iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Amazon Planning Phone to Compete with Apple’s iPhone in Smartphone Market Mon, 09 Jul 2012 17:09:00 +0000 Read More]]> Inc. (AMZN) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) have been competing in the ereader and tablet market for over a year now, since the iPad was introduced. On Friday, a report from Bloomberg mentioned that Amazon is now looking to introduce its own smartphone to take on the iPhone and some of the leading Android devices in the market.

A smartphone would give Amazon a wider range of low-priced hardware devices that bolster its strategy of making money from digital books, songs and movies. It would help Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos — who made a foray into tablets with the Kindle Fire — carve out a slice of the market for advanced wireless handsets.

Amazon has one of the most popular ereaders out on the market, the Kindle and is also leading the industry with some of its other products, including its cloud services and tablet computer, the Kindle Fire. The report mentions that Amazon is set to acquire a portfolio of patents that would allow the company to take steps in competing directly with some of the top competitors.

The rumored smartphone would likely borrow certain aspects of the Kindle Fire, including features such as purchasing books, magazines, and newspapers from Amazon’s store as well as using Amazon’s Cloud Drive as external storage. Amazon currently operates services that control a considerable portion of the digital content available online. By introducing a smartphone alongside its tablet and pairing with its online content, Amazon could very well present the iPhone with a serious competitor in the smartphone market.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 5 iOS Apps Please the Eye, Android Apps… Not So Much Tue, 01 May 2012 18:06:04 +0000 Read More]]>

I must admit, when a friend and I decided to take up app coding as a hobby to see if we could make a game, I thought mobile app coding was the same across the board. Guess what? It is not the same. Surprise I know, don’t get me wrong I didn’t think it was identical but I did think it would be more cross-platform than it is. Specifically, we’ll look at the differences of aesthetics between iOS and Android in this article.

In a nutshell, it’s easier to make good looking apps in iOS than in Android. Hipmunk UI/UX designer and iOS developer Danilo Campos explains: “The very simple short answer is it’s easier to make a good-looking, attractive iOS app compared to making an Android app.”

It’s no surprise that when you look at an Apple product vs. a Google product that the Apple product is going to most likely be more polished and sleek, also more expensive. This should give you a hint as to which one cares more about these qualities when it comes to software as well. Now that I sit down and think about it, it makes perfect sense, I just hadn’t thought about it.

Though many things that Apple product users such as myself see as issues with Android many Android users see as benefits. This might be true but some of these are the very reason for the apps not appearing as polished. One thing is for sure, it is is not for lack of talent in the Android development scene.

Let’s look at the reasoning before I am strung up by the Android users:

“Android devices come in different shapes and sizes, different screen resolutions, different device speeds – and that’s actually a huge hurdle,” Karma app co-founder Lee Linden told Wired.

Campos states, “It feels like you’ve got more documentation, both officially sanctioned and thirdparty, so that makes things smoother.” He adds, “One of the hangups [with Android] is so much of the stuff doesn’t feel fully documented.” “Ryan, our Android guy, has to go digging around in the source code to figure out some XML formatting piece that isn’t made clear. That’s been painful for him.”

Overall, Google is learning from their developers and fixing many of the issues. Adding developer support pages to Google+ and also adding a much more robust Android training regiment. With these improvements, some issues still persist. The fragmentation remains as a major issue as less than 3 percent of Android devices currently run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). I’ll continue to monitor the progress as my company utilizes Google Apps for Business and I am a fan of all things Google, except Android. Sorry Android fans, it just hasn’t lured me away from iOS… yet.

{via Gizmodo}

]]> 7 Google Music Logo Revealed. Where is this going? Fri, 04 Jun 2010 18:39:43 +0000 Read More]]> There often seems to be a bizarre synergy between some of the things that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) do these days. Sometimes those synergies can be positive and complimentary. Yesterday we reported that Google had now made its mobile search results link up with Apple’s iTunes App Store. A couple of days before that Steve Jobs had confirmed that Google would not be replaced as the main search engine in iPhone OS.

Sometimes those synergies are less positive, with respect to the two companies relationships. If you cast your mind back to Apple’s attempted purchase of AdMob, and Google’s tactical move to snap it up from under them you should see what I mean.

At Google’s own developer conference, called Google I/O, they recently announced a music service of sorts, which allowed users to stream their music content from their desktop computer to any Android device. This service seemed to include iTunes as a source for DRM free music.

This service basically allows you to share any copyright free music from any desktop client, on any personal computer, with any Android device. All you have to do is install a small piece of software to enable this.

Google’s purchase of Simplify Media is what has given them the technology to do this. Simplify Media has had this message on their website since March :

We are unable to share our future plans at this time but hope to be able to announce the re-launch of the technology soon. In the meantime, we will continue to operate the existing service for at least the next 3 months. Many thanks to those of you who have supported us and helped us improve Simplify over the last few years! We hope you will enjoy its future incarnations as well.

In some ways the state of Simplify Media is somewhat similar to that of LaLa. A streaming music service that Apple bought, and has now effectively shut down, just prior to their own developer conference WWDC. This has sparked any number of rumors and counter rumors from bloggers and tech sites about Apple’s plans for a music service in some way based in the cloud.

Today Google revealed the logo for their “music service”. It’s certainly a Google logo!

Google Music

I wonder how much that cost them? Or how long it took to design?

At the moment the Google Music service is set to take on iTunes in the US only. And basically it functions in a fairly similar fashion to that of iTunes. You can buy a piece of music in the Android Market, download it to your device, and then play it.

When coupled with Google streaming service you will then presumably be able to stream from your desktop machine also, over the internet to anywhere you have a connection on your Android phone, or tablet.

One has to wonder what Apple’s reply will be to this. For me it lends more credence to the rumors that Apple will perhaps be announcing something along these lines at WWDC next week. Or perhaps at a special event booked roughly a week after WWDC 2010.

What are you thoughts on Google Music, Apple’s iTunes, and the possibility of a streaming audio service from Apple?
Let us know in the comments.

Google Music at Google I/O :

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