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Microsoft has postponed the ‘death day’ of the most unique mobile OS of history. The Windows 10 Mobile will be killed off the next year, on Jan 14, 2020. It was a memorable journey tbh.

My first Lumia & Windows Phone 8.

I got my first smartphone in the year 2013-14 ish when Nokia was still the owner of the Lumia brand. Man, that brand was superb. a cool looking UI, smooth operation, gorgeous animations, etc.

My first phone, smartphone, was the Lumia 525, a slightly upgraded version of Lumia 520. Before that, I used to rock aN Asha 311, which came with Symbian40OS, which was not actually a Symbian OS as seen in most of the Nokia smartphones. It was actually a JAVA based OS.

The difference between the two is the RAM. However, most of the specs were the same. a good old Snapdragon S4 Processor. The Lumia 525 has 1GB RAM, and I am telling you it was way better in performance than TouchWiz UI back then.

Windows Phone 8 was the best ever OS back then in my opinion. In fact, most Lumia owners would say that even today.

Then came the Windows Phone 8.1, a new, completely new OS upgrade.

Windows Phone 8.1 & My second Lumia

With the coming of Windows Phone 8.1, new features came, some good changes to UI and rest were the same. Then came the concept of GDR updates. I don’t recall it to be GDR, correct me if I am wrong. The GDR updates were actually the name of updates bringing new features and improvement to the OS.

It did come to my Lumia 525, but it wasn’t that good. Eventually, it was the last update to the Lumia 525. Yeah, the updates policy sucked those days.

However, it wasn’t done at that time. And then came the bang.

Nokia was sold off to Microsoft for $7.4 billion. And we were at the mercy of Microsoft. By the time all these things happened, Microsoft was already testing Windows 10 Mobile. Initially, they said that most Lumias will support it. However, things changed. Preview versions were good, worked perfectly fine on my 525. But then, after 2 previews, Microsoft decided to drop all old generation Lumias from getting upgrades.

And then, I decided to get a new Lumia. Microsoft launched the Lumia 640XL, the year it purchased the Nokia hardware division. and then, things began to degrade, pretty badly.

Windows 10 Mobile, fewer developers, low count of apps & conflicts.

Then Windows 10 Mobile came. Damn that UI was so lit. The fluent design was on its initial stage back then. Windows 10 Mobile came with pretty handy features like Cortana, It was launched side by side of the desktop version. So UWP was also pretty new, and this resulted in lower counts of apps.

Initially, devs weren’t ready to develop apps for Windows 10 mobile, because of its lower userbase. back then it only occupied somewhat 3% of the total market shares.

Popular apps like Chrome were still missing, and Google decided that they will not support the OS somehow. It was due to some conflicts between Microsoft and Google.

But with the upcoming updates, things started to break, at least for me. The phone started responding slowly. The camera was almost dead quality. No new Apps, Even facebook launched its apps later on as UWP, but they were garbage because they were somehow the ports of the Android/iOS version.

Yeah, back then Microsoft did release porting bridges for Both iOS and Android. but only a few of the apps were ported, and Android Bridge was later dropped in the next few weeks.

Since less number of apps started haunting the Windows 10 Mobile store, people started abandoning the platform. Even I did. I got my first Samsung smartphone back then with Android Marshmallow. It was the Galaxy J7 Prime. All this happened in the year 2016.

Since then, I have seen so much decline in the W10M platform. Even after a year, Microsoft called it a failed project and called off the development and production of new Lumias.

Death of Lumia – Windows 10 Mobile is next.

Lumia was officially dead. Now Microsoft kept on supporting Windows 10 Mobile till the Anniversary update. After that, Microsoft just gave up on it. Till now only cumulative updates came. This December the Windows 10 Mobile got its last update before December 10th, which was initially the original End Of Support date for the OS, but Microsoft delayed the date to January, 14th 2020.

And last year, My Lumia 640 XL died as well.

This was an interesting journey. We saw so many interesting smartphones. The camera beast – Lumia 1020, came with a Xeon flash and 41 MP Carl Zeiss optics, was considered a camera beast. It was also the successor of the good old Nokia PureView 808.

