Bittersweet shimmer will let you pick new colors for night mode on the Glance Screen

Windows Phone 8 Bittersweet shimmer Glance Screen

You love leaks, so we share leaks. The next big update coming to Windows Phone is GDR3 . That will bring the ability for handsets to support quad-core processors (like the Snapdragon 800 processor), 1080p displays, and more. Like GDR2, Nokia will be producing their own update to go with GDR3 for Lumia handsets called Bittersweet shimmer. We’ve seen screenshots from both GDR3 and Bittersweet shimmer, but here’s one more to help satisfy you until you get it on your own devices.

Bittersweet shimmer will be an update for Lumia devices that launches alongside GDR3. It differs from GDR3 in that it enables certain hardware and software features that you can only get with Nokia’s lineup. For example, the GDR2 equivalent of Bittersweet shimmer, Amber, enabled Bluetooth 4.0 in some current Lumia devices.

GDR2 brought the glance screen to Lumia devices. Right now it’s limited to showing you the time and whether or not your phone is on vibrate. It also has a night mode, where instead of white it shows red. You can select when night mode begins and ends. It’s pretty handy, but it looks like Bittersweet shimmer will bring a few more options to the mix. Night mode will now show blue or green as an option. Not groundbreaking, but more customization is something we can always get behind. Edit: According to the leaker, you'll have all 20 colors as options, not just blue and green. 

What else do we know about GDR3 and Bittersweet shimmer?

  • 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
  • Notifications on glance screen

What features are you most looking forward to with the GDR3 and Bittersweet shimmer update? Thinking of adding it to your existing phone or upgrading to a new device like the Lumia 1520? Sound off below!

Source: Twitter

Thanks for the tip Devarshi R!



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Omg I can't wait this awesome!

Just want to be the first to say I love AT&T and all of their support for these updates on my Lumia 920. Thank you!!

ImSoWade says:

Yes we can always count on AT&T!

Dre325 says:

Yeah, my wife is pretty excited about AT&T's screaming fast update system since she is still running Mango on her Focus S and STILL has to deal with the disappearing keyboard. You may have had a good experience, but my experience with their updates has been terrible.

Terry Mason says:

I agree, I haven't even gotten GDR 2 or AMBER updates yet. from ATT what the hell

Dreyer Smit says:

In South Africa, we already got our updates for the Lumia 520, 920, 820, 620 on all carriers.

Robert Grant says:

Yes, a South African! Where you, boet? :)

They even promised the HTC Titan 2 with 7.8. I feel bad for those owners.

jkercado says:

Sarcasm, dude. Sarcasm.

4Tiles says:

Yes these all sound like great features that you probably won't get unless you buy a new phone on AT&T.

cowboy6201 says:

Ya I'm still waiting myself for updates to my 920 and GDR2 nothing yet.

WPmunkey says:

This is the first I am hearing of any issues with ATT and updates. 

myrandex says:

I didn't even know updates existed!

Stevied1991 says:

I'm not a fan of how change.org spams your email inbox. I signed one petition with them years ago and still get emails from them, even after I requested they stop.

Signed... Not that I expect it to change anything. Carriers don't trust MS updates obviously. Which is why we don't get them. If MS was so great with testing them then ATT wouldn't have to find issues with it. ATT doesn't need drama from phones not working. They'd rather make u wait.

tk-093 says:

Actually the fact that VZW pushes out WP updates turbo fast kinda cancels out your post.   Verizon is the ultimate test 'till death carrier and if THEY can push an update out that fast, it tells me there is some severe issues with AT&T.

Pretty sure this is not the way to use Change.org petitions.

They were being sarcastic sir

WPCrook says:

I don't know about anyone else, but here in England, for me O2 was like AT&T. Updates took a shameful amount of time to get to my HTC HD7. I actually had to do that trick where you connected your phone to your laptop, disconnected WiFi, then get the update for Mango. For MANGO lol. So i didn't even get 7.5 the legitimate, secure way because O2 were useless. Oh and HTC generally suck with Windows Phone imo anyway. I'm with Vodafone now, Lumia 920. Couldn't be happier.

The disappearing keyboard is a feature I would like brought back. Maybe in GDR3?

