Phablet users spend the most time in-app

Over the past decade, mobile devices have been getting smaller in every dimension (no #Bendgate jokes here...) Unfortunately, we also want to get more done on the move at the same time. As capabilities have increased, due to faster mobile networks and hardware innovations, the potential to do more is there - but it often requires a bigger screen.

The extra real estate allows for more immersive content, and more detailed information.

Even Apple, who was once adamant against larger screens, has seen the light...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Ecosystem, iOS, Testing.

IoT apps: Building a fully-integrated solution

Recently, a fresh round of exciting wearables has been announced or shipped by large device manufacturers such as Apple, Motorola, LG, and Samsung. These gadgets present brand-new opportunities for developers to expand beyond their existing apps, and create user experiences which can have a tremendous impact...

Previously, during evening walks with my wife, every single notification from my mobile device resulted in a reach into my pocket, a flip open of the folio,...

By John Thomas, 21 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Testing.

Slow iOS 8 adoption worries developers

One of the best things about Apple’s iOS over Google’s Android is that the latest updates are immediately available for supported devices without the need to wait for your carrier to check it, or your hardware OEM to ‘skin’ it to differentiate their products from competitors.

This year, adoption of the latest iOS has been much less than previous years, and it’s worrying developers. After three weeks, iOS 8 is now running on 47% of devices

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Devices, iOS, Platforms.

Pebble provides the Gear for fitness apps

Kickstarter-success Pebble has grown from a plucky start-up to a device and platform which continues to compete with even the latest of the big players’ offerings. It’s an incredible feat, and it’s even more impressive when you consider the device first shipped in November last year.

Today the smartwatch-darling has dropped its price and boosted its abilities in activity tracking to become one of the best choices on the market for health enthusiasts. The device even manages to compete...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Android KitKat is now on a quarter of active devices

Dear Apple fans, please refrain from comments about the amount of devices your latest OS is running on. I'm joking, go ahead. Even as an Android fan I have to admit that the small percentage of those running Google's latest wonder is frustrating; but it's growing.

The latest iteration of Android, KitKat, has now reached a quarter of active devices according to Google's latest platform version marketshare numbers. This is impressive considering the sheer amount and variety of devices which ship with Android...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms.

Apple Watch: Time for a new breed of gaming

What if the Apple Watch could be used to improve in-game experiences? It's certainly possible since Cupertino's entry into the wearables market is already packing useful sensors for game developers. It could, quite literally, be a game-changing wearable.

In fact, two internal research and development teams over at Electronic Arts are already examining the possibility of utilising Apple's smartwatch for gaming. Frank Gibeau, an executive who oversees EA's mobile...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, iOS.

Healthcare apps: Time for a second opinion?

It’s one thing to trust an app that counts your steps throughout the day. It’s another thing to trust an app that helps to diagnose you with a serious illness. As the number of healthcare apps continues to grow, the questions remains: Can healthcare apps be trusted?

This is becoming a key question lately for consumers, healthcare professionals, app developers and the media – and it’s one that we wanted to briefly address in...

By Mike Brown, 08 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Enterprise.

Ringly aims to keep you up to date but with your phone out of sight

Meet Ringly. This startup’s piece of wearable technology keeps you up to date with notifications, but makes sure you’re not pulling your phone out of your pocket every few minutes.

Utilising Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the ring’s BLE-enabled circuit board makes the connection with the user’s phone, and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The ring lights up a specified colour and gives a different vibration pattern dependent on the type of notification received, be it a...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Devices, iOS.

Nvidia puts its SHIELD around tablet gaming

We don't tend to cover product releases here at DeveloperTech, but when we do, it tends to be because we believe they have the potential to be a game-changer. The graphic chip gurus at Nvidia released their intriguing yet limited controller-with-a-screen last year – and now they're back with a much-improved successor.

The follow-up device unleashes the controller from the screen so it can be used as a standard tablet when needed. It runs (almost) stock Android 4.4 KitKat, and its hardware visually...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

Opinion: Why has Google Glass pioneer Babak Parviz jumped ship to Amazon?

Amazon started off selling books from a garage and quickly grew to become the world's largest retailer and the industry leader when it comes to the Cloud. If I was to describe Amazon, I'd say the company has a mix of the traits of their closest competitors.

