Windows 10 20H1 build 18885 is out with updated Your Phone app and new dictation languages

It’s been a little more than two weeks since Microsoft last released a new 20H1 build, but the Windows Insider team has just pushed the big red button today. First of all, the migration issue from the build 18362.53 is now solved thanks to the release of the cumulative update build 18362.86. Additionally, the 20H1 build 18885 is now available to download for Skip Ahead Insiders who are already on 20H1 builds, as well as all Fast Ring Insiders who will install the aforementioned 19H1 build 18362.86 today.

As a reminder, Microsoft merged the Fast and Skip Ahead rings earlier this month, so all these Insiders will now receive the same 20H1 preview builds going forward. The new 20H1 18885 build released today brings an update to the Your Phone app, which now supports screen mirroring on additional Android smartphones. This update also brings the notification syncing feature that started rolling out on the Windows 10 May 2019 Update this week, and Microsoft says that it will be gradual rollout.

In addition to the Your Phone updates, this new 20H1 build also expands dictation support to 12 new languages, and there are also some updates for Narrator and the Feedback Hub. You can learn more about everything that’s new below:

Your Phone app

Phone screen now supports additional Android devices

As promised, we have expanded phone screen support to additional phone models – OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, Note 8, Note 9. Try out phone screen and send us your feedback. We will continue to expand the list of supported devices over time.

Never miss your Android phone’s notifications

Today, we are excited to provide a preview into the newest feature for the Your Phone app – Notifications.

Stop reaching for your phone to check your notifications. Boost your focus and productivity by seeing your phone’s notifications on your PC. You are in control and manage which apps you want to receive notifications from. Dismiss a notification on one device and it goes away on the other.

Showing Notification screen where you can see all notifications in one place 

 With this preview, you can:

  • See incoming phone notifications in real-time
  • View all of your phone notifications in one place
  • Customize which notifications you want to receive
  • Clear notifications individually or all at once

This feature will gradually roll out to Insiders on 19H1 builds. It may take a few days for this feature to show up inside the Your Phone app.

You can use the Your Phone app on any Windows 10 PC running Windows builds 1803 (RS4) or newer and most Android phones running Android version 7.0 or newer.

We look forward to your feedback as we continue to test, learn, and improve the overall experience.

Notifications Requirements

  1. Android devices version 7.0 and greater with at least 1GB of RAM.
  2. Windows 10 PC running Windows builds 1803 (RS4) or newer.
  3. Not supported on devices that have Notification Access disabled by work or other policy.

Known issues

  1. Some notifications may not appear automatically. Please press refresh to see an updated list of notifications.
  2. Notification responses are not supported.

Expanding dictation support to more languages

Ever had a word that you just can’t figure out how to spell? Or like to think out loud and wanna automatically jot it all down? In addition to English (United States), we now support dictation when using English (Canada), English (UK), English (Australia), English (India), French (France), French (Canada), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil), and Chinese (Simplified, China)

How to try it? Set focus to a text field and press WIN+H! Or you can tap the little microphone button at the top of the touch keyboard. Say what you wanna say, then press WIN+H a second time or tap the mic button to stop the dictation, or let the dictation session time out on its own.

Set focus to a text field and press WIN+H to try our expanded dictation.

We’d love to hear your feedback – you can report issues or make feature requests under Input & Language > Speech Input in the Feedback Hub.

Notes:

  • Speech resources will need to be downloaded for dictation to work. To check that they’re available, go to Language Settings, click on the desired language, and then click on Options. If speech resources are available but haven’t been downloaded, there should be a download button.
  • Dictation is based on the language of your active keyboard. To switch between preferred languages, press WIN + Space.

Feedback Hub version 1.1903 rolling out to Fast

Based on your feedback, with Feedback Hub version 1.1903, Insiders with Windows set to a language other than English now have the option of browsing English feedback within the Feedback Hub, as well as submitting feedback in English on the New Feedback form.

Showing feedback submission form where you can choose between French and English

Narrator Improvements

There’s a new command in Narrator to give a webpage summary! (Narrator + S). Currently this command will give information about hyperlinks, landmarks and headings.

As usual, this new 20H1 build introduces a couple of bug fixes and known issues, and you can learn more on our separate post. If the flow of new 20H1 builds should continue over the next couple of weeks, the Windows Insider team has yet to share its plans about the 19H2 update for Windows 10 coming later this year. We guess Microsoft could either use the Slow Ring or even create an entirely new ring to test this update with select Insiders, but for now we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks.

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