Windows Phone 8 Update 3 adds support for 1080p displays, quad-core processor and new Driving Mode

Windows Phone 8 Update 3 adds support for 1080p displays, quad-core processor and new Driving Mode

Microsoft announced its third update for the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system today, adding support for a more powerful processor and larger handsets with 1080p displays.

Phablet_StartScreenProductivity_01_072A1240The platform will now support “jumbo-sized” Start screens and show up to six Live Tiles on each row, rather than the four that’s currently available. Microsoft also scaled some of its pre-installed apps such as email, Photos, People, Music and Videos to take advantage of the space.

So. Much. Tech.

Some of the biggest names in tech are coming to TNW Conference in Amsterdam this May.

GDR3, or General Distribution Release 3, also supports Qualcomm’s beefy 8794 quad-core processor, as well as a new software feature called Driving Mode; when connected with a Bluetooth device, this limits the number of notifications on the lock screen – texts calls, status alerts and the like – while you’re out on the road.

The third update also brings over Mobile Accessibility, which is a catalog of apps designed to help blind and visually impaired users carry out everyday tasks on their handset. It also includes a new rotation lock feature, which will keep the screen in-check while you’re lying sideways in bed or on the sofa.

The software update will be available on existing Windows Phone 8 handsets “over the next several months,” according to Microsoft.

Read next: Foursquare's self-service ads platform is now available to all small businesses

Shh. Here's some distraction

Comments