GDR3 Update 3 Windows Phone 8

Hands on video tour of Windows Phone 8 Update 3

Earlier today, Microsoft surprised the Windows Phone community by not only announcing all the new features in GDR3, but by announcing the Developer Preview Program. That just announced program allows developers and enthusiasts to download the latest operating system updates from Microsoft. In fact it was just a few hours after those announcements that the Preview for Developers app went live allowing everyone to download GDR3, which Microsoft is calling Update 3. Let’s check it out those features in Update 3 for Windows Phone 8. 

First off, if you’ve been following the leaks and rumors from the past few months around GDR3 you should know this wasn’t going to be a monumental update. You’re going to need to wait for Windows Phone 8.1 (a.k.a. Blue) if you want to have your socks knocked off. Instead, GDR3 was an incremental update, one that’s giving your current handsets some much welcomed features while at the same time preparing for the next wave of Windows Phone devices – those in the 5 and 6-inch range. Let’s first check out the features we get today on our current handsets.

Goodnight App

GDR3 Bluetooth Tones

Windows Phone has had multi-tasking since the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update. By holding the back button you can see your most recent running apps. It worked reasonably well, but closing apps was a bit of a pain. You’d need to hit your back button a bunch of times to close out any running apps, not the best but it worked. Update 3 for Windows Phone introduces a few changes to that card view. First you’ve got the app icon next to the name beneath the card of the running app. Second, we’ve got a giant ‘X’ in the top right hand corner of the app. Tap that and you’ll close the app out. Simple and it works great.

While Windows Phone manages memory efficiently throughout the system, some of the more OCD among us like having the ability to close an app manually. It’s here and while others would have liked a gesture based solution like on iOS or WebOS, this is what we’re working with. As far as we know, this is how closing apps will work on any near future versions of Windows Phone, no gestures in sight. Honestly? Its fine and we’re digging the ability. Apparent you are too, it’s the most voted feature in our poll from earlier.

Ringtone for you, ringtone for her, custom ringtones for everyone!

Update 3 finally brings a feature users have been requesting for nearly three years now on Windows Phone – the ability to set customs tones for text, IM, voicemail, email, and reminders. GDR3 does that with aplomb and gives you the ability to set custom tones per contact. Just edit a contacts info and you can select your different tones for when they call or text you. For everything else, head into the ringtone and sounds section in settings and twiddle with what tones you want for your various notifications.

It’s a feature everyone’s been wanting and we’re glad to see it here. For example, you can bet mother-in-laws will be set to the tune of The Imperial March

Phone storage overhaul

GDR3 Phone Storage

The clouds parted, trumpets sounded, and the Windows Phone nation shouted together in happiness. Our Other Storage woes might just be a thing of the past. Update 3 brings improved storage management to Windows Phone. Check the video out above to see the process in action. The gist is that the phone storage section your settings has been overhauled. You’ll see a new graphical interface for how your storage is being utilized. Our favorite feature is scrolling down to the “temporary files” section, tapping it, and deleting all those files. Temporary files can accumulate on your phone over time and if you’re running out of space you can head there to quickly nuke them.

Don’t move

You’re lying in bed, browsing Twitter and click a link to a story you want to read. It opens in IE but the browser moves sideways. Wouldn’t it be nice if Windows Phone had an orientation lock to keep things from moving all over the place? It’s finally here, but it can be better.

Orientation lock is buried in the settings on your phone with Update 3. We would have preferred a faster way to lock or unlock our orientation. For example, placing an icon that you can toggle on and off in the volume controls would have been a nice touch. But at least it’s finally here. Hopefully they’ll listen to more of our feedback and improve functionality of this feature we’ve all been waiting for.

Driving mode, the most underrated feature in Update 3

GDR3 Driving Mode

Let’s first talk about Driving mode before I tell you why I think it’s usefulness is underrated. What’s Driving Mode? Check the video out above to see it in action, but basically you can have your phone ignore incoming calls and texts while you’re driving. While in Driving Mode, your phone can, as an option, sent pre-made messages to those trying to contact you. We’re big fans of NOT using our smartphones while driving, but we’re human and slip up from time to time. By using Driving Mode we’ll be less tempted to use our phones while operating a thousand pound death trap. It’s pretty slick how it works too. Driving Mode is enabled anytime it connects to a pre-selected Bluetooth device, like your car’s audio system.

But the functionality of Driving Mode goes beyond just keeping you safe while driving. I think it can also be useful in niche situations where you want to use your phone for things like music, but don’t want to be distracted by incoming messages or calls.

