It took Google 20 months to reach the 1 billion apps installed on Android, five months later they had reached the 2 billion mark and now it's sitting at a very impressive 3 billion apps installed. If Google continue going at this speed we should see 4 or 5 billion apps installed by next month!
During Google's first-quarter earnings call today, senior vice president for commerce had said that the platform has grown from 2 billion apps installed to 3 billions apps installed in just two months. Huber also mentioned that app installs are up by 50-percent quarter-over-quarter (from Q4 2010 to Q1 2011) and that Android-powered devices are seeing 350, 000 activations per day.
With most sites attacking competitors of Apple's App Store for ripping off the design or name, I don't see ways around it without users feeling giant differences between sites, alienating users because they're used to the look of one App Store versus another. Enter Microsoft and the upcoming most-likely-to-be-awesome OS, Windows 8.
An early build is hinting at a more unified OS which is hoping to strike the same chord with users that Apple is doing with OS X/iOS. The screenshot above shows what it would look like and while it looks virtually identical to the Chrome Store and App Store, it will be a great addition to Windows and I'm glad that Microsoft are getting the App Store in this early in the builds for Windows 8.
This is a good one. What appeared to be just another product listing on ThinkGeek turned out to be a bittersweet April Fool's prank. Bittersweet, because a lot of us would probably shell out the $180 for the entire Playmobil Apple Store set, including Line expansion.
ThinkGeek really went all out on this one, going so far to create miniature Wozniak on a Segway and miniature Steve Jobs giving the iPad 2 keynote. The sales floor is also suitably accessorized with miniature iPhones and iPads.
If you watched the promotional video first, you were alerted to the nature of the prank (if not from anything else, than the professional titles like "Squinty Bastard". Otherwise, you probably got very excited and pressed BUY NOW, only to be redirected to the "GOTCHA!" page where you promptly felt very sad and alone in the universe. Then again, my personal experience may not be the rule for everyone else.
You'll forget that you're actually playing with something, and not inside an actual Apple Store!
We finally figured out a way to create lifelong customers literally moments after they begin to walk.
Visit the site to check out their photo reel as well as the links to past 4/1 product pranks.
"What do you do when you have bugs in your code? Send in the Angry Nerds. Consider these issues…resolved."
Atalassian announced their new mobile game today, Angry Nerds, in which the player hurtles various incarnations of "devs" against towers of concrete binary numbers, destroying various infectious "bugs" in the code.
Check out the site, you can even test out the game there. This is almost good enough to not be an April Fools Prank. They even put up a fictitious collection of "endorsements":
Please, Atlassian, never stop ceasing or desisting.
Here's their "press release":
Okay, a bit of a curveball, but let's face it: gaming is hot. It was probably obvious we were into gaming when we invited Steve Wiebe, from the movie King of Kong, to our GDC booth for a record attempt. We're purists mostly - Pacman, Donkey Kong, WoW. But mobile gaming is blowing up right now, and when we see a market opportunity, we jump on it.
So we're pumped today to release our first game: Angry Nerds. The story line is one for the ages - a team of software developers, armed with wit and wile, fighting against an evil hoard of bugs. It's all drama and suspense. Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Rings, Zero Wing.
But don't focus on the story,
Amazon's Appstore was unveiled last week but no one seemed to notice the Test Drive feature that could now become the biggest part of the new Appstore. Test Drive allows US customers to try Android-based apps before you buy them on Amazon.com - pretty great, huh?
Test Drive actually features an entire virtual Android smartphone with working mouse controls, which is quite the feat and quite the service that Amazon.com are giving their customers. Test Drive allows you to try out games, delete said game, browse photos, listen to some music or even surf the web from the virtual Android device.
A father has decided to step up to the mantle of being the best dad ever and has created a playable Angry Birds birthday cake. His YouTube description for the video says: It's become a family tradition that I make increasingly ridiculous birthday cakes for my kids each year. So with my little boy Ben turning 6-years-old over the weekend, and appreciating his love of Angry Birds, I thought I'd have a shot a making him a playable Angry Birds birthday cake with working catapult and iced birds as ammunition.
