Mobile recap: Spartan browser; Apple Watch battery; goodbye RT

You might as well have called these past few days “Windows Week” because Microsoft was in the spotlight for much of it.

The company publicly unveiled Windows 10 for phones, tablets, laptops and desktops on Wednesday. With Windows 10, [company]Microsoft[/company] gets even closer to a single operating system for multiple device types, which will bring consistency to the Windows experience and more universal app opportunities for developers.

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Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 device owners; I’m not sure that’s great for Microsoft’s hardware partners because people could get more usage out of older devices, provided Windows 10 is lean and efficient.

Desktops will be the first to get Project Spartan — or whatever its final name will be — a new modern browser from Microsoft. Eventually, mobile devices will get it as well, complete with its Cortana integration, advanced offline reading functions, and support for collaborative ink and comment markup.

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Microsoft hasn’t said if Windows RT devices will get Project Spartan, nor did it clarify what other features from Windows 10 will find their way to Windows RT. The company did say that RT won’t get a full upgrade to Windows 10 but will get some of the features in a future software upgrade. That’s disappointing for those who bought RT devices as their upgrade path is now limited.

Although Microsoft dominated many of the headlines this week, [company]Apple[/company] products always seem ready to steal the spotlight. In this case, it’s the unreleased Apple Watch.

Long known for his solid scoops, 9to5 Mac’s Mark Gurman provided reports from sources on the Apple Watch internals; specifically, the processor’s capabilities and the expected battery life of the watch.

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Gurman says the S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is comparable to the A5 found in the iPod touch. That’s enough to power advanced apps and maintain a 60 frame per second refresh rate on the watch display. Many people seem disappointed in Gurman’s data on expected run time for the Apple Watch, however. Apple is aiming for 19 hours of mixed use time with between 2.5 and 3.5 hours of heavy to average app use.

It seems a bit early to be upset with a product that doesn’t yet exist for sale; besides we only have a limited idea of what the Apple Watch will actually do save for telling time, run apps (most of which haven’t been written yet), and share notifications from a connected iPhone. Granted, if the Apple Watch battery dies for the average user by lunch, that’s a problem. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to happen.