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 BallmerKnowsBest on Mon 14th Oct 2013 19:27 UTC 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.
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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[4]: Why the delays?
by darknexus on Mon 14th Oct 2013 20:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Why the delays?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Apple are hardly the only ones to block tethering. Not a problem for me, as my phone's unlocked and not subsidized. I just used it this morning, so I know it absolutely does work.

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RE[5]: Why the delays?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 16th Oct 2013 21:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Why the delays?"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

Apple are hardly the only ones to block tethering. Not a problem for me, as my phone's unlocked and not subsidized. I just used it this morning, so I know it absolutely does work.


Translation: the small minority (at least in North America) who use unlocked iPhones can use tethering without any carrier restrictions. Compared to the majority of Android users, who can just go download something like PDANet from the Play store.

And that's supposed to be a rebuttal? LOL!

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RE[4]: Why the delays?
by kaiwai on Tue 15th Oct 2013 11:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Why the delays?"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

And Samsung with their regional locks to the very same carriers who were bad mouth Apple not too long ago is any better? Please, if you want to blame someone for the tether locks then that is a carrier problem or more specifically an American problem based on over promising (unlimited wireless) which is unsustainable long term no matter how many mobile towers and micro-cells you throw up at the problem.

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RE[5]: Why the delays?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 16th Oct 2013 20:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Why the delays?"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

And Samsung with their regional locks to the very same carriers who were bad mouth Apple not too long ago is any better?


I'd respond, but I'm still trying to parse that... oh, let's say "sentence."

Please, if you want to blame someone for the tether locks then that is a carrier problem or more specifically an American problem based on over promising (unlimited wireless) which is unsustainable long term no matter how many mobile towers and micro-cells you throw up at the problem.


Durrr.... the article I linked details how Apple (unlike most Android OEMs) also allows carriers to block tethering for metered data plans:

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

Next time, try READING the comment you're replying to first, it does wonders. Hope this helps!

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