Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing, PDair and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

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Shaun McGill

iPhone noise cancellation

In order to cancel out background noise, the sound is not “eliminated” from the audio stream you’re hearing. It is countered by a second audio stream that basically eliminates your ability to hear it.
 
Since the sound and the “counter sound” are still hitting your eardrum, this can result in an odd sensation. Your ear is processing the sound, but your brain isn’t registering it. Since the inner ear controls balance, this will produce a dizzying effect in some people.” More at Cult of Mac.

I never knew that this could happen. After the silly zooming in the original iOS 7, seems Apple hasn't quite understood balance problems. Mine is now turned off which produced the unexpected result of much better call quality.

7 minutes per month

The Strategy Analytics study tracked more than 250 U.S. users of the Galaxy S3 and S4 and their use of apps last month. On average, users spent just seven minutes during the month on an array of Samsung apps — including ChatON, voice-activated search app S Voice and app store Samsung Hub. By contrast, they spent an average of 149 minutes on just three apps by software partner Google, its app store Play Store, video-watching site YouTube and its flagship search engine… More at WSJ.

That’s 6 more minutes a month than I spend in Samsung apps.

$10.2 billion

Apple on Tuesday announced a $10.2 billion profit for its fiscal second quarter on revenue of $45.6 billion. These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and profit of $9.5 billion, in the year-ago quarter.

Apple sold 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, 4.1 million Macs and 2.7 million iPods in the second quarter... More at The Loop.

Many of us worry about the pace of change at Apple, the slowness of product releases and the quiet period that we are in now, but the money keeps rolling in and the numbers keep going up. Must be doing something right.

iPhone owners love the S5, or maybe they don't?

According to a report in The Telegraph, more than a third (38% to be precise) of the users who upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S5 switched from an Apple iPhone. The data has been gathered from the mobile trade-in website CompareMyMobile.

The majority Apple users who made the switch to Samsung’s latest smartphone flagship traded an ancient by today's standards iPhone 4s. CompareMyMobile saw a 210% increase of trade-ins for the device... More at GSMArena.

Now that is a surprise.

According to data from leading gadget trade-in service Gazelle, the volume of used Samsung phones being sold using the company’s site exploded on April 11th, the day Samsung’s Galaxy S5 went on sale at all four nationwide U.S. wireless carriers. The firm’s data shows that Samsung device trade-ins were up 69% over the Galaxy S4′s launch day and 209% over trade-in volumes on the day the Galaxy S III first went on sale in 2012.

In terms of attracting new business from the iPhone camp, however, things didn’t look as impressive... More at BGR.

Now that's completely different from the story above? Some days I wonder if it's best to just ignore the web completely.