Windows Mobile – Yep, still dead.


Back in 2016 I stated that Windows Phone, or Windows Mobile, or whatever you wanted to call it, was dead. The article caused a bit of a stir, but hey – it was true. Still is.

The short version was that, whilst the GUI and the experience was great, developers were almost having to be paid to develop for the platform. In the end, with the amount of apps and updates reducing, even huge fans of the platform decided to move elsewhere.

It’s a shame if I’m honest. The site was created off the back of the whole “Microsoft Smartphone” creation, and I really didn’t want to touch an Android phone at one point. Now though, it’s definitely, positively, absolutely dead. In a recent update from the company, Microsoft are even telling people to go and buy an iPhone or an Android phone..

What should Windows 10 Mobile customers do now?

With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices.

So yes. There’s no doubt any more. It’s dead. It has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet it’s maker. It’s a stiff! Bereft of life.

Got one? Yep, your next phone needs to be something else.

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Xiaomi complaints result in Advertising Standards response

We were down in London last month for the UK Xiaomi launch. Their kit is absolutely top notch and they’re causing waves by creating flagship phones without the insane price-tag.

At the launch, which we covered here, there was a lot of promotional activity going on. The launch sales were similar to those seen on Gearbest, where you have to click or visit a page at a certain time to get a device for a crazy-cheap price. T

Trouble is, the Xiaomi “£1 launch sale” wasn’t that clear, with the Mi website seemingly running a page which had a countdown timer that switched to “Sold out” when it reached zero.

Unbeknown to a lot of customers, there was only a small supply of handsets at the sale price, and the “Sold out” button seemingly put people into a raffle if they were hitting it at the allotted time. The UK advertising watchdog has now told Xiaomi to be clearer about how it future sales are promoted, following 24 complaints about the sale. Only 10 handsets were available across four launch events.

Xiaomi hasn’t responded as yet.

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Vivo NEX 2 launched as Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition with three cameras, 10GB RAM & more

The Vivo model that we have all been waiting for is finally here. Just that it wasn’t launched as Vivo NEX 2 as expected but instead it is dubbed Vivo Nex Dual  Display Edition. It’s not hard to know why it bears that name. The device comes with two displays, one at the back and one on the front but this is very much different to the type you’ll find on the likes of Yotaphone, Meizu Pro 7 etc. Another spectacular feature on the Nex Dual Display edition is the 3D TOF stereo camera it packs. Vivo Nex Dual  Display Edition

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Specs, Design & Features

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is very much different from the first-gen Vivo NEX as there isn’t a pop-up camera this time around. We can’t be so sure but that could be an indication that the company may have given up on that design style. It is also possible that we might see another model in the first half of 2019 with the pop-up camera design.

Talking of the specifications, the Vivo NEX Dual Display edition is rich in features. It packs a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED bezel-less display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and extra tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Vivo says the display comes with 91.63% screen ratio. The rear display is equally a quality Super AMOLED instead of a grayscale display. The size is also pretty impressive- 5.49 inches with the traditional FHD resolution of 1920x1080pixels with the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. As expected of a flagship device, the Vivo NEX Dual is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and will be available in 10GB of RAM coupled with 128GB of non-expandable storage.Vivo Nex Dual  Display Edition

Now, to the headline-making triple camera setup, it may interest you to note that the NEX Dual doesn’t have a front-facing camera. So, that explains why Vivo could ditch the pop-up design. On the other hand, there are three camera sensors at the back. For configuration, the main sensor is a 12MP one with OIS and f/1.79 aperture lens while the secondary camera has a 2MP sensor with f/1.8 which is perhaps a depth sensor. The third camera is a 3D TOF (time of flight) and will be deployed primarily for advanced face unlock. In addition, the 3D TOF camera offers some advanced features like personalized beautification, 3D modelling of the user’s face, etc. There is a flash at the extreme left of the sensors while the two main sensors are circled by a star light ring. The ring light illuminates during gameplay, when the camera timer is ticking and a few other occasions. The camera setup is also optimised for AI screen recognition, Body and Face Shaping. Apart from the Face Unlock, there is also an in-display fingerprint sensor. For software, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes with Android 9.0 Pie modified with Funtouch OS 4.5. It also comes with Vivo’s JOVI voice assistant. The device gets its juice from a 3500mAh battery with support for 10V/2.25A fast charging. Vivo Nex Dual  Display Edition

Read Also: Six advanced tech features on the upcoming Vivo NEX 2 teased

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Price & Available

The premium device comes clutching a pricey 4,998 yuan ($723) and is presently up for pre-order in China via Jingdong (JD.com), Suning, Tmall etc. It is available in Star Purple and Ice Field Blue colours. The device will go on sale on December 29. There is no word yet on its global release itinerary but we expect some information on that to pop up soon.

