Microsoft unveils Windows Phone Update 3 introducing support for phablets, 1080p screens and quad-core chips
Windows Phone Update 3 is what many of you have heard of as General Distribution Release (GDR) 3. It comes to meet three huge goals Microsoft had: “Enable a new generation of incredible Windows Phone 8 devices, enhance the platform with new capabilities for current users and partners, and improve overall quality.”
On to the new features:
Quad-core processors - This latest updates allows Windows Phone to run on quad-core devices, and more specifically on Qualcomm’s MSM8974 chip, commonly referred to as Snapdragon 800. Here again, Microsoft is playing catch-up to Android.
More Live Tiles - One appreciated feature on the sharper and larger displays is support for more Live Tiles. Instead of stretching 4 small Live Tiles across the home screen and making it all look ugly, Update 3 brings support for 6 small tiles in a row.
Screen lock, custom ringtones - Now you can lock the screen orientation to either portrait or landscape. You can also assign custom ringtones to almost anything - instant messages, emails, voicemails, and reminders.
Better multitasking, enhanced storage management - Multitasking in Update 3 allows you to manually close apps by hitting a big “X” button, and when it comes to storage you now have the option to see which apps and media use what amount of storage.
Other improvements - There is also a number of other improvements like a new Driving mode that would lock the screen while you drive and keep you safely focused on the road. Some things like accessing Wi-Fi during setup are now possible (more of a bug fix here), and Bluetooth tethering would also now remember devices you’ve connected to before and won’t ask for a password. Accessibility apps now include screen reader for blind and visually impaired, and tools for those with hearing problems.
The final question remains when can you get the Windows Phone Update 3. The release date is not exactly clear - it all depends on carriers to test, approve and push this, but if you are a developer you can get it right now via Microsoft's Developer program.
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Microsoft unveils Windows Phone Update 3 introducing support for phablets, 1080p screens and quad-co
15. akki20892 (Posts: 2276; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
i love wp's Multitasking screen than any other.
24. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 155; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Yeah, the one which is a copy of iOS 7, which itself is a copy of Symbian Belle FP2.
26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2535; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
WP Had this Multi tasking view back in 7.5 days..
32. vijaysivakula (Posts: 127; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
Yeah. WP had this Multi-tasking view back in 7.5 days.. which is a copy of the multi-tasking that WebOs had which was a copy of what Symbian had....
43. jaxson983 (Posts: 35; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)
ok let just put it out there....no one has copied or will copy iOS7
3. dritani (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)
Now we can say that Windows Phone is finally in the game...IOS fans and fandroids are warned: WP GDR3 is the real deal, Nokia+Microsoft will rule soon!!!
12. sprockkets (Posts: 845; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Having feature parity with your competitors rarely convinces people to change ship.
35. Penny (Posts: 951; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
WP has an entirely different user experience than the competing platforms. In bringing WP into a level of feature parity with its competitors, Microsoft marginalizes the argument that WP is far behind its competitors and enables itself to better display where they distinguish themselves most: the actual implementation and user experience of the software.
Not saying WP's user experience is necessarily better, but this should cause people to look at WP more seriously as a viable option, in which case you might find more people favoring their user experience.
49. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Penny, how come you always sound so analytical? You need to learn to spit and swear at people, and carry a large spiked chain on your belt...
I agree that WP is much different than either Android or iOS, but that's a good thing in my opinion. WP8 updates are also giving customization and technical features that were missing before. Now that Microsoft will own Nokia's D&S, I expect to see bigger and better things out of softy.
16. akki20892 (Posts: 2276; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
i guess just only one Nokia, not wp.
Wp is nothing without nokia. i guess ios have to worry not android because we will not gonna see android have below 60% of market share world wide.
20. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1616; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
LOL good one WP has just got screen lock when android is progressing at a rate that WP can only dream!
50. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
If you mean viri, yes Android OS is well ahead. Nothing compares in terms of the Malware available for Android devices...
4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1871; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Good luck Nokia...
5. aco96 (Posts: 167; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
I hope Samsung ATIV S will be the first one to get GDR3, just like GDR2. I really like multitasking improvement :D
34. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Yeah, I doubt that.
6. dickwyn (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 May 2012)
still waiting for a notification center...zzz
8. chandancherry (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)
The 'X' Button and higher resolution support was badly needed.
