available in gdr3/bit sweet update??
  • You can already take a screen shot, maybe I'm confused by what you mean.
  • How can you take screen shot at the moment?
  • By pressing the power button and immediately pressing the windows button( wp8 only)
  • Press start button and power button simultaneously.
  • Win + Power key.
  • What they said.
    Not to pick on you, but this is one thing that bothers me... people complaining about missing features who don't know what feature are available.
    Today I saw a guy on twitter ranting, turns out he just got the phone this week and just didn't know how/where things were.
    Next thing you know he's talking about "awesome" the phone is.
  • You got that right :) totally agree
    People NEVER read instructions to find out how/what to do...
    windowsphone.com nokia.com are great places to get knowledge...
    Nokia Care ON OUR PHONES are also quite informative ;)
  • Thanks for the tip.
  • Hmm...so this has GDR3, yet Display+touch and extras+info are still together? And since there's no updates in the store...I think this is suspicious.
  • It's a new device and he hasn't done the updates for Nokia system apps. Not suspicious. We have multiple sources confirming everything in the video is legitimate. Even the Verge is saying the same. So if it's fake, the guy nailed a lot of features that we with contacts know about. That would be even more suspicious ;)
  • Any word on how much things will change? Having the rotation lock all the way in the settings is annoying (like the vibration toggle) and the x in the corner is a lot uglier than a swipe up.
  • But shouldn't there be a notification in the store icon? Unless of course he hasn't accessed the internet at all in the last days. That's what I find "weird" ;) I don't doubt the veracity of the features, though. They were things missing and requested for over 2 years, they were bound to arrive. And given the bad reception of Microsoft's move by Nokia fans, I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft had pulled these features from 8.1 to GDR3 as a sign of good faith...
  • They've been talking about pulling 8.1 features to GDR3 for months.
  • Not really. Belfiore clearly said the GDR's were meant to enable new hardware and not to enable features on existing hardware. There were talks, but now it seems they've decided to finally pull features to GDR3. Things like the changing of sms/alarm tones are basic easy things that could have come on GDR1 or GDR2 for they were missing and requested since WP7. There's no apparent reason for it to come in GDR3 instead of 8.1 since it's not a feature that is really needed for the "phablet" (unlike rotation lock). Hence my deduction.
  • You clearly don't work in the engineering world. In a previous post, you said GDR3 was already done (clearly it's not). Now you think they pulled a bunch of code in from 8.1 in the four days since the acquisition announcement? That's insane. It doesn't work that way. This stuff takes a lot of time. It's not just copying and pasting some lines of code. Most of the features in GDR3 would have been planned and scoped months ago, before GDR3 work began. That's how the software business works.
  • It looks like not Notification center for this update. Am I wrong?
  • Yes you are wrong. It has always been rumored for 8.1
  • Cool, I just got the official OTA GDR2/Amber for my 920 here in Brazil, and while the functions of the GDR3 should make our Lumias even better, I'm not anxious about it. I'll patiently wait until it's ready to roll out for everybody. :)
  • Nice to read that. Still waiting, Lumia 720 Brazil.
  • The 920 and 520 will get the updates first through this month and then all other models will get it too shortly after :)
  • +1. None of these features are critical for me unlike the GDR2.
  • Yeah! I really needed data sense and really wanted the Nokia Pro/Smart Cam apps to work properly :)
  • Grd2 update is shit, it is the amber update which is fun
  • -_- Amber needs GDR2 to work.
  • It seems that Display + Touch again become one in GDR3.
  • Thats an update he would have to install from the store, not an os thing
  • Yet there are no updates waiting in the store (check the tile). But the updates that separate them have been released.
  • You can ignore an update (I did it for months with the YouTube update) so that the tile is cleared. Idk if he did it or not but it's possible and simple
  • Haha there are times when you cant rely on those counters xD
  • Strange that he didn't install updates, maybe it cannot.
  • Or maybe he mad the video before the update came out. Wasn't it like a day or two ago?
  • maybe the video was not done yesterday you brainiacs
  • Ding ding ding hahaha
  • Yeah...and the calendar on the phone displays "Saturday 7" because the guy can travel through time. It's obviously the calendar on the phone points to "Saturday 7, 2014"...brainiac! ;P
  • Rotation lock!!! (been waiting 3 years for this unimaginably simple feature!) As for the rest...yay I guess. Obviously 8.1 is what we're really waiting for.
