Microsoft is testing GDR3 update for Windows Phone, new features revealed
Yesterday The Verge reported that Microsoft is currently testing the forthcoming GDR3 update of its mobile operating system. Sources aware with Microsoft`s plans have revealed some new features of the update, including a rotation lock, driver mode for in-car use and some changes in the UI regarding Live Tiles.
The rotation lock is an option in settings that disables the automatic rotation of the screen. Known as “autorotate screen”, it is being added due to the upcoming announcement of 5- and 6-inch Windows Phones. The driver mode is designed for in-car use and automatically turns on when the handset is connected via Bluetooth. It rejects incoming phone calls and messages, sending an auto reply back.
The GDR3 update is designed for a new hardware which allows running Windows Phone on 1080p handsets. For this purpose the update is coming with some slight changes in the UI concerning Live Tiles and the network status icons. It brings the ability to have three middle sized tiles in one row. The Verge reported that Microsoft is going to sync text messages from Windows Phone handsets to PCs and the web. This feature is being finalized however most likely will not be ready for the GDR3 release. Microsoft is planning to complete the GDR3 update by the middle of September to be ready for the upcoming new large-screen Nokia device announcement.
Source: The Verge