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Quick shot: Windows 10 Mobile's new one-handed split screen feature

Yesterday, Microsoft released build 10136 of Windows 10 Mobile to those on the Insider program. We'll be doing an in-depth look as soon as we get a moment we are at E3, after all. For now we want to show you the new one-handed feature in this build.

Starting in build 10136, Microsoft has put into a place a feature for phones with displays 5-inches or larger. By holding down the Start key, the whole display moves down to half the size, letting you navigate and interact with links or buttons with just your thumb. Once activated, the split position will hold but return to normal after a few seconds if no interaction is detected.

The feature works very well, although scrolling on the Start screen for now does not seem operable (likely early bug). The one-handed ability is particularly useful for using the Microsoft Edge browser, as you can now easily access the address bar. Indeed, Microsoft said they were exploring a solution to people's complaints about the address bar being at the top, and this may be it.

In terms of appearance, the feature looks okay but a little odd with the black background. Seems as if that space could use something extra, like a blur effect.

Microsoft is not the first company to do this display-resizing trick. On the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users can double tap the Home key to bring down the screen as well for one-handed usage. Likewise, Samsung (2013) and LG have also introduced their methods for one-handed usage on large phones. So if anything, Microsoft is just catching up to the competition.

Regardless, it is a great feature, and we cannot wait to make more use of it. What do you think of Microsoft's implementation? Let us know in comments.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Nice feature..... Like Asus & Apple's one handed feature.
  • well m havin hard time with a next to bricked 720 on build 10136 with lock screen showing without any notification and no response despite hard resets and swipe tries ;/ even reverting back is a damn download thing again to get phone back to working
  • You should've read the news bits yesterday, you essentially bricked it yourself for not waiting e.e They explicitly said that you'll need to wait a while during the migration process, the lock screen will be blank until its done, once you see the date and time THEN you can go on and use your phone.
  • yep m srry for my mistake for not reading article carefully . well is there any way to get it back to working ..?? :/ on w10 only 
  • Just restart (turn it off and on) your phone and wait. I got myself into this state after waiting everything is good :) No reflash, hard reset or other bad stuff required.  
  • My 1520 died everytime I tried to upgrade to win10, regardless which build. Stuck in the display with gears, and after some time, runs out of battery and reboot. I did charge it with my cable at the same time. Gotta roll back again and try again after fully charging the phone.
  • updating any OS without a full battery and an external power source is questionable.  Maybe you have an argument for delta updates but certainly not pre-release software...
  • It takes more than an hour to complete, make sure it is fully charged. However external power source wont help because while updating the charging module is turned off and it actually uses battery power only.
  • There was a big disclaimer about this in almost each article yesterday about the 10136 release. Please go back and read it. Your phone was not bricked but you might've messed it up now.
  • Not necessarily everyone follows WC daily.
  • But MAYBE it's a good idea to read the release notes of the potentially unstable preview build you're going to install, don't you think?
  • You think everyone has time for that..? There are folks using some other languages other than English. WC is not a priority for everyone here.
  • If you have time to install pre-release software you have time to both translate warning articles to English and find them in your own language. It's none other's fault but your own if you jump the gun.
  • Get my point or forget it. I don't have time for more argument.
  • ???? No... People SHOULD have time for that otherwise they'll blame MS for NOTHING.
  • It even was in the official Releaselog. If someone installs a preview-build without even reading the releaselog, it is just 100% his fault. Those people should better stay in the normal releasecycle and let the ones capable of proper reading and understanding basic instructions do the testing.
  • Where and when did the release log appear..??
    "Those people the testing." That's not a nice way of putting it, surely you're not some English professor yourself.
  • Well someone trying out buggy builds is likely to read WC daily...or at least the Microsoft blog which announced the build...:)
  • The release notes weren't just here.
  • Release notes or not, if in doubt, go onto the internets and find out why your phone is in stuck lockscreen mode.. don't just go and force it off or the like.. never do anything so dumb while you don't know if phone has finished.
  • I tried that, then i went back to daily :)
  • Microsoft claimed that the phone could end up in a 'Funky' state if you were impatient on the start screen updates
  • Sounds like someone didn't read the instruction to wait for the install to complete and went ahead and restarted his phone too soon.
  • Don't worry use WP recovery tool...
  • Yawn
  • Yep. Alternatively they might have stuck to pivots/three dots bottom right, but that was considered too functional and wildly unique in internal discussions.
  • well yes m srry for that to myself ..!:/
  • Tried the "emergency call" thingy? It was posted here yesterday.
  • well the screen is completely blank so i cant do any movement on it  now i have restarted it and kept it aside waiting so that the mess i have made may get sorted out ..!!!!
  • Oh, poor lad. :(
  • Or they can use the hamburger menus and try and get a consistent experience across all apps (because we all know that the ios and android ports are not going to follow the windows 10 design language properly).   The biggest problem with the hamburger button on windows phone is the fact that it can only be opened by clicking on the button. On android, you can swipe from the left and it would open the hamburger menu. This functionality was on par with the pivot menus for one handed use. I am still holding out hoping that microsoft will smooth out the experience before windows 10 goes live. The addition of this split screen one handed feature is evidence that they are actually trying.
