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Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Update 3 brings large screen and quad-core support

Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 8 Update 3 with support for powerful large screen devices at the heart of the new version of the OS.

The much-anticipated update was announced on the Windows Blog earlier today with a new driving mode and enhanced support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processors included within the package.

“We’re seeing things really start to accelerate. We believe this is because we continue to advance the platform at a rapid pace. Our hardware partners, meanwhile, have been taking advantage of this innovation by releasing amazing new Windows Phone devices throughout the year,” said Darren Laybourn, corporate VP of Windows Phone.

The update is geared towards future Windows Phone devices with 5in and 6in screens that will be able to support six “Live” tiles across the screen as opposed to the current limit of four with users able to pin more items to the Start screen.

Complementing this will be the fact the OS will be able to take full advantage of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor although as of yet there is no support for any other quad-core processor.

Driving Mode, included within the update, allows the phone owner to turn off notifications, such as calls and texts, when driving and up until the vehicle is safely parked. The feature allows automatic replies to be sent whilst driving that can be customised by the phone owner.

Other small tweaks include enhanced Internet sharing features that allow a Windows Phone 8 device to be used as a mobile hotspot and when combined with a Windows 8.1 tablet or PC over a Bluetooth connection no password is needed.

The update will come to devices over the next few months with Nokia’s Lumia 1520, which could be released next week, expected to be the first device to enjoy the updated OS.