This is one of the best works of art (in the form of a cake) that I've ever seen. It's quite an effort and he has pulled it off quite well, the look on his son's face is enough satisfaction for any creative father! But this one takes the cake (all the pun in the world intended).
Twitter and Apple addicts aren't going to have to go far to check out the latest apps for their iOS devices. Apple has started up an official Twitter account for the App Store, and is promising Twitter-exclusive app deals and plenty of featured apps being sent to their followers.
Already rocking nearly 60,000 followers since their first tweet a mere 8 hours ago, it looks like the word is definitely out. Don't get your hopes up about the App Store following you though as they only have official Apple accounts on their follow list. Apple may have started out a little cautious over teaming up with Twitter, but with the official accounts and Ping integration it looks like Apple is now fully diving into the social networking scene.
Unless you live under a rock, you have heard that the Apple App Store is set to hit its 10 billionth download soon. The person who ends up downloading the 10 billionth app will get a seriously nice gift. That gift will be a $10,000 gift card that will keep the user in music and apps for a long time.
The MacPhun company has announced that it will give the person who downloads the 10 billionth app an extra $5,000 iTunes gift card if the 10 billionth app is its own FX Photo Studio. That's a blatant attempt to get folks to download its apps for sure and I would say the chance of that app being the big 10B is scant.
MacPhun did say that it would give the 10 billionth downloader a $1,000 gift card if the app is anything from the photo category. I wonder how long it will be before the magic download is made.
I would bet that you use Facebook; most people are on the social network today. If you do use Facebook you need to be aware of a new feature that the site has added for developers that will share more of your private information with marketers and apps if you allow it. The new feature will give access to your mobile phone number and physical address.
On the surface, the new feature seems useful and would allow things like ordering of products online without having to enter your shipping details. The fear for some users is that rouge apps would access the information and then sell it to marketers. That would allow more spam to your real world mailbox and more calls from sales douches to your mobile.
Facebook's Jeff Bowen said, "We are now making a user's address and mobile phone number accessible as part of the User Graph object. Because this is sensitive information, we have created the new user_address and user_mobile_phone permissions. These permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs."
iOS-based owners worldwide have collectively said 'kgo' to the news of Mirror's Edge being available on the App Store for free right now.
Mirror's Edge is available for the iPhone and iPad free of charge - for a game that is actually quite fun to play with great graphics, even at the original price is was good value for money, but now being free... well!
Want a sneak peak at the new Android Music app from the upcoming 3.0 update? Take a peek below for a nice little video showing off the various features of the player.
Google boasted at Google I/O that their plans for the next-gen Music app is for it to be able to push your web-purchased songs to the device, and allows a user to browse their PC's music library directly from the phone - as if the songs were on the Android device itself. Nifty, eh?
Over the last few years, the ability to record HD video on a DSLR has gone from non-existent to a very common feature. The video quality DSLR cameras are capable of mean that a lot of video pros are using the cameras to record video. Many of those people are finding that it's hard to make smooth zoom transitions using the manual zoom lenses on most DSLR cameras.
Nikon filed a patent applicant back on June 3 2009 that surfaced last week that outlines a cool new lens that videographers and still shooters will really like for their DSLR cameras. The lens has a method to allow for manual focus and to allow for automatic focus on one lens. The automatic zoom would be used for smoothly zooming in on the subject when making video.
The manual focus option could be used when taking still photos where speed is more important than zooming smoothly. The lens would be controlled manually by twisting the lens like any DSLR user is familiar with and by hitting a button on the back of the camera body for automatic zoom. At this time, there is no word on when the lens will surface for people to purchase.
I would bet that just about everyone has read a Wikipedia page about one thing or another. There are pages for just about everything you can think of, even if some of those pages are suspect. If you like Wikipedia and want to be able to look at the pages you like without having to be online you can with a little gadget that has been around for a while called the WikiReader.
The WikiReader is a small square handheld device that has a touchscreen. You can type whatever subject you want to know into the device and it will then retrieve the listings about your search without needing a web connection. The device has all the wiki pages stored on its internal memory.
