Windows 10 for phones news recap: Build 12534, background options, Xiaomi, and more

Windows 10 for phones news recap: Build 12534, background options, Xiaomi, and more

While we sit back and wait patiently for a new Windows 10 mobile build to arrive, lets look back and see what we have learned this past week in a feature we like to call “Windows 10 for phones news recap.”

Microsoft revealed that more Lumia smartphones would be able to upgrade to the Windows 10 for phones preview, as part of the Windows Insider Program. When Microsoft rolled out the first build of Windows 10 for phones to Windows Insider participants, the company only allowed a select few handsets the ability to install the preview version of the company’s next mobile operating system. Now, Microsoft plans to roll out support for more Lumia devices as well as non-Lumia devices.

New background wallpaper options were revealed this past week, indicating that Microsoft may allow two different background types. The first background type takes up the entire screen, while the second background type is similar to the parallax effect we see in Windows Phone 8.1.

Screenshots of Windows 10 for phones leaked onto the internet this past week showcasing some changes made to the contacts and messaging options, which appear to have gone through some visual changes. Unfortunately, the leaked screenshots are in Chinese so it’s a little difficult to make some sense out of them. 

A leaked video of Windows 10 for phones build 12534 gives us a closer look at what we can expect in the upcoming insider build, which is expected to arrive sometime next week, or possibly earlier. The video highlights the new, universal Outlook app as well as Project Spartan. It also shows off a number of other changes and improvements that have been made since build 9941 dropped. You can check out the video below (not in English):

Last month, we learned of a partnership between Microsoft and Xiaomi that would allow select Xiaomi Mi 4 power users to try out Windows 10 on their originally Android-running devices. Xiaomi called this an experimental program, and now we’re seeing the first results of it. Check out the video below showing an Android phone running Windows 10.

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

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