Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update

#Windows10 #Windows10Mobile – Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update : It might not come as a surprise to you, and you probably didn’t give it a second thought, but the Windows 10 Creators Update is not going to be available for all Windows 10 Mobile powered devices. Being put out to pasture are units like the Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 830 and the Nokia Lumia 1520. These three models are over two-years old, which means that they will not be receiving the Creator’s Update. These handsets will be limited to patches and cumulative updates.

The list of handsets that will receive the mobile version of the Windows 10 Creators Update include:

  • Alcatel Idol 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • HP Elite x3
  • Lenovo Softbank 503LV
  • MCJ Madosma Q601
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
  • Trinity NuAns Neo
  • VAIO VPB051 [Vaio Phone Biz]

The update doesn’t bring much in the way of changes for phones. Once the Creators Update is installed, you’ll notice improvements to the Edge browser,  new support for e-books, and the new icon for the “Share” function..

“Beginning this month, Microsoft will release the Creators Update for Windows 10 customers including those using Windows 10 Mobile. As has been the case with pervious Windows updates, a device may not be able to receive the Creators Update if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (‘OEM’) support period. These devices will continue to receive security and servicing fixes according to our OS support policy. The full list of supported devices will be posted on the Product Lifecycle page soon.”-Microsoft

The update will start rolling out to the 13 eligible devices on April 25th.

source: MSPoweruser

Redstone 3 Could Be the Last Update for Windows 10 Mobile

#Windows10Mobile #WindowsMobile – Redstone 3 Could Be the Last Update for Windows 10 Mobile : A new report that’s making the rounds lately, and which cannot be verified right now because it points to early Microsoft plans for its phone platform, indicates that Redstone 3 could be the last update for Windows 10 Mobile.

There’s a lot of speculation right now, and this is why it’s very important to take everything with a pinch of salt for the time being, but Spanish website OneWindows writes that Microsoft is currently discussing several changes aimed at its mobile platform that would make Redstone 3 the last major update for Windows 10 Mobile.

While at first glance this could sound like the end of Microsoft’s smartphone platform, there are a few other details that seem to point to a change of strategy rather than to a complete demise of mobile.

Windows 10 Mobile support

First and foremost, what we know for sure is that Windows 10 Mobile will still receive support until at least October 2018. According to Microsoft’s own data, Windows 10 Mobile build 10586 (also known as Threshold 2) will receive updates until January 9, 2018, while build 14393 (Redstone 1) will reach end of support until October 9, 2018.

With the Creators Update also landing on mobile devices, Windows 10 Mobile should be safe until at least early 2019, but specifics will be announced by Microsoft after the launch of the OS. Redstone 3 would obviously extend support for Windows 10 Mobile, but again, no details are available.

If the aforementioned report is accurate, then Redstone 3 would be specifically focused on improving the UI, performance, Continuum, Cortana, and other new features, but what’s yet not clear is who exactly is going to get all these features. Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile only for half of its Windows phones, and it’s clearly too early to tell whether everyone on Windows 10 will get Redstone 3 as well.

What’s next?

So if Redstone 3 is indeed the last major update for Windows 10 Mobile, does this mean that Microsoft is done with phones? Not necessarily, as Microsoft could pursue other opportunities, including Windows 10 on ARM.

This implementation makes it possible for Microsoft to run full Windows 10 on ARM chips, and it’s believed that the company’s upcoming Surface Phone, if it really exists, could make full use of this technology. As a result, Surface Phone could unleash the full power of Windows 10 when connected to an external display with Continuum.

Windows 10 Cloud, a recently discovered SKU of Windows 10 and limited to UWP apps, could also play a role in Microsoft’s mobile strategy, but for the moment, it’s all about guessing and it doesn’t make sense since we don’t know for sure if this report is true or not.

But in the end, although Windows 10 Mobile might reach its end in the coming users, this doesn’t mean that Microsoft is leaving phones. For what it’s worth, it just seems to be a change of strategy and nothing more.

