Microsoft officially unveiled the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 aka GDR 3 earlier this month, which also launched with the Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520. Now it seems that more devices will get the taste of it.
Sprint has announced that the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update is rolling out for its HTC 8XT starting on Wednesday. But it’s a little strange since its been almost a week since Microsoft unveiled the latest WP 8 Update 3 and that it has already passed Sprint’s certification time.
This may sound a little crazy, but Sprint’s software update page for HTC 8XT also lists that a new update is rolling out with a version number 2.12.651.02. The description of fixes and improvements mention Microsoft GDR3 Release, accessibility improvements and streaming audio improvements.
The support page doesn’t mention the complete change log, but the latest Windows Phone 8 Update 3 brings several new features to Windows Phone handsets including a driving mode, which when enabled turns off all notifications except calls and text messages. You can also turn off calls and texts completely or set up an automatic message that will be sent to the recipient when enabled.
Additionally, the update also brings custom ringtones, screen rotation lock, and improved multitasking that allows users to close the app by tapping on the “X” icon in the multitasking window. Also, improved internet sharing, better storage management and more.
The update rollout is gradual and may take some time to reach all the devices, so you shouldn’t worry if you can’t see the notification. If you can’t wait, you can manually check for the update by navigating to your phone settings and check for updates from there.
If you upgraded to Windows Phone 8 Update 3 on your Sprint HTC 8XT, share you views about the changes and improvements you can notice.