Lumia 1320, and Lumia 1520 were the first phablets. The Lumia 1520 was the flagship hardware back then. The Lumia 2520 was the first tablet with Windows RT OS.

With Windows 10, we saw the coming 950 and 950XL. but that was it.

I made some good techie friends back then, all thanks to Lumia. And yes, I am still in contact with them.

You were good. You will be remembered as a brave, fallen soldier, who fought with all its might till the end.

Bye Lumia and Windows 10 Mobile.

Get our app here -> Play Store

Also Read: No Penta-Camera is coming with Galaxy S11+ according to the leaks.

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Still Using a Windows Phone? You Just Have 328 days to Upgrade https://onetechstop.net/2019/01/17/windows-phone-328-days-to-upgrade/ https://onetechstop.net/2019/01/17/windows-phone-328-days-to-upgrade/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:53:09 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=34640 Gone are those days when the hype for Windows Phones was real. Now only a handful of people are using them and Microsoft is officially ending its support on  December 10, 2019. This might be the time when Windows Phone […]

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Gone are those days when the hype for Windows Phones was real. Now only a handful of people are using them and Microsoft is officially ending its support on  December 10, 2019. This might be the time when Windows Phone users might have to upgrade.

The last Windows Phone came in 2016 and  Microsoft ensured that the last of the Windows Phone users get timely updates and security patches. This will change soon as Microsoft has finalized an end-of-support date for Windows Phone.

The company notes that Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 was the last update to Windows Phone. Users will receive security patches till December 10. Post that, using Windows Phone will be dangerous as Microsoft will no longer monitor vulnerabilities and provide support.

If you are a Windows Phone user, it’s the right time to upgrade to either iOS or Android. You might get back to the Windows platform once Microsoft launches the Surface Phone.

Keep following for Windows news and more!

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Is WhatsApp UWP Coming to Windows 10? https://onetechstop.net/2018/06/15/is-whatsapp-uwp-coming-to-windows-10/ https://onetechstop.net/2018/06/15/is-whatsapp-uwp-coming-to-windows-10/#respond Sat, 16 Jun 2018 01:47:30 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=31569 Well, it just might be. Windows Central reported that a UWP version of the WhatsApp App might be under the works. It says that Microsoft and WhatsApp both are working together closely for developing a modern version of the messaging […]

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Well, it just might be. Windows Central reported that a UWP version of the WhatsApp App might be under the works. It says that Microsoft and WhatsApp both are working together closely for developing a modern version of the messaging app.

WhatsApp for Windows Phone is based on Silverlight which was something used way back in 2014. But it is one of those few apps which receives regular updates from the developer and has all the features on par with its iOS and Android counterparts.

But if Microsoft’s rumored Andromeda Device comes into action, WhatsApp might not be available for it. Because modern devices based on Andromeda won’t support Silverlight. Luckily, it appears that Microsoft may be working closely with WhatsApp in bringing its Silverlight app to UWP, along with updating its UI with a refreshed interface that features Fluent Design.

This concept art of the work was recently popped up on Behance by a Microsoft-hired designer. Unfortunately, Balance pulled out the listing after Windows Central tried to approach them for a comment. This gave us a clue about the apparent partnership between Microsoft and WhatsApp. The only context surrounding this work is a paragraph on what the project is about:

WhatsApp is a free cross-platform app owned by Facebook. You can make video calls and send text messages, voice messages, documents, and user locations. I have been supporting the team with porting WhatsApp from Silverlight to UWP. We want them to bring their app to Windows 10 desktop and integrate unique Windows 10 features like Ink and Fluent Design. The project had [a] successful result which led to WhatsApp partnering with Microsoft, and we earned high praise from the WhatsApp team

This doesn’t prove that Microsoft and WhatsApp will be launching and app but it does tell us that at least they might be thinking about it. It would be super awesome if Microsoft and WhatsApp actually manage to launch an app like this. WhatsApp UWP app would combine the functionality of both the Windows Phone app and the Windows 10 desktop app available today. On desktops, the UWP app would simply act as a “relay” application allowing users who use WhatsApp on their iOS or Android device and send and receive WhatsApp content directly on their PC via WhatsApp Web syncing.

