'Stripped down' Blackberry 10 prototypes handed to developers

RIM’s new hot-seat occupant, CEO Thorsten Heins, has unveiled prototypes of the company’s new platform reboot Blackberry OS 10, complete with prototype handset at the Blackberry World conference in Florida this week.

Around 2000 attendees were given Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha handsets, not intended for consumer release, but for developers to test drive their Blackberry 10 apps. The company has also released its new Blackberry 10 developer toolkit.

The toolkit...

By Matt Henkes, 02 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Innovative smartphone and tablet patents from Microsoft

 

New technology patents from Microsoft might take Apple's iPad dominance and iPhone smartphone dominance out of the game. Apple has long been one of the favourite manufacturers of Mobile phones and tablets (especially with the new iPad 3 (HD) rapidly flying off Smartphone retailers shelves.However iOS powered products whilst still being brilliant in recent years have tended to be evolutions of good ideas and not revolutions. News of dual display Smartphones and tablet patents applied for by  Microsoft may be the...

By Duwain Marnitz, 24 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry.

Instagram / Facebook: Is this the beginning of the end for web?

Facebook’s purchase of Instagram has given us a unique insight into where the Social Media giant sees the future of its industry, and the price it has paid tells us that it is not on the web. Is this the beginning of the end?

Much has already been written about the amazing amount Facebook is paying for Instagram. As a single app company with minimal monetization, $1 billion may seem extreme, especially given that the company had valued itself at about $500m. I am not, however, going to focus on the...

By Dale Carr, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Facebook, Industry, Platforms.

Android engagement slips but devs give thumbs up to Google+

While romantics would tell you that it’s impossible to measure love in statistical terms, research released today revealed that developer passion for Android has waned by 10% in the last year.

Although a healthy majority of developers, 78.6%, still said they were interested in creating apps for the platform, the figure has slipped from 87% during the first quarter of 2011, according to industry analysts IDC and Appcelerator, marking an alarming swing for Google.

The reason? The huge number of disparate...

By Matt Henkes, 20 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, HTML5.

iPad launch: Improvement rather than innovation

The technology industry held its breath and prepared for something amazing last night as Apple unveiled what everyone has been referring to furtively as the iPad 3, but we’ve now learned is just, well, the new iPad.

It’s impossible not to wonder what Steve Jobs would have made of Apple’s latest effort to lead the tablet game. The launch proved to be a showcase of incremental improvements rather than the game changing innovations we'd come to expect from the company under his...

By Matt Henkes, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.

The Mobile World Congress 2012 Buzz Index! #mwc12

It gives us great pleasure to present the 2012 Buzz Index as compiled at last week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition and conference in Barcelona.

I hear you ask “What’s the Buzz Index?”  I am glad you asked!  Let me explain.  Every year since 2007 we have been measuring what the biggest buzzwords are at MWC, which give a great indication as to what’s hot and what’s not in the mobile and connected devices worlds.  To be more specific, we only focus...

By Colin Chong, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, HTML5, Industry.

HzO ‘Talking to Apple’ About Water Blocking Technology for Future iPhones

Pocket-lint reports that Utah company HzO, which was showing off its “WaterBlock” technology for providing water resistance to mobile devices at last week’s CES, has said it is talking to Apple about the possibility of including the technology in future iPhones and other devices. Samsung is also reportedly “excited” by the technology.

“We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung...

By 3Squared, 19 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Devices.

The pace of new app development dwarfs the release of other kinds of media

Somewhere at a computer last Wednesday, a developer pushed a button and the 1 millionth mobile app went to market.

Apps shrink the functions that were once available only on a desktop computer to make them usable on smartphones and mobile devices – stock trades, restaurant reviews, Facebook, streaming radio, photographs, news articles, videos and, of course, Angry Birds.

The pace of new app development dwarfs the release of other kinds of media. “Every week about 100 movies get released worldwide,...

By 3Squared, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Industry.