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The Nokia Lumia 1020 FAQ for Windows 10 Mobile

[Of course, the feature here has been based on the latest build 10149 of the OS – it’s possible that some things will change before the final release. Just sayin’….!]

Lumia 1020 camera island

What camera applications come with Windows 10 Mobile?

It depends on which device you have – it seems that the ‘Nokia’-branded phones above a certain specification will retain ‘Lumia Camera’ (in fact, in the current build it’s still called ‘Nokia Camera’ initially, until it’s replaced in the Store with the new name), as well as ‘Camera’, a clear derivative of Lumia Camera 5.x but adapted for as wide a device pool as possible. Lumia Camera contains extra ‘smarts’ that know how to handle the extra microphones and optics in some models. 

However, Lumia Camera for Windows 10 Mobile ends up as v4.9.4.1, i.e. exactly the same as you’re currently using under Windows Phone 8.1. So it seems as though you can carry on as before – nothing need change. 

Interestingly, (Windows) Camera gives its version number as v5.38.2004.0, indicating an evolution of Lumia Camera 5 (still on v5.0.2.51 on the Lumia 930 etc.), though it’s clever enough to handle each device on its own merits in terms of ‘Rich Capture’ – the 1020’s mechanical shutter and slow capture mean that this feature simply wouldn’t work – and so it’s not offered.

So I can carry on using ‘Dual Capture’, PureView zooming, ‘Reframing’, and shooting RAW?

Absolutely. Your default camera is set to Lumia Camera (v4) still, and all the same options are there in the interface, settings, and even the hooks from Windows 10 Photos into Lumia Creative Studio (which hasn’t changed). Ditto shooting RAW (.DNG) files and sucking them out via cable with Windows Explorer, Nokia Photo Transfer or similar.

It’s business as usual!

What happens if I use (Windows) Camera instead? Is snapping much faster?

This (Camera) does start fractionally quicker, though it’s still three seconds before the viewfinder is fully live, so there’s no significant gain. And, probably due to debug code still in place, there’s a noticeable shutter lag at present on the Lumia 1020. PLUS, it always capture at the maximum resolution of the sensor – and I suspect that you don’t really want to be snapping 10MB 34MP images all day long, so you can discount this application for the 1020.

The big misconception was that a next generation camera application would somehow speed up the 1020 camera dramatically, but (short of a low resolution scrape of the sensor) the bottleneck is still grabbing 38MP worth of data and then saving it. So you’ll have to live with the 1020’s (lack of) speed and, as usual, console yourself with quality!

1Shot

1Shot in action, just zoom to whatever resolution you want, it’s a lossless way of working and rather interesting!

Will Lumia Camera stay available throughout the 1020’s life and Windows 10 Mobile?

Admittedly this app has disappeared a few times in the past year in the Store for some devices, but these have only been temporary lapses – there’s no reason to suspect that it needs to be withdrawn for any reason in the long term. And even if it did (get withdrawn), ‘Nokia Camera’ is still part of the firmware builds provisioned for the 1020, so you’d always have this to fall back on, with much the same functionality.

And even if the above wasn’t enough for you, other third party camera applications continue to work well under Windows 10 Mobile – I’ve been testing 1Shot and ProShot, but I’m sure the multitude of (less serious) camera apps will work fine too.

ProShot

ProShot in action, here set to capture at 12MP, one of its many modes….

What about video capture? And what’s all this about ‘Digital Stabilisation’?

There’s an odd setting in the simplified pane in (Windows) Camera for Windows 10 Mobile – a toggle for ‘digital stabilisation’. Which seems somewhat unnecessary given the massive, famous ball-bearing OIS integrated into the 1020 camera. My guess is that this is intended to help on the budget smartphones which lack OIS and that it should be hidden when the application is run on more capable devices.