Rishicash says:

This new love for AT&T is Stockholm Syndrome.

AT&T is always first when it comes to updates. I love them too! 920 user!

piaqt says:

Since when? Only reason anyone on AT&T has Amber is they flashed the leaked version. Only thing they're first at is foot-dragging. 920 user; AT&T customer for (sigh) 10 years.
On the bright side, their slowness is why I learned to flash the ROM myself.

MyNL822 says:

Sarcasm!!!Learn it!!!

piaqt says:

Sarcasm!! Back atcha ;)

Reflexx says:

AT&T already has updated my 920 to 8.2!

Thanks for being so super fast AT&T!

Chris Yahya says:

Mine already updated to wp 10.1 ! Thanks nokia!

Chris this literally made me die from laughter. Luckily, AT&T already sent me 12 lives along with GDR 8.5 , so bring on the sarcasm. 

Rick Smits says:

If we're lucky we probably will get GDR2/3 same day.

maxnicks says:

I'm with VZW and just got GDR5. Y'all are waaaay behind...

PeterFnet says:

We won't see this update until 2015

cesar ruiz1 says:

Some people just don't know how great at&t is just see the comments below Lumia 920 user. And thank you at&t your just the best.

oyaug says:

Meanwhile in AT&T HQ… “It has come to my attention that a violation to our company policy has occurred… at this moment we don’t know the detail and extent of it but you can be sure some heads will roll, in the meantime all of you can forget of this year bonus”.

reloaded17 says:

We won't get gdr2 until Windows Phone 9.3 hits. CANT WAIT! (ATT 'hero' carrier can suck my right testicle.)

jkercado says:

Why discriminate against the left one?

rohitsingh says:

Why discriminate against AT&T? They deserve both!!

Daylife says:

Thanks to AT&T not updating my Lumia 920 i will be switching to the Note 3 yay :D 

blackhawk556 says:

I wonder how quickly att will release future updates for the Note 3 after the first initial update.

I'm switching from the Note 3 to iPhone...on the AT&T...

Daylife says:

I can guarantee you that they will be quicker then the Lumia 920 LMFAO. 

vidwa says:

You really can't.

rightisray says:

Not gonna happen.  They are equally horrible with updating Android phones as well, no matter how high end. 

hack14u says:

Well.... My HTC ONE is getting 4.3 tomorrow. I love WP, and WILL be back once it has the basic features that I (we) have grown accustomed to. I sold both of my 920's because the market was falling out on E-Bay and I knew it was a losing propisition, so I had to take what I could get for them. It is because of the lack of updates that sent the prices into a free fall and that's not cool, but I think ATT has done this on purpose. I really don't see the 920 getting GDR3, maybe 2 sometime, but that's it.

hack14u says:

Droid phones usually get a "quick" update, then maybe one other one if you are lucky. It's going to be interesting to see how some of these new phones are going pretty quick to 4.3, but then 4.4 is a whole new version so it will either take forever after it's released, or my bet, never.

Vistaus says:

Yeah, Android updates might not come faster. Remember how long it took for Verizon to update the Nexus previous gen? (just to name an example) Carriers are usually slow with Android updates.

cesar ruiz1 says:

I know at&t is even worst with android updates...

TJWINS says:

I have had to hit the back button 15 times on occasion to close the Facebook app! WTF was Microsoft thinking by not including the close feature from the beginning?!!!

blackhawk556 says:

You're doing it wrong. One long press to bring up the multitasking page, then two very quick presses on the back button will close it down quickly.

That's the *very* first I've ever heard of that option, lol. Thank you!!

TJWINS says:

Thanks this works but only for the last open app not the app in center view on the multitasking view. Also for some reason this trick is not working for the Facebook app. Thanks though...

hack14u says:

I thought you could scroll left and right to see the open apps, click on the one in the center, use the back button and it's closed, no?

kingkoopa09 says:

Umm soo I'll be copin a Nokia 1520 because they won't update my 920 note 3 can eat a dick

rodneyej says:

You're crazy❗

MrSimmix says:

Nooooo! Send me your Lumia if you decide to get the note 3.

kwajr says:

So if they would just put a phone on my tablet I could be cool like yall

RawrrSavior says:

Ohh GDR2...Your updates I have yet to see...

