Windows 10 Mobile starts rolling out for some existing Windows Phone devices
Microsoft today finally started rolling out the anticipated Windows 10 Mobile for Windows Phone devices. The new Windows version is initially available for a handful of Windows Phone 8.1 models.
The list of the first batch of Windows Phone 8.1 devices that will receive Windows 10 Mobile includes a limited number of Lumia smartphones and some BLU devices. However, it doesn’t feature most of the Lumia flagships like the Lumia 1020 and even some devices that are currently running Windows 10 Mobile through Insider program are also missing.
List of Windows Phone 8.1 devices that are eligible for the first Windows 10 Mobile update:
- Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 1GB, 638 1GB, 430 and Lumia 435
- BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q
- MCJ Madosma Q501
Microsoft considers that only those devices will receive the new Windows update that are set to “deliver a good customer experience”.
“As Windows 10 delivers significant new innovations, many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience,” says Michael Fortin, CVP of Windows and Devices group core quality, Microsoft, in a blog post. “Our goal is to only offer the Windows 10 upgrade to devices that we are confident can continue to deliver a good customer experience.”
Originally announced as a new smartphone-centric Windows version in January last year, Windows 10 Mobile is one of the flagship offerings by Microsoft to counter Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. It debuted on the highly premium Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in November and also featured on Lumia 650 and Lumia 550 affordable handsets in the recent past.
Unlike the previous Windows Phone versions, Windows 10 Mobile has features like Windows Hello and Continuum to deliver an advanced mobility experience. But Microsoft isn’t yet succeeded in grabbing enough attention from developers.
How to update
The first final release of Windows 10 Mobile for the existing Windows Phone devices is rolling out as an over-the-air (OTA) update. Therefore, you’ll receive a notification following its arrival for your device.
You can manually check its availability by going to ‘Phone update’ option in the ‘Settings’ menu. Also, you can use the Upgrade Advisor app to know the update status for your Windows Phone device. The app is available for free download directly through Windows Store and is just 1.38MB in size.
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