Windows Camera

Some of the few settings in (Windows) Camera…

However, never one to rely on a guess when I could be testing it for real, I pointed my test 1020 out the window and ‘zoomed’ in on detail in a house about 200m away, looking at the stability under both applications:

From what I see above, the ‘digital stabilisation’ setting does nothing whatsoever on the 1020 – which is what I’d want, since OIS is going to be superior and you wouldn’t want two stabilisation systems ‘fighting each other’… Phew!

Other factors

So the bottom line for imaging is that nothing will really change. Of course, Windows 10 Mobile as an interface and OS has improvements galore, but mainly for the higher resolution screened phones and the newer chipsets. On the Lumia 1020, the OS is a bit of a ‘curate’s egg’ at the moment – but I suspect that optimisations for the 720p and 768p screens (and lower) are next on Microsoft’s agenda, so I’ll keep this 1020 up to date and report back.

There are no major showstoppers to anyone else upgrading to the Windows 10 Mobile Insider build on the 1020, but equally there’s little reason to do so in the first place. If I were you I’d wait for the official over-the-air ‘preserving all your apps and settings’ update in September or October.

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Adjust Secures $7.6 Million for Expansion of Mobile Analytics Platform

adjust-650Mobile app analytics and attribution company Adjust (formerly Adeven) has announced it has raised $ 7.6 million in Series C funding from ACTIVE Venture Partners, along with existing investors including Target Partners, Iris Capital and Capnamic Ventures. The funding will help the company increase its expansion plans for the US, China and Japan, with a continued focus on helping app developers re-engage with their users.

Adjust has offices in Berlin, San Francisco and Istanbul, and helps mobile marketers identify the sources of their most valuable users. In addition, Adjust helps clients re-engage with those consumers both inside or outside of apps.

Alongside the switch from Adeven to Adjust in February 2014, the company expanded its product offering from tracking app download numbers to offering analyzation on how consumers use apps after they’ve initially downloaded them. This includes tracking the average in-app session length, the number of times users login to an app and more. The platform’s real-time analytics allow marketers to change their campaigns in response to data to make the most of their time (and budgets).

Forty percent of Adjust’s total revenue comes from Asia and the US, and the company sees more than 100 new client sign-ups each week. This funding will allow Adjust to capitalize on these high-growth markets, opening new regional offices and expanding its overall platform. Fifty percent of the funding is specifically targeted for the US, Chinese and Japanese markets.

Philipp Schroeder, founding partner at ACTIVE Venture Partners, will join the Adjust Board of Directors.

“Adjust has a top quality industry-leading technology in attribution analytics, and is already enhancing many partner platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tapjoy, Upsight and many more with their technology,” Schroeder said, in a company statement.

“Additionally, we recognize their big ambitions and see an excellent cultural fit between our companies. Adjust is truly transforming the way developers and marketers run mobile ad campaigns through reliable, transparent and neutral third-party data access and sophisticated analysis, and we’re looking forward to being a part of their accelerated global expansion.”


Inside Mobile Apps

Adjust Secures $7.6 Million for Expansion of Mobile Analytics Platform

adjust-650Mobile app analytics and attribution company Adjust (formerly Adeven) has announced it has raised $ 7.6 million in Series C funding from ACTIVE Venture Partners, along with existing investors including Target Partners, Iris Capital and Capnamic Ventures. The funding will help the company increase its expansion plans for the US, China and Japan, with a continued focus on helping app developers re-engage with their users.

Adjust has offices in Berlin, San Francisco and Istanbul, and helps mobile marketers identify the sources of their most valuable users. In addition, Adjust helps clients re-engage with those consumers both inside or outside of apps.

Alongside the switch from Adeven to Adjust in February 2014, the company expanded its product offering from tracking app download numbers to offering analyzation on how consumers use apps after they’ve initially downloaded them. This includes tracking the average in-app session length, the number of times users login to an app and more. The platform’s real-time analytics allow marketers to change their campaigns in response to data to make the most of their time (and budgets).

Forty percent of Adjust’s total revenue comes from Asia and the US, and the company sees more than 100 new client sign-ups each week. This funding will allow Adjust to capitalize on these high-growth markets, opening new regional offices and expanding its overall platform. Fifty percent of the funding is specifically targeted for the US, Chinese and Japanese markets.