Maybe you’re studying for a huge exam or getting swoll in the gym, Driving Mode can be used to keep you focused on your goals. Maybe the Windows Phone team should consider not just driving mode, but different profiles you can select for your phone based on location, connections to certain devices, or any other situation you manually put your phone. That idea has some potential.

Various Update 3 knickknacks

GDR3 New Status Icons
New status icons layout in GDR3

Those things listed above are the main features of GDR3/Update 3 that we’re most stoked about, but there are other various things in the update that are useful. For example, you can now connect to Wi-Fi in the out-of-box-experience when you’re first setting up your phone. This is useful if you don’t have a SIM card in, but want to immediately get started with signing into your Microsoft Account on a new phone.

Update 3 also makes Windows Phone easier to use for those having a hard time hearing, seeing, and using Windows Phone. Various controls in the ease of access section of the settings have been improved for those needing them.

Internet sharing picks up some new features. You can now pair your Windows Phone with Update 3 to a Windows 8.1 device over Bluetooth, after that just select the network name and you’re connected. Easy as pie. We tried it out and love it on our Lumia 925 and Surface Pro, both running the latest software from Microsoft.

GDR3 for today and tomorrow

Abu Dhabi Nokia

GDR3 works on all Windows Phone 8 devices available right now and is important for enabling the next big change in hardware for Windows Phone. None of the handsets have it yet, but GDR3 enables support for 1080p displays. That’s Full HD and a resolution that’s expected to come to rumored devices like the Lumia 1520 and 929/1320. We’ll probably be seeing those next week in Abu Dhabi, but in the meantime GDR3 is what’s going to make those possible. Those large displays with 1080p will have the ability to display up to 6 Live tiles in a row, assuming you’re using the smallest Live tile.

Those new devices are going to need some new processing power, which is what GDR3 is also enabling. Windows Phone devices have always been powered by some type of silicon from Qualcomm in the Snapdragon family of Systems on a chip (Soc). The latest and greatest will be supported on Windows Phone because of GDR3. The Snapdragon 800 processor can currently be found on phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2, but starting next week we’ll probably be seeing it inside the Lumia 1520. Specifically the MSM8974 model number, which is a quad-core processor. Bonkers.

That’s the future, one we’ll seeing next week in Abu Dhabi. We’ll be live from the Middle East to bring you the latest and greatest from Nokia and Microsoft.

That’s your look at Update 3 for Windows Phone 8. Sound off with your impressions below!

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appscraze says:

Nice features..

They're alright really, WP8 is catching up at the moment. I'd really like to see a better music player or at least better metadata input/music matching. I'd also like to see Wi-Fi Direct support and Miracast support (this is a big one). integrated File Manager, all the features of PC  are currently, and only possible in Android.....THIS IS WINDOWS, IT HAS TO change. Microsoft has to get this in their head "shoot to thrill, play to kill"

wpdude says:

I agree about the music player, Zune was better than what is currently on wp8. When they updated to 8, the player lost some functions. And agree on a file manager.

Andre Blonde says:

Owh there're so much more functional we are lacking on our phones. Which makes every small thing feel like happiness. :) Player could be way better i agree. A file manager, there was a program on my Nokia n97 called "explore" it was the greatest app in the world i spent so much time in it. Wish something like that would be introduced in wp. Or may be soon some sort of jailbreak could let the app like that be on this beautiful phone.

youhy says:

And where is the possibility to pin 6 small tiles on lumia 920? Or they will bring it with bittersweet shimmer? LOL now operation system is 2,4 Gb instead of 1.9 Gb. They've solved other folder problem;D

RyanAMG says:

MS pulled on non 1080p screens I was really hoping for this on my 928. Hopefully they will revisit this in 8.1

Andre Blonde says:

Haha nice sarcasm. Just shift the other storage to a system files so nobody complains. But yeah i still have the other at 1.4 Gb anyway

Andre Blonde says:

Also about 6 tiles was the experimental anyway of course it would be nice to have it like in settings just flick a switch to use 2 mis tiles or 3 coz some of us(not me) would still like to have big sized tiles.

sri_tech says:

Any one having the issue with clearing temp. files?
It says "Deleting temp files.." but no space is recovered for me.

nizzon says:

Haha, why am I not surprised.

Josh Harman says:

It says its a background process, so its not designed for immediate feedback.
I would imagine that right after installing Update 3, your temp wouldn't be that high.

wizaard says:

Have you read the description? It is a background process, it takes some time and there is no guarantee it gets entirely or even mostly deleted.

