Yesterday, Microsoft announced the availability of Update 3 for Windows Phone 8. It is cheery news for windows Phone 8 users, many of who only

What does Update 3 bring to your Windows Phone smartphone?

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the availability of Update 3 for Windows Phone 8. It is cheery news for windows Phone 8 users, many of who only recently got Update 2.

  • Support for 1080p display for new devices
  • Support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
  • Improved Internet Sharing via Hotspot
  • Close apps by tapping on the X on top right in multitasking view
  • Screen orientation/rotation lock option
  • Better storage management: New storage settings make it easier to free up space on your phone, manage temporary files, as well as see what’s taking up space
  • Custom ringtones for everything
  • Wi-Fi access out of the box: You can now connect to Wi-Fi during phone set up, so you can start conserving mobile internet from the word go. Yay!
  • Improved Bluetooth
  • New accessibility features for blind and visually impaired users
  • New Driving Mode limits notifications on the lock screen — including texts, calls, and quick status alerts — until you’re safely parked

What Should Have Been In There

I would have loved to see the following features in this update:

  • File Manager/Explorer
  • Ability to attach all kinds of files from the Email app. Right now, only pictures can be attached from there
  • Improved social sharing via 3rd party apps
  • Improved notifications. Or perhaps it is in there? Users know how WP notifications just mess up at times.

Still, Update 3 is a commendable effort. Now, the question is, Which Windows Phone 8 devices are getting Update 3?

Source: Windows Phone Blog


  1. I am very happy for this update and tempted to download the developer’s preview, but I am scared of seeing that forever spinning gear wheel. I hope Nokia will release the bitter sweet along with GDR3 to us with old devices along with the launch of the upcoming phones on the 22nd October.
    Mr Mo, but I saw the ability to attach other documents such as PDF and words to email in the change log. I am surprised to see it here the other way round.
    File manager /explorer and improve social sharing via 3rd party are the two things that are very important to me but still lacking. That notification of a thing isn’t an issue for me.

  2. Andy, the article said all kinds of files which is different from a few popular file types support. Remember unsupported file types will generally not show up when browsing for files to attach, so only the specific ones Microsoft approved will be visible when browsing for files to attach to your emails and since third party file managers are absent, there’s no way around it.

    Good that Microsoft are gradually and progressively making Windows Phone more useable. Of course that’s a good things generally. They are learning their lessons the hard way, users are not going to be lorded it over like in iOS world where Apple decides everything. Users are generally shunning Windows Phone devices because of these obvious limitations and Microsoft seeing they cannot have it all their way by locking the platform completely down like Apple’s iOS are gradually opening up.

    Competition and options are good for consumers.

  3. YES! I couldn’t resist the urge any longer and decided to go for the update. In any case I have nothing to lose in terms of warranty since my phone is of ELISA network (Finland). Following the step by step instructions from a very useful twitter handle @NairobiWP, I was able to successfully update my phone to “update 3”.
    If you have nothing to lose like me, then I think you can go ahead and do it. Being able to close apps from the multitasking panel, and the final removal of the “other storage” made me very happy with the update.

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