Planblover08 says:

Everyone voice your concerns about AT&T Amber Update here. https://www.facebook.com/#!/ATT?hc_location=stream
I did so and pple are getting pretty vocal.
UPDATE2: Nicole also replied from AT&T. She is probably an intern...
UPDATE: Tracie A. (AT&T FB page manager) responded to my post. So if you want to give her a piece of your mind comment here (on my post). https://www.facebook.com/#!/ATT/posts/10151886780983909?comment_id=29647

DaytonaGTS says:

Thanks, added my two cents for what it was worth.

xandros9 says:

I love the mix of sarcasm and taking-it-seriously in this thread


THE LUMIA 1520 HAS EYE SCROLLING! (someone I know, not into mobilephones as much as me but heard me frequently talk about the device told me they spoke with a guy who had it in his possession, and he demonstrated it for her. The guys wife allegedly is an ATT employees a he's testing it.)
she is a trustworthy person

iboypx says:

At&t sucks...  !! when are u going to release amber!

Jealy666 says:

So many good updates, necessary for WP to succeed. I can't wait!

rodneyej says:

I hate all these updates.. WP is fine just the way it is...

paulxxwall says:

No its missing alot of features to really compete like saying a car is good but there's no radio,ac,power steering,and and bad gas mileage but it runs great.....um

MrSimmix says:

No, Rodney....it isn't.

Rishicash says:

Oh that Rodney! He means well, but just take half of what he says with a grain of salt and ignore the other half.

rodneyej says:

Yes it is❕❕

bkbkjbb says:

No it isn't. WP needs these updates to even stand a chance to compete. Like being able to close apps from the multitasking is perfect and much needed. There's still alot of basic tasks that WP can't perform, and its a shame. Microsoft needs to pick it up before they go down the trail of blackberry.

rodneyej says:

Really❔❔ Lol.

pookiewood says:

I'd agree if it had custom notification tones. It's the only thing I want.

znellu says:

Are you serious?! I don't think WP has reached a point where it can be called a real smartphone OS.
Main issue is with the multitasking. Just as you type something in an app where it takes text input and if you switch to any other app, may be for example, to check the sms you just got and you go back to the previous app, the text you typed will be all gone! I don't think that should be the thing if it is to be called a multitasking OS.

Yakko Warner says:

That's odd, I've seen the opposite behavior.  I've started to type a text message, switched to another app, gone to the home screen, gone into text messaging, pulled up the same conversation, and my half-composed text message is still there.

Clavitox says:

I agree with yako, I've never had multitasking issues on the OS level. They've always been on apps (only two I can think of are Engadget and YouTube)

It happened to me at least once.

rodneyej says:

No, I wasn't serious.. Really❔

Montpbm says:

Don't update then people that don't like updates. :)

SleepyTheDon says:

The updates are cool 1-3 a year is better 0-1 a year

Jf.Vigor says:

I'd have to see a screenshot of what the night mode looks like. Can't picture it. So just a blue or red screen? Doesn't that sap battery rather than a black background?

blessthejon says:

The time when the phone is locked is that color.

You misunderstood. Not a blue or red screen, colour choice for the content that shows up

blessthejon says:

Sounds great. Can't wait to get on my Lumia 1020.

RodimusMajor says:

Same here, this all sounds like a much bigger update than GDR2 was. The notifications on the Glance Screen and the x to close apps are the features that excite me the most. 

navidee says:

Ditto. And the ability to lock the screen from rotating.

RodimusMajor says:

Absolutely! Rotation lock has been a long time coming, and I find it immensely useful for when I'm using my device lying down or something.

abond32 says:

Bitter sweet shimmer..! I'm shimmering right now

teriansilva says:

Ridiculous name... Amber was way better.

walter1832 says:

I was just about to say

Nakazul says:

If there was actually people buying the phones in U.S maybe they would put more effort in to it?

^^^ Agree with this. Windows Phone sales in the U.S. Is hardly a runaway success. Nokia in general have never really been a big deal in the States so it comes as no surprise that networks put very little or no effort into after sales support

cannon#WP says:

I'm sure the feature most Nokia fanboys are waiting for is GDR2 on AT&T.