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Hacker releases steps to install Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia 950 XL https://onetechstop.net/2018/05/14/hacker-releases-steps-to-install-windows-10-on-arm-on-lumia-950-xl/ https://onetechstop.net/2018/05/14/hacker-releases-steps-to-install-windows-10-on-arm-on-lumia-950-xl/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 14:58:42 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=31127 Bingxing Wang, or @imbushuo on Twitter, is finally confident enough with his hack to let others try it too. He released another video of his Lumia 950 XL running Windows on ARM on Twitter and detailed steps to install it […]

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Bingxing Wang, or @imbushuo on Twitter, is finally confident enough with his hack to let others try it too. He released another video of his Lumia 950 XL running Windows on ARM on Twitter and detailed steps to install it on his Github repository.

Ben has been working on this for quite a long time while teasing other users along the way. He failed too, probably that’s why he wasn’t sure on releasing the steps, as it might brick others devices for those who try. Even still, there’s high chance that one might brick his/her phone in the process, hence proceed only if you know what you’re going to do.

To install Windows on ARM on your Lumia 950 XL:

  1. Use WPInternals 2.4 to unlock bootmgfw
  2. Check out Boot Shim. This Boot Manager Application implements a simple ELF loader for the kickstarter (LK).
  3. Check out LK. You need the msm8994-test-2 branch. Build MSM8994 target, then you will get a emmc_appsboot.mbn file.
  4. Re-partition your Lumia 950XL, shrink the Data partition, create a new partition with GPT name boot, and another uefi_vars (reserved for further use). 4MB for both partition is okay. Tools like cgdisk is recommended.
  5. Place emmc_appsboot.mbn in the WP EFIESP root directory, copy Boot Shim EFI appliction to the EFIESP partition, create a new BCD entry for it.
  6. Boot to this BCD entry, you should enter Android Fastboot mode.
  7. Connect to your computer, flash the build: fastboot flash boot UEFI.elf
  8. Continue to UEFI: fastboot continue

Here’s how it looks on Lumia 950 XL:

Microsoft may not have officially released Windows on ARM for Lumia devices, but they did release Windows on ARM and the interop unlock tool last year that made this possible. With Microsoft completely abandoning Windows Mobile, all that’s left are independent devs that are keeping this platform (somewhat) alive.

Check out his Github Rep for more details.

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Microsoft releases monthly update for Windows 10 Mobile https://onetechstop.net/2018/03/16/microsoft-releases-monthly-update-for-windows-10-mobile/ https://onetechstop.net/2018/03/16/microsoft-releases-monthly-update-for-windows-10-mobile/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:22:45 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=29498 Microsoft has released its monthly patch for Window 10 Mobile. The patch comes with important bug fixes and improvement, including a fix for PDF rendering. Microsoft has finally released an important fix for Edge where users were not able to […]

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Microsoft has released its monthly patch for Window 10 Mobile. The patch comes with important bug fixes and improvement, including a fix for PDF rendering.

Microsoft has finally released an important fix for Edge where users were not able to view PDF files in the app since last month’s cumulative update. This bug has been around for a while and has been affecting mobile users only. Meanwhile, susers had to resort to other means to view pdf files, Microsoft Reader app and other third party apps.

Here’s the changelog for today’s update (OS Build 15254.313):

This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:

  • This build includes all the improvements from KB4088782.
  • Addresses issue in which PDFs cannot be rendered in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Phones.

This update also includes improvements from KB4088782:

  • Addresses issue with printing XML documents in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

  • Addresses issue where Internet Explorer stops working when using F12-based developer tools.
  • Updates legacy Document Mode cell visibility in Internet Explorer.
  • Addresses issue where Internet Explorer is unresponsive in certain scenarios when a Browser Helper Object is installed.
  • Addresses issue that causes online video playback to stop responding.
  • Addresses issue where, after installing KB4056891, KB4057144, or KB4074592 on a server, you may not be able to access SMB shared files in directory junction points or volume mount points hosted on that server. The error is “ERROR_INVALID_REPARSE_DATA”. As a result, editing some group policies using GPMC or AGPM 4.0 may fail with the error “The data present in the reparse point buffer is invalid. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80071128)”.
  • Due to recent work with our antivirus (AV) partners, AV software has now reached a sustained level of broad compatibility with Windows updates. After analyzing the available data, we’re lifting the AV compatibility check for the March 2018 Windows security updates for supported Windows 10 devices through Windows Update. We’ll continue to require that AV software be compatible. Devices with known AV driver compatibility problems will be blocked from updates. We recommend that customers check installed AV software compatibility with their AV provider.
  • Addresses issue in which WPF applications that are running on touch or stylus-enabled systems may stop working or stop responding after some time without any touch activity.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Desktop Bridge, Microsoft Graphics component, Windows Kernel, Windows Shell, Windows MSXML, Windows Installer, and Windows Hyper-V.

