Archive for October 20th, 2011

Android 4.0 – Five Features for new mobile O/S

This article documents some of the key new features designed into Android version 4.0:

Android 4.0 – Five Features for new mobile O/S

QUOTE:  Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), is perhaps the most important Android release to date. With this release, Google has brought its tablet Android fork, 3.x, back into sync with its smartphone trunk, 2.x. In addition, all of ICS will soon, as I understand it, be made open source.  What that means for you is that independent software vendors (ISV)s can stop wasting time in developing two different versions of programs and focus their energies on making the best possible Android applications. Since, at the end of the day, the success of any operating system is all about its applications, this bodes well for Android.  Key categories of improvement include:

1) Better, more universal, interface
2) Better applications.
3) Speech transcription.
4) Better and faster Web browsing
5) Data use monitoring

Put it all together and what do you get? I think you get not just the best Android ever, I think you get the best mobile operating system of them all to date.

Windows 8 – Detailed review by ZDNet

Ed Bott’s review provides an excellent detailed assessment of the preview version of Windows 8,

A deeper dive into Windows 8: can Microsoft’s big bet pay off?

QUOTE: There’s no question that this is a thoughtfully designed, thoroughly engineered release. If you had any doubts, just read through the Building Windows 8 blog, where Windows boss Steven Sinofsky and a parade of program managers have published one epic post after another explaining the history, evolution, and design philosophy that went into every new feature in Windows 8.  This deeper dive is divided into four parts:

Page 2: The misunderstood Start screen
No, it’s not the “Metro shell.” It’s a full-screen replacement for the familiar Start menu. Brilliant idea or a bridge too far?

Page 3: What’s next for the Windows desktop?
There are virtually no “immersive,” Metro style apps for the Windows Developer Preview, which means anyone testing this pre-release is going to spend time in an environment that looks an awful lot like Windows 7. So what’s new? And what can we expect to change?

Page 4: To touch or not to touch?
This is the one complaint I’ve heard above all others. Do people really want touchscreens? Will they use them? I share my personal experience with three touch-enabled form factors.

Page 5: Security and reliability – Yeah, I know. Microsoft claims every version of Windows is more secure than the previous one. Windows 8 is no exception, but it pushes some boundaries with new features that have already inspired controversy.