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Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update arrives with quad-core, HD 1080p display support

Will likely debut on new Nokia kit on 22 October
Mon Oct 14 2013, 15:03
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has released the long rumoured Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update that delivers support for quad-core processors and HD 1080p displays.

Microsoft announced the GDR3 update in a blog post on Monday, and it seemed pretty excited about it. Darren Laybourn, corporate VP of Windows Phone said, "A bigger Start screen for more Live Tiles. A new, customizable Driving Mode. Better accessibility options.

"These are just some of the new features and innovations that we’re getting ready to deliver to you in Windows Phone 8 Update 3, which will roll out to existing phones over the next several months."

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the update is support for bigger, higher resolution displays, as Microsoft paves the way for the rumoured Nokia Lumia 1520. The new Windows Phone 8 feature adds support for "5in and 6in screens" and HD 1080p resolutions, meaning OEM partners can now offer phones that match Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max specifications.

Laybourn said, "A bigger Start screen means the ability to pin even more of the people, info, and apps that matter to you. Built-in apps and Hubs like email, Photos, People, and Music and Videos will also be carefully scaled to take full advantage of the additional real estate on 6in screens."

The Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update also adds support for quad-core processors, with Nokia's upcoming Lumia 1520 set to have a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.

Driving Mode support has also been added, which makes sure your phone doesn't display notifications and distractions while you're driving, and improved internet sharing that will enhance Windows Phone 8 devices' personal hotspot functionality.

Other new features added in the update include new ringtones, rotation lock, improved storage management, an updated app launcher for quickly shuffling between apps and better Bluetooth support.

The Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update will start rolling out to devices over the coming weeks, and is likely to debut on Nokia's new kit set to be unveiled on 22 October. Developers will be able to get their hands on the software later today. µ


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