Microsoft just announced the new update for Windows Phone 8, according to an Oct 14 report in “CNNMoney”. This update brings Windows a step closer to becoming the third element in a mobile operating system troika (the other two being Apple's iOS and Android), just three years after its birth.
This new update will will be the platform for Windows Phones for the rest of the year. Chief among its many improvements are support for larger screens with Retina Display-like high resolution and faster processors.
The main purpose of Microsoft's update is to support 5 and 6 inch “phablets” being released by its hardware partners (and probably also from Nokia handsets, which Microsoft bought last month) this holiday season.
“Phablets” are jumbo smartphones popularized by Samsung's Galaxy Note, three years ago. These larger-than-life phones are very popular in the developing world were consumers, unable to purchase both a tablet (or iPad) and a smartphone, choose to buy a device that is a combination of the two (hence, the name “phablet”).
The larger screen support allowed Microsoft to also update the Start Screen, which now displays an additional row of tiles. Now there will be six “live tiles” instead of the previous four.
Another interesting feature that Microsoft included in this update is called “Driving Mode”, which limits notification center distractions while you're behind the wheel and lets you automatically send replies to calls and texts while you are driving ( iOS already sports a similar feature).
You can learn more about the new features in Windows Phone 8 by checking out Microsoft's Windows Phone Blog.