Philipp Schroeder, founding partner at ACTIVE Venture Partners, will join the Adjust Board of Directors.

“Adjust has a top quality industry-leading technology in attribution analytics, and is already enhancing many partner platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tapjoy, Upsight and many more with their technology,” Schroeder said, in a company statement.

“Additionally, we recognize their big ambitions and see an excellent cultural fit between our companies. Adjust is truly transforming the way developers and marketers run mobile ad campaigns through reliable, transparent and neutral third-party data access and sophisticated analysis, and we’re looking forward to being a part of their accelerated global expansion.”


Inside Mobile Apps

Adjust Secures $7.6 Million for Expansion of Mobile Analytics Platform

adjust-650Mobile app analytics and attribution company Adjust (formerly Adeven) has announced it has raised $ 7.6 million in Series C funding from ACTIVE Venture Partners, along with existing investors including Target Partners, Iris Capital and Capnamic Ventures. The funding will help the company increase its expansion plans for the US, China and Japan, with a continued focus on helping app developers re-engage with their users.

Adjust has offices in Berlin, San Francisco and Istanbul, and helps mobile marketers identify the sources of their most valuable users. In addition, Adjust helps clients re-engage with those consumers both inside or outside of apps.

Alongside the switch from Adeven to Adjust in February 2014, the company expanded its product offering from tracking app download numbers to offering analyzation on how consumers use apps after they’ve initially downloaded them. This includes tracking the average in-app session length, the number of times users login to an app and more. The platform’s real-time analytics allow marketers to change their campaigns in response to data to make the most of their time (and budgets).

Forty percent of Adjust’s total revenue comes from Asia and the US, and the company sees more than 100 new client sign-ups each week. This funding will allow Adjust to capitalize on these high-growth markets, opening new regional offices and expanding its overall platform. Fifty percent of the funding is specifically targeted for the US, Chinese and Japanese markets.

Philipp Schroeder, founding partner at ACTIVE Venture Partners, will join the Adjust Board of Directors.

“Adjust has a top quality industry-leading technology in attribution analytics, and is already enhancing many partner platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tapjoy, Upsight and many more with their technology,” Schroeder said, in a company statement.

“Additionally, we recognize their big ambitions and see an excellent cultural fit between our companies. Adjust is truly transforming the way developers and marketers run mobile ad campaigns through reliable, transparent and neutral third-party data access and sophisticated analysis, and we’re looking forward to being a part of their accelerated global expansion.”


Inside Mobile Apps

Citrix’ latest report show mobile video’s importance

Those meerkat people 1st in UK with Facebook video ads

video ads to increase dramatically – yong

In its bi-annual analysis of mobile usage and experience worldwide, the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report shows a significant increase in the use of mobile video over 2013. This applies to advertising as well as entertainment, which is trending towards video ads away from banner ads, indicative of the power of video ads to engage an audience. For example, comparethemarket.com [not comparethemeerkat.com – Ed.] became the first UK brand to run Facebook Premium Video ads. Additionally, Twitter has introduced promoted video, and Instagram launched video ads. The latest report also finds that mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks.

No surprises to learn that social networking is the most popular mobile application category, with 40 per cent of mobile subscribers engaging daily, of course.

Those LTE-surfing subscribers are also viewing longer – 76 per cent of Netflix viewers watch for more than five minutes when viewing over LTE but only 65 per cent do so when watching over 3G – and watching higher resolution content.

Anna Yong, senior product marketing manager with Citrix said, ”We expect to see the ratio of video ads served to banner ads served increase dramatically over 2014.”

She continued,  ”The key concern regarding the rise of video is, and always has been, user experience, both in terms of network quality and subscriber plan satisfaction.”

“We know that video is high-impact when it comes to mobile network consumption – where only 20 per cent of subscribers access video on any given day, they are generating 42 per cent of daily data traffic volume on the mobile network.”

