Smartwa(r)ches, the battle for your wrist

Although the concept of smartwatches is hardly new; only recently it seems every technology manufacturer wants to put their hand – no pun intended – into the mix.

From small start-ups like Kickstarter-success Pebble, to Sony’s SmartWatch 2, and a whole host of upcoming rumours...

Let’s start with the most notable, the Pebble. Funded through raising over a whopping $10m they’ve just announced selling 275,000...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Google Maps turns seven, is the nail in Sat Nav’s coffin nigh?

The end for satellite navigation manufacturers is surely nigh - shipments of dedicated GPS units are down to 28 million shipments in 2012 whilst smartphone apps have grown to 150 million according to Berg insight, and now the consumer will soon have built-in mapping applications more capable than those released by firms such as TomTom, CoPilot, and Garmin.

Google graced Android users yesterday with a brand-new version of the popular Maps app first shown at its I/O Developer Conference back in May, now at...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.

How would iOS 7 beta 4 look with a different font?

Yesterday Apple unleashed iOS 7 Beta 3 - bringing with it a bolder Helvetica Neue font. Whilst still despised by many, it’s at least more readable than the previous iteration.

Someone suggested a change to a non print-orientated font such as ‘Myriad Pro’ which is exactly what I’ve mocked up...

The changes are subtle; this isn’t intended as an entirely new concept. In places you may have to squint to notice the differences, but in everyday use I believe the font would have a much...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.

Automotive apps to reach $1.7 billion, is cars the next big platform?

On sister site TelecomsTech we spoke to Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “connected cars” and how carriers plan to support the rise in automotive apps; both in infrastructure and services.

Forecasts today by ABI research point revenue to hitting nearly $1.7 billion globally by 2018.

 

Car manufacturers are consistently looking how they can entice customers away from the competition and offer...

Samsung delivers two worlds with the Ativ Q

Many customers who are looking for a powerful alternative to the iPad don’t know where to turn; they could go for an Android tablet which essentially features blown-up mobile applications, or go for Windows 8 with powerful software but limited mobile-optimised applications.

Now however they have a new choice, the Ativ Q.

This brand-new device unveiled at Samsung’s “Premiere Event” in London allows users to seamlessly switch between Windows 8 and Android at the touch of a button, in a...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Samsung.

Special Effect interview: Apps and hardware changing lives

Yesterday I tested an innovative new Android application named “Twilight” which changes the brightness of your screen dependant on the time of day, slowly adding a soft red filter until night-time to remove the blue light which keeps you awake.

As someone who regularly struggles to sleep; this morning I wanted to write a piece on how it could potentially “change my life” before realising how in the scheme of things, it’s so very...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Intel on-track to take ARM's space (and kill Windows RT?)

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ARM's architectures are currently used in the majority of mobile devices; you’re probably sitting with one in your pocket or on your desk right now. Their designs allow for “instant-on” and longer battery life than x86/x64 processors, but Intel may have just changed that assumption with their latest demonstration...

Intel quickly displayed a thin, fanless tablet on-stage

At Computex in...

By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Jelly Bean jumps as Google Play set to surpass iOS app downloads

Google has updated its “Android landscape” survey on the Developer Dashboard, showing Jelly Bean is very close to overtaking Gingerbread as the most widespread release. This may be just in time, as Google’s Play Store is set to surpass iOS app downloads.

Currently, Gingerbread, or 2.3, is sitting at the top spot at 36.5% of install base. The latest version of the OS, Jelly Bean, is now at 33%.

Jelly Bean is version 4.1-4.2; comparing version...

ARM’s Cortex CPU and Mali GPU architectures for 2014

If you’re into mobile devices, it’s hard to ignore ARM, who supplies and maintain architectures for most mobile SoC (System on a Chip) makers.

The company has released details on its new, mid-range Cortex CPU and Mali GPU architectures for 2014 at Computex, Taipei.

 

The Cambridge-based firm hit Taiwan to showcase their latest and (mid) greatest; the Cortex-A12, and Mali- T622.

Aiming at the rising mid-range market, of which ARM classifies as between $150 to $350, the new architectures are...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Don’t panic – Xbox One will support indie development

Despite popular belief, and wide reporting last week, it appears Microsoft’s latest Xbox One console will support independent development.

This should come as no surprise, with the meteoric success of indie games such as Minecraft, and the pioneering aspect of the “Xbox Live Arcade” which has supported developers releasing some fantastic titles out of their bedrooms or small studios.

It was said anyone who wishes...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Testing.