Here are some of the changes coming to Windows 10 Mobile next year

Here are some of the changes coming to Windows 10 Mobile next year
Even though it is way behind Android and iOS in terms of  market share, Windows 10 Mobile still has quite a number of users who would love to see the OS on their phone updated with new features. So yes, 2017 will see a number of features on Windows 10 Mobile. One such feature, 3D Preview, allows you to watch certain content in 3D. Eventually, users will be able to create their own 3D content.

You might recall that a few years ago, there were some Android models that offered content in 3D. Certain YouTube videos could be viewed in that format, and 3D cameras on the back of these handsets could take 3D photos and videos. Some of the UI on each of these models were also made with third dimension graphics in mind. These 3D handsets included the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D. The devices used stereoscopic technology which did not require a special set of glasses to be worn to see the special effects.

Another area getting updated with Windows 10 Mobile is the Edge browser. When you're ready to make a payment at certain online stores, you will be prompted to set up Microsoft Wallet on Edge. Once that is done, the next time you are ready to check out while shopping online, you will be logged in to Wallet automatically. Only merchants you select will be able to see your information. Credit card information will be taken from your Microsoft account so that your card won't have to be entered with each transaction.

Windows 10 Mobile is also going to have an interesting new feature that deals with software updates. This will allow you to put a software update on hold for up to 35-days, and resume the update from that point. An integrated book store is reportedly coming to Edge that will allow readers to save or bookmark EPUB books (this is one of several eBook formats). And the Settings app has been revised to add new information about the apps you have installed on your phone.

We should see the new update get pushed out in early 2017 proving that there is still some life in the platform yet.

source: MSPoweruser



1. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I'd love to see a Windows 10 Phone once in a while from HTC or Samusung. Heck maybe one from the revived Nokia.

2. phldlphn unregistered

It won't happen, at least not now. HTC is struggling enough as it is with their Android phones, a Windows phone would only lose them more money. The only thing that can save Windows 10 Mobile right now would be the release of a successful Surface phone device that would revive interest in the mobile OS. Otherwise, it's likely Windows 10 Mobile will follow BB10 and others before it.

8. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Windows 10 mobile is the worst operating system. Its like living in a cave. I check my since I bought it dust collecting Nokia 1520 every once in a while and still a crap. Such a hardware it was, such a lame software.

11. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

I have an HTC 8X, and that still works great! Granted, the apps situation is seriously lacking, but they run alright and there are even some apps that continue to get updates to this day. I've seen Androids and even the iPhone 4S that were released with the 8X that run horribly next to it!

12. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

the 8X, one of my favorite designs

15. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I bought a nexus 6 months before android N just because news said it android N would be exciting to have new features, and it was the first ones to get updated. Then news stated update will come in august, but update did not come. Update for the phone came after months of delay, and there is no new features. Android N has same UI, features than before. It is useless. I had sony, Samsung, HTC, android phones. Android phones get updated once a year, is the worst operating system. Its like living in a cave. Phones with android may have different hardware but has no advantage than windows phones.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The major update to Nougat is the split window. So you can have multiple things running simultaneously. Another major difference is the quick settings editor, so users can customize the quick settings. Another major difference underneath the covers is Vulkan graphics API's support, which can be upwards of 300% faster than OpenGL which only supports single tasking. Vulkan now supports multitasking. Newuser1 since you purchased a Nexus 6 only 6 months ago, and at that time it has already been on the market for a year and a half by that time. What were you expecting? It's older hardware, it's even using 32 bit processor. Even though it is now older hardware, it was the first smartphone to support project Fi. The newer Nexus 6p and 5x were 64 bit. As it stands today, and at this timeframe, the Nexus 6 is now over two years old. It's not like you can get 64 bit software support out of 32 bit hardware.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

TechNeck must have lived under a rock, or was hidden from the world for far too long. Especially when Windows Phone/10 Mobile sales have continued to decline. As it stands today Microsoft's Windows mobile platform doesn't even have 1% of the sales market share. It continues to decline every quarter. Not to mention both HTC and Samsung did make Windows Phone devices, and sold only a few hundred thousand in Windows Phones heyday, or I should say peak sales period. So only a company with lots of money to waste, and would only want to make a few hundred thousand, would ever want to build a smartphone using Microsoft's mobile platform. The real problem is Microsoft drastically changed their Windows mobile platform, so it's really closed nowadays. OEMs can only make devices using hardware and Processors that Microsoft supports. With Android it's completely different and open. OEMs can take the Android OS and add any hardware including different and newer processors without the need to wait for Google or Android in general to support the new hardware. This is why Microsoft will always be behind in terms of newer technologies, when it comes to mobile. The thing is Windows in mobile is closer to Apple, especially when both of them have platforms and UI's that are completely in house controlled. The other big area that is lacking for Microsofts mobile platforms is a vast ecosystems.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

How is that living in a cage while ios is the most closed os ever!

28. phldlphn unregistered

He said living in cave, as in, it's outdated and behind. It doesn't have the main features most users gravitate to, it doesn't have the apps users want, and nobody really cares about the things it offers that other OS's don't.

3. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Im asian and i was like, "what? U already predict 2018 microsoft 10 mobile and realize that we are from different continent. My place already 1st jan.

5. Krjal

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Yeah, Aussie here and it was weird reading about 'next year' when it's 364 (and a bit) days away.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Windows mobile is fine as it is. It only needs ONE tiny thing - 3rd party app support on par with at least android.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There are still bugs and rough edges on the Windows 10 mobile OS. Moving from Android to Windows Mobile 10. I have to adjust my expectations. Things that just work on iOS and Android require manual tweaks. Things like mobile data connectivity need manual input of APN details. Transfers of contacts is also a pain. Getting a decent ebook reader that support Microsoft TTS is also not there yet. I use Moonreader Pro in Android. Looking for an windows mobile 10 equivalent. Its not really a computer idiot mainstream smartphone rather a geek and Microsoft fan choice smartphone.

14. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Agreed. It's more of an operating system that has potential to be big but definitely has not reached that potential. Consider that all features from 8.1 had to be stripped in order to create a windows 10 flight that shares code across devices. Now features are being added to the main branch. Windows 10 will support cellular whether it's a tablet, pc or phone now. There is a core set of features that will be shared. Then each one may get specific features depending on the hardware type. Windows 10 mobile was simply an experiment for telemetry from fans and insiders. It will all merge into windows 10 and the cellular PC will take over. There will be a bunch of 2-in-1 tablets using snapdragon 835 coming first before you even see another attempt at a smaller screen device.

16. Subie

Posts: 2442; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

There's bugs and rough edges with IOS and android as well (including the hardware running them). Not a week goes by that we don't read about them on this very site. None of the platforms are perfect, and they never will be.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If you have ever used Android and iOS you know there is still a gap. The gap is not just Apps, its edge mobile browser functionality, and OS stability. I personally experience the on-screen keyboard couldn't be wake up on the status bar unless I close the app and re-start it. Not a frequency anomies but an OS release after a year should not have such surprises. I also wish Microsoft would have adopt their desktop approach to updating OS software rather than locking it up like iOS/Android firmware. This remove the advantage that Microsoft had on their desktop which is being able to patch directly on to the OS bypassing OEM vendors. With Windows Mobile 10, we still need wait for Microsoft to issue individual phone model firmware to OEM and OEM would provide the drivers to its hardware, test and verify before pushing it OTA to their phone models. So its s**tty like Android. The saving grace are most of the Windows phone on the market comes from Microsoft. So its good advantage to stick to them for Windows phone.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

One example of the lack of edge mobile functionality the ability to toggle between mobile and desktop view for this phonearena site. A feature that i don't give a second thought is now a struggle since something trigger a desktop view before it was mobile. My preferred view. Pressing the top left menu button does not slide out the menu like Chrome. The footer view in mobile trigger is also not working. Windows 10 mobile is a constant work in progress of adding features, breaking features and fixing them. The cycle of frustration for causal users. Only geek and core Microsoft fan would be to stomach its short coming. I waited a full year after Microsoft release its Windows 10 mobile before exploring and this is my findings.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

To be fair, i love it's start menu. In fact i will be looking for Android skin that could do that. If anyone has any good recommendations i would like to hear it.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is a major difference. Microsoft controls all aspects of their mobile OS, including the hardware and/or processors that OEMs can use, and Microsoft will support. The issues or problems that you hear about for iOS are issues that Apple hasn't found yet, but other have. Also Apple pushes out test updates to the public, or adds new features. With Android OEMs can push out updates or almost any changes they want. Since OEMs can add or modify almost any part of Android. So some problems are specific to some OEMs hardware and software, only. Some are Android specific. Some are even Linux related. It varies.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Lots of things to see, and do.

6. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Looking forward to going all Microsoft (Surface Phone, Surface Pro 5, Xbox Scorpio and of course a full AMD gaming rig) next year. Here's hoping the new phone doesn't disappoint like their half-baked collaboration with Nokia.

17. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Lol AMD. I'd rather pay the premium upfront rather than get an AMD. Believe it, mate, Intel and nVidia make better products even if they're priced higher. They have better longevity and use less power for the same performance.

29. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

AMD is set to make one heck of a comeback this quarter with Ryzen and Vega. Guess we'd have to wait and see how that turns out.

9. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

...the OS on their phone updated with... Should not this sentence be written with "s" behind the word phone? ...the OS on their phoneS updated with... Anyway, W10M would need a good, up to date, bezelless smartphone with USB C, fast charging, LED display with the Glance Screen and it should be foremost cheaper than other competing smartphones or else this OS is dead.


Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

Windows Phone will continue to be stuck in the mud without app support. Their app system is pathetic! I've owned 3 Windows Phones, wanted to love it, but the apps, OMG, sad. Poor Windows Phone, so much potential, never got off the ground.

13. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Just give users one for real flagship a year, available to all carriers not just AT&T, and find a real way to bring the platform high quality, competing apps, and continue to push the camera interface further(Android has now surpassed Windows in that area for the last couple years now). I would be willing and ready to return to Windows 10 Mobile if this happens. Until then I enjoy my classic Lumia 1020 alongside my LG V20 for the time being.

20. munchy22

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 25, 2016

i hopw wallet works out of the box this time as we were promised it in 2015 and it never worker.

21. munchy22

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 25, 2016

I hope edge is better on mobile than it is on desktop, on desktop I cant even open a new tab with my home page as default, instead microsoft force me to use one of 3 unacceptable choices, that's why I don't use edge on desktop, force feeding doesn't work here and looks like I'm not alone.

30. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I am still rocking my 950XL, great phone. Plan on buying some spares soon. Maybe HTC and Samsung can follow Alcatel and just reformat the OS, on a Samsung Galaxy or HTC 10. HTC did it with the M8. Maybe MS could pay them to do the swap over to keep the OS alive. I get that Dell and HP and MS are going to go for enterprise and leave the customers ( Via skipping the carriers ) out for the most part and go to direct sales only. I can live with that as I have tried to go Android and the OS is too cluttered. Windows Mobile is just a cleaner operating system and faster.

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