Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dual-SIM Lumia 535 phone launched in India

Costs Rs.9199.00 and Microsoft will be looking forward to a 'Money Rain' as the phone is quite affordable and best off breed. You can buy in store or online starting Nov 28,2014.

This is the first time Microsoft has its own brand instead of tagged on to Nokia. Microsoft's best of the productive products Office, Skype, OneNote, OneDrive and Bing are all free for the life of the phone.

For previous posts on this blog read here to see the specifications:

http://hodentekmobile.blogspot.com/2014/11/all-5s-for-microsoft-lumia-535.html

Read the full story here:
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/first-microsoft-lumia-launched-in-india-for-rs-9199/1/403818.html

Apps for Mobile Phones with HTML5

HTML5 is just one of the essential features for HTML based phone apps that provide the scaffolding. You will also need CSS3 to dress it up in more delightful ways and of course JavaScript to power the interactivity of the app without which it is dead in the water.

While you could use DOM and vanilla JavaScript, it is lot more easier to use a framework (there is a learning curve), a User Interface Framework which combines JavaScript with CSS to provide a set of programming tools to deliver rich mobile applications. Quite a lot of them use jQuery in one form or another. The frameworks save a lot of development time and effort.

There are different kind of devices (iPhones, Androids and Windows Phones) but also different operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, etc) and it will be desirable if one could use one tool to cover all these variations.

This area has developed to the extent that you can develop cross-platform, cross-device (response design!) apps but still there iss a great deal of room for improvement.

Here are some popular frameworks:

App Framework
Basically used for mobile devices and supports native OS such as Googl Android, Apple iOS, RIMBlackberry and Microsffot Windows 8. It has no outside dependencies and optimized for speed. It is Javascript library for mobile HTML5 apps.
http://app-framework-software.intel.com/

Bootstrap 3
It is an open source UI library mostly used for web. Although not meant for mobile devices it still works OK. It is heavy on CSS3 and uses jQuery
http://getbootstrap.com/

jQuery Mobile
Uses JQuery and meant for mobile and optimized for touch. Use HTML5 for UI design for rsponsive weeb and apps (smartphone, tablet and desktop).
http://jquerymobile.com/

Topcoat
Pure Open source CSS for clean mobile and web apps. Optimized for performance with no other dependencies. It has its origins in Adobe design.
http://topcoat.io/


Intel XDK provides support for all these different frameworks. We will take a look at these in future posts.
There are many other frameworks such as Dojo Mobile, Sencha, Apple Flex Builder etc.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AppMethod - One-stop mulitdevice app development platform



IoT has to be 'Universal'. Therefore, it has to be multi-platform, multi-device, device-size agnostic and more. This is why you hear more and more 'cross-platform' development. This app works on iPhone but not on Android etc. will not do. AppMethod is one such program from the veteran, Embarcadero.

Sign up here to get software that you can use to build apps in record short time.
http://www.appmethod.com/sign-up?cid=701G0000000vHaD
 
Registration is needed, but easy with few elements.


Note that the downlaoded program (file size: 3GB) is free for only one year. Read the information on
the download page above.

See overview here taken from a video on the site



Features overview
  • One-stop mulitdevice app development platform

  • Supports Internet of Things

  • FireUI Multi-device designer

  • Enterprisemobility Devices with FireDAC support

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lumia Cyan and Denim Updates

These are Windows Phone 8.1 updates.

Lumia Cyan Update features:
  • Personal Start Screen
  • Action Center
  • Word Flow Keyboard
  • Improved and updated imaging Apps
    • Nokia Camera
    • Nokia Storyteller
    • Creative Studio
More details here:
http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2014/07/15/lumia-cyan-update/

Here is a Lumia Cyan Update Video

Denim Update aka Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1
http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2014/09/04/lumia-denim-update/

Supported features/enhancements:

  • Cortana
    •  UK and China as Beta
    • India, Australia and Canada Public alpha
    • US-Natural language, Car kit integration via Bluetooth; snooze reminders and better calendar
  • Live folders
  • Organize Folders, apps
  • Apps Corner-Customized Start Screen suitable for employees
  • SMS Merge and Forwarding
  • Snooze Time for Alarm App
  • Consumer VPN-Security feature while using public Wi-Fi
  • Mobile Web Site improvements
  • Store Live Tile
List of Nokia Phones that leverage Denim update features such as Lumia Camera:
Lumia 930
Lumia Icon
Lumia 1520
Lumia 830
 

Cyan Update for Nokia Lumia Icon is not coming soon

It looks like Verizon is not going to roll out Cyan Update in the near future as they are "taking quality issues very seriously". It is being rolled out to so many others and they even have a schedule.



Thankfully I have no fixed contract for my Nokia Icon and I am seriously considering returning it.

All high 5's for Microsoft Lumia 535

Microsoft launched a low priced smart phone (Lumia 525)  today with some very desirable features. Probably I will ditch my Nokia Icon 929 and get this one as Verizon is most likely not going to roll out Windows 8.1 for this Nokia Icon.



It has,
  • 5" screen
  • 5 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 Megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Skype & OneNote
  • Reasonable battery capacity 1905 mAh
  • Single SIM or Smart Dual SIM(both 3G)
  • Personal experience with Action Center, Word Flow, Live Folders, Cortana
  • 1.2 GHZ quar-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal memory Plus microSD card slot (up to 128 GB) for external memory Plus 15GB Free OneDrive
  • Available colors: Cyan, bright Orange, bright Green, white, dark Grey and Blackat a very
affordable price, about 110 euros (8000 Indian Rupees in India).

When can you buy? Soon, during this month
More details here
http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2014/11/11/lumia-535/
Watch this promo video here:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Windows Phone Sensors and Carriers

I have been looking at sensors as related to Health and Fitness apps and I came across a problem which prompted me to look at all Nokia phones to see the sensors available on the phones and the carriers who offer the phones.

Well, Verizon sold me a phone which is really a Nokia 929 as a Nokia Icon Black. I am not if it is the same as Nokia Icon.

Here is a listing:

Verizon Phones
Lumia 822
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 928
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia Icon
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, SensorCore.
Reference: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/mobile/phone/lumia-icon/specifications/

AT&T Phones
Lumia 830
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 635
Accelerometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 1520
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 1020
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Barometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 925
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 520
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor.
Lumia 920
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 820
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.

T-Mobile Phones:
Lumia 530
Accelerometer
Lumia 635
Accelerometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 925
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.
Lumia 521
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor.
Lumia 810
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer.

Cricket Phones
Lumia 635
Accelerometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 630
Accelerometer, SensorCore.
Lumia 1320
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer.
Lumia 530

Metro PCS
Lumia 521
Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer