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Skype, the biggest villain on 2012/2013 Windows Phones

Published by at 14:12 UTC, September 7th 2014

One of the biggest bug-bears on Windows Phone in recent times, for me, has been the performance of Skype, especially in light of the emphasis on the application in hardware launches, e.g. for the Lumia 730/735 here. The issue is that, when returning to Skype on anything but the newer 2014 Windows Phones, even if we only just let the screen timeout and unlock it again, or even if we use the multitasking carousel, we still see completely unnecessary ‘resuming….’ dots, as shown in the video below.

First, some video proof. This shows the high end Lumia 1520 and the low end 630, both with ‘modern’ Snapdragon chipsets and hardware ‘families’, plus the Lumia 1020 and 920, both with the older Snapdragon S4 powering things, all running Windows Phone 8.1. Why do I mention the processors? You’ll see.

Having started up each phone from scratch and then loaded up Skype, I then:

  1. switched away to the Windows Phone Store
  2. locked the screen
  3. unlocked it again
  4. used the multitasking carousel to switch back (resume) Skype.

In the latter case, I do it a pair of devices at a time, for clarity and practicality reasons.

Notice the difference? It seems that Skype resumes immediately and perfectly on any device with a 2014 chipset and skips back into having to effectively reload from scratch on anything older. In the video above, the delay was only a couple of seconds every time, but I’ve seen delays as long as 10 seconds in cases where Skype hadn’t been used for a few hours, on my 920 and 1020.

The very fact that Microsoft is promoting Skype as a hero function in new device launches, lead me to suspect that the company isn’t testing it on enough handsets. A phenomenon through the whole computing world since the dawn of time is that programmers tend to code and test on cutting edge monster PCs and then wonder why regular users with far less capable gear complain about application speed. The same seems to be happening here – it’s clear that the Skype coders at Microsoft are testing on the 1520, Icon, 930, and the brand new 730 and 830 prototypes. Even the new low end 630. But I doubt whether any of them have tried using Skype recently on a Snapdragon S4-powered Lumia from 2013, otherwise this issue would have surely been picked up sooner in every day, real world use.

I’d love one of the Skype team to get back to us with an official comment. Is there a technical reason why Windows Phone applications can’t resume in quite the same way under the Snapdragon S4 and its hardware family? Comments welcome if you can shed any light on this.

In the meantime, those of us struggling along with Skype on a Lumia 1020, 920, 925, 820, 720, 620 or 520 (etc. – so the vast majority of the Windows Phone installed base) will just have to wait. Multiple times a day.

… Resuming… … …

PS. Are there any other Windows Phone applications which you find almost as frustrating in terms of resumption speed? I’d hazard a guess that Twitter might be a candidate too?

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8.1 now on (at least) a quarter of all Windows Phones

Published by at 8:14 UTC, August 30th 2014

It’s always interesting to see data on how a platform is evolving, in this case using AdDuplex’s latest data, gathered five days ago across around 5000 Windows Phone applications for which the network supplies in-app adverts. While not a definitive set of stats (skewed towards users who use ad-supported applications – I don’t, as a rule, for example), the results are still worth quoting.

From the full report, which can be downloaded here, looking at worldwide data in each case:

Platform breakdown

I guessed a few days ago that 8.1 would be up nearing 50% by now, given the extent of the Lumia Cyan rollout, but it seems I was a little over-optimistic. Mind you, it does depend on the demographic being talked about. I’d guess that well over 90% of AAWP readers are on 8.1, being more inclined to be using SIM-free handsets and also being more active at searching out and applying OS updates, while users running ad-supported applications are in the ‘silent majority’ and are more likely to be running network-locked contract and PAYG handsets, not all of which have had the 8.1 update approved yet.

Seeing 7.x still represented so heavily just shows how long people hang onto smartphones, though I’ll bet that a lot of these are now in the hands of kids and teenagers (i.e. ‘hand me downs’).