Carkid367 says:

Yes I hit it hours ago and my temporary storage is still the same... It can't possibly take that long to clear the files...

baron1996 says:

Hey my temp dropped 50 mb approx in about a min (rechecked)

IceDree says:

Mine gained 28MB -__-

lpforthewin says:

Maybe try a soft reset? On my 820 it deleted 400mb ish of files in less than a minute

same here too 

Marco Gomes1 says:

Did you even bother to read the article above?! Give it a try, it´ll prevent useless questions.

Dreyer Smit says:

I just like the fact that you'll get updates without having to wait for carriers.

Really nice features, so looking forward to the "mother of all windows phone" announcement next week.

The next major update for Microsoft must be a revamp/update to the windows store both in design and quality. Apple, Google & Amazon stores outshine WP Store. We need a one-stop-shop for music, books, movies, tv shows, magazines, apps & games all within the store.

Ezra Brooks says:

I found two new options under the cellular heading in the settings menu. They have to do with controlling and/or restricting background data use. Hadn't seen any mention of them on here, so I thought I'd shed some light on them...everybody enjoy! I am pumped about getting the update as soon as it was announced after having to wait for at&t to release the last one. I updated my 920, and then I did my girls 520 also, and they are both working perfectly!!

Josh Harman says:

I see nothing new under "Cellular".

Ezra Brooks says:

Maybe it came with the gdr2 update, I'm not sure since three came immediately afterwards, but my girlfriends 520 didn't have the two new check boxes under cellular unto after I put the 3rd update on it. Just trying to help, because they are most definitely there, and they weren't before I did there updates. I'm sure of it. I have a screenshot. I just haven't figured out how I can post it. No worries though! What matters is that we got our update in a timely manner. Everybody enjoy!

squire777 says:

Any idea if music syncing has been improved?
Or does it still automatically mess up album info and cover art?

Josh Harman says:

Not sure, but I have definitely seen improvements to the Music app. Songs load instantly, whereas before there was a bit of lag (because of the extreme size of my collection).

stui83 says:

Back door bragger :)

Josh Harman says:

Need to know info.

IceDree says:

I think you Connect With Xbox Music option on , that what messes up the album info & cover art.

stevethenerd says:

Alot of these things get solved with windows 8.1

Groover1971 says:

I finally got my music semi-straightened out with no duplicate music (or pictures). I'm afraid to sync my phone or copy music to it from the pc. Luckily, I have Xbox Music so I can download whatever songs I want over WiFi which is about the same speed. Still, it would be nice to know if I can safely sync with my computer again.

rubenbest says:

Lol upload while the east coast sleeps huh?

ktl88 says:

Man, loving my phone more and more. Don't know what I'll feel when I get 8.1. Go MSFT!!!

icyrock1 says:

excitement, duh. :P
Though, multitasking could have been improved better (a small x, really? it should have been swype to dismiss like webOS or android) but that's nitpicking at this point.

lancguy says:

But you know what, I absolutely love this feature.  I don't have to mash my back key to get out of a web browsing session.  This was such an issue for me since I had to use the website for my bank.  If you hit the back it tries to reload data that is no longer valid.  It's even worst if you just start web surfing.  You have to back out of every page you went to.  So you just have to keep mashing the back button to get out of the ap.  I think this above all the other new stuff is the best new feature in GDR3.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Really?! Why the hell should it be the same as webOS or android?!

Salman Shah says:

MSFT is not a copycat like Android and IOS.

Jas00555 says:

Will I get bittersweet shimmer OTA since I flashed my 920 to a French ROM to get amber and updated to gdr3 today?

Fellipe Abib says:

Yes! Don't worry!

cesar ruiz1 says:

I did the same, very mad at at&t

Sunofabob says:

At&t bothers me as well. When I get time I will throw gdr3 on my 920.

cesar ruiz1 says:

Gdr3 is still in preview and we are at least a month till we get nokias update.

icyrock1 says:

Unfortunately, it's in AT&T's best interest to not update there phones so that people upgrade more often.

That's a nice name for a phone haha

hohohohanfan says:

now wondering if sam supports lakers

kiddj55 says:

Kid's Corner is not the same. Daniel said it was in the video. It no longer takes on the password of your phone therefore it can be accessed without a password now!

That's unchanged. I never had a password set for my Kid's Corner, but "my" side always has.

