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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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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Health Advisor

7 07 2017

Your iPhone is like you.Sometimes it’s in trouble and needs professional help. To be honest, it happens rarely and in 5 years of using my Apple devices it never happened.

If it just coughs …

Restart


If it is faced with circulatory problems …

Restore


If some internal organs are malfunctioning …

Recover

Note
You’ll need a computer for this surgical procedure. If you don’t have a computer, well, you don’t have a computer but you can borrow one from a friend not living in the Post-PC-Era or go to an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider for help.

One last thing …

Don’t apply methods you learned from your grandmother e.g. leg compress, alcohol (I mean for sterilization), heavy sweater, or improved cooling. It’s likely that you’ll lose the warranty and Apple Care professionals will become crazy.

Thanks for 📖 .





The next level

3 07 2017

When Apple released its first iPad in 2010, forward-looking universities around the world started research studies on how this device could be integrated into learning and teaching.


There are many representatives of the educational system still getting euphoric when it comes to iPads in schools or universities.

That is basically positive as it forces all the people involved to try to go new ways. Teachers always look for techniques to generate interest and keep motivation on a high level. But they are also responsible for the young people and cannot delegate this responsibility to a device. Success and positive results in learning and teaching with an iPad is no automatism. It’s hard and subtle work to adjust all the parameters which give direction to new methods of learning.

Apple creates the most advanced device, developers and users must breathe life into it.

  • Students love them
  • Good battery life
  • Apps galore
  • Platform for e-textbooks
  • Communication tool
  • Great content viewer and creator
  • User-friendly to students with disabilities
  • Light-weight and highly portable
  • Fast and easy to use

Too expensive?

No, because of durability of the hardware and compatibility of the operating system over lots of hardware iterations.

One last thing …

If we talk about the iPad we shouldn’t forget to talk about Alan Kay, one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple’s success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware. Jobs made it to *one of the core principles of Apple.

Sadly one of Kay’s most prominent targets for the educational system cannot be realized with an iPad. It still lacks the capability of being a programming tool.

Hey Apple, this should be your next step.

More …

iPad @ Universities

Thanks for reading.





iTunes on an iPad?

24 06 2017

Hey Apple.

I have an iPhone and I’d like to buy your new iPad Pro (“Pro” stands for “Professional”, right?).


How can I Restore/Recover/Backup my iPhone with iTunes on an iPad?

Thanks for any help.





Poor you!

12 05 2017

Parry goes viral

If you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.

(Apple’s iPhone ad in 2011)

But you can

(1) easily get Parry’s smash hit in the Microsoft Store
or
(2) take your time to contemplate about the meaning of life Mr Nadella’s business philosophy regarding smart phones
or
(3) wait until fall to become a proud owner of the new iPhone.

(1)+(2)+(3) is also welcome.

If you like Parry’s music there’s a further musical tidbit for you titled “iPad”.

And if you don’t have a Microsoft Phone, well, you don’t have a Microsoft Phone but with the links below you can savor samples on iTunes as well.

Smash hits by Parry Gripp …

I Got No iPhone

Microsoft Store

iTunes

iPad

Microsoft Store

iTunes

Enjoy.
But I can’t recommend to spend money.








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