  • ^^^^This^^^^
  • trying?  windows 8.1 is fantastic windows 10 is more of a apeasal for android and iphone users that havent even tried windows 8.1, either way 8.1 to me is the best ever os on a phone and windows 10m is starting to look ok too.  Shame more people didnt buy 8.1 phones caus ethat was just so refreshing.   For them to get a smooth experiencve i think thell need longer than september, im guessing end of yoear and i too hope theyll get there and take their time to ensure it all works well. You make a very good point aboutr android swiping to get menu, personally id love to see the old piviting menus there and the  Tiled alternative as a extra for all those iphone and andropid newbies.
  • Exactly!! If Microsoft wanna copy others, copy properly!! Why only the top burger menu without the swipe in gesture?? So typical of Microsoft. And now this one hand usage feature. At least MS can use the blank space for something else, instead of just displaying it blank totally. Perhaps pull down the notification center as well in the same time. Somehow, I feel MS is losing its direction for phones.... If this keeps on, Windows Phone will be a history in no time.
  • MS announces a new feature... You post that they're losing direction. MS simply cannot do anything right /s
  • All new features are good?   Somebody's forgetting Clippy...
  • They've created a problem that didn't exist by moving functions to the upper left. Now they implement an awkward solution to the problem they created. And why did they choose to take the choice of using this feature away from people who have devices with a screen smaller than 5 inches. That makes no sense either. I would want it on my 4.5 inch device. Sounds like more of the same boneheaded decisions that made many people not want to move to desktop 8.0
  • I agree, they should have it on all devices. 925 with a 4.5 inch screen is still almost impossible to reach top corner unless using two hands
  • I'm with you on this. Move the navigation back to the bottom and drop this useless feature.
  • iPhone 6 can do it as well. Not just the 6 Plus.
  • Do those come with reading glasses? Read the post first, then make a comment.
  • Well mister, it is you who read the article late. There was a typo earlier and I double checked before posting the update.
  • I am about to cry for real. Microsoft and Gabe screwed the hell out of me! I didn't update to W10 earlier and was on 8.1 update 2, and today I decided that build 10136 is good enough for my 1520. I eventually updated and tadaaaa! Build 10080 is what I got!!!! Damn it Microsoft, is it that hard to tell us what's the fucking pending build before it downloads?! Now I have to revert back to 8.1 and lose all my data because the fucking backup function never worked for me!
  • I feel you bro.
  • *feel
  • "Damn it Microsoft, is it that hard to tell us what's the fucking pending build before it downloads?! Now I have to revert back to 8.1 and lose all my data because the fucking backup function never worked for me!"
    Quit whining, you're obviously not ready enough for beta testing. Man up or step away.
  • @Daniel
    I understand that going beta has its risks, but man how could they screw me like that? What would it take them to just notify the user what is he about to download? I had 10080 installed on my secondary device earlier, and it bugged the hell out of me that I chose to skip it for my daily driver and kept it for feedback only. Now just when I decided to download 10136 on my 1520 it gives me the finger and gets 10080 instead. I did everything that is required, but that is not enough it seems. It is too damn hard to add a "This is fucking 10080 you're about to download!" before it starts downloading, right?
  • It DOES notifiy you. Just check the damn buildnumber when it starts downloading.
  • The build numbers bear no relation to the published update number. I'm in the same position. But I didn't moan :¬)
  • Yes they do. It was announced they would fix this and they did. New Build is displayed as 10.0.10136.0 on the phone and before downloading the update ;)
  • Build number and OS Version Number are two different things. My 635 OS version is on 10.0.12562.84 as of last night. So by that logic I'm on build 12562... No such thing. Build number and OS version number under 'About' have no relation.
  • You are going are wrong with that knowledge.
  • It actually said that there is an update 10.0.12634 which is not the proper OS number, so I wasn't sure what I actually install. Also you need to go back to 8.1 Update 1, this build is available only to for it! With Update 2 you will end up with 10080.
  • Wow recently you have a really bad attitude to some users on this site. Telling people to "man up or step away", is completely out of order. If you cannot stand people complaining on an internet site, then don't write for that internet site and find another "occupation".
  • How does Daniel have a bad attitude? Users on this website seem to do things such as upgrade to a BETA operating system and expect everythng to work. When things dont, they flood the comments of articles when most of the time, the article has no relation to their problem and it is ANNOYING. Microsoft have REPEATEDLY said to contact them on twitter and use the Feedback apps regarding your problems. Daniel is human, Not the Watson developed by IBM. Hes been professional to me with my exchanges with him and i enjoy his writing style. Maybe if People who are illiterate and dont know what they are doing step away from any of this and stop acting so entitled
  • His complaint is valid though, complaining here perhaps not, but he's hardly the only one as even the writers / editors of the site do it.
  • Dear non-respected Jason, First of all, the person you're calling illiterate (me) has a bachelors degree in Mechatronics engineering (I finished it having the fourth highest GPA), and I am currently doing my masters of computer science in Germany. Secondly, I have had a Windows Phone since my HD2, which also had Windows mobile originally, and WP7 was hacked to it.
