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Will Windows 8 open new Doors?

IS THIS IT? Is this showtime for Microsoft’s Windows 8?

Amidst the anticipation of the next iPhone 5 to be released shortly, there’s some excitement brewing as Microsoft are ready once again with their re-entry into this market with what is promised of being an amazing experience…(Drum Rolls………) enter – Windows 8.

All we’ve been seeing and hearing from quite some time now is only of Apple, Samsung, Android, iPhone, iPad, Google when it comes to mobiles and device operating systems and not much about Windows. Yes Apple devices are everywhere, Samsung seems to be going places with their devices not only by manufacturing some amazing devices (ie. S3, Galaxy Tab…) but also packing new features into their mobiles and tablets…it’s been a while now that I’ve not seen anyone pull out a different phone other than an iPhone but these days I’m sure you would’ve probably noticed yourself, Samsung devices seems to be making ground.

Samsung range of tablets are moving quite fast too and they don’t cost an “arm and a leg” to try one out, whether it’s the “non-apple” fans or the “android-pro’s” there is no choice currently in the market for any other mobile device or operating system.

Image from: http://www.samsung.com/global/ativ/index.html

Samsung have confirmed that they will be carrying Windows 8 on a few of their devices – that includes Samsung mobiles, tablets and TV’s. Check out the ATIV range (as it’s called by Samsung) which carries the Windows 8 across devices – ATIV S for Mobiles, ATIV Tab (Tablets), ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro.  We couldn’t find much reference to what ATIV actually meant whether it was an acronym for something but seems like it’s VITA spelt reverse…meant life….deep….blah blah…

And NOKIA says…lets hold hands Windows?

NOKIA like Microsoft have a challenge up their sleeves to win back market share and consumer confidence and as users have started to massively adapt to and get accustomed to the Apple and Android eco-system, this will be quite an interesting phase to see if the Nokia & Microsoft Windows 8 combo does it this time around. NOKIA seems to have instilled a lot of faith into their new LUMIA range carrying the Windows 8 Operating System.

NOKIA, once a leader in this space who has seen massive decline in it’s share now confirming that their range of Nokia Lumia range will be carrying the Windows 8 as their operating system.

In the second quarter of 2012, Microsoft’s share of the global smartphone operating system market was a lowly 2.7 per cent, according to tech industry analyst Gartner while Android had 64.1 per cent  and Apple 18.8 per cent. (source here).

The Windows 8 experience blog does promise that this version has a lot that has changed, and yes it would not be fair to say that Windows have been so hung up with so many issues in the past over their operating systems but I guess that’s the kind of extensive user base that the windows have too – more ain’t always the merrier when it comes to technology. All brands these days whether it’s manufacturers such as LG, Samsung, Nokia, HTC or the experience providers such as Apple, Google with their Android operating systems, Microsoft Windows are all undergoing a substantial amount of metamorphosis as the internet has evolved to being something we sat behind a desk and used and or late on a mobile device to being the “internet of things” where even our cats and dogs are connected to a network so we can track where they are and what they are doing when you are out and about!

Apple has undergone considerable transformation themselves as I remember not that many years ago, you could not buy anything but from a special “Apple” store specialist and when not much was going in Apple’s favour – they brought about the iPod and then the infamous iPhone followed by the iPad which made history and seems like they’re having a dream run since then. Who had heard of an “app store” a few years ago? Who knew that you wouldn’t need to run down to the DVD store down the road to book in your copy of the latest movies? Maybe the day is not far when there will be robots around the house which will bring you popcorn automatically when you’re watching a movie! Well, Well, lets get back to talking about Windows 8…there is a pre-release Windows 8 version available for those enthusiasts but we couldn’t find a set date for the Windows 8 date in Australia but news items do hint at it being around the corner!

Windows 8 has a completely refreshed touch integrated experience, and the new improved multi-monitor support, and new Family Safety features, social seems seamless, there’s also new improvements to the Mail, Photos, and People apps and see new Bing-powered Travel, News and Sports appsInternet Explorer 10 also has new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview like “flip ahead” and a fully integrated secure and power-optimised Adobe Flash Player. IE10 is also the first browser to feature Do Not Track “on” by default.

Would you be still willing to give Windows 8 a chance? Have Microsoft got it right this time around? Guess, time will tell but onya’ Windows as they say “You’ve got to be in it to WIN it – All the best!

 

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Australian’s Multi Screen Affair! Smartphones, Tablets & the Digital Home…

“Screen Screen…who is the fairest of them all?” Probably the toughest question as we love all our screens!

TV’s, Mobiles, Tablets are getting smarter and smarter…we came across the Australian Multi-Screen report from the last quarter of 2011 by OZTAM / Neilsen and quoting a few interesting stats from this report.

  • 49% OF AUSSIE’S NOW OWN A SMARTPHONE
  • 10% HOUSEHOLDS OWN A TABLET DEVICE

Firstly, Aussies love affair with the smartphones continues which is now estimated at about 49% ownership (up from 43% from the third quarter last year, age 14+). The household Tablets penetration seems to be getting there too, starting at about 8% in the second quarter last year, shooting up by 2 points to almost 10% metro by end of last quarter 2011 and on the rise! According to Nielsen’s Australian Online Consumer report, watching any viewing ‘video’ content on Tablets grew from just 2% of the total online population at the end of 2010, to 5% by the end of 2011.