Looking at the data by manufacturer:

Manufacturer breakdown

No surprises here, though the new OEMs have just started to ship Windows Phone 8.1 handsets in the last week or so, plus the HTC One (M8) for Windows also started shipping this week, so I’d expect to see a larger non-Nokia showing in September’s data. Remember that these are useage figures, not sales, by the way.

Also, note that by ‘Nokia’ here we now mean ‘Nokia by Microsoft Mobile’. Sigh. And yes, it’s confusing!

Devices breakdown

As ever, the Windows Phone-using landscape is dominated by low cost devices, topped by the best-selling Lumia 520 (and rightly so, it’s astonishing value for money) and the less well known but surprisingly popular 625. My contention that the 920 was by far the biggest selling top-end Lumia is proved right here, with double the use across the world compared to the slimmer and newer 925.

Of particular note is that the flagship Lumia 1020 and 1520 are each less than 3.4%, despite their popularity among AAWP readers. Though, if you click through to read the full PDF report, you’ll see that these two models do rather better in terms of ownership in specific Western markets like the UK.

Comments welcome!

Source / Credit: AdDuplex

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8.1 now on (at least) a quarter of all Windows Phones

Published by at 8:14 UTC, August 30th 2014

It’s always interesting to see data on how a platform is evolving, in this case using AdDuplex’s latest data, gathered five days ago across around 5000 Windows Phone applications for which the network supplies in-app adverts. While not a definitive set of stats (skewed towards users who use ad-supported applications – I don’t, as a rule, for example), the results are still worth quoting.

From the full report, which can be downloaded here, looking at worldwide data in each case:

Platform breakdown

I guessed a few days ago that 8.1 would be up nearing 50% by now, given the extent of the Lumia Cyan rollout, but it seems I was a little over-optimistic. Mind you, it does depend on the demographic being talked about. I’d guess that well over 90% of AAWP readers are on 8.1, being more inclined to be using SIM-free handsets and also being more active at searching out and applying OS updates, while users running ad-supported applications are in the ‘silent majority’ and are more likely to be running network-locked contract and PAYG handsets, not all of which have had the 8.1 update approved yet.

Seeing 7.x still represented so heavily just shows how long people hang onto smartphones, though I’ll bet that a lot of these are now in the hands of kids and teenagers (i.e. ‘hand me downs’).

Looking at the data by manufacturer:

Manufacturer breakdown

No surprises here, though the new OEMs have just started to ship Windows Phone 8.1 handsets in the last week or so, plus the HTC One (M8) for Windows also started shipping this week, so I’d expect to see a larger non-Nokia showing in September’s data. Remember that these are useage figures, not sales, by the way.

Also, note that by ‘Nokia’ here we now mean ‘Nokia by Microsoft Mobile’. Sigh. And yes, it’s confusing!

Devices breakdown

As ever, the Windows Phone-using landscape is dominated by low cost devices, topped by the best-selling Lumia 520 (and rightly so, it’s astonishing value for money) and the less well known but surprisingly popular 625. My contention that the 920 was by far the biggest selling top-end Lumia is proved right here, with double the use across the world compared to the slimmer and newer 925.

Of particular note is that the flagship Lumia 1020 and 1520 are each less than 3.4%, despite their popularity among AAWP readers. Though, if you click through to read the full PDF report, you’ll see that these two models do rather better in terms of ownership in specific Western markets like the UK.

Comments welcome!

Source / Credit: AdDuplex

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8.1 now on (at least) a quarter of all Windows Phones

Published by at 8:14 UTC, August 30th 2014

It’s always interesting to see data on how a platform is evolving, in this case using AdDuplex’s latest data, gathered five days ago across around 5000 Windows Phone applications for which the network supplies in-app adverts. While not a definitive set of stats (skewed towards users who use ad-supported applications – I don’t, as a rule, for example), the results are still worth quoting.

