Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lumia 950 XL fast charging comparison - #OPPO, #samsungS7 who wins ?

Windows phone flagship Lumia 950 XL equipped with "USB-C Fast Charging" which can get up to 50% capacity with just 30 minutes of charging. That's very fast till now, as the crown of less charging time has been taken by Chinese phone maker OPPO with their 'Flash Charge' technology.


The recently launched Samsung Galaxy S7 also includes fast charging fast charging and its is claimed to charge 81% in 30 min. While the official Samsung website says,

"Stop waiting for your phone to charge. With fast wireless charging2, the Galaxy S7 powers up from 0 to 100% in no time. And with our biggest battery yet3, the Galaxy S7 gives you the power to keep going."


Looking at he details it can't be 100% accurate to say that it can charge 81% in just 30 minutes, But still it is fast charging and seems to faster than what Microsoft is offering with Lumia 950 XL.

Now let's talk about OPPO, according to OPPO website,

"A thirty-minute charge will get the mobile phone to 75% of battery. With 4x faster
charging speed than conventional chargers, the VOOC flash charging system will have
your phone ready to go when you are on your way out the door."

Theoretically, it is very fast as OPPO claim. But in practical usage, the claim is never accurate. We need to test and check.

In last on paper Samsung and OPPO may have clearly overtaken fast charging crown with Microsoft.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Android vs Windows : Only 16 recent apps with 4 GB RAM Soc 820 in 2016

We like windows phone as you do, that is why we are here at Windows Latest. Many unique features to it are not possible to come in other platforms Android, iOS. But we should not defend Windows Phone if we love it. As technology grows each day, each platform grows in parallel to that too. But if anyone slows to catch up he will be left behind. This is the motive of "Android vs Windows" comparison posts that we started few days back. 

There is no denying that Android is a market leader for many years. There are reasons to that as well. We will cover that in a separate post, for now, today we will be looking at the way people are using the smartphones now a days. I agree that some of my observations may vary from person to person but most of them will be common and here they are,

  • Never power off the phone with a thought that I might get a notifications from many sources like whats app etc.
  • Try to keep apps even if we don't use them, by thinking to save data when redownloading it.
  • Not to disable apps and let them run, just in case something comes up.  (Even if you close in Android it will run again after some time)

There are other more myths and thoughts, but they are not relavant to scope of our current topic here. I figured out these myths and summarized as "Runs many apps and never poweroff the phone". That's certainly true with modern phones that have 2GB of RAM at least and most phones do have that too.  Now all of these are possible in my Nexus 6 running stock and latest Android 6.0.1, but trying the same on my Lumia running build 10586.107 (not the redstone) is not possible. This is what I want to show you off.

According to Microsoft for Windows Phone 8/8.1,

"There's a limit to how many apps your phone can remember at one time, which depends on your phone model and memory. When you reach the limit, apps that you haven't used for a while will no longer appear in the App switcher, so be careful not to stray too far from an app if you want to switch back to it."

When it comes to Windows Phone 8.1, it's same just a new feature,

"Windows Phone 8.1 offers an even faster way to close apps – press and hold the Back Back button button, then swipe down on any app to close it."


This means the phones with higher specs like some of the older Lumias 1520/930/Icon can store upto the 15 apps in memory. Only 15 ??? that's it. I don't want to get into the details and explanations what is the reason behind that. I too used Lumia 930 for an year and used in parallel a very cheap Android phone too which costs less than 100$ and my 930 cost me 600$. Most people like me as a general user first want the simple and basic features first "If I have opened any app it should be there in my app history so that I can resume back to it asap". But according to Microsoft,

"be careful not to stray too far from an app if you want to switch back to it."

In simple it means each time I open any app I will have to first,

  • See how many apps are running
  • Where is my app that I want to get back to it soon.
  • Oh no, my app is not showing, damn it lost again

I am sure windows phone users must have encountered these situations. Now once you open all the apps  (more than limit 8, 16) then the remaining apps went to background. They are working too, I will make a new video over that. Here is the video that you can watch,

This issue has been checked on quite old windows 10 mobile build.

If we come to modern Windows 10 Mobile, it's been more than over a year we are using that and since than some of the basic features that we need are not fixed yet.

