Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Exploding live tiles, Cortana improvements

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.

At the start of the week, we were treated to a video that showcases “exploding” live tiles on the cancelled McLaren Windows Phone device. Oh what could have been! If you missed the video, we’ve embedded it below for your viewing pleasure.

In an interview with Business Insider, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offered his insights on the mobile landscape, specifically on the company’s mobile efforts. Nadella believes Continuum is the stand-out feature that sets Windows 10 Mobile apart from competitors. You can read his entire interview here.

Microsoft is working on a number of new improvements and features coming to Cortana with the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update. One of those new features is a new “Find my phone” option that rather obviously finds your smartphone. Read more about that here.

Recent internal Windows 10 Mobile builds appear to include a new feature on the lock screen that gives users quick and direct access to the Camera app, something that many Insiders have been asking for since Windows Phone 8.1 back in 2013. The toggle is accessed by holding the Camera button on the navigation bar whilst on the lock screen for around a second, before vibrating and opening the Camera app. More on this story here.

So where’s the new Windows 10 Mobile build? While Microsoft has been consistently delivering new Insider builds simultaneously on PC on mobile over the last few weeks, the company didn’t do it this past week and only released Redstone build 14316 for PC Insiders on the Fast Ring. If you’re wondering why Microsoft could not deliver the same build for Insiders on mobile devices, it was due to a breaking bug related to cellular data. Hopefully this is fixed and we’ll see a new mobile build this coming week.

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

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