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Gameloft working on first mobile game based on Unreal engine

by: Chris SmithAugust 3, 2012

Gameloft is one of the important players in the mobile gaming world, having numerous apps available for iOS and Android devices. The latest game coming out of Gameloft’s studios is The Dark Knight Rises, the companion app of the third movie in Christopher Nolan’s modern Batman saga.

But the company will not stop there, as it looks like it’s working on a game based on the Unreal engine. The actual title of this new product is not yet public, and we have no idea when it will arrive, as Gameloft has not made any public announcements at this time.

Instead, the company teased its first mobile game based on the Unreal engine on its Facebook [...]

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Samsung opening statement says Apple did not copy iPhone, iPad, but competed against them

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2012

Earlier today, the U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial was officially kicked off by Apple’s opening statement, in which the counsel of the iPhone maker started showing the nine jurors – one member of the jury was dismissed just before Apple’s opening statement – how Samsung copied the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad mobile products.

After one hour and a half, it was time for Samsung’s legal team to step up to the plate with its opening statement. From the get-go, Samsung clearly specified that it didn’t copy the iPhone or the iPad. Instead, the company is simply competing against Apple in a market where touchscreen-based devices are currently [...]

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Fake Infinity Blade 2 app briefly live on Google Play – do we need some (tiny) walls for our garden?

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 31, 2012

Another blemish on the reputation of the Google Play Store – a fake Infinity Blade 2 app went live on the Play store on July 28, and accrued more than 1000 downloads before being taken down.

The fake application, a 2.2 MB APK, prompted users to earn 50 points on Tapjoy (paid ad clicks) in order to unlock the full game download. Some users reported that the download never became available, while others said that the 1.03GB file was just “junk”.

The app was published by “2011 Chair Entertainment Group LLC” (the developer of the real iOS game is Chair Entertainment Group, LLC) and used the official branding and copy of the iOS game. It is unclear what the purpose [...]

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iPhone 5 event set for September 12, release date set for following weeks

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2012

The iPhone 5, which is what tech blogs and media still call the sixth-generation iOS smartphone, is expected to be unveiled at some point this fall, but the device may hit stores a lot sooner than mid-October, which is when the new iPhone was believed to arrive.

According to Reuters, Apple is going to hold a special September 12 event during which the company will introduce the new iPhone model. However, that September 12 date may “shift, the source said on condition of anonymity.”

In case Apple does indeed announce new products on September 12, then we’d expect them to see them in stores up to 10 days later so the new iPhone [...]

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Android drops to 56%, iOS rises to 33%, and Blackberry falls to 6.5% in Q2 2012 in U.S.

by: LucianJuly 30, 2012

According to Strategy Analytics‘ latest research, smartphone sales in the U.S. dropped by 5 million, down to 24 million in the 2nd quarter of the year.  The reasons for this sharp decline in smartphone sales include:

“A volatile economy, maturing penetration of smartphones among contract mobile subscribers, and major operators tightening their upgrade policies to enhance profits […].”

It also seems iOS surged to 33% from 23% a year ago, by stealing an extra 10% from the others – half from Android, which dropped from 61% to 56% and half from Blackberry (now less than 7%) and “others” (WP7, [...]

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3 out of 5 first-time smartphone owners in the US choose Android

by: Ankit BanerjeeJuly 27, 2012

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There are many reasons why Android is the most popular operating system around, ranging from its open source nature to its availability to all consumers, regardless of financial capability. Android has been dominating the smartphone market across the world. We know about how Android’s market share in Spain is a whopping 84%, and around 50% in the US. But that number is all set to grow, although slowly, if a new report by Comscore is any indication.

Comscore, an internet marketing research company, has just released a report, which states that 62% of first-time smartphone owners choose Android devices, with 25% picking iOS. Granted, this [...]

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AdFonic report shows Android topping iOS as the #1 mobile ad platform

by: Mike AndriciJuly 20, 2012

According to the Q2 report from publishing firm AdFonic, Android has surpassed iOS for the first time in the number of mobile ad impressions served globally.

Google’s Android operating system accounts for 46% of the ads served by Admedia during Q2 2012 (up from 38% in Q1), while iOS stands at 34 percent, down 11 points since Q1. Although Apple’s iOS served more mobile ads in South America than any other platform, Android beats iOS (by the number of ads served via the AdFonic network) everywhere else, and is the #1 platform on the three most important continents: Asia, Europe, and North America.

Adfonic reports that the total number of ad requests has increased [...]

 
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Apple scores major iOS graphical user interface patent, potential weapon against Android

by: Chris SmithJuly 18, 2012

Filed in early 2007, U.S. Patent No. 8,223,134 was granted to Apple yesterday, among other patents awarded to the company by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. And from the looks of it, the company may have received a very important weapon that it could soon use in its “thermonuclear war” against Google’s Android.

The patent describes a “portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents,” and we could see it included in a variety of patent-based legal clashes in which Apple is either suing or being sued by an Android device maker – and the company is [...]

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Developer Interview: Dace Howell of Avatron Software

by: Matthew SabatiniJuly 12, 2012

A lot of work goes into making an app. First, you have to come up with an idea. And not just any idea, your idea should be unique and fun if you want to make it big. Then, you have to put days, weeks, and months of work into development. Unless, of course, you were thinking about paying someone else to do it. In this case, your wallet would be feeling the pain instead of your brain. Finally, after you have chosen a price and done some competition research, you still have to pick an app market.

To give us some background and experience on the topic, we have invited Dave Howell, Founder and CEO of Avatron Software, to an [...]

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Galaxy S3, iPhone 4S, Lumia 900 – what annoys you the most in your smartphone?

by: Chris SmithJuly 9, 2012

No matter how cool your smartphone is, especially if it’s a top-of-the-line or flagship device from your favorite manufacturer, it’s bound to experience some issues that are generally observed during day-to-day usage. These issues may have been overlooked by the manufacturer during testing but they’ll certainly annoy various smartphone owners during regular usage.

In its smartphone report, FixYa has listed the most common issues that affect the smartphone experience for various devices including the Samsung Galaxy S3, the iPhone 4S, the Nokia Lumia 900, the HTC Titan II, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the BlackBerry Curve. What’s interesting [...]

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