    I have owned an HTC Titan, and I also managed to interop-unlock it, downloaded so many roms on it and I still actually have both of them.
    I have had my share in experimentation when it comes to software and smart phones, I have had multiple Android phones ranging from xperias to HTCs, etc..
    Matter of fact, I have been on technical preview since day one on my secondary device (Lumia 635 which was bought for the sake of experimentation and to help Microsoft out). This problem that hit my 1520 has nothing to do with this being a BETA software. Third, I DID contact Microsoft on Twitter about this problem, sent them feedback, as well. Fourth, your comment is the one that is annoying, because mine wasn't directed at the intelligent you (non), rather at people who care for feedback and want to know what might hit them from the first second! Fifth, this article is related, because it's about this new build, and people care to know all about this new upgrade. Sixth, backup not working on any Windows Phone device (for me at least), and not notifying users about the correct build number they are about to download has nothing to do with the technical preview or the software being a BETA, because they are an 8.1 problems, not 10! Seventh, who gave you the right of calling people names and start assuming stuff about others you don't know? With no regards to your person,
  • Non respected Jason?
    According to who..... you? Someone who doesnt even know how to follow instructions from Gabe and the writers of WPCentral. Trust me, i wouldnt even call that an insult. Have you ever heard the saying "two wrongs dont make a right" Did i at all question or ask what level of education you have passed? No? I thought so. I understand you must have low self esteem issues and need every oportunity to state how smart you are but it is just sad. And yes, you are illiterate on this matter. Gabe clearly stated in a tweet that if you were on the fast ring before 10080 was pulled, 10080 was what you will be getting. I, for instance, reverted back to 8.1 and only registered for fast ring AFTER they had removed 10080 and what do you know? Im on 10136. And unlike you, i place all my crtisisms using the feedback app. And as for your original comment, there was not one word or sentence of it that made it a comment that would help anyone. It was purely a complain about microsoft making you want to cry. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • While you call others illiterate, correct your punctuation first. Capital 'I' is a topic you should divulge into. And it's Windows Central now not WPCentral.
  • Dude... You do not start a sentence with 'And'.
  • Lol
  • Did you check the internet real illiterate..?
  • Others? Only this one user. I called him illiterate on the topic of Beta builds and bugs.... not his grammar. Oh i know all about the Capital I. I just dont seem to care about my punctuation much when im not writing anything formal because you know... i have a life. If that is really the only thing you can say to me then that is pretty petty... dont you think?
  • So according to your odd and stupid theory----
    Folks who write something formal don't have a life..?
    Wanted to say more about your 'not required' defense for Daniel, but someone else had already owned you.
  • I am illiterate?
    According to who.... you? Someone who is just a pain in the ass that jumps in at every complaint comment to complain about complainers?
    Unlike you, I have a life, and that is not on Twitter, nor on WINDOWS Central, so not every bit of info can be read. But Microsoft should give more info on the place its needed, not on Twitter, not on WINDOWS Central. In Windows 10 they give full details and description for every freaking 100 KB update, but in W10 mobile it's just hard!
    And no my... you're not my friend lol, it's not low self esteem, more of arrogance on people like yourself :)
  • Nice one there.
  • He sure doesn't respond well. Don't know if you're new here, but am seeing him from a long time like that. Sure his responses are humorous, though professional even to me he's not always kind.
  • Look at who's grammar is incorrect now. You dont use but after a comma ;)
  • I won't refrain myself from calling you illiterate now----
  • Beta testing doesn't need someone to man up I think, it's not really hard a task. Your anger is justified but not your way of conveying the message.
    Plus, everyone doesn't have a chain of devices like you do, and have other priorities/work than downloading or installing unknown updates and then hard resetting their devices. You do this as it is your job, but most of the readers take out their precious time to support Microsoft.
  • If you don't have a few spare device to beta test then don't do it - MS already told you so.  If you didn't RTFM and complain about problems you face on the way, nobody will act nicely to you. So I'm echoing Daniel, man up or walk away from beta testing.  You want to beta test but not bare the risk then you are doing it totally wrong.
  • I have more than two FYKI. Microsoft should make the numbers less complicated. And acting nicely/responding, well it depends from person to person. Echo whomever you want to. And I don't see this type of enthusiasm cum rage against OTC or racist on the same website.
  • @Daniel Rubino Actually he is somehow right. is not that hard to edit that stupid generic description of the update to include the build number too.
  • Omg ... The same would hapen with me as I am aso at the same situation ... As I m on w8.1 update 2 and fast ring update is opting for me to download m. By now as u have specified that I would be geting the build 10080 as per ur concerned .. So I think I need not to go for the update as I so I would losse all my stuffs pf around 26 gb in waste .. Totaly upset dude...
  • Just update when they fix it in a week or two.
  • I have lumia 520 and I have installed build 10080 do I have to rollback to 8.1 with wprt ?can you please tell me what I have to do to get build 10036 or I have to wait for a bit longer is there any way you get the 10036 build without any rollback? Is rollback is necessary any help sean thankyou  
  • Why?  This is preview/beta/etc software?  It's like someone doesn't back-up their machine, the hard derive fails, then they complain that they've lost data.   It's frustrating to read comments like yours. I have a 1520 as my main phone and am i going to install Windows 10?  NO as it's my main phone and I need it to work.
