Posts Tagged ‘apple’

Android smartphones outselling iPhones

March 9, 2011

Android salesTesco have reported that Android smartphones are now outselling iPhones.

Graham Harris, CEO of Tesco Telecoms and Tesco Mobile said:

“As one of the UK’s leading operators, these sales are a useful barometer for smartphone trends. There is a lot of choice in the market and as a result consumers are driving healthy competition between rival operating systems.”

With more and more cheaper handsets appearing on the shelves the Android user-base is increasing more and more.

The Inquirer stated that Android sales grew by nearly 900 per cent from 2009 and that 67.2 million Android-based units were sold in 2010.

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‘Amazon Appstore’ coming to Android

January 9, 2011

amazonappstoreAmazon have plans to release their own ‘Appstore’ for the Android mobile operating system.

The Apps on Amazon’s store will go through a testing and approval process before being allowed on the store. This is similar to the way Microsoft handle their Indie Games, Arcade games on the Xbox 360 – and yes, how Apple go about their App Store.

Amazon hope to takle the problems Google have experienced with their Market application and its quality control – Sexy Girls Wallpapers anyone?!

Here is what the Amazon Appstore team had to say:

At Amazon, we start with the customer and work backwards, and we’re always looking for ways to improve the customer experience.  The sheer number of apps available today makes it hard for customers to find high-quality, relevant products – and developers similarly struggle to get their apps noticed.  Amazon’s innovative marketing and merchandising features are designed to help customers find and discover relevant products from our vast selection, and we’re excited to apply those capabilities to the apps market segment.

This can only be good news for us Android users as it promises high quality apps and therefore, in theory, high quality developers to develop for the OS. We can expect to see the Appstore hit our phones late this year.  Head over to the Amazon Appstore Dev page for more info

Adobe tells developers to develop for Android

April 21, 2010
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Battle of the big-A's

The whole Apple-Adobe war that’s been raging on has now come to a close. Adobe have told their Flash developers to concentrate their efforts on Android and leave Apple’s iPhone in the bin. Here is a quote from an unknown source:

We suggest you concentrate your efforts on the Android platform and leave Apple’s iPhone in the bin

OK so I just made that up but you get the idea.

This can only mean good things for Android. Flash, although Apple don’t want to admit it, plays a bit part on many websites (especially game websites) so the fact.

Apple have always been a bit funny about Flash on all of their devices.

Here is an actual quote form Principal Project Manager at Flash, Mike Chambers:

“We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5. However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature,” Mike says. In the post, he also criticizes Apple’s treatment of developers. “If you want to develop for the iPhone you have to be prepared for Apple to reject or restrict your development at anytime, and for seemingly any reason.”

Why I [Clare Hopping] hate the iPhone

March 28, 2010

Clare Hopping has been venting her spleen on KnowYourMobile.com about the reasons she hates the iPhone. I know it’s not exaclty Desire-related but it did make me chuckle. All the things she wants in a mobile are quite clearly available on the HTC Desire so maybe she should make the switch..?

Here’s an extract of one of the quite simple tasks a phone should be able to do:

Make phone calls work
It’s not just the fact that my iPhone never has coverage, despite both my iPhone and BlackBerry Bold 9700 being on O2, it’s also that making and taking calls isn’t as easy as just pressing a button to perform the desired function.

You make a call, talk to a friend and then hang up. With the iPhone, you make a call, talk to your friend, have to remove the phone from your face and wait a second before the proximity sensor realises you no longer have the phone stuck to your face so you can hangup.

If you’re too fast to press the end button, it switches to speaker phone.

Another irritation is when you receive a text message while on a call, you’ll have to read it or at least select it before you can terminate the call.

Click here to read the rest of the article

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ThickButtons app for Android – the future of touchscreen typing?

March 22, 2010

I’ve had experience of typing on an iPhone with the standard portrait keyboard. It worked reasonably well but there were times you looked back at what you’d typed and it had numerous errors.

Just released on the Android Market is “ThickButtons”. This app promises to improve your touchscreen typing experience but using a predictive-predictive keyboard.

Not only does the app predict what you’re typing, giving you a selection of what word you might be thinking of, but it’ll also enlarge the keys of the next letters of the word you’re about the type. Pretty clever stuff really.

Check out the video for this free Market app below:

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You’ve gotta fight, for your right, to pinch-to-zoom!

March 18, 2010

As the Beastie Boys once said “You’ve gotta fight, for your right, to party!“.

And as HTC have definitely not said “You’ve gotta fight,For your right, to pinch-to-zoom!” but it is exactly what they’re doing.

The Taiwanese manufacturer that has had a lawsuit flung at it has declared it will not back down to Apple’s bullying.

Here is a quote from HTC CEO Peter Chou:

““HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible,”

For more info, read the article that T3.com have published.

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HTC Desire vs Apple iPhone 3GS vs Nokia N900

March 16, 2010

This surely has to be the battle of the titans in the phone world? FoneHome.co.uk have posted an article where one of their staff has compared all three phones.

Most articles I’ve seen like this are normally biased towards a particular manufacturer or phone but I’d say that this is quite a fair comparison.

Read on for a few snippets:

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New Android SDK allows iPhone-quality 3D games

March 11, 2010

Fonehome.co.uk have posted an article about the newly released SDK (Software Developers Kit0 that Android have released to developers. The new kit allows more flexibility and access to OpenGL ES 2.0

Rayman 2

Games like Rayman 2 will now be possible on Android

So why is this good news? Read on…

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HTC: We have our own patents

March 5, 2010

Although not disclosing too much information, HTC don’t seem to be too worried about Apple’s ‘let’s sue because we’re scared’ tactics.

In an article on the Mobile Blog, HTC have said they will protect its’ innovations and creations and that they have their own patents. Google are also said to stand strongly behind HTC on the issue – and why wouldn’t they seeing as they develop the Android system themselves.

Read the full article here

Apple trying to sue HTC for patent infringement

March 2, 2010

Wow, Apple are trying to sue a member of the competition – now that’s something new…not!

Some of the patents Apple are trying to sue for are pretty ridiculous:

Patent No. 7,469,381: “List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display”

Hmm, can you really patent scrolling lists on a phone? Phandroid.com have all the details here:

http://phandroid.com/2010/03/02/dirty-details-apple-lawsuit-attacks-android/

If you can’t beat them, sue them!


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