Windows 10 Mobile news recap: CES 2016, new Insider build, and more



It was all about CES this past week, with plenty of news regarding Windows 10 Mobile. Let’s take a quick look back at the most important Windows 10 Mobile stories during the week of January 3rd to January 9th in a special feature we like to call “Windows 10 Mobile news recap.”

New Windows 10 Mobile devices were unveiled during CES 2016 — the Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 3 tablet and the Acer Liquid Jade Primo. The Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 3 is a new entry-level 8-inch Windows 10 Mobile tablet. Pricing and availability have yet to be unveiled but Alcatel OneTouch touts this new tablet as customizable with skins and covers, as well as the ability to make voice calls and take photos.

The Acer Liquid Jade Primo will be available in Europe, Middle East, and Africa this February for a starting price of 569€. Acer Liquid Jade Primo may not look the part, but spec-wise, it’s toe-to-toe with the highest end of flagships out there. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 802.11ac Wifi powers a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, 21MP AF rear camera and 8MP “wide-angle selfie” front camera.

Over in Japan, NuAns NEO is a new Windows 10 Mobile handset offering midrange specs  (5-inch, 1280 x 720 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, and 16GB of storage). You can check out this phone here.

According to Microsoft, initial demands for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are “outstripping” supply. “The first Windows 10 phones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are now available worldwide and off to a great start, with initial demand outstripping our supply. We’re working actively to resupply the many stores which ran out of initial stock,” Microsoft said.

For those of you who live in Canada, snag the latest firmware update for the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL to enable Hey Cortana in your region. More on that story here.

The biggest story of the week was the release of Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.63 for Windows Insiders. This update not only improved reliability, battery life, and performance but also fixes a few nagging issues. Check out the change log here.

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