Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Lumia 950 firmware update, Lumia 650, 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.

Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10586.71 was released to participants in the fast ring this past week. This was a “cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10586” containing additional bug fixes. But Microsoft didn’t stop there. The company rolled out the same build to the slow ring a few days later.

Microsoft rolled out a new firmware update for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL this past week. This new update offers stability fixes, improvements for GPS reliability, and improvements for call audio quality. Read more about that here.

Japanese manufacturer VAIO has launched it’s first Windows 10 Mobile handset called the VAIO Phone Biz. The handset sports a 5.5-inch display sporting a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels paired with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal. Users looking for extra storage can get a microSD card slot as well. There’s a 13MP camera for photos and videos, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera, a 2,800 mAh battery and ship with Windows 10 Mobile as its operating system. You can watch a video demo of the phone below.

The upcoming Lumia 650 was shown off again in leaked press renders. This time, we get our eyes on new renders showing off the metal trim — and dare I say this phone actually looks better than the Lumia 950. Check out the pics here.

ComScore’s latest report shows Microsoft’s mobile efforts gaining zero traction. Despite the launch of Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft fails to make an impact in the smartphone market in the United States. Microsoft’s mobile efforts remain at 2.9% share, having zero change over a three-month period. You can check out that report here.

We had a few popular opinion pieces this past week, and it generated quite a bit of discussion. If you missed it, check out the two stories here: Microsoft isn’t sweating the death of Windows Phone and here’s why; Microsoft is annoying its most loyal customers and that’s a very bad idea.

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

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Did you notice any improvements with the Lumia 950 firmware update?