Source : Softpedia

Windows 10 Mobile will get the new Night Light feature and Continuum improvements ‘at the right time’

#WindowsMobile #Windows10Mobile – Windows 10 Mobile will get the new Night Light feature and Continuum improvements ‘at the right time’ : Microsoft is adding a new Night Light feature to Windows 10 PCs with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. The Night Light feature reduces the amount of blue light that gets produced by your display, which supposedly helps you to sleep better. When Microsoft introduced the new Night Light feature on Windows 10 PCs to Windows Insiders, a lot of Insiders were wondering whether this feature will arrive for Windows 10 Mobile devices. And now, it seems like Insiders have an answer regarding Night Light’s availability on Windows 10 Mobile.

In an interview with our friends atNeowin, the Windows Insider program’s chief, Dona Sarkar stated that Windows 10 Mobile will get the new Night Light feature when it’s the ‘right time’. In addition to the Night Light feature, Dona Sarkar also answered the following when asked about the release of some of the upcoming improvements for Continuum:

“They’re not in the builds yet.We’re still trying to figure out when is the right time for them to be in the builds.We do know that these features are very important, so we want to unveil them at the right time for the audience… For us, it’s all about the quality. We don’t want to add features when we don’t love the quality of the build yet, so we’d rather focus on building up quality than figuring out when to roll features.”

It still isn’t clear whether Microsoft plans to bring Night Light or the Continuum improvements to Windows 10 Mobile with the Creators Update, so we’ll have to wait and see until the official release of Windows 10 Creators Update.

Source : mspoweruser

Windows 10 Mobile Start Screen vs. iOS Home Screen: Beauty and the Beast

#Windows10Mobile #iOS – Windows 10 Mobile Start Screen vs. iOS Home Screen: Beauty and the Beast : The home screen is one of the essential UI parts of every mobile platform, pretty much because, just like its name suggests, it is the home of everything on the device, so you get to see it quite often.

As mobile operating systems evolved, developers attempted to improve home screens too, and Apple and Microsoft make no exception to this. Both iOS and Windows 10 Mobile come with their own styles for the home screen, and today we’re going to discuss both to see their main features.

iOS home screen

Long-time iPhone users can’t help but admit that the iOS home screen has barely changed over the years and it looks almost exactly the same as nearly 10 years ago when Apple launched the first iPhone.

Truth be told, Apple did implement some small improvements here and there, including new icons, but overall, the look of the home screen is pretty much the same.

One of the most criticized things about iOS is the lack of customization, and the home screen itself perfectly aligns with this. The only thing you can configure about the home screen is the wallpaper and… that’s basically it. No option to change colors, no settings for icons, nothing. Just change the background and then you’re supposed to be super-excited with your “new” iPhone.

The only good thing about the wallpaper is that Apple supports both dynamic and static photos, so if you wish, you can use an animated photo as your background. But other than that, this is the only thing you can change on your iPhone home screen.

Windows 10 Mobile Start screen

If iOS is super-limited when it comes to home screen customization, not the same thing can be said about Windows 10 Mobile.

First and foremost, Windows 10 Mobile has the really awesome live tiles, which are animated tiles that can display essential information without the need for opening apps, such as weather forecast, email senders and subjects, the song you’re listening to and so on.

But there’s so much to configure about the Start screen. Just head over to Settings > Personalization > Start and you can find several useful options, including background settings, and additional controls for style (tile picture or full screen picture). You can also adjust tile transparency and show more tiles on the Start. Additionally, you can also configure the accent color used in the operating system and on Start, but also toggle between dark and light.

As compared to iOS, Windows 10 Mobile does not come with support for dynamic wallpapers, but just look how many other things you can configure.

In the end, it looks like we have a clear winner, even though judging from a market share perspective, the iPhone is a much more successful product, even with its boring home screen. Which one do you like more?

Source : Softpedia

Norway Giving Up on Windows Phone for Android Due to Lack of Devices

#WindowsPhone #WindowsMobile – Norway Giving Up on Windows Phone for Android Due to Lack of Devices : Authorities in Norway are getting ready to abandon Windows Phone for Android because of a very simple reason: the existing models available on the market do not meet their requirements, so jumping ship seems to be the only option.

A report from local site (via MSPU) reveals that 100 Norway municipalities which are currently using Windows phones for healthcare are planning the transition to Android and working with their partners to develop software solutions to run on this platform.

