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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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.

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.

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

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