Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Build 10536, Threshold 2 RTM, and more

Windows 10 Mobile news recap is a weekly feature that highlights the top stories from the previous week. You can keep up to date with all things Windows 10 Mobile by bookmarking our dedicated page.

At the start of the week, we learned that Windows 10 Mobile build 10536 made its way to 200 participants of the Windows Insider program before being pulled. This particular build was pulled due to a bug that prevents installers from updating to subsequent builds. To make matters worse, these 200 Insiders would have to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 in order to get back on track with updates. Doh!

Microsoft eventually rolled out Windows 10 Mobile build 10536.1004 on September 14th, featuring the following improvements:

  • Insider Hub is now included again!
  • Mobile hotspot functionality has been fixed.
  • Voice input has been updated to add support for Japanese and English (India) speech recognition.
  • Single hop updates are again available from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview for all devices.
  • Two-factor authentication is fixed when setting up a device for both text and phone authentication.
  • Start screen will successfully load instead of failing with “Loading …” displayed in a loop until device was rebooted. (We are still tracking down an issue were it may show “Loading …” for a few seconds.)
  • Quiet Hours\Do Not Disturb has been fixed.
  • Delay in showing date and time on Lock screen has been improved.
  • Pinch and zoom in Maps now works as expected.
  • Language packs and keyboards are now available

Unfortunately, there is a bug with build 10536 specifically with what Microsoft calls “detectoids” that allows non-supported smartphones to be able to select and download the newest build. According to Windows Insider boss Gabriel Aul, do not install the build unless your phone is on the list of supported devices, or else your phone will not work and you will need to reflash your device.

In related news, we exclusively reported that upcoming Lumia flagship phones will not ship with Windows 10 Mobile TH2 RTM. Instead, these phones will have a Threshold 1 (TH1) build of Windows 10 Mobile, along with a number of patches and fixes in place to make the experience smoother. Windows 10 Mobile will launch with the Threshold 2 RTM upgrade in November, delivered via Windows Update like expected. You can read more about this here.

Rudy Huyn, the developer behind 6tin, 6tag, and other popular Windows Phone apps, has announced that he will be working at Dropbox. His role in his new job? “To provide the best Windows 10 user experience ever,” so not much different from what we’ve come to expect out of Rudy.

Microsoft’s October 6th event is almost upon us and we expect Microsoft to announce new Lumia flagship devices. There will be a live stream of the private event, and oh, of course, we will be in attendance too! Stay tuned for another exciting week of Windows 10 news!

Share This
Further reading: ,