News by Luke Jones on Monday December 15, 2014.
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Microsoft's Windows Phone platform may be losing the operating system war to iOS and Android (by a long way too), but that does not mean it is without interesting features. It is actually a very robust platform and yours truly would love to see it more prominent if Microsoft can solve a few nagging issues. A new piece of software called the Gestures Beta app is now adding even more functionality to the platform.The app lets the user control calls without having to actually touch the screen. For example, if the (Windows) phone is ringing, you can pick up the device, place it to the ear and take the call without touching the screen. Likewise, to stop a call, simply place the smartphone display down on flat surface, but note this only mutes the call and does not hang up. If the phone is laid on a flat surface with the speaker facing up it will enter the speakerphone of the device. A nice touch for sure, but you had better know which side the speaker is or you could end up muting your boss. And now that I think about it, what about the HTC One M8 for Windows, the speakers are on the screen side, so would you mute and put on the speaker phone at the same time? Semantics I am sure, so if you are at all interested in this app you can head over to the Windows Phone Store and grab is for free. It will work on most up to date WP devices, although the Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia Lumia 635, and the Nokia Lumia 530 will have limited functionality with the app.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.