"I'm sure the feature anyone who has a Lumia 920 on AT&T wants is GDR2"
FTFY. You don't have to be a fanboy to want an update.

blackhawk556 says:

None fanboys don't even know about the update.

Maybe people who aren't tech-savvy, but now you're saying that anyone who owns a Nokia Windows Phone and knows about phone updates is a Nokia fanboy.

That's right!
I am a fanboy!
When the sh*t tries to attack and hits the fan - Oh boy! It's gonna splatter all over the place!
But in a shimmering second the fan is clean again!
Ain't that Bittersweet!

cannon#WP says:

No, I'm talking about the guys here who bash Samsung and HTC for "not supporting" WP when both released updates before Nokia.

cesar ruiz1 says:

It ain't our fault you picked the company who makes great phones but doesn't support the platform you should of bought the 820-821-822 if you didn't want or couldn't have the 920.

FearL0rd says:

Do you know when is the release date?

rodneyej says:

Are you seriously asking this❔

Pretty sure he just asked...

There is always someone who is going to ask this question. I'm just glad I'm not that guy. :D

andrew1967 says:

Oh, the release date for you my friend tomorrow at 7:32pm

Rishicash says:

The exact date has been given. When hell freezes over!

navidee says:

AT&T better release this for my 1020.

Flavio76 says:

well, what happens to a unlocked device from ATT???
i wonder....

Fritzly says:

Same as a locked one. Unbranded makes the difference.

xconomicron says:

The 1020 is MS's/Nokia's baby. I doubt they'll leave this phone behind anytime soon.

I hope you are right, but I doubt it. The 900 was their baby, then the 920. Each seemed to be very quickly dropped with new phone release. It's more like a cute puppy that gets dropped off in the woods whenever they see a younger cuter one.

Rishicash says:

I don't live near any woods so I just take my puppies along with me, pull over on the freeway (safely of course) by some shrubbery, let them out to explore, then run back in the car and gun it! Works every time. Puppies aren't that smart!

I gave my 900 to my wife. So I didn't completely abandon it on the side of the road. I'm sticking with my 920 even if Att is never going to approve the update. *angrily shakes fist* a la Grandpa Simpson.

xconomicron says:

Lol at least the 900 got 7.8. -Nokia pushed that. ---Practically the only phone on ATT to get the update.

With the 1020, it offers the worlds best cameraphone. I think we will continue to see updates from ATT as long as Nokia doesn't come out with another 41MP camera phone.

No doubt about that, but it is ATT and there is a new phablet coming for them to not support. ;)

Xrmer says:

Access video library??

kokola95 says:

I dont think they will release that API in gdr3. But keep the hopes

blackhawk556 says:

They need to update the SDK. I haven't heard gdr3 will come with changes for the the API developers need.

hellodav7 says:

I wish MS would do something like webOS to where you could just flick the app away to close and card view. I'm still missing many features of webOS. :(

I had an HP Touchpad (got 3 on firesale). Definatelly a nice feature. Too bad IOS got that before WP!

rodneyej says:

Rowesoft❔ Please explain.

Agent-P says:

In iOS 7 the way to close apps in the new multitasking view is to flick them upward. No one acknowledges that this was taken from WebOS but if WP implemented it then everyone would say that MS copied it from Apple.

rodneyej says:

Who says that this isn't how it functions❔ It still may do that..

Montpbm says:

Come on now, how many times has Microsoft gotten it right??

webOS and flicking cards(apps) off the top, so much nicer than WP8's current style.  Hitting the back button is painful and antiquated.
Long live webOS, everyone should have had a Pre 3, my first smart phone, and then used iOS or Android or WP.
I'll take an "X" to close an app, still antiquated but much better than hitting a back button 3 times on some app's to close.

They could just do drag down like Win8. It would make sense and be working towards the goal of unification of the ecosystem.

I live in a country where carriers don't get to hold back updates and all phones are international and such. I was looking at some of the cheaper Nokia phones, either one of their newer Lumia-inspired feature phones, or a cheaper Lumia like the 520 for a phone that I can use for very rare tethering and phone calls / SMS.
I don't have huge hands, and was wondering if anyone who owns a 520 can tell me something about how big it is in the hand since it's not the thinnest or even smallest phone. Oh and of course, will the international Lumia 520 get the update close to instantly after the release, or is there some sort of Android-like fragmentation aside from carriers holding back updates in countries like the U.S.?