From the full report, which can be downloaded here, looking at worldwide data in each case:

Platform breakdown

I guessed a few days ago that 8.1 would be up nearing 50% by now, given the extent of the Lumia Cyan rollout, but it seems I was a little over-optimistic. Mind you, it does depend on the demographic being talked about. I’d guess that well over 90% of AAWP readers are on 8.1, being more inclined to be using SIM-free handsets and also being more active at searching out and applying OS updates, while users running ad-supported applications are in the ‘silent majority’ and are more likely to be running network-locked contract and PAYG handsets, not all of which have had the 8.1 update approved yet.

Seeing 7.x still represented so heavily just shows how long people hang onto smartphones, though I’ll bet that a lot of these are now in the hands of kids and teenagers (i.e. ‘hand me downs’).

Looking at the data by manufacturer:

Manufacturer breakdown

No surprises here, though the new OEMs have just started to ship Windows Phone 8.1 handsets in the last week or so, plus the HTC One (M8) for Windows also started shipping this week, so I’d expect to see a larger non-Nokia showing in September’s data. Remember that these are useage figures, not sales, by the way.

Also, note that by ‘Nokia’ here we now mean ‘Nokia by Microsoft Mobile’. Sigh. And yes, it’s confusing!

Devices breakdown

As ever, the Windows Phone-using landscape is dominated by low cost devices, topped by the best-selling Lumia 520 (and rightly so, it’s astonishing value for money) and the less well known but surprisingly popular 625. My contention that the 920 was by far the biggest selling top-end Lumia is proved right here, with double the use across the world compared to the slimmer and newer 925.

Of particular note is that the flagship Lumia 1020 and 1520 are each less than 3.4%, despite their popularity among AAWP readers. Though, if you click through to read the full PDF report, you’ll see that these two models do rather better in terms of ownership in specific Western markets like the UK.

Comments welcome!

Source / Credit: AdDuplex

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8.1 now on (at least) a quarter of all Windows Phones

Published by at 8:14 UTC, August 30th 2014

It’s always interesting to see data on how a platform is evolving, in this case using AdDuplex’s latest data, gathered five days ago across around 5000 Windows Phone applications for which the network supplies in-app adverts. While not a definitive set of stats (skewed towards users who use ad-supported applications – I don’t, as a rule, for example), the results are still worth quoting.

From the full report, which can be downloaded here, looking at worldwide data in each case:

Platform breakdown

I guessed a few days ago that 8.1 would be up nearing 50% by now, given the extent of the Lumia Cyan rollout, but it seems I was a little over-optimistic. Mind you, it does depend on the demographic being talked about. I’d guess that well over 90% of AAWP readers are on 8.1, being more inclined to be using SIM-free handsets and also being more active at searching out and applying OS updates, while users running ad-supported applications are in the ‘silent majority’ and are more likely to be running network-locked contract and PAYG handsets, not all of which have had the 8.1 update approved yet.

Seeing 7.x still represented so heavily just shows how long people hang onto smartphones, though I’ll bet that a lot of these are now in the hands of kids and teenagers (i.e. ‘hand me downs’).

Looking at the data by manufacturer:

Manufacturer breakdown

No surprises here, though the new OEMs have just started to ship Windows Phone 8.1 handsets in the last week or so, plus the HTC One (M8) for Windows also started shipping this week, so I’d expect to see a larger non-Nokia showing in September’s data. Remember that these are useage figures, not sales, by the way.

Also, note that by ‘Nokia’ here we now mean ‘Nokia by Microsoft Mobile’. Sigh. And yes, it’s confusing!

Devices breakdown

As ever, the Windows Phone-using landscape is dominated by low cost devices, topped by the best-selling Lumia 520 (and rightly so, it’s astonishing value for money) and the less well known but surprisingly popular 625. My contention that the 920 was by far the biggest selling top-end Lumia is proved right here, with double the use across the world compared to the slimmer and newer 925.

Of particular note is that the flagship Lumia 1020 and 1520 are each less than 3.4%, despite their popularity among AAWP readers. Though, if you click through to read the full PDF report, you’ll see that these two models do rather better in terms of ownership in specific Western markets like the UK.

Comments welcome!