  • 95% OF HOMES HAVE ACCESS TO DIGITAL BROADCAST
  • 44% HAVING PVR ACCESS

As at the end of the last quarter of 2011, 95% of all homes were estimated to have access to digital broadcasts on at least one TV set in the home, this is up from 90% in the first quarter. Currently 44% of homes have access to some form of a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) allowing consumers to use the ‘time shifting’ incase you can’t watch ‘Home & Away’ whilst you are doing the child care pickup’s or need to unwind at your own leisure and catch up with ‘Desperate Housewives’ when it suits you!

  • HOUSEHOLD INTERNET IS AT 77%
  • WATCHING ONLINE VIDEO HAS INCREASED BY 13% 

Household internet remains at about 77% but there is an increase in the time that content is being consumed online, watching online video has increased by about 13% and all probably due to the popularity of the smart TV’s which most of them come with their own browser, app setup’s or access to browsing your own internet of connect devices at home. Consumers spent about 3Hrs 27Minutes watching any video on the internet. No longer do you have to take someone to your bedroom to put on your PC to share some photo’s from your trip to Fiji – it’s all about having ‘smart access’ to your content in the house and out and about on the mobile too! Watching video on the mobile phone is not that hot a number, guess mainly due to the fact that a lot of users are unsure of how much bill they’re going to clock up when they’re going to watch the news via video or play catch up TV via mobile on their way home on the train! But, sure we’ll get there.

Watching any video on a mobile phone is at about 1hr 20mins per month average but interestingly almost at 3 hours per month with the 25 – 34 year olds. Video consumption via mobile phones for the 16 years and over category is at about 1 hour 20 minutes per month (up significantly since Q1), the main users are those aged 18 – 34, averaging almost 3 hours per month.

The combination of the extended screens (PC and mobile phone) usage for any video content still accounts for just 4% of video consumption on traditional TV, as quoted in this OZTAM/Neilsen report.

Mobile devices are not only used outside of the house now but playing a key role within the house too as Australia’s love affair with multiple screen’s grows!

DOWNLOAD HERE [PDF] incase you want to full report  the Australian Multi-Screen Report for Q4, 2011.

Thanks to OZTAM and Neilsen for putting this report together. It is preferred that you download the complete report at the above link and make note of all the fine print and the greater detail. 

 

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Smart mobiles and now SmartTV’s!

Smart mobiles and now SmartTV’s!

Are TV’s still going to be referred as the idiot box?

Yep we all know that Smart phones have taken on the world and now here’s another screen undergoing some real change in it’s character – the good ol ‘idiot box’ – the TV. Well, this statement might be redundant already as Smart TV’s are here and I remember not that long ago, I was researching online contemplating whether to buy a plasma or a LCD? And just last week when I visited one of my techy friends who has not only a good understanding of what’s good in the market but also has the smarts to identify and connect with smart products. At this place, I recently had an opportunity to play with a live fully connected ‘SmartTV’ from Samsung.

I was aware that just like mobile phones are a lot smarter, TV’s are going through it’s own metamorphosis – Plasma standard became High Definition & LCD TV’s were a lot more higher in their picture quality. Then came the LED TV’s and I was aware that all this time, the 3D’ability of TV’s was being worked on and so was the persuasion from a few brands to make the TV a lot more useful than just watching your traditional free to air or subscription channels such as your FOXTEL’s etc.Probably las year or so is when I saw the Sony TV with a built-in operating system and you were able to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and if you were smart enough you could hook up say an X-Box Kinect and play online games. But a few weeks ago, I came across the SmartTV from Samsung and must say this is probably the first experience which I thought was quite seamless in terms of really leveraging the smarts through your TV, which no longer is average!

The Samsung Smart TV connects to the internet directly and you can use your iPhone or Android smartphone to control your TV and this is much more than just using your phone as a remote control – one of the cool features is that you can browse say for example, YouTube clips etc and pressing ‘Play’ on your mobile phone can play that clip on the TV instantly. And for those of us who actually use the TV as a screen to connect and watch content a.k.a movies, pictures etc via a hard cable – this I’m sure is a welcome relief as you can browse through your files and connect to all your content wirelessly. There’s been a few ways you could set this up before too but either you had to be a bit nerdy or needed to research, struggle and try and make it work or like a few would have to be using Apple TV, but I’ve heard that you not only need to connect with Apple products the device is not that greatly compatible with all file types. The best bit that I really liked in the little time that I spent was that seamless integration between the mobile and TV. There’s also apps available you could download and also the ability to easily connect to your social platform too i.e. Twitter, Facebook etc. And the app interface looks like we’ve started to use on the smart phones which makes it a tad easier to browse through.

Sure there’s a lot more brands who are going to be coming up with such smart and smarter TV’s but now think Samsung is surely a SmartTV. Our idiot Box is a lot more meaningful now!

DO YOU HAVE A SAMSUNG OR ANY OTHER SMART TV…PLS SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK?

Here’s a link to the Samsung Smart TV site

ps; I dont work for Samsung nor have I been paid to say this 😉

 

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