Jnero20 says:

My hands are small and I use a 920 no problem which is bigger and heavier than the 520. Shouldn't be an issue at all

rikycaldeira says:

My international 920 only got amber in the beginning of the week... Dunno about the 520 though

RiyanR says:

Lumia 520 has a decent sized keyboard which shouldn't be a problem and updates here in the U.K. have rolled out only 2/3 weeks ago. Hope I helped.

Winnabe says:

Hello Matthias, just wanted to tell you that recent batches of all Lumia devices, be it the ones released before GDR2, ship with the Amber update, so you need not worry about that. Two of my friends got the L520 a month ago, and it came with the GDR2. In any case, my L720 and my brother's L520 which were bought pre-GDR2 and are international versions got the Amber update 2 weeks ago. So worry not. :)

Hey, thanks for the response! You mention you have the L720, might I ask how it is in general compared to the L520? I know that it's overall just a 'better' device, with the ClearBlack Display and everything else, and it's really worth the extra $50 to me (L520 is $110 here, L720 is $160). Then again, the 920 is only $230, but I WAS looking for a smaller phone mainly for texting.. decisions, decisions..

Winnabe says:

Hello Matthias, glad to share with you that the L720 is in every way a better device than the L520. And the ClearBlack Display, Gorilla Glass are only the tip of the iceberg. The real value addition is in the enhancement of the user experience- I say this from using both the devices. The touch and display are a delight to use, and not to forget, one of the best cameras with amazing low-light capability in that price range, along with a front facing camera. Plus, you get an equaliser with Dolby surround in the Audio enhancements and the glance screen, both of which are absent in the L520. The L920 has a better camera though and the 1 GB RAM certainly might give it an edge over the L720, as I have actually faced some long waiting times while resuming paused apps, and the occasional app crash. Earlier my L720 used to freeze and restart, but it rarely happens these days (Strange). I believe the L920 doesn't suffer from these occasional glitches (I havn't used it much, so...). But one thing I know is that it is definitely heavier, and since you say you have small hands, the L720, being the best of both worlds, will sit perfectly right there in your hands. :)

Winnabe says:

And yeah, the L720 is one of the thinnest and lightest Lumias around, and rivals the L925 for finesse and form factor. In fact, before the L925 came, I personally considered the L720 the most beautiful Lumia ever.

As far as I know all Nokia Lumia phones are a country version. For Sweden all phones are "Country variant", but in Norway all the phones are available as "Country variant" (no carrier lock in) or available for Telenor. Nokia releases for country and model version when they have completed localization and final testing, if the phone is a carrier version it will take some more time depending on the carrier.

You can see how each model is doing for the amber update here:

Hello Mathias,
I have Lumia 520. The screen is decent for its size and i don't have any complaints against the screen. The lack of ram might show some problems while browsing in tabs because pages would need constant refreshing. I am on Amber update and it's definate that GDR3 update will come to phone soon. It's the best for the price.

Hi Mathias,
I think that you should consider the Lumia 620 also. It is a little bit smaller than the 520 but packs a few more features not found on the 520.

Thanks for the response Worzel! I'm a big design freak, and the 620 while a great device, doesn't fair as well as the 520 in design area. The 620 also happens to be really expensive compared to the 520 and 720 here since its price hasn't dropped nearly as much as those two other devices.

Hi Mathias,
I have to agree about the cost of the 520. You actually get a lot of smartphone for very little money and at the amazing low price point that the 520 sits in there really isn't any other phone that matches it in terms of features and performance. Its design is very nice as well.

tcman88 says:

What does the night mode do other than changing to color of the font?

Sam Sabri says:

That's it. Night mode makes it so your Glance Screen doesn't blind you in the middle of the night. Glance screen tells you the time and will tell show you notifications. 

Rishicash says:

It tucks you in and gives you a nice little kiss on the forehead and says, "Sleep well. I love you." Nice, huh!