  • You just didn't buy the right device. Any WP with a landscape slider has rotation lock. Open the keyboard and you are conveniently locked in landscape. Unfortunately, none of the WP8 slabs fit the bill
  • No. He did buy the right device. Typical WP fanboy response, to excuse missing features by blaming it on the user's decisions or behavior. Its not the user that's the problem. WP is the problem.
  • oooohh come on , more than 4 minutes just to the main settings on the phone ? i want to see new features in action not just a boring video 
     
  • By the time we get to Bittersweet, I'll be looking to move on from my 920. Trouble is I don't know which Windows Phone could succeed it.
  • Yeah gonna be tough this fall choosing. Unless Nokia surprises us we really only have a 925 (which is semi old news) to choose from and a gargantuan 6 incher. The rumored ~5 incher metallic phablet is up my alley but I don't think its slated for at&t. And if it were, wouldn't be until 2014. I can't wait that long. I gobble things up the moment they're released
  • How are you guys already getting new phones? No 2 year contract? Not waiting for the discount?
  • Taking my gf's upgrade essentially
  • Only 1 year contract here.
    2 years? wow, just wow...
  • How long would it take google to sue if MS went with "swipe to close app" instead of the "x"?
  • What???? W8 has it. It's not a patented thing, u know?!
  • It might be patented by another company for use on mobiles
  • Tell that to google. Android has it so if you hold the home button you can swipe apps to the right to close. Google seems like the "sue happy/take my toys and going home" type of company.
  • They would have to sue Apple too, since iOS7 also has that. And since Windows 8 also has that...if they wanted and could sue, they would have done it already ;P
  • Fake
  • Why the front camera is on the left?
    I don't like the menu combo in the start screen...
  • It's not the ffc, it's AT&T's logo that reflects with the light. The logo is a globe ;)
  • Nokia N9/C7/808/701 NFC photo sharing procedure goes as follows, open the gallery, open a pic you like, tap another phone and your pic is shared. (depending on the settings with or without notification.)
    WP8 procedure: open a pic you like and click more (…) then Share and then Tap + Send for those of you keeping count that’s three taps already the feature should’ve been called Taps + send.Nokiablog Fix that !!!
  • http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9fp7bVfJ11qk72exo1_500.gif
  • I am guessing this is more like a pre-alpha build of the firmware. There isn't much value addition from Nokia in it. Its more of an OS update. I am sure we will see more goodies from nokia at the time of release.
  • Agreed
  • Custom Sounds for text at last! This alone makes me happy! :)
  • This indeed makes me very happy
  • +1 :)
  • Me too. Specially since in GDR2, Nokia changed the "Nokia messaging" tune for something much less louder which makes it more difficuld for me to hear in noise places.
  • At&t logo and India ROM? How did that happen? Am I missing something?
  • You can flash a ROM to any phone regardless of carrier
  • Yes but why? If it was an internal testing device then I guess it wouldn't have the logo.
  • Nice observation! At&t logo can't have Indian ROM unless its purposely flashed
  • That's exactly what i am thinking
  • Okay, they could do better than this. Putting screen rotation all the way in the settings is just as bad as having the vibrate toggle in the settings. C'mon Microsoft this is not user friendly! Put rotation lock and a couple other features in the unused space in the drop down volume menu and make it a swipe to close apps, not an ugly x. I'm really disappointed./
  • Agreed but this could just be the start to appease the masses until 8.1 does a semi overhaul
  • ^This. I guess it would be more convenient to push two buttons simultaneously (as in screenshot's win+power keys), though given how little people even know about the screenshot feature, it would go as unnoticed, sadly.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and a fit bit sync app plz !
  • Isn't that already available?
  • @frenzydude Nokia is aware of your interest in Fitbit and BT 4.0. I'll just leave it at that :)
  • ... ^ and that's all I needed to hear :)
  • Thanks Daniel. I m loving my flex so far but need to go to my laptop for sync, also feel that it exaggerates the calories count.
  • My 920 has a scratch across the screen... Time for a new phone -_-
  • So does mine. Urgh
  • Really nice update!
  • Closing apps from the multitasking screen, nice!
  • Why don't these homemade video makers take a few minutes to make a list of things the plan on covering in the video and follow the list instead of just scrolling up and down 10 times? He didn't even know that if you don't have your headphones plugged in, you can't change the Dolby and audio leveling settings. Hilarious. He could have easily made that a 2 min well thought out video.
  • Maybe the phone is stolen... Lol
  • he is doing a favour making this video ? thanks would be nice..
