Mobile app firm Agawi has released the results of its TouchMarks II research, which compares the touchscreen latency of flagship tablets running Android, Windows RT, and iOS.
Touchscreen latency measures the length of time it takes for devices to react to touches. Faster is better, especially for musicians that do realtime music-making on mobile devices.
Agawi benchmarked the touchscreen latencies of leading tablets, including iPads, Microsoft’s Surface and several Android tablets, including Amazon’s newest Kindle Fire HD. They also tested the Nvidia Shield – an Android-based gaming device. Continue reading
Android, despite being the top mobile operating system, hasn’t taken off as a music platform, like iOS. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to make music.
Time Elapses – A Journey is a short time-lapse film, that features a soundtrack created on Android. The track, titled Moonlight Mood, is by Nishit Gajjar, who composed it in Caustic for Android.
Latency problems with audio on Android have long been recognized as a barrier to the development of music software on the platform. Android developers have had to fight with audio latency that can be 50 times as long as it is on iOS, making many types of music apps unusable.
That’s not the only problem facing Android music app developers, though. Mobile analytics firm Open Signal reports that two other issues are growing problems for Android developers: device fragmentation and OS fragmentation.
Device fragmentation, illustrated by the patchwork quilt of thousands of Android devices above, means that buyers “can get exactly the phone they want – big or small, cheap or expensive, with any number of different feature combinations”.
To app developers, though, device fragmentation means that their apps need to work on a rapidly growing number of unique devices. Last year, Open Signal identified about 4,000 unique Android devices. This year, that number had tripled. Continue reading
Miselu, which last year introduced the Android-based Neiro mobile music computer, has announced that it is ditching Android for iOS and introducing an iPad keyboard/case, the C.24.
The C.24 is a two-octave wireless music keyboard designed for iPad. The C.24 transforms from a protective cover into a piano-style keyboard at the touch of a spring-loaded latch.
The C.24 employs technology that has never been used in the music instrument space before. The semi-weighted feel of the keyboard is created by the use of anti-polarity magnets. Additionally each key incorporates an infrared emitter detector pair, providing real time analog position data to track the performance. This optical key tracking technology delivers velocity and monophonic aftertouch more accurately than traditional switches.
The C.24 also provides additional tactile controls in a capacitive ribbon controller that extends across the width of the keyboard. The bar is divided into two regions, each with 32 embedded LEDs for visual feedback. One region is configured to function as eight assignable buttons while the other is designed for analog expression such as pitch bend.
Here’s a video introduction: Continue reading
Hexler has release a new version of TouchOSC, a customizable multi-touch music controller app, and it’s now available for both iOS and Android.
Here’s what’s new in version 1.9:
- Support for iPhone5
- Support for custom layout sizes
- Support for more MIDI message types (All controls now support Control Change, Note, Program Change, Poly Pressure, Channel Pressure and Pitch Bend messages)
- Added XY control MIDI mapping mode (Placing 2 or 3 fingers on the control will send only x or y messages)
- New iPhone5 layout: Automat5
- Fixed handling of UTF-8 encoded strings in both application and editor
- Fixed naming issues with virtual CoreMIDI connections (iOS)
- Removed support for MIDIMobilizer Mk I (Please use a CoreMIDI compatible accessory, i.e. MIDIMobilizer Mk II, instead)
At BlackBerry Live – an annual event focusing on the Blackberry platform – CEO Thorsten Heins introduced the latest version of BlackBerry OS, BB10.1.
Heins also told attendees that Moog will be bringing its synthesizer app Animoog, previously exclusive to iOS, to the BB10 platform. Moog shared an image, right, that shows Animoog working on Blackberry.
The huge growth in mobile music apps has left some Android-using musicians and developers frustrated, because of years of inaction on Google’s part to address latency issues on Android. Latency is enough of a problem on the platform that music app developers have focused on iOS, despite a larger possible audience on the Android platform. Continue reading
Developer Affinity Blue has introduced a new app, Tunable, for Android and iOS.
Tunable is a chromatic tuner, tone/chord generator and metronome that helps musicians learn to play steadily, in tune, and on beat.
Featuring a unique tuning history display for visualizing pitch over time, Tunable is designed to be a toolkit for professional and beginning musicians. Continue reading
Nils Schneider has introduced Heat – a new virtual analog synthesizer for Android that also offers VST integration for Windows.
- Full-featured virtual analogue subtractive synthesizer, optimized for mobile devices
- Available as Demo and Pro version in the Google Play Store
- Full VST 2.3 integration for Windows x86 and x64
- Collaborative Preset Browser, store your delicious sounds online directly and share them with the community
- Browse through thousands of sounds created by other people around the world
- Design your sounds offline while on the way and use your sounds later in a VST-compatible sequencer of your choice
Here’s a demo of Heat in action: Continue reading