Month: November 2013

Installing the Nokia Imaging SDK

Installing the Nokia Imaging SDK

Working with the Nokia Imaging SDK isn’t as easy as just installing the NuGet package. There are 2 dlls that will likely not be reference properly.

  • Nokia.Graphics.Imaging
  • Nokia.InteropServices.Runtime

If you try and add them manually you may get an error message like this: A reference to a higher version or incompatible…

Nokia has a post on how to solve this problem. The key is to remove Any CPU from your build configuration, and then close and re-open the solution.

http://developer.nokia.com/Resources/Library/Lumia/#!nokia-imaging-sdk/adding-libraries-to-the-project.html

How long can companies ignore the Windows Phone platform?

How long can companies ignore the Windows Phone platform?

This original post was written for the Aspenware blog

NokiaLumia1520

The Windows Phone platform initially launched in October of 2010. The new Windows Phone 7 operating system broke compatibility with early versions of Windows Mobile which left Microsoft starting from ground zero in terms of market share and apps.

Shortly after the initial launch Microsoft partnered with Nokia to build phones for its new mobile operating system. Nokia abandoned Symbian and started making all of its new phones for Windows Phone 7. Nokia has been the saving grace for Windows Phone, even though it hasn’t yet gained any significant market share, especially in the United States.

Currently market share in the US stands at 3.6%. Android and iOS dominate the rest of the market leaving only a shred left for Blackberry. Beginning a few months ago, Windows Phone finally made it to all of the big carriers with the HTC 8x released on the Sprint network. Verizon has had a few phones from Samsung and HTC for the last year or so, with Nokia only offering GSM compatible phones on the T-Mobile and AT&T networks.

As far as app development goes, one can certainly make the case to ignore the platform with only 3.6% market share in the US. Twitter and Facebook have not developed their own apps for Windows Phone as of yet. Microsoft has released their own version of a facebook app, along with many other third party developers. With so many different third party developers supporting the platform, it probably doesn’t make sense for Facebook to support their own native app at this point. That being said, it’s still somewhat of a blemish for the Windows Phone Marketplace. So we can start to look to the future to see what’s in store for the Windows Phone platform.

International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts at least a 10% global market share for Windows Phone by 2017. This equates to over 100 million devices being sold per year as they predict global shipments to exceed 1 billion units per year.

The real excitement for Windows Phone is in the international markets, particularly in Europe. In Italy Windows Phone enjoys a 3.5% lead over iOS with a 13.7% market share. Windows Phone is enjoying similar success in Germany as they are neck and neck with iOS for 2nd place behind Android. Overall in the major European markets Windows Phone hopes to grab around a 10% share by years end.

App developers should not be ignoring what is happening in Europe with Windows Phone. Nokia is charging ahead strongly with highly desirable devices, mostly from their advanced camera capabilities. The new Nokia Lumia 1520 boasts a 6” HD screen and 20 MP camera. So far early reviews have been very positive. There’s also been news that the new Nokia phones will support 3D touch, so you can navigate through your phone without actually touching the screen.

What’s happening in Europe will ultimately help the Windows Phone market share in the US. As more and more apps are developed to support the growing customer base in Europe, it will make the Windows Phone platform more appealing to consumers in the US. With Instagram soon to hit the Windows Phone Marketplace, along with Vine just landing in it, Windows Phone will satisfy a broad appeal of consumers with many of the most popular apps now being available on the platform.

Even though the Windows Phone Marketplace will support most of the well-known app brands, it still lacks a lot of what I call ancillary apps which my favorites include: US Bank, Safeway and Golf Channel. These were the apps I used a lot on my old Android phone which are not available yet for Windows Phone. Nokia claims that it is now a matter of when vs. a matter of if major brands are coming to the platform. Once Microsoft can shore up its app store to compete better with Android and iOS, it should be very interesting to see what happens to the market share not only in the US, but with the platform worldwide.

Coping Without Being Connected

Coping Without Being Connected

Due to unfavorable contract terms with Sprint, I was still rolling with my HTC EVO last week. I was going on 3 years with this phone and I was counting down the days until I could upgrade on January 1st, 2014. When the EVO was released in 2010 it was coveted as the most advanced smart phone on the planet. While it was still getting the job done, it was time to move on. The battery life was awful and the internal storage kept dropping down to warning levels where I had to keep uninstalling apps.

On my birthday on October 25th I was blessed from above when I dropped my phone and hit it just right on the corner where it smashed the screen to oblivion.

Broke HTC Evo

That very same day a co-worker of mine, Ely Lucas, was kind enough to give me his old Windows 7 phone that he wasn’t using anymore. He gave it to me so I could test my apps on it (Side Note & Side Bet).

I had a working GSM phone that wasn’t compatible with the Sprint network. I ended up getting a T-Mobile compatible SIM card and dropping Sprint. The plan I chose, Bright Spot Mobile was a no data plan for $35/month. I figured since I was on Wi-Fi most of the time I would be fine without data connected to my phone all the time. I was wrong…

You wouldn’t imagine how hard it is to get used not being connected to data 24/7. It’s like a drug, which I just discovered was very addictive. 7 days in to life without data has proven to be challenging so far, but I think it’s a good thing. I no longer check my phone at stop lights for emails. I no longer fire up Pandora on the way home during rush hour. I no longer constantly check my phone. The no data plan has exposed my data addiction, and I’m liking my life without it.

It’s definetely a challenge in this day and age to go through life without an expensive data plan. It seems like we are programmed to get an expensive data plan from one of the big 3 carriers. It was fun exploring options and knowing that I’m saving money each month. My wife and I’s total cell bill was $170/month for the last few years. Now it will be $105/month for a total savings of close to $800/year. I encourage others to try this out. It’s very liberating, and it’s even fun to deprive yourself of things. I makes your life more interesting just from the challenge.

I’m walk the earth without a data plan and so far I’m still accepted and functioning in our society. It hasn’t been easy, but I think it will be good for me. If anybody has similar experiences please share them!