The feature list of the upcoming GDR3 update for Windows Phone 8 has been leaked, and similar to the previous update, the list is quite small yet adds some useful functionality that users have been requesting since a long time.

windows phone update 2 Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update features reportedly revealed

While the Windows Phone GDR2 (General Distribution 2) update is yet to show up on most Windows Phone 8 handsets around the world, Microsoft has been reportedly preparing the GDR3 update for a release later this year. GDR3 is expected to be as minor as its predecessor, mainly bringing in support for higher-end hardware such as quad-core processors and 1080p displays.

However, a Reddit user has leaked what is allegedly a list of features GDR3 will bring, and it might have a few small but important things to add to the young mobile OS. First up is an orientation lock option, a basic feature whose lack has irritated users to no end. Also included is an adjustment to the live tiles – users will now be able to have three medium-sized tiles in a row, which should let them fit more content on the homescreen. There is a new Driver Mode, which will allow you to reject calls and messages when connected via Bluetooth.

There are a few other changes that are being tested but might not arrive with GDR3. These include the ability to close apps via the multitasking / recent apps screen, a feature that has been requested often, and a “Silent NFC” option that will reduce the number of times you’re notified to pair a device. The leakster, who provides no source, says both features have a 80 and 60 percent chance, respectively, but with patience running thin among Windows Phone users, we wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft manages to include both in GDR3, perhaps by hurrying development a bit.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is aiming to finalize the GDR3 update in mid-September, in time for a “new large-screen Nokia device announcement” (probably the rumored 6-inch Lumia phablet), and might also include the ability to sync and read messages between phones and the web. Like GDR2, the new update will arrive on newer handsets before rolling out to existing devices.

The first major update – Windows Phone 8.1 Blue – will be coming in early 2014 with a notification center and multitasking improvements, and since that’s sadly a long way off, I guess we’ll have to find solace in the few but rather useful features GDR3 will bring. Now, if Microsoft can roll out GDR3 in a timely fashion, that would be swell.

Via: The Verge