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Monday, May 16, 2011

Seagate Debuts GoFlex Wi-Fi 500GB Drive....To The Cloud!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:30 AM

"It must be scary, offering traditional storage in these cloud-based times. Seagate's obviously thought long and hard over this one, and whacked Wi-Fi into their new GoFlex 500GB drive, so you can store/draw from your data-bank, using your phone."

Billed as the "first battery powered hard drive to have Wi-Fi capabilities," the thought is that this will allow you to save some money on the purchase of your device since you won't need as much storage if you carry this drive around with you. I can see advantages (ie no cables to mess with) but I certainly don't see people purchasing this so they can save some room on their portable device, since they would now have to carry around two items instead of one. You can pre-order this $199.00 USD drive now through [affiliate link], with an expected ship date between three and five weeks. In conjunction with this drive, Seagate will also offer interfaces for portable devices but for now the only one that is available is the universal version for iOS devices called the GoFlex Media App [link]. An Android app will be available soon, but in the meantime you can access the drive via your web browser. What are your thoughts on this device? Is it something you would buy in order to save you some money on your portable device purchase? Or is this something you might use as part of your home setup?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I Take My Android Phone For Granted Compared to iOS!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"We love both Android and iOS, but the open nature of Android just means it can do things others just can't. Here are our favorite Android apps and features that you won't find on its Apple-clad brethren."

Lifehacker has an article up today highlighting 10 things that Android has over iOS, and as an Android enthusiast since early 2009, I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I forgot about most of these. Not forgot in the sense that I don't know they exist - forgot in the sense that I use them all and just assume they should be part of any premium Smartphone experience. While I might only use some of these (advanced automation features, removable storage) once in a blue moon, others (such as widget support, custom launchers and ROMs) are absolutely essential to me. Don't get me wrong, I own an iPhone - but only for the few apps that I don't have an Android equivalent (the iPhone has never been my daily driver). And these days, those apps are few and far between!

So Androiders - what do you find essential on this list? And iOS users - what do you wish your OS had (Or what does your OS have that I should be insanely jealous of?)!

Tags: features, android, ios

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

iPhone 3GS Outselling Android Phones at AT&T

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:08 AM

"'Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley says his retail checks show continued strong demand for the iPhone 3GS at AT&T and iPad 1 at Verizon, even as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 continue to fly off the shelves.,' John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD."

According to AT&T, the Android smarphones are gaining customers from Windows 7 but not from the iPhone. Of course when you are selling a phone, any phone, for $49.00 USD, you are bound to increase sales. It's basic economics. The price of the 3GS is half of the Inspire and about 25% of the price of the Atrix, so when cost is a factor (as it certainly is these days), consumers will look closer at it, and that is even before you consider the hype factor of the iPhone.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Developers Losing Interest In Developing for Android

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:30 PM

"Appcelerator and IDC surveyed 2,760 Appcelerator Titanium developers from April 11-13 on perceptions surrounding mobile OS priorities, feature priorities, and mobile development plans in 2011. The survey reveals that developer momentum is shifting back toward Apple as fragmentation and tepid interest in current Android tablets chip away at Google's recent momentum gains."

More interesting statistics, guaranteed to generate at least some some controversy. According to these sources, interest (for Android) is waning in developing cross-platform applications, at least in what may be considered more generic apps. Disappointing and fragmented Android sales have no doubt impacted development for smaller companies that don't have resources to commit to multiple platforms. iOS interest is still high, followed by Android, then, surprisingly, Windows Phone 7. As with all statistics, I'd expect these numbers to fluctuate, and maybe even match up to tablet sales. Competition for the number three position may be the most spirited, with MS, RIM, HP and others lagging far behind Apple and Android, but with possibly compelling products on the horizon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Android Widens Lead on iOS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:58 AM

"Google's Android smartphone OS now has a double-digit lead on Apple, according to a new survey released Tuesday morning. Android is used by 37 percent of smartphone users, compared to the iPhone, owned by 27 percent of smartphone users, found a March survey by measurement firm Nielsen."