  • I'm confused about the flip to silence. If your phone is already upside down does the ringer go off? But then you can't see the call...maybe it's me but idk why anyone would want that when you can just as easily hit the volume button to shut off the ringer. Seems a bit redundant/useless to me. Aside from that, I'm glad they're doing something. Sure it's not a big update, but at least they're working on things. The guy messing with the music stuff makes me wonder what all they have in store for making that better. I was also hoping he'd open the theme menu to see if anything has changed there. I'd love to see a color wheel or something where I can pick my own color theme.
  • Flip to silence came in Nokias last update (amber), but I agree its a bit gimmicky and I don't use it. I'm sure somebody loves it though.
  • It was on Symbian phones. I was actually surprised when it didn't work with my WP. Before that, I thought every phone had it.
  • Well flip to silence is more a thing if u are in a meeting I guess and everybody is looking at you, u become nervous, so u miss the button, so flipping the phone is the easiest way not working on the nerves of the others and especially the person speaking
  • There is something really fishy in the video.....in the extras + info it says the manufacture name is rm_India which means it is an indian phone....but on the top left of the phone it says at&t but at&t doesn't have any store in India nor it functions in India.....so what am i missing....im very curious
  • Its At t phone but unlocked on indua u dumb boy . 
  • Noooooiioooooooob
  • I am alright with the X mark now after seeing this video. The way the app closed with that sliding motion is nice. Alsothe x comes up only when an app is highlighted. Not as bad as it looked in the screenshots earlier.
  • Can't wait. Win 8.1 update in October then GDR3 in November!
  • What?!!. . .
    I dont even . .
  • I'm getting very fed up with Microsloth's lack of development of WP.
    The features breathlessly touted for each update have generally been available for years. Its been half a decade since you could put customs sounds for different messages on your Windows Mobile phone, and WP will get this important usability feature when? 2014! And it will be 2014, not "this fall" like MS says. Oh they may release it in late 2013, but on AT&T, their largest US Carrier, we'll be lucky to see it till Spring. I loved WinMo for many reasons, including the ability to easily update to the latest version when it came out, not having to wait for my Carrier to decide. What happened to Microsloth's promise not to let Carriers delay updates? For that matter, where are the basic features from 5, or 6 years ago! I'm supposed to he'd excited over flip to silence! Does Microsloth think we're all living in a Back to the Future movie? That was innovative back when I used it on my HD2. And I still can't access the music I bought on Zune (you remember Zune, right MS?) from the phone. I have to manually move it myself. What kind of BS is that? Belfiore's excuses that it was 'so hard to port Zune functions to WP8' are just laughable. The while WP team at MS better step up their game 500% or they will never grow to the point of real relevancy in the marketplace.
    Microsloth's lack of urgency has been pitiful. Maybe a new CEO with $7.3B to pay off will shake out the MisManagers and get the hell going!
  • Verizon is the largest carrier in the US.
    I wont bother with your other assumptions.
  • Not largest seller of WP. The rest is also sadly true. My last two Windows Mobile phones were more capable than my L920 except in photography of course (god bless Nokia's cameras!). Most of what is being added in GR2 & 3 are things I had on my HD2 years ago. Microsoft is essentially still playing catch up with their former selves.
    If they hadn't closed the WM marketplace I would just go back to my HD2 until they upped their game, which is taking way too long.
  • Good speed to you! I"m happy where I'm at but you're not so time for you to move elswhere other than WP and MS! Bye!
  • So then let me be the first to tell you "happy trails" MadSci2. No need being upset about MS when there is something you can do.  Go and be happy  again with your newest endeavor. 
  • Well the problem is they killed WinMo. Tried Android and disliked it, and the Fruit is not attractive to me either. It was clear when I bought my HD7 that WinPhone had growing up to do to match WinMo's capabilities, but its been 3 years! Its nice that they ported it over to a new kernel and all, but losing features for years is just ridiculous in the mobile market. For all the things that WinPhone does better than the competition there is a frustratingly long list of basic, important usability features that are still missing.
