Windows Mobile Weekly Digest: The challenges of Continuum, Facebook's makeover, and a Game Troopers twofer

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."

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The Windows Insider app for Windows 10 Mobile received a mandatory update this week. The patch now lets you opt of receiving Insider builds and get back into production mode without having to hard reset your phone. That also opens the door for Lumia 950 and 950 XL users who are in the Insider Program to receive firmware updates, even when they've had trouble in the past.

Many Windows 10 Mobile users reported issues with app updating. The problem was intermittent and manifested itself by not reporting that some app updates were available.

Though the Continuum feature in Windows 10 Mobile may appear smooth and seamless to the average user now, but Keri Moran, the Principal Program Manager Lead for Continuum said that the team behind Continuum had to work through some serious challenges. Moran shed some light on the history and process behind Continuum on Microsoft's Windows blog.

On February 1, Microsoft will officially announce the Lumia 650. But don't expect a huge party for the low-end phone. Multiple sources have confirmed that the Lumia 650, along with its specs and pricing, will be unveiled on Microsoft's blog.

Until then, if you want to learn more about their economy line of Lumias, you should check out our full review of the Lumia 550.

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inKin, the online social fitness-tracking service, announced this week that they are working on a Windows app. The service already supports many different fitness trackers, including the Microsoft Band so that app will be a welcome companion.

The Microsoft Call + SMS app for Windows 10 Mobile has been shut down. The newer Block and Filter app picks up the baton from there as its heir apparent.

Sendtiment will be retiring their Windows app at the end of the month. In a heartfelt statement, the company said that while the the app was well-received by the Windows community, they do not have the financial means to make the app as good as they want it to be.

ABC killed off their Watch ABC app for PC and smartphone as well. Neither an explanation, nor any word on the possibility of a Windows 10 app were given.

In positive app news, Facebook for Windows 10 Mobile received a hefty update that brings with it a new design and Continuum support.

6tin, the third-party Tinder app was completely rewritten to support Windows 10 PC and Mobile.

And with another year under our belts, our very own George Ponder looked back at his Best Windows Phone Apps and Games of 2015.

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Game Troopers is at it again with their latest title, Panzer Geekz for Windows Phone and Windows 10. The new Xbox Live title has you racing toy tanks downhill on a tabletop battlefield, crashing through obstacles and dodging pitfalls.

But Game Troopers is not taking a break just yet. They have already announced Tiki Taka Soccer for Windows 10 Mobile. The upcoming touchscreen soccer game will not only let you build a dream team of the world's best footballers, but it will also have you managing the organization by hiring trainers, accountants, and coaches as well.

Clash of Clans fans who are waiting for a Windows version shouldn't get their hopes up just yet. According to Ilkka Paananen, the CEO of Finnish development firm Supercell, there are still no plans to make that happen.

When asked, via Twitter, about the prospect of bringing the hugely popular game to Windows, Paananen simply replied, "no plans at the moment, unfortunately."

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Be sure to weigh in on this week's news in the comments section. See you next week!

Seth Brodeur