If we come to modern Windows 10 Mobile, it's been more than over a year we are using that and since than some of the basic features that we need are not fixed yet.

If we come to modern Windows 10 Mobile, it's been more than over a year we are using that and since than some of the basic features that we need are not fixed yet.

Even for a moment, I thought there is memory limitations but that too with the phone having 2 GB of memory.

I also have,

  • Lumia 520 [512 MB]
  • Lumia 625 [512 MB]
  • Lumia 630 [512 MB]
  • Lumia 640 XL [1 GB]
  • Lumia 1020 [2 GB]

But I am seeing the same 8 apps (7 + 1 start). We travelled from 512 to 2 GB RAM and yes all of them are running windows 10 mobile. With the new Redstone build, you can have 16 apps running. Since it is yet not released to older Lumia (we checked on lumia 640 via interloping it and we are able to see 16 apps now). The same question again, "Is 16 apps only is  OK ??, if you have HP Elite X3 with 4 GB RAM and SoC 820".

Another great problem when comparing to Android (Android M) is windows phone closes all the running apps when you power off/reboot your phone. Android  M, on the other hand keeps all app reopened even if you do a reboot/poweroff. I pointed out earlier that nobody is powering off their smartphone, atleast no one whom I personally know.

These are few of the issues that are there in windows 10 mobile builds. If we can, call it as a limitation, then it should be fixed very soon.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New update coming soon

New update of the app coming soon.


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New update on the way to fix YouTube error.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Fix Rich Capture or HDR Mode in Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 Mobile Tips : Rich capture is a feature from Lumia Camera and is merged into the new Camera application.

Rich capture has two modes: On and Auto. The new auto-mode captures multiple images such as Dynamic flash, HDR and Dynamic exposure (low light fusion) when needed. Single pictures are captured for normal scenes, which results in an increased performance and reduced memory consumption.

What does Rich Capture do in Lumia Camera?

Rich Capture is an improved version of the normal auto mode that gives you more options in challenging conditions, allowing you to adjust the photo after taking it. For example, you can use the flash when taking the photo, but remove its effects later. You can adjust the following settings separately or together:

  • Amount of HDR with dynamic EV steps
  • Amount of flash
  • Exposure time for improved low-light results
  • Whats the problem ?

The phone which supports Rich captures and if they do have good internal storage say 16 GB / 32 GB then there will not be likely any problem. The phone with 4 GB / 8 GB of storage often come in situation where they need to use SD card location as there primary storage location.

Now, when we select the default location to SD Card the Rich Capture feature wont work. This has been tested on Lumia 640 XL. We will see the "Choose the best lighting" option for editing the image in rich capture mode but that will not work.

We even tried to do a reset of the phone but things remain same. We dis some R&D on our own to figure out the possible ways to fix it. Here are the changes we made,

  • Changed the default apps installation location to "This Device" from SD Card.
  • Changed the default Pictures save location to "This Device" from SD Card.

Next after that we went again to Windows Camera and tried to capture an image. We we select the "Choose the best lighting" option this time we were able to find a missing plugin installation for this feature to work. The plugin is "Microsoft Photos Plus-in"

Here is the link to download that if it works on your device then.

After again selecting  "Choose the best lighting" option Wolla..... This time we were able to edit the image and are able to set the best lighting conditions too.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

OneNote app received major update with many new features

Microsoft OneNote has been update with new features. There seems to be a lot new improvement in performance too. In our initial usage after app update, it is working very smooth and fast. Editing and typing has really gone faster now.
2016-02-18 (28)
According to version Notes,
  • More organized notes
  • Move/copy pages and sections to keep everything organized, just the way you like.
  • Shape recognition
  • Automatically transform your drawings into shapes.
  • Office Lens
  • Use Office Lens from inside OneNote to capture that document or whiteboard.
  • Know who's here
  • See where others are working with you in a shared notebook.
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Elite X3 phablet from HP leaks in new images before launch

HP's Elite X3 phablet is scheduled to launch very soon in MWC 2016. This phone is one of the most high end phones in windows phone history if we go with rumored specs sheet. In recent leaks the images has been surfaced again. Looking on the images is looks premium with metal finishing. Here are the images that we have seen so far,