  • I must completely agree with you. I am in love with my 8X!! And no, I don't f*ck it, my joint is WAAAAAYYYYY too big to fit into the 3.5mm or 1/4" (as we say here) jack. I had a Samsung Omnia running Windows Mobile, and I agree that a lot of the capabilities I had on that device are not on WP. That was essentially called a "Pocket PC"... Now, on my HTC Radar, and now my 8X, I've found workarounds to a lot of these issues. However, I feel that this should have been done natively, and not have to be accomplished through the use of 3rd party apps. Personally, I don't care about a notification center, personalized alerts, orientation lock or the debate on an "x" or "swipe" to close apps, just get it done. Allow me access to all my files/data and data info. Allow me upload game/app data so that if I have to restore, I don't have to start all over again. This is the part that irks me the most. Now, I don't plan to leave WP. As I've said, I've found ways to deal with the issues I have, but I don't feel I should have to. Also, just sayin, but we need a "flag" button on our WPC app. Too many little b!tches making rude, condescending, obnoxious, flatulation induced comments. And no, I did not mean women..
  • Its not like I don't get where you're coming from MadSci2. I get it.  I try to rationalize it like this.  This was a big move for Balmer and Co to drop WInmo and start all over. I maintain, they are still spooked by the Ghost of Vista's past and they have more quality controls and feedback channels in place than is healthy. But mobile is off and running and Microsoft is in the game but they can't afford major mistteps.
  • I'm afraid of the answer but will Bittersweet shimmer be available to the Lumia 520?
  • Pretty sure it will have it, why not?  520 got the Amber update - without some hardware specific features though.
  • Yeah. Being a low-spec phone, I thought it would be excluded from GDR3 and further updates. I really don't wanna have to buy another Lumia with mine being only 3 months old.
  • The 520 will more than likely (99.999999%) to receive GDR3 and all features (except for hardware limitations). I see no reason for Nokia to exclude the 520, and Nokia is typically very good about supportive everyone. The biggest hurdle will be AT&T, they're awful about rolling out updates...
  • Oh, I'm a little relieved now. I'm fine with the limitations. I'm from Brazil, Telecom (vivo) is even worse than AT&T. We still didn't get GDR2.
  • Neither has anyone on AT&T
  • All WP8 phones are guaranteed updates for 18 months atleast
  • Awesome! Though it seems not every WP8 will get WP8.1 in the future... Oh well, guess I'll have to buy another phone by then.
  • No, every WP8 device is guaranteed updates and support for 18 months after release (of WP8). The 520 WILL get WP8.1, don't fret nor worry.
  • Every WP8 will get WP8.1. And once it gets it, it starts a new 18 month period of support.
  • So once 520 gets WP9, it will get another new 18 months period of support?
  • 520 is the number 1 most popular WP phone , I doubt MS or Nokia will ignore this model.
  • Dear person who uploaded this video. There's no sound most of the time, so if you would add some music or something I would like it more.
  • Yeah like run dmc playing in the background lol
  • It's not a fake it's still in testing and he just picked up a beta device
  • Looks ok, cool we can finally close apps. I expect more from gdr3.
  • Why can't I just swipe the apps up/down to close them?
     
    The X seems extremely clunky.
  • I believe the video shows an early version of GDR 3 before the user experience have had their hands on it because an X to close I agree is clunky and it doesn't fit the Windows Phone style whatsoever
  • I thought that GDR3 will have a notification section
  • Notification Center is one of those back and forth things for GDR3...may make it, may not. It wasn't even confirmed for 8.1 until recently.
  • I've abondoned any idea of it ever coming to the platform. Not until MS gets new leadership on mobile.
  • Agree. Microsloth Management has had no sense of urgency. I seriously doubt their Engineers can't figure out how to do it in 4 years.
  • I wish the multitasking X was a swipe up or down to close instead.
  • I think it will be. I think this video shows an extremely early build where the user experience guys haven't had their hands on it yet
  • Will it be available for Lumia 720?
  • Ofcourse it will be available for all the windows phone 8 devices
  • And what about windows phone blue
    will it be available to all wp8 devices?
  • Yes
  • And on the same note, will it be available for Lumia 520/521? (granted, not all the features apply due to the hardware limitations, but those notwithstanding?)
  • Yeah ir should cause it doesn't look like it would require any major performance
  • First i want GDR2 for my future 720 but no happen!! :(
  • Custom txt tones sweet !!!!
  • My rugby 2 flip phone had custom text tones.. Can't wait to have my l920 on the same level
  • Why not swipe up/down to close app? X isn't the best possible..
  • I believe the video shows a very very early build where the back end devs simply add the features and then the user experience guys get given it to work out the best possible implementation of it. I believe they will do swipe to close like Windows 8 because a cross to close is ugly and clunky
  • when you open tabs in the browser you close them by pressing on the circled X's....
    this isnt any different.  Of course swiping probably makes more sense in this situation though.
