Windows 10 Mobile news recap: bypassing carriers, Continuum, Lumia 950 review

It’s been a busy week for Microsoft, especially with the company’s Windows 10 Mobile platform. Let’s take a look back at some of the hot stories relating to Windows 10 Mobile in a special feature we call “Windows 10 Mobile news recap.”

Hands-on demo of Windows 10 Mobile Continuum for Phones

At the start of the week, we demoed a hands-on video of Windows 10 Mobile Continuum for Phones. You can watch that video embedded below for your viewing pleasure. The video showcases Continuum for Phones once it’s all set up and ready to use.

Multitasking with Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile (video)

While Continuum in its current form doesn’t let you do manipulate windows like you would in a normal desktop, it does allow you some form of multitasking by using your Continuum-enabled Windows 10 Mobile device (such as the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL) as a secondary screen. In this video, we quickly show you what it’s like to multi-task using Continuum.

Windows Device Recovery Tool now updated, Lumia 950, 950 XL updates coming

Microsoft has updated the Windows Device Recovery Tool with support for Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, perfect for those who want to experiment with the latest Windows 10 Mobile builds on their new Lumia devices without fear of not being able to recover their device if something goes wrong.

Lumia 550 now available in Europe, is the first budget Windows 10 Mobile device

For the past few weeks, it’s been all about the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. But there is one other phone Microsoft unveiled earlier this year — the Lumia 550. This smartphone is the first budget Windows 10 Mobile device and it’s available now in Europe.

The Lumia 550 is a 4.7-inch phone with a 1280 x 720 display, Snapdragon 210 processor, 5MP camera, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The phone runs for $139 USD and is available in select markets, but Microsoft has not revealed exactly which markets.

Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.29 now available for Lumia 950 and 950 XL

If you’re a Windows Insider who owns a Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL, you’ll be glad to hear Microsoft has finally opened the floodgates to allow 950 users to enroll in the Insider program and begin downloading new builds.

Phone app update on Windows 10 Mobile adds ‘Call Duration’ feature

Microsoft has added a call duration feature to the Phone app in Windows 10 Mobile. Now when you long press on the phone call, you can view details on how long your call lasted.

Uber update brings new UI to Windows 10 Mobile, adds support for Continuum

Uber for Windows 10 Mobile snagged a nice update, adding a new user interface for Microsoft’s mobile operating system, as well as support for Continuum. Thanks, Uber!

Another render of the Lumia 850 (?) “Honjo” leaks

Last week we reported on the rumor that the once-killed Lumia 850 “Honjo” may not be as dead as we thought. A Twitter user going by “OnLeaks” posted some new information, purporting that “Honjo” has been resurrected (or perhaps was never dead at all), and work continues on what may be a successor to the Lumia 830.

The big story of the week

Latest Windows 10 Mobile updates bypass carriers, update phones directly

Quite possibly the biggest story this past week was the rollout of Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.26 to Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, and Lumia 550. Microsoft has for the first time pushed an OS update to phones without having it ultimately be served up by the carriers, and without using the Windows Insider crutch to sneak past carrier approval.

Lumia 950 Review

Read our hands-on review of the Lumia 950. We think it’s a well-crafted Windows 10 Mobile device with a few weaknesses.

Stay tuned for yet another exciting week of Windows 10 Mobile news!

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Have you been using Continuum? What do you think about Microsoft bypassing carriers with an OS update?