Embarcadero on Windows challenges and the intro of Android to RAD Studio XE5

Microsoft has had less than a great year; amidst Windows 8 complaints and Xbox One controversy, therefore when Dimensional Research’s survey which talks to Windows developers about their challenges around mobile development – it piqued my interest.

The survey was sponsored by Embarcadero whose well-praised cross-platform development tool RAD Studio gets a new version launching today – XE5.

DeveloperTech spoke to Embarcadero's Senior Director, Jason Vokes, and Technical Consultant, Stephen...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

It’s not Windows 8 in rapid-development, it’s Microsoft.

A few years ago, there was a term synonymous with Microsoft – dinosaur. These critics weren’t far off; the age-old PC giant seemed resistant to adapting with the shifting landscape. Then, they went radical with a complete change and modernisation – so much it alienated many users.

Of course I’m talking about Windows 8, the first OS from the company which took into account the myriad of new devices – tablets, smartphones, and touch screen laptops.

The goal was to be simple; have a familiar UX which works the...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Microsoft announces ID@Xbox - So much for lack of Indie support!

As is always the case when an unpopular announcement is made; critics jump on the bandwagon with crazy rumours, speculation, and other methods of generally blowing matters out of proportion. The Xbox One was certainly a victim of this - one which may go down in history.

We’ve already wrote an article which explains why the U-turn on DRM and “Always On” functionality could in fact leave us with a worse experience - so we won’t go through that...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Shock of the decade: Apple is promoting Windows 8 for professionals

Something weird is happening at Cupertino, according to 9to5Mac, Apple is preparing to train staff on how to use Windows 8 (through Parallels) to entice business users currently stuck on PC’s.

This may seem somewhat logical - but for many - it will further display the gradual move away from catering for professionals, and instead focusing on the much larger market of consumers.

Ken Segall – a Creative Director with plenty of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google, Microsoft – why can’t you just be friends?

Once again, Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone has been blocked – but I’m sure you’re aware of that by now.

The real question is why can’t the two giants play nicely? After all, their strategies are very different, and the only people they’re harming is their users.

First let’s take a look at the individual approaches both businesses take.

Google pushes its open policy - after all - the company benefits from having its presence on as many platforms as possible....

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

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.

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.

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.

Can the Lumia 1020 hit a niche and return Nokia to success?

Let’s face it, the success of Windows Phone is based on the success of Nokia, and Microsoft should be eternally thankful the iconic Finnish manufacturer hasn’t decided to switch to Android where it would more than likely find a decent amount of success.

Yet Nokia want to “think different” and yes, I’ve just used an Apple quote on a Microsoft manufacturer, how controversial.

Whilst other manufacturers across platforms went for black or white devices, some “pushed the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Monetisation, Platforms, Testing.