Windows Insider app is updated; now prevents Windows 10 preview installs on unsupported devices

windows-10-for-phones-video-demoA common way to install Windows 10 for phones preview on devices that are not on the supported list, up until now, was to use a spoofer such as the Fiddler. Fiddler would allow you to trick Windows Insider app into thinking that you are using one of the “allowed” mid-rage Lumias, even if you’re not, and the preview OS would install.

Microsoft has good reasons for allowing the new OS to be installed only on some devices (for now) but many folks wanted to take the risk anyway, and try it on an unsupported devices. This has occasionally led to big issues for some of these users and Microsoft just doesn’t want to deal with helping folks revert back to WP 8.1 when they should not have installed Windows 10 to begin with.

With that being said, Windows Insiders app has been updated today to version 1.2.217.1 and many users are reporting that they can no longer spoof their device with this update. So it does look like Microsoft has indeed found a way to prevent this sort of thing form happening but beside that, there are likely other updates bundled. There is no official change log available.

So head to the Windows Phone Store and grab this update as it is highly recommended. We are very certain Microsoft will release Windows 10 preview to more devices pretty soon, it is worth the wait to not have your phone bricked for doing something that is not recommended nor supported.

Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones is now available! Here is how to get it & who is eligible

[ Update – February 12, 2015 2:01PM ] Great news! Windows 10 for Phones technical previews is now officially available!

To install the new preview OS, you will need to do it through the Windows Insider app (assuming you’ve already signed up for the Windows Insider preview program at https://insider.windows.com).

But before all that, you will need to make sure that your phone is on this list of eligible Windows Phone devices – this list is expected to grow if your phone isn’t listed so stay tuned as more are added.

Once you’re signed up for the program, you’ll start receiving new builds as Over-The-Air updates. For the initial OS install, make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and you have at least 50% battery life remaining.

These are the devices currently supporting the Windows 10 preview, according to Microsoft:

– Lumia 630
– Lumia 635
– Lumia 636
– Lumia 638
– Lumia 730
– Lumia 830

[ Update – February 12, 2015 1:35PM ] As we patiently await for the preview OS to arrive today, Microsoft has just released this video (above) that shows Joe Belfiore giving us a first look at Windows 10 for Phones, demonstrating all the key features. Take a look at this 6:25min video.

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Well, the day is here folks – Microsoft is rolling out the first ever, publicly-available Technical Preview of Windows 10 for phones.

The Windows Insiders program manager Gabriel Aul has confirmed on Twitter, after playing some mind games earlier with his followers, that the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is indeed coming today. More info on exact time it will become available and how to get it will be released shortly, but make sure to download the Windows Insider app on your Windows Phone (click here to download from the store) and get it setup so you’re all set.

The big question however is, should you get this update? The initial release of the preview OS is going to be quite buggy. You should think twice before updating your phone, especially if you plan on getting the preview on your main device. Battery drainage, dropped calls and crashes can all happen at this stage, just to name a few bugs you can expect. Click here to see some reasons why this update may not be for you.

Microsoft is also going to roll out the Recovery Tool which will let you restore back to the previous Windows Phone OS version as long as you’ve backed it up. Click here to read more on this.

We’ll share more info as soon as it becomes available, make sure to follow us on Twitter @MSProdReviews for the latest on this exciting news.

Recovery tool will enable easy roll-back of Windows 10 for phones preview

Windows 10[ Update – February 12, 2015 1:10PM ] Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones is coming TODAY! But…should you get it?

Windows 10 for phones preview program should kick off some time this week and most of us are super-excited to give it a go. But what if there are serious bugs with the initial set of builds? After all, the new mobile OS will be in its very early preview stages and issues are expected.  This is something we reported on yesterday as some of these issues were revealed, but they’re currently in the preview build tested internally at Microsoft.

Participating in the mobile OS preview program is more risky by nature than installing the desktop version – most of us can live with a few annoyances on our PCs, but when it comes to our phones, dropped calls or battery drains can cause some major headache.

Not to worry – Microsoft has planned all of this out very well. When the preview program begins, Microsoft will also roll out a recovery tool which will enable you to, presumably with ease, roll back to your previous Windows Phone OS version.

