Ahh Windows Phone, it’s definitely a weird platform now and then, and as we blow out the candles celebrating the platforms 3rd birthday, we’re now looking at another 3, the GDR3 update to be precise, atleast developers are anyway.
That’s right, Windows Phone 8 is finally getting with the times by releasing Developer Betas of new updates.
So, two things, how do I get it, and what does it have, well here goes.
How do I get it
The good news is GDR3 will work on every Windows Phone 8 device on the planet, and it will be available instantly, but that’s only if you fall in the following criteria and keep the following in mind;
- Have an active Windows Phone Dev Center account
- Have an active App Studio account OR be running a registered developer device (‘dev unlocked’ phone)
Keep in mind
- Updates will only include the Microsoft update, and not additional OEM (Nokia/HTC/Samsung/Huawei) drivers/firmware
- To ensure the best experience, your device must be running the latest OS release (currently 8.0.10322.71) or greater to receive early updates via this program
- You will be required to accept additional terms & conditions within the app prior to opt-in
- You CANNOT REVERT to a prior OS version once you have taken an update via this program
- Access to latest pre-release Windows Phone updates
- Ability to opt-out of pre-releases and only receive production Windows Phone update
What does it have
New GDR3 Features include
- Close apps in Multitasking view
- Custom ringtones for everything, not just Calls
- Driving Mode, In Car Bluetooth options, prioritise connection with Car, also block texts or calls optionally when connected to a Car, plus auto text replies.
- Phone Storage Overhaul, easily view all storage usage including more comprehensive information and temporary file deletion
- Orientation Lock
- Wi-Fi connect during new phone setting up
- Much improved Accessibility options
- Internet Sharing now also over Bluetooth
- Support for Full HD resolution, Quad Core processors and more offering a new more featured tile layout for devices with higher resolution
GDR3 is expected to launch with a range of Nokia improvements on new Nokia hardware expected in the coming week or so, which we’ll be covering right here on RKUK Media … just before the Apple Event, I’m sure it’ll get traffic.