Showing posts with label Windows Phone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows Phone. Show all posts

Android and Windows Phone have unique capabilities, but the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is still best

Summary: Today's modern smartphone operating systems are all worthy of consideration and there are benefits to all of them not found on the others.


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The more I continue to use the new Apple iPhone 6 Plus the more I am convinced it is the smartphone for me. However, as a regular Windows Phone and Android user, there are still a few things I do miss from these two mobile platforms.

Prior to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcements, I listed five things I doubted would come to the new iPhone and was thankfully proven wrong by three of the five.

The iPhone 6 Plus comes with VoLTE
support (on T-Mobile and Verizon), long battery life, and NFC. Granted NFC is still very limited, actually you can't even use it until Apple Pay launches.

The price of Android and Windows Phone smartphones is much less than the iPhone 6 Plus and a benefit of both operating systems. Looking at the true full price you will find high end Android smartphones priced $150 to $250 less than the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus.

Benefits of Android

For the last couple of years, Android has been my primary smartphone platform with the newMoto X being one of my favorites. I still do enjoy using Android and here are five benefits over the iPhone.

Ability to text from a PC using MightyText or Moto ConnectmicroSD card support for unlimited storageAdvanced camera software that lets you take some very creative shots and share your photos and videos in unique waysInfrared remote control is handyBenefits of Windows Phone

The Nokia Lumia 1520 served as my daily driver for quite a while and I have always had a special place for Windows Phone in my heart. Five things I miss using on Windows Phone, include:

Cortana just can't be beatThe glanceable Today screen is efficient and functionalLike Android, microSD expansion gives you unlimited storage capacityI still find an integrated FM radio quite usefulWhy I still prefer the new iPhone 6 Plus

Despite a few things available on Android and Windows Phone that are not on the iPhone, I don't think I am going back to either anytime soon. Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is an amazing piece of hardware that satisfies the big screen fan like me. I also prefer the iPhone 6 Plus for the following reasons:

Apps come to iOS first and I am tired of missing outiMessage is very convenient when communicating with my daughtersTouchID provides a secure, flawless way to unlock your phoneMultitasking works best for me on iOSThe display is the best available

Working for Microsoft Xbox games flow right to your browser

Microsoft is developing technology that transmits Xbox games on PC browsers.

if a new report by veteran journalist Brad Sams Microsoft Neowin is correct. One Both Xbox and Xbox 360 games are supposed to work with the service, which can be accessed through Internet Explorer or Chrome.


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Last year, Microsoft has it used the effervescent power of the cloud to show Halo 4 is running on a Windows Phone, among other devices. This browser-based solution is apparently the continuation of this research, as well as use for a huge infrastructure of Microsoft Azure cloud.

According to Sams, "Xbox 360 offered the full experience, including the dashboard runs in the browser too ... The product, as it is right now, has the Xbox brand and works outside the walls of Microsoft . "

Another source said Sams experience will provide 60 frames per second, which is more than I can say for most Xbox 360 and Xbox One games.


Xbox 360 and Xbox One games.
 
The fact that Microsoft is entering the streaming space is not a big surprise. OnLive has broadcast games on multiple platforms for years, Steam now allows home streaming PC games, Nvidia Shield streams PC games, and Sony is making its big push with PlayStation now. Just last month Microsoft Research published details of DeLorean, its initiative to reduce the backlog of web-based games.

This is where I'm confused though: PlayStation Now is the direct equivalent of this Microsoft service, and runs exclusively on PlayStation devices. Why will Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360 games one and make them available on all computers? I have no idea, and this is the piece of rumor that gives me pause. The Xbox one is not selling incredibly well, but neither is selling so poorly that streaming system based on PC makes a lot of sense.

Unless, that is, the technology allows you to transmit only the dashboard and games directly from your own Xbox, similar to the form of vapor streaming at home working with computers. In that case, Xbox streaming to Windows devices could help shore up struggling sales of Windows tablets and give the Xbox an advantage on the PlayStation 4, the Remote Play functions are limited to a handful of mobile devices from Sony.

Of course, this project (if any) is safe within the laboratory-which means Microsoft Research is a possibility that we never see, or come, but in a totally different way. In any case, we keep you informed if we find more.

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Shoutcast And Winamp From AOL

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Winamp
Looks like the llama may not get off so easily after all. AOL yesterday announced that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices that it picked up through its 1999, $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999. But today Techcrunch has learned that AOL is talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp, along with Shoutcast, a media streaming service also developed by Nullsoft. We have also learned that AOL has been planning to announce the closure of Shoutcast next week.

AOL has declined to comment for this story, and we are still waiting to hear back from Microsoft with a response. From what we understand, the deal is not yet finalized, with AOL and Microsoft still working out the price. It could also be very wishful thinking from those intent on trying to save both services.

AOL did not give any guidance yesterday on what would happen with Shoutcast.

If this is correct, it would represent an interesting, and strange, twist in the story.

On the AOL side, it’s fairly clear why AOL is closing down Winamp and Shoutcast, and it makes sense why it would want to sell both
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As an owner, AOL has never given much of a strong direction to the products, at a time when other digital music companies have been building up audiences and evolving technologies (although, as we pointed out earlier this week when writing about Rdio layoffs, the digital music business is tough). It has already shuttered and sold off other music assets as part of a bigger strategic shift to focus resources as a web publisher (it owns TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffington Post and a number of other bloggy properties), and as a rich-media advertising network operator across those and third-party sites, with an increasing focus on ad-tech to improve how those ads are delivered and measured.

Yes, music properties could very much fit into that mix, but not without a lot of financial and strategic investment in them.

On the Microsoft side, the Windows giant has had its own setbacks in music (RIP Zune). But it has more recently thrown a lot of eggs into the Xbox Music basket, which works on the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8,iOS and Android devices, offering free, ad-supported streaming, subscriptions, and downloaded music.

Where would Winamp or Shoutcast fit into that mix? While I’m still trying to figure out what Microsoft would do with Winamp, Shoutcast has a platform that acts as a portal to over 50,000 radio stations. This could be one area that Microsoft might want to add to the Xbox Music
 platform, and which it currently lacks, to complement its Pandora-style personal radio feature.

Source: techcrunch.com