Friday, July 31, 2015

Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview for Nokia Icon


This is really welcome news for Nokia Icon users (Verizon Specific) who will be getting the full OS upgrade much later than other carriers.

Microsoft will be updating the Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile by the end of the year. Developers are expected to have their apps ported over to Windows 10 Mobile.


Microsoft wants to see billion or more phones running Windows 10 within 2 to 3 years.

Windows 10 OS is the same whatever device you use, phone, tablet or PC. All apps will look the same on all the devices, quite a feat!

You can switch from one device to another without loosing anything, whether it is music, video, YouTube whatever.

Check out here:
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/
However if you have signed for Microsoft Insider then you can install the preview for the following devices:
WP10PreviewAvailability

Source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/preview-supported-phones

This is really welcome news for Nokia Icon users (Verizon Specific) who will be getting the full OS upgrade much later than other carriers.

Here are couple of screen shots of this installation on Nokia Icon.

Get this important app on your phone from Windows Store.



Click and download using  Get preview build.

 
I am an insider, but you can start with hitting the Get Started button.
 
I would like to work with Windows apps for PCs, tablets and phones.
 
Before you install check some of the details using links here.
 
 
You need to enroll as one of two types. I have chosen Insider Fast.
 
 
You have to agree to this upgrading to proceed.
 
 
You may encounter this screen couple of times...
 
 
Looks like a hefty program for a little thing.
 
 
I shall check and see tomorrow (8/1/2015). Things are a bit slow...
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Good news for Windows Phone users and Windows Phone developers

Microsoft will be updating the Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile by the end of the year. Developers are expected to have their apps ported over to Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft is looking at 2 to 3 years for increasing its share of
devices to a billion or more.

Windows 10 OS is the same whatever device you use, phone, tablet or PC. All apps will look the same on all the devices, quite a feat!

You can switch from one device to another without loosing anything, whether it is music, video, YouTube whatever.

Check out here:
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/
However if you have signed for Microsoft Insider then you can install the preview for the following devices:
WP10PreviewAvailability

Source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/preview-supported-phones
To become an Windows Insider, go here:
https://insider.windows.com/

This is a good news for Windows Phone developers using Nokia Icon which is tied to Verizon. Verizon has no news regarding when it will upgrade the OS. Nokia Icon will be the last phone to get the upgrade from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile.


 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nokia Icon is still the best Windows Phone

InfoWorld writes about the only 5 smartphones that matter and includes the following:
  • Apple iPhone 6 and 6+
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (it's a Phablet)
  • LG G4 (Android)
  • Microsoft Lumia 830
However there is hardly a mention of Nokia Icon. This Verizon specific phone (Nokia Icon) is probably not sold anymore as Verizon has a new Windows Phone.

The bottom line: Nokia Icon is better than Lumia 830

 I will stay with Nokia Icon. The only worry is what happens if the battery goes bad.
AT & T appears to be carrier for Nokia 830.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Would you swap your Lumia Icon to Lumia 735?

Verizon recently gave its Windows Phone users the option to swap their Nokia Lumia Icon to Nokia Lumia 735. It does not look like an upgrade to me at all. I went out to Microsoft Store in Ala Moana take a look at it. I was fairly disappointed and one of the store staff told me Nokia Icon is a much better smart phone than the 735.

The other piece of information (I do not know if it is true or not) he gave me was it was a Verizon specific phone. If this is true I would avoid it as Verizon does not provide proper support, like asnweering customer's questions. It took almost a year after talking to Verizon to get the Windows Phone OS to upgrade to 8.1. Probably the upgrade of 735 from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 is less stressful.

I am not sure what features are important for you but there are 41 reasons why Nokia Icon is better than Nokia Lumia 735 but only 13 reasons why Nokia 735 is better than Nokia Icon.

Looks like the capability to replace battery and be able to use an external memory appears good reasons, but with cloud service available to store pictures and such this capability is not compelling.

On the whole, I would rather stay with the Nokia Icon as it takes great pictures and videos with a view area much larger than the 735. Another Windows Phone news that is bothering is Windows Phone future. Microsoft recently laid off or going to lay off  its phone related workforce in Europe.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

User Interface templates in Intel XDK

Using templates is the easiest to start off designing apps with Intel XDK. Intel XDK provides a number of layouts and templates for designing apps.


 Layout_UI.png

If you have been using apps you must have come across apps that use many of these types of apps. For example an earlier post here discusses the List View Template in detail and this link describes the Tab View in detail().

We will explore the other templates in future posts.  The Ionic Framework Starter template uses the Ionic Frame work and AngularJS and you can design apps for desktop, smartphones and tablets using Standard HTML5. Ionic Framework is supposed to provide native-app like feeling for UI and is based on HTML5 and essentially a front end beautifier. However Ionic requires AngularJS which is required for UI interaction; gestures; animations etc.

 ionicFramework.png
In a future post  we will describe creating an app with Ionic Framework.
Read more here for Ionic Framework:
ionicframework.com/docs/

AngularJS is HTML enhanced for Web Apps which you can download from Google site here (https://angularjs.org/).
You can target the build for Firefox if you so desire. Review here.




Saturday, July 4, 2015

Building Web Apps with Intel XDK - Part 1

Between Native Apps and web Apps, Web Apps have a lot of advantages. It is browser based and needs a connection to the Internet. It is lightweight and a lot easier to build and develop with just the basic HTML5/CSS/JavaScript. Of course you can build better apps with Intel XDK.

Intel XDK gets frequent updates and you may have to update your app for the new builds. When you log into Intel XDK you will be taken to the App Dev Center where your projects are listed. Also note that Intel XDK has plans to discontinue the Control Center and replace it with a new interface.
For example I have a couple of them but I have not finished with them yet.
AppDevCenter.png
I can expand each of them to see what options I have going forward. Here is HodentekBooks expanded. I can build the project as a Web App as shown here:

BuildAsWebApp.png

In fact most of the apps here were built as a mobile app either for Windows Phone or iPhone 5.0.

I can build and test for any of the shown browsers or as a web App. This subsection 'Build as a WEB APP' is somewhat confusing since the options are three browsers and the fourth 'Web App'.
Here are more detail for building it for Firefox.


BuildForFireFox.png


Click on Build Test for Firefox. The UI for the Web App built for Firefox is displayed as shown.

BuildForFireFox2.png
 
If you do not have a site icon, you can create one and with the Change Icon button to bring it into your project. The image size has to be exact 128x128, 128x127 will not do!! Click Build to build the project and you should to get a response like this:

BuildForFireFox23png

If you want to submit to the Firefox OS market place kindly review the article that you can access with the link "Click here"

The download button provides a zip file that you can save it to your folder.

BuildAsWebAppZip.png

The details of building for Firefox browser are detailed here.

You can view the index.html page on any browser but it is built for Firefox. You could also use a Firefox simulator from here.

Read about Intel XDK templates here.