The slow infiltration

19 10 2017

Developing high-quality apps
for the Android and iOS platform

Microsoft is no upstart in the mobile space. It produced versions of its software for mobile devices for more than 20 years – starting with Windows CE for personal digital assistants in 1996, and later with Windows Mobile in 2000.

But the ecosystem has struggled since the launch of Apple’s iOS in 2007 and Google’s Android operating system in 2008. According to the most recent sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel, Windows phones account for just 1.3 percent of the market in the US (Android’s 64 % and iOS 34 %) – worldwide Microsoft’s market share is far less than 1%. Not motivating for developers.

Some days ago Joe Belfiore made it official: Windows 10 Mobile is dead.

With Windows 10 Creators Update Fall 2017 Microsoft continues its slow infiltration of the Android and iOS mobile device platform.

The update released on Oct 17, 2017 provides a new feature:

Windows 10 Phone Linking

There’s now a dedicated “Phone” area in the Settings app that allows you to link your phone with your PC, making it easy to share web pages between your phone and Windows device without missing a beat. No longer do you have to email yourself a link or image when you want to switch devices, just link your phone to your PC and use the dedicated “Continue on PC” function.

On iOS, this is done with a dedicated “Continue on PC,” Microsoft Edge (coming soon) and Cortana apps on your phone.

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Apple’s FILES app

12 10 2017

another premature delivery
ridiculous, half-baked, and bug-ridden

Apple’s new app FILES came with iOS 11. It shows that some developers should better look for other jobs.

• Create a folder within FILES using a BOX. You aren’t able to delete it. Try to create a folder on your Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox account. It’s not possible. Try to create a link to share a file or folder. It’s not possible. Try to move a file from eg Google Drive to OneDrive. It’s not possible. Try to rename a file on Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, or any other cloud storage. It’s not possible. Try to create different WebDAV connections. It’s not possible.

• FILES give users abso-fucking-lutely ridiculous connections between apps and files.

Look at my example. The file band_5.js appears under “Files“ in the Notification Center. It represents a part of encrypted information created by the password manager 1Password. Tapping on this entry opens the encrypted file with Apple’s iWork app PAGES. Insanely.

Dear Apple developers.

Is this your first approach to Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning?

For me who developed applications for more than 30 years I can only say …

That’s enough to make me puke.

Please don’t try to connect objects which shouldn’t be connected. Just give us a powerful classic file manager. If you aren’t able to do this easy task we already came with Windows decades ago try to acquire Stratospheric, the company which developed an awesome app called FileBrowser. They are light years ahead of your embryonic FILES app.

Thanks.

Hey, Tim Cook, are you sure about your employees responsible for iOS development? I see a huge gap between your potential of developing finished software and your cash reserve. So much money but still an embryonic file management (and the sheer impossibility to release a flawlessly performing iOS update).

Note

I know what the reason for this system behavior is but I also know that not everything should be done what’s possible.

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From Bad to Worse

22 09 2017

Apple’s app FILES not worth to use it

Add third-party apps to let FILES access my cloud providers? What a strange idea. I can’t define access to cloud storages or computers by entering my credentials. Also not supported is WebDAV.

Note

In 1995, Microsoft first released „NewShell“ which replaced the Windows 3 file manager with Windows Explorer. Believe me, this early version of Windows Explorer was better than Apple’s app FILES in 2017.

I use the apps Documents, File Browser, and File Explorer and they all do their job much better than Apple’s embryonic FILES app. Again I see a totally unfinished product.

Although file management was always a problem in iOS because it generates a crazy amount of redundant files when using the ‚Open in‘ command, nothing changed with iOS 11. Do we have to wait another decade?

I still can’t access files in the DOCUMENTS directory of other apps or, as an alternative, in a publicly available directory.

File management in FILES is driving me crazy. Lots of missing features and lots of bugs. Have a look at my image. No chance to remove this folder which caused an error during the creation process.

Apple tells us about its iOS file system

Every app is an island.

