Microsoft posts official Windows Phone 8 Update 3 changelog

While Microsoft announced the first official details of Windows Phone 8's Update 3 earlier this month, the company is now publishing those changes to the update history web page for the operating system. The page lists all of the changes and additions that the company has made to Windows Phone 8 since it officially launched nearly a year ago.

The update page itself is perhaps the easiest place to get a summary of all the Update 3 additions and changes, which will be included out of the box in Nokia's upcoming 1320 and 1520 smartphones and rolled out to other devices in the coming weeks and months. The OS version numbers for Update 3 are 8.0.10501.127 and 8.0.10512.142.

As we have reported before, the update history page shows that Update 3 will contain quite a few additions, such as Driving Mode to help "minimize incoming calls and text messages to help you focus on the road." It also has improved Bluetooth and Internet sharing support, and a new App Switcher will let smartphone users shut down apps with a single press. Additionally, Update 3 offers more storage management options and a new screen orientation lock feature. 

Minor changes include better support for visually impaired users; the ability to set ringtones for text messages, instant messages, emails, voice mail and reminders; and the ability to set up a new phone over WiFi instead of a cellular network. There's also "many other improvements to Windows Phone" with Update 3 that Microsoft decided not to reveal specifics about in the changelog.

A preview version of Update 3 is already available to download for Windows Phone 8 app developers to try, though Microsoft hasn't stated when it will be released over the air to the general public.

Source: Microsoft via WPCentral | Image via Microsoft

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Yup, now we just need to wait a few weeks to get the Lumia Black content. Been running GDR3 on my Lumia 928 since the first day and its fantastic. Glad it kept the Amber content. I was a bit afraid of that.

I'm glad Joe corrected his tweet that the 3 columns depend on size rather than resolution and depend on the manufacturer enabling it. I have no doubt that Nokia will bring it along with their update to my 920.

j2006 said,
I'm glad Joe corrected his tweet that the 3 columns depend on size rather than resolution and depend on the manufacturer enabling it. I have no doubt that Nokia will bring it along with their update to my 920.

It would be great if it was an option that users of smaller screened devices could choose to activate/deactivate. I think it looks a bit busy but I'd like to try it out before writing it off.

j2006 said,
I'm glad Joe corrected his tweet that the 3 columns depend on size rather than resolution and depend on the manufacturer enabling it. I have no doubt that Nokia will bring it along with their update to my 920.

Won't happen, the 920 screen is 4.5" so if the three columns depend on screen size then it won't happen.

I'll look forward to trying this sometime next year.
EE take forever to roll out OTA updates. I only got GDR2 a couple of weeks ago.

Lingwo said,
I'll look forward to trying this sometime next year.
EE take forever to roll out OTA updates. I only got GDR2 a couple of weeks ago.

You don't have to wait for EE to try GDR3, unless you don't want to void your warranty.

I don't have a warranty with the phone.
I'm just not 100% with upgrading via other methods just in case things go pear shaped.

Lingwo said,
I don't have a warranty with the phone.
I'm just not 100% with upgrading via other methods just in case things go pear shaped.

Fair enough, though so far I think it's worked fine for everyone. I held off for a week at least just to make sure there wasn't any widespread phone bricking happening.

Still no timed profiles, rotation lock is half arsed, and closing apps should have been swipe up, not an X button.

We're getting there, but damn it's slow going

DARKFiB3R said,
Still no timed profiles, rotation lock is half arsed, and closing apps should have been swipe up, not an X button.

We're getting there, but damn it's slow going

Why swipe up? I think you meant swipe down like on Windows 8? Either way, the animation that is shown when you close on app shows it going down so they could just as well change it to that in 8.1 while this quick change in update 3 is more of a stopgap of sorts.

Yeah, cuz, ya know, "X" isn't the universal Close Button in the computing world for the past 30 years...

GP007 said,

Why swipe up? I think you meant swipe down like on Windows 8? Either way, the animation that is shown when you close on app shows it going down so they could just as well change it to that in 8.1 while this quick change in update 3 is more of a stopgap of sorts.

Agreed. It should have been Swipe Down, keeping it in line with Windows 8.

But this is Microsoft, that would make too much sense.

GP007 said,

Why swipe up? I think you meant swipe down like on Windows 8? Either way, the animation that is shown when you close on app shows it going down so they could just as well change it to that in 8.1 while this quick change in update 3 is more of a stopgap of sorts.


To me, swiping up would be the more natural motion, like shooing something away, but down works too.

Nas said,
Yeah, cuz, ya know, "X" isn't the universal Close Button in the computing world for the past 30 years...

Except we are talking about Windows Phone, where swiping is the order of the day, and there isn't an X to be seen anywhere else.

DARKFiB3R said,

Except we are talking about Windows Phone, where swiping is the order of the day, and there isn't an X to be seen anywhere else.

That's not 100% true, they use the same UI in IE to close tabs.

Nas said,
Yeah, cuz, ya know, "X" isn't the universal Close Button in the computing world for the past 30 years...

Doesn't make it a good design choice for this particular platform.

That is a very high level release notes, bit disappointing. I know they have changed the Bluetooth stack significantly. My car now talks to me through the phone and can read texts to me through the car.

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