Behind the sales numbers of Badlands

Behind the sales numbers of Badlands

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Badlands is one of my personal favorite games on my iPad, and on mobile devices in general. The game features simple controls, and beautiful art. Gamasutra went behind the scenes, and spoke to its developers about how it has sold on the various platforms. (more…)

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Woz: Apple should make an Android phone

Woz: Apple should make an Android phone

PICEDITOR-SMH“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said Wozniak–who, it should be noted, is no longer involved in the day-to-day workings of the company. “We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.”

Fascinating interview with WIRED. I don’t know about any of you, but having stock Android on one of Apple’s upcoming bigger-screen iPhones would be a dream come true. Is Woz crazy?

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JellyLockClock Brings an Android Lockscreen Clock to iOS for Free

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With design minimalism gaining ground every day (this weekend’s Ludum Dare competition has even named “minimalism” as its theme), those of us with an iOS device might want to modify its interface a little to follow suit with this movement. It just so happens that Android 4.2 Jellybean has a minimilistic clock, and it just so happens that a tweak developer has ported it to iOS. It’s appropriately named JellyLockClock. (more…)

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Regarding Apple, VP of Swype Says ‘We’ve Chatted With Them’

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Nuance is a company known for its voice recognition software–notably Dragon– as well as Android’s Swype keyboard. Interestingly, the Vice President of the Swype division at Nuance has said in a Reddit AMA that they have had talks with Apple. Could this mean the potential inclusion of Swype-like software in a future version of iOS? (more…)

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Google Docs for Android Updated with Offline Support

Google has updated Docs for Android with an improved tablet UI and the ability to access documents offline. Documents that are selected for offline access will also auto-update to the latest version while on WiFi, so you don’t have to worry about working with an old version. Additionally, tablet users will now be able to view high-resolution versions of their documents and navigate using swiping gestures.

The app is still lacking a few major features, like the ability to edit documents natively, but nevertheless, we’re glad that Google hasn’t completely abandoned it. As Ice Cream Sandwich becomes more prevalent on devices, we should start seeing more major overhauls of Google’s native Android apps.

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Analyst Projects Apple Stock to Plummet Due to Android

According to analyst Ed Zabitsky for Toronto-based ECI Research, Apple’s stocks will inevitably fall to around the $270 mark despite reaching all-time highs over the past few weeks. The success of Apple’s shares is being fueled by the company’s record-breaking financial results in the past quarter, the launch of iBooks textbooks at an educational event in New York City, and even the launch of the iPhone 4S dating back to early October. So, why does this one analyst believe that Apple’s stocks are going to plummet? The answer: Android… (more…)

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54% of Verizon Smartphones Sold in Last Quarter were iPhones

Verizon Wireless has just released its Q4 earnings for 2011 and has made it known that the iPhone outsold all Android devices combined. According to the recent press release by Verizon, 4.2 million iPhones were sold in the fourth quarter of 2011. In all, Verizon sold a total of 7.7 million smartphones in this quarter, leaving Android smartphones with only 3.5 million of the share — which is only a mere 46 percent of the total smartphone sales, leaving Apple’s iPhone with 54 percent of the market share in this quarter. Even the mighty 4G LTE devices from Verizon did not outsell the 3G iPhone 4S. (more…)

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Android Review: PowerSkin for HTC Evo 4G

This review is part of our expanding Android coverage. Did you know that iFans has dedicated sections for Android discussions? Check it out!

PowerSkin is a new company that has not had its turn in the spotlight compared to larger companies such as Otterbox. They offer sleek, smooth, and durable cases with unique features, the most notable being a case with an integrated battery built into it. The PowerSkin for the HTC Evo 4G has a unique design, lots of features, provides good protection, and is well worth the money spent. Now, let’s get a little more in-depth.

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Most Wanted iOS 5 Features?

We may still have at least one iDevice in need of a hardware refresh before we see the software side of things jump a number, but the question is still valid: What do you wish to see in iOS 5?

The question is a bit more difficult than in years past. After all, there really no glaring omissions in iOS, what with multitasking being available to all iDevices now. Personally, my biggest complaint about the OS as it currently is is with the notifications. I hate them. So, my seething rage for Apple’s poor excuse of a notification system aside, what else is missing? I’ve compared my iPod touch 4 to my Droid Incredible (which runs Android; an OS that is often compared to iOS) and have come back with a pretty simple answer: not much. The two operating systems are very much in feature parity now, which is more and more obvious as relatively silly and meaningless specs now differentiate the top-tier of smartphones.

However, there is one interesting request brought up by TiPb: Files.app. Yes, they want a built-in file browser, similar to iFile (available in the jailbreak scene). If you’re wondering, yes, this is something that I would love to see. I think a perfect usage case exists right on the iPad for this type of app, and right in our forums: Say you’ve encountered a strange new pop-up notifications (which, with any luck, will be eradicated from iOS 5 entirely). So, you do the logical thing: you try to upload it to our forums. But, uh-oh! there is no file manager, and you can’t upload the file because you can’t browse and select the file.

Your alternative? Upload the screenshot to a Twitter image service (TwitPic, for example), grab the link, and add it into a post. Poster child of simplicity? I think not.

So humans. What else do you see yourself wanting on your iDevice in the next year or so? Widgets at long last? Or something nobody saw coming? Sound off in the comments!

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Enterprises Can Launch Own App Stores with EASE

Earlier this month, Apperian, Inc. announced their cloud-based app deployment and management service. Their Enterprise App Service Environment (EASE) allows companies that have developed their own in-house apps to build, secure and manage their apps from one comprehensive platform.

This allows companies to roll out apps, updates, training videos, schedules, directories etc., all from one location.  Reporting tools can detect how often an app is downloaded and used, as well as notifying employees of updates, or preventing the use of old versions of apps.  Apps can also be disabled from use by terminated employees.

Basically, any company (since the company size restriction was recently lifted) can have their own App Store.  The apps don’t appear in iTunes, but apps from both Apple’s app store and the private app store can exist on the same device.

For users, they are offered the benefits of installing apps with a single click, finding apps easily and quickly, having instant access to company manuals, white papers, and videos, connecting remotely in-app to IT support and receiving automated updates and push notifications.

EASE accounts are free, with a fee charged per mobile device.  EASE works with the iPhone and iPad and an Android-based version will be available in the first quarter of 2011.

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