Google starts to police new Android policies

The Mountain View-based company has updated their Google Play policies on Android to the benefit of users, developers, and the ecosystem as an entirety. Let’s be honest – It’s about time.

Since the dawn of Android; users have had to deal with obtrusive ads, whether in-app, or through their notification bars. Some developers add this purely for monetisation, others to promote more applications in their portfolio, and some, more maliciously – lead you to scams.

Let’s start with the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

Why the Xbox One is actually more powerful than the PS4

You’d be forgiven for looking at the raw hardware specs of both consoles - which on paper - Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 looks to have the upper.

Whilst we won’t see the full potential of the physical hardware until late in the cycle – with golden late releases such as The Last of Us – the Xbox, this time, has an unmatchable advantage out the gate which is miles up from raw hardware...

... It’s the Xbox Live Cloud.

Very few people have grasped the importance of over...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2013, 14 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Platforms.

Google Play jumps ahead in handheld game profits – Mario packs suitcase

Perhaps it’s overdue, but the inevitable has happened. Google Play has surpassed Nintendo and Sony for game profits on their dedicated handheld consoles such as the 3DS and PSVita. The report, which comes from IDC – shows Google Play is now only behind iOS for mobile gaming.

In fact, IDC’s numbers show that funds spent in both iOS App Store and Google Play combined; account for around four times that of dedicated devices.

Sony’s situation hasn’t yet reached the critical stage;...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming, iOS, Platforms.

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.

Samsung’s ready for prime time - but has the smartwatch already been perfected?

As a lover of Storm Trooper white devices – I was one of the last to receive the Pebble smartwatch that I’d excitedly backed on Kickstarter in June last year. Not long after, I was ready to cancel my order thinking one of the giants would’ve stormed the market. Well they still haven’t, yet.

Sony is soon to release their updated SmartWatch 2 with seemingly very little fanfare. Although we are yet to see any solid sales...

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Samsung.

Firefox and ZTE start attack on US and Blighty from Friday

You may be warranted in giving a groan hearing yet another competitor is trying to enter the market saturated by two heavyweights who need little introduction – Android and iOS.

Yet that’s exactly what Mozilla is attempting with their new ZTE “Firefox OS” devices. From Friday, ZTE will be taking to eBay to sell its first Firefox OS phone the “ZTE Open” for an incredibly tempting price of $79.99 (£59.99 in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Firefox 23 is here, kills off <blink> tag at last

Mozilla has officially released the latest iteration of its browser, Firefox 23, which has fixed 13 security bugs as well as increased social integration.

The new features were widely expected, having been known since the release of the beta in June.

Among the elements introduced back then were mixed content blocking – aimed to stop ‘man in the middle’ security attacks where malicious JavaScript was swapped in during a request for HTTP active content – and a new social share button,...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms, Security, Social media.

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.