Status report for April 2020: services and apps on Windows 10 Mobile

March 29th: One month on from the previous update, here’s the refreshed/latest news and comment on applications and services on Windows 10 Mobile – the OS itself has now had its very last security update, but it still works on the whole. This feature will summarise what’s broken and what’s not, along with workarounds where … Read more Status report for April 2020: services and apps on Windows 10 Mobile

Awesome Tube UWP updates round-up for 2019/2020

Playing YouTube videos in a third party application has never been trivial, even back at the dawn of Windows Phone. Microsoft tried it and got shut down hard by Google. So for the last four years (at least) it’s been down to small third party developers reverse engineering YouTube’s streams, dodging API changes, and ripping … Read more Awesome Tube UWP updates round-up for 2019/2020

Twitter PWA gets flurry of updated features

Last covered here back in February, Twitter keeps on improving its Twitter PWA, most easily accessed on Windows 10 Mobile through the official UWP Store application, even if the code changes are all server-side. Still, Twitter gets smoother and more functional week by week – it’s the flagship social network for W10M these days. Here’s what’s new, … Read more Twitter PWA gets flurry of updated features

Instagram notifications are a ‘go’ (on Winsta UWP)

I’ve been following the progress of third party Instagram client Winsta UWP for Windows 10 Mobile for a couple of years now, but it’s only with the most recent update, v2.6, that notifications have arrived, initially for letting you know that you have an Instagram direct message from someone. As ever, it’s a fun ride … Read more Instagram notifications are a ‘go’ (on Winsta UWP)

Camera shootout: Low light/zoom. Samsung S20 Ultra, Lumia 1020/950, iPhone 11 Pro

So… the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is in for review. With 108MP giant main sensor and 9-to-1 oversampling. Sound familiar? And then there’s the use of PureView-like smart cropping to provide zoom on both the main and telephoto systems. Loads of Lumia similarities, even if the tech is much faster now, and I couldn’t decide … Read more Camera shootout: Low light/zoom. Samsung S20 Ultra, Lumia 1020/950, iPhone 11 Pro

A COVID-19 tracker PWA for Windows 10 Mobile

They’re depressing statistics to want to visualise, but things are so wild at the moment that the more information available, the better. In this case, a look at two PWA (Progressive Web Application) URLs, one for the world, one for the UK, that track the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (a.k.a. ‘CoronaVirus’, leading to COVID-19) currently a … Read more A COVID-19 tracker PWA for Windows 10 Mobile

The curated UWP app directory for W10M: March 2020 update

Two months on from the previous update, here is the March 2020 update (two additions, two apps removed, several links tweaked) to the AAWP directory of curated UWP applications, those with native Windows 10 UI and which support different orientations, Continuum and even use on laptop or tablet. Do please get involved in the comments … Read more The curated UWP app directory for W10M: March 2020 update

Camera head to head: Lumia 950 vs Samsung Galaxy S20

Following my detailed look at specs across the board on the new Galaxy S20 vs the classic Lumia 950, here’s the much awaited imaging comparison. Zooming is quirky on both, but there’s plenty to compare on the main cameras – in 2020, have Samsung learned their lesson and managed to reign in their enthusiasm for … Read more Camera head to head: Lumia 950 vs Samsung Galaxy S20