Jnero20 says:

Obligatory where's my GDR2 at on my 920 from at&t?

moc426 says:

Sounds like a nice update. I have to see the 1520 in person, my concern is too big of a phone and pretty sure it will be, but maybe I will like it.

Otherwise 920 will continue minus vibration not working right anymore.

I can no longer make phone calls on my 920. I can hear them clearly, but they can never hear me.

Josh Harman says:

Are you not taking it in for repair/replacement?

Happened to me after a small drop. When on speaker they were able to hear me. Used that method for a couple days then one day I turned it off for 10 minutes and when I turned it back on it worked again.

navidee says:

I won't be buying a 1520, but I am dying to see it in person. Im not sold on the mega screen sized phones.

tiomi says:

What does "icon for multitasking apps" mean? Can anyone expand?

Sam Sabri says:

Check our previous coverage for more info on that + video of it in action. Easier to watch than type ;)

apocacrux says:

Or you could just hold the back button on your phone. Those are the "icons"

swizzlerz says:

Wish I had a lumia

JoRdaNeK says:

I also wish you did, i feel sorry for anyone without one, but prepare yourself before you purchase as it could prove costly (owner of L800, L720 and L1020)

Nawzil says:

When I said "How about blue or green?", I just gave those colours as an example, green is my favourite.

But all the 20 colours will be supported.


Sam you can update the post with this info.

Sam Sabri says:

Sweet, thanks! Have any more screenshots? sam@wpcentral is a great email to send them to if you do ;) #hinthint

Nawzil says:

You know it's not possible to take a screenshot of the glance screen.
How about a photo of the Lumia 1520 showing the glance screen? ;)

Nawzil says:

I don't know if I can do that. But I can tell you Lumia 1520 is the best Windows Phone ever built. It feels so good when you hold it in your hand.

sudhisoma says:

Hey..can u please let us know if the battery percentage indicator and notification centre are included in gdr 3? Please reply.. :) It would be very helpful!

Nawzil says:

No, they are in WP8.1

sudhisoma says:

And also...is the option for seperate volume controls included in gdr 3? Or even is that reserved for 8.1? Please respond..:)

sudhisoma says:

And also can u please let us know if the option for seperate volume controls is included in gdr 3? And also if the API's for the developers to access the video library are enabled in gdr 3? Please respond.. :)

MrSimmix says:

So you're the leaker then?

Sambyo says:

Would I have to wait another year for the update?

Nawzil says:

Only if you are an AT&T customer. LOL

GDR3 and Bittersweet shimmer will be released by the end of this year.

Sambyo says:

Thanks for reaffirming my faith on Windows phone. I'll consider the bittersweet shimmer update as a christmas gift.

Devin19 says:

Can you also choose to just turn it off at night? Cuz when i'm asleep i dont need to know what time it is.
And when its charging at night its lighting up my room because it keeps showing glancescreen instead of turning it off after some minutes...

Nawzil says:

Yes, there is an option "Always on when charging" which you can set to On or Off.

sudhisoma says:

Hey..can u please let us know if the battery percentage indicator and notification centre are included in gdr 3? Please reply.. :) It would be very helpful!

Devin19 says:

Thanks for responding so quickly, and that's great, besides notifications that's one thing i was missing atm

Credo93 says:

Hi, what are the exact dimensions of this phone? It would be very very very helpfull to decide wether or not i'm gonna buy it.

IzaacJ says:

To be honest, I don't care that much about the glance settings. What I really want is the possibility for 6 small tiles in one row on my 920. I really hope that it will be available to more devices than the new big screen devices. The 920 has a screen big enough for that!

I wouldn't bet on it.

jlynnm350z says:

Att is going to love to bone us with this one

IzaacJ says:

Unlocked devices in Sweden had to wait about 1,5 month for official Amber update. Which kinda sucks too. But MS should really keep the operators out of the update process. That's the only thing apple had done right IMHO

Ymanish says:

Separate volume control and unlock video library plzzzz

rubenbest says:

Finally custom text tones and email tones etc...

I hope they make it so when I take a screen shot it doesnt make the sound when on silent

Josh Harman says:

Weird, my phone never makes a sound when taking a screenshot. Whether the volume is all the way up or down.