The Windows Insiders program manager Gabriel Aul has confirmed earlier on Twitter that his team will provide means to roll back. This is what he wrote:

Additionally, in a more recent tweet, he confirmed that the recovery tool will enable users to reset back to factory image as long as there is a saved backup. According to Aul, during the OOBE (Out-Of-Box Experience) will give users the option to pull the back-up down. Here is the tweet by the program manager:

Windows 10 may hit RTM this June, and it also marks the one year anniversary of Surface Pro 3

windows 10 family1Windows 10 is shaping up to be a hit, and Microsoft seems to be racing towards its release at blistering speed with the help of over 2 million Windows Insiders. Additionally, Windows 10 may be released sooner than we initially thought as the possibility of the OS hitting RTM (release to manufacturers) this June is very plausible with the way it’s been progressing.

This is not a confirmed timeline and things may change going forward, but getting to RTM in June is important for two reasons, the first reason is to have Windows 10 PCs ready in time for back to school.  OEMs need time to prepare Windows 10 on their PCs, and a June release from Microsoft would provide them with adequate time to ready their product and have it on store shelves before September.

The second reason would be the Surface Pro line, as this  June would mark the one year anniversary of the Surface Pro 3, and Microsoft doesn’t intend to release a new model without it running Windows 10.

Many things must align with Windows 10, as Microsoft will not only be releasing their flagship OS on PCs, but also on tablets, phones, Xbox , Pixel Sense displays and IOT devices.  This is not an easy task, as a project of this enormous scale takes careful planning and requires the company to be completely aligned.  The pay-off can be of significant benefit if Windows 10 is a success as it graces every device type, but it could be catastrophic if it’s not.

Not all Windows Phones will be eligible to receive the first Windows 10 dev preview

windows phonesManager of Windows Insider program, Gabriel Aul tweeted something that Windows Phone users don’t like to hear, which is that not all Windows Phones will be eligible to upgrade to the first consumer release of the Windows 10 Developer Preview for phones.

windows 10 dec preview1Now before you panic, keep in mind that there are a ton of different Windows Phones out there not just from Microsoft/Nokia, but from other OEMs. He did however say that at least one 512MB device will be eligible, at least for now.windows 10 dev preview2We’re expecting that Lumia devices will most likely be the first on the list since they represent 95% of all Windows Phones out there, but nothing is certain. We’re also pretty confident that the mid and high-end devices are first on Microsoft’s list for eligibility.

Source: Gabriel Aul on Twitter via WMPoweruser

Check out these leaked screenshots of Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones

windows-10-for-phones-leaked-screenshotsMany Windows Phone users are anxiously awaiting the preview release of Windows 10 for phones which Microsoft promised will come this month to Windows Insider program participants. Earlier, we have reported that up to one thousand Microsoft employees were being asked last week to do one final round of internal beta testing before the build is pushed outside of the company’s walls. Indeed, it looks like Microsoft is on track to release mobile OS in preview mode very soon.

So far we have seen one demo of the new mobile platform at the company’s Windows 10 press event last month in Redmond and we’re impressed with what we saw.

Today, however, we have been delighted to a small treat before the real thing becomes available – leaked screenshots of the OS (build 8.15.12493.42) have now surfaced and they appear to be the real deal. Perhaps one of Microsoft’s employees involved in internal testing decided to tease us with the early view of what we can expect later this month.

The screenshots, as you can see above, show some of the key improvements to the Settings and Action Center on the Windows Phone. Settings seem to be better organized as related options are grouped together and the Action center will allow users to add more than one row of custom buttons. The last screenshot shows the update and build info along with Seattle Seahawks Russel Wilson’s quote “Every setback has a major comeback.”

New photo reveals large vertical live tiles which could come to Windows 10 for phones

windows phone 10 vertical tileSomething rather interesting was uncovered today regarding the potential design of Windows 10 for phones.  As it turns out, we may see a new tile size that’s vertical and double stacked.

This possibly new tile looks identical to a double-wide tile but in a vertical position and the clue comes from a photo which shows a Windows Phone showcasing using the tile which  belongs to a Microsoft employee by the name of Vesku Paananen who tweeted it and then quickly removed the tweet.

It wouldn’t be surprising for Microsoft to add this feature, being a logical evolution of the Windows Phone design language that would be particularly useful in larger screen devices.

A vertical tile could be very useful if it enabled up and down scrolling of information within an app, which would work great with Twitter.  It certainly doesn’t look like it enables any new features judging by the photo which just shows the people hub tile in the vertical position, but seeing previous footage of Microsoft experimenting on scrolling within live tiles makes us wonder if this is a sign of things to come.  For now it’s just wishful thinking.  We’ll know soon enough with the release of Windows 10 for phones.

Source: BestMobileBlog via Windows Central