Leaked pictures and videos show Windows Phone 8 GDR3 features in action

A set of screenshots and videos have revealed all the new features and changes that Microsoft has included in the upcoming General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3) update to Windows Phone 8.

Bittersweet Shimmer GDR3 screens Leaked pictures and videos show Windows Phone 8 GDR3 features in action

A Nokia Lumia 920 someone bought off Craigslist was running the updated OS, Windows Phone 8 OS Build 10484, along with a custom Nokia firmware named “Bittersweet shimmer.” Only screenshots were posted initially, but the user, posting as xs2k on the Windows Phone Central forums, followed up with videos later on to reveal extra details and confirm the authenticity of the images.

The images show off the multitasking screen, which now has an “X” button for closing running apps, a feature often requested, and the name and icon of the app just below its snapshot. Nokia has also updated the Glance lockscreen function with the ability to show text and email notifications when the phone is idle, instead of only the time and date.

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GDR3 Driving Leaked pictures and videos show Windows Phone 8 GDR3 features in action

While not seen in the leaked build of GDR3, the update will finally bring the option to set custom sounds for text, voice mail, email, and reminders. There are a number of other small additions, such as the inclusion of the much-awaited screen orientation setting, ability to restore data over Wi-Fi after resetting the device (a feature that was removed in WP8), and more.

Here’s a bullet list of the changes in GDR3 and Nokia’s Bittersweet shimmer firmware:

  • Custom sounds for text, voice mail, e-mail, and reminders
  • Restore over Wi-Fi when you reset your phone
  • Huge amount of work on Bluetooth with various vehicles and devices
  • Driving Mode
  • Screen rotation lock
  • ‘X’ to close out apps in multitasking
  • Icon for multitasking apps
  • General performance improvements
  • 1080p Display support (for new devices)
  • Support for new Qualcomm chipsets

Development on the GDR3 update is reportedly nearing completion, but there’s still no word on when Microsoft will start rolling it out to devices, though it will likely be after the Lumia 1520 phablet is announced, the handset that will be the first to show off GDR3 features such as support for 1080p displays and newer Qualcomm chipsets.

Take a look at the hands-on videos of the GDR3 update below (hint: keep the volume low).

Source: Windows Phone Central

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