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.

WordPress being used by more and more SMEs for CMS: Are devs missing out?

New research from 34SP.com has found that more than half of UK small businesses are using WordPress as a content management system (CMS) thereby “finally blowing away its image as just a blogging platform”, according to a deck prepared by the domain provider.

The vast majority of companies who said they used the open source platform for their CMS were organisations of fewer than 50 employees. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most popular reason for companies using WordPress was its ease of use, and...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, 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, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, Testing.

Developers prefer Android over iOS, whilst Windows interest grows

There are two current kingpins in the smartphone war; Android and iOS. The companies behind each ecosystem take different approaches to their respective platforms. Android has a reputation of being more "Open" and, let's be honest, a bit more geeky. iOS is less flexible and instead relies on Apple making all the important decisions on behalf of its users and developers. 

In the latest "

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Industry, Platforms.

Microsoft’s Q4 shows positive outlook, despite Nokia acquisition earnings miss

Earlier this week, DeveloperTech posted an opinion piece on why Microsoft's job cuts were smart, but poorly handled. The company's new CEO, Satya Nadella, inherited a powerful company in disarray with many decisions by his predecessor still being settled. Microsoft's Q4 earnings hints gives an indication of how the company is doing since having a new captain at the helm.

One of the biggest decisions was to acquire the once-mighty Nokia handsets...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Nvidia puts its SHIELD around tablet gaming

We don't tend to cover product releases here at DeveloperTech, but when we do, it tends to be because we believe they have the potential to be a game-changer. The graphic chip gurus at Nvidia released their intriguing yet limited controller-with-a-screen last year – and now they're back with a much-improved successor.

The follow-up device unleashes the controller from the screen so it can be used as a standard tablet when needed. It runs (almost) stock Android 4.4 KitKat, and its hardware visually...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

Opinion: Why has Google Glass pioneer Babak Parviz jumped ship to Amazon?

Amazon started off selling books from a garage and quickly grew to become the world's largest retailer and the industry leader when it comes to the Cloud. If I was to describe Amazon, I'd say the company has a mix of the traits of their closest competitors.

These traits include; Microsoft's ambition, Google's craziness, and Apple's ability to approach things differently.

Mobile devices are an arena in which Amazon is only just starting to move into; and cautiously. The recently-announced 'Fire Phone' has been...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, Devices, Platforms.

WPC14: What can we expect from Windows 9?

Earlier this month, DeveloperTech reported that we may get our first taste of Windows 9 this year. It may be a little early to see a full revelation, or a public test build, but that doesn't mean Redmond can't start trying to drum up some excitement around the next release to please its users, partners, and investors alike.

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference kicks off today and marks the perfect opportunity to prove why the company is worth sticking by - despite the widely-regarded failure of Windows 8....

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Platforms, Windows.

Bluetooth SIG releases wireless accessory predictions

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) oversees the development of the popular standard and has released research based on a survey of over 2000 GB consumers in June 2014 which gives some perspective about the public's expectation surrounding the rise of wireless accessories in the coming years.

A key finding is that 60% of Brits already own a wireless connected accessory and that 72% expect to own one by 2016. With Android Wear recently hitting the market, and the much-rumored "iWatch" by Apple expected...

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

Opinion: Chromecast is a home trojan horse

Whilst the focus at I/O this year was on Android TV, Google hasn't forgotten Chromecast. Yesterday, the web giant posted an update to the Cast SDK which will allow developers to cut many lines of code from their applications for the device as well as improving the Media Player Library.

But although most of the improvements are not the most exciting, there is one addition which may pique some people's interests...

The "route selector" now shows the name of the receiver app...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.