Google has filed a patent recently that has not gone unnoticed in the tech world. Indeed, the American giant wants to remove the space bar keyboards in the future. However, the “space” function will not disappear.
At a time when the latest laptops latest continually strive for minimalism in their designs, Google now considers the traditional space bar to be too large. The information was revealed by the US site Quartz on April 28, the day the US Patent Office and Trademark Office issued the patent filed by the US firm. This is the patent No. 9019207 and it is possible to consult online.
This patent is accompanied by a diagram showing a laptop with which it is possible to understand how Google wants to remove the bar while trying to keep the essential function “space”.
Google’s intentions here are clear. So this is indeed a move to remove the space bar, but also to enlarge the central trackpad. The latter then will intrude upon the keyboard, instead of the current space bar. The dotted line shown in the diagram would separate trackpad then what we could now call “touch space bar”. The computer that will enjoy this novelty will be able, through sensors, understand written or if the user navigates only on the internet. In the second case, a light pressure on the touch space bar would be perceived as a mouse click, not a space.
Google believes in equipping the next round of Chromebook, but this novelty could be seen elsewhere, although we have no precise about it. This is the third attempt to deposit such a patent by Google during the past four years, the last two have not been found eligible by the US Office of Patents and Trademarks.
The first day of the keynote Microsoft was rich in information. The company has delivered new details about the successor of Internet Explorer, the capacity of its reality glasses HoLoLens being increased to interact with a robot, and operation of Microsoft Windows 10. The operating system will undergo a major change. Windows 10 will be the same on computers, phones and tablets, and will open to applications from Android and iOS, the operating systems of Google and Apple smartphones. Also changes and updates will be felt on their corresponding cloud computing technologies. Microsoft will enable developers to use computer code with which they create Android applications (Java and C ++) and iOS (Objective-C) to build their versions on Windows 10, instead of having to start over.
This simplification could allow Windows Phone to fill the lack of choice in applications: only 300,000 apps are available for iOS 1.2 million against 1.3 million for Android.
The development of an application has a cost. For a company that started or those who launch a new app with a limited budget, we must make a choice. Developers often begin by creating a version for iOS. If it meets the expected success, carried on Android a few months later. The opposite phenomenon also exists in countries where Android dominates, as in China. But because of the lack of success of Windows Phone (2.8% of smartphone sales in 2014), developers often ignore the Microsoft system.
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By allowing applications to use the already created code for Android and iOS, Microsoft reduces the time and money needed to develop an app on their system. Another argument for Windows 10: the unity between smartphones and computers. Mobile applications become available on PC, an area that Microsoft still dominates, with almost 90% of the world Windows computers.
Microsoft had no choice. Google is working on ARC, a small program that can launch applications for Android from its Google Chrome browser, and from any operating system. Mobile applications have thus landed on Windows anyway.
This change is also an extension of the Windows opening strategy, initiated by Satya Nadella, the new CEO of Microsoft. Previously, the company reserved the mobile versions of its software for Windows users, as does Apple. Given the lack of success of Windows Phone, Microsoft has decided to offer Office 360, the application that includes its flagship Office software such as Word or Excel, on Android and iOS. If Microsoft is adapting its own apps on systems from competitors, why not accommodate theirs?
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