Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Carrier bypassing, firmware update, and more


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Happy new year everyone. Let’s take a quick look back at the most important Windows 10 Mobile stories during the week of December 27th to January 3rd in a special feature we like to call “Windows 10 Mobile news recap.”

Everyone was in awe when the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL received over-the-air updates from Microsoft, mainly because it took place without carrier delay. AT&T confirmed that Microsoft can bypass carrier approval for Windows 10 Mobile updates. You can read more about that here. Speaking of the Lumia 950, if you want to see what it’s like to connect USB devices to your Lumia 950, check out our special feature here.

The holiday season is usually that time of the year when see record-breaking device activations and app installs, especially on Christmas. This year was no exception, and we’ve seen a decent number of device activations from various manufacturers, as well as app installs. Despite the launch of the new flagship devices, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, as well as the budget-friendly Lumia 550, Microsoft has seen a dip in the device activations for this year. The figure resides at a mere 2 percent, down from 5.8 percent last year

Microsoft recently launched a firmware update for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. They’ve been slow in rolling out, with only a handful of owners lucky enough to find it available when they update their devices. We’re hearing this update offers much-needed performance improvements, especially with battery life.

T-Mobile appears to be emerging from its Microsoft-aided Windows 10 Mobile debacle with a new Windows 10 Mobile smartphone offering. While fans of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL may never get a clear understanding of what happened when it came to T-Mobile offering the flagship Lumias, fans of Windows 10 Mobile will, at least, have a chance to acquire a phone from the Uncarrier — the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL.

The most recent Outlook Mail and Calendar app update has brought a new “Undo” feature as well as a new informative Splash Screen to Windows 10 Mobile devices. Best of all, this update is available to everyone running a Windows 10 Mobile device.

Stay tuned for yet another exciting week of Windows 10 Mobile news.