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    Thumbs up WP8 GDR3 has been Released to the Developers (and you too)

    Yesterday, Microsoft kept its promise about "enthusiast program" and has released the General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3) aka Update 3 to all Windows Phone 8 developers.

    The update comes with a few small features for current handsets and enables new class of devices:
    - Driving Mode
    - New accessibility features
    - Improved Internet Sharing (aka tethering)
    - More customization for ringtones
    - Highly improved Bluetooth stack
    - Screen rotation lock
    - Ability to close an app from multitask card view (Ideally, there is no need to close an app. But some third party apps get stuck in a loop sometimes)
    - Better breakdown of "other storage" and built-in ability to clean up if needed
    - Ability to connect to Wi-Fi during first time setup (previously, it was after)
    - General performance improvement for almost all components of the OS.

    For new devices:
    - support for quad core processors
    - support for 1080p displays
    - built-in apps will "rearrange" themselves to better utilize 1080p displays
    - additional column on start screen (It seems this is for 1080p displays only)


    People reported that the battery life has gotten better and IE is more snappier. Almost no one is having issues with the upgrade which makes this a solid upgrade that you should not miss.

    It is important to note that this upgrade only comes with the core OS update. Device specific firmware/software (e.g., nokia bittersweet shimmer) will be made available by the OEM at a later date and will bring lots of new features too.


    Now the interesting part is that, with the Windows Phone App Studio, even you can be a "developer" without paying any fees.
    Once you have done that (really easy; takes a few minutes), you have to install Preview for Developer App. Start the app and login. Finally, go to settings -> phone update.

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    Notes:
    - Updating in this way may void your warranty
    - This update requires your phone already on GDR2
    - There is no roll-back
    - This update does not remove your device specific enhancements. For example, nokia pro cam or call+sms block from GDR2.
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    How and why?

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    @CvP i just checked my phone update but it shows it is up-to-date. So, where is the GDR3????
    Last edited by CvP; October 16th, 2013 at 20:32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    How and why?

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    @CvP i just checked my phone update but it shows it is up-to-date. So, where is the GDR3????
    Your phone OS is purchased and customized by the OEM (eg nokia). MS can't upgrade it like this (normally).

    You have to register in app studio.
    the you might need to create an app and install it on your phone.
    then install the dev preview app, start it, login.
    only then GDR3 will show up.

    You also have to have GDR2 already. If you have L520 BD version, you need to wait. GDR2+Amber for L520 BD is still under going testing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    Your phone OS is purchased and customized by the OEM (eg nokia). MS can't upgrade it like this (normally).

    You have to register in app studio.
    the you might need to create an app and install it on your phone.
    then install the dev preview app, start it, login.
    only then GDR3 will show up.

    You aldo have to have GDR2 already. If you have L520 BD version, you need to wait. GDR2+Amber for L520 BD is still under going testing.
    I bought from Malaysia. I have been using GDR2 aka Lumia amber for almost a month now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    If you have L520 BD version, you need to wait. GDR2+Amber for L520 BD is still under going testing.
    In BD Nokia site, it shows, waiting for approval. What sorta approval? ANy idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    I bought from Malaysia. I have been using GDR2 aka Lumia amber for almost a month now.
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    In BD Nokia site, it shows, waiting for approval. What sorta approval? ANy idea?

    In that case, just register in app studio, create some random app, install it on your device. It will unlock developer mode in your phone.
    Then install the preview app, login and then check for update.

    Waiting for approval = still testing
    coming soon = testing done; awaiting release
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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    In that case, just register in app studio, create some random app, install it on your device. It will unlock developer mode in your phone.
    Then install the preview app, login and then check for update.

    Waiting for approval = still testing
    coming soon = testing done; awaiting release
    yawn.............. too much hassle. I better sleep and wait a few months instead. -_-

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