Just last week, Windows Phone marked its third year as a smartphone platform. Today, Microsoft Corp has announced the third update to Windows Phone 8. That would be called ‘Windows Phone 8 Update 3.’ The company reiterated that it should not be called Windows Phone 8.1 as the update brings about many new and additional features.
The new upgrades and features in Windows Phone 8 Update 3 would help carry over the smartphone operating system through the upcoming holiday shopping season. It is also meant to facilitate the crossover between Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.
Windows Phone 8 Update 3 would support devices with 5-inch and 6-inch screens. For its part, Windows 8.1 would be introduced to tablets with 7-inch displays. Thus, there would be a tipping point created between the desktop and the mobile operating systems. Overall, the company intends the Windows Phone update to usher in new hardware for Microsoft—the phablet.
More tiles, added features, new start screen
Not surprisingly, most of the modifications in Update 3 are focused on the adaption of the interface to a new screen size. Thus, the new Windows Phone would add more tiles on its start screen. There would be a third column for People and Music hubs.
The 5-inch devices would have a new start screen, while the 6-inch gadgets would have new email, messaging, music, People Hub, and other layouts for apps. Thus, instead of stretching the user interface, Microsoft has modified it significantly. Although the update is intended for phablets or bigger-screen devices, it is not surprising that it would also be used in smaller-screen smartphones.
Specific features of the update
As mentioned, the new features set the update apart from its predecessors. The lens app could now be set as default camera above the lock screen. The driving mode could silence voice calls and send text replies automatically when the smartphone is connected to the car through Bluetooth. The screen reader makes it ideal for visually impaired individuals.
Internet could now be shared with any Windows 8.1 gadget over Bluetooth even without password requirements. Customized ringtones could facilitate dodging of calls from unwanted individuals. Closing apps is now easier when a user is in the multitasking view. Lastly, the screen would be locked in place without flipping back and forth at least every 9 seconds.