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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The original poster said that feature parity with other platforms wasn't important because WP8 is "all new, and sooo different". Fergy pointed out that they shouldn't have bothered with things like a camera as they are "soo different", after all adding a camera is merely matching features with other platforms...

So let me get this straight (and since you're doing such a kick ass job explaining, I'm sure you'll be able to elucidate): Where do those hardware features have to do with anything in an interface, which is what the OP explicitly (you can scroll up and read again to refresh your mind) stated?

Where would you get the implication that it was even a universal notion, that every feature had to be differentiated uniquely, and not just the ones deemed by Microsoft to be worth it?

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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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Nelson Member since:

User experience is a lot more than the direction you scroll in, and hopefully you know that.

I haven't personally seen choppy scrolling on my Windows Phone in a long, long time. Certainly not WP8. Its freakishly smooth and consistent.

As far as the other things, I agree some need work and I don't think anyone is making excuses for their absence, merely providing insight as to the best way to go about implementing them.

Live Tiles are a twist on notifications, but they're not enough. I would however be disappointed to just see them rip a notification center from Android. I don't think its unreasonable to be hopeful for creativity and thoughtfulness.

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