Opinion: IFTTT has just provided the universal IoT remote

IFTTT (If This Then That) introduced a range of 'Do' apps yesterday; Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note. Each of these help to perform a specific function - of which their simplistic names might suggest - but it is the Do Button application which has the most potential.

The biggest issue with the IoT at the moment is the lack of a winning standard or leading platform

Do...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, iOS, IoT, Platforms, Wearables.

Review: YotaPhone 2's E-Ink display is a game-changer

Since the original iPhone changed the way we interact with our smartphones back in 2007, we've seen iterative updates year-on-year from all manufacturers. Russian startup, Yota Devices, are attempting to disrupt how we interact with our devices through an E-Ink display on the back of their devices which provides "always-on" information to the user. 

The device was used to test the market to gauge interest, and it gained plenty of attention. Now the innovative manufacturer...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices.

Ubuntu's first smartphone takes on Windows Phone

Ubuntu, the world's most popular Linux distro, is bringing its open-source expertise to mobile with the launch of its first smartphone. The device will be hitting the European market next week as the 'Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition' for €169.90, and is manufactured by Spain-based BQ.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, attempted to break the smartphone market once before with the 'Ubuntu Edge' but failed its $32 million crowdfunding campaign. At the time, Canonical...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, HTML5, Platforms.

Canalys: Tablet shipments decline 12% due to phablets

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During Apple's last event, I watched with particular interest at how Cupertino planned to upgrade the iPad Mini. As executives left the stage, I was left disappointed that its sole change was the addition of a 'TouchID' fingerprint scanner.

This frustrated me for a while, the iPad Mini was a device I carried with me everywhere, but as the months went past...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Phablet, Tablet.

Windows 10 is free for 6x more powerful Raspberry Pi 2

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The successor to the world's favourite tiny computer, Raspberry Pi, has defied Moore's Law which predicts the amount of transistors on a processor chip will double every couple of years. In fact, the Pi v2 has six times the processing performance of its predecessor thanks to a new quad-core ARMv7 processor running at 900 MHz.

We've witnessed the "stripped-down computer" become a credit card-sized PC which can stand on its own and deliver some admirable...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, IoT, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Bluetooth 4.2 wants to be "the foundation for the IoT"

As I write this article, there is one technology which is providing a constant link between my smartphone and my smartwatch. Bluetooth's Special Interest Group (SIG) has advanced the standard and its capabilities far-beyond what anyone could have imagined at its conception, but it's not finished yet...

As we move into the age where we're criticised for not connecting a device to the internet, the amount of devices connected to one another will grow exponentially. At the same time, we're just as...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, IoT, Security.

Windows Phone 8.1 cracks 50% marketshare

The good news is that the latest and greatest version of Microsoft's mobile OS has reached 50% of the Windows Phone market, according to AdDuplex. The bad news is that Windows Phone still accounts for less than 10% of the entire smartphone market in most countries...

Android still dominates in terms of overall marketshare, but where Google's OS fails is in getting their latest OS onto even the latest flagship handsets from the myriad of OEMs who...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Phablet users spend the most time in-app

Over the past decade, mobile devices have been getting smaller in every dimension (no #Bendgate jokes here...) Unfortunately, we also want to get more done on the move at the same time. As capabilities have increased, due to faster mobile networks and hardware innovations, the potential to do more is there - but it often requires a bigger screen.

The extra real estate allows for more immersive content, and more detailed information.

Even Apple, who was once adamant against larger screens, has seen the light...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Ecosystem, iOS, Testing.

IoT apps: Building a fully-integrated solution

Recently, a fresh round of exciting wearables has been announced or shipped by large device manufacturers such as Apple, Motorola, LG, and Samsung. These gadgets present brand-new opportunities for developers to expand beyond their existing apps, and create user experiences which can have a tremendous impact...

Previously, during evening walks with my wife, every single notification from my mobile device resulted in a reach into my pocket, a flip open of the folio, a swipe down on the notification, and having...

By John Thomas, 21 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Testing.

Slow iOS 8 adoption worries developers

One of the best things about Apple’s iOS over Google’s Android is that the latest updates are immediately available for supported devices without the need to wait for your carrier to check it, or your hardware OEM to ‘skin’ it to differentiate their products from competitors.

This year, adoption of the latest iOS has been much less than previous years, and it’s worrying developers. After three weeks, iOS 8 is now running on 47% of devices

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Devices, iOS, Platforms.