What’s New In Windows Phone 8 Update 3

What’s New In Windows Phone 8 Update 3

October 15, 2013 1 By Faisal Bin Ahmed


It hasn’t been a month since I received Windows phone GDR2+Amber update on my Lumia 920. Which enabled some handy new features like Data Sense and Glance screen. So I wasn’t expecting another update anytime soon. But Microsoft surprised us all. The company yesterday announced the third general distributive update for their mobile operating system. Windows Phone 8 Update 3.

Microsoft didn’t only announce the update, they made it available to developers. As a Dreamspark account holder I got the update yesterday and I approve this approach of bypassing carriers on the matter.

According to Microsoft, WP8U3 brings hundreds of various bug fixes and performance tweaks. ┬áThe update also brings some useful features that Windows phone users have been demanding for long time. Let’s take a look.

Rotation Lock

Yup. It’s just a basic feature. But it’s never too late to add something, is it?

wp_ss_20131015_0010Better Storage Management

Windows Phone 8 now lets you manage your storage with detailed description of your file types. This allegedly improves the famous other storage issue. So overall a welcome addition.


wp_ss_20131015_0006Custom Ringtones

You can now assign custom ringtones per you favourite contacts. Let it be ringtone or text tone.

wp_ss_20131015_0008Driving Mode

Windows phone users can disable notification and other unimportant activities during driving. Pair your phone with your car’s bluetooth device and you’re done.

wp_ss_20131015_0004Closing Apps

Closing apps has never been so easier. Tap on the ‘X’ icon in the multitasking pane and the app is dead. Although I would love if Microsoft implemented simpler gesture like ‘swipe down to close’ like its desktop counterpart, makes it easier and quicker.

wp_ss_20131015_0007Other Notable Improvements

  • Support for 1080p display and latest Qualcomm SoCs.
  • WiFi access during phone setup.
  • Improved Internet sharing over WiFi.
  • New accessibility features for disabled people.
  • Improved connectability for Bluetooth accessories(BT 4.0?)
  • Keyboard improvement(Now lets you go back to alphabet after inserting an emoji)
  • Overall Snappier performance and app switching.

Windows phone isn’t perfect. It’s 3 year old of course but hasn’t matured yet. Good thing is, Microsoft is concerned. They are gradually adding features to their mobile OS. While the process is painfully slow, it’s rapid. Windows Phone 8 Update 3 aka GDR3 brings some features that have been available on other platforms for some time. Windows Phone 8 still lacks basic features like a unified notification center, separate volume controller for system and media, nor does it have a great personal like Siri or Google Now. We hope Microsoft addresses this issues soon. I have my fingers crossed for Windows Phone 8.1.

Source: Official Windows Blog