Project X/Y: Google is the "Think Different" company

Most people in the tech world will be aware of Apple's famous "Think Different" campaign for Mac which solidified their position as the rebel alternative to the PC. It is a slogan and ethos which has carried on throughout the company's products and allowed them to become one of the world's most beloved brands.

A growing percentage, however, believe that in recent years Apple has allowed other companies to innovate and then take a step back and look at a different approach. It's...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Chromebooks now run Android apps without porting

Android is everywhere; whether it's your phone, your tablet, your console, or even your fridge. Where it hasn't been, at least without third-party software such as BlueStacks, is your PC. Back in June, Google promised it would be bringing support (finally!) for Android apps on Chromebooks.

On Thursday, the web giant made good on its promise and launched the first set of these apps for Chrome OS. These initial apps included; Duolingo, Evernote, children's reading app Sight...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Code, Developers, Platforms, Testing.

Android KitKat is now on a quarter of active devices

Dear Apple fans, please refrain from comments about the amount of devices your latest OS is running on. I'm joking, go ahead. Even as an Android fan I have to admit that the small percentage of those running Google's latest wonder is frustrating; but it's growing.

The latest iteration of Android, KitKat, has now reached a quarter of active devices according to Google's latest platform version marketshare numbers. This is impressive considering the sheer amount and variety of devices which ship with Android...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

One Calendar API to rule them, one API to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

If you’re building an application with calendar integration, it can be a difficult process to support all of them due to their various authentication methods and data models. One Calendar is an API which aims to simplify this by simplifying integration with commonly-used calendars such as Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange.

The API was birthed out of CEO Adam Bird's frustration with being unable to easily interact with the myriad of existing calendar APIs which are...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Code, Developers.

Four essential skills for today’s app developers

Gone are the days when app developers could simply publish their app on an app store and expect a decent amount of downloads. In an increasingly crowded market, devs need to put in more work to ensure that their app gets recognition from fickle users. While there is no magic recipe for guaranteed app success, here are 4 skills that today’s app developer should have for a leg up over competition:

1) Cross-Platform Capabilities

As the mobile market grows, so...

By StartApp, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Developers, Testing.

Get your apps in shape with the Google Fit SDK

2014 is the year where we all take more care of our health. It's not necessarily out of choice, although it should be, but through reminders from the sensors built-in to our mobile devices and their subsequent operating systems alerting us that we should probably put down that donut and take the stairs instead of the lift.

Google announced their 'Fit SDK' at the company's I/O developer conference this year. Over the weekend, it entered preview stage and now provides...

By Ryan Daws, 11 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Developers, Platforms, Testing.

Ringly aims to keep you up to date but with your phone out of sight

Meet Ringly. This startup’s piece of wearable technology keeps you up to date with notifications, but makes sure you’re not pulling your phone out of your pocket every few minutes.

Utilising Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the ring’s BLE-enabled circuit board makes the connection with the user’s phone, and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The ring lights up a specified colour and gives a different vibration pattern dependent on the type of notification received, be it a...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Design, Devices.

Google's 'open platform': How open is Android, really?

The secret's out: Google's "open platform" Android operating system is probably not as open as we thought.

An open platform software system allows outside entities, such as vendors, to shape and change software features and functions as they see fit. The changes can be in the form of commercial add-ons or open-sourced materials. Until recently, Google's public believed that Android manufacturers were free to manipulate the Android operating system as they wished. Granted, Android continued to 

By JT Ripton, 29 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms.

Google Glass puts eyes on the back of your head (and elsewhere)

I've been highly-critical of Google Glass, and I stand by that in its current form the average consumer is better off with a smartwatch. There are certain applications, however, where Google Glass can be indisputably useful.

Today the developers working on the Glass Development Kit have released a changelog detailing the addition of USB webcam support in the latest version. This new capability boosts the possibilities of the device; particularly for surgeons and drivers of the two-wheeled vehicles.

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By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Platforms, Testing.