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.

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.

Breakfast with Sundar, what can we expect at Google’s event?

Google sent out invites last week for “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” - who I’m sure you’re aware - heads up the world’s most popular mobile OS, Android.

Considering we received little news at Google I/O on that front – only plenty of app updates – it’s not a huge assumption at today’s event we’ll be seeing a focus on “the ‘droid” side of things.

First let’s get the new devices out the way; as it wouldn’t be an Android...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, 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.

Apple’s developer outage (just as Play Store grows faster)

Apple’s developer website is experiencing an ongoing outage after a security breach which has caused a complete overhaul to be initiated, arriving just as Google announces hitting the same 50 billion app downloads milestone Apple recently celebrated – only a year quicker.

The outage occurred as of last Thursday according to the Cupertino giant’s maintenance page; although some sources appear to report a day earlier.

It appears – although unconfirmed – customer data...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Opera’s Devices SDK to power TCL’s line of Smart TVs

China-based manufacturer TCL is set to release a host of new television sets with a twist; they’ll be powered by web-brand Opera.

The new line of Smart TVs by the company - the TCL E5691, E5510, F3250 and F3500 - will all feature dedicated software applications developed on a brand-new Devices SDK.

Along with the TV browser, the TV store will allow customers access to a wide-variety of most the popular entertainment options – from video apps like Vimeo, to social...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

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.