Windows 10 to allow easy porting of apps from Android, iOS platforms

BENGALURU: Consumer-facing startups such as online grocery stores and food suppliers may end their bias against Windows for offering mobile apps, as they expect the upcoming version of Microsoft’s operating system to open up access to a new set of customers with minimal effort.

Windows 10, which will be released on July 29 for PCs and tablets, followed by an update for smartphones, will enable developers to port apps from Android and iOS platforms with very little effort. The update will be freely available across all Microsoft devices and will enable developers to make apps that work on not just on phones and tablets, but PCs as well. App developers were going slow on Windows because the thin base of smartphone users on the platform didn’t entice them to spend time and money.

Faaso’s, the food-on-demand chain which is moving away from its physical stores into apps, hasn’t updated its Windows app for months now, citing bandwidth issues. “As soon as portability is made available, we will update the Windows app, as we do have a loyal customer base there,” said cofounder Revant Bhate. Android-only food ordering app Spoonjoy has submitted its upcoming iOS app for review and is working on a Windows version.

Crownit, a deal discovery and cashback platform, said it has been getting frequent requests asking for a Windows app. It is natural for a Windows smartphone user to feel ignored in a city like Bengaluru, with apps including Grofers, BigBasket, Crownit, Freshmenu, Practo, Tinyowl and News in Shorts, which have a strong presence here, turning a blind eye on them.

And in smaller cities and towns, it is worse. App developers prefer Android because of its brutal leadership in the market – in India, the platform holds a 91% share. Still, some 10.75 million people were on Windows phones in India as of March 2015, show Counterpoint Research data. Its market share increased to 5% from 2.5% at the end of 2014, driven by the Lumia phones, the research firm said.

In India, Apple’s iOS is No. 3, behind Android and Windows. But app developers still find it attractive. “Apple has premium users. So, even if it’s a small market, it plays a good role,” said Azhar Iqubal, cofounder of News in Shorts, which now has iOS app.

Some players now see Windows as an opportunity. It is an unexplored, but growing, market. Grofers, the app that allows consumers to order online from local shops and get express deliveries, for instance, started hiring developers for Windows as it expanded in small cities. Albinder Dhindsa, cofounder, said the number of requests it received for the introduction of a Windows app had been substantially high after it moved into new cities.

But it is not easy. “It is also a little more difficult to find developers for Windows than it is for Android,” said Dhindsa. Microsoft says things will become smooth. “Initially, these apps (once ported) will work exactly like the counterparts (Android or iOS). But, later, they will be able to make use of Windows features (such as live-tile feature),” said Harish Vaidyanathan, director of Independent Software Vendor programmes at Microsoft.

Source: PTI

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Update Lollipop: Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update might have made considerable progress in the past few weeks but it still hasn’t been rolled out on all major carriers out there. Here is a quick roundup of how much progress Samsung has made regarding S5’s update on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.

Android 5.1 Update For Galaxy S5 Released By T-Mobile And AT&T

T-Mobile was the first US-based wireless carrier to release their Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S5. This was actually a surprising roll out as we generally see updates go out to other countries before hitting the United States. AT&T followed along shortly afterwards when their 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Both of these updates include all of the bug fixes and performance enhancements that Android 5.1.1 Lollipop brings, but they also include some new features along with it.

Verizon And Sprint Galaxy S5 Still Waiting For Android 5.1 Update Release

We’re still waiting to hear something from Verizon Wireless as well as Sprint though. Neither of these companies have released the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update or announced their plans for releasing the Android 5.1 update. Sprint doesn’t usually waste any time in this department, so we are expecting to see something from them very soon. On the other hand, Verizon Wireless has a history of taking their time with Android update OTAs and we could be waiting another 2-4 weeks before we see anything pushed out by them. This is just speculation though as we have seen them push out plenty of updates before any other carrier has.
It all just boils down to how busy their current software testing facilities are. Since the company doesn’t release any details, like T-Mobile does, we have no way of knowing which updates are being worked on at this time. However, when we learn more from these two carriers about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, we will be sure to keep you up to date here at Android Origin.


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Apple iOS 9 now available to all as public beta

NEW DELHI: The public beta for iOS 9, Apple’s next major update for iPhones and iPads, is now available for anyone to try.

Since it’s a beta, that means it’s a very early version of the software – so there will likely be a few bugs and it’s not going to be as polished as the version you’ll see released in the fall.

To get the beta on your iPhone or iPad, head over to the website for Apple’s beta program. Then, log in with your Apple ID to get started.

From there, you can choose whether or not you want to try the beta for iOS 9, or OS X El Capitan, Apple’s big Mac update. If you want to try iOS, make sure you click the iOS tab.

Then, scroll down to the ‘Getting Started’ subhead on the iOS page and click the ‘enroll your iOS device’ link. Apple will give you specific directions on how to install the iOS 9 beta on whichever device device you’re using, whether it be an iPhone or iPad.

