After Surface and reading between some announcements, a phone from Microsoft has become a matter of when rather than if. And for Microsoft, leveraging the Xbox brand makes sense. Apple is currently dominating mobile gaming with iOS, and for Microsoft having Xbox only as a hub for all games with only stats integration is a waste of Xbox’s mobile potential. All this might change soon. Then again, this is a patent so when Microsoft actually unveils what’s depicted is a different discussion, could be before Durango, after Durango, or knowing Microsoft, perhaps never. Read the full story »
Android Is The New Windows
For the past few days my rants against Windows Phone, and sometimes iPhone, have become sharper. A few weeks ago I got myself an iPhone 5 and the device has become my primary device, with the Lumia 920 still accompanying me everywhere. Using the iPhone 5 has made me change several conceived notions. Coupled with product news that keep coming in, my observations on Twitter have received a lot of criticism–which is understandable.
Microsoft’s Continued State of Mobile Oblivion
- The state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening.
- The state of being forgotten, esp. by the public.
Concentrating on the first meaning of the word, let’s talk about Microsoft’s mobile phone strategy. Microsoft has 2 major resets in their mobile struggle so far:
Xbox LIVE Gold: Microsoft’s Barrier To Living Room Dominance
In the past I’ve called the living room TV as the next PC, and that Microsoft is already a leader with the Xbox. Both while true, compared to services like the Apple TV, Google TV, Roku, Sony’s PlayStation, Microsoft has a self-imposed barrier for its users–Xbox LIVE subscription. Read the full story »
Microsoft Patent Reveals User Behavior Based Battery Saving
Let’s face it, no matter what smartphone or super smartphone you get, you’re limited by battery more than anything else. The phones have come a long way with iPhone 5, Lumia 920 lasting at least the best part of a day, with Wi-Fi, 4G, streaming, 10-11 hours of the battery-life is reasonable and the best case scenario. Read the full story »