Some new screen shots have leaked claiming to be Windows 10 for phone build 10070, and they show some more changes coming to the layout of Live Tiles. In build 10070 the Live Tiles appear much closer together than they have in the past, with very little space between them. The leaked screen shots come from a Samsung ATIV S, and the build is said to be extremely buggy on the device.
Brazil is one of the largest markets for Windows Phones these days, so it is great to see another manufacturer jump into the scene. BLU, based out of Miami, Florida, is now selling two of its Windows Phone offerings direct to customers.
The Lumia 640 in not officially available in the U.S. just yet, but if you're itching to get your hands on one, Expansys is selling an unlocked dual-SIM version (RM-1113) of the device with LTE connectivity on its website for $219.
AdDuplex, who run an exclusive ad-network on Windows Phone and Windows devices, has cobbled together their monthly stats for April, 2015.
This month, the numbers reveal some interesting trends, including in India, Indonesia, and how well BLU is doing (hint: very well). Additionally, a new Windows 10 phone has been spotted with just a few details to whet your appetite.
The jump in version number implies many changes, and indeed there are. We have the video for you to watch, but we have broken down the important parts since you may not understand everything that is being shown in the video.
If you are running the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phone and are on the Fast track program, make sure you head to Settings to check for an OS update. Microsoft has now flipped the switch for build 10052, and with it a bevy of fixes for users.
No new features are included in this update, so do not get too excited (it is a small bump from build 10051). However, Microsoft has fixed a lot of the significant issues that were affected Insiders who recently installed the new version. Here is what is new.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 aka GDR2 is slowly making it out the gate to various phones. The update comes preinstalled on the new Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. However, the OS update managed to sneak on a few phones due to a bug in the Windows 10 Technical Preview update a week back, including the Lumia 930.
Over the weekend, we dived deeper into some of the new features of Update 2, but we missed one: Matroska MKV video support.
There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features. Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss.
Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."
Microsoft has launched another Windows Phone geared at the budget segment, the Lumia 540. The device's main selling point is the price, which the Redmond giant has mentioned will be under $150. For that amount, you get a 5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 200 CPU, dual SIM connectivity 1GB RAM and 8GB storage along with an 8MP camera at the back.
Although Microsoft rattled off numerous new apps found in Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phone build 10051, one feature we previously did not know about slipped by us: one-handed thumb keyboard for large screen phones.
Evidently, Microsoft is giving users an option to have the full-sized keyboard, or a smaller 'squished' one that justifies left or right, depending on your preferred hand usage.
As we established during yesterday's rollout of the latest Windows 10 preview for phones, there's first an update to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 to take place on phones that haven't been running the first build. Unfortunately, after the Update 2 finished installing for many there was no onward route to Windows 10. Now, according to Microsoft's Gabe Aul, things should be fixed and back to normal.
Earlier, we reported that some users are seeing Update 2 on their phones and not getting Windows 10. Microsoft has started a thread in their support forums to try and figure out why. However, for Lumia 930 users, it looks like you can just upgrade to Update 2 and not get Windows 10.
Alongside today's Windows 10 preview for phones release, it seems as though some devices are actually receiving Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. The Windows Central tip box is getting filled with reports from community members who have gone through the process to install Windows 10 and ended up with Update 2 arriving first.
While we're still devoid of any official word from Microsoft, Windows 10 guru, Gabe Aul, seems to have indicated that this is the case.
After the main Windows 10 preview update installs on your phone there's a second one to keep an eye out for. We've just received a "fast ring configuration" update that while we're not absolutely sure of what it does, it's obviously an important update for everyone in the fast ring.
Does your phone not qualify for the Lumia Denim update with Lumia Camera 5.0? No worries, as Microsoft is evidently cherry picking some choice features from Lumia Camera 5.0 and adding them to the Camera app in Windows 10.
Loading up the new Camera experience, and you get a mishmash of Lumia Camera features in the default app. For instance, there is now the magic wand from Lumia Camera 5.0's Rich Capture option.
Our Lumia 635 managed to get the update early, so we cobbled together this 14 minute video tour of the latest version. We will do a more thorough video walk through of individual new features later, when we have more time.
Cortana was pretty restricted by location in the first Windows 10 preview for phones but with the latest build it looks like she's opened back up to more people. We're seeing it on our devices in the UK, though at the time of writing there's no apparent official word from Microsoft on exactly where.
A few people have been lucky enough to download the new Windows 10 for phones build 10051, while many others are still pressing "check for updates" button every 10 seconds. We've just installed it on our Lumia 635 and we're now exploring the new features. You can see the full changelog here. While you're still waiting, check out some of the screenshots we've collected so far!
If you are some of the thousands waiting to get their hands on build 10051 of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, you are probably experiencing lots of server issues.
Microsoft has taken to the blog with an update on the matter. Long story short: it is going to be another two hours before the situation is resolved.