Looking for the latest unreleased smartphone or smartphone OS? Well, aside from the, Craigslist might be your best bet.
Someone by the screen name of xs2K claims, in a post on the Windows Phone Central site, to have purchased a phone off Craigslist that's running an as-yet-unreleased update to the Windows Phone 8 OS called General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3).
That's an update that willon big-screen devices such as mini tablets and phablet-type gadgets like Nokia's allegedly upcoming Lumia phone.
Screenshots posted by xs2K (and picked up by The Verge) show several new features for Win Phone 8, including:
- a Driving Mode feature that allows for automatic muting of calls and texts,
- the ability to close apps in the multitasking view,
- screen rotation,
- support for custom sounds on text, voice mail, e-mail, and reminders, and
- the ability to restore from backup using Wi-Fi during initial setup.
The Verge says it has confirmed that the screen shots and new features are the real deal. It also says GDR3 will debut first on the Lumia 1520 and an HTC Harmony device, and that it's expected to start moving to existing devices later this year.
GDR3 is expected to be the last Windows Phone 8 OS update Microsoft releases before it introduces Windows Phone Blue, the Win Phone update designed to bring the Win 8, Win RT and Win Phone 8 app models and developer platforms more into sync. Supposedly the Windows Blue update includes new programming interfaces, kernel updates, and some user interface enhancements.