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Monday, Oct 14
Windows Phone updated to support phablets, quad-core CPUs
- Microsoft (MSFT) has rolled out GDR3, a Windows Phone update that adds support for larger (5"+) and higher-resolution (1080p) displays, quad-core CPUs (inc. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800), improved Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for more home page live tiles.
- The update is a big one both because Android has supported larger displays, 1080p, and quad-core for a while, and because it comes ahead of an Oct. 22 Nokia event expected to feature the launch of at least two new Lumia phones, including a 6" phablet.
- Meanwhile, WP ad network AdDuplex's October data indicates the low-end Lumia 520 ($129 off-contract at Wal-Mart) now makes up 32.8% of WP8 devices tracked by its network. The Lumia 920 (high-end) and 620 (mid-range) make up 12.9% apiece, and the Lumia 820 and 720 are each a little below 8%.
- Also: Nokia is partnering with Netflix to offer 6-12 months of free streaming to U.K. Lumia buyers, and (per the FT) is planning a big holiday season marketing push with Microsoft and U.K. carriers/retailers to promote Windows Phone. Nokia is reportedly bearing the brunt of the cost for at least one of the Netflix offers.