  • Are you serious? You shouldnt be using these previews as your daily build. How is it Microsofts fault or Gabes fault exactly? They dont force you to download the previews. They communicate so well about any issues regarding installing or post installation. Seriously. Stop complaining because you have no right to be a tester with that attitude.
  • well they told us 24 hours and that was around 5pm uk time and thats when i did my update and guess what, i got windows 10136.  I dont see hgow they could have been any clearer.  They even twitered it so well was hard not to make a mistake dude.  So no its not hard for them to tell you the exact time the build will arive and to tweet it to the world.  Is it hard for some people to use twiter? i dont know you decide dude.  Reverting back to 8.1 isnt to bad, just download the tool and itll be over very quickly.  piece of advice after you reinstal win 10136, when you realise music app doesnt work just puit your phone on wifi and leave it for 1-2 hours come back and presto all the problems are posibley gone.
  • Download AIDA64 from the store. Its a small app that will give you information about the OS, build and many other things.
  • thats a slick feature 
  • Not on mine either. How odd.
  • For a moment I thought we can have 2 apps running at once xD
  • That. Would. Be. Awesome.
  • It.  Is.  Coming.
  • Soon.
  • To A Theater.
  • Near Your.
  • +830
  • I do believe split screen is in the works as well, based on some of the leaks we've seen so far. And it would just make sense. A lot of Android/ iOS people I talk to say the thing they are jealous of about Windows tablets is the excellent split screen functionality.
  • What leaks?
  • Those are no leaks, just concepts. MS will be copying split screens functionality as well in just a matter of time, just like when they copied the hamburger menu and this one hand usage features. But they will not make it user friendly like on other platforms with the copied features.
  • I think it too!
  • Yea, the title is kinda misleading with that "split" screen thing... I wouldnt call this splitting the screen. More like down-sizing it, or something
  • But you can vote that feature up, to combine with the one-handed feature ;)
    "Add/Combine the One-handed Split Screen feature with Split Screen Multitasking"
  • Fine by me, cause my 1320 sometimes it's impossible to maneuver.
  • Does anyone know how to add a password on Windows 10 mobile?
  • Settings>personalization>lock screen >advanced settings Why a password is under "advanced settings" idk
  • I have to agree, the "Advanced settings" aspect will discourage most average Joe users from using it, leaving many with unsecured devices. It should be dramatically more visible and accessible.
  • microsoft always misunderstood the idea behind a lock screen. starting with thhe idea to show toast and notification center right on the lock screen. so for them password is not important. like all the privacy for a windows phone user -_-
  • Ummm, how is showing toast notifications or making the notification center available on the lock screen "misunderstanding" the lock screen? Especially when you consider Android and iOS do the exact same thing...
  • Thanks for asking that question in this particular comment thread instead of the "Ask a question," Windows 10, or help sections of the forums! :D
  • I know I'm going to love this feature...
  • 4 mediums in a row OuO oh yusss
  • Take away an actual design that worked for one handed use and add a crutch like this, sure its great..... /s
  • How was WP8.1 good for one-handed use? I don't understand.
  • Most things you need to reach (common app commands) are at the bottom so you can easily reach them with your thumb while holding the phone in one hand.
  • As so many others said: Nearly all critical functions could be accessed from the app bar along the bottom. Likewise, the Metro pivot design meant swiping left or right anywhere would switch between pivots and functions. And the universal Back button also works much better than the top-left back buttons on iOS.
  • This. The address bar and app command buttons were simply placed at the bottom of the screen. That was better than this, which requires an extra step every time, and exemplifies how poor the new design is that the entire screen has to shift down now to compensate.
  • Perhaps true, but this method works for the entire UI regardless of what is on the screen.  Start screen, settings, etc.
  • Plus more pivots.
  • Your not wrong, but even in WP 8.1 there were apps and other interface elements that resided at the top of the screen. While the new UI is a step down in one handed use, this new one handed feature will benefit the entire os.
  • Exactly. Don't get me wrong, I think W10M is shaping up, but I would prefer they tweak the UI design more towards WP8, including bottom of the screen naviation and more pivots.
  • exactly. now you have to use half your screen instead lol they half assed wp10 so bad. even on the 520 its tedious to use. you have to re-adjust your palm way more than on 8.1. its garbage. at least now ill have more options to consider for my next phone when my 810 gives out. being that theres zero reason to stick with Windows as of now.   same exact gripes i had with my iphone i now have on Windows. Minus the app selection.
  • love this feature ( me also done : same one handed ) feature 
  • Ok-ish, but we need a UI natively helping single heanded usage. WP8.1 anyone? :)) For example: put the hamburger on the lower status bar LH corner, already! Same for Edge address bar!!
  • +930
  • "For example: put the hamburger on the lower status bar LH corner, already! Same for Edge address bar!!"
    Just not happening. The amount of work and bloat these features will add to coding takes away from the concept of universal apps design.
  • That reads as, "who cares if it's more difficult to use than before, as long as it looks vaguely similar to the desktop app."
