Ios News & Analysis
| Sunday Dec 1, 2013
US retailers had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend as consumers turned their attention from family dinners to good deals, driving mobile sales to record highs. According to just released statistics from Adobe, "consumers took full advantage of their mobile devices to shop on Thanksgiving Day and 'omnishop' while in stores on Black Friday," triggering back-to-back billion dollar shopping days.
| Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
BlackBerry has introduced an updated version of its messaging app that makes the service a social network — but Android and iOS users will have to wait for the new features.
Owners of BlackBerry 10 and Blackberry 7 devices can use BlackBerry Messenger Service (BBM) to join in social media chat across channels and interact with people, brands, celebrities and communities. In the near future, the feature will also be extended to Android and iPhone users.
With massive user growth of BBM, is this a threat to the likes of Facebook or will others just mimic it as we move to a more mobile social landscape?
| Tuesday Nov 26, 2013
You couldn't have made it through the past month without hearing one prediction after another about the importance of mobile commerce this holiday season. And guess what? Everyone who emphasized that optimizing for mobile was an essential retail strategy was apparently right, according to early insight from IBM.
| Friday Nov 22, 2013
Today's Microsoft Xbox launch comes with a required two-gigabyte update to access the most basic of the console's features. Owners are effectively left with an expensive lump of plastic and silicon without it.
Similar mandatory or essential updates were needed for Sony's PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Wii U. Even Apple's latest iPhone 5S had a day-one bug fix update for iOS 7.
How long before day one updates become a horrific feature of all technology launches, with vendors shipping effectively useless products? And what happens when that update fails?
| Thursday Nov 14, 2013
Apple is pretty coy about its technical failings, leaving highly ambiguous terms in the update documentation. While it is not the only company that does this, you have to wonder why. Wouldn't it be helpful if companies just told users why they needed an update?
That issue aside, if you've been having issues with iOS 7, this new update could solve them. While the software engineers are squashing those bugs, the hardware design teams are preparing for next year's models.
| Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
Two heavyweights — International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner — just released quarterly statistics on smartphone shipments and market share.
The consensus: Android is running away with market share, now accounting for four out of five mobile phones sold worldwide. But Apple continues to rake in most of the money and Nokia is moving up in the rankings. What could change in 2014?
| Wednesday Nov 6, 2013
While Samsung and Sony make no noticeable impact on a nascent market with their smartwatch offerings, crowdsourced favorite Pebble continues to make headway. Boasting a new SDK and improved support for iOS 7, a major new update improves its utility as a filter for notifications arriving on your phone and adds features on the software side, including coming FourSquare support.
| Wednesday Oct 30, 2013
Google+ has a reputation for being a bit barren for many users. But it just made several upgrades that could improve the user experience. Now there’s the ability to schedule a Hangout On Air and backup photos via auto syncing for iOS.
While we don’t see Google+ becoming the most popular place to share photos, that hasn’t stopped the company from taking dead aim at the Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has long been the go-to place for so called frictionless sharing of photos with friends and family, but Google+ updates like backup syncing of photos on iOS devices could prove to be a streamlined way to manage an incoming photo stream.
| Wednesday Oct 30, 2013
In just one week, 20 million new users signed up to use BlackBerry's BBM service through a free app available on the iPhone and Android stores.
But even that good news has a caveat for the struggling Canadian handset maker, which is pivoting to software and services and still looking for a buyer. The app rates only 2.5 stars on iOS and garnered a reportedly suspicious four stars on the Android store.
| Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
Nokia's play to stay in the smartphone game is paying off as buyers flock to its wide range of Windows Phone 8 devices packing great camera technology.
With its upcoming acquisition by Microsoft, the $7.2 billion deal looks to be a good value with sales increasing by a million per quarter and some hot new models on the way.
| Tuesday Oct 22, 2013
Get ready to sit back and relax as Apple makes a video stream available for the world to watch it show off its latest tablets.
You'll need a Mac, iOS device or Apple TV to join in the fun as the company unveils its winter line-up of Macs and who knows what else.
| Friday Oct 11, 2013
While smartphones and tablets have exploded, the smart TV concept has struggled. Sure, people are buying sets, but those extra features and apps have been overlooked thanks to niche stores, complex menus and other customer experience issues. With an upcoming war against Apple and Microsoft, Google is changing its own game.
| Friday Oct 4, 2013
Over the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts.
| Monday Sep 16, 2013
Online file storage company Box announced it has fully integrated its Folders and CrocoDoc acquisitions from earlier in 2013, and has now updated its iOS app and added metadata access to stored files.
| Thursday Sep 5, 2013
Mobile phones of all kinds are rebounding, with strong growth in 2013 and with smartphone shipments exceeding one billion units for the first time in a single year. Windows Phone is solidifying its third-place position among mobile operating systems, even as non-Microsoft handset makers will likely become less interested. Those are key takeaways in the new mobile phone market forecast from industry research firm IDC.