Microsoft has released a whole series of Surface ads that attempt to mock the iPad, but in its latest, the company turns its attention to Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 — and its lack of USB ports.
Microsoft points out that Samsung’s slate has just one micro USB port that’s used for charging and connecting other devices, while the Surface RT has a full-size USB port, an HD video-out port, and a dedicated charging port.
If there are two main areas where Microsoft massively lags behind both Android and Apple it is market share and app availability.
Well, Microsoft has copped to its role as a “distant third” in the former capacity (Windows Phones represent less than a 5 percent share of the overall market), but is the latter something more immediately addressable?
Yes, according to a tweet posted by Windows Phone VP Joe Belfiore — the man responsible for the design and software product definition of Microsoft’s smartphones — who enthusiastically claims that the end of 2014 is going to mark the end of the “app-gap” between Windows Phones, and those available for Android and iOS platforms.
As promised, Microsoft has released its official Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS to coincide with the launch of Windows 8.1. The app is free to download and use, and just like the many third-party remote desktop clients, it allows you to access your Windows PC remotely from your smartphone or tablet.
In a move that’s sure to upset some third-party app developers, Microsoft is planning to launch official Remote Desktop apps for Android and iOS later this month. Like the Remote Desktop solutions for Windows and OS X, the apps will allow you to connect to your PC and control it remotely from your smartphone and tablet.
Wordament, the word game from Microsoft that brought Xbox Live achievements to iOS for the first time back in December 2012, is now available on Android. Players can login with their Xbox gamertag to play the game and earn up to 50G for competing simple tasks, such as playing ten rounds, or finding the longest possible word in a round.
Microsoft is trying to persuade HTC to make new smartphones that run both Android and Windows Phone, and it’s willing to cut or eliminate its own license fee to make it happen. The software giant is hoping the move will encourage consumers to try out the Windows Phone platform and eventually make the switch to it — but could the scheme backfire?
At the Tokyo Games Show today, Sony unveiled its new PlayStation App for Android and iOS, which lets gamers access the PlayStation Network from their smartphone and tablet to interact with friends, see what others are playing, and remotely download games to your console.
The app will also turn your Android or iOS device into a second screen for selected PlayStation 4 titles.
Microsoft has today launched Xbox Music on Android and iOS almost a year after the music streaming service made its debut alongside Windows 8. The apps allow subscribers to stream tens of millions of songs straight to their mobile devices, and create playlists that sync across your smartphone, tablet, PC, and Xbox 360.
Microsoft has also updated its Xbox Music web app to offer free, ad-supported streaming for all.
Dreams of an Android-powered Nokia were well and truly quashed today when Microsoft announced that it has reached a deal to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services unit for $7.2 billion. The move will see Microsoft take ownership of the Finnish firm’s entire smartphone lineup, giving it complete control over both hardware and software.
Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s first Android-powered smartwatch, will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note III next week, according to a senior Samsung executive.
Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of the South Korean company’s mobile business, has confirmed to The Korea Times that the new “wearable concept device” will be announced on September 4, and she’s confident it will be a big success.