From number 3 with 22.7% of the market in October of 2010, to leading the market in March of 2011 with 37%, Android OS now has a double digit lead on Apple iOS. Also, the number of people planning on purchasing Android over Apple is increasing, now at 31.1% from 25.5% in 2010. In the same survey, 30% of consumers surveyed said they would be buying an Apple iOS smartphone, which is a drop from 32.7% in 2010.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Jobs Weighs in on the Data Tracking Issue Via Email

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:59 AM

"In a typically terse email to a concerned iPhone customer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs thundered down some authoritative wisdom about the so-called iPhone LocationGate scandal: Apple isn't tracking anyone, and if you think that Android isn't tracking you, think again."

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We reported about this last week, and now Jobs has weighed in with this comment when asked if an iPhone owner should switch to Droid since, according to the iPhone owner, "they don't track me." Jobs reply? "Oh yes they do. We don't track anyone. The info circulating around is false." Jobs is right about Google since, according to Google, they do track the "anonymized" data and use it to "improve search and Web services." But according to this story, what Google is gathering might involve more precise and not so anonymized data.

I think by now we know that, even if it is imprecise tracking, iOS is still tracking you. And this appears to have garnered interest from other countries as South Korea and countries in Europe are also investigating and want answers from Apple and Jobs. If you want to find out what is in your file, head on over to this site and you can get a nifty map of all of the locations you have visited. Since someone would actually have to have possession of your iPhone to get this data, it might be a good idea to make sure it is encrypted as well, and in case you weren't aware, it is done by connecting your iPhone/iPad to your computer, opening iTunes, scrolling down to "options" and making sure that "encrypt iPhone backup" is checked, If it isn't, check it and set password, then make sure to sync it up. Pretty simple for some extra protection.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

HBO Go Coming Soon to Android, iPad and iPhone

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 02:30 PM

"HBO's streaming service is coming to a tablet and smartphone near you."

HBO will soon be streaming content to your Android or iOS device, if you are a Comcast or DirecTV customer, and subscribe to HBO. But wait, where's Time Warner in all this, since they own HBO? Not offered to subscribers yet. Starting date guesswork is currently early May 2011, providing competition to Netflix. Few details are available, for example, will this service be offered over 3G (or 4G), or, why are they so adamant about not partnering with Netflix?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Google Adds Undo Feature to iOS and Android Devices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:30 AM

"Google has recently added an "undo" bar to its web app for iOS and Android devices. You can navigate to the web app by heading over to in Safari on your iOS device."

I think we all could have used the "undo" feature at least a time or two in various situations, and now for Gmail at least you can use it to undo one of four actions: archive, delete, add or remove a label, or move a message/conversation. When any of these actions is done, via the web app, you get a small window of opportunity to "undo" it when the yellow bar displays as it is in the above image. After that time though, you are out of luck.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Who is Leading in Market Share? No Idea.

Posted by Michael Knutson in "The Competition" @ 10:00 AM

"Android is thought to be surging past the iPhone in marketshare, but entrepreneur and investor Chris Dixon posted an interesting take on his personal blog."

Statistics, produced by mostly unreported methodologies, state that Android is overtaking the iPhone in market share. Or maybe it isn't. Some sample and report via survey, some sample and report by ad tracking, some seem to simply pull a number out of the air. Until there is a truly accurate reporting (for example, the providers reporting exactly how many devices of each type are on their network), let's just assume that both camps are having quite a bit of success and move on.

Friday, April 8, 2011

So How Are You Using Your Tablet?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:30 AM

"Google has released results of a survey (PDF) on user behavior with regard to tablet computers, the vast majority of which are iPads. Responses indicate that tablet ownership significantly changes our media consumption habits and computer use."

