In episode 82 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with some Lumia 625 themed chat and a discussion around the newly announced Nokia Lumia 525. In the second half of the podcast we talk about Nokia MixRadio, the newly updated version of Nokia Music, before moving on to round up some recent app releases and updates, including a special focus on podcatchers.
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In this video-based feature we compare the camera speed of the Lumia 1020 and 1520 in terms of both start-up time and shot-to-shot time. While some of the differences between the two devices can be explained by the relative size of the camera modules (41MP versus 20MP) the processor powering each device (Snapdragon S4 versus Snapdragon 800) is also an important factor.
The latest set of Kantar Worldpanel data, released yesterday, shows that Windows Phone is continuing to grow its market share in Western Europe, surpassing 10% market share for the first time in the EU5 (Germany, UK, France, Italy, and Spain). In the US market share has recovered to just under 5%, after falling to 3% earlier this summer, but still remains significantly behind the leading European markets.
In the screen section of our Nokia Lumia 1520 review we noted in passing that Microsoft has, in the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 release, changed the way some of the apps apps are displayed on devices with large screens. The most obvious example is the addition of an extra column of Live Tile on the Start screen, but there are a number of other more subtle change too, as demonstrated in this video-based feature article.
AdDuplex publishes regular reports on the breakdown of devices (and countries / languages) active in the Windows Phone ecosystem based on data drawn from its advertising network (2,087 apps running AdDuplex SDK version 2.0 for the November report). The data represents a sampling of the active installed device base for Windows Phone, albeit one biased to those users who are more likely to install apps, as of November 22nd 2013.
At a low key virtual event in Singapore, Nokia just took the wraps off the new "accessibly-priced" Lumia 525, a variant of the successful Lumia 520. Powered, out of the box, by the latest Nokia Lumia Black version of Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 525 has a 4" screen and 1GB of RAM, along with the usual Nokia imaging apps, maps and navigation from HERE, and free music streaming from Nokia MixRadio.
In this video we offer a summary review of the Nokia Lumia 1520, complementing our in-depth hardware review and editorial coverage from last week. The video starts with a brief unboxing, before going on to offer an overview of the hardware and new software features of the device. Also included is some commentary on the practicality of size of the device, illustrated by a comparison with the Lumia 925 and Lumia 620.
As we noted in our in depth review of the Lumia 1520, Nokia's most recently released smartphone is the first Windows Phone device to be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC. The quad-core (2.2 GHz) processor is clearly a significant upgrade from the dual-core (1.5GHz) processor used in the previous generation of high-end Windows Phone devices, but the critical question is what impact does this have on overall performance?
As part of a relaunch of its streaming music service, Nokia has renamed its Nokia Music app to Nokia MixRadio. The new version of the app also adds a new "Play Me" feature, which offers a personalised mix crafted from your unique music profile. Also new is the capability to share mixes by social network, email, and SMS, and the ability to "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" down tracks, something that helps refine your personal music profile.
In episode 81 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with some brief commentary on Nokia's recent EGM, before offering some first thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 1520. In the middle portion of the podcast Ewan and Steve have strong some feelings to share about the Windows Phone release of Instagram. There's also a mention for Twitter's Vine, another new addition to Windows Phone. We finish with a quick summary of the new features in the recent HERE Drive update and some thoughts on the first release of the Nokia Refocus imaging app.