From online shopping to serious gaming, there are plenty of high-production, useful apps that we all know about already. Also some that you really might not have thought of, but that are unexpectedly handy. If you’re already familiar with PackPoint, for example, you’ll wonder how you ever knew what to pack for a trip without it. [Read more…]
Orders for the iPhone 5 reached the 2-million mark within 24 hours. Since the iPhone 5 was open to order last Friday at 8am in Britain it appeared that the stock sold out within only hour making it the fastest selling iPhone so far. The iPhone 4S took 22 hours to sell out.
It was confirmed by Apple that demand had exceeded supply and while most orders will be delivered by this coming Friday, the rest will be delivered in October. Apple’s marketing chief, Phil Schiller, said: “iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal”.
Meanwhile, queues are starting to form outside Apple Stores in anticipation of the iPhone 5 release on Friday.
The iPhone 5 is the first large-scale revision of the iPhone since its first model was released in 2007. With an elongated screen there is more room for extra icons and better film viewing capability. It is also thinner and lighter and has updated software.
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2011 went out with an app download ‘bang!’ with a huge spike in apps downloads and device activations in its last week. This was probably due to festive season gifts and amounted to 1,2 billion iOS and Android apps. The previous weekly record was 857 million downloads.
This record also marked an increase of 60% in apps that were downloaded compared to earlier in December. The US led the pack with 509 million downloads.
Surprisingly, countries that aren’t officially religious didn’t fare too badly with China being the second highest downloading region with 99 million downloads. China does, however, celebrate Christmas as a global holiday that accompanies Chinese New Year, both of which encourage the giving of gifts.
With much of the world’s population still not on the smartphone market the potential for the billion download mark to be reached in non-holiday weeks in 2012 is high.
Google Inc is trying to lead the pack of audio-entertainment distribution with the launch of its new online store. With over 13 million songs, Google Music will be integrated with Android Market, its online store for smartphone apps and videos. This should help Google Inc catch up with rivals like Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
Users will be able to access music from a number of internet-connected devices and share these tracks with their friends. [Read more…]
Google has just announced that the newest Android operating system for smartphones is set to have a few features that were previously only available to Android tablets.
The new system has been nicknamed “Ice Cream Sandwich” and should make its debut towards the end of 2011. The aim behind this system is to have one that runs everywhere.
Smartphones that are powered by Ice-Cream-Sandwich systems will have enhancements that were previously introduced in Android Honeycomb, Google’s operating system for tablets.
The features will include:
- Holographic user interfaces
- Even better multitasking abilities
- The ability to connect the smartphone with a USB device like a mouse or Xbox controller
This release has been highly anticipated by the Android developer community. The Android Honeycomb made its debut on Motorola’s Xoom tablet in February and showed off a number of enhancements that were new to the Android platform. Developers have been waiting for Google to release the source code so that these features can be used in smartphones but Google refused to do so.
Google issued a statement saying:
“While we’re excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones. Until then, we’ve decided not to release Honeycomb to open source.”
Eric Smidt, Google’s chairman, also justified their reasons for holding out at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. He said they were combining the features from Gingerbread, the newest software release for Android smartphones, and Android first.
Ken Dulaney, a Gartner Research analyst also spoke of Google to Wired.com, saying:
“Google is making sure that the OEMs [original equipment manufacturers], who are all desperate to differentiate their products, won’t take the Honeycomb source code and slap it on a bunch of bad products…The bottom line is, this is the right way to do it.”
Android made its debut in 2008 and has been extremely popular ever since with over 4.5 billion apps from the Android Market installed.
Google will be releasing their new Honeycomb software, version 3.1, soon and the owners of Verizon’s Motorola Xoom tablet will be the first to get it.