According to WMPoweruser the specs can be,
  • 5.96-inch QuadHD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad-Core SoC
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32GB storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • USB 3.0 Type-C (USB-C)
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Iris Scanner (Windows Hello)
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Continuum support
  • 16-megapixel camera on the back
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • IP67 dust and water resistance
  • STD810 military MIL-rating (for 1-foot drop protection
This phone can be called as a beast considering the specs.


set windows phone time to 100 years back

Windows 10 Mobile Bugs : what happens when you set windows phone time to 100 years back  Have your ever tried to change the time of your windows phone running windows 10 mobile ? Mostly it is set to automatic update. If you have not then you might have done it in your old Nokia feature phones for sure. (complete demo is at the end of the post)
Nokia 1100 Date and Time Set
I tried to play with "Date & Time" settings in windows 10 mobile build 10586.107 running on Lumia 640 XL. Here are some of the facts I found for the Date & Time,
  • There is a range of 200 years in W10M (Windows 10 Mobile)
  • Minimum allowed time is "January 1 1916"
  • Maximum year that you can reach by doing some stuffs (that's we are going to see) is 2252.
  • If you do able to reach to 2252 then still difference will be 200 years only and minimum time (year) will be 2052 then.
  • W10M is not able to change the time to back if you are connected to internet even if you have disabled the "Set Date and Time Automatically".
  • After altering the time when you do a reboot phone is taking some more time than usual, this clearly means device is internally arranging the time from ROM.
Now you have some idea we can start and see whats wrong with Windows 10 Mobile Date and Time settings.
Step 1:
Turn Off the "Set date and time automatically".
Step 2:
Change the system time from current date say 18/02/2016 to 18/02/1916.
Step 3:
Reboot your device. Here you will see device is taking more time than it usually takes. Clearly something is going in the device and the OS itself.
Once the reboot is done you can go under the settings and can see the current date and time. To be surprised here, the device time is still showing the current (todays) date and time even though we have disables the automatic time update.
Step 4:
We tried something different again here and changed the time back to 01/01/1916 and now lets see whats going to happen now and yes we did turned off the internet connection too.
Step 5:
Again reboot the phone and see what is going to happen on next reboot.
Step 6:
This time device too takes the same time as on previous reboot but when powered on again we got some screen flash for a moments. but the device boots up.
Immediately after the device boots up we saw some of the system update windows written as,
"Restart your phone to complete the installation of the latest phone settings update or get a reminder in 5 minutes"
This could be some of the date and time related hopefully. But we didn't installed the updates and proceed with the another step. We went to to Date and Time setting and tried to see again, we shocked to see the date that it is showing. We saw the current date as 06/02/2052, even though we changed the date to 01/01/1916.
Also we went to see the maximum time present here and we found the maximum year as 2152 here and the minimum year to be as 2052.
We keep on scrolling and suddenly we found that the maximum time(year) has been changed to 2252. Its a strange on seeing it is keep on changing here. As you can see below.
Step 7:
Turn the "Set date and time automatically" this time and see what will happen when we again reboot the device.
After a reboot we find that date and time is set to "06/02/2152"
Step 8:
We turned on internet connection at last and tried just disable and enable again "Set date and time automatically". Doing that time is correct again.
Finally what is the problem here ? You can't set a back date here and you need internet connection to get the current time set on your device.
So that's it for now.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lumia 550 Dual SIM

Announced 2015, October. Features 3G, 4.7″ Capacitive touchscreen, 5 MP camera, Wi-F.

Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps

Announced 2015, October
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2015, December

Dimensions 136.1 x 67.8 x 9.9 mm (5.36 x 2.67 x 0.39 in)
Weight 141.9 (5.01 oz)

Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 4.7 inches (~64.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~315 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes

OS Microsoft Windows 10
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210
CPU Octa-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Adreno 304

Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1 GB RAM

Primary 5 MP, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features 1/4'' sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus
Video 720p@30fps
Secondary 2 MP, 480p

Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0

Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
MP4/H.265 player
OneDrive (15 GB cloud storage)
Document viewer
Video/photo editor

Battery Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 672 h (2G) / Up to 672 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 16 h (2G) / Up to 14 h (3G)
Music play Up to 60 h
Colors Black, White

Price (About 130 EUR)
(About 139 USD)
(About 9560 INR)


Microsoft Lumia 650 LTE

Announced 2016, February. Features 4G, 5.0″ AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 8 MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, ...

