- 08-27-2013, 09:40 AM #1
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- 08-27-2013, 10:07 AM #3
I wouldn't be surprised if GDR3 becomes more and more feature packed. While it was initially just a hardware-enabling release (more chipsets and resolutions, I'm not so sure it's about the number of threads as much as it is the specific drivers for the Snapdragon 800,) there was a story somewhere about how with the delay of WP8.1 MSFT was looking to back port features that would be ready from WP8.1 to GDR3. So if a feature is ready and doesn't require other stuff from 8.1, it will make its way into GDR3. MSFT probably won't have the full list themselves until it RTMs.
- 08-27-2013, 11:59 AM #4
If they add seperate volume controls for different apps or audio sources I sincerely hope they make it optional. After using so many Android and iOS devices, it's very refreshing to have a volume control that predictably controls the volume of my phone.
Edit: In fact, through what official channel can I provide this feedback to Microsoft?
- 08-27-2013, 12:48 PM #7
- 08-27-2013, 02:22 PM #10
08-27-2013, 05:30 PM #14
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I'd be so surprised if GDR3 brings notification system and independent volume control along with all the other new features (orientation lock, 1080p, quadcore support, new live tile layouts). I would have thought they would have kept those two features for 8.1. Unless GDR3 is 8.1. Now that would be an epic twist.
- 08-27-2013, 05:34 PM #15
Now.. if it is a major overhaul and we end up with someting like iOS and Android where push notifictions can actually contain their own custom sounds (think the ESPN tone when you get a Sportscenter update) then yeah we might not get it yet.
- 08-27-2013, 05:46 PM #16
The intent of GDR1 was a few tweaks that just missed the cut for WP8. GDR2 enables Snapdragon 400 support, potentially 2GB RAM, and probably some more stuff under the hood that enables some of the Amber tweaks. A few features, too, but primarily hardware stuff. Original intent was GDR3 was Snapdragon 600/800 and higher resolution, and then WP8.1 covers the software side. It's not like new hardware needs to wait for WP8.1, anything hardware driven is enabled in GDR3.
So, keeping this in mind, there's no real reason to hold back features for WP8.1. It's not like Nokia's going to hold back on releasing the 930 because of WP8.1, they'll just release it on GDR3 and then update. Only impact keeping stuff in WP8.1 has is having a less fully featured OS between the release of GDR3 and WP8.1, which isn't something anyone wants (other than GOOG and AAPL.) As long as it won't delay GDR3, it goes in. As soon as WP8.1 got pushed back from the original intent of October this year, the scope of GDR3 increased. Independant volume controls are ready, so they're in. Notification center isn't ready, waits for WP8.1.
The orientation lock was another thing probably originally intended for 8.1 that got moved up.
- 08-27-2013, 05:56 PM #17
- 08-27-2013, 08:29 PM #18
I would love custom text message tones for individual contacts. Far as I know nobody does that natively. Android has 3rd party apps like LightFlow that let you do stuff like that, but it can lead to phone instability. The GS3 had issues originally because Samsung changed the way they control the LED or something like that.
I would love, love, love that feature.
- 08-27-2013, 08:44 PM #19
3) System (notifications and ringtones etc)
This means setting your music volume to 8 (app volume) will also set YouTube to 8... Easy peasy.
08-28-2013, 12:08 AM #21
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I haven't used iOS since November last year (when I switch to WP8) but the last time I did use it I remember it working like this:
1. System volume that was separate for
a. Phone speaker
c. Bluetooth (possibly per device?)
2. Call volume
3. An app could have a separate volume IF the developer opted in to that API but it was only for 'scaling' the volume set in 1. I.e. setting an app volume to max would only be as loud as the 'system' volume.
I could be wrong but that's how I remember it and I never touched an apps volume setting, all the apps I tried defaulted to max volume in app which seemed consistent with all the other system sounds. Basically I set the volume with the hardware volume switch (per audio device) and rarely touched it.
08-28-2013, 05:53 AM #25
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My take on GDR3 is that MS has heard our voices and changed their roadmap for WP. I think 8.1 was an intermediate step between 8 and a merger with RT that was to have lots of added features as well as smoothing the way for that merger. They decided to scrap 8.1, put the majority of the most requested features into GDR3, not waste time coding 8.1 and jumped straight to 9 that will merge with Windows RT and bring in a common app store across tablet and mobile. Thus the delay of the "next big" release of WP to Q2 or later.
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