Microsoft Adds More Devices to Windows 10 Phone Preview

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Windows 10 being demonstrated on Lumia Devices at MWC2015
Windows 10 being demonstrated on Lumia Devices at MWC2015

When Microsoft released the highly anticipated Windows 10 phone technical preview in early February 2015, it was met with rather sever criticism from Microsoft’s enthusiasts. The reason for this was the preview was limited to just a few devices: Lumia 830, Lumia 630 /Lumia 635 and Lumia Lumia 730 / 735. All the high end devices like the Lumia 930 or Lumia 1520 (which are favorites of the enthusiast community) were left out. The reason given by Gabriel Aul (General Manager, Operating Systems Group, Data and Fundamentals Team) was that the high end devices required special partitioning on the non expandable storage:

Some context on why we chose these and not higher end phones like the 930/Icon or 1520: We have a feature that will be coming soon called “partition stitching” which will allow us to adjust the OS partition dynamically to create room for the install process to be able to update the OS in-place. Until this comes in, we needed devices which were configured by mobile operators with sufficiently sized OS partitions to allow the in-place upgrade, and many of the bigger phones have very tight OS partitions.

Gabriel Aul – Source

Microsoft announced today that this issues have largely been resolved and thus more devices will be able to test the next Build of the Windows 10 Phone technical preview. Though this list is quite extensive, a notable omission is the Lumia 930. This device is still undergoing testing and there is a very good chance that it will added by the time the build is released. Unfortunately, Gabe Aul did not provide a specific time frame for the release of the next Windows 10 Phone preview build. However we can make assume that it will be released before the Easter weekend.

Devices Approved for the next Windows 10 Phone Preview Build

Windows 10 Phone technical preview will bring a host of new features to the mobile platform including:

  • Full-size Background Image for Start:  option to customize the start screen with a full-size background image.
  • More Quick Actions in Action Center: 3 rows of  programmable quick actions
  • Interactive Notifications: Notifications are now interactive, allowing you to take action directly like dismissing an alarm, or answer messages within the notification
  • Significantly enhanced speech-to-text capability: You can talk to virtually any data field you choose. Your words show up as you speak them – and punctuation appears automatically.  This feature is smart enough to understand when to use ‘two’ – the number — instead of ‘too’ as in ‘also’.
  • More powerful Photos app: From your very first launch, Photos will show the aggregated set of all your local photos and all your OneDrive photos
  • Bluetooth HID Support: Use Bluetooth peripherals like Keyboards with the Phone.
  • Biometric Login Support

To read more on Windows 10 Phone preview, check out our earlier articles:

Windows 10 Phone Technical Preview Hands On

Windows 10 Phone Technical Preview Hits Servers

Windows 10: The TechWeez Hands On Preview

Article Source: Blogging Windows Website