Microsoft Brings 1080p HD Support to Windows Phone
Microsoft today announced Windows Phone 8 Update 3, a revised version of its smartphone platform that adds a handful of new features. Chief among the new capabilities is support for 1080p HD screens and quad-core processors, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Support for bigger screens means Windows Phone displays will be able to fit six apps across the Start screen instead of just four. It also puts Windows Phone on an even playing field with Android devices, which already support 1080p screens. Support for quad-core processors means Windows Phones can offer even more performance. WP8 Update 3 adds a new Driving Mode, which can be used to limit incoming notifications when the phone senses that it is in motion. The update also improves internet sharing with Windows 8.1 devices; adds customizable ringtones; adds screen rotation lock; adds better storage management tools; adds the ability to close apps from the App Switcher; and improves Bluetooth functionality thanks to tweaked connection quality with accessories. The update will begin rolling out to Windows Phones in the weeks ahead, though timing will depend heavily on the device and carrier in question.
Skype for Windows Phone Gains Drawing Feature
Microsoft today issued an update to its Skype app for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. The app has been refreshed with several new features, the foremost of which is the ability to create drawings within messages.
Microsoft Brings Live Lock Screen App to Windows Phone
Microsoft today made available the Live Lock Screen application for Windows Phone 8.1. The Live Lock Screens were first announced as a WP8.1 feature back in April.
Skype for Windows Phone Adds Location Sharing
Skype today announced an update to its app for Windows Phone devices that introduces location sharing for the first time. Skype version 2.22 is compatible with Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1.
Microsoft Adds Features to Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft today announced the first update to Windows Phone 8.1, which adds several new features to the smartphone platform. To start, the update will expand Cortana's availability outside the U.S.
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