AgentSplurge says:

Really? Mine does, like rubenbest said, whether its on silent or not :/

JoRdaNeK says:

Just took a screenshot of this message on silent *clatching* lol

Just did it as well. No sound and volume is on 10. Did you guys turn off the shutter sound option in the ringtone/sound menu?

rubenbest says:

Turning off the shutter sound in the settings took this off.....but i like the sound when i have my sound off.. But when i put my phone on vibrate i dont want it on... Like the camera

dwane18 says:

this i why i love and preffer to stick to windows phone 8 and nokia because when it gets updated it only makes it better. i do not think there is anything else to add to the android OS and iOS to make it better, ther are old and stale like 3 weeks old bread and filled wilt mold. windows phone is only getting better and better as the days go by

walter1832 says:

BUT...only if we actually get them. AT&T, I'm looking at you!

tds101 says:

"X" to close apps is the only thing I'm missing from Android & IOS,....so I really am dying for my Nokia Lumia 920 to get some update luv. AT&T sux!!!

If att releases this on time, I'll forgive them about GDR2
I just want my upgraded camera, ability to close apps, and glance screen then I'll be happy

kazemYK says:

When it will release, some one answer us

Josh Harman says:

No one knows for sure. Suspected to be late November, early December.

TechFreak1 says:

Finally closing out apps with hammering the back button! Yay!. I hope they add an option to close apps by sliding the app card downwards... never made sense to me why they didnot include that on release.  Also they better enable 4.0 LE on top tier devices some of us will be pretty damn annoyed if they don't.

Yea,they really should do that so it matches up with windows 8(.1)

gibbage says:

Glance screen is the single best feature I love on my 925. This (with notifications) just made it 10x better!

Mristian says:

Was able to make mine Red on glance all the time, when in glance settings, "night mode" can be changed to dim the display time longer, set that at a full 24/7 time, with only one minute to spare, so for the entire day it will display red and only for one minute, white.

Josh Harman says:

I do the same with mine.

JoRdaNeK says:

Me too on my red 720, it just made sense :)

DJCBS says:

From that list, "Custom sounds for text, voice mail, e-mail, and reminders" is the one I'm looking more forward to. It's absolutely pathetic that Microsoft took almost 4 years to bring something to the OS that was present on 10 year old OS's.

Screen rotation lock is another thing that I think will be quite handy.

That said, I have no plans of getting a new device, unless Nokia releases the L929-original in Europe (meaning, the European equivalent of the L929 with the 5" screen). I'm not interested in having the dinner-tray-1520. If they don't, then I'll stick to my L920 until they release new smaller devices or, in the case of their destruction going forward, Sony releases the Z2 .

Fritzly says:

Same here, hoping for a 929 Unbranded. No carriers interferences for me...

hopmedic says:

Almost four years.... On an OS that is about to hit its third anniversary.

DJCBS says:

You do realize that an OS isn't developed 2 days before going to stores, right?

Darren Walsh says:

Att will have windows 8.1 before Nokia does!!!

Josh Harman says:

I have Windows 8.1 preview right now, had it since July/August.

hopmedic says:

Anyone with an MSDN account can get Windows 8.1 right now. Been running it on two PCs since they released the RTM to subscribers.

cooljatt says:

I cant wait for lumia 1520 .. I will upgrade from my current wp8 to 1520 quad core with full hd display

Dre325 says:

Glance is the only feature I see in this update that I'm looking forward to. If only there was a damn notification system that worked properly once I unlock my phone so I can see what they are (other than number of emails amd texts). I got an espn toast at work yesterday that said "Seahawks will play without 5...". Clicking on it, there was no article on that topic. Notifications are my biggest beef with this while OS

Josh Harman says:

That's not the OS with that particular problem, it's ESPN's fault.
The ESPN Scorecenter app is full of problems and doesn't use WP8 features well at all. I communicated with ESPN's customer support/"engineers", and they are all clueless on WP8.
Bing News app's toasts, when selected, go straight to the corresponding articles and are delivered on time and so are some other apps like Twitter.

JellymanEN says:

And how quick are ATT with updates on Android ? :-)

JoRdaNeK says:

Superfastsucksamdungsdickmakeapplecumintheirassandsuckitoutwithastraw fast....and that's fast!

icstars989 says:

I need confirmation on custom notifications. WPCentral says they're coming to GDR3 but it's never in any of these builds that leak. Its become my white whale.