The update should be rolling out to all, you can check it’s progress on your device in Settings > Update > Check for updates.

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Subway Surfers is getting abandoned on Windows Phone https://onetechstop.net/2018/03/10/subway-surfers-is-getting-abandoned-on-windows-phone/ https://onetechstop.net/2018/03/10/subway-surfers-is-getting-abandoned-on-windows-phone/#respond Sat, 10 Mar 2018 07:36:52 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=29452 Since Microsoft dropped the balls on Windows 10 Mobile, many developers who have supported the platform for all these years started leaving.  The recent developer to leave the platform is Kiloo, creator of the popular game Subway Surfer. Recently, Kiloo […]

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Since Microsoft dropped the balls on Windows 10 Mobile, many developers who have supported the platform for all these years started leaving.  The recent developer to leave the platform is Kiloo, creator of the popular game Subway Surfer. Recently, Kiloo support team sent email to a customer stating that the Cairo update for Subway Surfers on Windows 10 Mobile will be the final update to the game due to Microsoft’s development plan for the platform.

Hi Frank,.
Thanks for being a loyal player on the Windows platform!
Unfortunately, Cairo is the last update for subway surfers on the platform. You can keep enjoying the game, but we will not release further updates, due to the development plan of the platform owner.
Best regards,
Kiloo

 

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Groove Music app for Windows 10 Mobile with new features https://onetechstop.net/2018/02/18/groove-music-app-windows-10-mobile-new-features/ https://onetechstop.net/2018/02/18/groove-music-app-windows-10-mobile-new-features/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:55:23 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=29286 Microsoft pushed an update to the Groove Music app for the Windows 10 Mobile users on Product Ring that brings it to the version 10.18011.1341.0. It has brought quite a number of features and improvements. However, there was no equalizer, […]

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Microsoft pushed an update to the Groove Music app for the Windows 10 Mobile users on Product Ring that brings it to the version 10.18011.1341.0. It has brought quite a number of features and improvements. However, there was no equalizer, unlike the desktop version. The features are –

  • You can now add new songs or albums to current queue. It means the new song or the album is played just after the current song.
  • Back from the time of Windows Phone 8, you can now set lock screen wallpaper with current artist’s art.
  • All of your music info can now be export and delete from the app.
  • You can sync Onedrive music manually.

 

Groove-Musik (Kostenlos, Microsoft Store) →

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Microsoft releases Cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile https://onetechstop.net/2018/02/15/microsoft-releases-cumulative-update-windows-10-mobile/ https://onetechstop.net/2018/02/15/microsoft-releases-cumulative-update-windows-10-mobile/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:44:41 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=29264 Microsoft has released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile. The update includes Windows 10 Mobile OS Build 15254.248. Microsoft has already made it clear they won’t be adding any new features to Windows 10 Mobile now or in […]

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Microsoft has released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile. The update includes Windows 10 Mobile OS Build 15254.248.

Microsoft has already made it clear they won’t be adding any new features to Windows 10 Mobile now or in future. Hence, as expected, this build just includes fixes to issues found in previous builds. The update, however, does fix some critical bugs and security issues.

Here’s the changelog (KB4077675) :

 

  • his build includes all the improvements from KB4074592.

  • Addresses issue where the touch screen would remain unresponsive. In most cases, using the Power button to turn the screen off and on restores responsiveness. Occasionally, at startup, the touch screen would remain unresponsive, and the only recovery mechanism was to restart the phone.

