Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Surface Phone possibly in production, Satya Nadella hints at the future 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.

Surface Phone could be in production

Reporting from Taiwan’s Commercial Times has told us that Microsoft is getting ready to do trial productions of the Surface Phone. If the report is to be believed, the phone is going to be developed from the same company that produced the recent Surface Studio – ODM Pegatron. We still don’t know anything in the way of details regarding the Surface Phone, but this works to confirm the recent barrage of rumors we’ve gotten recently regarding the Surface Phone’s potential release in 2017. Keep your fingers crossed.

Satya Nadella teases about the future of Windows 10 Mobile in a Q&A

When asked in a Q&A to “calm down” a dedicated Windows 10 Mobile user, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was willing to open up a bit about what he sees as the future of the operating system. He, of course, said that Microsoft is going to remain dedicated to mobile, noting that Microsoft is planning to “focus that effort on places where we have differentiation.” He says that Microsoft’s plan is to continue making it possible for phones to act more like PC’s, and cites the HP Elite X3 as one of the most recent successes to that end.

New midrange HP device could be on its way

While the HP Elite X3 was received well among fans of Windows 10 Mobile, it didn’t exactly sell the way that HP may have wanted it to. Between the device’s high price and Windows 10 Mobile’s low market share, the Elite X3 didn’t quite meet expectations. According to some recent rumors, the company is getting ready to release a new midrange Windows 10 Mobile phone that might appeal to customers who aren’t willing to spend so much money on a handset.

AdDuplex expands its advertisement program in Windows 10 Mobile

AdDuplex launched a pilot program for its ad program a few months ago, and is expanding the program now after the pilot’s success. App developers can apply for the program with relative ease, and will be considered for entry assuming they meet the criteria. As long as your app can generate a relatively significant amount of ad impressions and doesn’t cross any legal boundaries, it shouldn’t have any problem being considered for AdDuplex’s program.

FL Studio Mobile now available 

FL Studio has had its music recording/editing program on PC for a while now, and they’ve decided to expand to Windows 10 Mobile. FL Studio Mobile is now available on the Windows Store for people who want to be able to produce music on their Windows 10/Windows 10 Mobile devices. There isn’t much in the way of high-quality music production software for Windows 10 Mobile, so the addition of FL Studio might satisfy a need for a few under-served Windows 10 users.

Photos app gets Sway support

The Photos app has been updated recently, allowing you to upload some of your photos directly to Sway without all that much additional effort, just by going to the “Share” menu that’s already in the app. The update also added some new transitions and animations, introduced a slow-motion option for videos, and did some general performance improvements under the hood.

Here’s the Insider build that came out this week

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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