BlackBerry puts BBM into Samsung devices: What will happen from here?

According to a press release picked up by N4BB, Samsung’s African division has announced that BlackBerry’s BBM messaging software is going to find its way onto selected Android devices.

This isn’t going to be a unique instance, of course – it’s been long rumoured and expected that BBM will make its way onto Android and iOS. The dates have been a little on the vague side though; last month, BB’s India MD Sunil Lalvani

By James Bourne, 06 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Is Moto ‘X’ the “official” answer to Samsung’s Android domination?

Google can’t be a huge fan of Samsung’s Android dominance – the Korean company takes away 95% of all profits and is being called “the tail wagging the dog” for their resulting influence.

It’s a serious problem, for Google and the industry.

On one hand it's great Samsung is flooding the market with their OS (and therefore software and services.)

Yet it’s also a...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Samsung.

USB 3.1 to get 10Gbps speed boost, unofficially sponsored by DC Comic’s “The Flash”

Remember the days of USB 2.0? Featuring a top-speed which maxed out at the theoretical speed of 480Mbps?

Well those days have passed; alongside the upcoming USB 3.1 spec arrives incredible 10Gbps speeds - give it another dozen years and I’ll be back reporting USB 4.0’s 10Tbps speeds!

USB (Universal Serial bus) has been fast advancing compared to similar communication technology, and is more widely supported than – frankly superior – rivals such as Intel’s Thunderbolt; which has...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Testing.

The rise (and perhaps the inevitable fall) of Nintendo

Nintendo is one of the “old-school” gaming powerhouses; not one of the pioneers such as the Odyssey or Atari, but the first in my comparatively short lifetime to get me into gaming, and for that reason, the house that Mario-built has a very fond place in my heart.

Announcing their Q2 2013 results; the future looks bleak. No-one I’ve spoken to can suggest how Nintendo can get out of the complete marketing mess they have made with the Wii U.

Between April and June the company sold just 160,000...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Jelly Bean 4.3 is tastier than you know

At Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar” event yesterday; the Mountain View-based company took the wraps off a lot of Android 4.3 announcements we were expecting - yet there was so much more you may not know about.

Sundar Pichai – head of Android – took the time to gloss over a few of the notable features which would directly affect our experiences from day one.

These include; Restricted “Kid Mode” Profiles, Bluetooth Low Energy support, Virtual Fraunhofer Cingo™...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Psst, Google! Acquire Rockchip (and their multitasking software!)

You may have heard of Rockchip electronics; they are suppliers of powerful ARM-based processors to the Chinese market.

What you may not have heard – until now – they’ve also been getting into the software game; bringing multi-window support to Android tablets carrying their processors.

Back at CES in January, Rockchip showed off an early build of the software; demonstrating its ability to resize playing video and move it around the screen. Whilst this was cool, it was limited only to this...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

It’s time to de-bug the education system

Since the education system was created during the industrial revolution, it hasn’t changed much due to the "if it ain’t broke don’t fix it" attitude.

The problem is, society’s requirements of education have changed a great deal since the 18th century, but the school system doesn’t reflect this.

Rather than hard work and obedience being the most valued qualities of a workforce as they were then, I believe attributes such as creativity and independent problem solving are far more...

By Enrique Riepenhausen, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Fund your OUYA game development on Kickstarter, gain $250,000

Android-based console OUYA wasn’t simply a rocketing Kickstarter-success (which broke $8 million in funding) but also retail; where it sold out of all initial units at stockists.

Yet it’s not all good news, the games since have been lacklustre - albeit a few golden titles – which the team hopes to address.

Taking to the fund-raising platform where the company begun their journey; the team at OUYA wish to inspire game developers...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms, Testing.

Google graces Chrome 29 with WebRTC, releases Maps SDK 1.4 for iOS

Google, will you guys take a day off already?  The web services company has released updates to a couple of its products containing some fairly significant, potentially game-changing additions.

First up is the much-loved Chrome browser, now at version 29.

As of recently, the desktop release of the browser started sharing the same version as its “Chrome Beta” mobile counterpart found on Android.

Whilst still keeping some device-specific features, much of the underlying technology remains the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, iPad, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Microsoft sets Windows 8 OEM hardware requirements, and doubles WP8 lifecycle

Redmond-giant Microsoft is setting the standard for Windows 8 hardware; keeping a minimum level of quality which should allow for a great experience for customers. The mobile equivalent, Windows Phone 8, gains a longer support lifecycle for peace of mind.

On the desktop - all devices shipping with Windows 8.1 from January 2014 require a 720p webcam, higher-fidelity audio equipment, and Bluetooth support (on devices with WiFi).

Other aspects which OEM’s should be aware have been updated:

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.