Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Creators Update releases, 40% of devices left behind and more

Michael Cottuli

Windows 10 Mobile on Lumia 950

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.

Creators Update formally rolls out

While there are plenty of fans who already have their hands on the Creators Update, Dona Sarkar officially announced this week that the formal rollout of the update has begun. The update has been rolling out in waves, but the majority of users with compatible devices should have access to it by now. If you haven’t been able to update just yet, then you should check to make sure that your device is supported.

40% of Windows Phone devices not compatible with Creators Update

While most people who got themselves a Windows Phone more recently should be fine, those that have been coasting along with one of the older Windows Phones may be in a bit of trouble. The Creators Update has left behind 40% of Windows Phone owners according to data from AdDuplex, making a huge dent in the community that was hoping to stay up to date. Microsoft fans that want to stay in the development pipeline going forward may consider picking up a new phone that can support the Creators Update.

Unsupported devices can get in on the Creators Update.. Kind of

While a ton of devices are getting left behind officially, there’s a way that they can stick around for the time being. It requires you going through a few hoops, but basically you can sign up with the Windows Insider Release Preview program to get onto the current Creators Update build, and your devices will be updated with Cumulative Updates. There’s no telling just how long this will last, or if any problems are going to pop up in the future, but this can keep you up to date while you think about maybe getting yourself a new phone.

FaceApp gets a spot in the Windows Store

FaceApp is one of the more popular apps in the Android and iOS stores, giving users several filters that they can use to touch up their selfies and generally just get their photos the way they want them to look. Unlike most Android and iOS apps that get popular, the Windows Store has actually gotten its hands on this one. You can download it right now if it’s the sort of thing that you’re interested in using.

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