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Windows 10 Mobile Build 14342 Hands-on: Impressions, Bugs List, Installation Experience, Store app Demo

Microsoft pushed Windows 10 Mobile Redstone Build 14342 yesterday, as the latest Redstone build to Windows Insiders in Fast Ring and rocking any Redstone Preview supported Device as per the official list. Time for our Installation experience, Hands-on demo of Build 14342 and new Store app, Bugs list and Impressions of the Build 14342 now!!

Apart from the changes, new features, fixes and improvements in official changelog, we reported many unreported changes and features over the last Build 14332, which you can watch in action by clicking here.

Installation Experience:

Just like Build 14332, the Installation experience has been mixed to good for the Build 14332. It was smooth on again one of our devices and depending upon the network conditions and connection speed, it took around 50-55 minutes for the build to get downloaded, installed, data migrated and the devices getting up and running. On other device  it took around 1 hour 10 minutes. While we didn’t face any issue with Data migration post installation of the update, you may face it and best is to wait and let it do its thing and finish data migration. In case it takes too much time try a soft reset and it may work finally. You can refer to our common issues and errors fixing guide for more.

You will be usually notified for a restart when the download has completed in background. It may require up to 1 GB of free storage. So, check the storage before you upgrade and you can check our tutorial on how to prepare for upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile.

 Hands-on Impressions:

We have demoed the Build 14342 on two devices, Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 550 and here is what you can notice in our hands-on video demo.

  • During our hands-on with the Build 14342 we found it to be fast and responsive and mostly crash-free
  • The overall UI, Lock Screen, Settings navigation all feel sorted out.
  • Multitasking looks good too with Fast Resume working fine even on Lumia 550
  • Native apps like Microsoft Edge, Camera, Outlook Mail & Calendar etc work fine
  • Microsoft Edge seems loading pages bit faster as compared to last Build and swipe navigation is really impressive. It has been not crashing since the last build.
  • Mobile Data and Wi-Fi works fine and without any issue
  • Battery Life seems promising so far
  • It looks like a good daily driver build if you don’t mind some sudden quirks. Yes, it is a Fast Ring build and can get moody at times, though it is one of the most stable Redstone builds.

Major Bug & Issues:

  • Microsoft needs to do something about the Bluetooth functionality. It takes lots of time in even pairing two devices on Build 14342 and experience is not good. We tried and failed in sending images from one device to another even after pairing both of them.
  • It is not frequent but swiping down to close Apps in Multitasking screen doesn’t seem to close the apps and the “closed apps” open one by one, till the time you close them again.
  • New Store app has many issues and the Recent apps history takes ages in populating. The Check for updates button seems broken though the Store app auto-checks for apps updates when you launch the app.

So, Build 14342 can be said to be a more promising build than last Build 14332 but still has some major bugs that needs to fixed especially the Bluetooth experience and Store app issues. In our opinion Microsoft is moving in right direction with the latest Redstone builds. Our hands-on with this build is still brief and we may be able to find more bugs and issues after playing with this build for some more time. We also want to make it clear that it is our hands-on experience with the build and your experience may vary and may be better or worse than ours.

We must mention that we haven’t done hard reset on our devices but we recommend if you are facing lots of issues. You can read our guide to fix commonly known Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, installation and usability issues.

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Nayan

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long.

He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing.
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  • demeulenaere

    I have to say on my 640XL, I have had a much different experience. Like you stated the install was fine and no major issues. The issues started the next day. Battery is draining rapidly, and from the feedback app, this seems to be a common occurrence. Also I have had it seize up at least a few times a day. I am almost at the point of going back to released code verses the insider route.

    I have noticed a theme since I have started playing with these earlier builds. It seems every other build released by MS is buggy, which is when they add more features, and then the in-between builds are more stable as they correct a lot of the bugs from the previous added features. To me 14332 was the stable and 14342 is the buggy one. I just hope I can hold out until the next release, as the battery drain has been rough.

    • Kamal

      Build 14342 has been good for us so far. There are bugs that we listed above but nothing major. Battery life has been ok.

      • demeulenaere

        Hmmm, I wonder did you do a standard upgrade or reset your phone after? Yesterday alone I had to vol Down/power to restart my phone 4 different times. I noticed that sometimes when I would go into outlook mail, that it would just hang and then ultimately freeze. Though it just wasn’t outlook. I ended up reimaging my phone back to 586.314, though I already miss some of the newer features in Redstone :-(.

        • Kamal

          We mentioned above “we didn’t do hard reset” but recommend if you are facing issues.

  • josonkjoy

    So far so good…. 🙂

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