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, Microsoft, Platforms.

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.

Developers unbox next-gen Kinect 2.0 (and SDK)

Whilst gamers got their hands on their beloved Xbox One bundles last week, developers received a different type of package to play with in the form of Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits – containing everything required to get started with the improved peripheral.

The latest generation fixes complaints - notably the amount of space required - whilst adding some pretty mind-blowing additions such as the ability to see in the dark… and even read a user’s heartbeat.

Already...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Testing.

LG’s Gray Norton talks the future of Smart TVs

Despite being the biggest display in most people’s homes - and where the majority spend their evenings in front of – the TV has been largely unchanged for a number of years. Many would argue it is the platform ripest for some innovation.

The idea of a “Smart TV” is nothing new, most manufacturers have a few sets with added software features above just displaying broadcast TV. Most of these additions come in the form of support for OTT applications such as Netflix, Hulu, and...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Developers “sneak peek” at Google Glass SDK excites

The initial steps towards Glass development have been slow due to its limited access through the Glass Mirror API – albeit still impressive considering. With the dedicated SDK; aptly known as the GDK (Glass Development Kit) developers will have a whole new set of tools to play with.

Shown at a Hackathon in Google’s San Francisco offices; Timothy Jordan, senior development advocate, unveiled the new SDK to whet the appetites of those following the wearable device.

Previously,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

Google Glass is in sight – Hackathon and SDK announced

Whilst we’ve seen cool apps from Google themselves, and great concepts from third-party developers; we’re yet to see an SDK release to bring these fantastic ideas to the wider-public’s retinas (that’s not patented by Apple yet, right?)

The wait is nearly over; Google has announced a two-day Hackathon in San Francisco for developers who want to test the “Glassware Development Kit”.

Scheduled to happen on November 19th – 20th, this marks a momentous occasion for...

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Apple co-founder Woz gives his take at #AppsWorld

Speaking at AppsWorld in London, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave his thoughts on the shifting mobile industry; wearable tech, connected devices, voice assistants, the Cloud, and the iOS competition from rivals such as Android and Windows Phone.

On talking about who’s “doing the most” for mobile; Woz is still on the iOS-side of the fence for reasons of reliability. Whilst this may not necessarily be a surprising stance from an Apple founder – Steve is a man unafraid to criticise the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, Industry, iOS.

Google Glass looks upon new features (and more privacy concerns)

Thanks to Android Police, an APK teardown of “GlassVoice” reveals a whole host of new features – yet some, if brought to reality, won’t help with the privacy concerns many have about the device.

Let’s get the worrying stuff out the way; after all, I’m a bad-news-before-good kinda guy.

Google hasn’t (yet) included eye-control for Glass, saying “OK Glass, take picture” is less worrisome than someone blinking a couple of times.

Yet, the ‘Gaze’...

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Google brings the ‘Experience’ back home (and to your wrist)

One of Google’s biggest assets in Android is also one of their most infuriating challenges - its openness. It’s that which allows manufacturers to skin their devices how they like; making it all the more appealing (and more functional out-the-box.)

Yet all of this also takes power away from El Goog to control the experience - especially in terms of aesthetics. When the average consumer looks at an Android OS; they are generally put-off by its skeletal-look. Unaware it can be customised.

With Android 4.4, or...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.