Till now iOS 7 has come up with two versions dubbed as beta 2 and 3. The iOS7 beta 3 went live on 8th July 2013. It’s a revised edition, polished with new look and old metaphors. Though the customization is still strict in its own way. It provides a new way to shuffle through the icons and even drag some information at a glance.
In the beta 3, Airdrop and Airplay has been improved to enhance the experience while sharing something with different iOS devices. Icloud and Siri have come-up with a collection of new voices, with a slight change in the clock icon. The icons are apparently much more transparent than those in the previous versions. Even the calender also has slight changes for the planned event dates. Now they show a small dot over the respective dates.
Even the Apple Maps has been slightly improved. Now it is available in a full screen mode, by tapping over the screen anywhere may open various options of zooming it or toggling modes. In graphical changes, a compass has been added to the chrome and now one can even share the location and directions through Airdrop, to nearby users.
In all it’s a refurbished upgrade to the previous ones with enhanced UI.
Today, Android has taken-over the major part of mobile market. Looking back in the history behind its formation shows that Android Inc was not really founded by Google itself. Initially, the incorporation was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003, by Andy Rubin and his partners and was later taken-over by Google Inc.
Android, Google’s Mobile OS has gone through a long way since its first commercial release in September 2008. The very first device to introduce Android was the HTC Dream incorporating Android’s 1.0 version. Later on, it was followed up by Android’s 1.1 version which was exclusively released for T-Mobile G1 only.
In its early days, it seemed to be nothing more than a buzzword, but after a few handset releases ,it grabbed attentions of most of the users. Now the story has so many versions from Android 1.0 to Android’s 4.3 Jelly Bean. And no doubt Android has been improved with it’s every single release.
For now, Android powers more than 70% smartphones and about 42% smart devices (smartphones + tablets) all over the world. Its app store, officially known as Google Play, has been confirmed to host more than 700,000 apps.
These data prove that Android is far ahead in the race of wealth and reputation when it is compared with others like iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
When it comes to gaming, it has a direct connection with creativity. Mobile gaming has just boomed with the popularity of Android mobile OS. Google’s application framework allows mobile developers to use a code again and again, and make its substitute as well. Compared to iOS, Android OS is the best place for gamers and so for developers as well.
Google’s Android mobile OS dominates the global market with 50% share. The openness of Android is a plus to it’s developers, as Google is quite more lenient with their store. This clemency in policy opens doors for more choices. A major part of top gaming corporations have already launched their games on this platform. Disney and Ubisoft are two of them.
Coming towards developers view, Google’s SDK provides lots of tools to developers that enhances the efficiency of testing part. Android is just a new platform right now but yet it’s improving and getting better with each release. For instance, it’s for the first time ever in mobile device’s history that Adobe’s Flash Player is supported by the last Android release.
So the tech-war is getting hot, and Android has quietly moved on the top by now. Let’s see where the war ends….
Android is a Linux-based operating system. Unveiled in 2007, till now, it has been upgraded with so many versions up to 4.2 Jelly Bean. The latest flavor of Jelly Bean i.e. Android 4.2x was officially released on LG’s Nexus 4 and Samsung’s Nexus 4 devices on 13th November 2012.
It was later on upgraded to Android 4.2.2 on 11th February 2013. Almost all the bugs were fixed in this version of the OS. The bugs fixed inlcude performance enhancements, modification in download notifications, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming bug of previous versions have also been removed.
The USB debugging whitelist feature added to the OS has made it much safer than the earlier. It prevents ADB-Savvy thieves from stealing your confidential data over the stolen device.
Rumors are that Google will uncover it’s next release of mobile OS, Android 5.0, named “Key Lime Pie” by the end of October 2013. Let’s see what would it come-up with.
Since it has been officially transited to mobiles, Facebook has made a series of slip-ups. The previous one designed in HTML5, was a slower one which created clunky messes on times. Facebook’s core app named as “Facebook Home” kept hibernating itself. After waiting for so long, Facebook is finally planning to implement a small but essential change in this direction, which would improve the experience for a sizable number of users.
The legacy menu has been apparently removed in the latest update, as of 15th July 2013. Though the traditional devices with dedicated menu buttons will carry on with the legacy menu instead of the sidebar.
Lots of issues with the previous version have been resolved in this update. The new update provides an option of saving photos visible on Facebook wall to local memory of the device. The On-Screen menu bar has been removed from the bottom of the app for people having phones without a hardware button to support the functionality.
All the bugs have been fixed as for now. The previous version had an issue of displaying blank spaces at the place of images in the news feed section. User’s having a problem with loading of images in the previous version would get a sigh of relief as this issue is also been resolved in the latest update.
