If you are a registered Windows Phone developer you can go to the “Windows Phone Preview for Developers” page later today and you will be able to download the Windows Phone 8 Update GDR 3 through an app directly form the Windows Phone store that allows you to get only the Microsoft parts of the GDR 3 updates. The Oem and carrier specific updates will come later and will automatically.
To participate, you need to meet one of the three conditions: your phone is ‘developer-unlocked,’ you are a registered Windows Phone Store developer, OR you are a registered Windows Phone App Studio developer.
UPDATE: Follow this link to Download the App on your developer unlocked Windows Phone 8
Not a developer? become one for $19 or for free with Windows Phone App Studio
If you want these updates and you are not a developer yet it will only cost you $19. Now I would say that’s worth paying to get some advanced major release update of the Microsoft parts that your Oem/Carrier might not decide to deliver to you at all. Go to the Windows Phone Dev Center and sign yourself up. If you sign up for free with the Windows Phone App Studio you get the same benefits as well.
To update your phone, you’ll need to visit the Windows Phone Preview for Developers page. This page, which will go live later today, goes through everything you need to know about the preview program. Once you accept the terms and conditions, you can download the Windows Phone Preview for Developers app, which installs from the Windows Phone Store directly onto your phone and allows you to opt your phone in to receive updates. Then you can head over to your phone’s Phone update setting app and get your update on. ”
Details about the GDR 3 update include:
- Support for bigger, higher-resolution screens
- Driving mode
- More powerful hardware
- New accessibility features
- Improved Internet Sharing
- More useful ringtones (custom ringtones now for messages, email, voicemails and reminders.)
- Rotation lock
- Easily Close apps, Yes the “X” button is here
- Wifi access out of the box to easily restore your phone before you connect to cellular service
- Bluetooth improvements
More details are available here.
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