Samsung delivers two worlds with the Ativ Q

Many customers who are looking for a powerful alternative to the iPad don’t know where to turn; they could go for an Android tablet which essentially features blown-up mobile applications, or go for Windows 8 with powerful software but limited mobile-optimised applications.

Now however they have a new choice, the Ativ Q.

This brand-new device unveiled at Samsung’s “Premiere Event” in London allows users to seamlessly switch between Windows 8 and Android at the touch of a button, in a...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Samsung.

Special Effect interview: Apps and hardware changing lives

Yesterday I tested an innovative new Android application named “Twilight” which changes the brightness of your screen dependant on the time of day, slowly adding a soft red filter until night-time to remove the blue light which keeps you awake.

As someone who regularly struggles to sleep; this morning I wanted to write a piece on how it could potentially “change my life” before realising how in the scheme of things, it’s so very...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Intel on-track to take ARM's space (and kill Windows RT?)

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ARM's architectures are currently used in the majority of mobile devices; you’re probably sitting with one in your pocket or on your desk right now. Their designs allow for “instant-on” and longer battery life than x86/x64 processors, but Intel may have just changed that assumption with their latest demonstration...

Intel quickly displayed a thin, fanless tablet on-stage

At Computex in...

By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Jelly Bean jumps as Google Play set to surpass iOS app downloads

Google has updated its “Android landscape” survey on the Developer Dashboard, showing Jelly Bean is very close to overtaking Gingerbread as the most widespread release. This may be just in time, as Google’s Play Store is set to surpass iOS app downloads.

Currently, Gingerbread, or 2.3, is sitting at the top spot at 36.5% of install base. The latest version of the OS, Jelly Bean, is now at 33%.

Jelly Bean is version 4.1-4.2; comparing version...

ARM’s Cortex CPU and Mali GPU architectures for 2014

If you’re into mobile devices, it’s hard to ignore ARM, who supplies and maintain architectures for most mobile SoC (System on a Chip) makers.

The company has released details on its new, mid-range Cortex CPU and Mali GPU architectures for 2014 at Computex, Taipei.

 

The Cambridge-based firm hit Taiwan to showcase their latest and (mid) greatest; the Cortex-A12, and Mali- T622.

Aiming at the rising mid-range market, of which ARM classifies as between $150 to $350, the new architectures are...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Don’t panic – Xbox One will support indie development

Despite popular belief, and wide reporting last week, it appears Microsoft’s latest Xbox One console will support independent development.

This should come as no surprise, with the meteoric success of indie games such as Minecraft, and the pioneering aspect of the “Xbox Live Arcade” which has supported developers releasing some fantastic titles out of their bedrooms or small studios.

It was said anyone who wishes...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Is DRM about to ruin our console experience?

Thinking of my fondest gaming memories takes me on a trip down memory lane. I’d get the latest iteration of Need for Speed through the post, run upstairs and boost my (terrible) skills before cycling to a friend to play against him on his console.

This now could be a thing of the past thanks to DRM (digital rights management).

 

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about how the upcoming Xbox “One” will handle used/pre-owned games, whilst no executives want to give any real...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

What you need to know about the new Xbox in “One”

“Xbox, on!” Many gamers rejoiced when this phrase was said at the grand reveal of the latest iteration of the best-selling console of this generation, the “Xbox One” (sorry HTC One’s marketing team.)

Let’s take a look at all you need to know.

Most impressive is the software architecture used; or rather the three used.

There’s a Xbox OS for gaming, a Windows (8) OS for handling apps and UI, and a third OS which acts as a layer in-between allowing for literal instant...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms.

Dell’s “Project Ophelia” wants your displays

Dell’s recently announced Project Ophelia is a dongle-sized device which wants your displays from July; taking them over with a custom version of Android through any HDMI port and implementing the company’s Wyse PocketCloud for a multitude of cloud-based needs.

PocketCloud allows access to any of your documents or files via any of the supported devices across Web, desktop, iOS, and Android.

This makes way for a productive lifestyle; having secure access on-the-move...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Cloud, Devices, Platforms.

Mandated BYOD by 2017: The end of internal tech support?

BYOD is the buzzword in business IT at the moment, but is there more to it than just easily spouted rhetoric by a few industry influencers?

