Windows 10 Mobile build 10549 now available for download

Microsoft delivers new build for Windows 10 Mobile, but only Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to upgrade, and here's why.

Windows 10 Mobile build 10149

Microsoft has just released Windows 10 Mobile build 10549 to the Fast ring of updates. The new build for mobile devices includes a number of fixes and improvements over build 10536, including improvements on Cortana, Messaging app, and various other changes.

Windows 10 Mobile build 10549 is available immediately, but the software giant warns that it’s releasing the new preview with a bug that blocks build 10536 from installing the new update, as such the new build is only available for mobile handsets running Windows Phone 8.1.

If you want to test the new build and you’re running build 10536, the company recommends to use the Windows Device Recovery Tool to go back to Windows Phone 8.1. Once you’re back to your previous version, you’ll need to install the Windows Insider app, choose the Fast ring, and restart your phone. Only then, you will be able to download and install the new build.

The company says that there is no plans to fix this build for those users running build 10536, instead in due time a new build will release with this problem resolved.

Here’s what’s new in Windows 10 Mobile build 10549

  • Cortana: The digital assistant now works for Insiders in Japan and in English for Australia in Canada.
  • Messaging app: The universal app now has a text box that can be expanded as you enter more text, making easier for users to complete and send a message.
  • Diverse emoji: Microsoft is “adding support for Unicode’s diversity emoji’s. Consistent with Unicode’s vision, we’re excited to offer people all over the world with emoji that reflect more human diversity.”
  • Lumia 1020: Lumia 1020 customers will be happy to know that the Lumia Camera is no longer uninstalled when you upgrade to a new build. The “Lumia Camera is not yet available in the Store for Windows 10 devices so you will need to use the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to return to Windows Phone 8.1 in order to get the app back.”

Here’re the new fixes found in Windows 10 Mobile 10549

  • The Windows Camera app no longer crashes when certain applications launch it to capture a picture.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where the touch keyboard would get dismissed every time you send a message, which made sending 2+ texts in quick succession difficult.
  • Screenshots were not being properly saved resulting in many top social messenger apps such as WeChat, WhatsApp, LINE, WeiBo, and QQ unable to find saved screenshots. This has been fixed.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where swiping away a notification was causing the notification icon to appear top of your screen.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where you couldn’t launch apps saved on SD cards after reinserting your SD card.
  • Pinch to zoom should work properly in the Maps app now.
  • The company fixed an issue where trying to set a custom ring or text tone for a contact shows a black screen for 10 seconds, then does nothing.
  • Vibrate-only alarms are back.
  • Call-blocking has been fixed.

The update is available immediately through the Fast ring of updates, and remember that you need to be running Windows Phone 8.1 to install the new build. Also, keep in mind that this build also comes with various known issues — for information check this article.

Source Microsoft

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