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Glance 'Bittersweet shimmer' notifications revealed by Microsoft Norway in new photo

It’s not exactly a secret that Nokia’s forthcoming ‘Bittersweet shimmer’ firmware update, which will coincide with the GDR3 OS release, will sport Glance screen notifications. Indeed, we speculated as much before it was confirmed two days later in the famous leak of the new Lumia build.

Interestingly, Microsoft Norway just posted this above photo to their Instagram account and if you look closely, you’ll see a few notifications awaiting the owner of that Lumia 925.  Of course the rest of the image is actually highlighting the Surface 2, Xbox controller and Halo Spartan Assault, but that’s still a neat confirmation of this new feature.

From the earlier GDR3 video leak by xs2k

Nokia’s Bittersweet shimmer and GDR3 will presumably be showcased next month in Abu Dhabi, where Nokia will be hosting their final Nokia World event. Nokia is expected to unveil their Lumia 1520 phablet, Lumia 2520 tablet and maybe even a few other Windows Phone tidbits.

Glance screen notifications should greatly enhance the unique Lumia feature. We’ve heard that it was originally supposed to come with GDR2 and Amber but due to time constraints it was pushed back. No word on exact availability of the third and final OS update before Windows Phone 8.1, though November has been suggested.

Source: Microsoft Norway (Instagram); Thanks, Tor A., for the tip!



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Jnbs says:

Sweet (pun intended)

Steven Curl says:

That's cool, and I like how it maintains the positions set in the lock screen menu.

rx74ray says:

OLED screens are infact vulnerable to image burn. I hope the static clock/notifications can move positions every few minutes.

IamDefiler says:

It does that now with Amber/GDR2. So, I can't see it not happening with BSS.

Excellent! Was just thinking about this the other day.

Now if att can start pushing out the Amber update... That'd be great

IamDefiler says:

I wouldn't expect Amber but I would expect BSS/GDR3.

anon5351951 says:

And if Nokia would start pushing out for every other device -__- I'm all excited about bittersweet shimmer and I don't even have amber, waaaaahhhhh :(

Josh Harman says:

I heard that AT&T still hasn't released GDR2 for some Nokias... is that true?

mixxxk says:

Yes, its true... But u can always do it urself ;)

diplomat696 says:

Point is we should not have to do this ourselves. I had the Gen 1 Samsung focus on ATT which never received WP 7.8 so forgive me if starting to be a little upset with ATT support for updates to our phones especially when my 920 is not even a year old!!

gokkenath says:

This is why there is no contract culture in India

Josh Harman says:

But you still have carriers, which is the problem here - not your contract status.

xpxp2002 says:

If you're willing to blow away all your data and flash an image on your phone. The OTA update preserves everything.

TechAbstract says:

You can do manually update but then you'll lose the ability to go back to stock AT&T ROM. I find the stock AT&T ROM has better signal reception than all those new ROM I have tried.

BonzeUK says:

Really? Why has no-one mentioned it? ;-)

SDKevin says:

I don't understand why the Carrier has anything to say about updates. Microsoft should have full control of this process.

4Tiles says:

Because when Nokia released it's first GDR update for the Lumia 920 on AT&T it busted our phones. Thousands of AT&T users then proceeded to contact and complain to AT&T support that their phones were not working. It took a couple of weeks before they could offer a patch to fix the failed update.

Every time an update screws up it costs carriers like AT&T a lot of resources and hurts their company. Now I'm not excusing AT&T's horrible behavior on updates, but I partially understand their rationale for not wanting updates at all. They'd rather make you so frustrated with your current phone's limited capabilities that you just buy a new one from them on contract. AT&T is by far the worst offender. Lumia 928 on Verizon got GDR2 probably more than a month ago.

SDKevin says:

Well all I can say to that is somehow Apple manages it. If they screw it up a fix follows immediately to deal with it.

npoe says:

They should start a beta testing program with users like us :) You know, this is only to save problems to the rest of the users.

Rubios says:

"That is an issue with the phone itself, not our service. We are sorry but there is nothing we can do, you'll have to contact Microsoft for support."
Pretty simple.

Rubios says:

The are lazy and don't really care about the experience their customers have once they bought the device, it's pretty shortsighted but that's Microsoft for you.

SDKevind says:

Unfortunately that attitude is not an option for Microsoft anymore.  They are being pounded into the ground by thier competition.  I think MS has a great product list now.....Surface, Windows phone, XBox and Windows 8.......all awesome once you get to know them but the adoption rate is pathetic.  Microsoft must do everything in its power to make Consumers notice and providing top notch support of these devices is one of many ways to do it.  Providing timely meaningful updates would go a long way. 

