Windows Phone Weekly Digest: November 22, 2015

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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There was lots of Windows Phone news this week, not the least of which was the Lumia 950 going on sale at AT&T. It was available online mid-week and in stores on Friday.

Microsoft Stores also have the off-contract AT&T Lumia 950s for $598, though their unlocked won't ship until November 25.

If you are thinking about picking one up, be sure to check out the Windows Central Microsoft Lumia 950 review.

As for the Lumia 950's big brother, the Lumia 950 XL, it went on sale at the Microsoft Store online for $649 with a free Display Dock. New orders for Lumia the 950 XL in the US and Canada are scheduled to start shipping on Dec. 11.

Fast Ring Windows Insiders were able to download Windows 10 Mobile preview build 10586 early this week, with Slow Ring members getting it a couple of days later.

Here's what's been fixed in Windows 10 Mobile build 10586 and what known issues remain.

And what about the future of Windows smartphones? Will Microsoft's rumored "Surface Phone" be a re-imagined Surface Mini? We'll just have to wait and see.

One thing we do know is that Microsoft is investigating incorporating Win32 app support into Continuum. That would be something we haven't seen in a smartphone before.

Other notable items:



Windows Phone users lost another official app this week. In the wake of layoffs, HotelTonight is ending support for Windows Phone.

Facebook's app for Windows 10 Mobile graduated from beta status, only to disappear from the Store and be replaced by the old version shortly after.

Microsoft's Mail and Calendar app on Windows 10 Mobile was updated, but started crashing for some users. Thankfully, the stability issues were resolved with another update though linked inboxes were also removed.

Jawbone released its UP Windows Phone app. But strangely, the Up app doesn't yet support Jawbone's UP fitness trackers.

At least Fitbit got it right. Their app for Windows 10 was updated, bringing with it secondary Live Tiles, support for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and more.

And finally, a word of warning to Windows 10 Mobile users looking for a Twitter client. It appears someone has created a fake "Tweetium Beta (free)" app that can steal passwords. Steer clear of that one.

Other notable items:



Disney released their deliciously-titled Dream Treats, a match three Windows Phone game.

The unstoppable Game Troopers' latest game, Equalicious went live. They also cut the price on several Windows Phone games to 99 cents. The sale runs until November 30.

And Microsoft's Minecraft Pocket and Windows 10 Editions were updated with Redstone, bunnies and more.

Other notable items:

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

Seth Brodeur
  • Here a portuguese digest about windows mobile! Take a look
  • I guess I'll just wait for official RTM for my 640. Too risky for me still :)
  • RTM isn't a thing. It's a continual process where it's updated regularly.
  • Lol again with that idiot market share fake news
  • Why is AT$T charging $50 more for the same unlocked phone again? Do theirs come with freebies?
  • It's AT&T, what do you expect from a horrid company Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well, it does come with ​both PMA and Qi wireless charging support built in.
  • It's normal price to unlock device to use it anywhere.
  • Cool new news. Never ending. Looking forward to complete Redstone. In the windows 10 beta. Repeaters are important for specific electrical systems.
  • Windows 10 mobile official release date?