Source / Credit: AdDuplex

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8.1 now on (at least) a quarter of all Windows Phones

Published by at 8:14 UTC, August 30th 2014

It’s always interesting to see data on how a platform is evolving, in this case using AdDuplex’s latest data, gathered five days ago across around 5000 Windows Phone applications for which the network supplies in-app adverts. While not a definitive set of stats (skewed towards users who use ad-supported applications – I don’t, as a rule, for example), the results are still worth quoting.

From the full report, which can be downloaded here, looking at worldwide data in each case:

Platform breakdown

I guessed a few days ago that 8.1 would be up nearing 50% by now, given the extent of the Lumia Cyan rollout, but it seems I was a little over-optimistic. Mind you, it does depend on the demographic being talked about. I’d guess that well over 90% of AAWP readers are on 8.1, being more inclined to be using SIM-free handsets and also being more active at searching out and applying OS updates, while users running ad-supported applications are in the ‘silent majority’ and are more likely to be running network-locked contract and PAYG handsets, not all of which have had the 8.1 update approved yet.

Seeing 7.x still represented so heavily just shows how long people hang onto smartphones, though I’ll bet that a lot of these are now in the hands of kids and teenagers (i.e. ‘hand me downs’).

Looking at the data by manufacturer:

Manufacturer breakdown

No surprises here, though the new OEMs have just started to ship Windows Phone 8.1 handsets in the last week or so, plus the HTC One (M8) for Windows also started shipping this week, so I’d expect to see a larger non-Nokia showing in September’s data. Remember that these are useage figures, not sales, by the way.

Also, note that by ‘Nokia’ here we now mean ‘Nokia by Microsoft Mobile’. Sigh. And yes, it’s confusing!

Devices breakdown

As ever, the Windows Phone-using landscape is dominated by low cost devices, topped by the best-selling Lumia 520 (and rightly so, it’s astonishing value for money) and the less well known but surprisingly popular 625. My contention that the 920 was by far the biggest selling top-end Lumia is proved right here, with double the use across the world compared to the slimmer and newer 925.

Of particular note is that the flagship Lumia 1020 and 1520 are each less than 3.4%, despite their popularity among AAWP readers. Though, if you click through to read the full PDF report, you’ll see that these two models do rather better in terms of ownership in specific Western markets like the UK.

Comments welcome!

Source / Credit: AdDuplex

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Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

_____

Video

Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


Pocketnow

Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

____

Text

oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

_____

Video

Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


Pocketnow

Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

____

Text

oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

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Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


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Powered up phones requirement at airports counter-productive

What happens if we all start carrying battery packs?

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The news that various British airlines – especially those flying passengers to the USA, have started to insist that travellers’ mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets, must be powered up could well prove to be counter-productive. This GoMo News hack doesn’t believe he is unusual but if an airline wanted to confiscate either my mobile phone or my laptop, then there wouldn’t be any point me getting on that plane. Both are vital tools for performing my line of work. Normally it wouldn’t be too difficult to keep both items charged. But our recent experience flying back to Britain from Barcelona suggests otherwise. We’re all for countering terrorism but you have to be pragmatic about these things.

It’s not been openly stated but GoMo News believes the non-working smartphone scare stems from intelligence that such devices can have their batteries replaced with explosives.

So if your smartphone lacks any power at all, what do security staff do with it? Putting it in the hold would be totally counter-productive. That would probably be a better place to plant a bomb than in your carry-on luggage.

What we’d like to know is what are airline staff doing with such confiscated devices? Promising to give them back on your return? Posting them to you?

There are, of course, business opportunities to be had here. Airlines could install those banks of phone chargers that you normally see at exhibitions centres such as MWC Barcelona.

The alternative, of course, is to carry your own solar battery pack such as the Freeloader Globetrotter from Solar Technology. It could be modified to charge either your handset or your laptop.

The catch is that these chargers lend themselves to being turned into even huger bombs. How are you going to check whether a battery bank is actually half bomb/half charger?

What w ould beworse still is if terrorits develop an iPhone bomb. Here three quarters of its sealed battery could be explosive and the rest powers the phone up as you go through security checks. Nightmare.

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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