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, 1 comment. 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.

Forget Google, it's Microsoft that's building Sky.NET!

If you watched the Google I/O keynote this year, then you will have witnessed the gentleman at the back shouting about how the web giant is building robots which will kill us all. With Elon Musk also adding his concerns to such a scenario, any potential for a Terminator-style "Skynet" artificial intelligence which could be dangerous to our very existence is under close-observation.

Today we've got a step closer to such a self-thinking AI, but it's not from Google, it's in-fact from Microsoft. So why should we be keeping a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Testing, 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.

Google I/O 2014: Grab a Lollipop, check your Wear, and prepare your TV

Google VP, Sundar Pichai, confirmed yesterday we’ll see the next version of Android today – a break from the tradition of releasing later in the year alongside new hardware. In an in-depth profile piece on Bloomberg, Pichai said: "I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”

Releasing a preview this early before a general release later this year adds credence to a complete

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

WWDC 2014: Another predictions article…

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is back and iGeeks everywhere are trying their very best to contain squeals only similar to those generated at a Justin Bieber concert. As usual, we’ve heard rumours of what to expect from a company more under the microscope than ever before…

The last revolutionary product released by Apple was the iPad – which despite being launched in 2010 – still has had no true competitor in terms of sales. Not even the power of Samsung, which...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

Project Cider quenches your iOS app thirst on Android

For a long time iOS apps’ quality and quantity far surpassed what was offered on Android due to it being a more mature platform. Arguably, on smartphone at least, the two operating systems have reached some amount of parity.

However, there are still apps which are iOS-only, and few apps on Android tablets are yet to reach the quality of those found on iPad. Six PhD students at Columbia University‘s Department of Computer Science may have solved this problem with their work on Project Cider, an OS...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Industry, Platforms.

UK govt sticks by Microsoft for software due to cost savings

The UK government is sticking by Microsoft as its software provider of choice due to cost savings – even over open source alternatives. 

The revelation came after Jos Creese, the CIO of Hampshire County Council, told Computing that a combination of a workforce already familiar with Redmond gear and a refreshing flexibility from the vendor side made Microsoft a surer bet when taking into account...

By Ryan Daws, 12 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Indie developers face challenges on the App Store

Since the beginning of the mobile app economy, the App Store has always been driven to new heights when small, independent game companies released a surprise hit. Just look at Supercell, Rovio, Zeptolab, and King! All those companies were tiny (or even non-existent!) when the App Store launched in 2008, and now each company is pulling in millions of dollars in revenue.

Today, independent app developers are facing a

By StartApp, 08 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Apple iOS, Industry.

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.

Google under antitrust investigation over Android search monopoly

An antitrust investigation has been filed in California against Google which alleges the company is taking advantage of its MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreements) which Android device manufacturers have to sign so the company can establish a mobile search monopoly.

The OEMs have to sign their MADA in order to include apps on their devices such as YouTube and Google Play (Books, Movies, Music .etc) applications. They must preload with Google apps and give them prominent locations – including...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Sony struggles as 18% higher-than-expected $1.3bn loss posted

Tokyo-based Sony has been struggling to make a profit from their traditional models of PC, MP3 players, TVs, cameras, and games consoles for some time now.

The company projected a loss for the fiscal year which ended March 31, 2014 as being $1.07 billion.

That number is now at $1.27 billion – a figure 18% higher than expected. Sony pits its exit from the PC market as being a factor in this loss – with write-downs on excess components.

In a statement, a Sony spokesperson said, “Consequently,...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing.

Xbox One to launch in China, a gamer market bigger than the population of the U.S

Gaming giants Xbox and PlayStation are continuing their traditional console war to gain gamers hearts, minds, and thumbs. Foreign console sales in China have been banned for the past 14 years under reasons of influencing youth in the country.

That ban has now been lifted and Microsoft, in partnership with BesTV New Media, will be launching their Xbox One console in September.

China has around 500 million gamers – a third of the country – and more than the population of the entire U.S. Due to a...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Windows.

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.

Dear Apple, Open up or be left behind…

Four years ago, Steve Jobs announced iOS’ video-calling feature ‘FaceTime’ would become Open so applications can be built cross-platform for the benefit of everyone. iOS users can keep in touch with their contacts in the bigger market which is the Android ecosystem, and vice-versa.

iOS users are still limited to calling each other. Despite adding features like FaceTime Audio (shouldn’t that be VoiceTime?) we're without a way to get in touch with our non-iDevice counterparts.

There's a...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Industry, iPad, Platforms.

Android vs. iOS: "Originality" shots fired over new docs

Even if you keep out of the firing range you are sure to have heard the “copy” shots between the passionate Android and iOS camps. With each OS release, features are borrowed from one another in a bid to one-up the competition…

“Good artists copy, but great artists steal” one Pablo Picasso said, a quote more recently repeated by Apple founder Steve Jobs. Despite this, Jobs declared “thermonuclear war” on Android due to seeing the platform as a direct replica of...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Industry, Platforms.

Firefox OS 2.0 wants to set iOS and Android ablaze

Everyone loves an underdog, but when it comes to your mobile OS unless you want to spend your days looking at the competitions’ full app stores – your choice comes between iOS, Android, and the fast-rising Windows Phone

Mozilla launched the first iteration of their plucky Firefox OS last year to little fanfare and a fair bit of confusion from consumers. Why was a web browser launching an OS? What can it do different from current beloved platforms?

The...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms.

Chromecast and Android TV: Is there a world where both co-exist?

Google’s last play into the television market was the aptly-named, Google TV. Remember it? Not many will because it wasn’t what you could call a runaway success. Such a failure in fact that it was pulled completely and brushed under the rug.

But the company isn’t ready to give up the living room to Apple, Microsoft, Roku, or the many other companies vying to take over the biggest screen in our homes – and understandably so.

First up is

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Xbox Music: Bringing tunes to the masses (of apps)

Right this second I’m listening to Spotify competitor, Xbox Music. This is a service I’ve come to love and – since enabling music videos – has ended up becoming my go-to service daily for music consumption.

But from a game-changing move for developers at BUILD 2014; it may soon be enhancing your enjoyment without you even realising…

A new Xbox Music API wants to make the service’s “over 18 million tracks” available for use in any game or...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.