This is the first time Apple has ever released the beta for its next iPhone operating systems to the public ahead of its official release. Usually, you’d have to wait until the update officially launches to get an idea of what it’s going to be like.

Opening it up to the public also gives Apple a bigger opportunity to spot bugs before the software officially goes live. If more people are using it, there’s more of a chance they’ll spot issues so that Apple can take care of them before the software makes its real debut.

If you are planning to install the public beta of iOS 9 on your Apple device, there are two things you should know:

You should definitely back up your device before installing the software.
If something goes wrong, you can just restore your iPhone or iPad to your most recent backup so that you don’t lose any data.

Be aware that it’s not a stable release, so be prepared to encounter bugs.
We’d suggest installing it on a secondary device, like an old iPhone or an iPad, rather than your main phone.

iOS 9 brings a few noticeable new features to the iPhone and iPad. Apple is launching its own news curation app called Apple News, which pulls in stories from various publications and packages them into a digital magazine.

Apple is also adding public transit directions to Apple Maps, and Siri is getting a major upgrade. Siri is going to be a lot more contextual, meaning she’ll learn more about you and your habits and will be able to communicate with other apps to make suggestions for you.

The final version of iOS 9 is set to launch in the fall, likely around the same time Apple’s new iPhone will be released.

Source: PTI

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iOS 8.4 download news: Update running on 40% of all iOS devices after just one week

With just over a week after Apple released iOS 8.4, the adoption of Apple’s latest mobile OS has now crossed 40 percent. These numbers do not come from Apple officially, but have been revealed by Mixpanel that tracks OS adoptions, according to which, iOS 8.4 has now been adopted on 41.26 percent of all Apple’s iOS devices.

The high adoption rate of the iOS 8.4 could have been driven by the various bug fixes introduced by Apple’s latest mobile OS to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. But it is more likely that the release of Apple’s iOS 8.4 with Apple Music has boosted the adoption of the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS within just over a week after it was released.

Apple Music, the company’s first music streaming service, was launched in 100 countries with a huge collection of 30 million songs and additional services, such as the world’s first 24/7 global radio called Beats 1. Since Apple Music offers a three-month free trial, it is very likely that a major portion of the 40 percent of consumers installing iOS 8.4 may also be using Apple Music.

iOS 8 also witnessed a similarly rapid adoption rate upon its release by Apple in September, with 46 percent of Apple devices reported to have been running the new OS within the first week of its release, according to Apple Insider. However, the adoption of the iOS 8 OS subsequently slowed down in the following months, partly on account of the large free space required for over-the-air (OTA) updates, the Verge reported. But Apple has now reduced the size of its update by a few hundred megabytes.

iOS 8.4 should continue to witness more adoption in the coming days, though most adopters may switch to the iOS 9 public beta upon its release in July with a full release slated for the fall.


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Mobile Maker Jolla Splits In Two, With Sailfish OS Its First Order Of Business

Software or hardware? Finnish mobile device and Sailfish OS maker Jolla has always intended doing both. But that could be changing. Today the company announced it’s forking itself, splitting its business into two. One of those businesses will be fully focused on pushing its Sailfish software platform forward.

“Every young company has to find its clear focus at some time, and for Jolla that time is now,” said Jolla board chairman, Dr. Antti Saarnio, commenting on the changes in a statement. “We have huge opportunities in the Sailfish OS licensing business… After three years of intensive Sailfish OS research development we are now moving full speed to new bigger waters, which requires full focus on software from the team.”

The split follows a strategic push by the company towards forming regional partnerships to develop locally flavored versions of its Sailfish OS in the BRICS emerging markets. The opportunity it sees being to offer an OS that supports more localization than Google’s dominant Android OS affords, given the latter’s focus on promoting Google services (whereas Sailfish-based devices could be tightly integrated with local ecommerce players and the like).

The new Jolla Ltd will concern itself entirely with the development and licensing of its Sailfish mobile OS, Jolla said today. While a future (as yet unnamed) business will be established to continue building devices — or at least to do so “where the company sees a specific interest from privacy-aware consumers and corporations around the world”.

The wording of Jolla’s press release is a little vague, so it’s possible Jolla is leaving itself some wiggle room to retreat from hardware entirely. Or at least from new hardware (although it also talks of “focusing on security enhanced devices”).

Update: Asked directly whether the new Jolla company was committed to making new hardware Saarnio told TechCrunch he can confirm “it is committed” to building new devices but added: “There’s a limitation that the company is not yet established so there’s a plan to start producing it. I personally believe they will start producing smart hardware, smartphones or smart devices, in the future. That’s the plan and the intention.”

