Microsoft Windows Phone update adds support for Phablets, 1080p display

Microsoft today announced the third update to Windows Phone 8, popularly known as GDR3 that will bring support for biggest, higher resolution displays as well as faster processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC. The announcement comes a week ahead of Nokia’s event in Abu Dhabi where it is expected to unveil the Lumia 1520 that features a 6-inch 1080p display and will run on the Snapdragon 800 chipset. The features in the update are the same as what were leaked last month.

Windows Phone GDR3 brings support for 1080p display and users will be able to have up to six tiles on a row on the homescreen. This will help them make the most of the bigger, higher resolution displays that provides more real estate to play with as currently only four tiles in a row are supported. Microsoft specifically calls out devices with 5- and 6-inch 1080p displays in the announcement. The Lumia 1520 is expected to have a 6-inch display but Nokia is also said be developing a variant for Verizon that will have a 5-inch 1080p display. Apart from the support for bigger displays, the update will also support for high-end processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

The update also brings a new driving mode that automatically connects to Bluetooth devices when the user is driving and users can even set an auto response to calls and texts that they are driving and cannot respond. It also brings the ability to set custom ring tones for calls, SMS or email from specific contacts, easy Wi-Fi sharing and the ability to log in to a Wi-Fi network while setting up the phone for the first time. It also introduces a screen rotation lock and better accessibility features. For users who have been craving for better phone storage management, this update will let them better manage the storage and handle temporary files. A new option will provide users information of what’s using the storage space at a glance.

Microsoft says that thee features will also come to existing Windows Phone devices in the coming months.

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