Windows Phone 8 GDR3 screenshots leak [Update]

Microsoft has been working on GDR3, which is an update for existing windows phone 8 devices, as well as two new devices from Nokia and HTC. The update is expected to roll out later this year. Nokia has dubbed the update, "Nokia Bittersweet Shimmer," which will roll out to a selection of Nokia Lumia devices and possibly contain Nokia exclusive features. Nokia's Amber update, which has been slowly rolling out for us here in the United States, included Nokia's Glance screen and double-tap to wake.

It is understood that the update focuses on hardware and software, as it supports 1080p displays and quad-core processors, as well as a variety of new features. The update is expected to ship with the Nokia Lumia 1520, which was leaked in press images yesterday.

WPCentral Forum member, xs2k, allegedly obtained a Lumia 920 developer device running GDR3 from Craigslist. The posted screenshots reveal the ability to close apps in the multi-tasking menu (when holding down the back button), a setting for turning auto-rotation off (orientation lock), a "driving mode," and a variety of small changes and improvements. The poster claims that you can now connect to wifi when setting up and a new "silent NFC." Screenshots of these features are in the gallery below.

It appears that the user can now tap the "X" on the thumbnail of the app they want to close in the multitasking menu. The driving mode allows the user to ignore calls and texts, and it also provides the ability to auto-reply to text messages when driving.

Update (1:45 PM EST): The forum member has posted a video showing the new features.

Update (2:15 PM EST): The original video has gone private, but we have re-uploaded it:

Source: WPCentral Forums, via WPCentral | Screenshots via WPCentral Forums

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I thought the move to the NT kernel was supposed to enable enable multi-core support? Dual, quad, hexa, whatever?

It did. WP8, out of the box has optimized support for dual core, and GDR3 ads optimized support for quad core

More interface confusion. Closing the apps should be done using a windows 8 downswipe, not a cancel icon (which is what that cross generally means on WP.

I'd prefer to tap on a cross than swipe. I understand why people are calling for a downward swipe but that's used in a slightly different context in Win8 (i.e. it closes the current app rather than closing apps from a multitasking screen.)

londan said,
More interface confusion. Closing the apps should be done using a windows 8 downswipe, not a cancel icon (which is what that cross generally means on WP.
Who says that's not possible, why should it be like they only implementate a close button? They can also implementate the downswipe.

Studio384 said,
Who says that's not possible, why should it be like they only implementate a close button? They can also implementate the downswipe.

Most likely because swiping down on a (mostly) portrait screen is a bit harder and has the chance to activate home button.

Note: I too would like down swipe to close.

londan said,
More interface confusion. Closing the apps should be done using a windows 8 downswipe, not a cancel icon (which is what that cross generally means on WP.

+1520

I'm torn on this one. On one hand, they are apps. On the other, the multi screen is more like the tabs on IE RT that do use the X to close. I do think the down swipe is the more fun gesture.

As long as its in, now if they will just improve single app instancing on the multi screen.

Perhaps Windows Phone could distinguish each action by:

Notifications bar - quick small swipe from the top
Close app - long big swipe from the top

Neither would work, as it brings up another difference with WP and RT - WP uses the top edge for information.

Or more in general, the only good edge swipe is at the top and to a lesser extend at the bottom, but not the sides.

well if you go into Android settings it's not like it's going to give you a lot of joy. Personally I find it a neat approach.

Notification center for toast notifications will be coming soon It was rumoured previously that a basic one will come with GDR3 and a more advanced one in 8.1, but we'll have to wait and see :-).

No, it's not needed. Some people want it but that's different. The Start screen already provides this functionality.

jakem1 said,
No, it's not needed. Some people want it but that's different. The Start screen already provides this functionality.

lol

jakem1 said,
No, it's not needed. Some people want it but that's different. The Start screen already provides this functionality.

Yeah, the functionality is there if you make all of the tiles full size, and you have the patience to wait for it to scroll through the notifications. What if you have the tile sizes set to medium or small? So yeah, it is needed.

jakem1 said,
No, it's not needed. Some people want it but that's different. The Start screen already provides this functionality.

No, its not good enough for people like me who are on call. All we get is a notification sound for say incoming email whereas the iPhone will light up the screen, an Android and Blackberry will have a blinking light or even, at least in an Android's case, light up the screen as well. WP is a great phone, just not a great on call phone for someone who left an iPhone to test it for his company.

jakem1 said,
No, it's not needed. Some people want it but that's different. The Start screen already provides this functionality.