The scope of the new Jolla devices company may also be broader than the first wave Jolla, which has brought one smartphone to market and is in the midst of building a tablet. “This new company will have quite a lot of freedom to do all kinds of handsets. And I think what we are looking for is to create a young brand with this that’s able to expand to different interesting areas and utilize the existing hardware ecosystem with this,” Saarnio added.

He said the forthcoming Jolla devices business could even consider using alternative software platforms in addition to Sailfish — by offering multi-OS devices. “For sure the competitive advantage of the device business is Sailfish OS… But I would not rule out the possibility to have devices that are carrying multiple operating systems. I think that’s an interesting idea, especially if we include there some security and privacy aspects in with the devices.”

Jolla has previously said it plans to offer a security hardened version of Sailfish, called Sailfish Secure. Differentiating mobile hardware on privacy and security grounds is something other startups are doing, such as Silent Circle’s Blackphone initiative. Multiple companies are looking to capitalize on former mobile security kingpin Blackberry’s marketshare collapse, and to compete with Google’s Android on privacy grounds.

Indeed, this is not limited to startups; Apple has recently ramped up its messaging around user data protection, implicitly contrasting its hardware devices business with Google’s ad-driven business model. So there are plenty of companies scenting opportunity here; Jolla is just the latest to consider taking a dip.

Saarnio will be taking charge of the new software-focused Jolla Ltd. Former CEO Tomi Pienimäki, has been appointed to a new position “outside the company”, in which he will move during August — so presumably he’s joining the as-yet unnamed Jolla device business. Although perhaps not as CEO; Jolla said a new leader for Jolla devices business “will be appointed during this autumn”.

Saarnio said it’s not yet decided who else (if anyone) will be leaving to join the devices business. “We need to understand that this new devices business will be a very, very new startup and it has very different kinds of needs in terms of management as well… Only a very thin organization will be needed in the beginning,” he added. “Most of the things can be outsourced.”

“This is not about dividing Jolla into two businesses; this is about focusing current Jolla into Sailfish OS development as it has — basically — 90 per cent of the investment and resources have been going there already. And I actually think that both of our organizations will focus on the Sailfish OS business. And then we will build a completely new organization, probably utilizing quite a lot of the services and resources as a wonderful customer to Sailfish OS organization.”

Asked about the motivations for creating two separate businesses, rather than continuing to operate both hardware and software under one roof, Saarnio said it’s a question of manageability, and the different needs of two very different types of businesses stretching limited startup resources.

“It’s very difficult to manage two such different businesses in one young company,” he said. “You can imagine that if you have basically one management team it either can discuss about expanding Sailfish OS or expanding Jolla device business. But combining those two into one company is very, very confusing.

“And the second thing is that by the capital nature and business type of nature those are very different cases. The Sailfish OS is very R&D capital intensive. It requires lots of investment. And the device business should be very lean. And has lower margins and… high expenses. So, especially from the investment point of view those are two very different animals that’s why it’s very difficult to, at least in a startup environment, grow both of them… This could be very different if we were a more established company, and we could have different divisions. But I don’t believe that goes well in a startup environment. People have to believe in something and focus on something. By creating two separate companies in this way we can win in both areas.”


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Android M rumors: Mobile OS to be released alongside new Nexus 5 in Q3 2015?

Android M, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, is expected to be released soon. Now, a new report from GeekSnack gives a more tangible release window. According to the report, the new OS will be released simultaneously with Google’s new Nexus, speculated to be the Nexus 5 2015.

GeekSnack probed an insider who confirmed that Android M and a new Nexus will be launched together. Their source did not confirm, however, if the new device is the Nexus 5 2015 or perhaps a different phone being developed by Google and its collaborators. The report says that there is a very high chance that Android M will be released alongside the new device given that the Nexus is Google’s flagship mobile product.

Further, a report from BGR says that the joint launch might be an indication that the next Android OS will be rolled out earlier than its speculated Q4 2015 schedule.

According to the report, the Nexus 5 2015 is being prepared for an October release but says that the product might hit the market toward the end of Q3 2015, which would be around September. Meanwhile, Google is going to release Android M’s Preview 3 — an early beta build for people to test out — within this month.

If the Nexus 5 2015 is going to be released earlier than speculated, and no further beta testing is required for Android M, then it is possible that these two products would become available simultaneously by September.

Also, there are rumors of both LG and Huawei Technologies working on the next Nexus device. According to iDigital Times, LG is currently making a device codenamed “Bullethead.” Huawei, on the other hand, is reported to be designing a phablet codenamed “Angler.” Either device, or even both, could carry the new Android M OS.

According to ExpertReviews, it is likely that Android M will launch early for developers, which coincides with the Q3 release date stated above, but also says that the commercial release might not happen until November.

These, of course, are mere speculations, and Google has yet to provide an official announcement regarding Android M and its next smartphone.


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