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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.
Comments (2)
  • Microsoft gearing up after acquiring Nokia.
    14 Oct 2013, 06:05 PM Reply Like
  • "Microsoft (MSFT) has rolled out GDR3,"

     

    Not true.

     

    What MS have done is make a pre-release version available to developers like me. You will not get this through your service provider for quite some time.

     

    Registered windows phone developers and those who signed up for app studio (lets you develop simple web like apps with little or no software knowledge and deploy them on your phone and your friends' phones) can install an app which will allow you to get pre-release versions on your developer-registered phone.

     

    Note that since this is effectively beta software installing it will invalidate your warranty.

     

    The Verge (http://bit.ly/16JKEnR) has a write-up on doing this.
    15 Oct 2013, 06:48 AM Reply Like
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