The company behind the WikiReader offers updates every so often that adds new content and changes to existing Wiki content to the device. The latest update also gets the users of the WikiReader access to 33,000 new eBooks. All of the eBooks come to the reader by way of Project Gutenberg and include titles ranging from the Bible to Walden according to Openmoko, the company that makes the WikiReader. You can pick one up right now for about $100.
Rumor has it that the Mac App Store will miss it's December 13 date and will also be released without Game Center support or in-app purchases, no ability to offer demos, trials or betas.
It is supposedly coming in January, which is still within Apple's promised 90 days when they first announced the App Store in October. Not long to find out, but Apple have done this before and eventually the extra upgrades are included after a while.
The peeps over at Gizmodo have an Apps Deal of the Day post today with has specials like Angry Birds Seasons for Android users (for FREE!) and Fruit Ninga HD for iPad for $1.19
There are a huge list of games on special (and an even bigger list of free games for iOS) today.
Live in Australia? Jealous of the current Black Friday sales? Apple fan or user? Well, don't feel left out - we have actually gotten a better deal. Yes, you read that right! Australia wins for once!
There's a few bargains to be had, iPad's are $51 off, iMac's are $121 off. MacBook Pro/Air are both $121 off also. iPod Nano's are $25 off and finally iPod touch is $51 off.
The collective sigh of Apple iOS past, present and future users has just rumbled over.
Mozilla today officially cancelled the project for Firefox Mobile on iOS.
The team behind the project posted on the Mozilla mobile blog today saying "no Firefox browser for the iPhone, also adding "technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone".
But, instead Mozilla will be putting all efforts into it's Firefox Home, which is a cloud-based add on for iOS devices.
They offered a list of upcoming features for Firefox Home, including: password synchronization from desktop installs of Firefox, social network integration and better integration with other iOS applications. The team also confirmed that work is being done on bringing Firefox Home to other platforms that currently lack a Firefox browser build - including, both Blackberry and Symbian platforms in the next few months.
Disappointing news for Firefox and iOS fans!
For Android handset users, Google released the Froyo 2.2 update a little while back now, but their Gmail team have been a bit slow with upgrading their Gmail e-mail App on the Android OS. There's now an update available in the Android Market for the new Gmail client.
There's a few features included, such as a new header at the top of a message, with buttons for "star, reply, reply all and forward" which means you no longer have to scroll to the bottom of the message to access those functions.
One feature (that I have waited for) is "show quoted text" to reveal the previous message. In the current Gmail app, you're required to try and press the previous message tab - which sometimes doesn't work as planned.
Got friends who run an Android or Blackberry - when you have an iPhone or iPad - and wished you could play games against each other? Well, rub your genie bottle one more time and that wish will come true.
Apple has reversed it's policy on rejecting apps that were created using cross-platform tools such as Adobe Flash CS5. Up until now Apple has been denying apps onto it's App Store if they were programmed in anything but their tools. Developers had to choose between putting apps on the App Store OR other phone app stores (like Google Androids "Market").
What does this mean you ask?
Now, developers can make games for both devices. Yes there were work arounds, but when the gates are let down on rules - people will adopt to them better. Apple most likely know this and have reversed their ruling - which is a good thing.
A new patent application has turned up from Apple that sounds interesting. The application is for sensors that would potentially let the user sign in just by picking the iPhone up.
The system uses a series of sensors in the case of the phone that would read the person's heart rate while holding the phone. The iPhone would be able to tell if the user was authorized by analyzing the heartbeat.
Exactly how the analysis would work is unclear. I wonder if you took set up your login while resting and then tried to access the phone with your heart rate increased from exercise if you would let you in.
There's a new language translation app coming out for the iPhone which looks to be very well thought out and should be embraced by travellers as the perfect companion in times when you'd otherwise be left scratching your head.
Converse iPhone app is a double ended multilingual translator that provides face-to-face instant messaging between people of different languages. It's designed in such a way that messages from either end of a single iPhone can be written at the same time and displayed to the person on the other end.
51 different languages are selectable as are non-Latin keyboards for languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Thai, Czech, Hebrew and Ukrainian.
The publisher's website is said to be going live very soon.