DaytonaGTS says:

That will make life alot easier!!!

irvin792 says:

Mine still takes on the password

sjames79 says:

It still needs a password on mine - and there's no where to set it seperately.
It won't prompt for a password if it hasn't gone over the timeout limit - but as soon as the main lockscreen needs a password, so does Kids Corner

callomancave says:

Kid's Corner still works the same. My phone is unlocked, i hit the power key to turn off the screen, hit it again to turn it on, I swipe to Kid's Corner, kids play, kids hit power button and try to login 5 seconds later and are greeted by my lock screen password. Works like a charm. And my password lock is ser for 30 minutes.

md_minhaj says:

What about notification center? :S

DJCBS says:

That's a 8.1 feature. It wasn't supposed to come in GDR3 ;)

Sunofabob says:

I think that's a good idea. A way for them to polish it up, keep us happy, and ensure continued drooling.

erzhik says:

Or they are out of ideas and want to give us notifications with bigger release just to "wow" us even though it was probably ready before GDR2.

DJCBS says:

Btw, Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1f and the upcoming Z2 (the real competitors to Nokias 1320 and 1520) also have the Snapdragon 800;) And I have a feeling the Nokia 1320 will also have it.

Shiroi says:

I hope they reuse the 920 design with a 5-inch screen. That would be too sweet!

Sunofabob says:

Yup. I love the 920 design over all. The 928 is slick tho.

stevethenerd says:

Don't get me wrong I love my 920, but its a tank... If they keep this design, it has to get ligther.

lippidp says:

It is not a tank. You are a wimp...

TechFreak1 says:

Lol, the L920 is light as a feather can easily use it one handed. Also if my little nephew that is 2 yrs old is able to hold it without complaining lol. Though not a big fan of pacifying kids with phones and tablets, my uncle pesters me for my phone when i visit as he is reluctant to give him his iphone. Kids corner for the win!.

RyanDaLyon says:

Do I have to have wpsdk 8.0 to u lock my device?

wizaard says:

No, you only need to be registered developer.

Ajay Tawrani says:

What's MS/Nokia doing about File Manager?

wizaard says:

I kind of don't get the histery about file manager - what will it be good for on Windows Phone? You cannot access OS files, you cannot access apps' files, only pictures, music and docs are accessible. And for those you already have an app.

ahmedjan87 says:

It'll be more organized

Sunofabob says:

I agree with overall organization. But WP will allow your apps to open their associated files. For instance, I have vba8 and it takes roms. As soon as I downloaded the rom via ie it automatically showed up in the vba8 app.

iyae says:

What if I want to download a file onto my phone, and then email it to a friend? I can't unless its a picture. Please show me how I can save documents to my phone and then email them to people? I can't work that out. :/

aerosmillie says:

Word docs? Go into office and share via email.

jamsjordn says:

1. Open Office
2. Tap phone
3. Hold down on the file you want to send
4. Select email account
5. The rest is simple
3. Open file you want to send
4. Tap 3 dots
5. Tap share
6. Select email account
7 The rest is simple


diplomat696 says:

Lol, 6. Profit!!
8. Profit!!

rdubmu says:

It didn't change

TechFreak1 says:

Though you are currently limited to attaching one document per email (i don't have update 3 installed to check if different), as if you try to attach another the folder defaults to the pictures hub. Have to use something like skydrive to get around that.

Jeric820PH says:

How I wish the 6 tiles will be available for 480x800 res phones

Fellipe Abib says:

I don't think it is going to be cool..
I think it should be REALLY small and not funcion at all

travisel says:

Only in 1080p mode!

mpt15 says:

Hey, you guys at WPC had mentioned attaching different file types in emails. Any clue if that really will be available?

phito says:

Is available, use the office hub to share the file

mpt15 says:

That's available in WP 7.8 too. What I mean is can you attach multiple Office files in an email and from the email app, especially when replying to a mail.

wizaard says:

AFAIK no, clicking "attachment" only gives you the option to attach a photo/image. That's kind of disappionting... :-( But maybe I am missing something?

mpt15 says:

WPC had reported that attaching office documents would be available in gdr3. I wanted to know if it is available in the preview. If not, then is there any information on whether this will be available any time soon.

rockstarzzz says:

Its not in this preview. I am hoping that and ability to use custom tones for apps too, comes in a final version!

wizaard says:

It probably will made be available in the future update(s) for the preview, because for example the storage manager doesn't show installed apps management even though the description is there. So I assume there are going to be some additional updates before final version.

