Microsoft has begun seeding a firmware update for Windows 10 Mobile devices such as Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The new firmware with version number 1078.38.16025 is available only in select markets.
To receive the update, Windows Insiders need to switch to the Production ring and check for updates. Those who don't move to the production ring will receive these updates in early March.
"Previously for Insiders, if there was new firmware available for your device you would be required to recover your device to a production image using the Windows Device Recovery Tool and then re-join the Insider ring of your choosing. This was a painful experience and we listened to your feedback. That's why we implemented the Production ring option in the Windows Insider application. When we made the first change to enable the Production ring, we also made note that we would work on making it even easier," notes a post in official Microsoft community forum.
Along with the high-end Lumia models, Verizon-bound LG Lancet (VW820) and Lumia 830 on AT&T will also receive firmware updates with software versions 820.10300.11.101 and 2179.0.15455.24047 respectively.
Upon the update you should notice stability fixes, improvements in terms of GPS reliability and call audio quality. Moreover, to make the update process smoother for Insiders without any need of ring-hopping, Microsoft is developing the necessary update pipeline. These include:
- When available, the new firmware will be automatically delivered to your device
- Insiders will no longer need to switch to the Production ring to receive firmware updates
- This new firmware update pipeline will be completed in early March
- After this change, Insiders and Retail users will receive firmware updates at the same time, pending availability for a given make/model/variant
Starting early March, Insiders will see automatic delivery of the firmware and this also applies to the new update released recently. However, it does not mean that all devices will have firmware updates.