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First Look: Windows Phone 8's new features

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First Look: Windows Phone 8's new features

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We take a closer look at Windows Phone 8's new three-column layout, its multitasking skills and its support for quad-core processors.

I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and I'm here in Abu Dhabi where Nokia has taken the lids off a bunch of new Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8. Now we've seen the new devices already, but let's take a closer look at some of our favorite features of the new Windows Phone 8 software. So the most obvious update to Windows Phone 8 is the home screen. As you can see we've now got 3 tiles in rows allowing for much more information to be onscreen at once. Then that looks really well on the 6-inch Lumia 1520, its bigger screen just allows for so much more information to be displayed, but it probably isn't going to work quite so well on small little Lumias. Press and hold the back button and you'll bring up the multitasking interface. It looks much the same as it did before, but crucially you can now kill apps and carry on. Head into the settings menu and you'll see that they've added the ability to lock the screen rotation. Also in the settings you'll find driving mode. Now this allows you to block incoming calls and text so you can focus on the road. Best of all in Windows Phone 8 there is a support for quad-core processors as well as full HD screens, both of which you'll find on this Lumia 1520 and you'll no doubt see it on plenty more Lumia devices to come. So those are the latest features of Windows Phone 8. For all about the new Nokia launches, make sure to keep it CNET. I'm Andrew Hoyle and this is Windows Phone 8.

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