Showing posts from November, 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.
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

Lumia Cyan and Denim Updates

These are Windows Phone 8.1 updates.

Lumia Cyan Update features: Personal Start ScreenAction CenterWord Flow KeyboardImproved and updated imaging AppsNokia CameraNokia StorytellerCreative Studio More details here:

Here is a Lumia Cyan Update Video

Denim Update aka Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Supported features/enhancements:

Cortana UK and China as BetaIndia, Australia and Canada Public alphaUS-Natural language, Car kit integration via Bluetooth; snooze reminders and better calendarLive folders Organize Folders, appsApps Corner-Customized Start Screen suitable for employeesSMS Merge and ForwardingSnooze Time for Alarm AppConsumer VPN-Security feature while using public Wi-FiMobile Web Site improvementsStore 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" screen5 Megapixel front-facing camera5 Megapixel rear-facing cameraSkype & OneNoteReasonable battery capacity 1905 mAhSingle SIM or Smart Dual SIM(both 3G)Personal experience with Action Center, Word Flow, Live Folders, Cortana1.2 GHZ quar-core processor and 1 GB RAM8GB Internal memory Plus microSD card slot (up to 128 GB) for external memory Plus 15GB Free OneDriveAvailable 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
Watch this promo video here:

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.

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, SensorCor…

Creating cross-platform apps with a tab view template - Part 1

If you have not reviewed my previous posts please do so now.

Cross-Platform Project apps that you can choose for designing apps here:

Step-by-step procedure to create a ListView app here:

There are some slight changes in this version and I recommend you download the latest.
Here in Part 1, I will cover using the tab view template in Intel XDK for cross-platform and
in Part 2, I will cover modifying the template and deploying it to your device.

If you do not have the latest Intel XDK you can get it from here:

Download the above and double click to install.
Launch the Intel XDK application from its shortcut. You may get a warning as shown.

Click Yes - Safe Restart
This happens if you did not exit the application normally the previous tim…

Come Tuesday it is not Nokia Lumia, it is Microsoft Lumia

Microsoft Lumia smartphone will be released on coming Tuesday. The promotional image is not
breathtaking. I am not sure what kind of designers they have in Redmond. They should send them out to Cupertino.

This picture is from the below link This is the beginning of change over of names from Nokia to Microsoft. I do sincerely hope that
Microsoft does not fire its staff responsible for Camera as I believe the Nokia branded cameras (I
have an Icon) are perhaps the best of the cameras.

Add your comments here:

Another change I would personally like to happen is that Microsoft provide the upgraded OS (Windows Phone  8.1) to all phone owners irrespective of the carrier. This is a must, I would not take no for an answer. I have been ranting about it for a considerable time.

Get the latest Intel XDK and jump start app development

Intel XDK is continuously evolving. The version number now is (November 4) v1536 and you can download from here for the major mobile platforms:

Also download product briefing here:

The key benefits from the pdf are listed here: Easy-to-use streamlined intuitive workflow from idea, design, debug, build and deployDevelop efficiently: Integrated design, test, and build tools for many devicesDeploy simply: Across more app stores, and form factor devices The new features in this release: Apache Cordova CLI and Plugin version is updated to 3.5Intel App Preview UpdatesApp Designer Updates- App Starter deprecatedCode editor and Web Services updatedGoogle Play games services add to featured Cardova plugins listBuild system has been updated Also serveral issues in the previous version have been addressed Read more here:…