Instead of VR headsets, maybe we should be thinking about Virtual Rooms?

The current hot topic in the gaming industry is virtual reality – made popular (once again) by the now Facebook-owned Oculus and their ‘Rift’ headset. It’s an impressive device, but one which is currently attempting to overcome crippling problems such as motion sickness…

Whilst Oculus arguably reinvigorated interest in the technology which can transport us to whole other created worlds – other players such as Sony have also announced their own competitors.

There are many...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry.

OnePlus unveils One smartphone which reminds us to “Never Settle”

When you hear the team behind CyanogenMod is working on a device – you have to sit up and pay some amount of attention. OnePlus is a newcomer to smartphones and we know how hard it is for even the biggest companies to survive in this competitive environment.

As we followed with intrigue, the team at OnePlus teased us with their slogan “Never Settle” taking aim at a competition which always makes one sacrifice or another - so what is this wonder smartphone?

It’s the (bit oddly named)...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry.

Microsoft makes Windows Phone free (to select OEMs)

There’s one manufacturer which rules the Windows Phone roost, it’s a brand we’ve all heard of and most of us will have owned a device from at some point… it's the Finnish legends at Nokia.

Whilst Windows Phone is available to other OEMs - with a license-fee - there has been little interest; only a limited amounts of handsets have been released so far from the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Huawei…

Perhaps taking a look at the problems faced by OEMs in the Android market – who...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Platforms, Windows.

Blippar demos world-first Google Glass 3D AR at Mobile World Congress #MWC14

Here at Mobile World Congress, there’s a history of ground-breaking innovations which shape how we interact with our devices. Google Glass is a device which goes beyond that and changes how we interact with the world around us.

Whilst Glass is fantastic technology, it will only come into its own with the right applications. Blippar, the augmented reality experts, has defied many critics and shown – for the very first time – 3D AR running on the glasses…

Critics have...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Where now for Firefox OS following Spreadtrum $25 phone deal? #MWC14

Mozilla has announced a deal with China-based chipset vendor Spreadtrum at Mobile World Congress to deliver $25 dollar smartphones.

The chipset, with the catchy name of SC6821, is described by Spreadtrum as “redefin[ing] the entry level of the global smartphone market.”

The vendor promises manufacturers that elements such as integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, advanced features of Firefox OS and plenty of web and HTML5 apps, can be marketed into phones at a price point never seen before.

There’s...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices.

Google posts the definitive anti-Glasshole guide

There’s a delightful term being given to certain-types of users in how they use their newfangled Google Glass devices… Glassholes. I’m sure you don’t need us to break that word down; let’s just say it’s a tad towards the derogatory side.

Not everyone who uses Glass is one of these, but Google – looking to promote adoption in public – has posted a guide to early adopters helping them not to become one...

Some of the points made in Google’s “

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Android is driving towards 1 billion users by the end of 2014

DeveloperTech reported earlier this week on Google’s announcement to bring Android to vehicles in partnership with several of the biggest car manufacturers – a perhaps inevitable next step to Andy’s (the green robot) world domination.

Whilst Android has already passed 1 billion activations since September 2012, not necessarily all of these are still active. But according to leading research firm Gartner, by the end of this year,...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Marketing.

Steam Machines could be Windows’ lifeline

PC sales are on a serious decline, you may have heard. After all, for most, their functionality can be replaced by that offered in more convenient forms such as netbooks and tablets. BBC, for example, only announced today that iPlayer tablet viewing overtook computer for the first time.

Of course there are professional applications which require the (higher-end) desktop; but this is a smaller market than your general consumer and Microsoft’s...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

Feeling Blue? Bluetooth 4.1 empowers devs with new IoT capabilities

We’re only just getting used to grips with Bluetooth 4, and we’ve already got an iterative update announced today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) which adds a whole host of useful additions to the widely-used wireless specification; preparing for an influx of new devices.

Most of this preparation is for handling the “Internet of Things” renaissance; a brand-new breed of connected devices which can communicate with each other, and the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Testing.