Android Users: Will You Switch to iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C?

Android KitKat LogoApple announced both the flagship iPhone 5S and mid-range iPhone 5C just moments ago, effectively refreshing its smartphone lineup for the next year or so. Both smartphones will launch next Friday, September 20th, with iPhone 5C pre-orders beginning September 13th. iPhone 5S pre-orders were oddly left unannounced.

These product launches come just one week after the latest Android KitKat version was announced. So, as a question to our growing Android community, is the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C running iOS 7 enough to make you switch away from Android? If not, is it because you are waiting for KitKat or because of another reason?

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iOS Usage Inching Closer to Android in United States

Android iOS LogosThe latest numbers by comScore reveal that iOS continues to make steady gains on Android based on market share in the United States. According to the study, conducted during a three month period ending July, iOS had a market share of 40.4-percent among American smartphone subscribers aged 13 or over. That number reflects a 1.2-percent gain in market share for iOS, which sat at 39.2-percent in April.

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The leading mobile operating system in the United States continues to be Android, which had its 52-percent market share in April slip to 51.8-percent in July. Apple was able to close the gap on Android thanks in part to continued declines from both BlackBerry (5.1% to 4.3%) and Symbian (0.5% to 0.3%), and flat growth of the Windows Phone platform. With a new iPhone incoming, could iOS eclipse Android?

[comScore via 9to5Mac]

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Is the iPhone 5C a Secret Weapon to Destroy Android?

Is the iPhone 5C a Secret Weapon to Destroy Android?

iPhone 5C ColorsiFans forum member kofmasters seems to think that Apple’s release of the iPhone 5C could be a secret weapon that destroys Android. He of course is referring to how Steve Jobs promised to “go thermonuclear war” and do anything to defeat Android, which he considered a stolen product.

While it is obviously a stretch to say that the iPhone 5C could be catastrophic to the success of Android, it will be very interesting to see how the mid-range handset performs in emerging markets like China and India. With a cheaper off-contract price, and wide availability of colors, it could very well be a success. If anything, it will help Apple eat into the market share in regions that Android partners, namely Samsung, have long dominated. Do you agree or disagree?

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Sony Announces Attachable Lenses for iPhone, Android Devices

Sony Announces Attachable Lenses

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Sony today officially announced the QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras. These devices are compatible with both Android and iPhone devices.

While many criticized the early leaks as being a goofy idea, I disagree. Frankly, I want one. If these devices work as I imagine them to, they may be the type of camera that I have been looking for for years. They are both small enough to be carried around, and they interface directly with a smartphone or tablet, which will always be a more powerful platform for photo management and manipulation than the camera itself. The prices are also decent: $250 for the cheaper option, and $500 for the more expensive sensor.

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Will You Be Updating to Android 4.4 KitKat?

Android KitKat LogoGoogle teamed up with Nestlé and teased the latest Android version — KitKat — by unveiling a chocolate-themed Android statue that has been setup at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View. Google promises to offer an amazing experience with this software, although it remains unknown which new features will be included.

With KitKat expected to drop in the near future, will you be updating your Android device to the latest version? If you have a Nexus device, the answer might be an obvious yes. But for those that are affected by Android fragmentation, and don’t receive timely updates, will you be flashing a custom ROM upon release?

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Oops: It Looks Like Google Just Leaked the Nexus 5

Oops: It Looks Like Google Just Leaked the Nexus 5

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Google can’t keep its upcoming smartphones under wraps as of late. A few months ago, Google chairman Eric Schmidt was caught using a Moto X — merely a rumor at the time – during a tech conference in Idaho. Now, in a new video ad promoting the latest Android 4.4 KitKat version, one frame — at about 38 seconds in — shows a man capturing a photo with an unfamiliar looking Nexus smartphone.

The mysterious handset appears to be noticeably larger than the Nexus 4, which means that this could be a first look at the next-generation Nexus 5 with a 5.2-inch screen. The device also has a larger camera lens, which lines up with Google executive Vic Gundotra’s promise to make Nexus devices with insanely great cameras. The handset is expected to launch in the fourth quarter.

 

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Report: Nexus 5 is Incoming

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Google ignited a frenzy when it slashed the off-contract price of its Nexus 4 smartphone to just $199, the same amount it costs for most leading smartphones on a new two-year service agreement. The 8 GB Nexus 4 is currently sold out on the Play Store, as a result, with only the 16 GB model remaining for $249.

Interestingly, it appears that the price drop could have been done intentionally as a clearance sale ahead of the next-generation Nexus 5. Google confirmed to The Verge that it has no plans to restock the cheaper model, and Droid Life claims that the next Nexus phone will arrive towards late October.  (more…)

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Nexus 4 Sold Out on Google Play

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Google has already sold out of 8 GB Nexus 4 models, just days after their $100 price drop. The 8 GB model, which went for only $199 under this new price, is now listed as being “Out of inventory.” Google is telling potential customers to check back soon, implying that there will be more stock soon. We have seen issues with products selling out on the Play Store before, so this isn’t exactly surprising. (more…)

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How to Root and Unlock the Bootloader of Nexus Devices

How to Root and Unlock the Bootloader of Nexus Devices

Nexus4iFans forum member iPwn has posted a tutorial on how to root and unlock the bootloader of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 and 10 tablets.

Included in the guide are both definitions for beginners and detailed step-by-step instructions. There is a do-it-yourself method, although using a toolkit is the recommended choice.

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DraStic DS Emulator: Game and Device Compatibility

DraStic DS Emulator: Game and Device Compatibility
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Yesterday, iFans forum member TylerDrgnHeart posted a review of a new Nintendo DS emulator for Android called DraStic DS. He has since followed up with a compatibility guide that lists both games and devices supported by the emulator.

Among the games listed includes Animal Crossing, New Super Mario Bros, Pokemon Black, Pokemon Pearl and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011, playable on Android devices such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and HTC One XL.

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