Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Aug 2013 16:22 UTC

While Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 8 update is slowly rolling out to existing handsets, the company is prepping new changes that will be made available by the end of the year. Sources familiar with Microsoft's Windows Phone plans have revealed to The Verge that the software maker is currently testing a General Distribution 3 (GDR3) update. The update is designed for new hardware initially, and will provide a rotation lock feature, UI changes to Live Tiles, and a driving mode option that's designed for in-car use.

Apple and Google are surely shaking in their boots.

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No it isnt
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The Windows Phone interface isn't actually much different. It's just a slightly different layout (vertical scrolling, whoop-de-doo!) with a different icon shape (rectangular). Pretending that WP8 is so radically different that it somehow doesn't need better notifications (it does) and easier access to commonly used settings (it really, really does) is just disingenuous: WP8 does not, functionally, distinguish itself from other phone operating systems. Hell, it doesn't even scroll smoothly (its one biggest selling point, if fanboys were to be believed).

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