There’s already a whole lot of confusion as to what may or may not qualify for a Windows 10 Mobile upgrade once the platform’s new release will be ready for primetime, and Microsoft is sure not helping clear things up by filing a limited number of Lumia handhelds under “Windows 10 Ready” in its British e-store, and “Windows 10 Eligible” stateside.
The lists only contain seven names in the UK, and four (!!!) as far as America is concerned, but that’s almost certainly because they squarely focus on devices actually available for sale at the moment. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make much sense to leave out advanced albeit ancient models like the Lumia 1020 and 1520, yet include the newer, decidedly lower-end 435, 535, 635 or 640.
Meanwhile, the 4GB data-accommodating Lumia 530 looks doomed to stick to Windows Phone 8.1 software until the end of time, as it’s still sold on British shores at £55, but doesn’t feature on the aforementioned inventory of update-suitable gadgets.
What’s odd is the Lumia 535, 435 and 830 similarly don’t make the current cut in the US, despite being offered for sale, and apparently qualifying for Windows 10 Mobile makeovers on the old continent. At the end of the day, it’s probably wise to not take anything for granted yet. Not even the Lumia 530 snub. Just wait for official clarification.