Sounds like the Surface Mini will be a hit.
New photos of Nokia’s upcoming Android handset, code named Normandy, have leaked — and rather oddly, it appears the standard Android UI has been stripped out and replaced with something that looks a bit like Windows Phone. In a separate leak, it would appear that the Normandy hardware design, which looks almost identical to a Nokia Lumia handset, is near-final. It would seem that, despite the imminent finalization of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, this rather odd device is still on schedule to be released this year.
This is just odd.
After a long lull, Google has finally revealed its next play for Chrome OS: Slipping the Chrome-based operating system into Windows 8, like a Trojan horse. The new alpha version of Chrome for Windows 8 is essentially Chrome OS: Open it in the Metro interface, and you get a multi-window interface, with a taskbar and app launcher, that looks and feels a lot like Chrome OS. With development and adoption of Chrome OS seemingly at a standstill, is this Google’s gambit to finally push its other operating system into the hands of consumers.
This is going to get interesting.
Of course the UI of Xbox One would be the Windows 8 “modern UI” dashboard.
Microsoft Xbox site isn’t available on Microsoft Phone. Microsoft fail.
This is just classic.
I could tell from Zach Epstein’s anecdote that he was a voice I could ignore.
Call me a coding snob, but my dreamweaver rule, “ignore anyone who uses adobe dreamweaver after 2002”, has never failed me.
Sounds like the Surface RT is being put on clearance. My guess is that they don’t want to loose share to the cheap chrome books that seem to be starting to take off at the sub-$300 price level.
I think the editorial commentary is a bit over the top and vulgar, but there is a great comment by Herding_Sheep that I felt needed to be called out.
People don’t seem to think rationally anymore. Look what happened now when Microsoft changed just ONE element on the traditional tried-and-true desktop and got rid of the start menu. It confused the hell out of the average users who just want to USE their computers the way they’ve always worked.
It wouldn’t be any different for Apple. When you have something that 400+ million customers currently use and are happy with, any little change is going to risk an uproar. Maybe they could change the visual aesthetic, but to change how the OS operates just for the sake of “new” would be downright silly, and thats not how a wise designer thinks about products. Dieter Rams would probably roll his eyes at the idea of changing something for changesake.
Back in March when the iWatch rumors were spreading like wildfire the CEO of Swatch, Nick Hayek, had a pretty [negative take on the smart watch idea(http://9to5mac.com/2013/03/06/swatch-ceo-on-rumored-iwatch-sounds-a-lot-like-palm-ceo-before-iphone-hit/) during the companies annual results call.
Personally, I don’t believe it’s the next revolution,” the chief of the largest Swiss watchmaker said at a press conference on annual results in Grenchen, Switzerland. “Replacing an iPhone with an interactive terminal on your wrist is difficult. You can’t have an immense display.
At the time did not pay much attention to this CEO’s claim as I thought he was just another company intrenched in an industry that was in denial of being disrupted. Besides, who said that the a smart watch needs to replace the smart phone.
Today, there are rumors starting to spread that Microsoft is also thinking about a smart watch. This new article brought to light that Microsoft and Swatch teamed up back in 2004 to make a smart watch while Nick Hayek was CEO of Swatch.
With this new context, Nick Hayek’s negative opinion can be chalked up to two things:
- Nick Hayek doesn’t believe in smart watches because his team couldn’t crack the code to mass adoption, which would be very short sighted based smart phone adoption rates today compared to 2004.
- Nick Hayek and the Swatch team are working with their old buddies over at Microsoft.
Either way I think that Nick Hayek’s statement of replacing the smartphone lacks understanding. I think most people would agree that they don’t want a full replacement of their smart phone strapped on their wrist, that would be a user experience nightmare. But a supplemental accessory that would allow users to not dig out their phone every time it rings or dings might be useful to people. Attempting to display emails would be a train wreck, so any smart watch needs to accept it’s form factor and make decisions based on what would be a great user experience. That could mean that the watch can display incoming phone calls, calendar alerts, or reminders because these types of content are usually concise.
While smartphone adoption has increased so has the market for people to wear devices that monitor their health/track their daily activity. I think it is pretty clear that wearable health monitoring has become a market for people that want to be healthy not just individuals that are ill.
Here is a list of the few products that I know about off the top of my head that do just that:
If a company is able to take their time and perfect a smart watch that delivers most of the following features, it may just revolutionize the watch market.
- Provides a great UI for telling time.
- Provides users with a simple interface for seeing what their smart phone is alerting them about.
- Provides sensors for health monitoring/activity tracking.
- Allows 3rd party applications to hook into the activity tracking for ecosystem continuity.
- Provides adequate battery life (5-7 days on a single charge)
- Water proof/resistance
- hosted email for small business
- office 365 small business
- office 365 small business premium
- office 365 enterprise e1
- office 365 midsize business
- office 365 enterprise e3
- office 365 proplus
- office 365 enterprise (plan e4)
- education plan a2
- education plan a3
- education plan a4
- exchange online (plan 1)
- exchange online (plan 2)
- office 365 suite (plan e1)
- office 365 suite (plan e3)
- kiosk plan 1
- office 365 home premium
- office home & student 2013
- office home & business 2013
- office professional 2013
Sigh. They just don’t learn
Arstechnica had some images of a supposed “smart watch” that Samsung just so happens to be working on as rumors of an Apple iWatch gain traction with the media.
And wouldn’t you know it, Samsung apparently feels the “live tile” metaphor and aesthetics of windows8 is the perfect design for their watch UI.