apple, google, innovation, microsoft, technology

windows 10 is (still) mobile

by the end of this year microsoft will end the support for windows 10 mobile on december 10 2019, the october release 1709 was the last update back in 2017

since microsoft wasn’t able to get a markable footprint in mobile business, windows phone failed, relaunched a windows 10 mobile .. there are still ways to combine windows 10 and mobile

launcher 10 – android launcher

i was a huge fan of windows 10 mobile and it’s live tile design, but missing enterprise features und apps forced me to look for other opportunities

launcher 10 offers the beloved windows phone design for android smarthphones as seaperate launcher, sort and resize your tiles including a paid feature of live tiles

live tiles are deprecated of microsoft, and microsoft missed to remove all refences, so it’s possible to do a sub domain tack over, the the service is still online http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/

your phone app companion

every windows 10 embed a feature to connect your ios or android phone to be able to remote use features like sending messages or access media remotely from your device or synchronize file changes between devices

with is current windows 10 insider preview build 18885 (20H1) microsoft added notification for android devices – stop reaching for your phone to check your with features like

  • see incoming phone notifications in real-time
  • view all of your phone notifications in one place
  • customize which notifications you want to receive
  • clear notifications individually or all at once

read more about productivity with a second screen

3rd party services

other apps like airdroid pushbulltet, mightytext and others offer the also the ability to compose and receive messages from desktop , transfer files without a wired connection and for sure receive push notifications directly from device – additionally
possible within your browser, independent from your platfrom os or even device with when using a webservice

apple

if your using an apple device you’d probably own a mac and should use features like
universal clipboard, make calls with your mac, send and receive messages or handoff immediately between devices where your stopped before, everything connected to icloud

use continuity to connect your mac, iphone, ipad, ipod touch, and apple watch

technology

downgrade beta

…it’s quite easy to join a public beta, a lot of chinese vendor develop there software while customer already using it – for ios and android it is possible to get a sneak look into new features or test changes behaviour in your enterprise environment before public rollout

join beta at

top 3 features of upcoming mobile os

ios 13 “yukon” android q “quinoa/quiche”
split view more granular location control
multi-user ipad undo app removal
dark mode dark mode

but when it comes to downgrade from a current beta, android raise the bar

ios can easiely opt out of beta, but to download grade you finally need to restore your entire device locally with itunes

technology

authenticator usability matrix

security is important and 2fa should mandatory …

 read more: multi factor authentication

… while more and more services offer this capability – how to handle all those tokens, here are my analyse of some authenticator apps

appaccount app lockbackup
google
authenticator
microsoft
authenticator
optionalscreenlock
authyphone & emailcloud
andotppin,
password
local encrypted
lastpass
authenticator
optionalpin,
fingerprint
cloud
1passswordprice starts $2.99pin,
fingerprint
cloud, local, wlan

… this is neither comlete market analyse nor evaluate all available features, like enterprise grade rights management

stay tuned about secure authentication with virtual smart card 

innovation, technology

progressive web apps

progressive web apps (pwa) getting more popular due to their ability to send push notifications – provide offline content and add to homescreen – no need to install pwa, improve functionallity above browsers with less costs compared to apps – load faster than web – enhanced conversion – scroll 60 frames per second

@google developers training

test your browser online, the featureset differs a lot between mobile platform and browser-  compatibility estimated by appswithlove.com

https://whatwebcando.today

2015 a chrome developer coined progressive web app, adopted by apple and even windows 10 joined as well


Some good examples what pwa’s can do and how already using it:

how to deal with acceleated mobile pages (amp) in times of pwa, how to choose between faster loading or offline functionality, it’s possible to combine both like washington post

read more: acceleated mobile pages


in an enterprise perspective it is about how to deploy applications, with mdm it is quite easy to push an app to a device, even silent installation is possible with android enterprise or apple vpp…

…but pwa’s aren’t that apps anymore and there is no api to remote set homescreen icon 

google, technology

evolution of android security updates

android has a huge diversity in os versions, for enterpise is mandatory to provide high security …

arrowread more: mobile os version spread

samsung

launched it’s own EFOTA service to control software update remote to your managed samsung device @samsung

android enterprise recommended

android devices must satisfy numerous requirements, including regular security updates: at least every 90 days, with monthly updates strongly recommended. @google