I have a feeling that this is what we will get.  Keep in mind that GDR3 is being released with the new 1080p phones.  That means it has to be ready before the devices complete the manufacturing process.  The new phones are rumored to be available in November, so they have to complete the first batch and have them shipped to the stores before they are available for sale.  I doubt there is enough time to distribute a new release and still allow all that to happen on time.

ChanceW says:

Another tiny but welcome addition is the fact that if you have "phone" as a filter on the song list, your phone will only add music downloaded on your phone to the now playing playlist . A good tweak for those like me who want to shuffle through music without worrying about the data associated with streaming.

CJ Thunder says:

A little check box for better hands free goodness over by as well. Anyone notice it actually helping?

makaone says:

What feature is this cant seem to understand you

DalekSnare says:

Must mean the advanced BT options.

I am really happy about the screen rotation lock! Haha, I use to have it on my Nokia N8, I wonder if at a later stage MS would release an update so you can turn it on or off for certain apps only? That would be really awesome :)

Lumia 8x says:

Sad thing is, Microsoft baked that feature from wp7. For some reason they didn't released it. So we all had that feature, Microsoft didn't allow it. Only Venue Pro had rotation lock in the history of windows phone before gdr3 came along.

Josh Harman says:

Apps already have the individual ability to set rotation lock.

Oh, how do you do that? Without changing the settings in the app?

nizzon says:

99% of the times I have been swearing over the before non existing rotation lock has been navigating the OS, not apps.

Sunofabob says:

Some apps force it and some dont.

erzhik says:

Only a handful of them do. So far, after 12 months of use, I noticed 2.

Adretheon says:

I might actually use Driving Mode if it wasn't bluetooth only. I wonder why they didn't implement a "if plugged into the AUX port" as well like they have for voice texting.

Cleavitt76 says:

Probably because there would be no way to identify a pair of headphones vs an aux port on a car stereo. Bluetooth has unique identifiers.

Adretheon says:

No, but it can read that something is plugged in. So when something gets plugged in then you can kick on driving mode. Cause it doesn't have to be just AUX, I'd like it for when I'm mowing the lawn and listening to my music.

cdbstl76 says:

I am so with you! I hate the audible notifications when listening to music!!!!!!!!!!

I guess it will turn your alerts off now if you're in a taxi or on the bus, and message callers that you are driving. :)

Braumin says:

I agree with you that it's a valid point, but I can see why they made it bluetooth only.
However, I have two solutions for you:
1. Pin driving mode to your start screen and manually enable (bleh)
2. Buy a Blackberry Music Gateway, pair it to your phone, and stop plugging your phone into a cable.  The gateway can be found on
For $50 you won't regret it.  I have one and love it.  Likely the only blackberry product I'll ever own.

what about cortana voice assistant?
what about media sharing directly from gallery for chat apps?

stevethenerd says:

Media sharing works now...

u mean we can now send music and videos via whatsapp?

stevethenerd says:

No what's app doesn't utilize this feature... I have done this several times with kik

no even kik doesnt allow in my windows 8 lumia 820. it only allows to record audio/video and sent. doesnt allow selecting the same from music player/gallery. ur kik allows now after gdr3 or since the gdr1?

this option comes only when i try to send a photo. this option wont come if i try to share video or audio clip.

You can share directly from the photo gallery now to chat apps. I share images from the gallery with WhatsApp. For some reason I can't with videos, but I think that has to do with WhatsApp and not the OS.

im talking about videos and musix only which even I cant share. Photo sharing is allowed I know.

MrTimSmith says:

Joe Belfiore mentioned on twitter in response to Dr Pizza that making a rotation lock tile should be possible for developers. He said he was 90% sure.

Grimlock says:

Does that mean it will toggle direct from the tile or is it just a shortcut to the settings?

Sunofabob says:

Usually a shortcut. I have an app with a bunch of toggles but they're all shortcuts.

iruel865 says:

Im very pleased of how Windows Phone has been doing, but damn! I was really hoping to be able to customize the notification sounds! Its a bit frustrating to hear the same sound when you get a message from WhatsApp, IM+, Twitter, Facebook, 6tagram, and any other apps that uses the notification service. Next update, perhaps? :)

I think Microsoft only implements 30% of the stuff where you write "WP8.1". Don't tease people.

sunhi3man says:

Apps will be able to have custom sounds for toast notifications, but they will need to update the app to support that.

Josh Harman says:

I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere, particularly, not in dev docs.

moc426 says:

Nice write up of the features. Driving mode profiles is a good idea.

