Back in the day, one of the reasons why BlackBerry was as popular as it was was because of its messenger service, BBM. Back then, all the “cool kids” had BBM and the only way to get BBM was to buy a BlackBerry phone. Now, Apple has tried to replicate this with its iMessage platform, but it seems that at one point in time, they almost brought the feature onto Android.
Link: Apple Reveals That They Killed Plans To Bring iMessage To Android
Microsoft has announced a host of improvements for its Teams Rooms on Android including an updated calendar, Windows-inspired improvements to the Android touch console, and the ability to blur backgrounds for users joining from a personal account, Microsoft announced in a new blogpost. It’s hard to keep pace with the Teams feature updates across Windows, iOS and Android as well as various integrations with Office 365 apps like PowerPoint.
Link: Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android is getting these new features
While visual ‘no code’ tools are helping businesses get more out of computing without the need for armies of in-house techies to configure software on behalf of other staff, access to the most powerful tech tools — at the ‘deep tech’ AI coal face — still requires some expert help (and/or costly in-house expertise).
Link: NLPCloud.io helps devs add language processing smarts to their apps
Apple has never brought iMessage to Android — despite the fact that doing so could have carved out a role for Apple as the owner of a ubiquitous messaging app like WhatsApp. Now we know why. (And, yes, it’s probably for the reason you guessed!). As part of the court filings made for Apple’s ongoing lawsuit with Fortnite maker Epic, Apple emails showcase why Apple execs made the decision they did.
Link: Court documents show why Apple never made iMessages for Android
Apple could have made a version of iMessage that works on Android devices but chose not to in order to keep people buying iPhones. Revealed through court documents submitted as part of the legal battle between Fortnite publisher Epic Games and Apple, the Cupertino smartphone giant had made a decision as early as 2013 to not develop its messaging platform for competing phones.
Link: Apple admits the real reason it never put iMessage on Android
If you’re using an iPhone and thinking about switching to a Galaxy device, Samsung has unveiled a website to let you “sample the other side.” Called iTest, it installs a web app that opens a simulated Galaxy device home screen replete with apps, settings, the Galaxy Store, themes and messages,…
Link: Samsung’s iTest offers a look at Galaxy Android on iPhone | Engadget
Remember Gigaset? The Android phone maker released the Gigaset QV830 and QV1030 Android tablets back in 2013. It then entered the smartphone market with sleek devices and modern specs in 2015. More Gigaset Android devices have been introduced but unfortunately, it seems a malware has infected several of them.
Link: Gigaset Android phones receive malware posing as software update
Mobile Marketing Magazine chats to Pip Brignall and Thomas Winsor, founders of The Round- a bespoke app for the creation and distribution of live digital performance in augmented reality. This Sunday they will make history as artist Liam Payne’s 2021 EE BAFTA performance can be watched with an augmented reality, real-time experience through their app. .
Link: Mobile Marketing meets Pip Brignall and Thomas Winsor, founders of The Round app | Mobile Marketing Magazine
Apple knows that iMessage’s blue bubbles are a big barrier to people switching to Android, which is why the service has never appeared on Google’s mobile operating system. That’s according to depositions and emails from Apple employees, including some high-ranking executives, revealed in a court…
Link: Apple says iMessage on Android ‘will hurt us more than help us’
As the S&P 500 hit a new record closing high for the second straight day on Thursday, CNBC’s “Trading Nation” asked two traders which of the two largest S&P 500 stocks is the better buy: Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) or Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)?
What Happened: Gina Sanchez, CEO of Chantico Global…
Link: Is Apple Or Microsoft The Better Buy Right Now?
Under most normal circumstances, the cost of cloud-based services is substantially less than cost of buying the hardware, software, and knowhow to reproduce the service yourself. More and more businesses are relying on this significant cost difference to support their IT infrastructure deployment decisions.
Link: How to calculate the cost of Google Cloud Platform services
Among the many hats our smartphones now wear, “meteorologist” is one that’s donned frequently. With the tap of a finger, our little pocket computers can make sure we’re never caught without an umbrella or sunscreen as the weather changes.
The best weather apps on Android and iOS will provide all…
Link: The best weather apps you can put on your phone