Just the other day, I gave five reasons why Microsoft should embrace Android for its smartphone operating system . Little did I know that on that same day Microsoft Open Technologies would open source the Office 365 Software Development Kit (SDK) for Android. With this SDK, developers will be able to let their Android applications access SharePoint lists, folders or Exchange calendar, contacts and emails. Is this coincidence or is Microsoft really going to fully support Android . I know which way I'm betting. In the meantime, here's what the Office 365 SDK for Android will be bringing us. According to the project's GitHub page, "This SDK provides access to: Microsoft SharePoint Lists, Microsoft SharePoint Files, Microsoft Exchange Calendar, Microsoft Exchange Contacts, and Microsoft Exchange Mail." Featured stories Cryptocurrency reality checks and the coming boom USB Type-C is the iPhone charging connector that Steve Jobs would have wanted I tried to write this article on an … [Read more...] about Microsoft brings Office 365 data to Android apps
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Video: Google shows new Pixel Pen for PixelbookGoogle has released a phalanx of new hardware devices, including new smart speakers, new smartphones, and yes, an updated version of its super premium Pixel laptop, which is now called the Pixelbook. Google event Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL: Google bets that smartphone hardware is a commodity and AI will win the day Google announces Pixelbook laptop with Assistant, 4-in-1 design Google's $1,000 Pixelbook is what Apple's MacBook should be Google takes on Sonos, Apple with Google Home Max Google shrinks its smart speaker, announces Google Home Mini 10 best smartphones: Will new Google Pixel challenge rival flagships? The hardware itself seems much like Microsoft's Surface Laptop, which is a good thing. The price point is also very similar, at $999. If it was a fully functional Windows 10 or even Linux desktop device, I'd say that was a compelling buy. The problem is it runs Chrome OS.CNET: Pixelbook Chromebook is Google's new … [Read more...] about Google Pixelbook: When is Chrome OS getting real Android apps so I can do real work?
Google is betting that it can infuse machine learning throughout its various cloud and mobile products to create an advantage over Apple and other rivals. Google I/O 2018 What to expect and how to watch Google Assistant is about to get much smarter Google preps TPU 3.0 for AI, machine learning, model training Google Research becomes Google AI to reflect AI-first ambitions Google I/O vs. Microsoft Build: Dueling yet similar visions for developers Google auditions to be your personal digital twin via Duplex, Google Assistant Google makes it easier to incorporate machine learning into mobile apps Google Maps updated to work with Camera, offer smart recommendations Whether it's the launch of Google's new photo service, Google Now or the new Android, machine learning appears to be an emerging common thread. Google rolled out Google Photos and the differentiator is going to be search and machine learning to categorize them.The pitch with Google Photo is that the … [Read more...] about Google I/O 2015: Google bets machine learning can create an edge with Android, apps, cloud
Amazon's decision to pursue its own app store appears to be paying off, according to Friday data from analysis firm Flurry. Flurry examined a "basket of top apps" that were released for Apple's iOS, the Android Market/Play Store, and Amazon's own Appstore. The firm found that for every dollar spent on the iOS version of the app, 89 cents were spent on the app within the Amazon Appstore, but just 23 cents was spent on the Google Play version of the app. In total, the apps covered 11 million daily active users, Flurry said. The study covered 45 days over January and February of this year. Flurry found that its data held steady versus a similar study it conducted last year, when Android Market apps as a whole generated 24 cents for every dollar the same app made for Apple. "Amazon's bet to fork Android in order to put consumers into their own shopping experience on Kindle Fire appears to be paying off," Flurry said in a blog post. "Showing its commerce strength, Amazon already … [Read more...] about Study: Amazon Trouncing Google in Android App Revenue
In the age before apps, Verizon was able to completely control the tiny app marketplace on its devices. Dubbed V Cast and later renamed to Verizon Apps, it simply couldn't compete with the cross-carrier stores from Apple and Google. Verizon ended the service a few years ago, but now there are rumblings about a new app store initiative from Big Red. Not only that, but the back and forth between Verizon and tech publication The Information is becoming downright juicy. The report from The Information cites multiple anonymous sources who have been involved in Verizon's plans to deploy a new app ecosystem for Android phones. According to these sources, Verizon wants to make its store all about app recommendations to encourage buying. The carrier would also allegedly sell advertising space in the store, which neither Apple nor Google allow. Verizon may also push this platform beyond its own devices, according to this report. Other carriers and device makers might be enticed to bundle the … [Read more...] about Is Verizon Planning Its Own Android App Store?