These traits include; Microsoft's ambition, Google's craziness, and Apple's ability to approach things differently.

Mobile devices are an arena in which Amazon is only just starting to move into; and cautiously. The recently-announced 'Fire Phone' has been...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, Devices, Platforms.

Bluetooth SIG releases wireless accessory predictions

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) oversees the development of the popular standard and has released research based on a survey of over 2000 GB consumers in June 2014 which gives some perspective about the public's expectation surrounding the rise of wireless accessories in the coming years.

A key finding is that 60% of Brits already own a wireless connected accessory and that 72% expect to own one by 2016. With Android Wear recently hitting the market, and the much-rumored "iWatch" by Apple expected to start...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Google Glass runs into data protection issues in the UK

The controversial Google Glass has had its fair share of privacy criticisms but up until now has run into few actual legal issues. This week, the eyewear launched in the UK for wealthy tech enthusiasts and has already ran into potential trouble with Britain's data protection rules.

In a blog post by Andrew Paterson, the senior technology officer at the Information Commissioner's Office, he wrote that Glass users are free to use...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms.

Opinion: Microsoft could be a serious Android OEM (for the consumer.)

Before Nokia was acquired by Microsoft, the Finnish company released an Android device they had been secretly working on for some time called the 'X' phone. It was clear Nokia was preparing a backup plan for if Windows Phone doesn't pull significant market-share.

Rather than going with their own UI, the company decided to heavily-skin Google's open-source Android device to look and function as if it was a Windows Phone. Few debate Microsoft's flat-before-flat-was-cool interface offers a refreshing take on a...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

Opinion: Amazon's "Fire Phone" burns creators, feeds consumers

Rather than teaching the next-generation to create, we're teaching them to consume. Amazon unveiled its anticipated Fire Phone yesterday and the company has removed almost all of Android's productive abilities and replaced them with the ability to easily buy and consume Amazon content. It really solidifies the viewpoint.

One of the key features of the Fire Phone is 'Firefly' where you can point at almost any object with the device's camera in order to purchase it. This is an impressive feat of technology, but...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Devices, Platforms.

Apple is "killing in the name of" future headphones

If there is two things you can agree on with Apple, it's that A) The company likes to take even the most simple things and try to do them differently, and B) They very much like proprietary things which work exclusively with their devices.

Apple recently bought Beats, which started its journey as a overly-priced headphones manufacturer with distinct design. Apart from being much like its new owner, many wondered why Apple would want Beats. Maybe it's to continue the company's "cool" image amongst the kids?...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS.

Google’s Project Tango tablet enables a literal “flight mode”

At Google’s I/O developer conference this year we’re expecting a limited-run debut of “Project Tango” tablets which have a 7-inch screen, infrared depth sensors, two back-mounted cameras, and "advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects," according to people briefed on the company's plans. The project’s aim is to learn and 3D map the world around the devices for producing things like indoor imagery.

From this indoor imagery, a team from the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

Google Glass 2 is in secret development according to supplier

The first iteration of Google’s Glass eyewear is yet to be widely-available to the public, and already we’re hearing some speculation about its successor alongside some small-time detective work which adds foundation to the rumours floating around this week.

Crystal Optech is a leading supplier of optoelectronic components and the company’s own Kong Wenjun has confirmed – through several “middle men” so as not to draw a connection to Mountain View – that they have supplied samples...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms.

Opinion: Xbox One is losing its “Next Gen” vision

Let me tell you my morning routine – I wake up, walk into my living room, and say “Xbox, on”. After this, the Xbox logo under my TV glows and – like magic – my TV and TiVo start-up. Kinect impresses me every single morning and, gradually, it’s been impressing friends and family (this is important.)

Before I bought a “next-gen” console I wanted to be sold on how I can be given different experiences from the previous generation. The PS4 looked like a PS3 with enhanced...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Instead of VR headsets, maybe we should be thinking about Virtual Rooms?

The current hot topic in the gaming industry is virtual reality – made popular (once again) by the now Facebook-owned Oculus and their ‘Rift’ headset. It’s an impressive device, but one which is currently attempting to overcome crippling problems such as motion sickness…

Whilst Oculus arguably reinvigorated interest in the technology which can transport us to whole other created worlds – other players such as Sony have also announced their own competitors.

There are many...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Industry.