Opinion: Amazon's "Fire Phone" burns creators, feeds consumers

Rather than teaching the next-generation to create, we're teaching them to consume. Amazon unveiled its anticipated Fire Phone yesterday and the company has removed almost all of Android's productive abilities and replaced them with the ability to easily buy and consume Amazon content. It really solidifies the viewpoint.

One of the key features of the Fire Phone is 'Firefly' where you can point at almost any object with the device's camera in order to purchase it. This is an impressive feat of technology, but...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Devices, Platforms.

Apple is "killing in the name of" future headphones

If there is two things you can agree on with Apple, it's that A) The company likes to take even the most simple things and try to do them differently, and B) They very much like proprietary things which work exclusively with their devices.

Apple recently bought Beats, which started its journey as a overly-priced headphones manufacturer with distinct design. Apart from being much like its new owner, many wondered why Apple would want Beats. Maybe it's to continue the company's "cool" image amongst the kids?...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS.

Google’s Project Tango tablet enables a literal “flight mode”

At Google’s I/O developer conference this year we’re expecting a limited-run debut of “Project Tango” tablets which have a 7-inch screen, infrared depth sensors, two back-mounted cameras, and "advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects," according to people briefed on the company's plans. The project’s aim is to learn and 3D map the world around the devices for producing things like indoor imagery.

From this indoor imagery, a team from the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

Google Glass 2 is in secret development according to supplier

The first iteration of Google’s Glass eyewear is yet to be widely-available to the public, and already we’re hearing some speculation about its successor alongside some small-time detective work which adds foundation to the rumours floating around this week.

Crystal Optech is a leading supplier of optoelectronic components and the company’s own Kong Wenjun has confirmed – through several “middle men” so as not to draw a connection to Mountain View – that they have supplied samples...

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

Opinion: Xbox One is losing its “Next Gen” vision

Let me tell you my morning routine – I wake up, walk into my living room, and say “Xbox, on”. After this, the Xbox logo under my TV glows and – like magic – my TV and TiVo start-up. Kinect impresses me every single morning and, gradually, it’s been impressing friends and family (this is important.)

Before I bought a “next-gen” console I wanted to be sold on how I can be given different experiences from the previous generation. The PS4 looked like a PS3 with enhanced...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

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, Microsoft, Platforms.

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.