The Verge reports that Microsoft is hard at work on Windows Phone Blue, with the major Windows Phone OS update slated for early 2014.
According to their sources the update will include a notification centre, improved multitasking, and changes to built-in apps.
GDR 3 is also on track for the holiday season, bringing quad-core processor and 1080P screen resolution support.
The Verge claims some Windows Phone Blue features, such as a rotation lock, may be back ported to GDR 3, so the software may deliver a bit more than we expect.
They also claim Microsoft had initially planned more frequent updates for Windows Phone 8, but ”delays in testing new chipsets and bugs in some of the GDR updates have slowed down feature additions “ with the Verge citing one update gone wrong which resulted in “affect(ing) the way a handset is identified on a network” and that “Microsoft had a hard time fixing this particular problem, resulting in delays to other planned work.”
Microsoft has already pre-announced an enterprise feature pack which will bring elements such as VPN and email signing and encryption for the first half of 2014, and it is likely the update will be part of Windows Phone 8.1/Blue.
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