GDR3 on Windows Phone could bring individual volume controls and Quick Settings

Microsoft has come under fire from its fans for not adding any major user-facing features in its GDR line of updates, but it seems like that may change with GDR3.

We’ve previously heard that the last Windows Phone update for this year might include more important features, even going as far as including a Notification Center. Now WPDang reiterates those claims, thanks to some unnamed sources, but they also mention that separate volume controls and something called Quick Settings may also be part of GDR3.

Individual volume controls have been a much requested feature ever since the launch of WP7, alongside an orientation lock and easy access to basic settings such as Wi-fi and Bluetooth. And if this rumor turns out to be true we might see all of them show up in GDR3 later this year.

Of course this is still just a rumor for now, and even the original source says that GDR3 is still being worked on with features being added and removed constantly, so you shouldn’t get too excited just yet.

Source: WPDang

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Still waiting on GDR2 thru at&t? How long is at&t gonna sit on it, Too bad Windows Phone just can't update thru the Windows Store in Windows 8, plug phone in, check for updates, and it downloads and installs like Windows Update and Apps do.. Surely would be nice, waiting on Carriers gets aggravating very badly

I'm still waiting for GDR2! Its sad that we're hoping for features standard on iOS and Android to finally make it in to GDR3. And how long will AT&T sit on approving GDR3!

I would still like to see some sort of notifications history feature. Someone had a mock up of one where you'd slide to the left to see past notifications you could swipe away as needed.

Nice!!! Bring it on already! Wait... I'm still waiting for GDR2...

However, it makes me wonder.... what is coming on WP8.1 after all?

The only things i really want for the next update, are Individual Volume Controls, the ability to set Custom Notification tones (like on any other phone) and VPN support. (Cisco IPSec preferably)

littleneutrino said,
The only things i really want for the next update, are Individual Volume Controls, the ability to set Custom Notification tones (like on any other phone) and VPN support. (Cisco IPSec preferably)

VPN support would be awesome, but they would need to support non-proprietary technologies first and foremost I think (Not saying not to support Cisco by any means)... Something like SSL would be awesome.

Quick settings could definitely be nice. I want the option to set my phone on vibrate when you don't have it set normally to ring + vibrate... It's stupid to take vibrate away as an option entirely... Lol

M_Lyons10 said,
Quick settings could definitely be nice. I want the option to set my phone on vibrate when you don't have it set normally to ring + vibrate... It's stupid to take vibrate away as an option entirely... Lol

You can set it to vibrate only? Or have I misunderstood you

I think what he's saying is this:
Normally, you've got both the ringer and vibration turned on in Windows Phone. When you press the volume keys, a little window drops from the top w/ media controls and a toggle for the ringer, that will switch it over onto vibrate.
If you only have the ringer enabled and use that toggle, the phone will go silent and you have to go through the settings to enable vibration.

Dutchie64 said,
if so....

about... freaking... time...

And yes, MS should speed up update cycles. Even if the sets are smaller in between.

I agree that they should but the carriers don't like it, they don't like spending money to test updates and the more often you have updates out the more testing they have to do and the less they want to. It could be better to just wait another 3-4 months and release a bigger update, like 8.1, if it means the carriers will test it and release it instead of blocking it and pretending it doesn't exist.

GP007 said,

I agree that they should but the carriers don't like it, they don't like spending money to test updates and the more often you have updates out the more testing they have to do and the less they want to. It could be better to just wait another 3-4 months and release a bigger update, like 8.1, if it means the carriers will test it and release it instead of blocking it and pretending it doesn't exist.


+1

GP007 said,

I agree that they should but the carriers don't like it, they don't like spending money to test updates and the more often you have updates out the more testing they have to do and the less they want to. It could be better to just wait another 3-4 months and release a bigger update, like 8.1, if it means the carriers will test it and release it instead of blocking it and pretending it doesn't exist.

How about unlocked phones/non-carrier specific phones in Nokia's Dominating country like India? Will that stopped by carriers too?

