Windows 10 Mobile updates to come from Microsoft after getting tested by carriers

Windows 10 Mobile updates to come from Microsoft after getting tested by carriers
Looking to hit Google's Android where it hurts, Microsoft announced today that the company will control software updates for the Windows 10 Mobile OS. The software giant is in the process of talking to the carriers about future updates. The plan is for the carriers to run their tests on Windows 10 Mobile updates, and then Microsoft will push them out. Besides the carriers, Microsoft will also rely on feedback from members of the Windows Insiders group to determine when a new update is ready to be sent out.

This is a bit different than the way Android updates are handled. After Google releases a new Android build, the carriers test it and then send it out themselves. With this method, Android users have to wait for each carrier to be satisfied before the update is disseminated. Since some carriers take longer to test updates than others, the result is an unbalanced process. Different owners of the same phone could have their handsets running on different builds of the same OS at the same time, depending on which carrier they subscribe to. It is this uneven experience that Microsoft is looking to avoid.

Microsoft's updating process still includes the carriers, unlike Apple. The latter has complete control when sending out iOS updates, leaving it to the company's discretion when the next iOS build is sent out.

Microsoft did say that it plans on keeping Windows 10 Mobile fresh by sending out updates at regular intervals.

source: WMPoweruser




Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Finally have been waiting for this, i can remember in the past with branded phones from carriers, man they put all kinds of bloatware on the phone and you have to wait ages for an update!

2. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

UHHH... Apple still has to have their software approved by carriers, the difference being that major iOS updates are sent out to carriers for their approval months in advance of their release, or so I thought...

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope no carrier at all in the picture for Iphone just like on my Sonim phone. As much as i dont like Apple this is how its should be always.

17. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Not for security patches but a full blown iOS update (like going from iOS 8 to iOS 9) still is sent out to carriers for testing months in advance of a public release....

23. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nope stop being butthurt. Noone touches iOS besides apple. Apple does all the testing and decids to release it when it deems necessary.


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

The second coming is coming. The rise of windows 10 mobile. The camera on the 950 & 950xl are already better than the s6 and iPhone 7s. Notice what I did there. Surface phone will blow the world away. The messiah has spoken.

6. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Haha relax. The phones have to be available first which is still a huge issue with Windows Phone launches. The one carrier method was a bone headed idea by Microsoft. And since the unlocked versions won't work on Verizon or Sprint, I don't see how Microsoft did themselves any favors here. And still no real release date as always! Anyway, as long as T-Mobile gets one I'll shut


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

This night sound crazy but I think they did once carrier on purpose. I think the plan is to sell of course but handicap their flagship. Sound crazy but what if they release the surface phone with all bands better in every way wouldn't that make you upgrade your windows phone again? Microsoft is a business and they are the future.

16. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well yeah but MS is just keeping it safe why cause it wants to make some profit out of it selling high numbers won't mean a success. MS only needs to do sth about China and that should be cooperating with Chinese companies to make Windows powered phones.

15. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah the cameras are awesome and wtf iPhone 6s camera with is the same as iPhone 7 probably actually have reduced specs the pictures taken by iPhone 6 should be better.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Good, now give us the confirmation date for Windows 10 Mobbile update, we are waiting for it for too long.l

21. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

December. They already announced that existing lumias that are eligable will start receiving the update in December

5. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yes from my first year of being on Android I can agree that the Android update process sucks. Not only do the carriers get to choose when the updates go out, but the OEMs get to choose what parts of the update they want to include. Hence the reason why I still don't have manual controls or RAW capture on my Xperia Z3 even though it was available just before the phone came out. And also why the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge didn't have it months after even the Z3 came out. If Android would change this freedom from the OEMs in that aspect and let them keep their skins, I would actually have no problem staying with the platform. But there will be future things users want in an update that will be overlooked and left out because the OEM chose not to include it. Unacceptable.

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

For your Z 3 download the app Camera-FV 5 i have rar and manual control with it. its still there its the custom camera app thats dont include it.

18. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I swear if I had a dollar for every time someone recommended this app. It was one of the first I downloaded when I got my Z3 and it sucks. I would download Manual Camera or ProShot but neither one enables manual focus, shutter speed, or RAW. It's simply not enabled by Sony.

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

My Sonim XP7 is updated directly by Sonim No carrier aproval needed. what microsoft doing dont solve the problem at all in fact its change nothing.. because if the carrier say no to the update its wont be pushed to the user of thats carrier and other carrier will push it so end result will be exactly the same crap. Android OEM need to do like Sonim is doing and bypass fully the carrier. end of the story no more excuses.

22. stevetherican

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

Isn't the XP7 running Android? I am not familiar at all, so I will ask; but why can Sonim do this and not the other Android OEMs? Thank you.

8. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Man I have faith that Microsoft will do great but let's not jump the gun the iPhone 7 is no even announced yet though I'm pretty confident that the 950 and 950xl will be better and the surface phone AWESOME.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

When they give me all the app i use ( including games and such) i am ready to try windows handset.

12. Tziggy14

Posts: 625; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

interesting. Looks like Android will be losing some marketshare next year if MS can leverage the carriers to do the updates themselves.

14. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

MS is here for the long play. There is no way they can compete with the current phone landscape, but Windows 10 has a lot of forward and future ready things, including updates and security patches. Very attractive to IT I suspect.

19. FreeDraickin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Way to go....i expect windows 10 mobile market to grow seriously during the 2016-2017 period.

20. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

this is EXACTLY the right approach.

24. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

They promised this back when Windows 7 phone 'series' was being launched but they didn't stick to their word. My HTC Mozart and Titan never got a single official update from MS. It took months for the Cyan and Black updated to come to my 1020 after the lower end had it for 6 months. I'll believe this when I see it MS.

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