In In a suprise move made today, Microsoft acquired SwiftKey, the software keyboard and its SDK. SwiftKey is used on over 300 million Android and iOS devices around the world. According to SwiftKey, the keyboard has saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, which translates to saving 100,000 years in typing time. Microsoft acquired SwiftKey for $250 million. SwiftKey was started eight years ago and never released a native app for Windows Phones.
The announcements from CES 2016 keep coming. Dell has what is possibly their biggest product launch ever and look to be aiming towards business customers. The Oculus Rift isn’t what some were hoping for and appears to be an expensive gaming experience unlike any other. Huawei has shown off the smartphone they’re going to be releasing in the US, and it’s a smartphone at an affordable price.
Technology is heading in interesting directions. With the Internet of Things connecting everyday items that weren’t digital before, new materials being used to create beautiful screens and the internal hardware of digital devices becoming inexpensive and opening up new markets of customers to digital technology. The CES 2016 consumer technology show gives developers and individuals a look at what’s to come in the future.
Microsoft finally worked out how to make a tablet that can replace your laptop. Apple designed the Watch which is a step forward in hardware and will shine when developers create killer apps that demand the Watch be on your wrist. Epson finally changed the way people print with the Eco-Tank printer series. Sony’s Playstation 4 and Roku 3 showed what a device with focus and a specific job to do (Instead of being another device that attempts to do everything). Below is a list of my favourite digital devices from 2015. It was a tough list to make, but these are the devices that impressed the most and are the top 5 must have gadgets for 2015.
Xiaomi is releasing two new devices for the end of the year, the Mi Pad 2 and Redmi Note 3. The prices of these two devices are low and the specifications quite decent. It’s unlikely that Xiaomi will be bringing either device to the US or Europe, but in a few years’ time Xiaomi may be willing to branch into new markets.
The Mi Pad 2 comes in 16GB and 64GB. 32GB would make more sense than 16GB, but manufacturers continue to push 16GB devices. 16GB is often too small for music, apps and files. 32GB gives users much more space. There was a rumour that the Mi Pad 2 would dual-boot Windows 10 and Android, but this feature didn’t end up making the final product. The Android version is less expensive than the Windows 10 version, and currently it’s difficult to say which OS would be best.
The smartphone maker OnePlus has announced a new model, the OnePlus X. It appears that the aim of the OnePlus X is to be exquisite, to have class, and to explore contrasts and harmony. The design is a way of thinking about a product in ways where the eye of the designer perceives beauty and elegance onto a blank space. When style and technology meet well in a smartphone, the results are impressive. When this aim fails, there’s often a lot of style without substance.
The next generation of computing is arriving now. Laptops have been great due to their portability and functions. Tablets showed potential but never really gained the functions of a laptop. If you were someone who owned both, maybe you felt like me and wondered why you owned both. Tablets seemed like toys more than anything else. Microsoft has released their first laptop that combines what’s good about laptops and tablets into the one device.The Surface Book laptop has a smart design and some interesting ideas built into the device.