As expected, Microsoft announced today the immediate availability of Windows 10 Mobile for Phones build 10149 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. And if you chose to stay on build 10080 previously—skipping 10136—you’re good to go: you can upgrade to this new build now.
Here’s what’s new.
That post-Setup blank screen is still there, so don’t panic. When you upgrade, the post-Setup migration screen is still MIA so you’ll be looking at a blank screen for a while. Don’t worry. It will eventually boot into the Start screen. (This was an issue with 10136 as well.)
Edge improvements. As noted earlier today, Edge now displays the address bar at the bottom of the screen where it belongs. The option to view web sites in mobile or desktop view is also included in this build as well, Microsoft notes.
Photos improvements. An updated version of the Photos app is available in the Store Beta. This update includes support for animated GIFs (requires a phone with 1GB of RAM or higher), provides links to your saved photos, screenshots, and camera roll in the Albums page, and comes with general performance and reliability improvements.
Automatic camera upload via OneDrive app. You can now manage automatic camera roll upload with the OneDrive app instead of Settings.
Cortana improvements. The Cortana Notebook is in “its final stage” now, Microsoft says, and provides a combined Profile and Settings experience, and Quiet Hours set up.
Flashlight quick action. Also noted earlier today, you can now add a Flashlight quick action to Action Center.
Many other updated apps in Store Beta. Many first party apps—Outlook Mail and Calendar, Music, Movies & TV, and the MSN apps (News, Weather, Sports, and Money) have been updated too, so be sure to check the Store for new versions.
General user experience improvements and refinement. As you might expect, this build includes a lot of user experience improvements and refinements, Microsoft says. This includes updated controls, icons and visuals, including the volume controls. “Overall, you’ll find the OS more responsive to use,” Microsoft notes. :We’ve got more work to do here but we’re happy about great progress made in this build.”
I can’t wait to check it out.