A class action complaint was filed against Google yesterday for using secret deals by exploiting their Android monopoly by forcing smartphone OEMs such as Samsung and others to make Google search engine the default choice on their mobile devices. The lawsuit claims that this move by Google harms consumers by making the devices cost more. Because, Apple receives over billion dollar from Google for making Google as the default search engine. If any Android OEM wants to make similar deal with Microsoft or Yahoo for making default search engine, they will lose access to Google Apps and Google Play Store in Android. Under the secret MADA’s, device makers must allegedly include all of the following applications: Set-up Wizard, Google Phone-top Search, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Maps for Mobile, Google Street View, Contact Sync, Android Market Client (not products downloaded from Android Market), Google Voice Search, and Network Location ...

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According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 57.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014. Android secured a robust 66 percent global share, while Apple iPad shipments were below expectations and iOS fell to 28 percent. Windows secured a 6 percent global share. Peter King, Director of Tablets at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global Tablet shipments reached 57.6 million units in Q1 2014, up 19 percent from 48.3 million in Q1 2013. Android continues to make steady progress and now commands two thirds of the tablet market share.” King added, “Apple iOS shipments (sell-in) were 16.4 million iPads in Q1 2014 which declined 16 percent annually, but Apple claimed that due to channel inventory changes which were reduced significantly from the same period last year, sell-through only declined 3 percent. We believe that the disappointing performance in the early part of the calendar year is ...

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In March, we did an editorial on the current infotainment systems in Automobiles and how Microsoft is losing yet another opportunity/market even though it came too earlier than others. It seems, Microsoft is working on the same and they showed some of their concepts at BUILD developer conference last week. Microsoft’s current strategy is similar to that of Apple’s iOS in the Car and Google’s projected mode. It is based on MirrorLink which will allow you to use your smartphone to power your car’s infotainment system. MirrorLink is a device interoperability standard that offers integration between a smartphone and a car’s infotainment system. MirrorLink transforms smartphones into automotive application platforms where apps are hosted and run on the smartphone while drivers and passengers interact with them through the steering wheel controls, dashboard buttons and touch screens of their car’s In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system. Windows in the Car will adapt apps ...

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As announced yesterday, Microsoft has now released Xbox One SmartGlass beta app for Windows and Android devices. Description This is a Public Beta of Xbox One SmartGlass that provides an early peek at new capabilities. Use the feedback button in the app to let us know what you think. Features OneGuide support built into SmartGlass View what’s on TV without interrupting what you’re doing on your Xbox One Change TV channels on your Xbox One through OneGuide on SmartGlass Find and favorite TV Channels TV Universal Remote Control to control your Cable Box and TV Known Issues • A few buttons in the Cable/TV remote may not work. • Some strings are out-of-date or missing. • In International countries, there may be issues with the OneGuide and unlocalized strings Scenarios to Try • Browse OneGuide on your SmartGlass device • Tune to a show from OneGuide in SmartGlass. • Get ...

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Microsoft Exchange came up with ActiveSync technology and all major smartphones comes with Exchange ActiveSync support. Microsoft works closely with leading phone OEMs like Apple and Samsung to have great built-in support for Exchange allowing consumers to enjoy Exchange mail contents using their built-in mail client. Along with that, Microsoft is releasing Outlook Web App for devices to enable latest features for users. After OWA release for iOS devices, Microsoft today announced Outlook Web App for Android devices. We also want our customers and users to have access to the latest features in Exchange. Of course, the Windows Phone team continues to provide the most comprehensive support for the latest Exchange features in the native Outlook app on Windows phones. On iPhone and iPad, we released the OWA app last year. And today we announced that we will be releasing the OWA app for Android as our latest step in that journey. ...

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Along with the announcement about the availability of Office for iPad, Microsoft quietly released free Office Mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Previously, you require Office 365 subscription to use Office Mobile apps on these platforms, now Microsoft is offering them under freemium model. You can download the apps for free and use it for viewing and presenting. If you want to create or edit the documents, you need to have a Office 365 subscription. Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play. ...

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Microsoft today updated Skype for Android to v4.7 with a significant improvements in power efficiency. You can now leave Skype running all day on your phone without affecting your battery life. This update will offer aggressive battery savings that will allow most of the users to leave Skype running without noticeably affecting battery life. To achieve these amazing battery savings, we’ve temporarily turned off instant notification of messages in group chats. We realize group chats are important to those who rely on Skype for them, so we’d like you to know: •In the near future, you will be able to receive group chat messages instantly without additional battery impact. •If you can’t wait for that to happen, we’ve added a new setting to let you keep group chat notifications. Go to Settings > Notifications > check the “Sync group messages in the background” box. This version also includes the following ...

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According to the report from WSJ, Asus has dropped its plans to sell its first Dual OS device Transformer Book Duet TD300 due the pressure from both Microsoft and Google. Early this year, Asus announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, first convertible device that runs both Android and Windows 8.1. You can switch between them with push of a single button. The patented ASUS technology powered Instant Switch offers many performance and productivity benefits over other dual-OS solutions, such as fast, smooth and seamless switching and the ability to resume each OS from where the user left off. As it does not use OS virtualization, Instant Switch also allows each OS to harness the full power of Intel’s latest processor technology. Both the OS companies have ways to exert pressure to deter the propagation of dual-OS products such as Asus Transformer Book Duet. Asustek will also  stop selling the dual-OS ...

