Steve Balmer launching Windows Phone 8While Microsoft’s Windows Phone GDR2 update has yet to fully roll out to all Windows Phone devices, it seems that according to The Verge’s Tom Warren, Microsoft is already testing their Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update. For those wondering what’s the difference, the GDR2 update basically brings about some improvements and few features, but with the GDR3 update, it is expected to bring about new hardware support in the form of 1080p Full HD displays along with quad-core processors and is supposed to roll out later this year, at least that’s what we hope.

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With the GDR3 update, Microsoft’s Windows Phone offerings should be able to stay on par with Android’s hardware, at least on paper. In any case we guess this isn’t too surprising especially if Microsoft wants to stay in the smartphone game, although sometimes the number of cores your phone has may not matter, but we suppose it looks good on paper from a marketing standpoint. In any case we have also heard that Nokia is working on a phablet with a Full HD display, so we expect that they would need this update for it to work. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled for more updates.

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