Technology  GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (optional)
3G bands  HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G bands  LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
Speed  HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
EDGE  296.0/236.8 Kbps

Announced  2016, February
Status  Coming soon

Dimensions  142 x 70.9 x 6.9 mm (5.59 x 2.79 x 0.27 in)
Weight  122 g (4.30 oz)
SIM  Optional Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Type  AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size  5.0 inches (~67.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution  720 x 1280 pixels (~297 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch  Yes
Protection  Corning Gorilla Glass 3
ClearBlack display

OS  Microsoft Windows 10
Chipset  Qualcomm Snapdragon 212
CPU  Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU  Adreno 304

Card slot  microSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal  16 GB, 1 GB RAM

Primary  8 MP, f/2.2, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash
Features  1/4" sensor size
Video  720p@30fps
Secondary  5 MP, f/2.2, 720p video

Alert types  Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker  Yes
3.5mm jack  Yes

WLAN  Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth  v4.1, A2DP, LE
NFC  Yes
Radio  FM radio
USB  microUSB v2.0

Sensors  Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser  HTML5
Java  No
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
MP4/H.265 player
OneDrive (15 GB cloud storage)
Document viewer
Video/photo editor

Battery Removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery
Stand-by  Up to 624 h (3G)
Talk time  Up to 16 h (2G) / Up to 13 h (3G)

Colors  Black, White

Price group (About 180 EUR)
(About 200 USD)
(About 13700 INR)


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Using Glance Screen on Windows 10 Mobile

Glance screen is a unique feature similar to ambient display features in Nexus and Motorola phones on Android and is has been available for a many of the Nokia Lumia phones like lumia 1020, 830, 1520 etc and Microsoft Lumia phones like 640 XL, 950 XL etc. Nokia introduced this to Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8/8.1.

glance srcden lumi a1020

Glance sets your Lumia to display many information on its screen and the good thing is that when you leave your phone on stand by it will show you things in the way you configured it.

Using the proximity sensor it will show you information with your phone movement without wasting any significant battery power and that too is better when your phone has AMOLED display like Lumia 1020, as the screen is not using any backlight to display this information.

Lets quickly see how to use and configure the glance screen on windows 10 mobile,

Where to Find Glance Screen ?

Before that you need to check whether your phone supports glance screen or not. Go to settings and search "Glance", or you can go to "Settings > Extras" directly. If you found any option like 'Glance Screen' then your lumia phone supports glance feature. Like you can see below.


Click the Glance screen and open it. You will get following option below,

  1. Mode
  2. Content
  3. Exception

glance screen options 1


Notice that you have 4 options available:

  • off : disables Glance Screen.
  • 30 seconds : will keep Glance Screen turned on for about 30 seconds. Your smartphone will display information on your screen when it detects movement using the proximity sensor. For example, when you hover your hand over the smartphone or when you take smartphone out of pocket or bag.
  • 15 minutes : Glance Screen will be kept on for about 15 minutes after locking the phone.
  • always on : your smartphone will always show the Glance Screen, whenever it is in standby mode.

NOTE: The most power consuming option is to select the "always on" setting. Our recommendation is to set Glance Screen to "30 sec"

Content :

The supported options are,

  • Date
  • Notifications Icons

You need to go to lock screen setting to add more information you want to display.

lock screen

Exceptions :

There can be situation when you want glance feature to have some exceptions ??? Here we have some options for you.
  • The first option - "Always show glance screen when charging" - its self explanatory: if you connect your phone in a charger, you can set Glance Screen to always on. Keep in mind that you get this exception when you didn’t already set Glance Screen to be "always on" .
  • The second exception is "Night mode" and here you can change how the Glance Screen will work during night. click it and you can select if the information displayed by Glance Screen will be
    • turned off at night and
    • whether it will use a red, green or blue color.
    • The final option here is to "hide glance screen", which obviously will disable Glance Screen at night. See the image below. 

You can set the start time and the end time during which you want to choose the exceptions to remain valid.

That's a quick tip in which you can use the glance screen feature. Let me know in comments how you use your glance screen feature.

You can connect to me on twitter @GISSupport to ask any windows 10 mobile related queries.