This whole battle of tech intellectual property is getting, or has gotten, out of hand. It seems that every company that you know the name of is suing or is being sued for something that they have done. Most notably for readers of this site though, is the attack on Android from all sides. Visual.ly has massed together some of the numbers and has put their infographic spin on it, and the whole thing looks just as confusing as you would expect. (more…)
The newest rumor to begin circulating the Interwebz has Microsoft pegged to release their Office suite of apps for Android tablets this upcoming November. The rumor stems from the folks over at BGR, who say their source has seen it already running on an iPad, so who knows, maybe it could happen. For now, there are plenty of apps that take the place of viewing and editing Word and Excel documents, but it would nice to have an official MS licensed application. Would you buy it?
The battle to dominate the mobile market has never been about smartphones. Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are attempts to use the most personal computers ever made to lock users into one ecosystem. Google is using Android, an open ecosystem, to lock users into Google apps and services.
Lately Business Insider (BI) has been announcing the imminent death of Android based on iPhone and iPad sales, reported disinterest in the platform by developers, and upset manufacturers. According to a handful of their writers, Android is poised to lose market share to both iOS and Windows Phone. Is the end near for Android?
Microsoft has launched the classic OneNote application onto the Android platform. What is OneNote? It’s a classy note taking app that allows for users to place pretty pictures, bullet points and text notes from their mobile device for later usage. You can then open up your notes from your mobile or your PC whenever you need them. All you need is a Windows Live ID and you’re able to use the app to its full extent.
For the past week I’ve been reviewing the Samsung Focus S. I believe that competition drives innovation, so I love spending time with multiple devices and operating systems to see what works well and what doesn’t. I think most of us have spent some quality time with an iOS device and are aware of the competition it presents, but I’m guessing that most of us haven’t played with Windows Phone very much. So how does Windows Phone 7 stack up against Android? (more…)
Microsoft is boasting their ever expanding blitzkrieg of the Android market today by announcing that they have signed a deal with LG over patents related to their Android phones and Chrome OS devices. LG now joins the ranks of Samsung, Acer and HTC as companies to fall to Microsoft’s patent bullying over the Android ecosystem. “This agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” Microsoft said in their press release.
Microsoft unabashedly makes more money off of Android than they do off their own Windows Phone 7 platform. How far will this campaign go to sign every company that has anything to do with Android? (more…)
According to a job posting, Microsoft is looking to bring Xbox Live to other mobile platforms besides their own. Along with the posting, a developer who works closely with Microsoft confirmed the info to Business Insider. If this pans out to be true, then we can say, “au revoir” to Microsoft’s marketing scheme of listing Windows phones as being the only ones with Xbox Live built in. A clip from the job posting reads as:
“As the team inside IEB (Interactive Entertainment Business) dedicated to mobile experiences, we work closely with console software team and Xbox LIVE services team to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms.“
As Android users, we don’t even have an official way of signing into our Xbox Live accounts yet, so an entire app that would include games would be fantastic. No time frame has been stated, but rest assured we’re looking out for one.
Via: Business Insider