Windows Phone 8 GDR3 officially presented, updates coming in the next few weeks
Microsoft has taken the wraps off of Windows Phone 8 Update 3 – also known as WP8 GDR3.
As you may have heard already, the new version of the OS comes with two major improvements: support for Full HD (1920 x 1080) displays, and support for quad-core processors (including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800). Of course, this means that now Nokia can announce its Lumia 1520 phablet – and it will almost certainly do it next week, on October 22. The 1520 will be the first WP8 device to come with the GDR3 update out of the box.
Large displays, including the 6 inch 1080p one of the upcoming Lumia 1520, will enable “Start screens with room for six Live Tiles across instead of four.”
Windows Phone 8 GDR3 also brings Drive Mode – a new feature that’s “designed to limit notifications on the lock screen—including texts, calls, and quick status alerts—until you’re safely parked.” New accessibility features, plus improved internet sharing, and “hundreds of under-the-hood performance tweaks and enhancements” are included as well.
Current Windows Phone 8 handsets will start receiving GDR3 updates in the coming weeks. The roll-out “will continue over several months.” Nokia’s Lumia smartphones will probably be the first to get the new version of the OS. We’ll keep you posted.