Windows 10 Mobile Support Coming For More Lumia Phones

The head of Microsoft's Insider Program Gabe Aul updated the official Windows blog with news that the Windows 10 build for phones and small tablets now supports a longer list of devices. Previously, only a handful of select devices were capable of supporting the upcoming OS when the first test build was unleashed back in February. Now new code, aka Partition Stitching, has been added that allows Microsoft to re-size the system partition dynamically.

"The reason for this is that we had to select from the set of phones that had sufficient system partition sizes configured by the manufacturer," Aul said. "This was necessary for us to be able to in-place upgrade the phones."

Aul gave a brief summary of where the team is in regards to developing Windows 10 for mobile devices. He said that partition stitching was added to Windows 10 several weeks ago, and the team spent all last week testing Windows 10 on individual devices internally, such as those used by Microsoft employees. However, he also warned that if any device-specific bug pops up between now and when the build will be unleashed to Windows Insiders, the device will be pulled from the list.

"We still have some work to do to validate individual phones, as well as the builds that we're flighting through our internal rings," he said.

Unfortunately, Aul was unable to provide a date for when a new build will be released. But he reassured Insiders that partition stitching shows promise, and the team likely has another week of engineering to go before they feel confident that Windows 10 will work on all devices provided on the list. He also reassured Windows Insiders in China that China Mobile Operator will be supported in the upcoming release.

Don't see your phone on the preliminary list posted below? That means the team ran into a device-specific bug. Still, there's a good chance they will iron out the problem before the Windows 10 build for phones and small tablets is released to the Insiders.

Windows 10 is slated to arrive this summer, although Insiders are already getting a taste of what is to come. The most recent release for the desktop, Build 10041, includes a number of improvements over the last release, such as the Start Menu, improved virtual desktops, Cortana support on an international scale, a new taskbar fly-out for wireless networking, an enhanced Photos app and more.

When Microsoft released the first test build of Windows 10 for mobile devices back in February, the company made it clear that only a handful of devices could handle the build. A mere six supported Windows 10 because they had enough space to install the platform; other phones had insufficient room for the installation process. Apparently, that will change with the next release of Windows 10 for mobile.

Here's the preliminary list of mobile phones that will support the next build of Windows 10 for mobile:

  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 530 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 630 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 730 Dual SIM
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Lumia ICON
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

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  • Innocent_Bystander
    So my Lumia 920 is supported... Microsoft, are you ever going to give me a reason to upgrade?! (Not complaining :) )
  • Martell1977
    Too late...due to lack of a current WP model upgrade, I just upgraded from my Lumia 822 to a Galaxy S5. If only MS had released a current upper-mid to top end phone for me to upgrade to, I would have preferred to stay with Windows Phone. I'm not impressed with android and iphones aren't even a consideration for me.
  • fball922
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    Too late...due to lack of a current WP model upgrade, I just upgraded from my Lumia 822 to a Galaxy S5. If only MS had released a current upper-mid to top end phone for me to upgrade to, I would have preferred to stay with Windows Phone. I'm not impressed with android and iphones aren't even a consideration for me.


    I am in the same boat. I literally just cut up my SIM card to put it in a cheap, used Android phone... Already I hate what I am dealing with in the Android ecosystem, but here I am trying to get a phone with decent app options that hasn't been completely abandoned (real or perceived). This phone is small (something I desperately need with my small hands) and has a much higher resolution than my 822, and a faster SOC (though already bogged by Android's duct tape and superglue OS).

    I LOOOOVE my windows phones (I have 3 on hand at the moment), but it feels like with each one I buy (in used condition) comes with some caveat or issue... The Nokia reputation for reliability, it seems, is no more, and the HTC 8X, while a very sexy phone to me and anyone else who touched it, ended up melting at the charge port.

    Don't get me wrong, I am chomping at the bits to get back into Windows Phone on decent hardware (read: proper screen and a smaller form factor, because anyone who has actually used WP knows the SoC/RAM is of minor importance due to its impeccable speed), and I will surely test out WinPhone 10 on one (or several) of my decomissioned phones, but until I see something fresh from MS I am not going to be able to bring myself back.