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HTC 8X receiving Update 3 around the world

HTC 8X Update 3

Earlier today, the Lumia 1020 picked up an update that helped address some imaging and touch issues with the phone. Not to be left out of the conversation, the HTC 8X is reportedly received Update 3 around the globe. You read that right, Update 3 is rolling out to international versions of the HTC 8X.

Update 3, previously known as GDR3, is rolling out to users all over the planet. We’re getting reports that an over-the-air (OTA) update is showing up for some folks that brings their unlocked handset the latest version of Windows Phone.

As you know, Update 3 can be installed on developer unlocked devices right now. This rollout marks the second rollout the general public is receiving. Last week another HTC device, the 8XT on Sprint, received the update.

Update 3 is notable for bringing support for 1080p displays and quad-core processors. In addition you’re getting things like driving mode, Bluetooth fixes, improved support for custom ringtones and more. Head to our Update 3 page for the latest.

Have an HTC 8X? Check to see if you have Update 3 available for your device and let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to mention which region/carrier you’re with.

Thank you everyone for the tips!

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HTC 8X receiving Update 3 around the world

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Hmmmmm......the Update 3 developer preview actually IMPROVED the operation and performance of my Lumia, so I'm not agreeing with that at all. I urge everyone to give it a try.

The bugs are too bothersome for me, even with the new features. Once it is improved, then I'll be happy. Right now, I honestly don't suggest for anyone getting the developer preview.

When I click on messaging, and go to my mom, or just press the plus and text her, it closes the messaging app. :'(

Edit: Also, sometimes cellular doesn't work. I was on 5 bars of LTE, and nothing was loading. I had to keep messing with stuff for it to work again...for another two minutes. Sigh.

Man, I have update 3 and it's working flawlessly here. No bugs at all. Maybe you should try to reinstall the phone?

The update actually solved many bugs like the music category loading slow. When I swipe now, its like a thousand songs come up instantly..previously there was a bit of a lag.

I lost all my SMS messages, for one.  And there is much lagginess.  When my phone (L920) is sitting ont the wireless charging base, it'll chime as though it has been taken off and placed back on.  I had a message that I needed to "close some APPs to continue" which I have never seen before.  And there are connectivity issues that weren't there before.
 
It is buggy, for sure.  If you aren't experiencing them, that's good for you!  But they are definitely there.

I tried it on my lumia 520 and it got stuck in the 100 % of preparing my instalation but i can use the phone normaly i just formated it

I have it on my ATIV S. Just search gdr3 on WPCentral and download the developer preview app. In the app you can sign up for free. Then search for update and it's there.
I will say I've only had my ATIV S for 2 days now. When I was laying in bed reading my emails the screen kept blinking on and off. Not sure if it was the phone or OS I did a power cycle and it stopped. Besides that it's worked great.

Mine too, (the blinking screen).. My L920 always blink when I'm calling someone.. Looks like some electromagnetic interference to the screen..

Only thing the 925 really offers over the 8X is LTE connectivity,bigger screen, and a touch better camera. Those however do make all the difference for some people.

Any word from Tmobile 8X users? I haven't seen anything yet. Gonna double check settings right now.

Edit: Nope

For what it's worth I've been running the developer preview linked in the article on Verizon for a week now.  No problems; major improvements even with bluetooth functionality.  Just folow the link and put 5 minutes into it (phone will be offline for ~20).

Recieved an update here in Croatia, although I had developer Preview. My battery life with Preview GDR3 improved a lot.

I have a 8X and a 928. I did preview GDR3 on my 8X and it runs longer and is more stable. Can't wait until Verizon pushes GDR3 as my wife didn't want me to install the preview on her 8X

I have install GDR3 as developer.
So what you are saying is that I will also receive the official GDR3.
Is there any differences between them.

I've the developer GDR3 and the only bug I notice is my battery life, lest than 5 hours with surfing and videos and the phone get hot often (l822)

No, the Preview is actually a final release of GDR3. You probably will receive a firmware update soon to accomplish the update (OS + firmware). Mine 8X is with a Preview from 15-th october and just received and installed a firmware update from HTC. Everything is fine. One small glitch (happened once) that disappear when restarted for these 15 days (screen messed up and phone blocked at the end of a call maybe on 25-th october - this is not repeated anymore).

For all the people asking for a date for theyr nokia: early next year. So stop asking the question over and over again plz...

Didn't Elop say that in Nokia World when he was talking about Black ? He said Black will be available early next year.

I got thw update this morning and i'm also on the 3 network, i'm actually surprised to get the update this fast as it took a long time to get GDR2.

Installed just now in my 8X UK unbranded. Works fine, also fixes volume issues. Took considerably less time to install GDR3 over GDR2. My battery life improved since the WhatsApp updates, I get 2 days out of normal use again now, let's hope GDR3 can improve on that.

Volume issues? Did you have the music fading in at the beginning of every track? Please tell me that's fixed. It has been happening since gdr2 on my 8x, and it drives me crazy.

I haven't tested that but yeah my music did previously fade in for a couple of seconds at the start of each track. Volume issues as in my 8X had a lower volume output than my friends 8X even when set to 30. 2 days of normal use including WhatsApp, Facebook, WPCentral remembering to switch off mobile data when not required or where there is WiFi.

I can confirm battery life has improved. Leaving data on doesn't drain the battery as much as it did before. Though I wondered if the update to WhatsApp actually was the cause.

Same here .. it took almost 90secs checking for update before it actually started.  Makes a big change for how long we had to wait for the last update for the 8X on O2 !!

