Windows 10 Mobile news recap: names for the next update, Windows Maps improvements, Paint 3D alpha and more

Michael Cottuli

Welcome back to our weekly Windows 10 Mobile news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Let’s get started.

Our community picks a Mobile-centered name for the next Windows 10 update

First we had the Anniversary Update, and it was announced earlier this week that Redstone 2 is going to be the Creators Update. Since Microsoft has been giving snappy names to all of their big updates to Windows 10, we decided we wanted to beat them to the punch for Redstone 3. Through a poll we put up a few days back, we gave our community a chance to predict the RS3’s fancy name. Winning with over 60% of the vote was “The Mobility Update,” which would hopefully give rise to a renaissance in Windows 10 Mobile.

Windows Maps gets new Collections feature

For those of you who frequently use Windows Maps, this new update available for Fast Ring Insiders might be very welcome. The update introduced the “Collections” feature, which lets you place your saved locations into categories. For example, if you have a bunch of restaurants, movie theaters, and gas stations around town, you can now place all of them into three separate collections. This feature doesn’t do much to improve overall functionality, but it has the potential to really help out people who frequently save locations but can’t keep them organized.

Paint 3D will come to Windows 10 Mobile

Paint 3D has been available in the Windows 10 store, albeit only for Fast Ring insiders. While desktop Windows 10 users can go to town with the future of Paint, Windows 10 Mobile users are going to have to wait a bit longer. According to a tweet from Dona Sarkar, Paint 3D for Windows 10 Mobile is currently in its alpha stages. While that does mean that we won’t see the app release for a little while, it’s confirmation that the app is in development and will, eventually, be coming out. If you were excited about making some 3D models on your phone, keep your eye out for an announcement sooner than later.

Popular South Korean chat app Kakao Talk shuts down W10M app

Kakao Talk, one of the bigger chat applications in South Korea, is shutting down its Windows 10 Mobile app on December 5th. A message was sent out to users earlier this week informing users about the upcoming closing of the app, hopefully giving them enough time to find another messenger. For those who want to use Kakao talk on their Windows 10 PC, the app is still available to download on the official website. The app will also remain open on other mobile platforms.

Here’s the Insider build that came out this week

Thanks for joining us. If you want all of the news as it happens, keep an eye on our Windows 10 Mobile tag.