Random reboots and battery issues

Windows Phone 8 devices have been available since the beginning of the month and users are starting to report early issues across HTC and Nokia handsets. In a thread over at WPCentral with 143 replies, a variety of HTC 8X users report that handsets randomly reboot while in use. A thread on Microsoft’s own support forums has also gained 50 replies complaining about the issues. The Verge can confirm that an 8X we are testing has rebooted on more than one occasion.

Nokia Lumia 920 users are also reporting random reboots and freezes, with some complaining of poor battery life too. In a thread on Nokia’s support forums, a number of users appear to be complaining of lock ups and resets with the Lumia 920. Battery life issues have led to some users wiping their devices in hope of a quick fix, unfortunately that seems to have resulted in some devices left stuck on a Nokia splash screen. In our own experience with several Windows Phone 8 devices, we’ve found that disabling the tap + send (NFC) feature results in improved battery life. We have reached out to Microsoft, HTC, and Nokia to discuss the issues and we’ll update you accordingly.

iOS 8 Leaks Tip New ‘Healthbook’ App, More

With iOS 7 firmly planted on more than 80 percent of North American iDevices, we can now turn our attention to what’s in store for the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

If newly leaked screenshots are any indication, Apple could be adding a few new apps to your home screen in the future. The images, which purport to show iOS 8, were recently posted to the Chinese social network Weibo, and show off an icon for a so-called “Healthbook” application, as well as mobile-friendly versions of two OS X apps — Preview and TextEdit.

Though the source of the leak is not known, Apple-focused site 9to5Mac claims that several of its sources have confirmed that the images are, indeed, the real deal. The site previously reported that the Healthbook app will be a “headline feature” in the next version of iOS, offering health and fitness-tracking capabilities.

“The software will be capable of monitoring and storing fitness statistics such as steps taken, calories burned, and miles walked,” 9to5Mac said. “Furthermore, the app will have the ability to manage and track weight loss.”

Meanwhile, the rumored Preview and TextEdit apps will let you view files stored in iCloud that have been created using the desktop apps, the site said. They won’t, however, actually let you edit PDFs, images, or text documents.

The screenshots also show a new icon dubbed Tips, which may be some sort of help guide.

As for what Apple actually has in store, we’ll just have to wait and see, probably until its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this summer. In the meantime, iOS users who haven’t already done so can now download iOS 7.1, which features support for the much-hyped CarPlay, as well as improvements to Siri and Touch ID fingerprint sensing on the iPhone 5s. The update also includes some accessibility improvements and a number of other tweaks to iTunes Radio, calendar, and the camera.

Check out the rest of the supposed iOS 8 screenshots below.