For you it is not, others differ.... One size does not fit all.

jakem1 said,
Which it's why it's a want rather than a need.

Personally speaking, I'm not comfortable pinning all my 50 apps and then scrolling on the home screen to see which has notifications or not. It looks cramped and ugly which is what is being seen from the screenshots in the news.

jakem1 said,
No, it's not needed. Some people want it but that's different. The Start screen already provides this functionality.

Really? So when you receive a notification for an app that isn't pinned to your home screen and it disappears after 5 seconds how the hell would you know what it was. It's definitely a need rather than a don't want by select few like yourself. Most people (proof is in Android and iOS's fairly new notification center) do want a notification center and when that's the majority of users (or people who wouldn't buy your phones because of this) then it certainly becomes a need for the OS maker. I realize it's hard for some people (and companies) to admit when a mistake has been made but it's generally better to do so sooner rather than later...

Lets hope that 8.1 comes pretty soon after the release of GDr3, and that we do see GDR3 this year as expected

Sraf said,
Lets hope that 8.1 comes pretty soon after the release of GDr3, and that we do see GDR3 this year as expected

WPCentral seem pretty sure that GDR3 will be rolled out to existing users in October/November based on tips they've received. I'd expect to see 8.1 in February/March.

Yep it has to and will come with Lumia 1520 phablet. What i like about Lumia phones is that each generation comes with new Windows OS update rather than an old one being bundled unlike Android phones which usually roll out with an old update (excluding Nexus devices)

Sraf said,
Lets hope that 8.1 comes pretty soon after the release of GDr3, and that we do see GDR3 this year as expected

GDR2 came in April and most people still haven't gotten it. If GDR3 is released in November, you can be sure that carriers and OEMs won't push it onto devices until February next year. 8.1 will come around the same time WP9 is released and will bring some of its features, just like WP7.8 was released along with WP8 and brought some UI changes.

AsherGZ said,

GDR2 came in April and most people still haven't gotten it. If GDR3 is released in November, you can be sure that carriers and OEMs won't push it onto devices until February next year. 8.1 will come around the same time WP9 is released and will bring some of its features, just like WP7.8 was released along with WP8 and brought some UI changes.

If a carrier hasn't pushed out GDR2 yet they could have decided to skip right to GDR3. It's not like you have to get one before you can get the other, 3 will bring all the updates from 2 with it when it's pushed out.

GP007 said,

If a carrier hasn't pushed out GDR2 yet they could have decided to skip right to GDR3. It's not like you have to get one before you can get the other, 3 will bring all the updates from 2 with it when it's pushed out.


I am afraid it is more complicated.... My 920 is unbranded, a straight Nokia device, still I received GDR2 just a week ago. MS needs to release GDR3 to OEMs, they will embed it with their firmware and then pushed it to us; and I am not considering the carriers "involvement" because it does not affect me.... If things go fast it will be a nice Christmas gift...

AsherGZ said,

GDR2 came in April and most people still haven't gotten it. If GDR3 is released in November, you can be sure that carriers and OEMs won't push it onto devices until February next year. 8.1 will come around the same time WP9 is released and will bring some of its features, just like WP7.8 was released along with WP8 and brought some UI changes.

I think you're stretching your imagination a little bit. WP7.8 came around the same time as WP8 but the reason for that was that 1st gen devices couldn't run WP8 due to the new kernel. WP9 will not require completely new hardware so it doesn't make any sense for them to release it at the same time. Also I doubt we'll hear about WP9 for at least 1+ year...

I feel some features like the closing apps from the selection is awful. Like it takes more time than swiping them away and also is likely more clumsy.

Swiping them away? Some apps have weird work arounds to properly close them.
IE for example, close all tabs first, then press back on an empty tab place.
And more time consuming tricks like this to actually close the app. With GDR2/Amber I've started running into 'can't launch app' issues due to RAM usage.
So an easy way to close apps is very much welcomed.

Even simple things like better Settings. It would be nice to have faster access to Wi-Fi and screen settings. Maybe we could even be able to reorder our Settings menu to better fit our usage styles.

On top, I think a simple "Screen" setting menu that would show orientation lock and brightness options in one. One of the screenshots shows that the new orientation lock feature has its own menu which is somewhat space-consuming.