  • If only att would release gdr2
  • Wish they added a feature that apps could have different notification tones. Without a notification center don't know what i have missed. With different sounds atleast id know what app is active
  • Bittersweet? Last nokia name it amber, next?? Candlelight, next??? Dragon hohohoho
  • Bunch of romantics naming the updates lol
  • They spelled, "equalizer," wrong.
  • They didn't. "equaliser" is the correct spelling because it's in English not American.
  • +8X. That made me laugh!! My ex wife made me watch Eddie Izzard. Remember him talking about pronunciation. About the word herb (not like my former friend's name Herb)and how its pronounced. We said we say it like like that because there's a f*cking 'H' in it!!!! Oh the rest of the world is so funny!! Love you guys.. But true, American is so different from English!! You Brits taught it well to the rest of the world (ONLIEST reason I dislike talking to overseas call centers), but you know us Americans...
  • I want a theme color wheel. We get only like 20 colors to choose from.
  • First of all, hello everyone, first post here on WPCentral. I've been following your site for quite a few months now. You people are a major factor in convincing me to trade my Galaxy S Duos (first smartphone) with a Lumia 920. So far, I'm happy with most things, all things, considering there's a way around almost everything. Secondly, you people deserve a big round of applause for the wonderful work you've been doing. I appreciate the efforts and the dedication! I'm from Saudi Arabia where the WP8 community is close to nil. And I hoped and looked around for information on your site regarding the small WP8 people here, but there were never many posts about us. I might be wrong and I might have skipped those posts, I don't know. Anyhow, about this video, I just miss a few features from the Android that aren't really crucial to anyone's existence but they're really handy at times. I don't think this is the right place to chalk them out. Do guide me where I can, and once again, a job well done! If it wasn't for you people, I wouldn't have known the serenity these solid coloured tiles bring to my life... :) Good Wishes, Salams...
  • You can go to the forums and ask device specific questions in the 920 forum or if it's for all of WP in the wp8 forum.
  • Thanks, will do. Good Wishes, Salams...
  • Great first post and welcome. As mentioned, the forums are great!
  • Thanks and glad to be here finally. Good Wishes, Salams...
  • Welcome, also think wpc is a great place for all WP, the by far best OS I've ever tried.
    Also been on Android before, but not looking back. Samsung doesn't have enough money to buy me back...
  • Thank you. And yes, they put it in a lot of effort and in a very to-the-point way. The OS speaks out to me as a designer. It's clean, minimal, flat and fluid. Android has its perks too. To each their own! I miss a few features from old Samsung, but Lumia is unique and better in its own awesome way. I hope, for the sake of advancement, that Samsung stop cloning the S3 form in every other phone they have to offer. Good Wishes, Salams...
  • Just need unification and were golden
  • Blue should take aspects from how the new Xbox Music app looks in Windows 8 into all of their stock apps. Its much cleaner and still metro
  • Notification center? Black color theme? Fix the damn area the first page is on so we have 7 full rows?
  • What?
  • This implementation seems to be an early build.  The X to close seems to flicker too much when activating/deactivating when he scrolls.  Doesn't have the same fluid UI consistency of WP.
  • That's exactly what I think. I think it's a very very early build where the back end devs simply implement the features and then it's up to the User Experience people and designers to implement it the best way possible. The Windows Phone team would not release it as the current implementation. They would not have a cross to close the app, it would be a simple gesture if they followed their own design principles. It's too clunky and not Windows Phone like as it is and the same with orientation lock. I don't believe they would leave it like that. Example... Oh the screen keeps turning while I'm in bed ok close app, go to settings, scroll to find orientation lock, turn it on and go back to app. That is way too many clicks and steps so i don't believe in the slightest that they would keep it implemented this way.
  • I would love it if this guy could play around with some NFC tags for a bit and see how much more (if any) freedom there is with this build.  
  • Swipe ... Button.... Swipe..... Button.....WTF
  • Hope those different ring tones come with discrete volume controls.
  • this is so exciting, but the comments are so brutal to read jeesh
  • I can't believe people are crying over an X to close apps. One handed operation is so much easier when you just tap an X to close an app.
    The others are crying that MS still hasn't implemented changes that will make their phone brew their morning coffee.
  • If they were able to put a chip in a kureig machine with an app that would allow you to tell it when to start brewing and settings for bold roast and stuff then that would be awesome!
