QUOTE OF THE DAY
“When does a man die? When he is hit by a bullet? No. When he suffers a disease? No. When he is poisoned? NO! A man dies when he is forgotten!” ~ Dr. Hiluluk (One Piece)
IT’S OFFICIAL: WINDOWS MOBILE WILL PUSH DAISIES!
After months of speculation, Microsoft finally announces the demise of its smartphone platform.
WAIT, WASN’T IT DEAD ALREADY?
We understand that with less than half the number of users on Android and iOS, most people might think that Windows Phone was already a relic of the past. But in reality, it was still alive on minimal support from its creators, Microsoft Corp. In a recent tweet by Microsoft Vice President Mr. Joe Belfiore, he announced that the company will no longer develop new features for the overlooked platform. According to his tweet “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features however, aren’t the focus.”
With this announcement they’ve made it clear that their ambitious attempt to bring Windows to smartphone users didn’t really go as expected. Therefore it was better for them to move on and call it a day.
BUT WHAT ABOUT EXISTING USERS?
While there aren’t a lot of existing Windows Phone users, the small user base might definitely be sweating after this news. However, Microsoft will still continue to release security updates for Windows 10 Mobile along with bug fixes for now.
However, with lack of new features and dwindling apps Microsoft’s mobile platforms days are already numbered. Windows Phones were already deemed obsolete for almost a year and with this new announcement we can be sure that Microsoft wants to focus on other things.
WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?
Although Microsoft’s phone platform didn’t really pick up as they had planned, their products are still being used across iOS and Android devices. Therefore it would be much wiser for the company to develop new Windows features for those platforms. But this surely doesn’t seem like the company headed by Bill Gates wants to call it quits in the smartphone market.
What could possibly become the future of Windows 10 phone has already been foreshadowed with Microsoft Andromeda, that runs on a unique Windows Core OS. The new operating system is unlike the Windows Mobile SKU and can run on various machines eliminating the need for a separate Windows Phone platform. While there are no official news about their next smartphone operating system, we can still hope for the best when it comes to Microsoft.
APPLE WILL BRING FACIAL ID TO UPCOMING IPADS
Insider from Apple reveals 3D Facial Recognition will be a prime feature on next-gen iPad Pro.
IS IT REALLY TRUE?
It might sound like a rumor, but according to Apple insider Mr. Ming Chi Kuo “We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018. It will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models. Due to this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TrueDepth Camera/ facial recognition related applications. We expect Apple’s (US) major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications.”
Although we surely do not doubt this information, it might definitely spark new life in Apple’s iPhone X launch that has been met with mixed reviews compared to previous years.
WILL IT BE AVAILABLE ON ALL IPAD MODELS?
Unfortunately, this technology will not be available across the cheaper iPad models, and will be exclusive to the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro that is set for release in 2018. While this might be met with some raised eyebrows by fans, but this feature according to various experts, could make more sense than iPhone X.
Since iPad would have a larger screen, it actually seems more logical to have a security access feature such as Facial ID. Coupled with TrueDepth, this could actually become a major selling point for the new iPad Pro models.