  • Daniel here loves everything MS does to mar wp and will always snort on other peoples views.
  • Sometimes you just have to chuck some good things to get better ones. Case in point i loved the WP7/8 Music Hub which became a mess in 8.1 & above. But in time things got better and now i simply can't think of going back to the old player.
  • As a software-developer: just not true. You have different xaml-profiles for the different formfactors anyway. Just putting the addressbar or the hamburgerbutton on the bottom is literally like 5 lines of code. Even MS once mentioned as a possible future approach.   The point more is, that this feature also works for the badly designed thirdparty apps whose developer dont give a damn about different screensizes. While proper UI-Design would actally rquire the devs to think for some seconds.
  • What Daniel say makes sense and is understandable from a dev standpoint. But from a user point of view it is utterly crap if the focus is on making an app look the same as its desktop counterpart instead of making it mobile-friendly. I think the fact that apps are going to be "universal" shouldnt necessarily mean "look all the same bewteen devices". It's cool if they do and work fine, but adapt the UI if it just doesnt work ok.
  • Ok Daniel. Whatevs.   Universal app design doesn't necessarily mean every god damned control has to be in the same fucking place on every device. It's only done that way because Microsoft lack vision.
  • So what you're saying is, for the sake of developer laziness, the users must compromise? The average user doesn't care how much work is done to make an app work, they just want it to be easy to use. If I have to contort my hand or perform extra steps just to use my phone I guess w10 is not for me. Universal apps are great but if it makes it hard to use on one end surely a compromise can be made...?
  • I think all Lumia handset will get this feature? not only 5 inch display !
  • Nope
  • Does not work on the 925
  • But should. I can't reach top corner unless I use two hands. Don't know why they limited it to 5in.+
  • How small are your hands? Lol
  • Not to small. If I keep my pinky finger on the bottom of the phone, my thumb comes about a half centimeter from reaching hamburger menu
  • Doesn't work on the Lumia Icon even though it has a 5" screen.
  • That's a 4.9"
  • So close.
  • Probably that's a bug.
  • Awesome
  • Can someone confirm if in this build the Edge adress bar hides when you scroll in the webpage?? I dont mind to have it in the top but I want it to hide when I'm browsing...
  • It does not hide.
  • It should hide in my opinion.
  • Really Cool, Daniel. Can't wait for the new flagship phones!
  • That's cool! And I agree regarding the empty space.
  • Just had a great idea what they should do with the upper half of the screen: You should be able to activate the camera!
    Imagine typing messages and never tripping or running into sth on the street anymore cause you can all see it simultaneously on the screen!! :D
  • Loooool
  • To me it looks like a lazy implementation. Why shrinking to the middle of the screen? That's too small. It could use about 75% of the height and would still be reachable with one hand, just like most 4.5"-5" phones (in the case of the 1520 or 1320)
  • "lazy implementation" wow... I get amazed of how clueless people like you are/sound do you understand this is not RTM? do you understand Microsoft is working on it? this is only a pre release software that is buggy and non complete? do you understand it? this is a really uncomplete feature that appareared and WC wanted to show it because there is still alot to do and Microsoft is adding something that could be split screen for Windows 10... just like Windows desktop can do it. so no, it's not lazy implementation it is a work in progress
  • You can't please everyone... "It should be half the screen, that way the whole thing is easy to reach." "No, that's too much wasted space."
    "Make it adjustable, then. Let the user decide." "Too complicated. That clutters up the settings worse than they already are."
  • Shouldn't be a fixed ratio, rather the distance should be defined in inches / meters (for example 3.5 inches from the bottom).
  • Doesn't work on 930
  • Or they could... you know... design the OS and apps so that everything isn't out of reach. 
  • That ship has sailed.  Making it like the other OS's brings familiarity to users trying a Windows phone and makes it easy to have the same menu on WP as the desktop.  Yes, logically WP8 was the best, but it's time to get used to it...
  • If the hamburger button at the top is necessary for some seldom-used things like they say, then fine. But something like the address bar in Edge really needs to be at the bottom of the screen. You tap that all the time. Using this method to reach it is slapping a bandaid on an injury they keep insisting isn't there. None of the arguments for the top menu (some of which are valid) can explain why the address bar is in the wrong place, other than familiarity, and I think people will catch on since it's pretty obvious where the address bar is in the browser. The Cortana team had no problem putting the text box in the place that made any sense. Why can't the browser do the same?
  • Don't worry, I'm sure that a fix for Cortana's "text box at the bottom" bug is coming soon.
  • Well i guess my 930 only have a 4.9" display...
  • But, for me to use my 930 one-handed I need this function. It should be an option for all phones!
  • How about using Edge on other phones? Its still not that ergonomic to use top address bar even on 4.3 inch devices.
  • Awesome
  • I can't believe this is the solution they're going with. Remember back when they said something along the lines of, "Not that many people use their phone one-handed anyway, so putting things more out of reach is fine?" And now that they're trying to address those complaints, THIS is what they do? I can't think of a more backward way of handling this. I don't know if this is based on feedback, but all the one-handed related feedback I've seen has been calling for a return to things at the boottom of the screen. Seems like they're really determined to just NOT do things the way 8.1 did.
