Microsoft has announced a new version of its Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview for Windows Insiders on the Fast ring with the release of Build 10136. The fourth build for phones includes a slew of changes which include easy one-handed usage, Cortana UI improvements, Camera and more. Though as a result of the migration bug, build 10136 will only be available for testers with phones running Windows Phone 8.1 who have opted for the Windows Insider Fast rig program.
Users who have installed the last preview Build 10080, will have to downgrade via the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to roll it back first, followed by running the Windows Insider app and select Insider Fast again.
Though there is one issue here with the migration process that readers should duly take note of. Microsoft’s Gabe Aul explains that because of this migration process issue, it is not possible to upgrade from older preview builds. He also urges users who want to jump onto this build to be patient, as at the end of the installation process the phone appears to be dead with the lock screen appearing frozen without any date and time for up to 10 minutes.
“At the end of the upgrade the Lock screen will appear frozen without the date and time for up to 10 minutes. Please be patient and let it sit — eventually the date and time will appear and it will allow you to unlock your phone. There is a post-upgrade migration status screen missing, which normally would show you that it was making progress. If you get impatient and restart or mess with locking/unlocking your phone, you’ll wind up in a funky state — so just relax and let it do its thing,” notes Aul in a blog post.
Coming onto the changes that the new build brings, let’s start off with the most important one. Prominent changes have been made to the overall look of the Windows 10 Mobile interface with several tweaks been made to fonts, icons, and layouts.
Improvements have been made for easier one-handed usage as well for phablets. Pressing and holding the Start button makes the screen slide down so that users can reach items on top.
Cortana has received a great deal of attention and is almost in its final stage. Microsoft says its ‘very close to our final design.’ Minor tweaks have been made to cards in Cortana’s homepage along with the hamburger menu, while dark theme colors in Cortana’s UI is now in sync with the rest of Windows. It also gets flight and package tracking while it also answers questions on weather, stock, currency information and more.
Several improvements have been made to the Photos app as well with the addition of new features such as double-tap to zoom in. The camera app has also been spruced up with additional features.
Obviously, the new build has its own issues such as issues with PIN unlock, duplicate tiles keeping popping up after the upgrade while users may also encounter problems with Skype, though Microsoft says the next Build will address these concerns.
Windows 10 Mobile is expected to launch sometime after Windows 10 for PCs and tablets, so there is a bit more time with Microsoft before it rolls out the final version.