N8tiveT3ch says:

I don't know if this was present in GDR2 but in system settings > Cellular. You can tell apps running in back to turn off when roaming. I never roam but could be helpful.

travisel says:

Yes you can turn off roaming data in GDR2!

mpt15 says:

That was available since WP 7.5

Munkeyphyst says:

Update 3 allows you to limit background data but retain initiated data while roaming. This is different.

mpt15 says:

Ah, I see. Thanks!

AdamBale says:

What about Glance, can it display the missed calls, incoming text, etc.. ?

No, that's firmware that is coming from Nokia later on. This is an OS update.

AdamBale says:

Oh Yeah, sorry, my mistake, I forgott that this is just MS update...

Sarang68 says:

What's that band on the finger on your left hand? Not some injury hope?

gerzhwin says:

In the phone update settings, the option for notifying about new updates is gone.

baron1996 says:

Yeah i just checked but i dont understand??why have they done this

hprvez says:

It's forced ON, since you may not get to know when preview updates will be released, but you MUST want to know that for testing you apps :)

My phone us called Black Mamba too #spooky

mtmjr90 says:

Rotation lock is. The. Best. Thing. Ever! Seriously, been waiting 2+ years for it...

Also wanted to use Driving Mode as a "night mode" so that only calls notify me while sleeping...unfortunately it seems to REQUIRE a Bluetooth device. a) don't have one, b) no option to manually toggle driving mode on while not connected to said BT device? I realize it's a preview...but I have a feeling that won't change with GDR3's official release...back to manually turning off vibrate, text sounds, email sounds, & "all other notification" sounds each night and re-enabling each morning :(

eddie irvine says:

Why don't you use flight mode during the night???

quantum tao says:

because then it would block emergency calls.

quantum tao says:

agreed, night mode is really needed. why do i remeber having it before? was it in wp7?

terrokkinit says:

Thanks folks at WPCentral! I'm loving the update; closing apps is a lot easier now! And having a Zelda ringtone for my texts makes me happy! Yay!

mondokjm says:

Zelda text and email tones were the first things I added after updating haha

aienjell says:

lol, thats funny because I've been waiting to do the same thing. My old HTC Kaiser was Zelda themed. Custom colors, sounds, backgrounds, etc. Love those damn games.

bdlou says:

You have to find all of the pieces of the Triforce and defeat Gannon first.

kleider1 says:

I wonder, will any future update be able to allow me to share pics with an android device through NFC? Or will it only ever be from WP to WP?

travisel says:

You always could share photos through NFC! You have to turn it on both phone's! Android need's a app called beam download it and try.
I do it with my ATIV S (GDR3) to Galaxy S3 (Android 4.3) to ATIV S (GDR3) all the time!

kleider1 says:

Thanks, I'll give that a try.

travisel says:

Microsoft to show the Microsoft Surface Phone Lumia @CES 2014 be the first Windows Phone 8.1 device showed till WMC 2014 in February along with LG & Sony again.

Surface Mini & Pro Mini

For now be happy with GDR3!

travisel says:

Windows Phone 8.1 should be equal to Android 4.4 & iOS7.1 this February 2014! Apple will fall in 6 months to #3 spot!! ...WP8.1 #2

ThePKReddy says:

We would love that, but not going to be the reality.

travisel says:

Why not?

Windows Phone @7% market share

iPhone @12% market share

There is only 5% market share difference now! iOS7 is falling and in February WP8.1 coming to destroy iOS7.1 with in 6 months! @10% in 3Q 2014.

travisel says:

Android @80%
BlackBerry @1%

Forgot to add :)

erzhik says:

iOS7 is not falling to 3rd for the next 3-4 years.

I have been waiting for custom SMS tone .I'm going to cry tears of joy.....WINDOWS PHONE FOR THE WIN !!

Fndlumia says:

Ok Nokia we all need to test BSS so now its your turn.... Nokia dev preview

Ajay Tawrani says:

I wonder what makes MS think WP8 is a business phone?

Josh Harman says:

Probably the businesses that are adopting WP.

lippidp says:

They know it is not, but neither is Android or Apple OS (I refuse to call it iOS as IOS is for Cisco). Blackberry is the only remaining business mobile OS after WM was killed off. The consumerization of IT is almost complete as Blackberry draws its final breath. Yay touch screens, social media, videos and games!...

