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

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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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 9th Aug 2013 18:41 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

Thom's trolling aside, more hardware support (SoC and resolution) is always a good thing.

GDR3 launching so soon after GDR2 and then Windows Phone 8.1 in early 2014 is also a good thing.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 9th Aug 2013 20:31 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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2005-06-29

Oh come on - learn to take a joke. Not everything you disagree with is trolling.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 9th Aug 2013 20:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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Oh, my bad. I didn't know your article lead ins required a mind reading accessory.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by manjabes on Sat 10th Aug 2013 13:20 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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2005-08-27

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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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Sat 10th Aug 2013 16:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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2005-11-29

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!")


Who's banging on their chest? Microsoft has not even publicly spoken about GDR3. This is a leak of speculated features.

GDR2 which they have spoken about includes the usual API fixes, bug fixes, new features (SMS/Call blocking APIs which enabled Nokia to ship a Settings extension to provide it on day 1, support for the DAV suite, DataSense available to all carriers, updates to stock apps most notably Xbox Music,etc.. improved HTML5 in IE) and this is also coupled with Nokia's out of band Windows Phone feature update known as "Amber" which includes Glance screen from the N9, new Camera applications and functionality, improved Map/Location apps, Flip to Silence, location based WiFi hotspot searching etc.

GDR2 also included advances to even make the 41MP sensor work on Windows Phone. That as I understood it was a decent engineering feat.

So GDR2 is no slouch. It includes a health amount of updates, especially when you use a competent OEM (like 85% of Windows Phone users do) you actually get a steady stream of updates. This is without counting the various updates to Nokia's official apps that are regularly released, or even 3rd party ones like WhatsApp, Twitter, Skype, and Facebook which routinely update their apps with more functionality.



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)...


GDR3 contains support for new processors (quad core), new Bluetooth Profiles, and new screen resolutions. There is a thoughtful and gradual introduction of new hardware configurations to enable a few permutations of extremely polished hardware/software integrations.

There's a reason a 1GHz single core Windows Phone felt smoother than any dual core Android phone when WP7 launched. They spent an extraordinary amount of time optimizing for the silicon.

You can do a few correctly, or a lot half assed. The move to the NT kernel likely made things easier (multicore especially).

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