Analyzing Microsoft's slow and steady mobile strategy

We came across The Official Microsoft Blog and read this statement: “Windows Phone has reached 10 percent market share in a number of countries, and according to IDC’s latest report, has shipped more than Blackberry in 26 markets and more than iPhone in seven.” At first, it looked liked some sort of a joke. Everyone knows that Android and iOS are the only contenders; Microsoft Windows 8 and BlackBerry are...

By Albert Vang, 19 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft wins design, but pays for WP8 developers

When Apple unveiled the new iOS 7 design at WWDC, many, including me, took note at how many design cues were taken from rival OS's.

Regardless of whether you think this is right – “good artists borrow, great artists steal”, as Pablo Picasso was alleged to have said - the company went for a ‘flat’ design, like Microsoft.

 

Microsoft, with its Windows Phone 8 Operating System is acclaimed for taking a radically different approach; whereas...

BlackBerry 10.2 to support Android Jelly Bean apps

Along with BlackBerry Playbook OS v2 arrived support for the library of Android applications with one fairly major limitation; they had to be specifically packaged for ‘Gingerbread’.

An upcoming BlackBerry OS update, 10.2, will finally provide support for ‘Jelly Bean’.

The runtime, which was released today, now contains support for Fragments, hardware acceleration, plenty more...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Sony re-wears computing, opens SmartWatch to developers

Wearable computing appears to be the next inevitable frontier; from those augmenting our reality such as Google Glass, to information available at a glance such as Kickstarter-success Pebble.

Sony already has a play in the market with the ‘SmartWatch’, now it’s to be unleashed to developers.

The creative minds around the world can utilize the device for whatever purposes they can imagine. However, there is some limitation. According to...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

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.

Social mapper Waze lands huge acquisition by Google

Waze, the Israel-based start-up, has had great success; in July 2012 the company announced 20 million users with half of those joining in the previous six months.

Google has clearly been watching the service evolve, and has now decided to acquire the company.

 

Available on Android, iOS, Symbian, and J2ME the application utilises “crowdsourcing” to update maps in real-time for all users; from new unmapped roads, to traffic jams, and speed cameras.

From personal experience; the crowdsourcing...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Platforms.

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Future vs (no) DRM?

Now we’ve taken a glimpse at both Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles, which is faring best amongst gamers? Are they actually forward-thinking?

Rumours surrounding the Xbox One suggested used games would be prevented from being played on other people’s consoles once loaded, helping publishers to gain more sales.

This was halfway to the disappointing truth. Whilst games can be traded, here are the clauses:

  • Each game can only be gifted once
  • Xbox One games can only be traded with someone who’s been on your friends list for at least 30...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Apple's iOS7: Boom or bust?

In yesterday’s editorial, along with detailing my high hopes and expectations, I said we’ll soon see the “usual flood of admiration or complaints about the latest release.” The OS release seems to have polarised opinion even from Apple fans, but whilst this wrap-up looks at plenty of negatives, I’ll chuck in some praise where I can!

 

The design

Yesterday’s article expressed my worry that so much time would be spent on...

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

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/MrIncredible)

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.

WWDC 2013: iOS 7, iCloud, Mac and more

It’s another WWDC 2013 editorial, but as we head full-throttle towards another Apple WWDC, the stakes are high and expectations are truly bigger than ever, although I feel I’ve been quoted as saying this for years.

The biggest changes are expected around the upcoming release of iOS 7; which even the majority of “fanboys” (a term I’ve come to detest) will admit has slacked in both design and features.

Cupertino’s usual...

By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.