The project to run Windows 10 on ARM on the Lumia 950 XL has made further make progress, with main hacker Gustave Monce managing to get sending and recieving text messages working on his Windows 10 Lumia 950.
Interestingly phone calls would work too, except Windows 10 desktop lacks a UI for making and receiving the calls, with no dialler present in the desktop OS.
To be clear
This is a landline calling the 950 XL, and it rings since changes have been made. Windows does seem to have code from WP still to handle calls, but the entire UI is missing from desktop, so there's no UI.https://t.co/MPszPyNWDi
— Gustave Monce (@gus33000) May 13, 2019
Update: Gustave appears to have managed to get phone calling to work too.
I just called a friend using a 950 XL running WoA and I just received a call. I could hear the other end well and he could also hear me. Success
— Gustave Monce (@gus33000) May 15, 2019
The LumiaWOA project now has firmware you can download and install using WPinternals which makes installation as easy as flashing with any other firmware. It does replace the Windows 10 Mobile install, so users need to back up their data of course.
The latest ROMs with these new features enabled are available here.
New FFU firmwares are now up for 950 XL and RX-130!https://t.co/QqUxjJDtiJ
they include the latest Driver pack changes, latest insider build, and latest UEFI
— Gustave Monce (@gus33000) May 14, 2019
If your Lumia 950 XL is only gathering dust in an old draw, there is likely nothing to lose by trying out the hack. Read more about it here.