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

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: Why the delays?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 14th Oct 2013 14:17 UTC in reply to "Why the delays?"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Because carriers.

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RE[2]: Why the delays?
by darknexus on Mon 14th Oct 2013 14:25 in reply to "RE: Why the delays?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Because carriers.

Yet more proof, if we needed it, that carriers should never be permitted to fiddle with our phones' software. Whatever else Apple's gotten wrong, they did at least get that one part right. Microsoft should start closing their software to carrier modification. It would, at least, be one point for Windows Phone if it had guaranteed update roll-outs.

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RE[3]: Why the delays?
by Nelson on Mon 14th Oct 2013 14:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Why the delays?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

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.

This is what the update program addresses (which is free btw, you can have an app studio registered device which costs nothing).

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

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RE[3]: Why the delays?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Mon 14th Oct 2013 19:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Why the delays?"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

"Because carriers.

Yet more proof, if we needed it, that carriers should never be permitted to fiddle with our phones' software. Whatever else Apple's gotten wrong, they did at least get that one part right.
"

Please, Apple bends over and grabs their ankles for carriers far more enthusiastically than any of the other big smartphone makers - they just do it in slightly less noticeable ways. Like blocking tethering, unless it's explicitly enabled by the carrier (along with blocking all 3rd-party tethering apps to further appease the carriers):

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/10/how-i-share-m...

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RE[2]: Why the delays?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 14th Oct 2013 15:19 in reply to "RE: Why the delays?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

How does Apple do it?

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RE[3]: Why the delays?
by moondevil on Mon 14th Oct 2013 16:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Why the delays?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

The carries were too stupid to accept Apple's conditions of full control, because they never thought iPhone would become what it is nowadays.

With those contracts in place it is hard to shy away from them.

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