Forums spotlight: ‘iPhone user switching to Android’

Forums spotlight: ‘iPhone user switching to Android’

iOS 7 AndroidLast week, iFans forum member touchu4g asked the community if it was worth upgrading his iPhone 4S to an iPhone 5S or switching to an Android device.

The thread has since collected several insightful comments valuable to anyone that is facing the same dilemma. Be sure to check it out and share your own tips.

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CyanogenMod 10.2 stable builds now available for Android 4.3 devices

cyanogenmod1KitKat has been receiving all of the attention lately in the Android community, but those who are still devoted to Jelly Bean will be happy to hear that stable builds of CyanogenMod 10.2 are now available. If you have a Nexus or Galaxy smartphone or tablet, or other recent Android hardware, chances are that there is a custom ROM that supports your device. Check the official CyanogenMods Downloads to find out.

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular custom firmwares for Android devices, with over 9.3 million installations to date. It extends the features of Android to include native theming support, app permission management, and more. The team behind CyanogenMod will now focus its efforts solely on development of CM 11 for Android KitKat, although bug fixes and security patches will still be released as necessary.

[CyanogenMod via Android Police]

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas arrives on iOS and Android in December

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas arrives on iOS and Android in December

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas iOS AndroidRockstar Games on Tuesday announced that a mobile port of its classic Graft Theft Auto: San Andreas game will be released for compatible iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon Kindle devices in December. Additional details will be provided in the weeks ahead.

Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet.

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BBM launch on iOS and Android is far too late

BlackBerry BBM for iPhone iOS AndroidBlackBerry is renowned for pioneering the smartphone, although the tides have quickly changed over the past five years. From 50 percent market share in 2009, to less than 3 percent today, BlackBerry has struggled immensely in an industry that is constantly changing. Apple, Samsung and Google have all entered the market and driven millions of users to products like the iPhone, iPad and Galaxy lineup of smartphones and tablets.

Despite its difficulties, the Waterloo-based company is still believed to have a valuable asset in BlackBerry Messenger. The messaging service makes its long-awaited — and delayed — debut on iOS and Android today, but perhaps far too late. Let’s face it. People have moved on. I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that Kik Messenger has a cool 50 million unique users, or that it’s located across the street from BlackBerry. WhatsApp only adds insult to injury, and don’t discount Viber.  (more…)

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iOS or Android: Which is the more exciting platform right now?

iOS or Android: Which is the more exciting platform right now?

Android iOS LogosI’m not looking for your opinion on which is the superior platform, but rather which is the more exciting one right now with iOS 7 debuting last month and Android KitKat on the horizon. Personally, I’m more excited to see what KitKat has in store, but maybe that’s because I’ve been using iOS 7 since its beta release in June. What about you?

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Lodsys can continue to harass developers as Judge rules against Apple

Lodsys, a patent troll famous for harassing both small developers and large corporations alike, is free to continue to settle all of its cases outside of court, as an East Texas judge ruled against Apple’s filing. Apple argued that, since the apps in question were in the App Store, they should be able to defend individual developers.

Ars Technica reports:

Now, after two years of litigation, it’s back to square one. The East Texas judge overseeing Lodsys’ systematic patent attack on app developers has refused to even consider Apple’s motion. Instead, he allowed the patent-holding company to settle all its cases—and then dismissed Apple’s motion as moot. By doing so, US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap—who has inherited the patent-happy East Texas court that once belonged to patent-troll favorite T. John Ward—has enabled Lodsys to threaten developers for months, and perhaps even years, to come.

Both Apple and Android developers are targeted in these lawsuits, which typically include a settlement that is far less expensive than actually fighting the legal battle. In this way, Lodsys essentially extorts money out of developers and corporations by using patents that the group purchased from their original inventors.

[Ars Technica]

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Square Off: iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy Note III

Square Off: iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy Note III

squareoff2copyiFans forum member Undivided:

I’m getting a new phone in a few days and debating between the three [iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note III]. I don’t want any “Its all up to user preference” comments. I know what my preferences are and each phone has some aspects I want and don’t want so I’ve been looking for second opinions. Thanks iFans.

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iPhone Touchscreen is 2.5 Times Faster Than Android Devices

iPhone Touchscreen is 2.5 Times Faster Than Android Devices

iPhone 5 twoDean Takahashi of VentureBeat writes:

In its first TouchMarks benchmark test, the iPhone 5 responded to touches at an average time of 55 milliseconds, compared to 85 milliseconds for the iPhone 4. The closest Android device was the Samsung Galaxy S4 at 114 milliseconds.

Even the three-year-old iPhone 4 beats out most flagship Android devices in terms of touch latency. So while Android smartphones might be equipped with larger and larger displays, they aren’t necessarily getting better.

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