The biggest mobile news from last week centered around Microsoft and their announcement on Wednesday. Their session kicked off with a look at Windows 10, and how from PC to phone to tablet they’ll be bringing a consistent, familiar experience across all devices.
► The Verge: The 9 biggest announcements from Microsoft’s Windows 10 event
Essentially your Windows Phone will be a smaller version of your desktop computer, and this is also reflected in the fact that any app developed for the desktop will also automatically be ported over to the phone. To the delight of viewers, Microsoft then went on to include that anyone on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 will get a free upgrade to Windows 10, plus all Office apps will be free on mobile as well.
Microsoft revealed their new Surface Hub, an 84-inch (!!) touch screen targeted at companies as a way to conduct meetings effectively. It’s basically a giant tablet and it’s beautiful.
To conclude their announcement, they revealed HoloLens, a fully immersive holographic experience. It’s an amazing thing, although they didn’t reveal the price point or the timing for release. Wired got their hands on it and you can read more here.
► Google could be your next mobile carrier as early as this year
In other mobile news, Google is looking to be a mobile carrier. Although it’s still too early to tell how they’ll go about this, it is interesting to note this shift from their core business.
► iPads are keeping users up at night
Reports are starting to surface lately that the bright back-lit screen of tablets is disruptive to sleep patterns. Get some sleep! Turn off those tablets!
► Is the stylus making a comeback at Apple?
Steve Jobs famously said that “if you see a stylus, they blew it.” This certainly isn’t the Apple of that era anymore. Now under Tim Cook, it’s looking as though Apple may be adding a stylus – perhaps to go with their 12.9-inch iPad.
► Apple Watch battery life as short as 2.5 hours, report says
Also in Apple news, the Apple Watch is reported to have an abysmally short battery life of only about 2.5 to 4 hours of active use. As devices in general get smaller, thinner, and more powerful, when can we see the focus shift to extending battery life?
► BlackBerry wants to require app developers to make apps for its platform
Finally, a bit of news that surprisingly didn’t come from The Onion, BlackBerry’s CEO made a bold statement that developers for iOS and Android should have to create apps for BlackBerry as well. He deems it a sort of “app neutrality.” The idea is preposterous and shows BlackBerry is desperate for market share.