Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Gets New Build and First Firmware Updates

Posted on March 2, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Windows Phones with 0 Comments

Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Gets New Build and First Firmware Updates

Microsoft has made Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10586.122 available to the Slow and Release Preview rings. Separately, the firm also announced that auto-publishing of device firmware updates is going live for Insiders.

As you may recall, Microsoft released build 10586.122 to Windows 10 for PCs as a cumulative update yesterday. But that release was for the public, shipping version of Windows 10 for PCs (1511). On Mobile, build 10586.122 is heading out to Insiders only, and then only for those on the Slow and Release Preview rings.

That is, of course, a first. And it creates a weird situation where users on the Fast ring will not receive this build automatically. Fortunately, there’s a workaround: Using the Windows Insider app, temporarily switch your device from Fast ring to the Slow or Release Preview ring. Then, you can install the update and switch back.

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10586.122 addresses feedback it received from users with a Lumia 950, 950 XL, 550, or 650 as well as the upgrade experience from Windows Phone 8.1. In fact, some improvements and fixes in this update will only be seen when upgrading from Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft says.

This build also includes support for four additional devices: The MCJ Madosma Q501, BLU Win HD W510U, BLU Win HD LTE X150Q, and ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL.

There are no new features in this build, but Microsoft says it has fixed the following issues:

  • Improved Kanji input experience while using Continuum.
  • Improved the speed in which thumbnails appear for portrait videos.
  • Improved Internet Sharing on select mobile network configurations.
  • Fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge that prevented Word Flow input on some sites.
  • Fixed an issue that previously prevented the option to “Close all Tabs” in Microsoft Edge from closing all open tabs.
  • Improved IMS registration on select mobile network configurations.
  • Fixed an issue where adding your MSA during OOBE would fail and prevent the account from being re-added after the failure.
  • Improved the email sync experiences when connecting to Wi-Fi networks with a captive portal.
  • Improved data connection profiles for dual SIM devices.
  • Updated background processing of multiple changes to improve battery life of devices.
  • Improved quality of video record to SD memory cards.
  • Improved video recording audio in some cases.
  • Improved overall OS reliability, including reliability of the Start screen, app updates, and the Windows Feedback app=Improved – Alarm reliability.

Separately, Microsoft said that firmware updates will be “live” for Windows Insiders on Windows 10 Mobile starting tomorrow.

“As of March 3rd at 10am PST, all firmware updates for Windows 10 devices will be auto-published for Insiders,” the firm explains. “This allows us to deliver on our goal of eliminating the gap in time between when firmware is available for Retail users and Windows Insiders, as well as eliminating the manual steps that were previously required (switching to the Production ring).”

What does this mean? That starting tomorrow, you won’t need to take any additional steps to get new firmware when it’s available. You’ll just receive those updates normally through Phone Update.

Some devices are getting firmware updates immediately, [so check this list for more information.](As of March 3rd at 10am PST, all firmware updates for Win10 devices will be auto-published for Insiders. This allows us to deliver on our goal of eliminating the gap in time between when firmware is available for Retail users and Windows Insiders, as well as eliminating the manual steps that were previously required (switching to the Production ring).

 

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