Windows 10 Mobile: Is your phone getting an upgrade?

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Windows 10 Mobile: Is your phone getting an upgrade?

If you are a proud owner of a Windows Phone, we have some news regarding your smartphone’s applications and the operation system update. Unfortunately, not all of them are good.


Windows 10 Mobile: Is your phone getting an upgrade?

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Firstly, Spotify revealed an upgrade for their Windows Phone application. The improved version includes support for Windows 10 Mobile. We hope that the next step will be a release of a Universal Windows 10 app.

The HERE blog announced the termination of all HERE apps from the Windows Store. As of March 29, HERE Drive+, HERE Maps and HERE Transit will not be accessible on Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone 8.1. On the plus side, HERE applications will have full support for Windows Phone 8.

On March 28th the Bank of America will release it’s Universal Bank of America app for Windows 10. If you are a client you should definitely check it out.

As per Microsoft , below list of features will be adjusted or removed as a result of the upgrade from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile.

  • Notifications for missed calls, messages, and emails on contact tiles will have no support during the Windows 10 release.
  • Me Tile and Me Card are no more upheld.
  • Cortana can not look for applications, setting, email, text messaging, contacts and QR Codes on the device and can not open apps through voice orders.
  • “Hey Cortana” is not accessible on some upgraded devices.
  • You will not be able to receive social networking status updates through Group tiles.
  • Indoor Maps are not accessible for some areas.
  • Some features such as Data Protection Under Lock are not available. For more information you will have to contact a Microsoft Volume Licensing representative.
  • Outlook mail application will not be able to open .EML attachments during the release of Windows 10 Mobile.
  • The Outlook Calendar application will not support tasks.

Windows Phone users were more than excited about the unveiling of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. But the sheer happiness was cut short… Only half of the devices passed the cut and were capable to receive the upgrade, disappointing the Windows community. It is really sad to say that 50% of Windows Phone devices will not acquire Windows 10 Mobile. 

Launch of Windows 10 was a significant event as it was promised by software makers that all Lumia Windows phone 8 devices would be upgraded to Windows 10.The fact that half of the Windows phones will not get the upgrade, It is quite disappointing to the large portion is Windows Phone Users

The new operating system happened to leave a relatively enormous portion of Windows Phones completely out of the loop. If your phone can not be upgraded it is because it does not have the specs to backup Windows 10 Mobile or because the upgrade will bring many problems to your device. And trust us you don’t want that.  

So, according to Microsoft here are the devices that can have the upgrade:

  • BLU Win HD w510u
  • BLU Win HD LTE x150q
  • MCJ Madosma Q501
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 640XL
  • Lumia 635 1GB
  • Lumia 636 1GB
  • Lumia 638 1GB
  • Lumia 540
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 532
  • Lumia 435
  • Lumia 430

So If your smartphone is among the large number of devices that were left behind in the wake of the last update, then it seems like you are entirely out of luck. And that’s because there seems to be no back up plan for devices to receive the upgrade. And maybe the phrasing “no plans” will bring some hope to the Windows Phone community but the last word still belongs to Microsoft.

If the colossal enterprise doesn’t change it’s mind, half of the Windows phones will remain as they are. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Author: Martha Papadimitriou

Martha is a journalist, a blog writer, a mother and a bookworm. She studied Journalism and Communication and graduated in 2002. She has a restless spirit and loves to learn new things. Martha also wants to make the world a better place, and when she is not working she enjoys reading and cooking.

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