  • What are you doing that you're using your phone one handed anyway, especially when it's a >5" device?
  • Just about everything other than typing text.
  • Just about everything except typing text. That doesn't really leave a lot where the size of a screen matters. If I'm reading, it doesn't matter where I scroll from, if I'm watching a video I don't have to touch the screen, phone calls you just hold the device and talk. It just seems useless to worry about the people obsessed with one-handed use.
  • Don't quite understand what you mean. That leaves exactly everything other than typing text with two thumbs. Every single other tap, interaction, swipe, navigation, setting change, selection...
  • On my 930, anything that has a top menu and/or hamburger menu, requires two hand use. Therefore, this function should be an option on the 930 too.
  • Well i us my browser alot and i was able to us my 930 one handed. Now after edge I have to use both hands and it is annoying.
  • As I said yesterday, with so much reinventing going on, they could have placed the hamburgers and app bar menus and navigational icons and text input fields(address bars, search bars) at bottom which could automatically hide during scrolling but no. Of all the features that they could have copied from iOS, this is the one I'm most disappointed about. Better than nothing though. Ofcourse, I just realized this is still necessary for lazy developers and popular 3rd party service providers who are too lazy to reimagine their app design for an OS with 3% market share. Nonetheless, I still expect better from first party apps.
  • It would be even better if the hamburger menu could be opened by a swipe from the left edge of the screen, instead of clicking on the unreachable button...
  • Now its reachable ofcourse.. :D
  • at the sacrifice of half your screen. might as well not buy a phablet
  • Apple and Microsoft appear to be exchanging ideas in last few months allot more than usual. P.S. The YouTube clip is unlisted also Dan when you embed the YouTube clips please allow the like/dislike on the top, many thanks.
  • If they add multi window feature for highend phones it would be awesome.
  • Android 5.X sucks
  • Thanks for sharing. c:
  • This contributes nothing to the discussion.
  • Bit confusing as it says 5" or higher yet the Lumia 930/Icon doesn't support it? Is 930 not 5" anymore?
  • Rounding error.
  • I feel it should be 4.5 and higher.
  • I think the most effective use of this feature would be to have an app or Cortana present in the space when the screen slides down. Microsoft could give developers access to implement their app in that space and they could give us users the options in the settings section. For example you could have the calendar app use that space and be able to get a quick glance at your schedule and make appointments and everything else right there. How cool would that be! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Microsoft is catching up.  I like this feature, and I hope you can run split apps, then that will be awesome. Although I still wish I didn't have to buy a new phone for continuum. Microsoft can we get even a slimmed down version for the current line of phones for continuum ?  
  • We need this feature for 4.7 inch phones aswell (LUMIA 625)
  • The scrolling does work....your start screen has to extend past screen...problem is the fact that it doesnt hit bottom. It's like it hit bottom but only as if the screen is out of alignment. So in a sense the bottem is half way further down.
  • I was just about to say... the start screen scrolling on my 1520 works.
  • Just had a great idea what they should do with the upper half of the screen: You should be able to activate the camera!
    Imagine typing messages and never tripping or running into sth on the street anymore cause you can all see it simultaneously on the screen!! :D
  • Well done MS...
    Instead of the black screen how about opening applications in that space
  • As a user of a iPhone 6 Plus I have never needed it not even once. :( Mabye on my Lumia 1520 it would be better though as that is larger will have to try once its deployed.
  • God yes for 4 tiles
  • So my natural question is.... why not release a smaller but still pretty good phone?
  • Why not release a resizable phone?
  • They had a one handed feature - It was called WP8/Metro. :P
  • I like it ... Looks neat.. I also believe that if they could simply make it double tap rather than long press it will just be a lil quicker..not a huge difference though..
  • Doesn't work on my 640 even though it's 5! :|
  • Here Too. !! 
  • yep. confirming that. Maybe it's really a 12.69CM rather than 12.7 really!
  • Something I'll have to adjust to on my 1520 but when I feel we have a build I can install on it.
  • Removed basic features like colour profile, navigation bar controls etc !! Rolled back to 8.1 730 !!!
  • They are still there!! Colour profile is now under Colours in settings and there are a lot more colours now,
  • that's not what he meant, it was the previous Display settings, where you can adjust your screen color profile. You can still get there on 10136 though: search display on settings, then choose the second Display setting.
  • Yes, apply hacks to solve their bad UI which in turn were stolen from Apple.. Great strategy. I'm not against the stealing in itself as everyone does it, but I'm against bad UI design even if it became mainstream. Guess the water is already well past the bridge and not just under it, so I guess I shouldn't bother and swallow it >.
  • Yes, "the water is already well past the bridge and not just under it" now that we're in beta, months away from release, and at the point in development where they now start to really focus on refining the UI
  • Seems like that black space has potential. Maybe add info to it from Cortana. Weather, stocks, etc...
  • I totally agree.
  • How much is Rockstar energy drinks paying for the product placement? LOL
  • Lmao
  • :(
    While it is good to have a feature like this, I would've liked to see something a bit more ... innovative.
    Oh well ... this will probably make way for hamburgers all over the place ...
  • with cheese and fries, of course lol
  • Sure!