Now just add everything else from the lock screen and remove the lock screen...
Because I now have to tap, swipe up and enter my password to open the phone. What next, retina scan prior to the double tap?

WinFan1 says:

Double tapping is no different than pressing the power button to turn your screen on? Swiping up is the unlocking mechanism and password is for security plus its all optional.....

twelvetudors says:

I would kind of like the option to go to the password screen directly from double tap on glance.

sholokov says:

No....I keep glance off and sometimes double tap just to look at the time.

twelvetudors says:

Which is why I said from glance, not from off.

jchapman01 says:

+920 twelvetudors' original replay

makarand14 says:

Actually speaking, Android does allow to completely disable the unlock screen. Just the power key and phone is locked and unlocked.

Also, while password protected, pressing power in sleep mode directly brings up the unlock screen. So in WP, no slide up screen, pressing power key/ double tap, will bring up the PIN screen. That kind of feature would be neat on WP!

You wrote my heart out! It will be such a perfect glance screen and unlocking mechanism, and also every option at your hand.

WPJanssen says:

True! If password is active, swipe up shouldn't be necessary anymore!
If not you'll need some sort of protection for unintended opening, although I never saw that happening.

MarineDawg says:

Unless of course one has relevant information (i.e. app filtered content on lockscreen,) as some of us password users will look at that screen without launching the password input (Thank you Amazing Weather HD.)

Sure it's optional, it just the perception of extra layers of stuff to turn on your phone.

IamDefiler says:

Well, just think of all the times you WON'T need to hit the power button or double tap to see if anything came in. :)

pmich says:

also why i always think Nokia should just put a Notification LED light.  #2 reason i miss my blackberry.

lippidp says:

Yes, I had that on some of my old WM phones. It was good and I would certainly welcome that back.

Rubios says:

Or a biometric scanner... 

wpceej989 says:

Only 5 more days left in September...

Joseph Avena says:

Lets see how long I can hold my breath, 1, 2, 3 .....

hs k says:

Did you die?
Keeping fingers crossed.

Jack Larson1 says:

No he passed out.

Joseph Avena says:

Wake me (electrical shock) when the update comes out.

winphoneng says:

nah, you can't kill yourself by holding your breathe.

walter1832 says:

I just got off of a chat session with an ATT rep.  He said it will be released on 9/31.  Woo-hoo!!!

sholokov says:

Awesome news for non-1020 owners.

dkp23 says:

This is equivalent to never, correct? :)

walter1832 says:


Fellipe Abib says:

Last day in september? LOL

Cary Lake says:

Typical AT&T, there are only 30 days in September

StevePT says:

I just talked to my brother's uncle's cousin who is in charge of AT&T updates and he said "What update?"

Darren Walsh says:

We just need a notification light now and it will be almost the same as my old Nokia 701 !!!

twelvetudors says:

It's seeming like the windows key might be able to function as a notification led.

Blocks9 says:

I would love that to happen, but i doubt it will ever come..

hsn97 says:

I see what you did there.

Credo93 says:

Pleaaaase Nokia release a 5.5" device

OMG55 says:

I'm ready to see some comparison videos of the surface 2 vs ipad 4 or surface pro 2 vs anything out there.

Youre going to have to find the one person in the media tha doesnt have their head all the way up Apple's ass if you want an honest comparison. Good luck!

Daniel do you think with Microsoft buying Nokia they will implement all the amber and bittersweet features into the main OS?

tranite says:

Hah, already pulled and uploaded a new cropped image without the notifications! Didn't take long. Looking forward to this tho!

ahmedjan87 says:


mr toes says:

I can't get excited about gdr3 when it doesn't seem like ill ever get gdr2 :'(

sholokov says:

Walter mentioned above that it's coming Sept 31st.

mr toes says:

I've lost hope because the Nokia support page has said I can get the update for a month and every time I check its not there :(

chunky2055 says:

31st sept.... never gonna happen bud..!! :D

TechFreak1 says:

Are you sure your marking off the days on the right month? Lol -).

jsnod25 says:

September 31st comment was a joke bro. There are only 30 days in the month.

Big Supes says:

Excited to see what exclusive apps Nokia will bring to Windows 8. This is what is holding me back from getting the Surface 2.

thaman04 says:

Honestly dude, if apps are holding you back from getting a Surface 2, you should see what the Surface 2 is capable of.    There's lots of apps already, but the full blown websites work just fine and great on the Surface (whereas on the iPad or Android tablets they work horribly).

Big Supes says:

I have never really been that impressed with IE on RT, but you've sold it well. :) Thanks for sharing.

TechBizJP says:

Can you use the xbox controller to the windows 8 PC or laptop or what?

sholokov says:

Yes...with USB adaptor. I use a Logitech F710 controller with my Surface RT. Works like a charm.

