Results tagged “mobile”

'Real Work'

By Michael Mulvey on February 28, 2014 9:47 AM

Benedict Evans (via DF):

This brings us back to the mouse and keyboard that you 'need for real work', as the phrase goes. Yes, you really do need them to make a financial model. And you need them to make an operating metrics summary -- in Excel and Powerpoint. But is that, really, what you need to be doing to achieve the underlying business purpose? Very few people's job is literally 'make Excel files'. And what if you spend the other 90% of your time on the road meeting clients and replying to emails? Do you need a laptop, or a tablet? Do you need a tablet as well as a smartphone? Or a laptop, or phablet? Or both?

This is what Microsoft is trying to convince people with their Surface tablets—that you can't do 'real work' on a 'regular tablet' (read: iPad), yet you can.

Ironically, consumer-focused Apple is dominating mobile device sales in the enterprise market.

The Opposite of a Blank Slate

By Michael Mulvey on June 6, 2013 8:44 AM

Like recipes being passed down through generations in a family, Microsoft is determined to continue to confuse the shit of out consumers:

Upcoming Windows 8 devices with small displays (under 10 inches) will come bundled with Office 2013 Home & Student, a version of Office that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. If you walk into a store later this month and purchase Acer's 8-inch Windows 8 device you'll get the free version of Office, but if you opt for a 10-inch Windows 8 Acer tablet you won't. Alternatively, if you opt for a 10-inch Windows RT device, like the Surface RT, you will get a copy of Office that also includes Outlook RT. If you purchase a 7- or 8-inch Windows RT device when they're available you'll also get a free version of Office. If it all sounds confusing, that's because it is.

I was naively optimistic to see Microsoft start fresh with Surface and Windows 8.

Oh well.

Go Home, Home

By Michael Mulvey on April 4, 2013 12:54 PM

Facebook has rethought the mobile experience with their new flavor of Android, Home:

Introducing Facebook Home

The family of apps that puts your friends at the heart of your phone.

With Home, everything on your phone gets friendlier. From the moment you turn it on, you see a steady stream of friends' posts and photos. Upfront notifications and quick access to your essentials mean you'll never miss a moment. And you can keep chatting with friends, even when you're using other apps.

This phone is clearly not for me.

When I described Home to my wife in the car earlier today, she replied, "I don't like the sound of it. Most of my friends' lives aren't all that exciting to me."

I agree with her. The lives of most of the people I'm connected to on Facebook aren't very interesting either, so having their updates front-and-center on my phone doesn't appeal to me (conversely, I don't think my life is exciting to most of the people I'm connected to on Facebook).

I do acknowledge there are probably a lot of people this does appeal to. People who have to be constantly updated every time a friend eats a cupcake or wipes his/her ass or takes a picture of his/her kid.

No thanks.

My life is to be lived, not to follow what everyone else I know is doing.

Adobe Shadow

By Michael Mulvey on April 13, 2012 12:01 PM

Adobe just released a new tool called Shadow, allowing you to have multiple mobile devices in-sync and 'shadowing' whatever you're viewing in your desktop/laptop browser to ensure the integrity of your design across platforms.

If it's as good as it looks in their video it could be a huge time saver for anyone involved in the quality assurance (QA) phase of projects.

Pictures Under *Bendy* Glass

By Michael Mulvey on November 14, 2011 9:27 AM

Last month Microsoft treated us another one of their future-vision videos they love to do, since solving mobile and tablet computing in the present is so damn hard.

Not to be out-done, Nokia has released their own future-vision short.

I'd love to hear what Bret Victor thinks about this one.

via PSFK

A Red Ocean for Nokia and Microsoft

By Michael Mulvey on November 2, 2011 1:20 PM

Dan Frommer asks the key 'why' questions about Windows Mobile phones from Nokia:

  • Why should any person buy this instead of an iPhone or the preferred Android phone du jour?
  • Why should carriers favor Windows phones over Android or Apple phones, in either their in-store sales techniques and marketing?
  • Why should carriers or consumers favor Nokia Windows phones over similar Windows phones from Samsung, HTC, etc.?
  • Why should developers make apps for Windows or Nokia phones?

Windows Mobile phones are swimming a red ocean.

So what is a 'red ocean' you ask?

From Wikipedia:

Red Oceans are all the industries in existence today--the known market space. In the red oceans, industry boundaries are defined and accepted, and the competitive rules of the game are known. Here companies try to outperform their rivals to grab a greater share of product or service demand. As the market space gets crowded, prospects for profits and growth are reduced. Products become commodities or niche, and cutthroat competition turns the ocean bloody. Hence, the term red oceans.

Red oceans are the opposite of blue oceans:

Blue oceans, in contrast, denote all the industries not in existence today--the unknown market space, untainted by competition. In blue oceans, demand is created rather than fought over. There is ample opportunity for growth that is both profitable and rapid. In blue oceans, competition is irrelevant because the rules of the game are waiting to be set. Blue ocean is an analogy to describe the wider, deeper potential of market space that is not yet explored.

Apple established the *new* smartphone paradigm (full touchscreen, no keyboard, multitouch UI) with the launch of the iPhone in 2007 that Google subsequently copied with Android. Apple's modus operandi since Jobs returned has been about focusing on blue oceans. Untapped markets.

Now Microsoft and Nokia are entering the market with the Windows Phone 7 platform, a platform that introduces a unique approach to the user interface.

Despite their fresh approach, they're still in a red ocean. Boundaries and known and rules are understood and as Frommer notes, they're going to continue to have a hard time distinguishing themselves in this already crowded market.

