Microsoft has updated Windows Phone 8. The update will roll out to existing phones over the next few months. Windows Phone 8 Update 3 includes a bigger Start screen, a new customisable Driving Mode and better accessibility options. In addition, there is a new preview programme to help developers keep their apps running smoothly on the software update.
The new Driving Mode feature works with a connected Bluetooth device, and is designed to limit notifications on the lock screen—including texts, calls, and quick status alerts.
It allows users to send automatic replies to people who call or text whilst they are driving.
The updates also pave the way for future Windows Phone devices with 5- and 6-inch touch screens.
Its larger, 1080p HD displays enable the Start screens to have room for six Live Tiles across instead of four.
Darren Laybourn, manager of the Windows Phone engineering team, wrote in a blog post: “It’s been a busy but exciting year for my team—and Windows Phone overall. If you follow the news, you might have seen that our market share in Europe has grown to nearly 10 percent.
“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 and releasing amazing new Windows Phone devices throughout the year.”