Google’s latest statistics state that Jelly Bean has now turned into the most dominant Android version. In it’s Monday’s release of bi-weekly usage figures, based on the total number of visit of Google Play Store, Google stated that 37.9% of total Android users were either of 4.1x and 4.2x versions, which were comparatively more than those of 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 versions.
Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread was released in the fall of 2010. Since then it dominated the Android platform till the early times of June 2013. Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean version was released on 9th July 2012, and was later on succeeded by it’s 4.2 version in November 2012. Being an year older software of Google, Jelly Bean has now overtaken Gingerbread.
Gingerbread, being the dominant version for so long, had created a substantial degree of fragmentation in the operating system. It complicated the ways for Android developers to make their projects compatible with several versions of the platform. But the new stability and dominance accounted by Jelly Bean has been hailed as an important step in fixing the problem.
Samsung, the Korean electronic device manufacturer is nowadays capturing the attention of everyone for its smartphones. Its Galaxy smartphone series has received considerable reputation all over the world. With Galaxy’s success, Samsung also became world’s top mobile seller last year. But story is little different in its homeland. In a recently conducted survey, 44168 people admitted that iPhone has better quality than Samsung’s Galaxy mobile phones.
In this survey, only 17 percent Korean respondents have some kind of issue with their Apple smartphone while 31 percent agreed that they are experiencing problems in their Android powered Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Most of the Korean Galaxy users reported that they have been experiencing significant charging problems and screen quality issues.
Apple is one of the leading foreign smartphone manufacturers in Korea. However along with Apple, other manufacturers such as Motorola, HTC, Nokia and BlackBerry have been facing a difficult time to penetrate in market. They still have sub-one-percent market share in the country.
In 2010, Apple had a market share of 20 percent in Korea but this dropped to single digit in 2013. In the mean time, Samsung has captured 65 percent domestic market share while LG, Pantech and two other Korean manufacturers have succeeded to slice a corner of 15 percent market share.
Yahoo is engaged in buying too many startups these days. Its new acquisition in this series is Qwiki, which is developed by a New York-based video app maker. The deal is reportedly worth up to $50m.
Qwiki is an iPhone app that users can use to automatically turn their videos and photos into brief movies with music. The video created using the app can also be shared on Facebook, Twitter and other networks. It is much like the competing application Magisto.
For last few months, Yahoo has been purchasing any of startups left and right. The most prominent of these acquisitions was Tumblr for worth $1.1. It will be kept independent from Yahoo, according to the SEO Marissa Mayer. Yahoo also announced yesterday to acquire the sport startup Bignoggins.
But the company has also shut down most of the services/products it acquired. It also acquired Stamped, OnTheAir, Snip.it, Alike, Summly and Jybe, and tossed them aside. Will Yahoo do this again to Qwiki? Probably not because a blog post of the company says “We will continue to support the Qwiki app, and the team will join Yahoo in our New York City office to reimagine Yahoo’s storytelling experience”.
Google appears to be quite dedicated to its Google Glass software. It is steadily receiving updates to allow the device wearers do more. The new updates will let users of this head mounted augmented reality device browse internet and control it through voice commands.
There are numerous speculations about the privacy of this device, but it is fun to imagine what it will likely be in a few years, and the recent update is another step of Google to make this device worthy of its idea.
With browsing support, Glass owners will be able to perform search operation for something, tap on any item and choose it. If you are on a web page, the search operation can be performed in following ways.
Scroll – To scroll a page, users will need to slide their finger forward on the touchpad.
Zoom – To zoom-in-zoom-out a page, users will need to slide two fingers backward or forwards
Look Around – With two fingers down on the touchpad, move your head around to pan.
Click – As you look around, you can tap to select anything in the center of the screen.
Venturebeat.com reports that more than 70 percent of mobile application developers are dissatisfied with currently available choices for app marketing & advertising. They refer the findings of a survey of Papaya Mobile to show that majority of developers do not have a clear idea whether or not mobile marketing channels help them. They in fact do not trust these ad network providers.
The Beijing based Papaya mobile conducted a survey on 1000 developers of all sizes to have an idea about the state of mobile app monetization and promotion. The most important factor that keeps bothering half of the developers was that they showed no trust on their ad partners. They suspect that ad networks do not deliver affective results at a reasonable price. The network offers many options that confuse developers about which approach is the best.
More than 48 percent of mobile application developers agreed that the cost of user acquisition was too expensive. Small development firms, which are working with 15 or less number of employees, expressed the most dissatisfaction. About 33 percent large developers, which have 50 or more employees, also expressed similar dissatisfaction.