Windows Phone Update 3 is the most significant revision to Microsoft's platform so far!
Windows Phone 8 has always lagged behind it's rivals in a number of key ways, but that's now all changed after Microsoft unveiling the 3rd major update to the operating system. The update includes a number of key additions and features making it the most significant improvement to the platform since it first launched back in 2012.
Support for higher resolution displays and faster processors
Previously, the specification of Windows smartphones has always been bottle-necked by the capabilities of the Windows Phone 8 operating system - which only supported 720p displays and dual-core processors. That's no longer the case because the new version of Microsoft's platform adds support for 1080p displays and quad-core processors.
Over the next couple of months were expecting to see a whole new range of high-end Windows Phone 8 smartphones with larger displays and faster processors, with Nokia's Lumia 1520 likely to be the first device to come pre-loaded with the new version of Microsoft's platform.
Nokia's Lumia 1520 is expected to be unveiled on October 22nd and will be the company's first ever phablet. It's rumoured to have a 6 inch 1080p display , a quad-core processor and a Nokia Pureview Camera. Read more about the Nokia's Lumia 1520 here.
Okay, so we now know what difference the update will make to future Windows Phone devices. But what about features that will also benefit existing Windows smartphones?
Windows Phone 8 adds a larger homescreen enabling users to add even more 'Live Tiles' to the screen. Additionally, Microsoft have included a new 'Driving Mode' making the user-interface less-cluttered and easier to view from a distance. It includes a quick response feature, which sends an automated text when you can't take a call or respond to a text a message.
Other improvements include the option to lock screen-rotation, new storage management settings and improved accessibility for those with visual impairments. You'll also now be able to set custom text tones for individual contacts, as well the option to customise sounds for emails, messages, voicemails and reminders.
Windows Phone 8 Availability
Windows Phone 8 will begin rolling out to existing smartphones over the next couple of weeks, although it'll probably be sometime before all the devices receive the update. To begin with it'll be rolled out to the most recent Windows smartphones including Nokia's Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 925.
As soon as we get more news on the Windows Phone 8 update roll out we'll let you know !
By Simon Thomas on 15th October, 2013