Josh Harman says:

I think after WP 8.1 and the Enterprise Service Pack, WP will be a viable business phone.

eddie irvine says:

I've installed GDR3 on my Lumia 920.
Actually there are not so many interesting changes.
For me the most interesting one is the ability to close apps.
In my opinion MS should urgently clean up the settings menu:
It's really a pain to search for a specific setting there.
They should group it in the way it's done under iOS and Android.
And there are much-needed improvements to be implemented regarding IE (store passwords, sync with W8.1) and the music player!
I don't get why they introduce 'unimportant' stuff like the 'driving mode' first...

Sarang68 says:

Anyone can tell if auto answer is available through Bluetooth or any other way?

Ouzzi says:

Okay this is confusing I thought Nokia was the one adding features to WP and such.
What is their "bittersweet shimmer" update going to have ? 

gerzhwin says:

Nokia phone specific improvements and additions.

jbz7 says:

That's just still not good enough. These features should have been implemented since wp8 released

jbz7 says:

And sadly, most android and apple users would just be shocked how these basic functions only exist now

ladydias says:

Actually most Android and Apple users don't even realize they have settings beyond putting up a background picture and maybe setting a ringtone for their loved ones. Maybe. Joe Schmoe doesn't realize their phone does more than connect to social networks, email, games, and play media.

TechFreak1 says:

Which are probably the same users surveyed - given Paul Thurrot from winsupersite was told most users use the home button to switch between apps by going to the home screen via the home key. Hence why the back button was going to be retired.

Ratman826 says:

I am now running GDR2+Amber on my L920, and I'm a developer from DreamSpark, I wanted to update to GDR3, but then can I still receive OEM updates in the future? Can I still update regularly as if I'm still running Amber?

Tafsern says:

Yes, you can.

interopbyt says:

One tiny but awesome detail I noticed: now, when you tap and hold the back button for the open apps, try tapping the app next to the one you're currently in. It seems as if the animation was sped up!! :D

Bmrk says:

True lol :D

jethvamohit says:

What about file attachment in email?

Cannot find it anywhere. Anyone?
Lumia 925


Sp12er says:

So there's no 6 row of small tile for 768 devices? I thought there'll be soe for 92x and 1020 devices also.

Tafsern says:

Rumors aren't always right :) 

Jakeway says:

I've added a few .mp3 files for custom tones... But some don't show up. No reason I can see, they are just cbr 128s.

DaiaX says:

For Nokia Ringtone maker: no DRM mp3 allowed. Except call ringtone, try for 5 seconds trim mp3, even usual ringtone length is allowed. Make the genre as [ringtone] for device to recognise if not using Nokia Ringtone Maker.

neel07 says:

These things are not updates....,these are the part of OS and should have been there from the beginning..., i fear if MS would one day say you had enough updates and no more updates to old WP8'S when the real updates come.

neel07 says:

MS is making fool of you nerds...,hahaha

Josh Harman says:

And your talking out of your ass.

neel07 says:

And I bet you are smelling it and glad enjoying

can't wait to touch wp 8.1, hope it will finally give WP what it takes to compete with other OS.

sejgiul says:

I have a feeling we'll be able to get a developer preview for bittersweet shimmer also ^ ^

teaMJPx says:

That would be sweet.

DaiaX says:

And a little bit bitter.

chancooluk says:

I don't get any new ease of access settings on my 925 UK. All i get is text size, screen magnifier and contrast, nothing else.

gerzhwin says:

Same on my 8X.

Alij382 says:

I can't believe no one mentioned this yet... But what the hell happened to separate volume controls!!! The simplest yet most essential thing! I appreciate what Microsoft is doing but they introduce driving mode and they don't put separate volume controls? So frustrating!

m4tthall says:

Agreed, I am surprised this wasn't included. I hope it will at least be in the next release.

DarthVeda says:

I love the way they have said "these files make your phone work. you don't want to delete them. Trust us." :) when you head into system option in phone storage.

teaMJPx says:

Yea, I chucked when I saw that. jejeje

Chris Yahya says:

Aw. Has some bugs while using LINE messengger after updating to GDR3. Try it, you'll hardly to see what you text in portrait, but it fixed in landscape.
And 1, wifi, bluetooth, and location icon at status bar, is moving to left. And location icon is moving to right. Try it.
#sorry for my bad english

coolraoul says:

Nice little update but... Couldn't they finally add separate volume controls? This is simple yet essential. I rarely used the volume buttons on my previous phones and need to adjust the volume 100 times a day with wp8, this is absurd. How can one think it OK to decrease/increase the ringer volume just because you're listening to a music with your headphones?

arunlobo says:

One more feature: You can now sync or add txt docs. You can share them too.

sid.g says:

For me, the feature that I was eagerly looking for was the ability to attach Office documents while replying to emails. How can an email client not have this functionality.
How can WP8 be right for business without this basic feature.

