Windows 10 Mobile news recap: New HP Elite x3 firmware, new emojis, Instagram updates and more

Michael Cottuli

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.

HP Elite x3 gets new firmware updates

The HP Elite x3 has received a new firmware update, treating users with a suite of improvements to smooth over their Windows 10 Mobile experience. The firmware brought along improvements to the camera, better stability, faster connectivity, and tighter security. The firmware update brought the HP Elite x3 to version 0002.0000.0023.0113, and it was actually the second firmware update to come to the game in just one week.


New emojis come to Microsoft Edge

New emojis have come to Microsoft Edge on Mobile, replacing the black emojis that have been around for a while now. The new emojis are bright and colorful, and are more in line with what mobile users on other operating systems might be used to.  While the update doesn’t change much outside of Edge, the addition of improved emojis in Microsoft’s browser is a solid quality of life addition.

Instagram gets a ton of new features

Several updates have been coming out for Instagram on Windows 10 Mobile, bringing features to users that they’ve been waiting on for quite a while. Instagram Live Video, Boomerang, and Hands Free Mode were all modes that came out through the waves of improvements that Instagram saw recently. Most recently, an update came around that brought the “Save” feature to the app, which lets you save a video or image so you can check it out later. With these additions, Instagram’s Windows 10 Mobile app came much closer in quality to its iOS and Android counterparts.

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Collections added to the Feedback Hub

The Feedback Hub is supremely important for Insiders – it’s the platform upon which we tell Microsoft what needs fixing, and what we’d like to see in future builds. For that reason, it’s a pretty serious problem when the app is cluttered with mountains of similar requests – potentially burying unique ideas. The “Collections” feature has been added to the hub to alleviate this issue, grouping together similar feedback in order to let unique ideas stand on their own.

Channel 9 gets a shiny new UWP app

If you’re like us and watch most of the videos that come out of Microsoft’s Channel 9, you’ll be happy to know that CH9 has put out a new and improved app on the Windows Store. The app is a UWP, and it features improved support for non English speakers, and lets you pin your favorite shows to keep track of new episodes. If you’re a fan of Channel 9, or even just a fan of a few shows featured on Channel 9, this is definitely worth downloading.

Windows 10 Channel 9 App

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