Overnight Microsoft pushed out a new build of it’s Windows 10 Mobile insiders, as promised earlier in the week by @Gabe_Aul on twitter. With the expected official release date looming in December, most folks are looking for a much more refined experience. This build doesn’t disappoint. While still not perfect, it does indeed earn the dubious “it seems faster” comments, and take it from me, it is performing well on my Lumia 830.
The biggest, most welcome change would have to be that the issue that has prevented upgrading in place, has finally been dealt with. What that means, not having to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 to go back up to the preview build.
if you stayed on Build 10536 or if you flashed back to Windows Phone 8.1 and then installed 10549 or 10572 you can upgrade directly to this new build without going back to 8.1 again. This build doesn’t have significant new features but does include a bunch of good fixes and general performance improvements.
As for the changes, or what’s fixed via Microsoft’s own log,
- For devices upgraded from Windows Phone 8.1 like the Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520 that had the “Hey Cortana” feature – with this build “Hey Cortana” should work again in Windows 10. To make sure it’s turned on, just go to Settings > Extras > Hey Cortana.
- You can now select photos for sharing through third-party apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Beta, WhatsApp etc.
- Battery life should be improved in this build. We fixed several bugs impacting battery life.
- We fixed an issue where you couldn’t choose some apps to show quick status on the Lock screen via Settings > Personalization > Lock screen.
- We’ve made improvements to text prediction and auto-correction.
- Video recording functionality has been improved.
- Visual Voicemail sync should now work properly.
- We fixed the dual-SIM issues that appeared in Build 10572.
- We fixed the issue found with Build 10572 where the Chinese Pinyin QWERTY keyboard stopped working after upgrading from Windows Phone 8.1 that our Chinese Windows Insiders reported.
What’s still dodgy,
- As with previous builds, after applying this update the device may appear at a black screen for about 5 minutes when transition between the spinning gears and the final stages of update. Just be patient and it should progress past it. Exact time will vary by device.
- You will be unable to set your default save locations via Settings > System > Storage and will not correctly reflect the current storage settings. If you are using a SD card in your phone, it will show up as a garbled name in Storage settings. Whatever you had configured for your save locations in the previous build will be the same.
- After moving some apps to a SD card, those apps might crash. The workaround is to reboot your phone and those apps should work fine thereafter.
- Deploying Silverlight apps through Visual Studio to your phone won’t work in this build. You can deploy UWP apps to your phone without any issues.
- If you restore a backup from a phone that had a different resolution, you may end up with a corrupted Start experience. The workaround is to go to Action Center (which won’t be corrupted) then Settings > Personalization > Start and apply a different background picture.
The biggest thing broken seems to be storage settings, and even though it may seem strange in the app, Microsoft assures us that the settings will be the same as what you had applied prior to the update. Not something that I would call a deal breaker for testing at this point.
Using the build through out the day today, after what was a smooth install, the performance hike is a joy to behold, and at last it really feels on track for release. If you are still holding back on giving Windows 10 Mobile a try out, I’d say it’s time to bite the bullet.