Third Windows Phone Update & Developer Preview Program Due Soon

Mark O'Neill 17-10-2013

They’re getting pretty excited over at Windows Phone headquarters. Apparently the Windows Phone share in Europe has rocketed to an earth-shattering 10%. So to capitalise on that unstoppable momentum, the Windows Phone team are about to release their third update with some goodies. And if that wasn’t enough, they are even about to begin a developer preview program.


To begin with, all of you Windows Phone users out there (both of you raise your hands), will get a bigger Start Screen for 6 Live Tiles instead of 4. This will enable you to clutter your screen even more with stuff that doesn’t really need to be on your screen, but hey, if you have the space for it, why not?

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According to the press release, Update 3 will also “bring support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor“. Now I have absolutely no idea what that is, and I wouldn’t know one if it bumped into me in the street, but just saying it makes me feel smarter. I mean, who in their right mind would turn down a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core Processor? Not me.

Driving Mode looks interesting. If you are motoring, you can put the phone into Driving Mode, and if anybody tries to get through to you, either by phone call or SMS, then they are blocked until you have reached your destination. Those callers / texters can even get an automatic reply telling them to call back.

But the Windows Phone crew haven’t stopped there. Check out the Windows Phone announcement for even more features heading your way soon.


If you’re interested in the Developer Preview Program, that announcement nicely summarises it as follows :

Windows Phone Preview for Developers gives you, our developer community, access to pre-release builds of Windows Phone updates on your dev phone before operating system updates generally are available to consumers. With the update in hand early, we hope that you can use the time to exercise your code on the update and verify that your app works as you expect. If you find issues, you can fix your app and get an update into the Store before your customers get the OS update.

That’s it, I’m ditching my iPhone. This Windows Phone thing is just too wild.

Source: Windows Blog (1), Windows Blog (2)

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  1. Manuth C
    October 18, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Only device with 1080p display (which there aren't any at the moment) can show 6 small tiles in a row, man