Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Mobile preview build that shows off features coming to Windows phones when the upcoming Redstone release of Windows 10 is delivered.
Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 14322 has been released to testers on the Fast Ring of Microsoft’s Windows Insider programme, and contains improvements to the Edge browser for phones and the Cortana personal assistant, as well as the usual bug fixes.
Microsoft has added new ways to create reminders with Cortana by taking a picture of something you want to be reminded about, and also via the Share contract feature in Universal Windows Platform apps that enables such apps to share data.
The Edge browser now makes it easier to copy and paste information, and has more intelligent handling of tabs. If the user taps on a link in an app that opens in a new tab in Edge, pressing the back button when finished closes the tab and takes the user back to the app.
Build 14322 shows user interface improvements in Action Centre and Notifications. An app icon is now displayed only once, no matter how many notifications it may have pending, to save space.
Action Centre is getting a more flexible layout for notifications similar to the way Live Tiles operate, while it’s now possible to manage the notification settings for individual apps and prioritise which app notifications are the most important.
Microsoft has enhanced the phone lock screen, providing the ability to launch the camera app and control music playback without unlocking the device.
The new Preview Build comes about a month after Microsoft finally released Windows 10 Mobile as an update for older handsets running a previous version of the Windows Phone platform.
Microsoft supports these devices with builds for Mobile from its Development Branch, such as the latest release, with the exception of the Lumia 635 for the moment.
Build 14322 contains a number of bug fixes for problems such as the screen flickering while watching a full screen video, phone calls being dropped if the ringing is interrupted by an SMS notification, and the Start screen getting stuck when locking and unlocking the phone quickly with Action Centre open.
There are also a small number of known problems with this Preview Build, such as the Facebook Messenger app failing to launch and the camera app occasionally crashing when going into the camera roll.