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.

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.

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.

Five web hosting tips every developer needs to know

Selecting the right web hosting provider can be daunting because many business owners aren't even sure what to look for. But in today's tech-heavy world, having a reliable web host is just as important as having reliable electricity in a brick-and-mortar business place. So if you're not sure where to start on your search through the many web hosting services available, consider these five tips for finding the right fit in a web host.

1. Look for Evidence of Reliability

Reliability is...

By Amy Bishop, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Google Maps turns seven, is the nail in Sat Nav’s coffin nigh?

The end for satellite navigation manufacturers is surely nigh - shipments of dedicated GPS units are down to 28 million shipments in 2012 whilst smartphone apps have grown to 150 million according to Berg insight, and now the consumer will soon have built-in mapping applications more capable than those released by firms such as TomTom, CoPilot, and Garmin.

Google graced Android users yesterday with a brand-new version of the popular Maps app first shown at its I/O Developer Conference back in May, now at...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.

How would iOS 7 beta 4 look with a different font?

Yesterday Apple unleashed iOS 7 Beta 3 - bringing with it a bolder Helvetica Neue font. Whilst still despised by many, it’s at least more readable than the previous iteration.

Someone suggested a change to a non print-orientated font such as ‘Myriad Pro’ which is exactly what I’ve mocked up...

The changes are subtle; this isn’t intended as an entirely new concept. In places you may have to squint to notice the differences, but in everyday use I believe the font would have a much...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.

Introducing “Falcon” – Big data management platform

InMobi has been using big-data technologies (Apache Hadoop and its family) for well over 2.5 years for storing and analyzing large volumes of serving events / machine generated logs. InMobi receives in excess of 10 billion events (ad-serving and related) each day through multiple sources/streams originating from over ten geographically distributed data centers.

Background As we have come to realize, just using the right serialization / storage format or processing technology is not adequate in...

By InMobi, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Digia releases Qt 5.1 of the (ex-Nokia) cross-platform framework

Last August, Finnish software and services firm Digia bought the cross-platform application framework “Qt” from Nokia.

Today version 5.1 is being released bringing many significant improvements, most notably preliminary support for Android and iOS.

Support for both of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems is considered a “technology preview” which can preliminarily port apps between OS’s using the same code base. Although the majority of the tools and...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Design, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, iPad, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Linux 3.10 supports ARM’s big.LITTLE and other improvements

With the release of Linus Torvald’s Linux 3.10 kernel; he’s included support for ARM’s “big.LITTLE” architecture which should help drastically improve power-saving, along with featuring many other welcome new enhancements.

For anyone unfamiliar, the big.LITTLE architecture combines multiple cores of the same type and switches between them dependant on the system’s current requirements.

For example, the Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15 processors are commonly combined. Under intense...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” to be design-focused?

Let’s face it iOS users, it’s not the “most advanced mobile operating system” anymore is it? That’s not a bad thing, the pull of Apple’s famous OS is its simplicity and design (love or loathe).

The crown of ‘advanced’ goes to Google’s open-source Android, but – at stock – it’s not the most attractive.

Google, in my opinion, has done things the right way, with a focus on providing great underlying features and services whilst letting...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Interview with Rob Johnson of Makers Academy

Makers Academy is a forward-thinking London institution aiming to take the best candidates available and train them with a near-guaranteed job from some of the biggest companies at the end, something certainly not to be scoffed at.

The course runs for a 12-week period which is a short time to learn programming, but founder Rob Johnson has the insight to know it’s both possible and learning as part of the academy is efficent.

On the selection process Rob says: “People...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Market Android apps by optimizing for the app market

Let me tell you something that I think you may already know – the Android app market place is getting crowded and competition for apps is heating up at a phenomenal speed. So how do you market Android apps to ensure that they don’t get lost in the Android app market? The first and most important step that many people forget is to ensure that their app is app store optimized.

By Leah Goodman, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Google adds ‘QUIC’ to Chrome, further speeds up the web

Today the Mountain View-based company unveiled support for a new experimental protocol called Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC) in the latest version of Chrome Canary.

Hoping to speed up load times, QUIC runs a stream multiplexing on top of UDP instead of TCP. Google say they have been working on implementation for the past few months.

On choosing UDP instead of TCP, the company says it learned from past experience “that real-world network conditions often differ considerably.”

Always at the forefront of...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IP, Languages, Security, Testing.

Microsoft crushes critique with Windows 8.1

As Steve Ballmer took the stage at Microsoft’s annual BUILD developer conference, he was quick to pull focus on the company’s new “rapid development” cycle.

With Windows 8.1, the release features over 700 updates since release last November, quicker than the usual three year update!

Although not billed as a major release, many would certainly call it so. The new features and enhancements drastically change how the system functions, and is much more comprehensive than it would first...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Design, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.