  • Sigh..if this is final or close to it still got that wasted space up top ...bugs me
  • What wasted space?
  • That space below battery cell bars I can fit a row of tiles under it
  • Just because it's blank space doesn't mean it's wasted space. Negative space is very important in UI design. In my opinion, since the new start screen has been introduced with WP8/WP7.8, the start screen has been suffering from a lack of negative space. Taking away the remaining bit of negative space from the top would make the start screen appear extremely intimidating.
  • "Restore over Wi-Fi when you reset your phone"
     
    I'm confussed, don't we already have this?
  • No we don't cause the phone erases the WiFi memory during a reset so it uses carrier data to perform the backup
  • Ahh, I see. So it'll now let you set up WiFi before backing up? Ok, that makes sense, thanks.
  • Anything about a notification center? Its a major feature that WP is missing.
  • To my knowledge, we're getting it with WP 8.1/Blue, which is expected to be released January.
  • Hey nobody has complained nokia didn't add anything new in gdr3 except that quirky name bittersweet shimmer
  • Why does everyone want multitasking so **&%$%* bad?! WP8 does it for you and apps are suspended anyway? That to me sounds way better and its less tedious...
  • yay X's to close out app switcher tasks!
    no more spamming back button!
  • +1020, sadly, I fear such a habit will be difficult to break considering it's practically embedded in my DNA now.
  • Lol. This did it for me. Just got unlock code from AT&T and cleaning up my Lumia to list on eBay. IPhone 5s it is. I guess it was fun while it lasted.
  • If iPhone 5s doesn't make a bigger screen that would be an LOL..... And all that little stuff doesn't matter so much not huge big deals....but having a little 4 inch is...if they make a bigger screen well, they are back on top of maybe being best phone....well don't forget the would need some live tiles or widgets as well, which I didn't see
  • Since when 4" is small? Many people including me prefer small screens. If Nokia/MS will stop making good devices with small screens i will also have to move to iPhone.
  • Then better move now while the iPhone still has those tiny screens - didn't you hear Apple is experimenting on 4.7" to 6" screens? What they have now in those tiny screens might go out with the dinosaurs in the future.
  • I dislike apple but I feel were ur coming from these small incremental changes and nothing big makes one wonder how serious they are about windows phone
  • Don't dislike apple or any company...unless u have stocks competing company and u are promoting to make ur company rise in market share LOL......i use to buy all apple product, I loved them now I buy windows because I like there new products...if ios or Android make something I like better I will go to them....i don't need to go along with some company because to be loyal to them....why should I, whoever serves me better I will buy from them...if u get married to a company well that's just dumb....
  • A MacBook and iMac I bought died within 6 months hence I dislike apple don't try and label me a brand fanboi thanks a bunch, have a good day
  • If your iMac and MacBook died within 6 months then ur under warranty, I am sure they fixed or replaced your computer....did u get a new one an that die also or did u lose data or something?? I have a a MacBook for years and it works fine....
  • now where's me violin?
  • Bye bye!
  • This is some nice features.....but windows needs to go way bigger then this...they need to advance further then features that are already on other os.....further more they need to make everything friendly making gestures is something that y need to show user is not great...because people like my mom won't just pick that up....
  • Lord I need this! Been dying for rotation lock!
  • So finally guys, we have some good stuff coming to our phone.appreciate this guy, he spent time to share this stuff with us. & very first rumor was true if anyone notice that GDR3 was testing in india first, that's why it has Indian firmware.
  • Im guessing we not getting notification window?
    Hmm! Still waiting for att update :-\
  • edit : wrong place
  • Let's see I have my phone in one hand and I need to close an app from the multi-tasking window. It sure is easier to tap a little 'X' than it is to swipe down.
    Really don't see why people are so hell bent on getting swiping gestures.
  • Why is it harder to swipe? Looked like the same to me.
  • It's easier to swap (from the middle of the screen) if you're using one hand which most people do when using their phone. If you don't have big hand it won't be as easy to reach the "X" all the way on the top of the screen.
  • Looks good. Btw guys I am making a Whatsapp redesign concept for the wp8 you guys wanna see?
  • Yeah plz show us :)
  • Show us!! Please..
  • No seperate volume controls.....I was hoping GDR3 wud have it...
  • Great story! except for the fact that AT$T hasn't even release GDR2 yet for the 920.  
  • I haven't even received GDR2.....
  • Wait, I don't have GDR2 yet alone GDR3!
