Canoodle for iPhone Brings Dating to Your Fingertips

Canoodle app iconLet’s face it. As modern day society becomes more complex — especially with the emergence of computers, smartphones, tablets and other portable devices — meeting that special someone in your life is becoming increasingly challenging.

Canoodle for iPhone looks to solve that problem, with its free app for iOS and Android. Whether you are looking for a casual conversation or a relationship, this app will help fulfill your dating needs. Learn all about it ahead.  (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Nearly 900 Million Android Devices Susceptible to Major Security Threat

Android Malware

While there are a number of advantages to Android being an open platform, it is also the number-one targeted mobile operating system by hackers. In fact, according to a recent report conducted by security firm McAfee, Android was susceptible to over 14,000 threats in the first quarter alone.

Look no further than the Bluebox Security research team, which has discovered a massive Android security flaw that could affect any Android smartphone released in the past four years — which is said to be up to 900 million devices — running software as old as Android 1.6 Donut.  (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Android and Samsung Dominate European Market, iOS Remains Distant Second

iphone-5-vs-galaxy-s4

While the iPhone continues to be the top-selling smartphone in the United States, the situation is quite different across the pond. The latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveal that Android accounted for 70.4 percent market share in Europe during a three month period ending May 2013. The report is based on five major European markets: Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Samsung smartphones, which represent nearly half of all Android-based handset sales in Europe, greatly contributed to the overall success of Android throughout the region. iOS held a meager 17.8 percent market share, comparatively, for a distant second place finish among mobile operating systems. Windows Phone ranked third with 6.8 percent market share.  (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Android Users: What Do You Think of iOS 7?

iOS 7 Android

The latest iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system is on the horizon, and there are undoubtedly some new features that take cues from Android. With that in mind, however, how do you, as an Android user, feel about iOS 7 in general?

Some argue that Apple is simply ripping many of these simple concepts from Google and plastering them onto iOS. Is this the case? Apple always likes to argue that they take a concept and “do it right.” Is this the case with the Cupertino company’s latest offering?

Of the features coming with iOS 7 is Control Center, a panel for toggling and accessing many common system settings and functions. Any Android user knows that this has been possible for many years, and jailbreak developers have done countless tweaks for iOS. Is Apple’s Control Center an improvement on a broken interface?

Overall, iOS 7 seems to be received widely positive with the exception of its outward appearance. If you use Android, is iOS 7 enough to make you consider moving back? If so, what is it about iOS 7 that makes you feel that it has made a drastic improvement over iOS 6? Sound off in the comments.

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Quick Thoughts on Minuum: A Clever, But Flawed, Keyboard for Android

minuum keyboard

Minuum is a keyboard for Android with a rather unique take on the market. Instead of providing what is essentially a tiny, software version of the QWERTY keyboard, the Minuum keyboard shrinks everything down and relies upon intelligent software prediction to accomplish the task of inputting text.

The project was crowdfunded on Indiegogo, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to donate — after all, the concept is interesting and text input on mobile devices has not evolved much in the past few years. I received an invite to the beta earlier this week, and I immediately installed the keyboard on my Nexus 4. After a few days of use, here’s what I think: (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

HTC Hires Robert Downey Jr. for $12 Million, Plans Massive Ad Blitz

Robert downey jr htc

HTC has a problem. Their flagship product, the HTC One, is an excellent device. So good, in fact, that many recommend it over the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5. However, HTC has so far proven incapable of marketing the device in a manner that competes favorably with either Samsung or Apple.

That may be about to change. Rumor has it that HTC has hired Robert Downey Jr., star of Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, to help turn its marketing image around. Bloomberg reports that HTC will be paying $12 million dollars to the iconic movie star to help market its products, and that Downey will also have a creative role in the writing and creation process for the campaign. The deal is said to span two years.

[Bloomberg]

Post a response / What do you think?
 

New Chart Shows That Android Fragmentation Far Exceeds iOS

iOS version share June 3 2013Apple recently posted a chart to its Optimizing Apps for iOS 6 checklist page for developers, revealing that 93 percent of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are running iOS 6 or later. An additional 6 percent of devices are running iOS 5, with the final 1 percent of devices running older iOS versions.

The chart is a subtle blow to Google, which has a pie chart of its own for tracking the usage of Android operating system versions. Fragmentation continues to remain an issue on Android, with the latest versions of Jelly Bean sitting at just 33 percent adoption. Gingerbread, released in December 2010, remains the most popular version of Android with 36.5 percent distribution.  (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?
 

The Difference Between iOS and Android

The Difference Between iOS and Android

Android iOS LogosAndre Behrens at Medium:

The war between iOS and Android is a contest between two viewpoints — and between two economic systems. Android operates as something like a market, while Apple runs as a planned economy.

Consider keyboards. iOS ships with a keyboard. You can have any keyboard you want, as long as it’s that one. The advantage is that you can pick up any iPhone and know exactly how the keyboard works. You also can rest assured that no one has a better or worse keyboard than you.

The disadvantage is that the keyboard gets better at a pace Apple decides upon, and contains only the ideas Apple generates. Given my experience owning iOS and Android devices over the years, I have to question the value of Apple’s monopoly power over their system’s keyboard. Swiping has been a wonderful addition to mobile text entry, but Apple didn’t think it up, and if you own an iPhone, you can’t use it.

Google takes a different approach. Android comes with a default keyboard. It has steadily improved over the years, but in the old days, it was mediocre. This wasn’t a problem for the motivated user, because Android allows most of its components to be replaced. Download a new keyboard, turn it on, select it, and you’re on your way. It isn’t just easy, it’s possible.

Behrens is not advocating that either iOS or Android is better than the other, but does make a good point about how the ecosystems differ between the two platforms. iPhone users are forced to accept the changes that Apple makes — until a jailbreak comes out — while Android users have more flexibility and less consistency.

Post a response / What do you think?
 

HTC One Confirmed to Receive Android 4.2.2

HTC One Stock Android

Taiwanese handset maker HTC on Monday confirmed that it will be seeding Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean to its flagship HTC One smartphone, although it did not provide a specific timeframe for the update. The HTC One, which currently runs Android 4.1 with HTC Sense on top, was released in late April alongside the Samsung Galaxy S4.

For those that would prefer not to wait, Google will be releasing an HTC One running stock Android on June 26th. The smartphone will initially launch in the United States, running on AT&T and T-Mobile, with the 32 GB model retailing for $599 through the Google Play online store. The handset will run Android 4.2.2 out of the box.

According to R.W. Baird’s William Power, speaking with Barron’s, the HTC One has positioned itself as the third-best selling smartphone in the United States on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, behind the iPhone and Galaxy S4. The device features a 4.7-inch display, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM and 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera.

Sources: Engadget, Barron’s

Post a response / What do you think?
 

Nintendo Thinking Long Term By Avoiding iOS and Android

Nintendo 2 Nintendo 3

Nintendo is a signature video game maker — and also the world’s largest, in terms of revenues — that is behind the insanely popular Super Mario, Zelda and Pokemon franchises. Yet, the emergence of casual smartphone gaming has had a profoundly negative impact on the Kyoto-based game corporation as of late. Nintendo has posted its first two annual operating losses ever, both occurring in the past two years.

While one would presume that Nintendo could simply port its games to iOS, Android and other mobile platforms, in order to solidify its dominant position within the industry, company president Satoru Iwata believes that is a shortsighted vision. Instead, Iwata is focused on the long-term success of Nintendo as a corporation whose existence dates back to the late nineteenth century.  (more…)

Post a response / What do you think?