Better late than never MS.
9. mottykels (Posts: 361; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Notification center and cortona should have this update ;)
45. -box- (Posts: 3536; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Probably will come next year in the form of GDR4 or Windows Phone 8.1 or WP9, depending on naming schemes.
10. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
real dont understand some of the update features that windows push out. For instance:
phablets, 1080p screens and quad-core chips, added support.
To make the most of this update would require buying a new handset therefore rendering the update pointless. Am i the only one who has noticed this?
17. haseebzahid (Posts: 1762; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
i know right so thats why i been holding on Lumia800 still
31. Penny (Posts: 951; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Before you can focus on adding cool, advanced features, it is important that you focus on improving the core platform to allow more advanced features in the future. This update serves more as a background overhaul to put them into a better position to add the cool features people are after.
GDR3 has a few user experience enhancements for current devices, but I suspect you will find many more software enhancements for current devices in WP 8.1.
47. znellu (Posts: 56; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Galaxy S3 (720p and quad core CPU) users bought Galaxy S4 as it came out with a 1080p display and a dual - quad core CPU. No one complained that their S3 can't have those features and rather they got the new technology. What's gonna be different here in Windows Phone's case?
51. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
scriptwriter@If you don't want to update to new hardware, then so be it. However, don't gripe to the rest of us about not being able to use new features if you're still running a 386 processor...
11. naveenstuns (Posts: 152; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
Now I feel its a complete OS.
good luck Microsoft !!
13. saffant (Posts: 184; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
That's great, but I just can't help think that these features were already standard in even Android 4.1 lol.
One big issue is that there's no notification centre/menu. That's very sad, unfortunately.
My secondary phone is still going to be the Z30 it seems.
29. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2535; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Who cares about who had what first... WP has so many things that are different, and not present, than iOS, and Android.. Those things are why we love WP Devices, and love these updates.. Nobody's in competition with you.
46. -box- (Posts: 3536; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
If we're discussing who had what first, then android's still behind even Symbian.
14. Snoobab (Posts: 162; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Next update please remove the 'X' button to close a task, and rather make it a gesture (like Windows 8).
18. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 71; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
In WP 8.1 (or) Blue, maybe, where Cortana is said to take control. ;-)
19. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
I wouldnt say "playing catch up" , this is a new OS, and still on the come up..
21. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1616; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Well Done WP just got features which have been on android since 2010!!! 3 years late!
27. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 199; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
WP8 is 1 year old. Its based on WP7 which now is 3 years old. Do you know how bad, ugly, slow and featureless android was when it was just 3 years old? Plus WP8 isnt going with android logic its going with its own logic. I love it how every OS that is not android is crap to fandroids eyes. Its going to be so fun when android starts loosing ground like every other mobile OS did. Solid updates here and there and above everything smoothness. Thats how WP8 works.
53. sprockkets (Posts: 845; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
"Do you know how bad, ugly, slow and featureless android was when it was just 3 years old?"
While Android 2.0 was released, MS just released Windows Mobile 6.5 to the public.
I can guarantee you that Android 2.0 was far, far, far more advanced than WM6.5.
So, if we treat each company fairly, even back in 2009, MS was still around 3-4 years behind the competition. WP just got 1080p support - Android just added 4k support.
WM6.5 was a stop gap to WP7. WP7 was a stop gap to WP8. And now, finally, perhaps in 2014, it might actually surpass someone.
54. sprockkets (Posts: 845; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
oh yeah, and android was already more featured one year into its life than WP in 3 years into its life.
33. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2535; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Your perspective is useless, petty, and pointless.. All you prove by constantly saying that is that Android is older than WP, Android is old news, Android is played out, boring, and it's time for a new way of doing things.. Now, that's not exactly what I think about Android, but you're pathetic hatred about a OS that you have never used before tells this story about Android... If you don't like WP why do you even bother❔.. But you try so hard on every article to convince people that WP is no good.. Are you afraid that WP is going to steal customers from Android because you don't have to worry about that. Android sales will be fine even without your constant trying to warn people not to buy a WP8 device.. Or, are you afraid that you are forced to buy a WP8 device❔.. If you like Android more than WP then simply just keep buying Android devices. Nobody is forcing WP on you. Or are you just sick of seeing articles about WP on PA❔.. Well, to bad because this is a multi platform site, and if WP articles bother you so much then maybe you should be on a site dedicated to Android,, like Android Central.. Why waist so much time focusing on a platform that you don't like, when you can be learning more about one that you do❔ I think you love WP, but you are to afraid to try it because you are a follower, and not a leader, and you are afraid of what people will think.. That's pathetic of you, if this is the case... The best way for you to prove that you are not interested in WP would be for you to totally ignore all WP articles, and not give the platform the time of day.. But, you get excited when you see a WP8 article because you do secretly like the platform, you want to see how it's progressing, and you see it's potential.. You're just mad because you can't have a WP device because your mind will only allow you to purchase something that's popular so that you feel like you belong, and that's because you have no sense of self identity... Be yourself, be confident in what you like, quit being fearful of other things,, and respect what others like.. As soon as you grow up, and start doing that your mind will start to open, and except new things.. But, since I'm having to tell you this I'm sure your mind will just stay closed, and you will be using Android until the day you die, while we've all moved onto other things in the future... Wakeup dude❕
36. sharz7474 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Best comment ever, love the way you nailed that inmature, childish fandroids!...well done!...:)
62. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2535; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Another thing is the fact that Windows Mobile, BB, and palm had most of these features way before Android, and iPhone.. I was using Shazam way back on my Samsung BlackJack, but does that determine if Windows Mobile is better than iDroid❔ Never.. Android, and iOS came out after the others, and revolutionized the way these same features were used, the same way Microsoft, with Windows Phone 7, took a different road with music recognition and built it into the platform.. As a matter of fact WP had the most advanced voice recognition at the time before siri came along.. New platform, and new ideas, but not perfect.. And sometimes its nice to choose exclusivity, and distinction, over other peoples idea of perfection because when you see the potential of something that suites you better, and you go with your gut, you end up with your idea of perfection, and what works for you best.. That's the WP fans frame of mind. We're not stupid, we're not naive, we're not inexperienced with smartphones.. As a matter of fact some of us have had smartphones for a decade and we were the original adopters of smart devices.. And, some iDroid fans wonder why we WP fans insist on something different.. Maybe it's because we look at Android, and iOS, and it reminds us of the static icons, and apps of our WM devices from 2003.. Lol.. I'm not hating on other platforms, but people must understand that WP, and it's fans, are trying to do something different here, and it's not going to happen over night.. Especially with the strangle hold that iDroid has on the market.. But, that's perfectly OK.. Microsoft has the money for the long hall, and they are not playing the same game in the same era as iDroid, so iDroid fans... Stop panicking❗
37. Penny (Posts: 951; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Oh snap son! One of the best "Wake up Call" posts I've seen on a tech blog. Should be saved and used to fight against worldwide technological ignorance and illiteracy.
39. freebee269 (Posts: 486; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
i gave you a thumbs up and i wanted to say good comment. you just summed whoyton up pretty good. i'm sure he will deny it, but his comments on wp articles says different.
55. Rikkirik (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
I guess you can say the same to all those fandroids badmouthing and bashing WP. Well said. You must be a psychologist.
59. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2535; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I'm no psychologist,, just realistic and mature,, which says a lot about some of these guys on here... I seriously think some of these guys were picked on as kids, or are kids who are being picked on at school, and use PA/Android as a way to make themselves feel like they belong.. Pathetic❕
23. lorenzattractor (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
"Instead of stretching 4 small Live Tiles across the home screen and making it all look ugly", what?
25. Eonnaydra (Posts: 181; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Where is the Notification bar?Why have not they done a gesture to close the apps in the multitasking?Where is the new menu(that list is annoying)?More costumization?
This OS is awesome,is super smooth,but its far behind iOS or Android in terms of features.The system is too close and MS is not Apple to make it cool like with the iOS.They are very lucky that they have NOKIA.
28. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 199; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
Thats why they bought NOKIA. Cause if they didnt they could loose NOKIA to some other company or them just going android. Without NOKIA WP8 would be dead like BlackBerry.
38. Penny (Posts: 951; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I agree that I would have preferred a swipe up or down to close the apps in the multitasking view. Notification bar and other software features were set to come in Windows Phone 8.1, so they weren't expected here.
42. chandancherry (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)
There are a lot of goodies to come out of the WP box.
It will definitely improve as it gets mature.