Ask any platform, you know, if it could talk, and it would tell you that ecosystem is key to survival. Having the apps that people need in order to function is vital to the ability of a platform to sustain itself. After all, if a phone, tablet, or even a computer can’t do what people need it to do, people will go elsewhere. This is a bit of a no-brainer – not new information at all. Which led to the question – what vital apps are actually required for an ecosystem to be viable? What apps are needed in order for a customer to plant her flag and claim it as her own?
We asked our [...]
The Office pool has grown just a bit larger.
ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter’s suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone).
With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has [...]
Update: We’re currently reviewing the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL running Build 105386.29. Because our target audience is made mostly of general consumers, our device review policy restricts us from trying beta or developer versions. That includes 105386.36, which supposedly fixes these problems. We’ll update this post if we’re able to update one of Lumia 950 units on Insider or when an official release of .36 gets out.
We’ve been lamenting how Windows 10 Mobile still feels so beta, even though Microsoft’s said “see you latah.” If [...]
Since Microsoft is deeply invested in developing software for as many popular platforms (minding its own, of course) as it can, it has to think about not only how they are run, but how they are marketed, too — how they’re packaged and how they’re presented, mainly. So, it’s taken to producing a “Microsoft Apps” app on the Google Play Store.
It’s not just the Office suite that Microsoft offers. Keep in mind that it’s the company running the Xbox, too. Beyond that, apps categorized in bins including Education, Finance and Health & [...]
… is it over yet? Okay, here’s something more interesting besides politics.
Business Insider got a chance to talk with US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. In addition to dishing out on other candidates, he also showed his discerning tech taste towards the forerunner of all smart wearables (at least, that’s what mainstream analysts are painting it as), the hot-as-ever Apple Watch.
Bush has been pictured at several events sporting the wearable. He’s also a little bit of a fitness buff, too. Here’s a transcript on his [...]
Why pay now when you can wait until you have to pay everything else? Okay, besides this being the recipe to another subprime mortgage crisis, we’re actually not technically talking about credit. If you plan on grabbing a few apps or anything else from the Windows Store for your Windows 10 device, if you’re on Sprint, you can wait until your monthly bill comes up to pay for that stuff.
Boku, a company specializing in integrating third-party service charges into carrier bills, has expanded its agree with Microsoft to route Windows Store purchases for Windows 10 devices [...]
Remember Steve Ballmer? Of course you do. Of course current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella does. Ballmer’s the largest shareholder of the company. And while you may have slights against Ballmer’s corporate management tactics, he certainly has a beef with Microsoft’s financial reporting practices.
Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting today. The company projected an annualized rate of sales that would grow the company’s cloud business to $20 billion by 2018.
Ballmer is not happy that the Redmond giant would not disclose profit margins or sales [...]
With the Mac App Store fiasco sorted out, it’s time to refocus on the apps themselves. Specifically, how to find them.
Online advertising offers a direct way for potential customers a direct land on your app’s page. But what if you’re promoting in that real life kind of space — ordering billboards and such? Moreover, if people find themselves in a situation where they’ll “look it up later” for any reason, what are the chances that they’ll find your application?
It turns out that Apple’s working on improving [...]
HTC was one of the first of its kind to splay its native apps like Calendar, Scribble and Car (Mode) to the Google Play Store. This allowed for HTC to push out updates to individual apps to users instead of having to wait for a software update to do so. Given attitudes towards software updates and the tedious process of pushing one through carriers, you could say HTC began what was fit to be a trend.
As HTC has done for updating apps for Lollipop, older devices should see updates to native apps in the light of Marshmallow. So far, only the Speak and Scribble apps have been [...]
Let’s face it: as much as we prop up the mobile operating platforms and their software updates, the best party has always been third party. We can always mention the good folk who cook up custom recoveries and mods, but we’re talking about app developers in this instance.
And for the longest time, when they’ve had to work on beating out bugs, adding new limbs to the feature set and basically just improve on the damn thing, there’s always been a guessing game of when the drop would happen. Even the developer hitting that “publish” button had [...]
The debut of a refreshed Google Photos app during I/O 2015 also featured an extremely useful context algorithm. You could search up different locations, objects and even faces of people. There was also a big deal made about collaborative albums, too. While those have yet to get pushed to the public, there is now an addendum to the former feature we just mentioned.
In the changelog for version 1.8 of the app, you can now privately group faces together so that you can remember the time you were hanging with your “BFFs” or chillaxing with “Family.” This [...]
Samsung’s sprawling ecosystem, Tizen, has had plenty of support from the company. How and why it continues to do so as its smartphone shipments are stagnating, we don’t know. But the small platform has had a hero phone to coalesce around, the Samsung Z3. As it pushes into more markets, the hope is that the chaebol can corral all the money it can from mobile instead of a fair portion of the money it makes from Android.
Part of the problem operating a mobile operating platform that few people are using? Little ecosystem. Sure, the web is all right there for people to [...]
Third-party providers have app after app after app for consumers to tap into to know when their bus, train, trolley, ferry, gondola and/or teleporter in thousands of cities across ten continents and a couple of galaxies on — and this is more important than sarcasm — almost all major mobile operating platforms. Native apps, too.
In 2015, Apple has rolled out transit directions to 10 cities and several systems in China.
The roster has now jumped up by one city: Boston. It won’t make the Red Line any more tolerable in rush hours, but at least, for iPhone users, [...]
Update 2: MaterialUP developer Victor Borga responded to our request for comment, saying:
I change the logo “Google Play” to “Google Store” because I think the name is more consistent.
Update: We saw in the comments of the original post that the user was running Cyanogenmod v. 12, which is compatible with a theme called MaterialUP, available here on the Play Store (still). Gaurav Garg, one of our readers, has been able to achieve the same results with the skin and has posted the screenshots below. Thanks for the support!
All that said, it is [...]