Lenovo Z5s confirmed to launch December 6

A lot of smartphone manufacturers are getting ready to announce new devices this month. Meizu will be debuting the Meizu 16th smartphone on Dec. 5. Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy A8s on Dec, ASUS will be debuting the ZenFone Max Pro M2 on Dec. 11. The Vivo NEX 2 is also speculated to launch on the same date. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will be announced in China on Dec. Some of the other phones that are rumored to debut this month are Nokia 8.1 and Vivo Y81i. Today, Lenovo has confirmed that it will be holding a launch event on Dec. 6 to unleash the Lenovo Z5s.

Recent reports have revealed that the Lenovo Z5s will be equipped with in-screen camera. However, unlike the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4 that have the camera hole placed on the top-left corner, the Lenovo Z5s will have it towards the corner where the notification bar is.

The backside of the phone features a vertically arranged triple camera module. The smartphone has already received 3C and MIIT certifications in China. Only few details of the smartphone have appeared on TENAA. The handset has a model number of L78071 and it features a 6.3-inch display. It measures 156.7 x 74.5 x 7.8mm and it is packed with a 3,210mAh battery.  The other specifications of the Lenovo Z5s are still under the wraps.

Lenovo Z5s December 6 Launch Date

In related news, Lenovo is working on another smartphone called Lenovo K5X that has a model number of L38041. The smartphone features Snapdragon 636 chipset and up to 6 GB of RAM. It will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB storage choices. It houses a 6.18-inchFull HD+ display that supports 2160 x 1080 pixels which indicates that it will be a notch-less screen that offers an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is likely to be available with up to 128 GB of storage. The handset may receive power from 3,930mAh battery. Other features of the smartphone include 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup and 8-megapixel frontal shooter. There is a possibility that the Chinese manufacturer may announce the Lenovo K5X alongside the Lenovo Z5s.

4 Smartphone accessories to make your drive safer


The majority of people admit to using their smartphone at least occasionally while driving. We’ll say it’s “only for a quick check” of messages or to enter a postcode in whilst navigating. We can probably admit to playing music or checking calendar appointments. We know we shouldn’t be doing it, but during a slow drive or in traffic, it’s become a part of our time in the car.

However, it’s dangerous to use your smartphone while driving, and distracted driving has become the number one issue of car accidents, even above drunk driving. In the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is now responsible for more than a quarter of all car accidents. Mobile phone use is the most prominent cause of distracted driving with nearly half a million people using their cell phones while driving every single day.

Recently Kara Macek, the spokeswoman for the Governors Highway Safety Association told the New York Post that…

Drivers are getting the message, but not taking it to heart. They know they shouldn’t be doing it and are well aware of the laws.

The solution to reducing accidents is to take some proactive action. Sometimes yes, you may need to use your phone while driving, like when you need directions. Just be smart about it and use the right accessories to help you drive safer.

  1. Car Mounts

In the UK, you cross the legal boundary when you use your phone in your hand, so a  mount allows you to interact without breaking the law. For the most part this keeps your hands free and you can keep your eyes at the level of your windscreen.

When choosing a mount, get one that’s easy to use. You want one that your phone will fit snugly into and is easy to release and grab onto your phone. The last thing you want is for your phone to fall onto your lap when you go over a bump.

A magnetic charger can be an option as it’s so easy to place and release your phone onto. For these, they’re usually securely connected to your dashboard or air vent, and it connects to a magnetic strip on the back of your phone case.

  1. Hands-Free Calling

Mobile phones now offer a hands-free calling option. Likewise, newer cars will have Bluetooth built into the vehicle so you pair up your phone and everything becomes hands-free. For older cars, we’ve arranged a lot of plug-in Bluetooth / FM gadgets that will turn your car into a Bluetooth system. Then you just say “Hey Siri,” or “Okay, Google” (depending on your device) to activate the call. Of course, there’s always the old-school Bluetooth devices that go in your ear.

Hands-free phone use may reduce the risk of accidents, but it doesn’t eliminate them. The National Safety Council told the Washington Post recently that..

The issue is more mental than physical. Drivers talking on a cellphone…can overlook up to 50 percent of what’s around them while looking out the windshield. And activity in the area of the brain that processes moving images is reduced by up to a third when talking or listening to the phone while driving.

  1. Charging Mounts

Wireless charging is something that I love, but sadly it’s not as widespread on phones as I’d like. If you have the capability, getting a car mount which also has wireless charging is a great way to keep your phone topped up during those prolonged journeys.

If you don’t have wireless charging, a simple charging mount will of course still let you plug in a power charger at the bottom. It’ll mean that your phone is charged without taking your attention off the road.

  1. Dash Cam

Although you might not be distracted, other drivers could be using their phones at the wheel and might either cause an accident or be dangerous on the road. Without any evidence, it’s easy for them to blame you or something else if there’s an accident, so there’s been a rise in dash camera usage across the world. The footage can then be sent directly to a smartphone app for playback. Sometimes this can be done wirelessly via WiFi or you can copy from a microSD card.

According to the CDC, drivers ages 16-19 are most likely to get in an accident, and the risk factors go up if they’re using their phone or distracted by friends in the passenger seat. You can monitor their driving and discover the cause of a potential accident.

Although technology and gadgets can help us to reduce our mobile usage on the road, we also have to use our own will power and concentrate on driving rather than messing around with a smartphone.

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