Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Google launches two new phones today

The two phones are manufactured by two different companies but both use the Android Marshmallow OS (Android 6.0).

  • Nexus 6P form Huawei ($499)

  • Nexus 5X from LG ($349)

Pictures: Copied from Google site.

The main thing is that Android OS has captured the Mobile OS market (phones tablets) and Microsoft Windows 10 has to strive very hard to get there.
The new phones have Android Pay (payment technology) with improved privacy and power saving capabilities. Hey! There is a new personal assistant as well, the Google Now on Tap.

New feature round up:
  • Finger print sensor (aka Nexus Imprint); not in the front but on the back
  • Cameras: 12.3 Pixel for back facing, for front-facing (5x has 5MP and 6S has 8 MP)
  • Processor: 65-bit QUALCOMM
  • New input: USB Type-C input for charging and data (new cables! may be)
  • Service provider: Project FI wireless service
  • Body and display: 6P aluminum and 5.7" and  5X Plastic(?) and 5.2"


Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25 visit to Apple Store at Kahala Mall

New Apple phones went on sale today at the Apple store in Kahala Mall in Honolulu (there are two Apple Stores in Honolulu). I went there a little after 1:00 p.m. The crowd was not more than what is normal for this store. Sales assistants told me there was a crowd in the morning. As most of the people pre-registered there was no queue to buy.

Phones looked real good. I took some pictures using the main camera and sent them to my email address using the phone. They never reached me. Pictures looked gorgeous and with very good resolution.

I checked out the 3D touch. It's OK and perhaps a little too tough to copy by copy cats but they will find a way. You can set up the camera to take selfies but you need to activate the 'flash' icon before you do. Do not press the camera button too much; it takes a very soft tap to activate the flash. You can feel the flash and the picture get saved. I tried out a couple of loaded apps they all worked faultlessly.

 Here are two shots taken at the store. A bunch of curious people were looking at the cameras:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Things to pick up at VSLive! 2015 in Brooklyn, NY

Everybody has a phone and a majority have smart phones of one kind or another. There are all kinds of apps and quite a lot of them you can use to do business. The basic app kinds are either native client apps or mobile web sites. Some of them use  cloud-based data and services while others may not.

This session is about mobile client options; about native and web-based; about HTML5/CSS and proprietary software but mos tof all its about mobile clients.

The Mobile Client track (https://vslive.com/Events/New-York-2015/Tracks/Mobile-Client.aspx) at the event includes the following:
  • Using Xamarin tools to leverage your C# code on iOS and Android
  • Azure Mobile Services
  • Building Cross-Platform Games with MonoGame
  • Swift for .NET Developers
M02  Workshop: Native Mobile App Development for iOS, Android and Windows Using C#
Monday   September   28    9:00am - 6:00pm

•How to build your first mobile apps on the different platforms with the Xamarin toolset
•About the different platforms, what makes them unique and how you can build a cross platform app
•How to maintain platform uniqueness while sharing a large chunk of your codebase

T04  From ASP.NET Site to Mobile App in About an Hour
Tuesday   September   29    9:15am - 10:30am

•How to leverage your web assets for mobile apps
•How to support offline scenarios
•How to integrate with device capabilities (e.g. camera, address book)
•How to send a simple push notification
•How to avoid common performance pitfalls

T09  Building Mobile Cross-Platform Apps with C# and Xamarin
Tuesday   September   29    1:30pm - 2:45pm

You'll learn how to get started with a sample cross-platform solution, which tools you can use, how to design a proper user interface for each platform and how to structure your projects for maximum code reuse. Native mobile development doesn't have to be so hard. Come learn how your .NET skills can be transformed for true cross-platform development.

T13  Building Mobile Cross-Platform Apps in C# with Azure Mobile Services
Tuesday   September   29     3:00pm - 4:15pm

You'll learn how to authenticate users via Microsoft, Google, Facebook or Twitter credentials, store data remotely in SQL databases, table storage, blob storage, and more, all through live cross-platform demos. Whether you're a weekend warrior building consumer apps or a corporate mobile developer building apps for the enterprise, the cloud is the perfect companion for your mobile apps. Come learn how easy it is to harness its power.

W05  W05 Swift for .NET Developers
Wednesday   September   30    10:45am - 12:00pm

•All about the new Swift language
•How to use Swift to build iOS8 applications
•How Swift works inside of Xcode

The least expensive XAMARN (Indie) 9s $25/month

Thursday, September 10, 2015

iPhone 6S and 3D Touch

This is an interesting development that takes user experience to new level.

From a gentle pressing to deep pressing,  you will experience a different response taking multi-touch to new levels and what is more you get a real-time feedback from the new Taptic Engine.

With this you will be experiencing new ways of interacting with your phone (PEEK and POP), in addition to what you had earlier (TAP, SWIPE and PINCH). The feedback from Taptic engine lets you feel what you did.
Watch the full video on this site: http://www.apple.com/iphone-6s/3d-touch/

A portion of the above video sliced using Microsoft Movie Maker just showing how Taptic Engine works is inserted  here:

Save the date for the Mobile World Congress 2016 at Barcelona

This is going to be a great event in a great city in Spain. Barcleona is a great place to visit and MWC 2016 makes it even more compelling. Detailed programs will be coming in days and weeks. But here are some the in-depth track sessions will examine these and related topics:

in-depth track sessions will examine these and related topics:
big data,
connecting the unconnected,
digital commerce,
emerging markets,
enterprise mobility,
financial services,
the Internet of Things (IoT),
mobile identity and privacy,
network evolution and security
Read more here:

Friday, September 4, 2015

This smart phone is shooting up

When I read the news on Bloomberg, I knew I had to share it with you all. Here is the image from Bloomberg news that was so arresting:

The phones are not state of the art. Frankly what one really needs is a phone that works all the time; does not discharge so fast that you are not getting to the wall socket too often; does not hang on you; and generally responds to your needs. ZTE phones seems to do all that at a very affordable price. The carrier is either AT&T or T-Mobile

Here is picture of them from Bing search:

Here is the lowest priced model.

Here are some basic specifications:
Size(inches): 4.5x3x0.5
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHZ
Wireless: Bluetooth, Wireless  B | G | N
Display: TFT-LCD
Touch Screen: yes
Built-in GPS
Rear-faicing camera: 3.0 Megapixels
Test/instant Messaging: Yes
Internal memory: 4GB
Lihium Ion Battery:Yes