  • AT&T and Microsoft's combination of update hell has really destroyed my liking for WP8. I'm tired of running what feels like a beta OS with huge potential, yet with little to no timely fixes from Microsoft. What fixes do exist are aimed at new hardware and you get jokers like AT&T delaying even that tiny satisfaction. Likely, as a 920 owner, I have no confidence that I'll see any further updates on my phone. As much as I dislike Apple, in comparison they take care of their customers way better.
  • Hmmm...i hate to say it but I am starting to kind of think the same thing. WP is almost just becoming a hobby for me. Too many carrots being dangled. I love the OS and have literally been on it since say one - Samsung Focus FTW. However, my next phone will probably be an iPhone. Then I can still update my 920 and wait it out until this platform truly comes to fruition. I am a huge MS fan. Just in my house we have 4 surfaces, 3 360s, 2 Xbox ones on preorder, 2 windows 8 laptops, 3 Windows phones, etc. However, this is getting borderline embarrassing.
  • AT&T is more expensive than Verizon with a less-than-capable network. I don't know why anyone uses their service. I bought a Lumia 928 a week ago that had GDR2 preloaded, and have since gotten three or four updates to various Nokia applications which have in fact improved the touch performance and functionality of various things on the phone. Don't be mad at WP, be mad at the sorry carrier. Go with Verizon.
  • The thing is though, carrier choice has a lot to do with region, more specifically area. If a carrier didn't work well where I live, work, play then I wouldn't use them. Fortunately, TMo is awesome in all those spots. Loving my unlimited data. Used 50gb last month..
  • Alright, so most Lumia 920s still didn't get the gdr2, yet we already have a gdr3 preview... TF!??
  • I'm looking forward to that Nokia BS. Hope I can get GDR2 soon :(
  • FUK YOU ATT WHERE MY UPDATE
  • Should be a "C" for close instead of an "X". . . I am a genius
  • ROTFLMASO!!!!!!!!!! +8X1000
  • No notification center... :/
  • I guess the question is how much of that will make its way to other Windows Phones?
  • swipe down better dat little "x".
  • I don't know how this can impliment performance improvements, when WP8 is already the smoothes mobile OS I have ever seen (Yes iSheep including your precious iOS). But if they can make the best even better somehow I'm all for it. And I Really am looking forward to the custom audible notifications for text/email. Oh and orientation lock.
  • In the future, I'm not buying my phones from AT&T. I mean you have got to be kidding me, people in India are about to get GDR3 before we get GDR2, even if this is a joke...I'm tired of it. I hate it when companies don't follow through with taking care of their customers, that's the reason I don't own anything Apple. Apple's customer service was so bad and arrogant that I vowed to never own any of their shit again. Remember, when you buy something you are casting a vote, my votes for now on are going to be against AT&T, just as they are against Apple.
  • AT&T is more expensive than Verizon with a less-than-capable network. I don't know why anyone uses their service. I bought a Lumia 928 a week ago that had GDR2 preloaded, and have since gotten three or four updates to various Nokia applications which have in fact improved the touch performance and functionality of various things on the phone. Don't be mad at WP, be mad at the sorry carrier. Go with Verizon.
  • Would it not be possible for me to implement a new setting where we can choose how to close apps? This way ms cannot get sued by google or apple if users decide to use the side swipe method or swipe up method.
  • Apple can't sue Microsoft and the palm team came up with the swipe to close as far as I'm aware correct me if I'm wrong.
  • I wish people would read the comments. How many comments do we need saying close should be swipe down smh.
  • If this brings you "SMH" I would like to be a fly on the wall with you at the DMV.
  • I really could care less if it is an x to close or swipe down to close..as long as I can close it without having to hit the back button over and over..what my phone is lacking is customization for the start screen...I like to have options!!!
  • Finally, rotation lock and a proper app close. So given AT&T's current track record we can expect this in 2015, maybe?
  • Lets all be honest here. The first thing we thought when seeing the X was "wtf?". I use WP for, partially, its visual appeal. This is not up to metro UI standards. The functionality is welcomed but the execution is questionable.
  • I know right they should make it webos style swipe up to close.
  • Check your internet explorer, same experience.
  • +1
  • This is another reason I've now moved from WP. It's all moving way too slowly and updates of basic things just seems to take MS a decade. WP I have grown tired of it's no longer the OS I once loved.
  • Yeah, unlike Android where all the latest updates are passed on to the consumer without any delay from the carriers...oh wait...