Many of these departments decided to use Windows phones thanks to their security, but now that they need to change devices because they’re outdated, the available options simply do not meet their requirements. Some are too expensive, and the low-end models are too underpowered, so moving to Android is their only alternative.

“Now it starts to get hard to get hold of Windows Phones. Microsoft has sold mobile their division, and there is little availability of handsets in the market,” sales manager Snorre Johansen of Tieto, a company that provides medical solutions to Norway authorities, was quoted as saying.

Microsoft not really keen on keeping customers on its platform

Surprisingly, Norway officials have already contacted Microsoft to discuss the transition to new devices, but the Redmond-based software giant has shown a somewhat lack of interest in keeping customers on the platform.

“We have an ongoing dialogue with Microsoft. They are trying to reassure the market that 3-4 producers have plans to create Windows-based smartphones,” Johansen said.

“Our customers use the phone as a tool in home care. It is then in your pocket with everything they need equipment for wound care and so on. It provides, among other wear and devices do not last as long. Our customers usually buys Windows Phones to around 1,500 to 2,000 krone ($170 to $240).”

The decision to make the switch to Android is not yet final, and the existing Windows phones are still under evaluation, but it’s hard to believe that Norwegian municipalities would remain on Windows 10 Mobile for too long.

At the same time, officials are also discussing with software companies about building Android alternatives to their solutions, so it might after all be just a matter of time until the transition is complete.

Source : Softpedia

Will Pokemon Go Ever Be Released for Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile Users?

#PokemonGo #WindowsPhone – Will Pokemon Go Ever Be Released for Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile Users? : In July 2016, some countries around the world were treated to the delight that is Pokemon Go. It’s a game where creatures ranging from cute to kind of scary could be located, captured and trained as well as head into battle. It created quite the stir as well when Pokemon could be caught in places that deserve respect like Holocaust memorials. Despite it being quite the phenomenon, the game was only released on two platforms: iOS and Android. Although only six months into release, will the game ever reach users of Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile?

That question is rather difficult to answer given there hasn’t been official word from the maker of the game. There have been updates, sure, but no news regarding additional platforms Pokemon Go could be played in. That said, there is an alternative in PoGo-UWP which is the closest thing to Pokemon Go that Windows Phone users might get. However, installing the app is not straightforward and needs a bit of technical knowledge. The question is: are users willing to go for that to get something similar to Pokemon Go?

To answer that question, let’s look at how the app can be installed. First of all, the app is not listed in the Windows Store. That’s a drawback as apps are meant to be no-fuss items and it not being available where apps are usually downloaded is a sign that users will have to struggle a bit to get this app running.

So where is the app available? Users can download it on GitHub, a version control repository and internet hosting service. The installation process involves copying a file then installing it using the file manager on your phone.

Although not overly complicated, it’s not also convenient. Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile users shouldn’t despair as well as they can sympathize with gamers in China as the game won’t be released there.

Source : Neurogadget

All Windows 10 Mobile Lumias are back in stock at the US Microsoft Store

#Windows10Mobile #MicrosoftLumia – All Windows 10 Mobile Lumias are back in stock at the US Microsoft Store : All Windows 10 Mobile Lumia handsets are back in stock in the US Microsoft Store today, including the Lumia 550, unlocked 950, AT&T 950, and 950 XL.

You’ll notice that the Lumia 650 is missing from that list, and that’s because Microsoft removed the listing for that phone last week, along with the 735. If that was the one that you had your eye on, you might be able to get one on Cricket Wireless if you’re vigilant. The listing on Cricket’s website seems to come and go, although the AT&T-owned carrier still sells the Lumia 635 and 640.

Indeed, over the last week or so, Lumias seem to be disappearing from various first-party retailers on the web rapidly. Microsoft also removed its listing for the AT&T Lumia 640 XL, and AT&T is out of stock on the 950. The unlocked 640 XL remains on Microsoft’s Store, but it’s been sold out for some time.