A study by Gartner would suggest there is. It predicts that 38% of organisations will stop providing mobile devices to employees by 2016 and 50% will mandate a BYOD policy by 2017. That’s a significant enough portion of organisations for IT professionals to stand up and take notice.

So what does this mean for the tech side of businesses? On our

By Silicon Beach Training, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Enterprise, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Will Google I/O offer the best slice of the pie?

It’s only a week away! Google’s annual developer conference I/O will be here to (hopefully) display some of the best advancements from Mountain View over the year to come.

Evangelists will hope to see new updates to Android, Chrome OS, and the whole host of web apps in-between.

 

So what can we expect? Starting with Android it sounds many will be fairly disappointed, latest logs found on web servers are showing a ‘JWR23B’ build (see that...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

iPad remains the number one tablet according to J.D. Power

Many take J.D. Power’s satisfaction surveys as the “de facto” source of approval from consumers, taking into account; Performance,  Ease of Operation, Styling and Design, Features, and Cost.

Almost consistently dominated by a certain Californian-based company, will Volume 1 of the “2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study” prove any different?

Nope, Apple’s iPad is still up there at the top. The iOS-based device scoring a fantastic 836 on a 1000-point scale; customers are clearly very...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Is wearable computing the future or a fad?

Google Glass, a rising starlet of the wearable computing show, starts shipping to early adopters (at a whopping $1500!) Now it’s time to ask: are these devices the future? Or are they simply a fad?

The first third party apps have already started rolling out for the innovative eyewear which gives you real-time information, New York Times being among the first to launch. This particular app is fairly simple, delivering articles on an hourly basis directly to your eyes.

Of course, many developers have much...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Testing, VR.

Firefox OS devices start hitting developers

The first devices offering Firefox’s in-house “open” operating system have started shipping to developers courtesy of Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone. They are available to ship worldwide, so get ready to say ‘hola’ if you’re interested!

DeveloperTech previously reported on Mozilla’s smartphones, as well as the Firefox OS launch at Mobile World Congress in...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

WISE TIVI heads into the Android Smart TV arena

Manufacturers are jumping on the Android “Smart TV” wagon in flocks.

The latest device, by the moniker of “TIVI” from WISE, is a small portable device which plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port, then offering the entire catalogue of Google’s Play Store including applications and games.

WISE has decided to use Indiegogo as its crowdfunding platform of choice, with the goal of raising $100,000 in funding to complete the project.

Of course to secure yourself a device at...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

A comprehensive history of Android versions [infographic]

Cupcakes, froyo, ice cream sandwiches and jelly beans are all delicious! They’re also all Android operating system versions. Over the years Android has released 39 public updates to their OS. What did each update add to the platform? When did your favourite feature hit the market? Learn all about the history of the Android versions in this infographic put together by Kinvey.

By Mike Brown, 15 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

How mobile is changing software testing

Jennifer Lent is the site editor for TechTarget’s SearchSoftwareQuality.com. She is a treasure trove of mobile application dev and testing news. If you have some time to kill and want to learn more about the rise of mobile and how it’s changing companies and their development approaches (particularly in enterprise) go through her archives.

In the meantime, here’s a look at four major changes mobile has forced upon the...

By Mike Brown, 09 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Study shows huge Android adoption in Chinese market [infographic]

Android accounts for 86% of all new smartphones in China, with the Asian country having three times as many Droid users as the US.

These were the key takeaways from new research by Chinese startup Wandoujia, with the highlights being published in an infographic.

According to Wandoujia the Chinese market is predominantly freemium, with developers in the main relying on in-app purchasing for remuneration, yet the ecosystem is growing at a frightening pace.

A report from analytics experts Flurry

By James Bourne, 25 March 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices.

Google Glass and the wearable computing revolution

Go back far enough and any major development in how we handle data seemed like it would never catch on. Computers? Those are the size of large rooms. How are you going to fill an office with those? Tablets? We’d had abortive attempts before, but the announcement of the iPad was greeted with scepticism. Now the talk is that the next big deal will be Google Glass, which will bring all the mobile information services that Google provides through...

By Decoded Solutions, 18 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices.