If you are reading this, it is quite possible that you came here looking to see what all this fuss about this fresh new update that Windows Phone devices would get is. So earlier today what happened was that Microsoft officially announced and then released the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 Preview for developers. This update, more famously known as the GDR3 update adds some seemingly important functionalities to your Windows Phone smartphone. Shall we now see what those are?
Here we go
We start with the multitasking functionality where users will now get the option to manually close an application. And it also adds that much needed rotation lock feature – a feature which one of my friends was really dying for.
You also get a Driving Mode feature wherein the phone would restrict notifications and other such activities to give the user a much better, distraction free navigation experience.
Full HD Displays
Official support also arrives for devices with full HD displays. While I did not actually fancy this feature, now that almost every Android flagship devices have moved on to full HD displays – why not? This addition of 1080p display support also means we would be seeing phablet sized Windows Phone devices in the months to come. Another addition would be the added support for Quad Core processors which until now couldn’t make it to Windows Phone. So, expect a slew of devices running the Qualcomm powerhouses – the 600 and the 800 soon.
Another welcome addition is the fact that you now have more ringtones to choose from
And for those of you frustrated whilst setting up the phone, you now finally get the option to connect to WiFi DURING the initial set up.
All said, let me tell you that at this point of time, only a developer preview of the update is available. You can of course become a “developer” and install the update on your existing Windows Phone device if you happen to be the adventurous kind. But then, we would not recommend doing it because you will end up losing warranty on your phone should you proceed.
These are some much needed updates – but do you think all this is enough to save Windows Phone? Or should they come up with something more outrageous and radical?