Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update begins rolling out, but only these 13 handsets will get it

On April 11, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update for PCs, making it available initially for "newer devices, especially those we tested with our OEM hardware partners". The company also made it easy for PC owners to jump the queue and update immediately, and many of our readers indicated that they've already done so.

As with last year's Anniversary Update, Microsoft said that its latest update would arrive a bit later for mobile devices, on April 25. Initially, it pushed the update only to the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program yesterday, and - frustratingly - no-one at Microsoft seemed to have any idea of when, or even if, the general rollout would begin on time.

But the general rollout is now underway, having been announced by Windows Insider Program chief Dona Sarkar at around 10pm PT yesterday / 5am GMT today.

However, Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the update would not be made available to all handsets previously supported by Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, just 13 devices will be officially eligible to upgrade to this new version of the OS:

  • HP Elite x3
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
  • Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
  • Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL
  • Alcatel IDOL 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • SoftBank 503LV
  • VAIO Phone Biz
  • MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601
  • Trinity NuAns NEO

Microsoft previously said that availability of the update "may vary by manufacturer, model, country or region, mobile operator or service provider, specific installed software, hardware limitations and other factors such as feedback from customers." That means that owners of some devices, especially carrier-locked models, are likely to have to wait a while before their handsets are updated.

The devices listed above are also the only ones that Microsoft is officially supporting to receive the newest Development Branch releases from its Windows Insider Program. According to the most recent AdDuplex data, those devices make up 60.8% of all Windows 10 Mobile handsets currently in use.

The latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Previews have been part of a new 'feature2' branch, after Microsoft split development of its Mobile OS from the main Redstone 3 branch, which is currently available to PCs. The Redstone 3 update will be released for PCs in September, but it remains unclear if that update will be made available to Windows 10 Mobile devices, or if a separate 'feature2' update will be offered to those devices on a different schedule.

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