Android 7.0 Nougat makes more sense on tablets… and convertibles

Big smartphones are everywhere, and Nougat’s new features make them more useful. Honeycomb was meant for tablets. The idea tried to take advantage of that new gold rush started with the iPad, but that iteration never took off. Tablets are back, but with a different perspective: now they’re trying to conquer not just the consumption but

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Google Duo: simpler must be better

It’s  somewhat incredible how Facetime has no clear contestant in the world of mobile video calling apps in Android. We’ve got Skype and other options, of course, but none of them has conquered Android users and here we see even much more fragmentation than on the instant messaging market. That’s what Google is trying to

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The Chromebook question

I’m currently on vacation so I’ll write less often. I’ll keep reading what’s going on thanks to Twitter and my smartphone, and yesterday I found an interesting article titled ‘Why I left my new MacBook for a $250 Chromebook‘. There are a few good arguments there to defend a platform that previously wasn’t that easy

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Huawei challenges Android with a backup plan

Amir Efrati on The Information: And to hedge its bets against Google’s control of Android, Huawei is also secretly developing an alternative mobile operating system, according to three people briefed about the project. Android forks do exist, but not all companies can offer a compelling alternative. The problem lies in Android Apps and Services: although

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Suddenly, Chrome OS makes more sense

Chrome OS wasn’t mentioned once at yesterday’s Google I/O keynote, but there was a big update coming: Android apps will be part of that experience in a move that proves that the ‘merger’ between the two platforms was indeed a reality. Google waited until day two of its I/O developer conference to announce what might

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Apple, Microsoft, and the future of convertibles 

Paul Thurrot reflects on the convertible/detachable market: One might argue, correctly, that the iPad Pro is not exactly a full-featured productivity machine today. But the key word in that sentence is “today.” Apple will evolve the iPad Pro and improve things on the productivity side of things. But I don’t see how Microsoft or any

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#Build2016 signals the death of the Windows phone

Not a single mention. That’s what we had at the Build 2016 keynote from Microsoft a few minutes ago when we tried to get some news from the Windows 10 Mobile operating system. We’ve got lots of other news: the promising rise of the conversational bot (either with voice or with text), the transformation of

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Android N won’t be enough for convertibles

Latest data from IDC suggest that convertibles will transform current tablet sales: the current sales drop this year (5.9% from 2015)  will stop next year with “single-digit growth in 2017“. That growth will have a leader: Windows. Microsoft’s operating system is leading this market now, but it will do with even more strength in the next

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Microsoft kills its Android porting  tool, welcomes only iOS developers

  The Windows Bridge for Android (Project Astoria) is dead. Microsoft has announced that on a new post on the Windows blog in which they explain that apparently the feedback from developers was critical to this decision We also announced the Windows Bridge for Android (project “Astoria”) at Build last year, and some of you

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The challenge for Google’s next Cardboard 

The Google Cardboard project has been incredibly succesful on its primary goal: democratize Virtual Reality and allow nearly anyone to get a glimpse of what this trend is going to allow us to do. Now that they have succeed in that, it seems Google wants to monetize that kind of market too. According to the

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