Could Redmond’s Windows 10 Mobile woes be finally over? Probably not all of them, and likely not for good, but the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are once again shipping in most parts of the old continent, which suggests rampant demand was indeed behind recent shortages rather than software glitches.
Meanwhile, you should stop worrying about W10 updates for old WP8.1-running phones hitting longer delays than a few weeks. Microsoft was awfully vague when announcing there would be no movement on the front until “early 2016”, but it turns out the creators of the world’s third largest handheld platform truly meant early 2016.
Telekom Germany seems pretty sure it’s going to be able to reinvigorate the user interface of the Lumia 930, 635, 535, 830, 640 XL, and 640 LTE in the next couple of weeks, and since Microsoft directly and fully handles these updates now, without carrier intervention whatsoever, we’re guessing global rollouts are in the pipeline.
Gradual global rollouts, that is, in order for “servers to not get overloaded”, but if MS pulls off worldwide Windows 10 promotions for all those devices even in a month or two, that’s definitely going to put Google and its Android OEM partners to shame.
Of the half a dozen Microsoft and Nokia-branded Lumias on the above list, the 930 should really qualify for a software bump first, despite its advanced age, as it features a Full HD 5-inch screen, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB RAM.
The Lumia 640 and 640 XL are perhaps equally worthy of early updates by virtue of their semi-recent launches, and the 535 is quite humble from a hardware standpoint, but it’s not very old either. Finally, the 635 and 830 saw daylight back when Nokia did its own thing, and neither stands out with high-end specifications. Which is why you gotta respect Microsoft for showing them love.