Microsoft recently began rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update to PC users. But what about phones? The company has an update for those too… but only a handful of phones will get it… kind of.
Only 13 existing phones are getting an official update from Windows 10 Anniversary Update to the Windows 10 Creators Update. But if you have a phone that’s not on the list you may still be able to run the latest software… as long as you’re willing to run unsupported beta software
Microsoft says starting with the Creators Update, the list of supported phones is shrinking to a baker’s dozen. Any handset not on the list below won’t get the Creators Update and other phones won’t receive any future Windows Insider Preview updates either.
If you’ve got an unsupported phone that’s already running a preview build of the Creators Update, Microsoft says you can keep using it. You just need to know that you’re running an unsupported version of the operating system.
It sounds like a move that’s likely to piss off some smartphone users who had been beta testing the Creators Update only to find that their device isn’t support. But honestly, it’s not like all that many people will be affected by the decision: Windows Mobile has a tiny market share and I wouldn’t be surprised if the operating system’s biggest fans already have one of the newer phones anyway.
Anyway, here’s the list of officially supported phones:
- Alcatel Idol 4S
- Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
- HP Elite x3
- Microsoft Lumia 550
- Microsoft Lumia 640
- Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
- Microsoft Lumia 650
- Microsoft Lumia 950
- Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
- Mouse Computer MADOSMA Q601
- SoftBank 503LV
- Trinity NuAns NEO
- VAIO Phone Biz
This is why I gave up on this platform, Microsoft repeatedly giving its earliest adopters, and people who purchased certain flagships the short end of the stick on these updates, for no discernible or explained reason. Makes it even worse than Android’s fragmentation.
WTH.. What’s wrong with MS.. Why there’s no update for 930 which has much better hardware than 550 640 650 series of lumia.
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