During installation of a new app, the installer code creates a home directory for the app, places the app in that directory ( /AppName .app) and creates several other key directories. These directories constitute *the app’s primary view of the file system and represents the universe for that app*. It contains everything the app can access directly. The problem is that there is no directory which could be shared with other apps.

More about
a secure but not user-friendly file system

Every app is an iLand

Apple Support: Files

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iOS XI is coming

18 09 2017

Scheduled for end users on Sep 19, 2017

Never change a running system.

The saying presumably comes from German IT-experts. What they mean can be described by the saying

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

of US businessman Thomas Bertram Lance who is credited with popularizing it.

Just like cars, other tech stuff and even your body and brain iPhones need regular service and maintenance in order to run smoothly with the latest app versions and to bring the latest improvements and security patches from the Cupertinos’ to customers.

So instead of relying on your battle-proven system running for years without incident and change, you should regularly patch and update. Of course this bares *risks*.

Like you your iThing can be buggy although that happens rarely.

Without a backup it’s likely that you’ll get a proper ticking-off if something doesn’t go your way. Apple warned you.

How to backup iThings

Also make sure you know your Apple ID password before you update to iOS11. If you don’t, here’s how to reset it.

Reset Password for Apple ID

Good luck, have fun.
It’s up to you to avoid a nightmare scenario.

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iOS 11 Compatibility

7 09 2017

The oldest model on which iOS 11 can be installed is the world’s first 64-Bit smartphone, the iPhone 5s, manufactured by Foxconn and first released on September 20, 2013. Apple wasn’t the first company using a biometric identification system but the 5s was the first smartphone with a perfectly functioning approach, the fingerprint scanner.

iOS 11 will be a further powerful iteration of Apple’s operating system for iDevices.

More about OS compatibility …

Bug fixing is just one of the main reasons for updated OS versions. An important other area developers have to work on is security. There are two reasons for delayed security updates from the customer’s point of view:

  • OS providers aren’t ready with fixing the vulnerability
  • You are the proud owner of one of the 18k different Android-based devices.

It’s all about fragmentation.

Fixing bugs is a complicated business. You have to test with multiple operating system versions, hardware vendor interface layers, hardware configurations, and network capabilities. The testing matrix for Android-based devices can be a serious challenge, impacting your product’s quality, time-to-market, and in the end, profitability.

That fragmentation is tough on developers, the folks who make apps you love. When you’re making software for so many devices, it’s difficult to make sure your app works well for each unique piece of hardware. It’s part of the reason why Android still tends to get updates much later than iOS does (except a minority of devices running pure Android).

Once Apple’s updated OS is out it can be installed on up to 5 generations of iOS devices. This will remain a dream for people using Android-based devices.

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Goodbye – Welcome

5 09 2017

Saying Goodbye
is as easy as Saying Hello (sometimes)

Whenever Apple launches a new device its huge church of loyal users tend to upgrade.

That’s because they know Apple’s products deliver the highest customer satisfaction levels of any smartphone, they want to use the latest exciting Apple technologies, and of course like to carry that undefinable element of coolness with them.

Tangible and intangible values are firmly connected to Apple products. Tangibles help to finance a new device, intangibles let some people become sad when selling their beloved device. But don’t worry, you will have an exciting time with an innovative new device designed by Apple in California (and assembled in China, hopefully without manufacturing flaws).

If you want to sell your current iThing you should know How to say Goodbye.

This concept map visualizes what you have to do if you plan to sell it. Follow these steps so that the new proud owner isn’t faced with problems after paying a lot of money for a second-hand device.

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Hey Apple!

19 08 2017

Electronically signed documents are legally invalid in most countries of the world.

And there is even more.

  • Sending a document as an attachment to an unencrypted mail is like an invitation for bad boys to use the signature done with the  Pencil.
  • Using it for business purposes would also require to keep it accessible over 5 to 10 years. But where’s your document management and digital archiving support?

No, no.

It’s not that easy you want us to see this feature.

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