A Complete Process: How GD3 Works in Windows Phone 8

There are many devices, which are coming with Windows Phone 8 OS build 1037 or the GDR2, however, very few people know that the newly introduced GDR3 was expected to embark the market filling the gap between Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 based phones. Unlike the GDR2, GDR3 is not seen with so many new features; however, you can find a number of fine or smaller enhancements that are driven by a number of new hardware requirements. These can only work in the devices carrying 1080 P resolution and the Phablet devices (the ones having 5 or bigger size displays). Now, you can find a wide range of sources coming out covering all the changes being seen in GDR3. Though the list of these added changes or features seems to be interesting it is certainly not a big update that the users were seen expecting. Even the upcoming phone- Windows Phone 8.1 or Blue to be released in 2014 will have only some limited features of GDR3. If you want to see how GDR3 works in the Windows 8 based phones, just keep on reading to explore the same as discussed in the following paragraphs.


GDR3 – Digging Deep

The working of GDR3 is very much similar to GDR2 and the difference between the two is of few changes or features, which we will discuss in the later paragraph. It stands for General Distribution Release, which is basically an internal terminology used by people in Microsoft to refer certain software releases. For instance the Portico or Build 10211 was called as GDR1, the next update came as GDR2 and now finally the upcoming update to be found in Blue will be termed as GDR3. Consequently, all these General Distribution Release updates can be termed as an array of certain features, which Microsoft keeps on releasing time and again. In order to understand its working, you need to explore the added features or changes being introduced by the company under GDR3, which are as indicated.

The GDR3 Features

Auto Rotate Screen

This is a long awaited function, which helps the users to disable the automatic screen rotation found in the Windows based phones. This can prove out to be beneficial for the users who browse their device while lying down on their beds and especially required in the bigger size devices like Phablets

The UI Changes

This feature include Live Tiles for the 1080 P based devices (the ones carrying 3x medium sized tiles) along with certain changes to the network status icons.

Driving Mode

This feature simply helps the users to reject certain calls or texts automatically or simply send out certain automatic replies via SMS when you are busy driving. This feature can work automatically while you connect to any Bluetooth based device.

Text Message Syncing

This feature simply helps the Windows Phone to automatically sync the text messages to the cloud and simply helps the users to access any message via the internet or over their computers. This also can include the text messages or SMS coming via the Skype and social media chat rooms.

Support for the New Hardware

As reported before, the GDR3 is supposed to render support for 1080 P based resolutions and even the quad core chipsets.

Final Word

The GDR3 is likely to hit mid September especially for the bigger size screen based Windows devices. Though nothing much is known about its complete functioning and features and hence the above details can be called as a tip of an ice berg. Let’s wait and watch to see them while it finally hits the market.


This Post is written by Kelly. She is a writer/blogger. She writes articles on Technology, social media, wordpress, Gamification, responsive design and online development etc. These days she contributes on Devrover.com

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