Microsoft declared its third update for the Windows Phone 8 mobile OS yesterday, adding provision for a more commanding processor and bigger handsets with 1080p displays. The update will be rolled out to present smartphones over the following months and comes as the Windows Phone’s evolution in the UK hits 12 per cent

Windows 8 OS will now support “jumbo-sized” Start screens and show up to 6 Live Tiles on each row, relatively than the four that is presently available. The Windows maker also scaled some of its pre-installed applications such as Videos, Music, People, Photos, and email to take benefit of the space.

In addition, there is a fresh preview programme to aid developers to have their applications running efficiently on the software update.

The new Driving Mode feature functions with a attached Bluetooth device, and is intended to limit warnings on the lock screen—comprising texts, calls, and quick status notifications. It permits users to drive spontaneous responses to persons who call or text while they are driving.

The third update also carries over Mobile Accessibility, which is a set of applications designed to aid blind and visually weakened users who perform their daily tasks on their smartphones. It also comprises a new rotation lock feature, which will keep the screen in-check while you are lying sidelong in bed.

Darren Laybourn, manager of the Windows Phone engineering team, wrote in a blog post: “It’s been a busy but exciting year for my team—and Windows Phone overall. If you follow the news, you might have seen that our market share in Europe has grown to nearly 10 percent.

“We’re seeing things really start to accelerate. We believe this is because we continue to advance the platform at a rapid pace.

“Our hardware partners, meanwhile, have been taking advantage of this innovation and releasing amazing new Windows Phone devices throughout the year.”

Windows Phone strengthened its position as a top 3 mobile OS in the second quarter of this year and was the fastest-mounting Operating system amongst the top operating systems with 77.6 per cent year-over-year improvement, according to IDC.