“LTE further increases the impact of video, generating 1.5 times more demand than 3G, yet generating five times more video data volume than 3G.”

The findings in the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report are generated from the ByteMobile mobile data traffic reporting solution.

The Mobile Analytics Report anonymously sources data traffic statistics from the 3G and 4G networks of the Citrix global tier-one customer base.

This represents a network data of 300 million subscribers at 130 plus mobile network operator {MNO] customers of Citrix.

Read the full Press release here.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


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Citrix’ latest report show mobile video’s importance

Those meerkat people 1st in UK with Facebook video ads

video ads to increase dramatically – yong

In its bi-annual analysis of mobile usage and experience worldwide, the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report shows a significant increase in the use of mobile video over 2013. This applies to advertising as well as entertainment, which is trending towards video ads away from banner ads, indicative of the power of video ads to engage an audience. For example, comparethemarket.com [not comparethemeerkat.com – Ed.] became the first UK brand to run Facebook Premium Video ads. Additionally, Twitter has introduced promoted video, and Instagram launched video ads. The latest report also finds that mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks.

No surprises to learn that social networking is the most popular mobile application category, with 40 per cent of mobile subscribers engaging daily, of course.

Those LTE-surfing subscribers are also viewing longer – 76 per cent of Netflix viewers watch for more than five minutes when viewing over LTE but only 65 per cent do so when watching over 3G – and watching higher resolution content.

Anna Yong, senior product marketing manager with Citrix said, ”We expect to see the ratio of video ads served to banner ads served increase dramatically over 2014.”

She continued,  ”The key concern regarding the rise of video is, and always has been, user experience, both in terms of network quality and subscriber plan satisfaction.”

“We know that video is high-impact when it comes to mobile network consumption – where only 20 per cent of subscribers access video on any given day, they are generating 42 per cent of daily data traffic volume on the mobile network.”

“LTE further increases the impact of video, generating 1.5 times more demand than 3G, yet generating five times more video data volume than 3G.”

The findings in the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report are generated from the ByteMobile mobile data traffic reporting solution.

The Mobile Analytics Report anonymously sources data traffic statistics from the 3G and 4G networks of the Citrix global tier-one customer base.

This represents a network data of 300 million subscribers at 130 plus mobile network operator {MNO] customers of Citrix.

Read the full Press release here.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


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DWNLD Officially Launches Mobile App Creation Platform

dwnld 650Mobile app publishing platform DWNLD has officially launched today, giving small business owners, or even large brands, a new way to create a mobile presence and engage with consumers, without the high costs normally associated with hiring an independent app developer. At launch, the platform has already been a part of more than 200 mobile apps, created for celebrities, YouTube and social media personalities, fashion bloggers, digital media companies and more.

With DWNLD, users create code-free apps, choosing to either upload existing content to the creation platform, or create mobile-exclusive content. Users choose from a variety of themes and templates, based on the content they’re looking to present, and can customize the app with a choice of fonts, colors, accents and other options.

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Created apps can be monetized through advertising and affiliate links, and companies can manage their apps in multiple ways: through the DWNLD content management system, or through the DWNLD preview app. Once the app’s design is finished, DWNLD submits the app to the Apple App Store for approval, on behalf of the client.

To date, DWNLD has participated in the launch of apps for xoJane, Kristin Cavallari, Milk Studios and Song of Style [pictured], among others.

“As audiences shift from desktop to mobile, we want to make it as easy to create a mobile app as it is to create a website,” said DWNLD CEO Alexandra Keating, in a company release. “More than 1 billion websites exist today, but there are only about 1 million apps in both the App Store and Google Play. Many publishers have spent a decade building their web presence but are struggling to become mobile-first. At DWNLD, we have built a service that will help people transform their content from web to mobile app with one click.”

The company’s basic plan costs $ 15 a month, and gives users access to app creation for iPhone and iPad. Users can view “basic metrics” for analytics, with advertising support from AdMob / iAd. Two additional plans, standard and pro, are coming soon, and will introduce further app customization options, support for Android apps, additional advertising options, greater analytics, push notifications and more.

