Microsoft releases new emulators for Windows Phone 8, including 1080p support

App developers who want to make programs for Windows Phone 8 now have some new emulators to check out this week. Microsoft announced that the new "Update 2" and "Update 3" emulators are now available for download.

The Windows Phone Developer blog page says that the new "Update 2" emulator now supports using the recently launched Visual Studio 2013 RTM. The revised "Update 3" emulator now allows developers to test their Windows Phone 8 apps in a 1080p (1080x1920) resolution. Microsoft's Update 3 build of the mobile OS in 2013 allows apps to run at that high resolution for the first time, on large displays like the one found on the recently launched 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520.

The blog states:

Installing a Windows Phone 8.0 Update 2 or 3 emulator set does not replace or update earlier instances of Windows Phone 8.0 emulator images that you might already have installed. This way you can keep multiple versions of the Windows Phone 8.0 operating system on your machine (if that’s how you roll).

It adds that as with earlier emulator releases, these new versions require either Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 or Visual Studio 2013 RTM, along with the Windows Phone SDK 8.0.

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