These days practically every phone available is a smartphone to some degree, all of which can be used to carry out very similar tasks but each in their own way are also very different. The definition of a smartphone is basically a phone that can do things other than making calls but uses some other sort of connectivity to connect to the internet and manage data. Email, social networking, etc. There are many different smartphone operating systems available to choose from also. iOS, BlackberryOS, Symbian, Android, Windows Phone, the list goes on.
I personally am using a trusty old Nokia E71 right now. I was using a HTC Touch Diamond 2 but if you’ve ever used a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone you’ll no doubt agree with me that they are problematic at best. I am interested to see what happens with the iPhone 5 (or whatever they decide to call it – iPhone 4s perhaps?). I will probably loose the Nokia and pick up the new iPhone when it comes out.
Besides iPhone though, Android devices are looking really interesting at the moment and are becoming a real contender to iOS.
Which phone are you using right now? What would you prefer to use? What are you most looking forward to releasing?
Today Microsoft has revealed for the first time information around its upcoming windows released codenamed “Windows 8”. Whether or not this will be the actual release name I don’t know, but Microsoft has been pretty quiet over the last couple of years surrounding what the successor to Windows 7 would look like, what direction it’s likely to head in and whether it will give in to the flood of “apps” in various other platforms (iOS, android, etc).
Some of the areas around the new UI covered in the video above are:
- Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
- Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
- Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
- Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
- Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
As usual, Paul Thurrott @ the Supersite for Windows blog
does a great job outlining all the new stuff shown off. Paul used to work for Microsoft about 10 years ago, since then he’s created the Supersite and is very active in many other endeavors. If you’ve never heard of him and are interested in Microsoft and technology you should check it out.
You can learn more about Windows 8 over at Microsoft.com Previewing Windows 8.