Microsoft have released a new Windows 10 build for Windows Insiders on the fast ring. 18908 has new features for the Android version of the Your Phone app and a long list of fixes.

The Your Phone screen mirroring feature has additional phone support in the form of Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+. Sadly my Pixel 2 XL is not supported yet so I can’t try mirroring. Plus the messaging features in Your Phone have been improved:

Send and receive MMS messages – You can now send and receive images and GIFs, including Giphy, right from the Your Phone app.

Unread message indicator (badge)

Nav pane – A visual indicator on the Messages node, indicating you have unread messages

PC Taskbar – A visual indicator on the Your Phone app icon on your PC taskbar, indicating you have unread messages

Unread conversations – Visual indicator within threads that have unread messages

Contact images – Your Phone app will now sync contact thumbnails for all your contacts that contain profile images, so you can easily identify who you’re messaging with.

In-line reply – You can quickly reply to text messages from toast notifications without having to open the Your Phone app.

Emoji picker – Smileys, people, food, and more. You can easily add emojis to your text messages right from within the app.

The app can also sync over mobile data plus it has screen reading and focus tracking.

The other changes are all fixes and the known issues have familiar ring to them with the addition of Windows Update notifications on Windows 10 Home.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

We fixed an issue where on certain devices with fast startup enabled night light wouldn’t turn on until after a restart.

We fixed an issue where on certain devices with fast startup enabled color profiles/gamma wouldn’t turn on until after a restart.

We fixed an issue resulting in some features on Start Menu and in All apps were not localized in languages such as FR-FR, RU-RU, and ZH-CN.

We fixed an issue where the WMA lossless decoder was outputting junk if it was in 24-bit mode, which affected some music players.

We fixed an issue where the battery options dropdown under Video Playback Settings was unexpectedly blank.

We fixed an issue where the Power button in Start sometimes might not show a dot indicating updates are available, despite “update and restart” being listed in the Power button menu.

We fixed an issue resulting in MS Paint selection moving in unexpectedly large steps per keypress when using the arrow keys.

We’ve updated the Japanese IME context menu, replacing “User Dictionary” with “Add word”, so that you can now add words to your user dictionary in less clicks.

We fixed an issue that was causing Narrator to stutter during the reading of progress bars.

We fixed an issue in Narrator that was causing Firefox to crash when navigating by heading.

As some Insiders have already noticed, we’re currently rolling out a new OneDrive icon to Insiders that supports both dark and light theme as part of OneDrive version 19.086.0502 – thanks everyone who shared feedback about this!

Note: We’ve temporarily terminated the rollouts of both the Settings header and the new File Explorer search experience while we address issues you’ve reported to us. They’ll be back online soon – appreciate your patience.

Known Issues

For Home editions, some devices might not see the “update installed” on the update history page.

For Home editions, some devices might not be able to see the “download progress %” change on the Windows Update page.

There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.

Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

If you use remote desktop to connect to an enhanced session VM, taskbar search results will not be visible (just a dark area) until you restart searchui.exe.

There’s a noticeable lag when dragging the emoji and dictation panels.

Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on.

In the Ease of Access settings, selecting a color filter may not take effect right away unless color filters option is turned off and back on again.

Users navigating to the Graphics Settings page in the Settings application may experience Settings application crashes.

The IME candidate window for East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and the Japanese IME) may not open sometimes. We are investigating the issue. In the meantime, going to Task Manager and ending the “WindowsInternal.ComposableShell.Experiences.TextInput.InputApp.exe” task from the from the Details tab should unblock you if you experience this issue.

We are aware of an issue with the Bopomofo IME where the character width is suddenly changed to Full width from Half width and are investigating.


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