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Two years back, we reported that Microsoft Research is working on gesture based search. Microsoft research was then working on gesture based search where a user will be drawing some gestures on the screen based on which search results will appear. A user draws two circles in the search window of a smartphone. In a moment, a bicycle and a bundle of apples appear on the screen, among other things with round shapes. This is Microsoft’s next-generation search technology called “gesture,” which enables automatic search of relevant information by drawing only; no word entry on a keyboard is necessary. Microsoft Research even claimed that the technological development of gesture search is almost complete and will be seen on mobile and PCs, but it didn’t materialize as expected. Today, a Microsoft’s patent titled “SEARCHING AT A USER DEVICE” describes the exact implementation on Windows tablets. This patent describes the technology how ...

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A new report from The Verge claims that Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox LIVE support to iOS and Android games. Currently, Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox games offers achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking. Microsoft is planning to expand it to other platforms as well. Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft’s plan for cross-platform games. Microsoft is claiming that they are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. Also, Microsoft is working on a  modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. In the coming wave of Windows product release, we are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. We are looking for strong Software Development Engineers who are passionate about game technologies to join our team. “New Devices and Gaming” is looking for passionate and experienced developers to join ...

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Samsung today announced their partnership with Microsoft that enables Samsung KNOX Android devices to support Microsoft’s Workplace Join to Active Directory and the Windows Intune cloud-based mobile device management. KNOX is an Android-based platform that addresses the many security shortcomings of Android. KNOX provides the hardware-level protection of both the Android operating system and applications running on it. The most comprehensive mobile device management (MDM) capabilities combined with its unique Application Container technology support both Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Corporate-Liable models without compromising corporate security or employee privacy. Microsoft’s enterprise support for this KNOX platform makes it an obvious choice for IT to choose Samsung’s Android device for their users. Read the full press release below, Barcelona, Spain – Samsung Electronics announced today that Samsung KNOX will now support Microsoft’s Workplace Join to Active Directory and the Windows Intune cloud-based mobile device management solution in addition to Samsung’s Cloud Printing solution, ...

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Along with the announcement about new OneDrive branding going live, Microsoft also released an updated OneDrive app for Android devices. This new update brings the much awaited automatic camera backup feature to Android devices. Also there is an improved Office Mobile integration for Office 365 customers. What’s new on Android 4.0+: • Automatically upload photos and videos to OneDrive using Camera backup • Improved support for working with Office Mobile for Android and OneNote, including editing Office documents • Larger thumbnails and nicer photo views • Bug fixes and performance improvements Download the app here from Google Play Store. ...

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  Microsoft today announced that they are expanding their Bing Rewards program to mobile in the US. Users can now start using Bing apps to earn rewards points. You can earn credits by searching every day and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice. It is a great way to earn some perks for searching the web which you will do anyway everyday. How does it work? Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a new exclusive mobile-only search offer that gives you an opportunity to earn additional ...

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Rockstar Consortium, a patent holding company jointly owned by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony was formed when Nortel’s patents were open for bidding. Rockstar won the bidding and it is now in the process of striking licensing deals with other companies to give back the money to its founders. Last year, Rockstar Consortium and its MobileStar Technologies subsidiary sued Google, Huawei and other Android OEMs for violating its patents. Google even submitted their response to court regarding this patent case. Today, FOSS Patents reported that Huawei has settled with Rockstar Consortium and decided to drop the patent case in the court. While the motion to dismiss does not explicitly state that the parties have settled, it would be utterly unrealistic to believe that Rockstar would let Huawei use those patents without a royalty-bearing license. Whatever the basis of this settlement may be, a “freebie” it’s certainly not. This is ...

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  Similar to the Xbox Music for iOS update, Microsoft has today released an update for Xbox Music app for Android devices. This update brings in the support for offline music where you can make your playlists available online when you don’t have access to internet. What’s New? • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music on the metro, or in a plane! • Play your whole collection; play all by genre now available Xbox Music Pass on Android features: • Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music anywhere • Listen to radio stations based on your favorite artists • Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices • Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing, and playing back music ...

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Following the announcement from Intel regarding their official support for Dual OS device, AMD also confirmed their official support as well. In collaboration with BlueStacks, AMD is taking different approach to provide this Dual OS solution. Instead of switching between OS, AMDs solution is to run Andorid apps within Windows either in full screen or in Windowed mode. So, you can now pin Android apps among Windows Store apps in Start screen. Since AMD’s latest processors will include an ARM chips inside, Android apps will run natively as opposed to virtualized environment in Intel’s solution. Read full press release below. Las Vegas, Nev. —1/6/2014  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new milestone in their collaboration with BlueStacks, a joint solution that brings the complete Google™ Android OS experience to Microsoft® Windows- based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops. Optimizations for the fourth generation AMD APU in BlueStacks provide a complete, Android user ...

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