Samsung Ativ S handsets began receiving the update to the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS, GDR3. The update is rolling out to users and brings the OS version up to 8.0.10517.150. Given the usual gradual nature of these rollouts, it will be a while before the update reaches all users, but if you’ve been holding out for the GDR3 update all this time, know that your wait is almost at an end.
In terms of features, the GDR3 update brings changes such as a driving mode, option to close apps from the multitasking/recent apps screen, ability to use Wi-Fi to set up a new device, lock the orientation of the screen to landscape or portrait, custom ringtones for more items like IMs, personalized call/text ringtones based upon contacts, and Bluetooth internet sharing. GDR3 also adds support for 1080p displays and optimize processors like the Snapdragon 800, though these features are useless for Samsung’s Ativ S.
Users will be receiving the update based on region as usual, thus making it available sooner for some users than others. It should however be available later on for everyone via Phone Update or using Zune on your computer.