Microsoft today rolled out the latest mobile build of Windows 10 for phones – build 10136 for Windows Insiders. Here’s a look at what’s new and how the new mobile OS is progressing.
Windows 10 Mobile Build 10136
The main story here is that this build is much more stable than the previous one and there are several tweaks and refinements to the UI. Microsoft’s Gabe Aul wrote that “There are far too many subtle changes in the UX to cover.”
Microsoft’s last version of Windows 10 for phones, build 10080, was horribly bug infested. I had it installed on my Lumia 635, and it was so bad, half of the features never worked. Apps would crash, my email wouldn’t update…it was just a mess.
Luckily Microsoft allows you to revert back to Windows Phone 8.1 which actually works. It’s important to note that if you are running build 10080, you will not see an update today. According to the Microsoft post, there will be an update coming later that will allow you to update.
If you want to install today’s update, you must start from Windows 8.1. If you haven’t done that yet, you can read our step-by-step instructions in our article: Restore Windows 10 for Phones to Windows Phone 8.1. You can either use the Lumia or Microsoft recovery tool. Although, I must say that in my testing on the Lumia 635 running build 10080, the Microsoft Recovery Tool worked the best.
There are, of course, issues with this build, too…hey, it’s still in beta folks. Microsoft posted the following known issues:
- After upgrading, you will still see duplicate tiles for apps like Search and Phone under All Apps.
- If you have too many PIN unlock attempts, you’ll see the “enter A1B2C3” reset experience. However, there is an issue in this build where after you enter the code you won’t see the PIN pad. The workaround is to press Emergency Call after entering the code, then press Back and you’ll be able to enter your PIN.
- We recommend disabling the double-tap-to-wake feature on some Lumia devices by going to the Settings app then Extras > Touch > Wake to prevent any accidental PIN unlock attempts.
- There is an issue that may cause Skype not to work after the upgrade. The best workaround is to uninstall Skype on Windows Phone 8.1 *before* you upgrade to this build and then reinstall it after upgrading. If you miss that step though, you can usually resolve by uninstalling it and reinstalling from the Store once you’re on 10136.
- If you’re having issues installing new Language Packs in this build, see this forum post.
This is just a quick look at some of the new things you’ll find in this build of Windows 10 Mobile. All Windows Insiders will need to spend a few days with it and see what works, what doesn’t, and send feedback to Microsoft
What’s your take? Are you testing out Windows 10 mobile on your phone? Let us know how it’s going by leaving a comment below or join the free Windows 10 Forums for even more discussion about Windows 10 on all platforms.