The app itself is very smooth, but many readers have complained that it appears to extend unlock times, and that even afterwards there is a delay before you can interact with your phone. Other issues have been that the app displays a low resolution screen shot when unloading, sometimes crashes and disables Kids Corner.
Rudy Huyn, a developer involved in the app, has said on twitter:
I myself have been pretty happy with the app. My 930 has an unlock lag in any case, and it feels slightly faster with the new lock screen, and I appreciate having a new UI novelty without having to wait for the next major Windows Phone update.
What do our readers think of the new lock screen? Let us know in the poll below.
There are some who will always say Windows Phone is behind the times, but in my own experience there is one area where Windows Phone could certainly do with some updates, and that is time keeping.
My clock on my Windows Phone is always drifting, often after a month running full minutes behind the real current time. A slow clock can not only result in you missing appointments, but can also cause strange, difficult to diagnose issues such as not being able to download apps or sync email.
Setting it to carrier time does not always help – my own carrier’s clock is also behind, and not all carriers offer the feature.
There is no 3rd party API to change the system time on Windows Phone, so Microsoft is the only one who can provide a solution.
I propose Microsoft built in NTP (Network Time Protocol) support into Windows Phone so we can all set our clocks via time.windows.com.
Am I the only one with this issue? Let us know in the poll below.
In his recent AMA we learned from Joe Belfiore that Microsoft made decisions on features in Windows Phone 8 based on telemetry data gathered from actual users.
The data indicated that the vast majority of users only did the usual things, and very few used the more complicated features of the Photo Hub for example.
I suspect there may however be a weakness in the data collection, as the first thing I do when I set up my phone is disable Feedback, as it was at one point thought to impact battery life, and who wants Microsoft looking over your shoulder in any case. I suspect this may be costing us valued features however.
Do you have Feedback (under Settings > Feedback) turned on or off? Let us know in the poll below.
Its now been a week since the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, and unlike most major updates were we were at the mercy of carriers for the roll-out of the update users have been in complete control over if and when they install the update.
I suspect many hundreds of thousands of Windows Phone 8 users have taken advantage of this capability and upgraded the handsets, but I also believe a significant cautious percentage are waiting for the official roll-out starting in around 6 weeks.
Have you jumped in head first, or have you been cautious, waiting for others to find and Microsoft to work out the bugs? Let us know in the poll above and comments below.
After a few days of using Windows Phone 8.1 now would be a good time to ask how battery life is under the new OS.
On my Nokia Lumia 920, with an 18 month old battery, for the first day battery life was less than spectacular, possibly due to Cortana, but likely because I kept fiddling with the device, testing out the new OS.
However now that things have settled down a bit, and also possibly because I have disabled Cortana (being in UK) things are significantly better, as can be seen in the graph above.
What has the experience been of our readers so far? Let us know in the poll below.
Talking about FoneArena, they are also running an end of your poll for the best smartphone of 2013, and so far the only Windows phone entrant, the Nokia Lumia 1020, has been doing well, defeating the HTC One and LG G2, and has made it all the way to the finals, and is currently running against the Sony Xperia Z1.
As can be seen from the screen shot above, the contest is running on a knife’s edge.