Category Archives: Editorial Opinions

As much as I hate to admit it, Firefox OS SEEMS like it’s a wash

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Well folks, I planned to do this post on Monday, but interesting things started happening that I simply had to talk about, so here we are. Anyhow, you may remember that last week, I ended the week with a post bemoaning how the Mobile World Congress had been a bit of a let-down this year (mainly because I somehow failed to notice the rather brilliant LG Optimus G Pro). It was mostly a let-down because the big names in the industry chose to unveil phones like the HTC One or the terrifyingly awesome Sony Xperia Z at places that, well, weren’t at MWC.

On the one hand, that meant that new players had a chance to shine. On the other hand, one of those new players was Firefox OS…

Y’see, the one word I’d use to describe Mozilla’s new baby is most definitely not ‘shine’. I’ve been pretty unimpressed by how low-spec the phones running it have been, and when you combine that with an article I read on the topic, on Engadget, it left me kinda worried about the future of the platform. Continue reading

Opinion – MWC 2013 has, alas, been a massive anti-climax

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Y’know, I can remember the days of yore, when the Mobile World Congress was literally the most exciting event of the entire year for people like me. I can still remember the old days, like the first MWC I did coverage on, where Sony Ericsson first unveiled the phone that I later went on to buy, the Xperia X1. I was agape with wonder, at the massive raft of phones that got released in Barcelona, during MWC.

Cut to the present day, five years later, and it’s sadly a very different story.

I’m sad to say it, but I reckon that MWC’s days as the premier mobile industry event of the year are, basically, pretty much over. That may seem harsh, but I shall explain why I think that… Continue reading

Genuine question – do we actually NEED tough phones any more?

In the past, you might well have seen me wibble on at great length about tough phones. Ever since the first JCB Tough Phone was unveiled, I’ve had a bit of a soft spot (which is an ironic thing to say, when ye think about it) for this particular class of device, so it’s possibly kind of odd that the question posed in the title of this post even popped into my brain at all. Nonetheless, pop in there it did, and so I find myself asking: do we really even need tough phones to exist any more?

Y’see, the question popped into my head when I saw an article on T3 about the Caterpillar CAT B15, a rugged Android phone, running Jelly Bean, and I experienced one of those moments that made me go, “Hang on a minute…” Continue reading

So, will smart watches and the like REALLY be the norm in future?

Ever since Google first announced Project Glass, there’s been an awful lot of talk round the net, about how those kind of things are the future. You know the kind of things, smart watches, and smart glasses; wearable computing devices, basically. Why only today, I read a report by ABI Research, saying that wearable computing will become the norm within five years, with manufacturers hitting 485 million annual device shipments by 2018. So, with me being Technical Markus, you’d expect me to be nodding in agreement with the report, right?

Well, you’d be wrong.

Despite my name, I don’t believe that’ll be the case at all, and I shall tell you why… Continue reading

Flexible screens – more benefits than just allowing flexible phones to happen

Is anyone reading this old enough to remember the Milk Can, that hit the UK around the late 80s kinda time? It was one of those canned drinks, like Pepsi or Tizer or whatever, only it wasn’t fizzy. Because it was milk. In a can. Hence Milk Can. Anyway, the ‘milk’ bit isn’t important here, ‘cos the important bit is the ‘can'; it wasn’t actually a can, of course, because it wasn’t made of metal. It was made of some completely indestructible, infinitely flexible plastic stuff, that I was convinced had come from Roswell, in 1947.

The important bit is that it was flexible, which allows me to shoehorn that memory into this blog post, which has nothing to do with milk, but everything to do with flexible technology… Continue reading

Let’s take another look at Blackberry 10, MINUS the hype

Yesterday, as I’m sure you’ll remember (since it was, y’know, yesterday), was the day when the first two Blackberry 10 phones finally went official. We got our first official look at the Blackberry Z10 and the Blackberry Q10, as CEO Thorsten Heins showed off what the company hopes will be the dawn of a new era. Those two new Blackberry phones are basically make-or-break devices; if it all works out, Blackberry could win big, but if it doesn’t they’re in some serious doodoo.

Now that the hype’s died down, perhaps it may be a good idea to take another look at the two new Blackberry phones, and see whether we’re looking at make, or break. Is this a new beginning, or is it too little, too late? Continue reading

The Big MobileShop Round-Up of 2012!

Well, there we have it, folks. It only seems like yesterday that I was doing the big round-up of 2011, but then, when ye get to my age, the days seem to pass in a blur. So yeah, a year’s passed since I did last year’s big review of the year, and that means that it’s time for the big round-up of 2012!

Oh aye, and as always, some bits of this round-up might even be sensible.

I wouldn’t count on all of them being sensible, though. Or many of them, to be perfectly honest. One of the things I did, very early in my writing career, was take a long look at the concept of journalistic integrity, and decide I was having none of it. So, let’s crack on with… Continue reading

The first EVER text message was sent 20 years ago TODAY!

Well folks, we had one birthday last week, and it’s time for another birthday, today. Last week, we paid homage to the birth of smartphones, and today, it’s time to celebrate the birthday of something we all use. Every single one of us who uses a mobile phone (except possibly my dad), and not just those who a smartphone, either.

Yes, as I was reminded about when I watched the BBC news earlier, the humble text message turned 20 today.

Yep, every time you’ve texted “LOL”, every time you’ve replaced “to” with “2”, every time you’ve made a whale face on the iPhone 5all of that began twenty years ago, today… Continue reading

Ooh, this week was the 20th birthday of the smartphone!

Blimey, I must’ve been not paying attention, if I missed this. Seriously, given how much time I spend keeping up with the world of smartphones, I can’t believe I missed this, although in truth, pretty much anyone who knows me will be able to tell you how utterly hopeless I am at missing birthdays. It’s something genetic, I think; I’m just completely chuffing rubbish at it (just ask the mother; I had her birthday wrong in my phone for ages, till she clocked it and shouted at me).

Anyway, the point of this ramble is that this week was the 20th birthday of the smartphone, and that every smartphone currently in the world, whether it’s an HTC 8X or whatever, owes it existence to that beast in the pic… Continue reading

The new virtual network whose name sounds like a communist dictatorship

It’s one of those weird little quirks of the universe that whenever you see a country whose name includes “The People’s Republic”, then actual democracy is not going to be a big priority, there. So, when I see that a new virtual network has been launched, and that it’s called The People’s Operator, my immediate first thought is one of communist dictatorships…

I’m going to avoid the obvious jokes, here (although I might slip on in about the network using a Little Red Phonebook, but that’s it, I promise), and actually talk about the new network, because although it sounds like a communist regime, it’s actually kind of interesting. So, what’s the crack? Continue reading