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Windows Phone 8 GDR3 goes official supporting 1080p displays and Snapdragon 800 processor

Microsoft has officially announced the much anticipated GDR3 update for its Windows Phone smartphone 8 platform. Its rollout will begin over the coming weeks. Microsoft is still yet to announce it's eligibility for WP powered devices but it's for sure that Nokia devices are on it's line.

WP GDR3 update brings support for 5 and 6 inch displays with maximum resolution of 1920x1080p and support for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800.

A Start screen with room for as many as six Live Tiles side by side.  Windows Phone 8 Update 3 paves the way for larger Start screens like this on future Windows Phone devices with 5- and 6-inch touch screens.

Now every horizontal line on the start screen supports 6 Live Tiles, close apps in the task switcher interface by hitting the little X on each app's thumb. There's a also new Driving Mode, which gets everything out of the way except your navigation instructions.

A new feature of Windows Phone 8 Update 3 called Driving Mode helps you get from point A to point B with fewer distractions.Windows Phone 8 Update 3 adds the ability to assign custom ringtones to contacts for text messages, so you'll know who's texting you without even looking.Does your screen keep spinning when you’re trying to read emails in bed? Use the new rotation lock option to keep it fixed in place.

But, wait, there’s more

That’s not all we’ve packed into Windows Phone 8 Update 3. Besides hundreds of under-the-hood performance tweaks and enhancements, we’ve also added a bunch of small but handy new features, including several that you’ve been asking for. They include:
  • More useful ringtones: With Update 3, you can use custom ringtones for more things—including instant messages, emails, voicemails, and reminders. You can also assign custom ringtones to contacts for text messages, so you'll know who's texting you without even looking.
  • No more twist and shout: Does your screen keep spinning when you’re trying to read emails in bed? Use the new rotation lock option to keep it fixed in place.
  • Better storage management: New storage settings make it easier to free up space on your phone and manage temporary files. A new category view shows what's taking up space at a glance.
  • Easily close apps: Now you can use the App switcher to quickly close apps when you're finished with them.
  • Wi-Fi access out of the box: You can now connect to Wi-Fi during phone set up, so you can start conserving cellular data right out of the box.
  • Better Bluetooth: The team made a bunch of improvements to improve connection quality for Bluetooth accessories. 
Microsoft will be launching WP GDR3 Preview version for developer's which officially launches later today, gives app builders early access to Microsoft's operating system updates so they can verify that their apps work as expected on the new code.


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