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Monday, September 27, 2010

Google to Remain iPhone Default Search Provider

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:30 PM

"Google recently extended its contract with Apple, making the dominant search provider the default option on devices running iOS, including the iPhone."

image credit: Wired

In the spirit of coopetition, Google has extended its contract with Apple to remain the default search provider on the iPhone (and iOS devices). Interesting to read Eric Schmidt's comments about how Apple and Google are, and will remain, close. Microsoft's Bing, rumored at one point to be in line to replace Google now has to settle for being an option on iOS 4 devices. Anyone have any strong feelings one way or another in the Google vs Bing battle?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Race Between Apple, Google and Microsoft

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:30 AM

"Apple has taken an early lead in the race for seamless access to content, but Google and Microsoft remain close contenders, according to a new analysis. Maynard Um with UBS Investment Research issued the report as a note to investors Wednesday. After analyzing each of the key players in the race for the "Global Digital Living Room," Um views Apple as a front runner because of its "head start in media-generated content" and strong ecosystems such as the App Store."

I don't think I will ever be totally in one camp on this issue, because I like to have options in case one part of my system breaks. I have to have a backup plan! I use my current Apple TV to stream my music to the living room and for watching my videos, or to rent from the iTunes store, but I use my Xbox 360 to watch stuff from Netflix, for example. I'm not sure how Google is going to fit into this mix, and my current setup could change with the coming Airplay and new Apple TV. Until I actually get some hands-on experience, it is hard to say at this point. I definitely see Apple in the lead because of the success of their devices. How about you, do you ever see one company winning the home media war or do you see it as an ongoing battle?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Editable Google Docs for iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:42 AM

"Google Docs for Android and the iPad is coming "soon," says Google. Getting on the iPad is a pretty obvious move for Google Docs. (Today, you can see Google Docs on the iPad, but you can't edit them.)"

Nice addition, but no word yet on when it will actually be turned on, and the author feels this will make some competition for Apple's iWork for iPad. What do you think? If you use iWork now, are you going to switch over to Google Docs or are you already using Google Docs and are just happy about the news?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Unofficial Google Voice App Approved

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:35 PM

"An unofficial yet fully functional Google Voice app called "GV Connect" has just hit the App Store. This isn't Sean Kovac's GV Mobile + but it allows for GV calling, texting, voicemails, and more."

The app is called GV Connect and is available in iTunes for $2.99 USD [affiliate link]. From the brief description in iTunes, it appears this might be a handy app if you use Google Voice. I have a Google Voice account but haven't really used it all that much, how about you? Anyone out there using Google Voice on a regular basis and find this interesting?

Tags: software, , google, app, voice

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Android Gaining Ground on iPhone, or is it?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:12 PM

"New data shows Apple, RIM, and Microsoft continue to lose ground to Google in the U.S. smartphone market. Marketing intelligence company comScore published its quarterly Mobile Subscriber Market Share findings, which tracked total smartphone subscribers for the three months ending in July. According to the report, 53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the quarter, up 11 percent from the previous quarter."

This of course, is the quarter leading up to the announcement of the iPhone 4 so it's no wonder that they status were down for the iPhone system. You could also make the argument that there are many versions of phones that use the Android or Google platform, versus just the iPhone 3GS and 3G for this quarter, so why shouldn't they gain ground? I'm really curious now how the next quarter stats are going to end up, how about you? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Please Welcome Android Thoughts to the Thoughts Media Network

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 02:30 PM

I'm thrilled to announce the newest member of the Thoughts Media family: Android Thoughts. As you can guess, this site will be covering Android in all it's forms - phones, slates, etc. The site is being led by none other than our very own Jon Westfall; he'll be handling all editorial duties on the site, similar to how Apple Thoughts works. Android has exploded in popularity over the past 12 months, surpassing even the mighty iPhone in terms of daily activations according to some. It made sense to cover Android as part of what we do here at Thoughts Media, but I wanted to find someone who was passionate and interested in all things Android...and that person is Jon Westfall. Please go read his welcome message on the site to find out how Android Thoughts was born - and subscribe to the RSS feed and Twitter stream. And, above all, if you're interested in Android as a platform, contribute, share, comment, and become a part of that new community.

