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Windows 10 Mobile Firmware Updates – 2016/02/25

Jason[MS] started on

Hello Windows Insiders!

Feedback and firmware.  Two things we know you’re passionate about.  It is with these two things in mind that we bring you good news that will make your participation in the Insider Program even easier.

Previously for Insiders, if there was new firmware available for your device you would be required to recover your device to a production image using the Windows Device Recovery Tool and then re-join the Insider ring of your choosing.  This was a painful experience and we listened to your feedback.  That’s why we implemented the
Production ring option in the Windows Insider application.  When we made the first change to enable the Production ring, we also made note that we would work on making it even easier.


What is happening today?

Today we are launching firmware updates for a few Windows 10 Mobile devices. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will receive this firmware revision [1078.38.16025] in select markets.  To receive this update today, Insiders will need to switch to the Production ring and check for updates. Windows Insiders that don’t move to the Production ring will receive these updates in early March as we synchronize Insider ring and Current Branch firmware publishing.  Key improvements include:

  • Stability fixes
  • Improvements for GPS reliability
  • Improvements for call audio quality

Additionally, the LG Lancet (VW820) on Verizon and the Lumia 830 on AT&T, both in the US, will receive firmware updates. These new firmware version numbers are as follows:

  • LG Lancet [820.10300.11.101]
  • Lumia 830 [2179.0.15455.24047]


Due to device targeting restrictions, these updates are only available to devices running Windows Phone 8.1. Windows Insiders that would like this firmware immediately will need to recover to 8.1 using the Windows Device Recovery Tool, install the new firmware, and then update to Windows 10 Mobile once again.


What comes next?

Early March is our next key milestone.  The Production ring option makes it easier to obtain firmware, but it doesn’t solve the other half of the equation:  Insiders need to receive firmware updates in a timely manner without ring-hopping.

With this goal in mind we’ve been hard at work developing the necessary update pipeline to make this possible.  What does this mean?


  • When available, the new firmware will be automatically delivered to your device
  • Insiders will no longer need to switch to the Production ring to receive firmware updates
  • This new firmware update pipeline will be completed in early March
  • After this change, Insiders and Retail users will receive firmware updates at the same time, pending availability for a given make/model/variant

For the current wave of firmware updates rolling out, Insiders will see a small gap in time for receiving this new update, pending the pipeline completion.  We know this isn’t optimal.  Insiders want the new firmware too and we don’t blame you!  This is simply a matter of timing for completing the work needed on our side.  As noted, Insiders will see automatic delivery of new firmware beginning in early March, including the new updates released today.  This doesn’t mean that all devices will have firmware updates, but for those that do… you’ll receive them automatically without any additional work required on your part.


Please share any comments or feedback you have on these changes.  And as always, thank you for being Insiders!
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NickeManarin replied on
Everyone want to ask this: When exactly will Windows 10 be available to WP8.1 users?
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Corwin984 replied on

Thanks, Jason. But will firmware for insiders also and still be carrier dependent? This would be the holy grail for us, having them out of the equation (and their ridiculous delays).

Thank you

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Lucas Nobre Silveira replied on
Do these firmwares need to be validated by the wireless operator, in this case, Verizon and AT&T?
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RandomNinjaAtk replied on

I would also like to know this! I have the AT&T Lumia 950 and have not received the first firmware update as a result. So it would be amazing if this finally solves that......
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Stephen White - UK replied on

Today we are launching firmware updates for a few Windows 10 Mobile devices. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will receive this firmware revision [1078.38.16025] in select markets.

Thanks for the update Jason, but you've not specified which "Selected Markets"...

Regards,
Stephen White
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Kevin Wheeler replied on
Thanks Jason.  This is awesome news.  You guys Rock!  Keep up the great work. Loving my Lumia 950XL on the Windows Insiders program.
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Ironclyde replied on

So, what I'm still unclear on is what happens with older devices...

For those of us that have a phone that SHOULD be on 8.1, but is running an Insider build of Windows 10, will we eventually get our firmware updates on the 10 channel or do we have to flash back to 8.1 to THEN get the firmware on the 10 channel?

Particularly those of us marooned on our island of 928s and Icons thanks to Verizon (both of which don't even have an official 8.1 build I believe, had to use developer preview to get it on my 928).

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Red5goahead replied on
1078.38.16025 for Lumia 950 is on the run since three weeks. Remember and don't forrget the issue about Wi-FI and Bluetooth
Red5
Windows 10 Pro | Mobile Lumia 950
Italy NW
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Long Syntax replied on

Jason,

I'm confused by the assertion that the 830 AT&T firmware is new. The Lumia 830 [2179.0.15455.24047] firmware has been available via WDRT and over-the-air (if on 8.1) since 18 January of this year. My wife which is still on 8.1 received the firmware update last month. Is there another firmware in the pipeline that will replace this?

Jim

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Xetmes replied on

Statement looks clear here, downgrade to 8.1 or stay on old FW, bravo MS :P
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