A mobile device is not just a small computer - strategies

A mobile device is much different to a PC. Sure, they are smaller, but it’s much more than that.

People bring a whole different set of expectations to their mobile devices. They use them differently, use them in different places, and want different things from them.

Mobile devices make different physical and cognitive demands on users.  This article will explore these differences and give you strategies you can put to work right away on your next mobile project. 

First the most obvious – display...

By Marshal Datkowitz, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices.

RIM to feature Siri-esque assistant for BB10?

It’s been delayed until the start of next year, but Research in Motion will be betting that a personal assistant will hope boost the sales of the fledgling BlackBerry 10.

Videos and reports have been released of what appears to be a very alpha-stage voice controlled programme on the BB10 Dev Alpha device.

According to the CrackBerry forums, the assistant is able to open browsers, play music and make appointments, but so far...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

iOS 6 betas limit number of apps available

It has been revealed that the recently-released Apple iOS 6 beta has a cap on the number of apps a user can have at any time.

According to a post from ‘macjeff’ on the Mid Atlantic Consulting support blog, 500 apps on a user’s device will result in “slow booting, auto-rebooting and other issues”, while breaking four figures of apps will mean your phone doesn’t boot at all.

How Mid Atlantic Consulting discovered this feature was not disclosed. It is particularly notable...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, iOS.

RIM RIP? BlackBerry 10 delayed until next year

It’s a prevalent trend to indulge in a spot of RIM-bashing, but the Canadian mobile giants have posted a disastrous set of quarterly results which prompt fresh fears over the company’s future.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins admitted that the BlackBerry 10 operating system was being further delayed until the beginning of next year because of unforeseen problems integrating the OS’s features.

Heins stated that he had no intention of releasing a below-par product on his watch.

This comes alongside the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Industry.

iPad dominates tablet video consumption

Almost all of the online videos watched on tablets were on iPads in the last quarter, according to a new report.

Digital TV specialist Oolaya’s quarterly Global Online Video Index report found that 88% of videos watched on connected devices were viewed on TVs and games consoles, up from 57% in the previous quarter.

Tablet viewing was dominated by iPad. In fact, since the launch of the latest iPad, the amount of video watched on tablets has increased by a quarter. “iPads presently account for 95%...

By Matt Henkes, 01 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, iPad.

When is a TV not a TV? (Part Two)

For part two of “When is a TV not a TV”, we’ll be looking at what constitutes TV nowadays.

By the time I get home late at night (from working those 20 hour days *cough*), any of the shows I would have wanted to watch are long past their regular broadcast times. That’s the problem the PVR/DVR/TiVo solves, right?

Not always. I don’t have every channel, nor am I always near a TV set. What is more conveniently available is WiFi and a supple data plan for when a hotspot...

By Colin Chong, 09 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, iPad, Platforms.

'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.