Wednesday we posted a story about how the iPad might be killing consumer PC sales and asked the question of you, was this true for you? What do you use your iPad for and did it replace your PC? There were varying answers to our question, and now this study comes out that shows just how people are using their tablets. In this study (available here in PDF form) it says that for 43% of the responders, the tablet has replaced their PC. Also interesting to me is that playing games tops the list. I would have thought "consuming entertainment" or one of the reading categories would have displaced that, or that they would have at least been higher on the list. But that is my perspective I suppose, since that is what I use my iPad for most of the time. How about you? Does this go along with how you use your tablet or do the results surprise you?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It Really is Mostly About the Software

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:30 AM

"Dying to compete with iPad, rivals are drumming up speeds and feeds in the absence of quality software. Unfortunately for them, the game is software, not hardware. Blogger Justin Williams took time to sort through Android Market and count apps that are featured for Android slates."

Compare the 20 or so apps the author found that met his criteria (specifically written in Android 3.0 or written specifically for the tablet platform) to the over 65,000 that Apple has in their App Store and you can see the advantage does go to Apple. I've seen the Xoom and I do like it's form factor, but when it gets right down to it I have to agree: the apps are where it's at, especially when you consider games such as this one. So even though Dell and HP are throwing down the "Apple's not all that" comments, and Microsoft sounds like they are throwing in the towel when it comes to the tablet market, I still think Apple is in the driver's seat when it comes to the tablet market. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Just How Many Apps Are Involved in the Android Versus iOS Battle?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"The mobile OS gods have weighed in today with official app counts. In the lead by a considerable, albeit diminished margin, is OS with "over 350,000 apps" followed by Android with 150,000. With the tremendous number of tablets and smartphones announced during CES and MWC, how much longer until Android takes the crown?"

In case you were wondering, 350,000 versus 150,000 so far.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

In Other iOS News, iPad Loses Market Share

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"With competing products like the Samsung Galaxy Tab finally making their way onto store shelves, the iPad's no longer the only tablet in town... and consequently iOS is starting to lose some of its dominance."

I don't think anyone should be shocked at this, since it's common sense that with more options out there the market share for one particular product will take a hit, at least initially. If this continues then there may be cause for concern I would imagine. Quality over quantity has worked pretty well so far for Apple, let's see if that continues.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Are iPhone Users The Most Loyal?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple's iPhone users are the most loyal to their product, according to a new survey conducted by market research firm Zokem."

This study ranks customer loyalty, but doesn't describe their methodology or sample size. They do mention that Apple has the lowest "churn rate," or customers buying a competing product, with Google in second place. The study goes on to show that Google (do they really mean Android?) has the highest re-purchase rate, at 89 percent, followed by Apple, at 85 percent. A disclaimer at the end states that these numbers were tabulated before Verizon's announcement on the iPhone. The bottom line appears to be that iPhone users keep their iPhones, and Android users keep their Android devices. I'm a bit surprised that Blackberry users don't rank higher, as they seem to be a pretty loyal bunch. Or, is it that their companies mandate the mobile device that they carry?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Apple V. Android, Still Going Strong

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple's battle with Android continues with the latest Nielsen market share data revealing iOS remains the dominant smartphone OS, at least right now."

I can only imagine what this graph would look like if/when Apple brings the iPhone to Verizon, but if I had to guess I'd say that the spread between Apple and Android would widen considerably, and RIM wouldn't be so close to either of them. Regardless, the real news is the death of non-smartphones, as 45% of those picking up a new phone opted for a smartphone, and why wouldn't they with all the discounted choices out there. I think 2011 is going to be an interesting year in the smartphone marketplace, what are your thoughts?.

Friday, December 31, 2010

What The Geeky Got for Gifts

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 PM

"If you got an iPad as a gift during the holidays, you certainly weren't alone. In a recent poll of holiday gift recipients, iPads accounted for a full 22.7% of all gadget or hardware gifts, making iPads the single largest category in our gift poll, outstripping the nearest runner-up by nearly 14% of votes. That runner-up was Amazon's Kindle - not surprising considering that the Kindle is the best-selling product in Amazon's history."