    I think unless you own an iOS device, you have absolutely no right to complain about the pace of updates. And even if you own an iOS device, you have no right to complain about missing out on features.
    Android is great, if you want to buy a new $600 phone every year. 
  • holy crap, an equaliser, finally!
  • You have one now.
  • The X to close an app animation is the highlight of the whole video.  Just awesome.
     
    System wide rotation lock.  Never needed it but it's nice that's it there.
     
    Notification center.  Still not needing it.
  • Soooo... When do we get the update for att
  • Omfg close background apps!!!! Want
  • How did nokia come up with this name
  • Calling something ugly is just silly. Some people will find it functional and others not. While their goal might be convergence it is clear that GDR3 isn't going to do that. It doesn't really matter what other OSs do because MS hasn't prioritized copying even some features some might consider "basic". It is their decision. Swipe would be nice but what if I wa t to close a bunch of apps at once? I'm expected to swipe all of them shut just because you feel an x is ugly? In that use scenario I don't feel swipe would be more functional. See what's happening here? We all have our opinions and preferences while Microsoft has theirs... The question is how do we feel they are responding to our needs and whether what they are doing is enough to retain our interest. Guess what? I need VPN but its not out yet and there isn't a good reason "I" can conceive of to not already have it implemented. But its coming and my life won't come to an end. I would like custom notifications for specific mail folders I pin to start and I've considered other OSs that offer such functionality by third party apps (NitroDesk) but am not ranting at the lack of such a useful behavior as I think the direction the OS is taking is still original enough for me to overlook things I consider deficiencies. Seriously people ought to chill.
  • Why so late in innovation microsoft when every your user had left your platform u should had brought it with launch of windows phone 8 why so late 
  • Please make another video showing the ability to add custome alert tones to emails and text messages.
  • Did anyone notice how fast he could scroll the start screen? This is a performance enhancement indeed. I would really like to be able to scroll faster. That's about all. 
  • I don't see any special things about this update. All are basic features and Microsoft should have put them from the day 1.
  • Be nice if I just had GDR2
  • Can't believe there are members complaint about the X to close apps. Anyway, here is my idea put the three dot at the bottom and let user choose the X or slide down.. How is that, this will satisfy everyone. In the past I have HTC mobile att tilt phone and I custom add the SPB mobile Shell, what I really miss the most is the 3D flow. I would like the closing Apps to be able to select and set to 3D flow as well. When you tilt the phone is also Tilt all of the apps as well. The apps will show in the circle dimension. My first phone was a Nokia keyboard phone. Afterward I been using the Tilt1 and 2 and now 920. I been doing lots of custom rom in Windows mobile in the past, I miss lots of advanced features. I only want phone that have keyboard and able to let me used offline navigation. I was able to install Garmin and TomTom in windows mobile. Biggest reason for me to upgrade to 920 was the Nokia Drive offline. However, after discover of Windows Phone 8, my main features I like the most about WP8 are as follow. The ROOM, FB integrates, Kid Corner, Xbox Live with Avatar (go and touch your Avatar now and see how fun it is), Live Tiles with color changes. I realized that I love all of these features more than the Drive, Cameras, Music, City Lens from Nokia. However, with all of them combines, I am not going to used other devices beside MS&Nokia. I am glad MS bought Nokia to satisfy me more, cause I know it is going to get better. more and More popular official apps coming to WP.
  • This one is clearly fake. There's a detail everyone missed. At the bottom of the Settings menu, there should be Glance and Touch options. Phone in this video has no Glance and Touch options, but the phone in the next video has them. What, they magically appeared over night?
  • Oh boy this is the update I've been hoping for, since it got Rotation lock and X to close out apps. To bad my Network provider haven't approved the GDR2 yet, making it possible that I get this update in 3-4 months from now :(
  • WOW!!! Did i just read india in it??
  • Will 1020 or 925....will also get the GDR3 update...in near future...??? 
  • Where do these devices come from and WHY can't I find one ?
  • this phone is of india !!!!!????\
  • So I'm maybe late on this since I'm still on my HTC Titan, but does the media volume still share the ringer volume on GDR3 and windows phone 8? That and easier acces to settings is the only thing I care about.
  • One change I would really welcome would the ability, universal in all other phones, to go into forwarded or replied emails and edit the thread. There is no way to remove embarassing passages, or, really, anything. Also, I like to address questions in the body of the text, interspersing my responses. I don't know why WP mail won't allow me to do this.