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GDR3 details and screenshots, the next Windows Phone 8 update is coming

GDR3 update on Lumia 920
  • On September 10, 2013

As you know, Microsoft is working on a major software update of its mobile platform called GDR3. The main purpose of this update is to enable 1080p display resolution of the upcoming smartphones. The first model on the market is expected to be the Lumia 1520. But GDR3 will also bring some new features to the existing Windows Phones on the market. Now, we have some more information regarding the update and a couple of screenshots coming from a Lumia 920 developer device, posted on WPCentral.

According to the leaks, the new update will bring a new Driving mode allowing you to turn off calls, messages or both. You can enable automatic replies to all people trying to call you, while you are driving with this feature switched on. Driving mode starts automatically when your phone is connected to a Bluetooth device.

GDR3 driving mode and bluetooth

The update will also bring the ability to close apps in multitasking view, screen rotation lock feature, and custom sounds for emails, text, reminders and voice mail. Users will also been able to restore backup over WiFi.

The General Distribution release 3 update is being tested and it is expected to debut on Lumia 1520 and a new HTC device named ‘Harmony’. You can watch the update in action below: