Microsoft has started rolling out the first preview version of Windows 10 Mobile ‘Redstone’ Build 14267 in the Fast Ring, which is aimed at enhancing the Windows experience on a phone that much more. That is achieved by increasing the number of apps running in the background to 16 from the current 8.
However, the Redstone build that is aimed at enhancing the multi-tasking abilities of Windows phones is best suited for devices that have the memory depth to host that many apps simultaneously.
As of now, Windows 10 Mobile keeps eight of the last opened apps before shutting them down. Also, the mobile OS is designed to keep the background apps suspended in the memory unless required otherwise. This will ensure there is no unnecessary battery drain to worry about while having more than a dozen apps open in the background.
The new Insider Preview Build 14267 seems to be more relevant to the high-end handsets such as the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950, both of which comes with 3 gigs of memory. However, with more Continuum-ready handsets (like HP Elite x3, VAIO Phone Biz) coming, having more apps in the background will sure add to the appeal.
Meanwhile, the other new feature additions that the new build has introduced include:
Cortana becoming a music buff and has been made more aware of music and songs so that it can now listen and search for a song that is playing. There is a new music search icon added to the top right of Cortana, tapping which will invoke the music search feature.
Word Flow introduced to Edge browser address bar which brings back shape writing to the browser on Windows 10 phones.
InPrivate Browsing now made easier on the Edge browser as the InPrivate tab has been added next to the new tab button itself for easy visibility.
Downloads will now invoke a prompt asking the user when the download should begin. This is aimed at preventing unwanted downloads.
The update also allows the user to add images to their Skype messages. This is even extended to using the camera to take a photo to add to messages.
Microsoft stated the Windows 10 Mobile Build 14267 would be relevant to those mobiles that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile pre-loaded. This includes the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650 and Xiaomi Mi 4.
Lumia 550 has been kept out of the list owing to the discovery of the bug that is preventing the handset to charge or connect via USB once those have been upgraded to build 14267. Microsoft said a fix is being worked upon and suggested users to revert to the last stable build until the fix is ready for launch.
Meanwhile, Gabe Aul announced on Twitter that Windows 10 Mobile ‘Redstone’ Build 14267 will be available for “more models” soon, including Lumia 550.
Here is the list of fixes that the build 14267 brings along:
- We fixed an issue where shape writing would ignore every second word when typing into a text box on a website in Microsoft Edge.
- After installing the Polish keyboard, typing a word that should be accented now offers the recommended accented word. For example – if you type the word “milosc” it should properly autocorrect to “miłość”.
- We have resolved an issue where you could not hide the navigation bar in Windows Phone 8.1 apps like WhatsApp, Twitter, Weibo, Flixster and others.
- We fixed an issue where videos recorded onto SD memory cards would result in a large number of dropped frames.
- There should be improved app launch reliability and certain crashes that were causing the phone to reboot are also fixed.
- We’ve polished the Live tile animations and improved the logic for refreshing Live tiles.
- We’ve made reliability improvements for keyboards with large dictionaries such as the Hinglish keyboard.
Also, here is a known issue associated with update 14267, which fortunately is limited to just one.
Visual Voicemail notification and delivery is not working in this build; causing devices to not receive any new visual voicemails. You can manually check your voicemail by calling your voicemail to listen to any new messages. You can call your voicemail within the Phone app by clicking “…” > Settings > “Change more settings for Phone” > “Call voicemail”; this will also leave the Voicemail call in your history to make checking voicemail easier.