Welcome back to our weekly Windows 10 Mobile news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Let’s get started.
PoGo’s triumphant return
PoGo, the third party app designed to let Windows 10 Mobile users play Pokemon Go, had a bit of a rocky start. It ran fine for about a week before the folks at Niantic changed up their API, tragically shutting out PoGo users for a while. Earlier this week, however, the dev team behind PoGo brought the app back from the dead. On top of being able to function again, much-requested features including Pokeball-flicking and general quality of life improvements were added. Due to the nature of Niantic’s third party approach, PoGo could go down again at any moment. Beyond that, there’s a very real risk that you can be banned from Pokemon Go by using a third party app. Use PoGo at your own risk!
Windows 10 Anniversary Update begins to roll out to mobile
We had to wait for a few weeks, but Windows 10 Mobile users are finally getting their hands on the anticipated update to Windows 10. Bringing a wide array of features to the OS, this new update should be doing a whole lot to revitalize the Windows 10 Mobile experience that users have been getting used to this past year. Windows 10 Mobile users should look forward to improved battery life in Microsoft Edge, new features in Cortana, and more.
More depressing sales numbers for Windows OS mobile market share
Let’s not mince words – Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile have never been big players. Last year Windows Phone had a minuscule slice of the proverbial pie when it came to market share, having only 2.5% of the mobile market. According to new reports from Gartner, those numbers have only gotten worse. A year after that 2.5% figure was taken, Windows Phone/W10M market share has dropped down to just 0.6%. Ouch.
Facebook releases its own app for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft’s app gets the boot
We’ve been using Microsoft’s app for Facebook for a while, and while it was perfectly functional it wasn’t exactly amazing. After a long time of waiting, Facebook has finally released a first party application for Windows 10 Mobile users, which should automatically replace the Microsoft app that was on your handset. The new app is a bit sleeker, and actually runs pretty well – there shouldn’t be too much of an issue with the fact that you can’t use the old app anymore.
Here are the mobile builds that surfaced over the past week:
- Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update build 14393.67 appears on production servers
- Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 14393.82 for Insiders in Release Preview
- Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14905 to Fast Ring with new sound, Edge shortcuts, and fixes
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