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[3]: Why the delays?
by moondevil on Mon 14th Oct 2013 16:02 UTC 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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RE[4]: Why the delays?
by tylerdurden on Mon 14th Oct 2013 16:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Why the delays?"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

What carriers mainly want are either differentiation or easy customers/sales.

Apple has one of the most effective marketing engines in the world. That means iPhones basically sell themselves, as far as the carriers are concerned. Which is why Apple can negotiate from a strong position.

Other brands/ecosystems require a bit more effort from the carrier to push to the end customers, which means the manufacturers of those products have to buck up to the carriers demands for differentiation via branding/bloatware/experience/etc.

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RE[4]: Why the delays?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 14th Oct 2013 16:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Why the delays?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

That's lame. I'm not really upset that Apple gets that privilege, just that its not available to others.

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RE[5]: Why the delays?
by darknexus on Mon 14th Oct 2013 19:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Why the delays?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

That's lame. I'm not really upset that Apple gets that privilege, just that its not available to others.

No reason it couldn't be, but the way the mobile handset market is handled right now is flawed. To fix this, carriers need to be reduced to the dumb data pipes they truly are and all phone subsidies/rentals would need to end.

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RE[4]: Why the delays?
by dukes on Mon 14th Oct 2013 18:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Why the delays?"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

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.


I don't think that was the case at all. There were plenty phones in history that a carrier could think that it wouldn't be a hit.

The more likely scenario about Apple and carriers is that there is an exchange of money taking place. This is how the business world works.

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RE[5]: Why the delays?
by moondevil on Mon 14th Oct 2013 20:15 in reply to "RE[4]: Why the delays?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I used to work in telecommunications, politics and money go together.

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