It's a relatively small sampling size - less than 2400 votes, and only from people who read Mashable - but among the geek-set, there are a couple of stand-out points: the iPad was the #1 gift, more people got Macs (60%) than Windows machines (40%), Android phones let the way in the smartphone category with a hefty 50.3% figure (iPhones were 30%), but Windows Phone 7 devices at 10.3% just eeked out Blackberry devices (9.4%). Not bad for a brand new platform that most people still haven't heard about! Lastly, the Xbox/Kinect one-two punch clobbered the PS3 with a 54.3% figure versus only 11.9% for the PS3. The Kinect really is driving the Xbox 360 to new heights of popularity!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Android and Windows Phone 7 To Become Commodities?

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "The Competition" @ 07:30 AM

"The iPhone may end up as the 'last man standing' amongst smartphones in terms of holding onto profits and prices, argues Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf. Wolf notes that in the immediate future, competition amongst smartphone platforms -- namely Android and Windows Phone 7 -- may help phone makers like HTC and Motorola dictate prices. In the long term though, smartphones based on either platform may become commodities, no longer able to pull a special premium."

I can't imagine that this is a surprise to anyone. It directly reflects Apple's way of doing business. They are a boutique hardware manufacturer that controls the entire manufacturing process from the bottom up. Google and Microsoft, on the other hand, are software manufacturers. This is the same exact thing that happened with Windows (and will probably happen with Chrome OS). Honestly, though, I don't see this as a bad thing for anybody. It just means there will be competing products at a reduced cost, and that'll drive Apple to improve iOS.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Should Your Next Mobile OS Cost You Money?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 06:00 PM

"All too often, the question isn't whether a particular device is great, it's whether the manufacturer and carrier have committed to upgrading it -- quite often to a version of its operating system that hasn't officially been announced. It's a recipe for confusion and paralysis among consumers that really don't have a great reason to be putting off their purchases -- they just want a reasonable assurance that their new phones aren't going to be regarded as "obsolete" in six or nine months. And why shouldn't they?"

A really thought-provoking piece from Engadget's Chris Ziegler - he proposes that, since smartphone hardware has largely plateaued in terms of baseline features, it's time to for software to take on a larger role in the ecosystem. Part of that is for companies to charge for new versions of an operating system. Myself, I'd have no problem at all with this - assuming, and that's the key word here, that operating system updates were delivered in a reliable manner that would work a variety of hardware...and would be unencumbered by mobile operator bloatware. We pay for new operating systems on our desktops and laptops, so why not on our phones? Vote in the poll that Engadget has set up - and sound off here on why you would, or would not, be willing to pay for a new OS for your phone.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How Smartphone Users See Each Other

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 01:31 PM

Check out the rest of the comic here - funny stuff! No, there's no Windows Phone user yet, but that's not surprising right?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Maximum PC Camera Showdown Pits Phones Against Each Other!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 12:00 PM

"Let's face it: here at Maximum PC, we're all about competition. It's in our blood. From CPUs to video cards to motherboards to sandwich shops, we live to pit like products (or foodstuffs) against one another. In fact, we recently published an all out showdown between four warring phones and mobile platforms in our quarterly Maximum Tech issue which we're sure you read. That story (as many of our published stories sometimes do) encouraged us to dig a little deeper, and perform a little more testing. The cameras attached to these complex microcomputers are becoming increasingly powerful-many, in fact, are fully capable of taking very sharp and professional looking photos. But are these phones capable of holding their own against more sophisticated equipment? And which phone does it best?"

The above shot, despite being of cute little Android robots, was taken with an iPhone 4. The article it came from, over at Maximum PC pits many of the top phones against each other specifically in the area of camera quality. Thinking of buying a phone and the camera is a big factor? Then take a look and be informed!

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