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 goes up for pre-order, sells out immediately
People in the US have been patiently waiting for the HP Elite x3 to become available, and a select portion of those people got their chance to order one last week. The upcoming Windows 10 Mobile flagship device (which ought to be shipping on or after September 26th) briefly opened up for pre-orders last week, but sold out pretty quickly. If you’re still looking to secure your HP Elite x3, you can go on HP’s website to be notified when pre-orders are available again.
New Cortana/Edge feature called “Snooze” spotted in unreleased builds
If you were looking for new features to hit your Windows 10 Mobile device in the near future, “Snooze” may be the next thing you have to look forward to. We’ve recently gotten to see a video of the new feature in action, and it seems like it could be positively received by people when it goes live. Whatever you think that “Snooze” is supposed to be from name alone, you’re wrong – it’s actually a feature that lets you bookmark websites with names, places, times, and some general notes. Why the feature is being called “Snooze” (and if that name is going to stick at all) should be seen relatively soon as the feature makes its way into our Insider builds.
Microsoft patents “safe driving mode” feature for mobile phones and cars
Driving can be dangerous, especially when you’re a smartphone owner, drowned in distractions. In order to help combat some of those distractions and make the streets a safer place, Microsoft seems to be working on a “safe driving mode” for their phones. They registered a patent for the safe driving mode last week, and while the patent is still just on paper, the possibility of having it introduced to Windows 10 Mobile in the future is pretty interesting. According to the patent. the safe driving mode would do a large series of things, such as locking non-essential functions of your phone while you drive and give you alerts if your music is too loud or you rush over the speed limit. While most experienced drivers would opt out of this, it could be an excellent tool to keep young drivers safe.
New screenshots out for Alcatel’s new Windows 10 Mobile “superphone” Idol 4 Pro
The only big phone we’ve had come out on the Windows 10 Mobile scene recently is the HP Elite x3, and even that hasn’t come out to everyone yet. For those of us who have been looking to get a newer shinier Windows 10 Mobile phone, images have leaked showing off Alcatel’s new Windows 10 Mobile “superphone,” the Idol 4 Pro. According to what we know so far, the phone will have a 6-inch 1920×1080 display, have 64GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 530 GPU, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Those specs aren’t too shabby, and the phone looks relatively pretty. We’ll have to wait and see if the actual device lives up to expectations.
Microsoft looking to pull the plug on Lumia, Surface Phone officially mentioned
This is the big one. The story so many people here have been waiting to see for a long, long time. We’ve all known on some level that Lumia has been on its way out for a while, with the current offerings of the device not particularly enticing to those who haven’t ever had an interest in the Windows 10 Mobile platform. We’ve also had a suspicion that Microsoft has been working on a Surface Phone in the shadows for quite a while. It looks like both of those theories have been confirmed, as an anonymous source stated that Microsoft is abandoning ship on Lumia sales by the end of December. On top of that, Microsoft’s Director of Engineering, Laura Butler, responded to our very own Jack Wilkinson stating that the Surface Phone is, in fact, “not NOT confirmed.” This is about the closest to a Surface Phone confirmation as we could ever hope to get, short of a full-on announcement, which we might end up getting in October where Microsoft is rumored to be announcing a Surface all-in-one device. Everyone cross your fingers – this might be the big one.
Here’s the mobile build that came out this week:
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Further reading: Cortana, HP Elite x3, Lumia, Microsoft, Microsoft Edge, Surface Phone