Boot up: Windows Phone rumours, Google Now's spear, iPhone US sales, and more

By on October 10, 2013
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By Charles Arthur

Plus ‘tablets are here to stay’, Panasonic to exit plasma, BlackBerry’s surprise award, and more

A burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

Windows Phone 8.1 rumours emerge >> SuperSite for Windows

Paul Thurrott outlines various things he has heard (single-source) about Windows Phone 8.1. The one that seems to have people worked up is this:

No more Back button. Aping the iPhone navigation model, Microsoft will apparently remove the Back button from the Windows Phone hardware specification with 8.1. The Back button just doesn’t make sense, I was told: Users navigate away from an app by pressing the Start button and then open a new app, just like they do on iPhone. And the “back stack” is ill-understood by users: Most don’t realize what they’re doing when they repeatedly hit the Back button.

Links to UX/UI studies of the use of the Back button welcomed.

Google Now: the tip of a very long spear >> John Battelle’s Search Blog

These [Google Now] cards are extremely important to understanding where Google is heading with not only search, but with all of its various services (the card interface is now incorporated into¬†Google’s “knowledge graph” …read more

Source: Guardian Technology