It Should Know

By Michael Mulvey on October 31, 2011 1:27 PM

When I come across links I want to comment on and post to this site, sometimes I'll email them to myself from my iPhone. It's not the most elegant process, but it's simple and it works.

The problem comes when I open said link on my laptop.

This is what I see.

I was listening to an episode of The Talk Show with John Gruber and Dan Benjamin earlier this year and Gruber made a great suggestion. He said in the same way a regular webpage knows to serve you the mobile-optimized version when you're on your phone, the opposite should also be true - when you open a mobile-optimized version of a web page on your desktop computer, it should know to redirect you to the regular version.

Earning The Title

By Michael Mulvey on October 12, 2011 9:30 PM

It's be a year since you launched Windows Phone. Where we at, Microsoft?

Horace Dediu tells us:

Windows Phone is in limbo. The company acknowledged that it has performed below expectations. During the last quarter for which we have data (ending June) I have an estimate that Windows Phone sold only 1.4 million units (Gartner's sell-through analysis suggests 1.7 million). That gives Microsoft a 1.3% share of units sold (Gartner 1.6%), a new low.

John Gruber gives us a nice translation of these numbers:

In other words, for that entire quarter, they sold about as many total Windows Phones in that quarter as Apple sold iPhone 4S preorders last weekend.

My first thought when reading this was how Microsoft has never been in this position before. They've never had to fight for the title of "Most Popular Operating System". This is a company still making most it's profits from Windows and their Office suite of applications. This is software they created decades ago and they've managed to ride the wave into the 21st century.

Back in the 80's and 90's it didn't matter if their software was shitty or great, they had a monopoly on it and because of this, had the muscle to squeeze out any scrappy, innovative underdogs.

Now Microsoft has to prove it's worth. Apple's iOS and Google's Android continue to gain momentum in the marketplace. People are voting with their wallets and so far, not many are voting for Windows Phone. On the other side of the OS, developers aren't voting for it either, unless of course Microsoft offers to pay them to develop.

Microsoft has never had to sell their products to people.

Remember, Windows was designed for businesses, not people.

For the first time in their history, they have to step into the ring and fight.

The Nokia N9

By Michael Mulvey on June 21, 2011 8:35 AM

So everyone has a big hard-on for Nokia's new N9 and they're even flaunting it on their site.

One of the videos is the SVP of Design talking, and the other video features a well-produced, simulated N9 interface.

Are they planning on showing the real thing?

And what about that broad, strategic partnership with those guys in Redmond? The N9 doesn't look to be running Windows Phone 7 based on that introduction video.

Update: Engadget has a few hands-on videos of the N9 and the interface looks pretty polished.

App Myopia

By Michael Mulvey on May 23, 2011 5:09 PM

Scott Jensen over a frog design talks our current obsession with seeing every possible solution in the mobile space as an app, he calls it app myopia:

Default Thinking comes up frequently when discussing technology, but a particularly virulent form of it has taken hold in mobile: App Myopia. This is a paradigm that sees every possible mobile opportunity only as an exercise in creating an app. This is a rather useful myopia, to be sure, as some people are making lots of money selling apps, but it is beginning to feel like a local maximum and a paradigm that can only get us so far. As Thomas Kuhn might say, we are in need of a revolution.

Scott has a great point. Sure it's wonderful if everyone is using an iPhone, because that means they can all talk to each other because they share a common platform, but we don't live in that kind of world. There's many different phones with different operating systems, and in the ideal world they would all be able to talk to each other and their surroundings.


By Michael Mulvey on May 23, 2011 3:04 PM

Bill Gates was interviewed on the BBC last week to talk about everything he's up to, as well as what Ballmer is making a mess of at his old company:

When the interviewer suggested that we're in a post-PC era, with most of the innovation happening today on smartphones and tablets, Gates replied:

"The PC is the tablet....You'll see devices and say 'is that a PC, is that a phone?' The words will change because innovation is happening so fast."

Bill, you can cut with the semantics bullshit. When someone says PC, there's no confusion they're talking about their personal computer sitting on their desk with a monitor, hard drive and keyboard and not their phone, tablet, alarm clock or television. We get it, everything has a computer in it nowadays, but the fact remains that Microsoft is way behind in mobile and tablet computing.

Nice evasive maneuvering.

extraordinary claims

By Michael Mulvey on April 29, 2011 8:05 AM

asymco: Calling the end of innovation in mobile computers

People are lining up to call the market for mobile phones. Analysts and amateurs alike are connecting points on charts and predicting with confidence the future of mobile platforms. Consensus is forming that there is no future but a quiescent state. By the acclamation of pundits, the survivors are declared to be iOS and Android. They are also predictably arranged in a way similar to OS X and Windows. End of story.

Except for one thing.

3.5 years ago neither of these platforms existed. In fact, it was only two and a half years ago, in mid 2008, that one of the finalists even became a platform with the launch of an app store. The other "winner" only launched in a handset later that year and had no significant volumes until a year ago. In other words, these suddenly predictable platforms have been in existence for less than the life span of one device that runs them.

Have I mentioned how fucking useless analysts are?

Must be nice to have a job that revolves around guessing about the future.

It takes much larger balls to bet the future on a product you actually have to build and sell.

Keep Adobe Flash Off My Phone

By Michael Mulvey on April 24, 2011 7:30 AM

Ars Technica: Adobe throws in towel, adopts HTTP Live Streaming for iOS

I used Flash as a tool to create great interactive experiences for clients for many years and it's still superior to HTML5 & Javascript for creating said experiences, but i have yet to read an article that has convinced me that having Flash on my iPhone or iPad is a good idea.

Seems Flash and portable computing weren't meant to be.

I'm sorry Adobe, but you and Flash don't own online video. I'm glad you're coming to realize this.


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