Earlier Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Mobile Update for old Lumia phones will be rolled out this month. However, now the Windows maker says that the rollout will be delayed until sometime early 2016 for users with Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1.
“This November we introduced Windows 10 to phones including brand new features such as Continuum and Universal Windows Apps with the introduction of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin rolling out early next year to select existing Windows 8 and 8.1 phones,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
Currently, the only devices featuring Windows 10 Mobile out-of-the-box include the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL along with Lumia 550. The company has already delivered the first update for the new OS by bypassing the carriers. This is indeed good news as in past some Lumia users had to wait and in some cases could not even get updates due to carrier restrictions.
The list of old Lumia phones slated to get the Windows 10 Mobile Update includes the Lumia 430, Lumia 435, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 635, Lumia 640 and 640 XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830 and Lumia 930. To get the update, users will need to have the Lumia Denim update (version 8.10.14219.341, or higher) to be eligible for the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade. Moreover, 8GB of free space is required so that users can install the update.
To recall, Microsoft back in May promised timely updates with the launch of Windows 10 Mobile, as the company claimed from now on it’ll have complete control over the update process. Implying that in the future users with Windows 10 Mobile will get all updates timely, as the company will have the final call removing carrier barriers out of the way. Eventually, reducing events that lead to such delays.
Existing Windows Phone 8.1 users are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, though the annoying bit could be the fact that carriers will largely be responsible for pushing out these updates, implying it could take a heck of a long time for some to get these updates.