GDR3 brings powered-off charging to some HTC Windows Phones

Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone update, GDR3, has started rolling out in the last few days with many HTC users reporting they’ve received notifications to update their phones. But HTC users are also getting a small pleasant surprise in the form of a feature that’s not covered in the official GDR3 changelog.

First noticed a few days ago and then being widely reported by users on WPC, HTC 8X and 8XT users can now, finally, charge their phones without actually turning them on. This has been a missing feature ever since Windows Phone launched and some users find it extremely inconvenient to have to boot-up their phones just to charge them, especially when looking for the fastest charging rate possible.

Instead of booting up the Windows Phone OS HTC 8X and 8XT devices, running GDR3, now simply show the HTC logo and then move on to show a charging battery icon, without actually starting up the operating system.

Of course this is by no means a killer feature, nor even an important one, but tiny improvements such as these and attention to detail is what makes an OS great in users’ eyes.

Source: WPC

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Huh? What happens if you actually run out of battery life and the phone wouldn't even boot at all due to extremely little to no power at all?

ozgeek said,
Huh? What happens if you actually run out of battery life and the phone wouldn't even boot at all due to extremely little to no power at all?

It keeps rebooting while charging until it holds enough of a charge to stay on.

This was one of the biggest outrcies on the Nokia fansite forums when they announced that they were going exclusively WP and dropping meego and symbian and whatever.

Hope Nokia / MS take notice and make it a user-configurable base OS feature for 8.1

Don't understand why you want this feature. I guess it would charge faster but beside that it seem pointless. I have 8X and GDR3 and don't don't see this feature with mine.

Raa said,
Wow, no offline charging? I would've thought that would be a basic essential...

It sounds like it but for most people keeping their phone on all the time is the more essential thing.

Raa said,
Wow, no offline charging? I would've thought that would be a basic essential...

Why would keeping your phone turned off be a basic essential?

Raa said,
Wow, no offline charging? I would've thought that would be a basic essential...

i liked this behavior though, if your phone completely discharged and you plugged it in, it would take a while (5-10 minutes) to charge enough to allow you to turn it on. Then it automatically turns on when it has enough power to do so. It sounds like this update will make people keep on checking and trying to switch on, no more plug in and forget. Sounds like this is something that needs to be user configurable as i would not want this.

duddit2 said,

i liked this behavior though, if your phone completely discharged and you plugged it in, it would take a while (5-10 minutes) to charge enough to allow you to turn it on. Then it automatically turns on when it has enough power to do so. It sounds like this update will make people keep on checking and trying to switch on, no more plug in and forget. Sounds like this is something that needs to be user configurable as i would not want this.

This. I think this is a step back. I hope its configurable if this feaure comes to Lumias.

GP007 said,

It sounds like it but for most people keeping their phone on all the time is the more essential thing.


Yeah, and for that reason, it was probably viewed as a feature. If your phone dies and you plug it in, you don't have to remember to turn it on, it will automatically do that for you...

AsherGZ said,

This. I think this is a step back. I hope its configurable if this feaure comes to Lumias.

So do I. It sounds like a really stupid "feature" to have. I very much prefer the current behaviour as it stands.

Of course, it helps if you're a WP basher...somehow.

Hello,

Let me get this straight: Before this up, if you removed the battery and reinserted (I say this scenario to simulate a full powered off) and you plugged in your phone, it would not charge?

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Let me get this straight: Before this up, if you removed the battery and reinserted (I say this scenario to simulate a full powered off) and you plugged in your phone, it would not charge?

No, it would charge. But it would also automatically boot up into the OS.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Let me get this straight: Before this up, if you removed the battery and reinserted (I say this scenario to simulate a full powered off) and you plugged in your phone, it would not charge?


but it will automatically turn on the OS like you pressed Power button and your phone is up.
There was no stage like "Phone Switched off and it's in charging mode"