Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Oct 2013 13:31 UTC

The roll-out of the previous update - GDR2 - isn't even complete (thank you, carriers), and Microsoft is already pushing out the next one, GDR3. This update for Windows Phone 8 is the last one before 8.1 comes out next year, and brings with it a number of small improvements, such a close button in the multitasking view, a driving mode, support for newer hardware and 1080p displays, a rotation lock, and more.

There's no telling as of yet when Windows Phone 8 users will be getting the update, but non-branded phones will most likely get it first. On top of that, if you're a Windows Phone developer, you can get the update straight away.

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RE[4]: Why the delays?
by moondevil on Mon 14th Oct 2013 15:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why the delays?"
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Carriers don't modify the software, they test the software on their networks. GDR2 was completed in June for example and some devices are just getting it now.

Well, I remember back when the N95 was released, Vodafone D2 in Germany changed the firmware to disable wireless access. It was only possible to use UTMS with the Vodafone N95 version.

I have to wonder what kind of mind bending leverage Apple has which got such a concession from carriers.

They never thought iPhone would take off as it did, so they were careless with their deals with Apple. Nowadays it is too late to change it.

That is why they try by all means to avoid anyone else attempts to do the same.

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