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Windows 10 for phones preview to support a long list of Lumias

by Mark Tyson on 30 March 2015, 10:05

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Windows 10, Nokia (NYSE:NOK)

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Microsoft has massively expanded the list of smartphones which will support the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. The first build of this preview software, unleashed in February, left some a little disappointed with just a handful of mid-range devices being possible test platforms.

The initial limited smartphone support was down to a smartphone characteristic called 'system partition size'. Only the initial range supported had enough such capacity to complete an in place phone upgrade. Some thought it odd that the list included just six Lumia smartphones, mainly from the 6XX series. However Microsoft has now implemented a 'partition stitching' technique which allows them to dynamically resize the system partition. This means a much larger set of smartphones is upgradeable with the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones.

   Lumia 1020

   Lumia 1320

   Lumia 1520

   Lumia 520

   Lumia 525

   Lumia 526

   Lumia 530

   Lumia 530 Dual Sim

   Lumia 535

 

   Lumia 620

   Lumia 625

   Lumia 630

   Lumia 630 Dual Sim

   Lumia 635

   Lumia 636

   Lumia 638

   Lumia 720

   Lumia 730

   Lumia 730 Dual SIM

   Lumia 735

   Lumia 810

   Lumia 820

   Lumia 822

   Lumia 830

   Lumia 920

   Lumia 925

   Lumia 928

   Lumia ICON

  

 

   Microsoft Lumia 430

   Microsoft Lumia 435

   Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM

   Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV

   Microsoft Lumia 532

   Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM

   Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

   Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

 

Microsoft's Gabe Aul wrote that he gets "a ton of questions every day on Twitter about when your favourite phones will be usable". Now he says, the vast majority of Lumias will be able to install the upcoming preview. The public participation in testing will now be a lot more useful for getting Windows 10 ready for the majority of Windows Phone devices on the market.

As eagle eyed readers will have spotted, one notable absence from the list, published above, is the flagship Lumia 930. Gabe Aul noted on his Twitter account that this smartphone is suffering from a unique bug that is being investigated right now. It's difficult to gauge Windows 10 support for all the third party Windows phones out there from the likes of Samsung, HTC etc.

Are any readers excited to see that their Lumia smartphone will shortly be able to preview Windows 10?



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Gah, just bought a 930… they better get this fixed before the full roll-out!

Still, at least I can try it out on my old 820 in the meantime :geek:
CK_1985
Gah, just bought a 930… they better get this fixed before the full roll-out!
They are rolling it out in a sort of slowest-oldest phones first.

Which is actually really good, both android devices I have appear to get slower with updates on the whole, the trend is down. People I know with an iPhone find the updates even worse. My old iPad2, which cost me £500, is pretty much worthless now, it chugs so slowly.

By focusing on getting it working well on the low end hardware, without slow down, it will work on the higher end.

However, right now, no one opt in to the preview for a phone you use every day, it's incredibly unstable right now, think alpha.
TheAnimus
However, right now, no one opt in to the preview for a phone you use every day, it's incredibly unstable right now, think alpha.

Good advice, but I'm impatient and stupid. And impatient.

I know I shouldn't, but I'll be putting WP10 on the first chance I get. Thank me later for my heroic beta-testing.
Are any readers excited to see that their Lumia smartphone will shortly be able to preview Windows 10?
Not really, because the only Lumia is (a) my missus' “daily driver” and (b) carrier locked anyway.

I'd be really happy if W10TP was available for the non-Lumia phones - especially the HTC 8S. That strikes me as pretty good set of hardware being held back by HTC's incompetent setup, so a vanilla setup would be much prefered.
crossy
Not really, because the only Lumia is (a) my missus' “daily driver” and (b) carrier locked anyway.
That's not a problem, the update will not effect the lock, and will work regardless of it.