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UMTS / 3G standard video calling (or the lack of it!)

December 8, 2011

One of the new features 3G phones introduced was the front facing camera and the ability to make video calls between them.

As far as I know, this feature was initially a flop: video calling was much more expensive than traditional phone calls which led most consumers away.

In the last couple of years, at least in my country, carriers like Vodafone introduced new prepaid plans that not only allowed free voice calls between phones (using the same plan) but also free video calling (again, between phones with the same prepaid tariff).

I noticed that, thanks to these new prepaid plans a lot of consumers rediscovered video calling and, especially if living away from their loved ones, started to use this feature a lot more often.

At the same time, a lot of people started to dump their old 3G dumb and feature phones and joined the smartphone revolution. Unfortunately most have discovered an inconvenient truth: Most smartphones can’t make the standard good old video calls!

– iOS devices are able to make video calls through data networks (FaceTime) but are not able to make standard 3G video calls.

– Android also do not support natively standard video calling, although is able to do so via Google Talk or Skype.

– Windows Phone just recently started having phones with a front facing camera in the market, but, like Android or iOS, do not support UMTS video calling.

I have to recognize that, apparently, the only manufacturer concerned about this and that’s making an effort to make both Android and Windows Phone smartphones compatible with the old video calling standard is Samsung, as you can see in the video below (made by HDblog)

All other phone manufacturers I had the opportunity to try, such as standard Google Nexus phones (including the Samsung ones), HTC, Sony Ericsson and Apple are not able to do it, which is really a shame, since this was a feature available in older mobile OS such as Symbian or Windows Mobile.

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Other SunSpider 0.9.1 results

October 19, 2011

Recently I had the opportunity to run the SunSpider javascript benchmark in some devices with different operating systems, so here are below the results I’ve got.

Samsung Galaxy S – Android 2.3.3: 6305.4 ms

HTC Desire S – Android 2.3.3: 7611.9 ms

HTC 7 Trophy – Windows Phone 7.5: 9590.7 ms

Apparently all this three devices are considerably slower then the A5-powered iPad 2, but none of them is powered by a dual-core processor as the Apple device is, so I was expecting this difference.

Another important fact is that the Windows Phone HTC device is powered by a 1st generation SnapDragon clocked at 1 GHz while the Android HTC device is powered by a 2nd generation SnapDragon clocked at the same speed, so that might be one of the reasons why the WP7.5 device was slower than the Android one.

The Galaxy S was faster than the SnapDragon-powered HTC, but I don’t know if that’s only because of the Samsung Hummingbird SoC or if there is some optimizations Samsung did at the firmware level to enable this faster performance.

Lufthansa android app bug

October 12, 2011

I’ve never been able to use properly the Lufthansa app available in the Android Market.

I’m unable to search the timetables by origin and / or destination airport.

I’ve tried the iOS Lufthansa app and it works like a charm.

Am I the only one having this problem?