Unbranded HTC 8X (O2 UK).  Just updated to Update 3, I already had the Preview version installed.  Changes in version numbers over Update 3 Preview:
Firmware: 3030.0.41201.401
Radio software version: 1.20b.32.19.04_15.67b.32.19
Bootloader version: 0.0.3030.0(175731)

Even though I got the developer preview, I got the update here as well in Canada with Rogers! Interested to see if there are any differences.

It occured to me recently after I installed the GDR3 (preview) but happened only once or twice the first day, never happened again since then.

Do not say that Nokia and Microsoft will release GDR3 and Lumia Black together? Then we Nokia users will have to wait until next year.

Ok I won't say it, but it's true. However if you don't want to wait get the Developer Preview. It's the same OS version that the HTC is getting minus a firmware. Improved battery life on both my 920 and my wife's 920. Best thing is the Bluetooth improvements! No more issues with connection to the car!

This doesn't seem to be the actions of a company that won't be making wp8 devices unless they're going out with a bang!

Well when HTC does not have any specific software to update, then it is like Microsoft making the update available. Nokia and ATF have to test the update 3 & black before they make anything available.

I just bought a 920 instead of the 925, was that a mistake or are we all getting the goodies? With Android you usually get 1-2 updates and then left for E-bay.

I hav preview gdr3 on my phone..can i get back to gdr2...??..lumia 820 india..gdr3 is making my phone work in a improper manner

Just got it. My 8X feels like a winner, in the sense that I recently got the unlocked model and got updated from portico to GDR2 to Update 3 so quickly...

My phone is unlocked, got it in Romania but it seems to be from Australia. I don't know which operator, it doesn't say, but i'm still rolling GDR1 and no update yet... 

Just installing an "HTC Update for Windows Phone" on my o2 Germany branded 8X with update 3 developer pre-release right now.

Just noticed something: Normally when turning of the phone while connected to the charger/computer, it would completely boot to the PIN input.
Since this last update there is only a charging symbol displayed and the phone is 'off'. After the screen goes dark, pressing the power button just the charging symbol is displayed again. If I want to completely start the phone while connected I have to long press the power button.
COOL! Now we can have the phone charging without being it completely turned on!!!

I installed it and now i cant play mp4/wmv directly from webpage links :( Don't take things away!!

Anyone else have this issue?

Any idea when gdr3 will be released to branded HTC  8x will be released. Unfortunately still working in Australia on gdr1 after last update was cancelled.

When Will This update hit Nokia 920? Got the developer preview and its awsome but needs a little improvement... SIM free Nokia 920(Brought in Elgiganten-store, Denmark)

I did update 3 on my Rogers 920 and it made my phone unusable for day to day it would turn my cellular radio completely off for day or two then come back on for couple minutes. So I had no service so I'm back to my focus until they release the update.

Lol butthurt or something? What an asinine question to ask. 7.8 that can't be upgraded. Nokias across the globe that is still on GDR1 and still waiting on Amber while others are on. How long before GDR3 gets out and now people waiting on Black when some haven't even gotten Amber... yeah real asanine. When 8.1 is released how long do you think its gonna take to get all window phones 8 up to speed? When will Samsung officially release GDR3 update. Lol so yes fragmentation will begin.

There's no problem content wise for devices with different GDRs, so to call it fragmentation is silly, but internet loves to whine. Whine if there's an update, whine if there isn't. Real world couldn't care less.

You should do more research regarding fragmentation, apparently you wrote 7 lines without having a clue of what you are talking about.
@SlayerSpecial: Indeed.

Yeah because Nokia, Samsung, and HTC exclusives apps don't cause fragmentation. 39% WP on 7.8 doesn't cause fragmentation. 8.1 being released wont cause fragmentation. Being on three different GDR releases doesn't cause fragmentation. Window store doesn't cause fragmentation. Yeah what the hell do I this peon know... I forgot, I'm dealing with WPC posters.

Still no battery performance improvements, since update 3 (dev) it's down the drain again
HTC update, vodafone (unlocked) the netherlands

I am using HTC 8x, Unlocked but branded to 3 network. Got the developer preview but cant see anything else...
Waiting for the update on HTC firmware... wonder what it might add

Phone just updated to 8.0.1051.127. Anyone kno what's in the update? Firmware 3030.0.41201.502

Gonna mess around and see what I can find.

Driving mode, can delete storage alot better now, data always on, turn on/off background cell data, can turn on/off auto screen rotation. That's all I see in the options.

This is an article about HTC8x GDR3 and you start it with Nokia 1020?
WPCentral, this time you really convinced me: You are Nokia female dogs! 

I have a new option to limit background data when roaming. I can't remember seeing this on the change log but I'm happy I have it as it's very useful!

Can't Update GDR3 For (T-Mobile HTC 8X).....                                                                                              

Is GDR3 For T-Mobile HTC 8X OUT YET?    

Hi. My phone is a AT&T HTC 8x  and I'm using it in  Brazil now. I'm trying to update but it says is up to date:

firmware 3030.0.34101.502

OS. 8.0.10327.77

Last week it tryied to update and stucked in the preparation to install.

Now, it's up to date.

Anyone uderstand it

Hello guys,

well, I am from Algeria and I switched recently from Android (LG Optimus G) to windows phone 8 (HTC 8X), and I luv it. The thing is that I already have windows phone update 2 on my phone, I manually searched for update 3 and my phone is telling me that there's an update ready for download. I downloaded it and followed the steps, and boom!! Nothing changed!! Still on update 2!! I tried it again two other times, and my phone couldn't update!! It's still telling me that there's an update ready for download though!! I don't know what to do guys, so would you help me please? Thanka