If you start searching around the Windows 10 support pages more hints are showing up that the wait for updates for the current range of eligible Lumia are getting closer. Considering that the OS has been in the wild, evolving for the last nine months, it’s promising to see these little hints appearing. Not that we have any firm dates for release, beyond the vague December that has been mentioned multiple times by many sources.
Your phone supports wireless Over the Air (OTA) updates and there is no need for cables or a computer; you can simply download and install the update using your phone. Also, your settings, apps, photos, and text messages stay safe and sound.
Microsoft support pages have appeared, at least on it’s global English source page, pointing us to updates for existing Lumia, but also the process for updating phones already running Windows 10 Mobile. Does this also suggest that we may be seeing a couple of new handsets, Lumia 550, 950, 950XL, sooner than later. Current behind the scenes scuttlebutt, and history suggests that we would be able to grab at least one of the aforementioned devices from a large local carrier mid December. Microsoft Australia is keeping its cards close to it’s chest in terms of an official launch, or even if the 950/XL will be available when the store opens in Sydney next week.
More importantly the page and assorted FAQs are meant to keep you on the straight and narrow when the update becomes available. Aside from the fact that it will contain information on what smartphones can be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile.
Make some room. Great stuff comes in big packages! Before starting a software update, we recommend that you make enough space on your phone.
- You may need to have up to 1.5GB (depending on the phone model and software release) free phone memory to ensure that the software update goes smoothly.
- To check the available free space, go to Settings > System > Storage. You can find more detailed instructions on how to clear up space on your phone from the Software update FAQs-section.
Charge your phone. Before starting the update, connect to a charger or make sure your phone has enough battery power (at least 50%).
While most of the FAQs relate to common sense procedure, sense is not always that common. Having enough space, enough battery, your files and data backed up, and a good wi-fi connection to download over are all essential for a smooth experience.
One item of news over the past week, rumours that the final TH2 updates for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile will hit devices on November 12, [same day as Australian store opening?] makes me wonder will the update for non insider, Windows Phone 8.1 devices coincide with that release. Still, the release date might vary depending on carriers and region. There’s no assurance Windows Phone 8.1 devices will be getting the new Windows 10 Mobile update by the end of this month, or end of this year. [Telstra]
It also has to be questioned, will it be possible to defer the Windows 10 Mobile update for current Windows Phone 8.1 devices?