Nawzil says:

I am confirming it to you now, are you happy? :)

More info here: www.Nawzil.com/WindowsPhone8

lubbalots says:

I'd like see 3D transparent tiles so you can add background pics, IR blaster, in tile music player control, picture password like w8, swipe up or down to close in multitasking instead of X, duel screen like in the the Samsung Note (more ore less a tile with dual function). So many ideas I have. If only I knew how to hack and program. WP wouldbe top notch in my world.

DJCBS says:

3D transparent tiles so you can add background pictures...you mean like iOS and Android? I think the idea of the tiles was precicely so you don't need a background picture.
Swipe to close apps in multitasking like iOS and Android? There I have to agree. Though I would prefer a general "swipe down to close" just like it happens on W8.
Actually, they should standardize the gestures between W8 and WP8.

lubbalots says:

I prefer functional over pride. If it will get WP to the top, I'll add all of it if i had the skills, but in no way assume I will copy.

vitaliano says:

Let's see what merging of WP and WRT will bring in terms of standardization.

Dean McCrae says:

Hard to be excited about glance settings, particularly since they shipped a buggy UI for it already. Windows Phone would greatly benefit from a background task platform that is robust and reliable, instead.

Josh Harman says:

Glance works great on my phone.

apocacrux says:

What sort of bugs are you experience. I have found no issues with Glance.

Dean McCrae says:

A recent update explicitly added the word Notifications along with Clock. Do you see notifications on your glance screen?

Notifications in this sense refers to icons for charging and when the phone is set to vibrate

Dean McCrae says:

I don't think so. WPCentral reported that the notification feature was pulled from Amber due to time constraints. But, assuming you are right, Wurzzle, that is even worse - to call those status elements notifications is just adding to the BS.

apocacrux says:

Improper wording is not a bug. As you mentioned the notifications feature was pulled and will be in BSS update with GDR3. Not a bug.

Dean McCrae says:

Indeed its a bug to leave the UI reflecting behavior that was removed. They even altered it in a Glance update after Amber, and still left it wrong. Agreed, its not a biggy. But I question Nokias software development prowess; I guess I don't just automatically get excited about everything they do, although I like my 925 and the 920 before that.

KeOnte Smith says:

Customs txt tones

Kaye Morales says:

How about notification center?

vitaliano says:

That's in 8.1.

Rem97 says:

Not until WP8.1 early next year.

SamiSaifDine says:

Just improve the battery

Jazmac says:

I will probably need to buy a new Nokia in order to enjoy any new features.

I can't tell if you guys at the top are being sarcastic or not. I assume yes. Att probably decided to skip gdr2 since 3 is coming right behind it. Supposed to be in November right?

+Several volume profiles
notification center and improve the battery life

1. Text reply to all calls
2. Ability to search in message hub
3. Ability to record calls
4. Separate volume controls for apps and ringer
5. Easier way to make songs as ringtones
6. Ability to edit emails when being forwarded
7. More information incall log
8. Color mix for creating your own Live Tiles color.
9. Improvement in speaker volume specially while on call (Don't know if this is possible)
Can think of these as of now...

xrs22 says:

There will be then a color gradient in the next update?

DJCBS says:

In 8.1 maybe. If they decide to bring WP8 closer to Windows 8.1, that's a logical and honestly welcome step.

JoRdaNeK says:

I've got two answers (assuming you're holding a Nokia phone) for question 5=Nokia ringtone maker is really simple to use and for question 8=try wiztiles, honestly I've made some great tiles with it, but they have limited uses

neel07 says:

Notification center,battery in %,

apocacrux says:

Battery percentage can be seen in settings, under Battery Saver.


just click that glance, and in windows marketplace u can see exactly the same picture, it has been there for such an long time, so I was searching how to change it to blue, nice to hear that gdr3 will make it possible

hopmedic says:

I'm most looking forward to the feature that will get people to stop whining about "Without [Insert feature here] Windows phone doesn't stand a chance."

Yup! Forgot to add this to my list.
If I understand you correctly,... :)

That would be a killer feature ;-)

Any minute now....?