Microsoft has delivered the latest test build of Windows 10 Mobile aimed at smartphones, adding a number of fixes and an updated Photos app, as the autumn launch date for the software draws closer.
Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10536 is available now to testers on the Fast Ring of Microsoft’s Windows Insider programme. The release fixes a number of problems reported by testers, and adds new and updated features.
The Photos app, for example, now includes features to improve the photo capture experience. Zooming and panning has been made faster, while a folder view makes it easy to see OneDrive and PC folders in the Photos app, as well as folders on any flash SD storage card in use with a Windows Phone.
This update also brings the ability to use one-handed mode on all sizes of phone. Previously supported only on large-screen devices, this slides the screen image down so that controls at the top can easily be reached with one hand, and is triggered by pressing and holding the Start button.
A number of improvements have also been made since the last preview release, Build 10512. These include fixes for the Mobile hotspot functionality and the Quiet HoursDo Not Disturb feature, while pinch and zoom in Maps now works as expected and voice input has been updated to add support for Japanese and Indian to English speech recognition.
Build 10536 of Windows 10 Mobile is the first release since Build 10512 over a month ago. This has been down to various problems with the 10512 release that Microsoft has had to address, as Gabe Aul, director of programme management for the Windows Fundamentals team, explained in a blog post last week.
Meanwhile, testers intending to update their device to the latest build face a more complicated than usual installation process, Aul warned.
“Insiders updating from Build 10512 will need to update their devices twice. You will see Build 10514 and Build 10536.1000. Run these updates. After these updates are installed, you’ll receive another update which will be Build 10536.1004,” he explained on Microsoft’s Blogging Windows blog.
“This process will take a bit more time than usual but this update has all the important fixes for Build 10536 so you will want to make sure you take both updates.
The PC version of Windows 10 was officially released at the end of July, but the Windows 10 Mobile version for smartphones seems to have suffered a rockier path to release. It is still expected to be delivered sometime this autumn.