In corporate world, Windows updates are also pushed on weekly/monthly basis unlike home world. So why not follow the same way

nitins60 said,

In corporate world, Windows updates are also pushed on weekly/monthly basis unlike home world. So why not follow the same way

That's not even close to being relevant.

Ideas Man said,

That's not even close to being relevant.

No, and it would be an incredible time sink just to prepare these updates for unlocked handsets in the market... People really don't understand what's involved in shipping an update...

GP007 said,

I agree that they should but the carriers don't like it, they don't like spending money to test updates and the more often you have updates out the more testing they have to do and the less they want to. It could be better to just wait another 3-4 months and release a bigger update, like 8.1, if it means the carriers will test it and release it instead of blocking it and pretending it doesn't exist.

What's there to test? It's the SAME OS, just different carriers. I've been saying this in almost every update post. Why the delay for these models when there are so few? It's not like a Windows PC that's make up of thousands of different configurations. We've only got a handful of Windows 8 phones between several carriers. I just don't get it the delay in updates.

protocol7 said,
Not when they leave it up to the carriers. I'm still waiting on GDR2.

Not only carriers, Nokia has not release GDR2/Amber for my unbranded 920. I would expect to receive it earlier than devices under carriers control.

protocol7 said,
Not when they leave it up to the carriers. I'm still waiting on GDR2.

Probably the only criticism I could have myself. The update process is a bit of a mess having some many hands interfering with it.

Fritzly said,

Not only carriers, Nokia has not release GDR2/Amber for my unbranded 920. I would expect to receive it earlier than devices under carriers control.

I'm in a similar boat with my unbranded 820. Thankfully today, on Nokia's availability page, the one I'm on ("Country variant", United Kingdom) finally changed from "Waiting for approval" to "Coming soon", which means it's "approved, in final pre-release checks." Probably about a week or two now until I get the update.

Only Microsoft would think of releasing updates but fail to use them to make significant improvements to the platform. Its this kind of thinking that hopefully will change under their new CEO.

it might change. i think ballmer sits in the office and surfs the web looking about people complaining and telling the other senior stuff to **** people off and NOT release updates even though they are ready

efjay said,
Only Microsoft would think of releasing updates but fail to use them to make significant improvements to the platform. Its this kind of thinking that hopefully will change under their new CEO.

GDR2 had some very significant changes... From increasing the hardware options, to support for even better cameras like on the new Lumia... This stuff doesn't just happen... LOL

Exactly, without GDR2 we'd never have the 1020 or for that matter the 625. The software features are a bonus.

I get the feeling they've decided to back port as many features as possible from "8.1" into GDR3 to make it a far more interesting release after seeing all the impatience on online forums. That way there will be few "missing" features and they can scrap 8.1 and jump straight into the merging of RT & WP for WP9 in Q2/Q3 next year.

Cutting out the need for 8.1 will give us 9 much faster and means that in less than a year we'll have a unified Windows Store across phones and tablets. Nicely timed just before the iPhone 6 release. That's what my crystal ball shows me anyway.

That's because those images aren't actually GDR3 but one of the many concepts out there (also why the images weren't included in this article)

At least give credits to the dude who posted this on forums way before the news item on front page
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...more-details-on-gdr3-emerge

But nice to finally get some volume control. hooray.
Some basic features finally coming. Also a lot of things they do with GDR updates never see the (public) changelogs.
GDR2/Amber have done a lot of little things that you notice in day-to-day use, but none of it has been announced or whatever.

Is it in Back Page News or sent in as a news tip? Nope. We don't typically look through the whole forums first, and if they aren't in the 'right' place...

It was also being worked on well before it got published, publishing time isn't when we started the piece The news was "claimed" in our admin over an hour ago. So the forum poster saw it around the same time as Vlad did.

these are standard things on each smartphone i want see their creative work they have done a lot of creative idea's so we can't accept anything less than creative leave the boring regular stuff to android