DWNLD was founded in 2012, and is comprised of industry veterans with experience at Google, Apple, Foursquare, Amazon, Facebook and Tumblr. The company has raised more than $ 2 million in seed funding for its platform.


Inside Mobile Apps

Citrix’ latest report show mobile video’s importance

Those meerkat people 1st in UK with Facebook video ads

video ads to increase dramatically – yong

In its bi-annual analysis of mobile usage and experience worldwide, the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report shows a significant increase in the use of mobile video over 2013. This applies to advertising as well as entertainment, which is trending towards video ads away from banner ads, indicative of the power of video ads to engage an audience. For example, comparethemarket.com [not comparethemeerkat.com – Ed.] became the first UK brand to run Facebook Premium Video ads. Additionally, Twitter has introduced promoted video, and Instagram launched video ads. The latest report also finds that mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks.

No surprises to learn that social networking is the most popular mobile application category, with 40 per cent of mobile subscribers engaging daily, of course.

Those LTE-surfing subscribers are also viewing longer – 76 per cent of Netflix viewers watch for more than five minutes when viewing over LTE but only 65 per cent do so when watching over 3G – and watching higher resolution content.

Anna Yong, senior product marketing manager with Citrix said, ”We expect to see the ratio of video ads served to banner ads served increase dramatically over 2014.”

She continued,  ”The key concern regarding the rise of video is, and always has been, user experience, both in terms of network quality and subscriber plan satisfaction.”

“We know that video is high-impact when it comes to mobile network consumption – where only 20 per cent of subscribers access video on any given day, they are generating 42 per cent of daily data traffic volume on the mobile network.”

“LTE further increases the impact of video, generating 1.5 times more demand than 3G, yet generating five times more video data volume than 3G.”

The findings in the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report are generated from the ByteMobile mobile data traffic reporting solution.

The Mobile Analytics Report anonymously sources data traffic statistics from the 3G and 4G networks of the Citrix global tier-one customer base.

This represents a network data of 300 million subscribers at 130 plus mobile network operator {MNO] customers of Citrix.

Read the full Press release here.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


GoMo News

Citrix’ latest report show mobile video’s importance

Those meerkat people 1st in UK with Facebook video ads

video ads to increase dramatically – yong

In its bi-annual analysis of mobile usage and experience worldwide, the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report shows a significant increase in the use of mobile video over 2013. This applies to advertising as well as entertainment, which is trending towards video ads away from banner ads, indicative of the power of video ads to engage an audience. For example, comparethemarket.com [not comparethemeerkat.com – Ed.] became the first UK brand to run Facebook Premium Video ads. Additionally, Twitter has introduced promoted video, and Instagram launched video ads. The latest report also finds that mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks.

No surprises to learn that social networking is the most popular mobile application category, with 40 per cent of mobile subscribers engaging daily, of course.

Those LTE-surfing subscribers are also viewing longer – 76 per cent of Netflix viewers watch for more than five minutes when viewing over LTE but only 65 per cent do so when watching over 3G – and watching higher resolution content.

Anna Yong, senior product marketing manager with Citrix said, ”We expect to see the ratio of video ads served to banner ads served increase dramatically over 2014.”

She continued,  ”The key concern regarding the rise of video is, and always has been, user experience, both in terms of network quality and subscriber plan satisfaction.”

“We know that video is high-impact when it comes to mobile network consumption – where only 20 per cent of subscribers access video on any given day, they are generating 42 per cent of daily data traffic volume on the mobile network.”

“LTE further increases the impact of video, generating 1.5 times more demand than 3G, yet generating five times more video data volume than 3G.”

The findings in the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report are generated from the ByteMobile mobile data traffic reporting solution.

The Mobile Analytics Report anonymously sources data traffic statistics from the 3G and 4G networks of the Citrix global tier-one customer base.

This represents a network data of 300 million subscribers at 130 plus mobile network operator {MNO] customers of Citrix.

Read the full Press release here.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


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