Learning Objective: Map learner-centered options, for your course, for accessing/distributing media
PDA and Palm devices came and went long before our current smart phone/tablet craze. Why is mobile ‘working’ this time around? What is different?
The iPhone started the ball rolling, followed by an almost equally successful tablet in the iPad. Over just a few years Apple went from a niche market computer company to the most valuable company in the world! Mobile was and still is the “it” thing.
Google and BlackBerry tried to directly compete with Apple while Microsoft chose to focus on areas that Apple lacked. Low powered Apple devices, running on ARM processors, were incapable of running the same programs we all run on our desktops/laptops. “Apps” were created to help solve the problem but it meant software companies had to build “app versions” of their software so users could use their products on these new mobile devices.
Intel has taken so long to come up with a solution that ‘major player’ companies are looking for their own solutions. Google and Microsoft have created ARM versions of their operating systems. Just recently, Intel finally has processors available for smart phones/tablets that are both fast and efficient enough to allow for long battery life. Its only a matter of time before the phone, laptop, and tablet are merged into a single device that is more than capable of handling all of our daily tasks done on desktops/laptops.
By Samsung Belgium (Flickr: GALAXY S 4 (7)) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By John Sauter (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The current 4 major players in the mobile sector are:
Apple with iOS – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y-PON19un8
Google with Android – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAEUQPyNAos
Microsoft with Windows 8 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crZOgnc8cS8
BlackBerry with BB10 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7sxi27FRbc&list=PLSV1iA-lr7ykoKsJ3popveqDJkgtCoaB1&index=5
With processor power and battery life much improved the only thing left is device size. Dell spends a lot of time and money in researching what is the perfect device size. In 2010 Dell released its Streak 5″ device that, although way ahead of its time, failed. Years later Samsung’s Note and Note II have won a huge loyal fan base that loves its large 5.25″ screen. Google’s Nexus 7″ is also very popular… so much so that Apple has finally released a 7″ device in the iPad mini. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could somehow have the best of both worlds.
A look into the not too distant future…
Flash was the major player in video distribution over the Internet. However, heavy use of resources, and troublesome browser plugins led to HTML spec built in to video players. The sudden flood of success of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, along with their lack of Flash support, seem to have marked the end of the dominance of Flash. Mobile platform specific “apps” were created while HTML 5 caught up. Today HTML 5 supports built in video and much, much more. It is supported in all mobile devices across all platforms. Using HTML 5 assures that your assets can be accessed by all.
Upload your file to be converted to Kaltura Management Console:
Choose the encoding type you need:
Wait for conversion to complete:
Enable HTML 5 player option and copy tiny url:
Visit the tiny url and copy the full url:
Add a new page in Canvas and switch to html code view. Paste the full url into a iframe with the relevant width and height:
<iframe src="http://sham.tlc.sfu.ca/index.php/kmc/preview/partner_id/102/uiconf_id/6709423/entry_id/0_2dy9jj24/delivery/http" width="480" height="256"></iframe>