 

android one

designed by google. smart, secure and simply amazing

devices that run the unmodified android to provide best compatibility and support @google

project treble

restructued android os framework since android 8 to make it easier, faster, and less costly for manufacturers to provide updates @google

 

update: what enterprise devices already got, will privided to all android devices – google mandates two years of security updates for popular phones in new android contract

 

android
be aware of malware

apple, google, technology

right at your thumb

touch has become the main input method, time to think about the best way to utilize it

it’s usually a mistake for the app to take over the decision-making

mobile os vendor successfully implemented ui guidelines – consistent app handling while implementing familiar standards – apple provide tip about do’s and don’ts – to offer great opportunities for engaging apps – apple’s human interface guidelinesgoogle’s material design guidelines

android guide to provide navigation up the hierachy, to parent and ancestor screens – develeopter have to, because some devices don’t have a “home button” anymore
arrow read more about android tips and tricks @madereal

some pattern are universal – a design solution that has proven to work more than once – androidpatterns

leveraging device capabilities vs. mobile first

Tablet thumb zone

all those ui descisions rely on finder friendly design – rule of thumb – larger the screen, the harder it is to take in the whole thing at a glance – responsive design is neccessary to fit all needs – new rule: every desktop design has to go finger-friedly

touch_win.jpg

gorilla armssteve jobs said – “ergonomically terrible” – “touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical” – but it works, use touch at notebooks in trains, for presentation or layed back at a sofa
arrow read more about how to use touch at macos @madereal

Touch mode hand icon

every desktop ui should be designed for touch now -even microsoft’s office optimize for use with touch – but still optimized not developed

get focus on maximizing usablity

google, innovation

enterprise features of android p

only a few days ahead of google i/o – google’s annual developer conference – may 8-10 – were they will present android p, gmail, android wear 3.0, vr with daydream, google home and maybe more

here are the main feature to be provided to the enterprise – rock solid progression of android enterprise – modifications from other os’s found as well – some cool admin gadgets

work profile user interface

  • Switch apps across profiles

  • Programmatically turn work profiles on or off

lock down any app to a device

  • whitelist and control certain system ui features

support multiple users on dedicated devices

  • multiple users can share a single device, dedicated for a specific purpose, managed via emm

clear package data and remove accounts

new user restrictions and increased control over settings

  • Configure APNs

  • Configure time and timezone

  • Enforce user restrictions on important settings

  • Metered data

migrate dpc

  • handover a device between different emm verdor

postpone over-the-air (ota) updates

  • also possible at ios device since ios 11.3

restrict sharing into a work profile

hardware-secured keys and machine certificates

  • enerated keys never leave the secure hardware and can be used from the android keychain

password blacklist

streamlined qr-code enrollment

androidenterprise2

  • wifi profile supported like with ncf enrollment

@google

google, innovation

gmail predict reply to mails

gmail prepares to add nudges that suggests mails to reply to, adding more functionallity also like amp [related post] to add more intelligence

amp1

nudges in general…

proposes positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions to try to achieve non-forced compliance to influence the motives, incentives and decision making

@wikipedia

it is all about to stay productive, either to show mail just from your contacts, sort newsletter or intelligent reply – currently available email apps are unibox, microsoft’s outlook and google’s inbox

update: google presented new features about confidential mode with 2 factor authentication, smart reply and new g suite security features @digitaltrends

google, innovation, technology

amp – accelerated mobile pages

accelerated mobile pages is an open-source standard for any publisher to load pages quickly on mobile devices, supported browser currently are

amp2

amp3google added the ability to the amp header that makes it possible to open or copy the non-amp link, also load a webpage as non-amp with this noamp app

some web developers have expressed concern that google is getting too much say in how the web operates.

@firstpost

the intelligence spreading further with gmail integration, other mail provider can adopt amp as well – a price tag is always up to date, no matter when you open the mail or enter feedback without opening the browser

update: development of a new accelerated Mobile pages (amp) component enabling publishers to acquire user consent is underway and accepting comments.