Sprint HTC 8XT

Believe it or not the Windows Phone Update 3 (also known as GDR3) is being pushed out to the Sprint HTC 8XT.

We were skeptical at first but in checking Sprint's Support Site for the 8XT, the update is listed as clear as day. Update version 2.12.651.02 is described as containing streaming audio improvements, accessibility improvements and Microsoft's GDR3 release.

If you haven't seen the update notification on your Sprint HTC 8XT, simply go to your Windows Phone settings and scroll down to the Phone Update option to check for the update.

We don't have a Sprint HTC 8XT handy to give you a first hand report on what all the update delivers but many of the new features with Update 3 include:

  • Closing apps by tapping on the X in the top right when in multitasking view, custom tones for text, voicemail email and reminders.
  • Screen rotation lock.
  • Driving Mode that turns off all notifications except texts and phone calls when you're driving. You can also turn calls and texts off completely or set Driving Mode to text and automatic reply like "Hey, I am driving right now. I'll reply you later." Driving Mode can start automatically when your phone connects to a Bluetooth device.
  • Connect to Wi-Fi in OOBE when switching on your new phone for the first time or after you your reset your phone, so you can restore your data even before connecting to a cellular network.
  • Better storage management: New storage settings make it easier to free up space on your phone and manage temporary files. A new category view shows what's taking up space at a glance.

If you're using a Sprint HTC 8XT and have gone through the update process, let us know how it went in the comments below.

Thanks, Nick and SEKKDS, for the tip!