  • Anyone here who can help me I am not able to install this new build on My Lumia 530 It's completely fill my internal storage at the time of Preparing to installing to 0 bytes at 61% Please help me
  • If it is so difficult to operate one-handed that a "feature" (read: bandage) like this is needed, perhaps the UI redesign was a poor decision. Unless I'm playing a game, I easily use my L920 one-handed almost exclusively. This appears to be a sad workaround for a bad UI decision. While I will try to keep an open mind, the direction things are going with the interface are not encouraging.
  • Mine is a L640. . But i can't do the One-Thumb feature . .  Why. .? Any suggestions. .?!
  • On the slow ring on 1520... Still haven't received any W10 update
  • because there hasn't been a slow ring update yet
  • Finally! I hope they evolve this so you can "snap" another app in the blank space above. Liking what I am currently seeing as this build looks a far more polished than the previous however it still has a few rough edges here are there. Which is to be expected as it is still in preview after all.
  • Great!
  • I just had a great idea what they should do with the upper half of the screen: You should be able to activate the camera!
    Imagine typing messages and never tripping or running into sth on the street anymore cause you can all see it simultaneously on the screen!! :D
  • this is still not going to  help use my 1520 one handed while driving.... how the hell am i suppose to use the music app in the car?  
  • Please don't use your phone while driving (unless stuck in traffic, in which case you could use both hands anyway).
  • OK, my 535 has a 5" inch but this trick doesn't work. Is it for >=5" or >5" ??
  • it's for >=5" but the lumia 535 has a scaling bug, moving the keyboard works neither
  • They need to make it so you can run two apps at once, like Windows 8. Imagine watching a video on the top half of the screen while browsing Twitter on the bottom half. True multitasking. Make it happen, Microsoft.
  • I don't think splitscreen multitasking would work very well vertically, but ,like your example, there are some cases where it could be cool (like watching videos / livestreams, while doing other stuff).
  • why don't put one of the other opened app inside the black half of the screen?
    like two opened folders in a monitor: both takes the opposite half of it
  • It's still a littlle buggy for using, you scroll down and it goes up again... But they are almost there, I think the space or the wallpaper should stay in place and the tiles and apps move down... that way we don't end up with a half black screen. The other thing is changing the keyboard to left or right side, you should be able to just grab the spacebar and move it to the side you want instead of holding down the keyboard type button and selecting the left or right keyboard. I am using 1520 as my daily phone and this build seems to work perfect, I am loving the new UI and apps, not so sure about the letters on the app list having a buggy background or what.
  • I don't see a need for me to use this option but I'll reserve my opinion until I have had a chance to study it in depth.
  • Not working on 930 = big fail !
    Hamburger menu requires this function
  • I'm not seeing any video in this page. Why? Its blank there.....
  • Of all the features they could have copied from iPhone, they picked this ridiculous feature.
  • too bad it doesn't work on my lumia 535 because of that scaling bug
  • How does this work. I'm holding down the start button but nothing happening
  • So we had a UI 5 years ago the was smart enough to put all important buttons on the button and access to features in apps through side swipes...
    And now we have this mess that forces us to do extra button presses to be able to reach important buttons on top? Sorry, but I fail to see this as a progress...
  • Universal apps... Universally badly designed.
  • Good to hear Football Highlights
  • I just navigated on competition smartphone websites today and LG, Sony, Samsung have great support for new devices on both tablets and smartphones, I think I know the reason why Stephen Elop was fired from Microsoft, Windows Phone is not popular on OEMs and that needs to be fixed ASAP. How is it possible that Android works on curved displays like the LG G Flex 2, or bezel less displays like the Galaxy S6 Edge, Windows Phone and Microsoft are about 1 or 1.5 years behind on smartphone innnovation. Since the Lumia 1020's Pureview 40Megapixel camera, nothing interesting has happened for Windows Phone. BTW I love Windows Phone personally and I love my Lumia 625 device, but it's impossible to convince people to purchase WP device if LG, Samsung, Sony have amazing Android devices out there. Just my 2 cents.
  • Cool, that totally has to do with Windows 10 Mobile's new one-handed split screen feature
  • WOW can Apple sue over this?
  • They can always try, as they often do. However I don't think they'd have anything to sue over here, and they probably won't try as they seem to be a lot less suey lately.
  • Guys, vote this up if my suggestion is great. thanks
    "Add/Combine the One-handed Split Screen feature with Split Screen Multitasking"
  • This is awesome!
  • No matter any new function added, it got to be simple and easy to use.
    What I don't like android and ios right now is their UI become complicated.
  • Microsoft said they were exploring a solution to people's complaints about the address bar being at the top, and this may be it.
    lol, we're fucked. 
  • But it's the best and only solution! /s
    Seriously, the solution is already on peoples complaints and it already exist, just take a look from Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.
    This new feature isn't bad nor useless, it works for some 3rd-party app that's got UI mostly at the top, but still doesn't mean this is the final solution for one-hand usability issue.
  • Windows Phone used to be a one handed friendly OS but now you have to press a button to reach the hamburger menu, address bar and all the other top mounted controls. What a sad joke it's become.
