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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RE: Comment by Nelson
by manjabes on Sat 10th Aug 2013 13:20 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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More hardware support is something that should be taken for granted. Something that happens out-of-band from the feature updates and transparently to users.

It should not be something to be publicly super-proud of and certainly not a reason to be banging on ones chest ("Look at us, we deliver THREE updates a year! Of course, those are not updates as usually understood but, hey, why can't we move the goalposts when everybody does!")

Furthermore, I seem to remember that the extremely limited set of HW configurations for WP was precisely to ensure that updates would be delivered fast and painless. Still waiting for that infamous GDR2 (the biggest features of which is support for NEW hardware)...

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