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, VAIO Phone Biz Anniversary Updates on the horizon
The Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update has come and gone for most Lumia owners who are eligible. With most Windows 10 Mobile users happy with their fancy new update, it's easy to forget that a good amount of the platform's fans are still out of luck when it comes to the new suite of features. Both the HP Elite x3 and the VAIO Phone Biz are yet to receive the update, unfortunately. HP Elite x3 owners should finally be getting access to the Anniversary Update "on or about" September 13th. For those rocking the VAIO Phone Biz, you're going to have to wait a bit longer before you know when the update is headed your way. Because of issues with Continuum, VAIO has postponed the update until they can figure out a good fix. We don't know when that's going to be at this time.
Windows Dev Center gets new improvements
If you're a developer - or a user concerned with the development process - you'll be happy to know that the Windows Dev Center has gotten a ton of new improvements that will be making the Windows 10 experience a lot smoother. On top of fully integrating Xbox One into the Windows 10 ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile users are going to be benefiting quite a bit from the new changes. The addition of mandatory updates makes it so that there's no confusion with conflicting versions of your app, and the capability to roll out updates gradually helps to significantly reduce risk factor when rolling out new updates.
HP Elite x3 finally starts shipping in the UK
Originally scheduled to start shipping on August 18th, the HP Elite x3 has finally started going out to those in the UK. The phone, of course, doesn't ship with the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update (which is coming around September 13th). Although you may have to wait before the phone gets the glory of Redstone, Windows 10 Mobile is a solid operating system without it, and you'll enjoy playing with your new handset in the meantime.
Double Tap to Wake coming to Lumia 950s in the UK
The HP Elite x3 isn't the only thing that Microsoft fans in the UK have to be excited about. If you've got a Lumia 950 or a Lumia 950 XL and you're living in the UK, you're now finally able to use the Double Tap to Wake feature that's been slowly rolling out globally. If you don't have the firmware yet, just check to see if you have any updates pending. This update brings us to firmware version 01078.00053.16236.35xxx.
Smartphone market stagnates as Windows phone sticks to its commercial market
If you've been looking for some hope as to Microsoft's bright future with Windows 10 Mobile, you may have to look elsewhere. Unless you're a business executive or other commercial professional looking for an efficient device to work on, Microsoft doesn't seem too concerned with making their OS work for you. IDC analysts have noted that Microsoft is doubling down on its commercial market, sticking to its guns on its corporate-centered strategy in the face of a market share floating around 0.5%.
Here's the mobile build that came out over the past week:
- Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14915 brings a number of fixes to Insider ring settings, Cortana, and more
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