  • Well this is nice to have especially on some controls at the top, but still it doesn't mean they have to throw every commands at the top. Not all of the time we have to use this feature, its still clunky. Example, Microsoft Edge should really have address bar at the bottom together with ellipsis menu. It's already good on IE and everybody seems like it, and in technically about usability its considered as a good implementation. I still don't get it whey they have to think hard about the consideration on moving it to the bottom and finding instead another solution. Mail and Calendar app spread moved it to the bottom, and its got more commands to move.
  • The difference between W 10 Mobile and iPhone 6 in this so-called 'resized screen' is that for W 10 Mobile there's scrolling in the Start screen, whereas for the iPhone 6's Start screen (or whatever they call it) there's none. I don't know if that black background should 'use something extra', as @Daniel Rubino puts it, or if it shoud remain as is. This can be argued. But my suggestion to you, Microsoft, is that when scrolling upwards, let the Start screen cover that black background, 'blur effect' or whatever as it goes up, but make it inactive* in that area. Also, I'm not sure if this resized-screen works in Search and Notification Centre, because for iPhone 6 it works in the latter but not the former. So, Microsoft, if it works in both, you'll be a step ahead of Apple in that regard!   *'inactive' for normal use of the Start screen, but not to return to the 'normal' Start screen as it should!
  • Is the four medium size tiles wide new to this build? 1520 only? Seems new?
  • One Hand Use feature not working on my Nokia Lumia 830 with OS version 10.0.10136.0 (Winows 10 TP Build 10136)
  • A zombie would install buggy preview on their main phone.If you have a secondary phone then you can go ahead and install
  • looking good!
  • Seems smaller
  • I see it a a waste and pointless, I only have one arm and can not think of a time that this would be needed.
  • What about split screen feature for Lumia 730
  • Why does no one read the articles properly. Its for devices with screen bigger than 5". Which is why it wont work on anything other than the 1520 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • you should read the article properly, it's for 5 inch OR larger
  • It will definitely be a good and important feature, I have been hoping and waiting for it for a long time. I also like the idea of using the Start Button for it, I don't seem to need the Start Button much, so I think this will help take full advantage of it.
  • Need this feature in every windowss phone
  • Microsoft please add a shortcut to the phone dialer in action center!!
  • I am was waiting for multiwindow
  • the task switcher now shows four previews ? is it for real ? never saw it in the other videos .
  • I think the scroll bug is caused because on full screen mode your start screen has too few tiles and is not scrollable, and when you get to split screen it  does not check again and still thinks it should not scroll.
  • Having L1520 , now  i know the true purpose of 2 hands. BTW , i just love this beast.
  • I had Windows 10 Mobile on my Lumia 928, but it basically destroyed my phone and the battery is basically shot, barely lasting for over an hour. I had to make a warranty claim and verizon gave me a replacement 928. I'm probably going to stick with Windows Phone 8.1 for the time being until Windows 10 Mobile builds are a bit more mature.
  • Or you put things, like the address bar at the bottom, and holding down the Windows button brings up the notification shade improving one hand use forever.
  • I would love to see a second app running on the upper "empty" space (video, calculator, anything).
  • > "The feature works very well, although scrolling on the Start screen for now does not seem operable (likely early bug)." In my case, I just upgraded my Lumia 1520 to Win10 today. This feature works. While in half-size screen, the Start screen is scrollable. I love the Start tiles in the previous Lumia Denim, but I think the Win10 tiles look even more awesome. One major glitch I noticed is that some apps (most importantly, OneNote) disappear from the Start tiles and Apps List. When I tried to download from, it detected that OneNote is already installed. I don't know of any workaround (to make a shortcut like in the desktop) to be able to again launch OneNote. Also, some apps disappear in the Start screen but are still retained in the Apps List, however, the 'Pin to start' context menu item is disabled. Fortunately most of them are small apps so I uninstalled, then reinstall them from the Store to be able to pin them back to the Start screen. I think, in order to avoid this kind of problem, before upgrading, you remove the more important App tiles from the Start screen, then after upgrading, if they are fortunate enough to be retained in the Apps List, you can pin them back to the Start screen as I have done with a few apps.
  • The description says '5 inches or larger', but this does not work on my 5 inch 830.  Did they mean 'larger than 5 inches'? Anyone else with an 830 getting this to work?
  • nice feature, poorly crafted. typically microsoft. guess they litterally are rarely doing anything good from the beginning without any feedback. the'd better design the feature like the one in Xiami Mi3
  • I couldn't get this feature to work on 930
  • Maybe I did not notice that in previous builds, but now It is possible to coonect a bluetooth mouse and navigate with it inside WP 10 TP.
  • This new feature works but not really well, for example using it while reading an article of Windows Central messes with the scroll because when the scroll bar hits the bottom there is still half screen of article left that you can't see.
  • Should I update my Lumia 930?? I'm really tempted. What do you guys say??
  • Can Any one help Me 
    i Updated my 1520 with the slow build 
    but i cant use my device because the screen is half working !
    the screen is hidden and i cant enter my password so i can do somthing about it  this is my only device left  i had problem with 920 and never worked andd stock in upgrade mode !   can any one please help me but with out formting !