Here Are The Numbers

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 09:00 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"As usual, Steve Jobs began his Apple music event keynote today by giving a breakdown of iOS devices sold to date - 120,000,000. It took them from June 2007 to June 2010 to reach 100,000,000 and only 3 months to add another 20,000,000 on top of that. Jobs also said they're activating new devices at a rate of 230,000 a day."

A not too subtle jab at Google when Steve said "if we counted upgrades in our numbers they'd be way higher than 230,000." Google of course had a response to this which was "The Android activation numbers do not include upgrades and are, in fact, only a portion of the Android devices in the market since we only include devices that have Google services." I guess Google and Jobs are interpreting data differently?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Google Voice Embedded in Gmail

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "The Competition" @ 06:30 AM

"As rumored last night, Google Voice is now embedded within Gmail, allowing users to make and receive calls to their Google voice numbers, from right within their browser. That's pretty impressive."

I tested this on Wednesday afternoon, and it worked great. I thought it was going to depend on either flash or HTML5, but in fact, it uses its own plugin, and it should run in any browser. I tested it in Google Chrome, Safari and Camino, and it worked fine in all three. You can go to to download the plugin. If you want to receive calls in Gmail, you'll have to set it up as a destination in Google Voice.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Google Finance Portal Updated for Mobile Use

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:34 PM

"Good news for all of you fans of Google's Finance portal as it just has been updated to be more friendly to mobile browsers. Just like it did with YouTube in July, the company has found a way to bring amazing content to the iPhone/iPod touch without going through Apple's app approval process."

Google does a good job of making their mobile sites appear like an app, so it's easy to hit the "+" sign at the bottom of the screen and add their pages to your iPhone screen. You can even track your portfolio if you have it entered through Google.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Google Goggles Coming to iPhone

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

"Good news for iPhone users who had lusted over the Android-only app Goggles from Google. It's set to hit the App Store sometime in the next three months."

This is one of the two things I miss about my Nexus One (the other is speech-to-text everywhere in the OS). Google Goggles is a great app that lets you take pictures of things like book covers, DVDs, logos, etc, and it will do searches based on that picture. You can find things like pricing information, or a cast list for a DVD, or anything else Google has indexed. It also has rudimentary OCR and access to Google Translate, so you can take a picture of a sign in a foreign language, and it'll do its best to give you a translation. The Android version also works with barcodes, and there's no reason to believe the iPhone version won't as well. Google Goggles is rumored to be coming out later this year.

Tags: software, google

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gmail Updated, Will You Give Them Another Shot?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:06 PM

"Google will roll out on Tuesday enhancements to Gmail's contacts manager, which the company acknowledges has been traditionally the webmail service's weakest link."

This update won't be noticeable on the Google Apps suite until later, but if you use an individual Gmail account you will see the changes. Google says they took into account the feedback and complaints they received about previous problems with the contact manager and want users to "give us another try." You can read more about the changes on their blog. What problems, if any, did you have if you used Gmail? Are you willing to give it another try? I use MobileMe to sync my contacts but I do like the Google Cal sync better so that is what I use for calendars. I'm on the fence on this one, how about you?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ICE Made Easy

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 11:00 PM

"Everybody's got a go-to in case of emergency (ICE) contact, but emergencies have a nasty habit of not caring whether your ICE contact is available to pick up the phone. Reader snappingleather's clever solution: Expand your ICE reach with Google Voice."

