- Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00 / Closed on Weekends
This Week's Chitter Chatter - a Blackberry Android Phone, Google Maps and the Worst Place in Your House for Mobile Reception
Let's start this week with reports that BlackBerry may be working on a new smartphone which will run on an Android operating system and feature a sliding keyboard. BlackBerry are keen to compete with other mobile phone markers and it would give their users access to a huge number of Android apps rather than relying on developers to create apps for their BlackBerry 10 operating system. Not much is known about the sliding keyboard as yet but BB demonstrated a smartphone with a sliding keyboard back in March at this year's Mobile World Congress so there's speculation that it will feature on their first Android smartphone.
Whilst we're on the subject of Android the OS's creator, Google, have added a handy new feature to Google Maps which will let you know in advance if the place you're heading to is shut or will be closed before the user reaches it. At the moment, the feature only seems to be available on the Android version of Google Maps. It works by displaying the opening times of your destination and then if it calculates that you will arrive after closing time, then it will notify you.
Did you know that your kitchen is the most likely place in your house for a signal black spot? In fact, around 40% of us in the UK lose our mobile signal in the kitchen with Georgian houses and newer properties built around 5 to 15 years ago likely to experience the most disruption. Certain cities also seem to have more signal black spots than others with Liverpool topping the list with 60% of people surveyed experiencing difficulties and Bristol and Cardiff not too far behind. Fear not though, as signal reliability indoors is an issue which the mobile phone operators are striving to improve. Different frequencies are being used all the time in order to provide better mobile coverage with the aim of offering 4G coverage indoors as well as outdoors to 98% of the UK population by the end of 2017.
And finally, this year's iPhone Photography Awards have been announced. As the title suggests all of the photos were taken on an iPhone and many thousands of entries were submitted from more than 120 countries across the globe. The winning shot was an atmospheric black and white photograph of an bearded accordion player who was playing traditional Polish music in a market square in Warsaw (see above). There were many beautiful photos to choose from including images of wildlife, stunning landscapes, architecture and some great people portraits. You can see all the winners here.