KB40774592 (OS Build 15063.909):

This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:

  • Addresses issue with a fragment identifier contained in links opened using the Enterprise Mode Site List to redirect from Microsoft Edge to Internet Explorer.
  • Addresses issue with scrolling through customer applications in Microsoft Edge.
  • Addresses a script-related issue that caused Internet Explorer to stop working in some cases.
  • Addresses issue with launching files using linked shortcuts in Internet Explorer.
  • Addresses issue with rendering graphics elements in Internet Explorer.
  • Addresses issue in Internet Explorer where pressing the Delete key inserted a new line in input boxes in an application.
  • Addresses issue where some users may have experienced issues logging into some websites when using third-party account credentials in Microsoft Edge.
  • Updates time zone information.
  • Addresses issue where telemetry data couldn’t be uploaded using UTC because of networking environments that prevent access to the necessary CRL servers.
  • Addresses issue where the certutil.exe -MergePfx feature couldn’t produce a merged EPF file for multiple V1 certificates.
  • Addresses issue where MMC application snap-ins—such as Services, Local Policy Admin, and Printer Management—fail to run when Windows Defender Application Control (Device Guard) is turned on. The error is “Object doesn’t support this property or method.”
  • Addresses issue where booting with Unified Write Filter (UWF) turned on may lead to stop error 0xE1 in embedded devices, particularly when using a USB HUB.
  • Improves performance of Intel processors that have Hardware P-States (HWP) enabled.
  • Addresses issue where customers sometimes see the error message “Something went wrong” after completing the out-of-box experience.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Windows Search component, Windows Kernel, Device Guard, Windows storage and file systems, and the Common Log File System driver.

This update just has one issue, but a significant one (for some):

Symptom Workaround
On Windows 10 Phones, PDFs cannot be rendered in Microsoft Edge. Download the Microsoft Reader app.

Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

You should receive the update on your Windows Phone soon, check the status of the update in the settings.

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Microsoft confirms no more new Insider builds for Windows 10 mobile https://onetechstop.net/2018/01/27/microsoft-confirms-no-new-insider-builds-windows-10-mobile/ https://onetechstop.net/2018/01/27/microsoft-confirms-no-new-insider-builds-windows-10-mobile/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 16:27:17 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=29087 Its no news to a Windows 10 Mobile user that the OS is dying, but a recent tweet by Brandon LeBlanc put the final nail in the coffin. With it  now confirmed that there will be no Windows 10 Mobile […]

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Its no news to a Windows 10 Mobile user that the OS is dying, but a recent tweet by Brandon LeBlanc put the final nail in the coffin. With it  now confirmed that there will be no Windows 10 Mobile Insider  builds in future, there’s nothing much left to expect from Microsoft on Windows mobile platform.

Joe Belfiore in one of his tweets mentioned that Windows 10 mobile wasn’t their priority at that moment. They did, however, confirm that there will be security fixes and bug fixes in the upcoming builds. The recent tweet confirms that no new features will be released for Windows 10 Mobile, hence no Insider builds. The regular updates would likely be released directly to all users at the same time. So if you’re enrolled as an Insider for Windows 10 Mobile, it’s time to cancel enrollment as there’s no use for it in future.

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Telegram Messenger for Windows Phone updated with improved search https://onetechstop.net/2017/12/22/telegram-messenger-windows-phone-updated-improved-search/ https://onetechstop.net/2017/12/22/telegram-messenger-windows-phone-updated-improved-search/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:53:53 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=28675 Telegram Messenger beta for Windows Phone and Windows Mobile has picked up an signficant update that includes lots of new features. The update, version 2.8 is available on the beta channel for all users. The new update v2.8 includes the […]

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Telegram Messenger beta for Windows Phone and Windows Mobile has picked up an signficant update that includes lots of new features. The update, version 2.8 is available on the beta channel for all users.

The new update v2.8 includes the following changes:

  • Grouped Photos. Group media into an album when sharing multiple photos and videos. Choose the exact order of media you send.
  • Saved Messages. Bookmark messages by forwarding them to “Saved Messages”. Access them from the Chats list or Settings.
  •  Better Search. Find bots and public channels faster by typing their titles in Search. Popular bots and channels are shown first.
  •  Pinned Messages. If you are a channel admin, pin messages to focus your subscribers’ attention on important announcements.

You can download the app from Microsoft Store below :

The app was not found in the store. 🙁

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