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14-Feb-13 Version wars!

In Blog, BYOD, Consumerisation, Personal, Technology on February 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm

This year could see yet another mighty battle in the consumerisation version battle ground, as Apple, Google and Microsoft try to generate more demand for their products.

The first major event of the year could be the K release of Android, which is code named Key Lime Pie. According to the rumours on the web, this could be aimed for a release around May.

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Google are certainly not holding back in their releases, as the paint is still drying on Jelly Bean (4.2). Although it’s difficult to assess what the new key features will be, it would be great if a built in video application was delivered and also you could sync between different makes of devices. Both of these would open up better integration to trouble the Apple world!

Later this year, IOS7 is expected. Although a number of folk think a major redesign of the operating system is due, it is unlikely to be this year, as it would make sense for them to deliver a major redesign with a new device.

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Is there is one feature I’d like to see, its the concept of multiple profiles on one device, as certainly our tablet device is used by multiple folk and it would make a custom experience for everyone. Unlikely to happen I suspect, as Apple still see these as very personal devices.

Of course, the other major fix has to be the map functionality. Although bringing back Google is unlikely, a solution for TomTom needs urgent fixing!

The final platform is Windows. Bizarrely it is rumoured that there could be a release around the summer called Windows Blue. It is not clear whether this is a service pack (Microsoft don’t seem to want to do these any more), a feature pack or something completely different.

Its difficult to say what might be in this release, even if it is true, but one view is that it would go a stage further to standardising the Windows platform across tablet, mobile and desktop devices. Watch this space…

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