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Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Leaks show what the Lumia 950 could have been, MyTube redesigned and more

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.

Leaks show what the Lumia 950 could have been

The Lumia 950 wasn’t the savior that Microsoft wanted when they released their last Lumia devices to us. While nobody’s convinced that it would have made much of a difference, a leaked internal concept video for the Lumia 950 has shown off what the device could have been, had Microsoft delayed it a little bit longer. Apparently, the device was planned to have support for a Surface Pen- like peripheral, that would sync up across devices through core apps like OneNote.

MyTube given a complete overhaul

MyTube, a popular third party app for watching YouTube videos on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, has been given a complete overhaul. The app has not only gotten significant UI changes to give it a more sleek, modern feel, but it also got added to the Xbox One family of apps. The change is a big help to people who have been looking for a better way to watch YouTube videos on console, and the fact that the player has been redesigned to play ads on videos means that content creators won’t be stripped of revenue.

New, more modern and simpler UI

Launching on Xbox for the first time

Switch to and from background audio with zero pause

myTube to myTube casting: Cast from myTube on your phone to myTube on your PC or Xbox

Videos watched in myTube will now appear in your YouTube history

You can now select subtitle language

Channel search integrated into channel page

Option to use YouTube’s official web player in order to support YouTubers financially

Main tile will now show subscriptions

Line gets some updates

If you’re a Line user, then the latest update to the app on Windows 10 Mobile should be helpful. The app came with some basic bug fixes and tweaks to get rid of a few lingering issues, but primarily came with some changes that made the app run faster across the board. The timeline pane especially now feels a lot smoother, and should give you an altogether nice experience as opposed to previous versions.

Marriott hotel app is being dropped from the store

If you’re a frequent customer at the Marriott, then you may be upset to hear that the hotel is pulling its app from the Windows Store. Marriott recently sent out a message to its users, stating “The Marriott app for Windows will soon retire. Your Marriott Rewards account history and existing reservations will remain the same. Thank you for being a loyal member.” Marriott hasn’t said much beyond that, and the app is still available on the Windows Store for download if you’d like to get it on your phone.

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Thanks for joining us. If you want all of the news as it happens, keep an eye on our Windows 10 Mobile tag.

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