Over in the UK, Lumia fans have it even tougher. All Microsoft-made handsets have been out of stock since mid-December. It would seem that if you want one of the existing Lumias in the US, your time is running out, and if that’s the case, you can find them at the following links:

Source : Neowin

Alcatel's IDOL 4S With Windows 10 Now Available Unlocked At Microsoft Store

#Windows10Phone #IDOL4S – Alcatel’s IDOL 4S With Windows 10 Now Available Unlocked At Microsoft Store : IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alcatel – the number four mobile phone manufacturer in North America[i] – today announced availability of the company’s flagship IDOL 4S with Windows 10 unlocked from the Microsoft Store. Available at select Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and Canada and – including the flagship Microsoft Store in New York – the IDOL 4S offers full unlocked GSM compatibility throughout North America.

With its premium design, flagship performance, and support for Windows 10 exclusive experiences like Continuum, the IDOL 4S with Windows 10 is one of the best Windows 10 Mobile devices available in North America. The IDOL 4S is designed to pair high-end design and performance with features including Cortana, as well as a fingerprint sensor that enables Windows Hello for added security. Unlocked and supporting all of North America’s GSM networks, the IDOL 4S is currently available for $470.00 USD (SRP) at Microsoft Store.

“Windows 10 Mobile offers one of the most unique and feature-rich user experiences available on a smartphone today, and by combining these elements with the design, performance and VR experience found in IDOL 4S, we’re able to offer end users something unmatched in the market today,” said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication (TCT), North America. “Bringing IDOL 4S with Windows 10 to the Microsoft Store ensures that virtually every Windows 10 Mobile fan can enjoy this unique and powerful smartphone experience.”

Offering the power and convenience of PC-like productivity, the IDOL 4S with Windows 10 comes loaded with great features, like Continuum, allowing users to seamlessly connect the device to a second screen, keyboard and mouse for a desktop experience; all while still using the phone. This unique smartphone also pairs the best of timeless design with powerful experience, thanks to curated craftsmanship that includes a premium all glass body and halo gold metallic frame. It’s also powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with an X12 LTE modem, offering unparalleled performance, smooth multitasking experience. and the most advanced LTE and Wi-Fi capabilities available. And when paired with the IDOL 4S VR Goggles, included as part of the in-box bundle with every IDOL 4S with Windows 10 smartphone, the Snapdragon 820 processor works to deliver a great mobile virtual reality experience.

For more information and full product specifications on the IDOL 4S with Windows 10, please visit Alcatel’s website

About Alcatel Mobile Devices
TCL Communication designs, develops and markets a diversified range of mobile devices in more than 160 countries under the Alcatel brand. Currently the No. 4 mobile handset manufacturer in North America, Alcatel branded devices from TCL Communication deliver innovative, feature-rich experiences that make access to today’s mobile technology simple; offering a diverse portfolio of value-packed products equipped with the technology people want most.

TCL Communication is a wholly owned company of TCL Corporation, one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication. For more information on Alcatel mobile devices, please visit Alcatel’s website.


SOURCE Alcatel

Windows 10 Mobile build 15007: What's been fixed and what hasn't

#Windows10 #Windows10Mobile – Windows 10 Mobile build 15007: What’s been fixed and what hasn’t : Insiders with Windows 10 Mobile devices may have felt a bit left out of all the excitement lately – after all, the last Insider Preview for phones in the Fast ring came over a month ago, while PCs have had two Fast ring builds this week alone.

Today, though, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Insider Preview build 15007 for both PCs and phones, including a whole bunch of new features for both sets of devices, as well as some new features specifically for phones. But along with those additions, build 15007 also brings its share of fixes and known issues – you can find information on those for PCs here.