TechBizJP says:

I use also a a controller. But a generic 1. It would be cool to try it out. May be i will. haha

Darkness690 says:

Yes, a wired one plugs right into any USB port. If it's wireless you need an adapter.

bjax says:

Nice, I didn't know about that at all. Thanks!

RodimusMajor says:

Yes! So perfect, I can't wait. Who needs a notification light when you've got this? As long as you've got Glance activated, it's pretty much functionally identical, with the added bonus of actually saying what kind of notification rather than just blinking a nondescript light. Seriously, the old system reminds me of the "problem light" from that early Venture Brothers episode.

xaeryan says:

IT'S ON! ... IT'S OFF! ... IT'S ON! .... IT'S OFF! ...

RodimusMajor says:

Hahaha, this guy knows what I mean!  Go Team Venture!

Master_Mohan says:

Is GDR3 = Windows Phone 8.1? Or both are different?

sholokov says:

GDR3 is the last update before 8.1

danj210 says:

I haven't even gotten amber yet!!!

Might as well just have the screen unlocked at this point

J Papi says:

Bye bye to these exclusive features if/when Microsoft buys Nokia.

WinMaverick says:

Source? I really hope the Nokia software guys will continue their work on Lumia exclusivities under MS as they have done under Nokia. MS should never roll these features into the base OS since they would be competing directly with other Windows phones makers out there and these features specifically stands Lumia apart from Ativ or 8x.

J Papi says:

I was just guessing but if that is what happens, it would suck for them.

sumothong01 says:

Sorry to all the AT&T customers.

OMG55 says:

Why would you apologize to us? I could care less about exclusives, however, what you need to worry about is the fact that ATT will still stock more WP devices, giving us more choice ; )

Mystictrust says:

You COULD care less about exclusives? What would it take for you to care even less? ;)

Aaditya Jha says:

will it come for L520 ??

Every device, every feature the HW permits

walter1832 says:

For us ATT people, GDR3 might as well be called GDR83 'cause we're never going to see it.

Fndlumia says:

You may actually get it first if skipping 2

bjax says:

Does the Xbox 360 controller work with all Surface games or just certain ones?

dinchy87 says:

hmmm i dont get the point now, first it was the clock - ok, but will the next thing be the date and an background picture?! WE HAVE THIS ALREADY! ok one thing is cool because you see always notifications about new stuff happening behind the locked screen, but therefore is the first lock screen, press the button or double tap to look. maybe they should take this time an resources put in this feature and make the lock screen with Microsoft better then it is.

nizzon says:

All these awesome news and no WPCentral podcast/videocast in sight.

Stop this Talk Mobile nonsense and get back to focus on the important stuff. ;)
When is the next episode?

kwajr says:

I tipped that the other day I have message notification working on l925 with amber it show the text on glance screen as it comes in

YianniGR says:

They will not roll gdr3 in November, they will announce the devices end of October! Like Amber probably the new devices will come with gdr3 and then after a month or two they'll roll it OTA for the existing ones..

DreadVenom says:

All i can say about this news..... Yeahhhh boiiii!!!!!!!

uopjo6 says:

Am I the only one that has glance turned off because it kills my battery.

Actually im not sure. Battery has been rough ever since the Amber update. Turned off glance and double tap already since they trigger the sensor and screen on standby.

TechFreak1 says:

Put glance on peek and it will auto time out. I for one find just tapping the screen much quicker than pressing the unlock/ power key. Also i haven't noticed any battery drain with both enabled.

Saving batteries
Glance on Peek = ok
Double Tap OFF = ok

danielgray says:

My battery hasn't been great, but hard to say, as my phone lives on the wireless charger whilst at work.

Fndlumia says:

Glance is far more battery efficient on oled eg. 925,1020 but on LCD (920) it is taxing, double tap to wake is meant to be taxing but I have no issues I'm more pissed about other storage still robbing 4gb on my 920

retyler says:

And yet here I sit waiting for just a bread crumb from AT&T about GDR2. :'(

kwajr says:

Here we go every article

WP95 says:

Another reason why I need to get a lumia

SDKevin says:

I love my WP but these updates are taking WAY TOO LONG!

At least they come more frequent than once a year.

Polkka says:

Finally wp8 and working notifications? LOL

MrGoodSmith says:

"where Nokia will be hosting their final Nokia World event"
True, and the 1520 will probably be the last Nokia flagship. Another reason to own that important piece of history.

JimmyRespawn says:

Should be built in since gdr2

MrSimmix says:

What features will gdr3 get?

Fndlumia says:

Hmmm old meego n9 has this and is over two years old