Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (GDR3)
Windows Phone 8 Update 3, formerly known as General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3), is the third and final OS update for the Windows Phone 8.0 operating system before Windows Phone 8.1.
The update has been released-to-manufacturers in September 2013 and a developer-preview version was released on October, 14th 2013. The update is meant to add new features to current devices, in addition to allowing 1080P displays and quad-core processor support (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) for new hardware.
Update 3 will launch on with the Nokia Lumia 1520 in early November and current Windows Phone 8 devices will receive the update in the coming months. In addition to the OS update, Nokia devices will also receive the Lumia Black firmware update.
Windows Phone 8 Update 3 changelog (OS build 10501, 10512)
Running Update 3 on your Windows Phone device via the Windows Phone Preview for Developers Program? You might just have a phone update ready if you head into your settings. Let’s check out what’s the latest in this update.
We've got some news if you're a TELUS subscriber and own a Nokia Lumia 520, Lumia 620 or Lumia 1020. The mobile operator has refreshed its update 3 schedule for Windows Phone. The noted handsets are set to receive Update 3 and Lumia Black sometime in January 2014.
Good news for those on Verizon and yearning for the official version of Update 3 aka GDR3. Verizon is now pushing out that update (3 for the OS, 1 for firmware) to all HTC 8X Windows Phones now, though of course you could manually force-check the update. We hear nearly 1 GB of spare storage may be needed to install the update, which should be done over Wi-Fi.
Update 3 brings a cluster of new features to Windows Phone, including Driving Mode, Bluetooth fixes, enabled Wi-Fi during device setup and of course, screen orientation lock. You can read the full changes in our Update 3 article to learn more.
If you own an unlocked Samsung ATIV S and are still waiting on GDR3 (or Update 3 as it's officially known), you're in luck as multiple reports have surfaced with handsets being bumped to the latest version of the operating system. Microsoft's Windows Phone Update 3 includes numerous new features for consumers to enjoy.
Internally, we’ve known that Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (aka GDR3) used to have an option for three columns of tiles for smaller displays. That layout is now only found in devices with displays 5-inches or larger e.g. the Lumia 929 for Verizon and the Lumia 1320/1520. Below 5-inches and Windows Phone 8 will return to the traditional layout, as seen in the 4.8-inch ATIV S Neo.
Exactly why that feature was removed is not too clear, though presumably there were some usability issues that the development team were unable to fix. Now, Nawzil has posted a photo of an early build of Update 3 running on a Nokia Lumia 920 that reveals three columns were possible. The toggle for it was found under zDev, a common tool often seen on development devices.
Another gripe about Windows Phone has been resolved with Update 3 on the HTC 8X
Most pundits and tech enthusiasts tend to agree that Windows Phone 8 is a really good operating system. What it is missing are lots of little things that can annoy some users and keep it from being perfect. The GDR revisions, like the recent Update 3, go a long way in filling in those gaps to deliver an improved user experience.
One of the grievances that people have about Windows Phone is the inability to charge the device and to have it powered-off at the same time. Windows Phone is unique here, since most phones allow you to power down the device and then to plug it in to charge. It’s a great method to max out your recharging power (since you’re not operating the radio), and it’s also a way to get some quiet time, while being useful.
Rotation Lock is a handy little shortcut for those who require convenient access to the rotation lock setting in Windows Phone. The app acts as a tile shortcut, removing the tedious menu navigation through the settings menu. We looked at the app earlier this month and already the developer has released an update to the store. So, what's new?
It was only yesterday when we covered the International HTC 8X receiving Update 3 from Microsoft. Now we've had reports in from readers that AT&T 8X Windows Phones are also receiving the update. We've been able to confirm that the HTC 8X with the US mobile operator is indeed upgrading to the latest version of the OS (our 8X reports 8.0.10501.127).
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.
It was just over a week ago that Microsoft announced Update 3 (formerly known as GDR3) for Windows Phone 8. The update, due in the coming weeks for many Windows Phones, features numerous mid to low level fixes and improvements, including new hardware support for devices like the Lumia 1520.
Microsoft glossed over many of the changes in their official blog post, but they have now published the full changelog on the Windows Phone site.
The update refers to OS version 10501 and 10512, both of which are considered Update 3. While there are no surprises in Microsoft’s changelog, it’s still handy to have and to peruse in case you’re curious.
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