Last Thursday, on the 14th of April, Microsoft has announced a new build of Windows 10 Mobile. The build is available for all Windows Insiders who are on the Fast Ring and brings quite a nice list of new features. As the company has announced on their Build conference in San Francisco, consumers will be able to receive a, what they call it, Anniversary update of Windows 10 this summer. The latest build for mobile devices and desktops, build 14322, is a part of the mentioned update. This update will be another big update and was previously rumored with the name ‘Redstone’. It will be available for both, PC’s and mobile devices if there will be a similar update for Microsoft’s gaming console, the Xbox One, is not clear at this time. Though the rumored ‘Xbox 1.5’ could be part of that, but it might just be a slimmer version of the Xbox One.
The majority of builds released lately by Microsoft did mainly include bug fixes and performance improvements, on the one hand to bring more stable versions to consumers, on the other hand to prepare the operating system for the Anniversary aka Redstone update. Microsoft can only introduce new features if the core of the operating system is running sooth and everything is alright. A couple of days ago the ‘Messaging Everywhere‘ feature has been leaked or tested by WinBeta. Unfortunately this feature can not be tested in the latest build, however, you can test new lockscreen actions, new notifications and experience new features of Cortana.
Cortana has got the ability to add images to reminders you are setting up with the personal assistant. In fact those images can be used and implemented by every developer in every app. For example, if someone is developing a fitness tracker app, at the end of your workout the app could give you a notification showing you the running route and how much calories you have burned. Though I hope not everyone will implement this in his app since it could result in endless scrolling int he action center if you are looking for something specific. This brings me to my next point.
The Emoji section on the keyboard has been completely overhauled. Not only all emoticons of Windows 10 Mobile have received a facelift, but also the icons for all different sorts of emoticons you can choose from have been redesigned. Emojis have been slightly rearranged to make the fit together a bit better with the redesign.
In the Action Center there has been changed quite a lot. The overall looking is still the same, however it has been fine tuned a bit. Notifications are grouped by app in build 14322, which means app tile and app title are displayed once and underneath you can find all the notifications of the app. Furthermore you can prioritize apps to have some which are always shown on top or above others. You can also set how much notifications an app is allowed to display in the action center, though the allowed number can be extended at any time in the action center by clicking on ‘See more’
Quick Actions can be rearranged in settings which allows you to customize your phone even more, if you do not like to have that much quick actions in your action center you can even disable the one you do not like.
The Lockscreen has got a few minor, but important changes. In fact there have been made two changes, where in earlier builds was displayed the back button, there is now a camera button. This allows you to directly launch the camera even without a dedicated camera button and without using the quick action for it. Furthermore you can interact with music you are listening to on your Lockscreen. There it is possible to play and pause playback or to skip songs. However this need some more work since it is currently display at the same position like Windows Hello which makes things a bit complicated.
Last but not least, the settings app. There menus like storage, lockscreen, start, colors etc. have got nice little icons beneath the menu title, just like menus on the main menu have. This makes Windows 10 Mobile look more finished and polished, there have been rearranged a few settings as well to make them easier discoverable. Settings for the Glance Screen and the Navigation Bar can now be found in ‘personalization’ for example.
There have been implemented a few other features which are not that obvious and not really visible. For a detailed list of changes, head over to our article about Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14322. However, if you are here for the hands on with the new build to see all the visible changes, have a look at the embed video below.