All windows 8 phone lovers – GDR3 update and Nokia’s Bittersweet Shimmer surface new firmware coming soon

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Later this year, towards the November time frame, Microsoft is rumored to be releasing Windows Phone 8 General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3) along with alleged new firmware from Nokia named “Bittersweet shimmer” (originally reported by the site Nokiapoweruser). The OS update will once again enable new hardware features like advanced Qualcomm processors and 1080P display resolution, but it will also have numerous enhancements for current devices. The release will coincide with the availability of Nokia’s Lumia 1520 with a 6-inch display.


A key feature for GDR3 is support for Quad-core processors, most likely the Qualcomm MSM8974/MSM8274 (Snapdragon 800). The MSM8972 SoC (System on a Chip) has a Quad-core Krait 400 processor, clocked at up to 2.3 GHz, accompanied by an Adreno 330 graphics co-processor and a Hexagon (QDSP6V5A) DSP.

Support for 1080p (1920×1080) resolution screens , which we covered earlier this year, is also expected to be part of GDR3. It will arrive in conjunction with UI changes (see below). As we noted in our Nokia Lumia 625 review, this would be desirable for devices with physical screen sizes of more than 5 inches, but like the quad-core processor support, would also help Windows Phone compete with Android in specification comparisons.


With GDR3, the Start screen will support a third column of medium sized Live Tiles on devices with larger screens. This has been on the GDR3 rumour list as early as April of this year. It would allow for more information (Live Tiles) to be displayed on the screen at one time, making better use of the screen real estate available on devices with large screens.

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