WP OS not provide all support for all windows phone.They develop updates that they are missing and it take long time to develop that updates but we look there are not fully update all function in one OS they make different updates in different OS. if we see
1)wp 7 -they solve live tiles problem
2) wp 8- they added some new function dual core processors and latest added function
3)WP blue -what they missing in developing that add and nothing different than any OS or no new features.
they 2-3 features and said that new updates and no new updates come.
then apps developers confused about apps support about old WP OS and they don't develops apps for old device.

jamz82277 says:

What in the world did you just say

Josh Harman says:

who knows...

L0gic Bom8 says:

I would love to see AT&T and Nokia do a trade-in offer of my old older phones to be credited to buying the L1520. Also, instead of being called a "phablet", I prefer to call it a "handphone" now that it's bigger than the L920.

whatup12 says:

Will ATT be able to block internet sharing here or do we finally have a functional solution for tethering???

cesar ruiz1 says:

At least I can say that I had it with Spain keyboard method and worked fine I restored my phone a couple of days ago and yesterday installed gdr3 today I installed Spain keyboard again cause I wiped my 920 clean and it doesn't work..

RobinPaul says:

Do i need to register for the free app studio on the website or will it register when i go through the app (preview for developer) and than its still free right?

V Turk says:

so whqat happened to the notification center i thought that was coming with this update?
also i like that we can close apps now but i would of though that the way windows 8 does it would of fit better. io7 does it that way so why has ms done it this way?

noknok79 says:

VPN i need it VPN! call+SMS filter need whitelist and blacklist. and everything is now all right:

WP8 still doesn't have true multitasking. You can't load or run apps simultaneously, they pause each time you switch. This was my main disappointment with WP8 since they made such a big deal of it using the same kernel as Windows 8

ladydias says:

Thing is, part of the reason why WP runs as smoothly as it does is because of tombstone-ing. Old Windows Mobile ran apps simultaneously and it slows your phone down. Same on Android.

hprvez says:

yes, it has true multitasking, but limited to file transfers.
Do you really want to drain the battery in 5 hours by running useless code?

WARNING: There is a new feature added in the ease of access settings, 'mobile accessibility' which will read out anything on your screen if enabled. Don't enable this with a lock screen password, you may have to reset your device to get back in - has a lot of glitches.

sd4f says:

Still no automatic quiet time for most notifications. Driving mode sounds interesting, i think it should be expanded to incorporate a quiet time as well.
I also think, in keeping with the windows 8 theme, rather than having an (X) in the corner to close apps, should have allowed swipe down option as well. Just shows that these unintuitive ideas haven't even penetrated microsoft though.

ladydias says:

Hmm, but I already have my husband set to the Imperial Death March. ;-)

getalex says:

Some info on the forums but wanted an official analysis and comparison of any battery life improvements (or the opposite) after GDR3 update. Would be great, thanks.

Shriram Sn says:

Has anyone tested this on the Lumia 520 yet?

nimayie says:

Who ol vil get d update.....n....when....???

Ease of access features shown on the video were on the previous version, not sure but I think they been there from gdr2. I can recall I have them before installing gdr3

Mobile accessibility is the only new thing in ease of access

dhruvkp says:

Will I be able to update to bittersweet the normal way(from update phone settings page) after doing gdr3 developer preview update? I mean, this thing(developers preview app) might be working such that it changes update mirros to special mirrors for developers preview releases where the phone probes to check updates, in that case it wont get OEM firmware updates? may be? just guessing.

Vic Butano says:

Unable to mobilize?
anyone else find it amusing that articles from Windows Phone Central do not display on Windows Phone? Funny.

willboyce says:

Lumia 1020 enabled finally. Just cost me £17.00 but i have 4 Lumina's

konijay says:

Can someone confirm ring + vibrate works correctly with this update?  They need to work simultaneously.  
vibrate(3 times)>>>ring>>>vibrate>>>ring            Who came up with this idea? stupid

Josh Harman says:

I like it that way.
It offers a silent warning that a call is coming in before ringing.
Very convenient for me, and not "stupid" at all.

migueli2 says:

Hello all,
Only me that can´t set custom ringtones?

jamz82277 says:

You have to have some first