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Now that pretty much anyone can get a Google Voice number, this is a pretty nifty trick from LifeHacker if you incorporate ICE numbers (in case of emergency) in your contacts. Basically it involves setting up a Google Voice number so that it rings several of your ICE contacts so you only have to list the one number.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Search for Apps Via Google, USA Only Though

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"Google announced a new feature this week that lists apps in mobile search results. When searching for an app by name from your iPhone (it works with Android too, naturally), the top result is a link to the app's home in the App Store. In addition to the link, you get information like rating, publisher and price.


Nice addition to searches I suppose, but if I was on my iPhone anyway, I think I'd just go the App Store and search from there.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Google Dumping Windows?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 07:00 AM

"It may not be a love-fest between Google and Apple these days, but internally at least, the search giant is showing Cupertino some love by phasing out Windows-based systems and replacing them with Macs."

This was based on a Financial Times story, that gained info from a Google memo outlining the reason for the change was for security reasons. As a side note, they also mentioned that Google is working towards running everything on their own software and that it might be the first step in going full scale into their Chrome OS.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Google Chrome for OS X now a "Stable Release"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:01 PM

"Company announced Tuesday that its Chrome browser for the OS X is now available as a stable release."

Let the downloads begin!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Google to Make the Jump Into Ebooks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"Add Google to the list of companies planning an ebook service. The Internet giant's Google Editions service could be up and running as early as June, the Mountain View, Calif. company told publishers Tuesday. Google would compete with Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the growing audience of electronic readers."

The big difference here, between Google, iBook, Amazon and Barnes & Noble is that the "Google Editions" is going to be available from any browser, and not just on a particular device like the iPad or Kindle. Another twist to all this is that Google Editions will be sold through other websites so you aren't tied to a particular site such as or the iBook store. I prefer to have my books on a reader so I don't have to depend on an Internet connection to read them so I will have no interest in this, what are your thoughts?

Google Chrome is on the Move

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"As Microsoft's Internet Explorer falls to just under 60 percent of the browser market, Google's Chrome has jumped ahead of Apple's Safari, indicates a new survey released Tuesday. Although Mozilla's Firefox took the largest percentage of the market lost by Microsoft, Google's Chrome took 6.7 percent, versus 2.5 percent for Apple's Safari."

In two years, dropping 20% is not a good sign. Now Chrome has pushed aside Safari and heading upwards towards Internet Explorer. They have a long way to go to catch up to the roughly 60% market share that IE has but they have fired a warning shot over the bow it appears based on the new data. Personally, I pretty much stick with Safari, mainly because of the MobileMe syncing of bookmarks over several machines.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

No Google in iPhone OS 4.0?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"You know how your iPhone says "Google" on the button you use to search? Not for long."

Apparently iLounge noticed this while they were going through the changes for iPhone OS 4.0. So does this mean Apple is going with their own search or adding some other company? And if you are interested in walk throughs of the new system, besides the iLounge version linked above, 9to5Mac also has posted a version.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

iPad Pre-Order Total Tops 150,000

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

"Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board, which requires a subscription to view its content, on Monday noted that iPad pre-orders dropped from an estimated 25,000 per hour on Friday, the first day of availability, to around 1,000 per hour over the weekend. For the three-day period, the cumulative total was estimated at 152,000."

Quite the demand, in fact the pre-order number total for the iPad is more than the number of Google Nexus One phones that have sold in the last 74 days. If you want to get your pre-order listed in the tally, email with the number of ipads ordered, order time, time zone, memory capacity and the order number (make sure the last 3 digits of the order number is deleted). Wonder how this will compare to the 3G version, any thoughts? 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Google Buzz Now Has an App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"The first Google Buzz client is now in the app store, The Next Web's Tim Difford reports. Buzzie, from developer Alberto Hierro, gives you full access to your Buzz account, and also lets users who don't have accounts (or don't want to sign in) see what people are buzzing up in their area."

Called Buzzie, it's available now in the iTunes Store for $2.99 USD. I haven't gotten enough use out of Google Buzz to make having an application worthwhile. Have any of you, or do any of you use Buzz frequently? If so, how do you like it?

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