What happened in 2014? One thing I did not predict is that Samsung lost its momentum. Here are Gartner’s figures for global smartphone sales by vendor, for the third quarter of 2014:
Samsung is still huge, of course. But in 2013, Samsung seemed to be in such control of its premium brand that it
…continue reading So that was 2014: Samsung stumbles, all change for Microsoft, Sony hack, more cloud, more mobile
When Microsoft acquired Nokia in April this year, there was always a risk that the Windows Phone platform would lose momentum (yes there was some momentum).
Nokia was better at marketing, better at hardware innovation, and better at the all-important operator relations than Microsoft itself.
I consider the launch of Windows Phone 7 in
…continue reading Windows Phone wobbles: why users are losing heart
Google has released version 1.0 of Android Studio.
This Java/Android IDE has been in preview/beta since Google IO in May. It is based on the excellent JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA.
You can get Android Studio here. It is now the official Android IDE and developers using Eclipse are encouraged to migrate – like it or
…continue reading Google’s official Android Studio is at version 1.0
Microsoft released its financial results yesterday, for the quarter ending September 30th 2014. It was a good quarter in most respects, though consumer Windows and Windows Phone licensing are weak.
Good news outweighs bad though, particularly the company’s success in transitioning Office customers from perpetual licences to subscription, even in the consumer market. It also
…continue reading Microsoft financials show robust performance, Office in transition to subscription, both cloud and server growth
“It’s like a Microsoft developer event back when they were good,” one exhibitor here at Xamarin Evolve in Atlanta told me, and I do see what he means. There is plenty of buzz, since Xamarin is just three years old as a company and growing fast; there is the sense of an emerging technology, and
…continue reading Xamarin Evolve: developers enjoy the buzz around cross-platform coding with C#
Testing a mobile app is challenging, thanks to operating system fragmentation combined with diversity of hardware. In April 2013 Xamarin acquired a company called LessPainful, specialists in functional testing for mobile apps, which had created a mobile app testing tool called Calabash. Calabash is based on Cucumber, and lets you define test steps and then
…continue reading Testing mobile apps: Xamarin goes live with Test Cloud for iOS and Android (but no Windows Phone)
Google announced at its I/O conference in June 2014 that Android apps are coming to its Chrome OS. Earlier this month product managers Ken Mixter and Josh Woodward announced that the first four Android apps are available in the Chromebook app store: Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words and Vine.
I delayed posting about this until I
…continue reading Android apps on Chrome: how it works and what it may become
Microsoft has removed some friction from developing for the Windows Store (whether phone or Windows 8) by removing the requirement to pay an annual subscription:
As we continue to execute on the vision to integrate the Windows and Windows Phone developer experiences, we have taken another step by moving to a one-time lifelong Dev Center
…continue reading Lifetime registration as a Windows Store developer, now from £12