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Samsung, Google stand united against Apple in patent fight

by: Chris SmithJuly 2, 2012

The more we talk about flagship mobile devices, whether smartphone or tablets, the more we inadvertently end up analyzing the legal battles they generate between some of the most important players in the mobile business. And obviously, the most important patent-based legal conflict is currently being fought between Apple and Android, although other companies are also targeting Google’s open source mobile operating system in similar battles.

So far, Google had to, or felt the need to remain a somewhat quiet, but very interested observant of the various fights Apple has been engaged in. Interestingly, whether it’s Apple vs Samsung, Apple vs [...]

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Amazing Alex coming in July to Android, first non Angry Birds game from Rovio

by: Chris SmithJuly 1, 2012

Rovio may have cashed in on its very addictive Angry Birds franchise, but the company is determined to impress its customers with other games as well. One such game is Amazing Alex, also a physics puzzler, which will be available on Android and iOS devices starting with July.

Alex is a kid that likes to “turn everything into adventure,” and adventure you shall experience on your Android device. The game will pack “100 challenging levels” and users will be able to create their own levels and share them with friends, thus challenging everyone else to solve even more mysteries.

Unfortunately we don’t have a firm release date for the [...]

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Chrome arrives (crippled) on iOS. Even so, it becomes the #1 free app in the App Store within a day

by: LucianJune 30, 2012

The stable version of Chrome has finally arrived on the Play Store a couple of days ago, but Google has also made Chrome available for the iOS platform the next day.

Within a day, Chrome for iOS managed to become the most installed application in Apple’s store. This probably surprised some, but considering that Chrome is now the most popular browser in the world (not counting IE7, IE8 and IE9 in aggregate), and has  310 million users, it’s guaranteed to have a lot of Apple users who also love using Chrome, so they wanted to try it out as soon as possible.

Unfortunately for iOS users interested in Chrome, they get to experience once again how [...]

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Google: fragmentation is “up to manufacturers”

by: LucianJune 29, 2012

Google’s head of engineering for Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer has said that, although more and more devices will be upgraded to Android 4+ in the near future, in the end, it depends on the manufacturers which devices they upgrade, and which they don’t. Lockheimer said that Google will never operate like Apple, where they only have a handful of devices, which are not that different from each other year after year, are made only by Apple, and therefore it’s much easier to keep them upgraded for years.

“Our pie chart [showing which user is on which software version] is always going to look a little different to [Apple’s] because the nature of our [...]

 
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[Poll] Windows Phone 8 features – are you impressed?

by: Chris SmithJune 21, 2012

After unveiling Microsoft Surface a few days ago, the company’s first Windows-based tablet, Microsoft on Thursday introduced Windows Phone 8 during the Windows Phone 8 Summit event. Alongside the recently announced iOS 6, WP8 will the main adversary of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. That’s why we’re going to take a look at the main 8 features of WP8, as presented by Microsoft’s engineers and see what this next-gen mobile platform will have to offer.

After that, we invite you to answer our newest poll – are you impressed with Windows Phone 8?

Before we delve into the main Windows Phone 8 [...]

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Flurry’s Android vs iOS app revenue report called into question

by: LucianJune 20, 2012

I have nothing against stats that put Android in a bad light. If anything, I’m usually glad they appear, because they highlight some problems that I had raised long before, hopefully prompting Google to do something and improve Android in that specific respect.

What I really can’t stand, though, is when statistical data presented as accurate is downright misleading. Like my all-time-favorites, the Net Marketshare guys, who keep publishing misleading data, over and over again, even though it’s a clearly inaccurate description of the mobile market share that they present as accurate.

But I think that soon I’ll have some new favorites, the [...]

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Samsung unveils wireless audio dock for Galaxy S handsets and iPhones

by: Chris SmithJune 16, 2012

Samsung unveiled yesterday a new Audio with Dock accessory that can be used with its own Galaxy Android smartphones but also with iOS devices. In fact, the DA-E750 is a “premium wireless Audio with Dock” product and the “world’s first dual-docking system” that supports both Android and iOS devices.

What’s more interesting about the duly named DA-E750 is the fact that it also supports wireless connectivity. Therefore your smartphone doesn’t have to be physically docked in the DA-E750 for you to enjoy your favorite tracks stored on in. The DA-E750 comes with support for AllShare for certain Samsung Galaxy devices and AirPlay for Apple devices. [...]

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[Poll] iOS 6 features – are you impressed?

by: Chris SmithJune 13, 2012

Apple hosted its 23rd annual WWDC event a couple of days ago, and, during the main keynote, it unveiled its 2012 line of Macs, the new OS X Mountain Lion desktop operating system, and most importantly, the company’s next major mobile operating system update, iOS 6.

We’re going to quickly show you the main iOS 6 features today, as they were announced on stage in San Francisco, after which we invite you to answer our poll – are you impressed with iOS 6?

Siri Upgrade

The virtual assistant introduced in iOS 5 and available exclusively on the iPhone 4S until now will come to the new iPad starting with [...]

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Facebook App Center launched – new app store for Android and iOS apps

by: Chris SmithJune 9, 2012

We have enough app stores ready to deliver all the digital content we’d be interested in enjoying on our mobile devices, so we don’t really need another one, do we? That’s rather a rhetorical question, especially since Facebook has finally launched its own app store, conveniently called App Center.

However, the store, available at www.facebook.com/appcenter, is not a store in the true sense of the word. Instead, it’s more like a list of “high-quality” apps available on Android and iOS, which Facebook wants you to discover. In case you suspect these apps require some sort of deep, or not-so-deep, Facebook integration, then you’d be right. [...]

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Android will reach its peak this year, research claims

by: Chris SmithJune 7, 2012

The guys over at the International Data Corporation (IDC) issued a new press release yesterday to announce that Android is expected to “reach its peak this year as mobile phone shipments slow.” Sure, analysts have access to lots of data which they can track and aggregate to conduct such studies, but the truth is that they have no way of actually knowing what will happen four years from now.

According to IDC, Android will reach 61% market share in 2012, and drop to 52.9% in 2016. But will that really be a drop? When you look solely at percentages that’s what IDC’s study seems to indicate, but the total number of [...]

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