Let’s first take a look at the fixes for Windows 10 Mobile devices in this new build:

  • In response to your feedback, alarm sounds will start at a slightly higher volume level. (They will then ramp up to full volume, as before).
  • We fixed an issue Insiders with certain devices, such as the Lumia 950, may have experienced where their phone sometimes took an unexpectedly long time to show up after connecting to their PC.
  • We fixed an issue where System related notification toasts (e.g. Bluetooth, USB/Autoplay, etc.) didn’t work.
  • We’ve updated the experience when using Cortana to receive incoming SMS messages over Bluetooth to make it more reliable. To enable this feature if it is not already, open Cortana settings and make sure one of the following Bluetooth options is on: “Bluetooth and wired headsets” or “Bluetooth only”.
  • We fixed an issue where video recorded in portrait mode might not playback with the correct aspect ratio.
  • We fixed an issue on recent Insider builds resulting in the Skype Preview tile not updating with an alert badge when a new message had been received.
  • We fixed an issue where certain websites pinned to Start from Microsoft Edge when tapped would perform a web search rather than opening to that page.
  • We fixed an issue where the SIM Pin dialog would display truncated text in certain languages.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the phone getting stuck at the Goodbye screen when rebooting if Bluetooth was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Outlook Calendar sometimes displaying the wrong date on its live tile after a new day has begun.
  • We fixed a bug that was preventing Notification Listener apps (like wearable apps) from accessing notifications on recent builds.

And before you install build 15007, make sure that you have a good look through the list of known issues – especially if you’re mad enough to install Fast ring builds on your primary, everyday handset (not recommended!!):

  • The Windows Hello greeting is missing from the lock screen. Showing the animation and user name is important for letting you know we have securely identified you. Of course, we also recognize the essential purpose of the Windows Hello feature is getting you to your Start screen without delay. We’re working hard to make sign-in as quick as possible across all Windows Hello scenarios.
  • AAD Identity Settings Sync: You may not see your Favorites or Reading List roam down in Microsoft Edge if you try to immediately open these tabs after opening Microsoft Edge. You can open Microsoft Edge, wait 30 seconds, and then open favorites and Reading List to see content.
  • AAD Identity Settings Sync: Microsoft Edge does not sync Reading List from PC to phone unless there is a restart.
  • AAD Identity Settings Sync: Microsoft Edge is syncing passwords on phone but not showing them in “saved passwords” in Microsoft Edge settings.
  • When you receive a new email notification and tap on it to open the message, it doesn’t open the Mail app or message.
  • New option to pause updates contains text referencing PC-only Windows Defender.
  • Insiders with certain devices, such as the Lumia 635 and 636, may not be able to manually change the brightness. The brightness will still automatically adjust if it is set to do so, so please use that for the time being while we investigate.
  • The ninja cat emoji display in two characters on the keyboard instead of the expected one.
  • Adding a new card / paying with an existing card will not work in Microsoft Wallet.

Since this is the first build for Windows 10 Mobile devices in six weeks, expectations will no doubt be high among Insiders. If you’re installing it today, let us know what you think of Insider Preview build 15007 in the comments below.

Source: Neowin

Windows 10 Mobile build 14998 rolls out to Fast ring – but you probably shouldn't install it

#WindowsMobile #Windows10Mobile – Windows 10 Mobile build 14998 rolls out to Fast ring – but you probably shouldn’t install it : It’s been over a month since Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview for its upcoming Creators Update. The last Fast ring preview for phones, build 14977, rolled out on December 1, but while builds 14986 and 15002 have since been made available to PCs, Mobile users have been impatiently awaiting the arrival of a new preview for their devices.

Unexpectedly, Windows 10 Mobile build 14998 began making its way to users a few hours ago – but all is not as it seems. The update appeared on Fast ring handsets, but didn’t clearly identify itself as a new Mobile build, referring only to a ‘Localization for English’ update.

It appears that the rollout of build 14998 was unintentional, particularly as Microsoft has made no announcements regarding the release. Given that Insider Previews tend to come with various known issues that users need to be aware of before installing them, the absence of any release notes is a strong indicator that the build 14998 rollout was not deliberate.

Installing updates not intended for general release is a risky business, as Microsoft carefully optimizes its public OS delivery systems to transition from each approved build to the next. As we’ve seen in the past, particularly when users have installed builds that have leaked online, installing builds that fall outside of its general release program can result in problems with migrating to newer official releases.

As Windows Central’s Zac Bowden noted, some users have already reported serious issues with their devices after installing build 14998 today, so if you’re not prepared to deal with the risk of such problems on your handset – and the prospect of potentially having to wipe/recover your device to install future builds – it’s probably best that you avoid installing the so-called ‘Localization for English’ update today.

Source: Windows Central