Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Mobile build 15240 to the Fast ring, with new emoji

Remember when Microsoft said just a few hours ago that it wouldn't be releasing any new Windows 10 builds to the Fast ring this week, due to a blocking bug? Well, whatever the problem was, it apparently hasn't affected the company's mobile builds.

"We decided to go ahead with our Mobile build since it's healthy," Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar tweeted, as she announced the rollout of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 15240.

Even so, the build isn't rolling out immediately to all Insiders with eligible Windows 10 Mobile devices. In her announcement today, Dona said: "For this flight, it’ll be a bit of a staggered release and it might not show up for you until tomorrow morning. Please be patient while waiting for the build to show up."

Build 15240 is the latest preview to emerge from the feature2 development branch, which Microsoft split away from its main Windows 10 development earlier this year. The feature2 branch has been rather light on new features in recent months, although build 15235 did include a single new feature for higher-end devices last month.

Here's what's new in Windows 10 Mobile build 15240:

Emoji 5.0: Just like we did on PC, we have added support for the latest Unicode updates – including new snacks, actions, dinosaurs, and even fantasy characters like genies, fairies and zombies – to Windows 10 Mobile in this build. They’re all accessible via both the touch keyboard and the Emoji Panel. We’ve tweaked some of our original emoji designs based on your feedback and to improve consistency with how the emoji is displayed on other platforms (while maintaining our Windows style).

New emoji include:

Examples of updated emoji – before:

And after:

Chinese Lunar Calendar: We have received questions about supporting the Chinese Lunar calendar on Windows 10 Mobile. The power of a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app is that it can run on any Windows-based device. The Calendar UWP app supports the Chinese Lunar calendar on both PC and Mobile. Here’s how you can enable the calendar on Mobile:

  1. Launch the Calendar app
  2. Select Settings >Calendar settings
  3. Enable “Alternative Calendars” and select Chinese and Lunar in the dropdowns.

Et Voila – you have the Chinese Lunar Calendar on your phone!

Just two fixes are listed for build 15240...

  • We fixed the issue where trying to update Windows Store apps saved to your SD card resulted in an 8007000B error. Apps installed on SD cards should update without any issue.
  • We fixed an issue where there was no icon shown for Windows Update for either new notifications or on the settings page under Settings > System > Notifications & actions.

...and there are three known issues to be aware of too:

  • Occasionally, Narrator speaks phrases in English rather than the chosen non-English language.
  • There is a problem with the HP Elite X3 with wired docks where the portrait orientation setting is lost when the external display is disconnected and reconnected. A workaround for this is to reboot the phone after tapping the “OK” button instead of disconnecting and reconnecting. This workaround must be performed every time you connect to an external display you want to use with Continuum in portrait orientation.
  • When installing or updating a Windows Store app, you may see error 80070057. As a workaround, you can get the latest app by uninstalling the older version of the app from your device and reinstall latest version from Store.

Earlier this week, Microsoft also released Windows 10 SDK Preview 16257 and Mobile Emulator build 15235, along with ISOs for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16251 for PCs. Its second Windows Server Insider Preview, build 16257, was released too.

Source: Windows Blogs

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