After 20+ million downloads on iOS, Temple Run 2 has finally made its way into the Google Play store. The sequel to the widely popular endless runner game launched early this morning after making Android users wait nearly a week after its iOS launch.
The iOS version topped the free-app chart in less than eight hours after launch. Within 24 hours it had amassed over six million downloads, and reached 20 million downloads in just four days. We can expect the Android version to do as well if not even better if other iOS to Android ports are any indication.
Imangi Studios, the developers behind the Temple Run series, co-founder Keith Shepherd was quoted saying the response from fans was "overwhelming" and added that the studio plans on expanding the game in the coming months. The series has grossed more than 170 million downloads since its release in August 2011.
Google have some amazing services, such as Maps, Search, Gmail, YouTube and more - but how do this translate into power? Or something to brag about? Well, according to ComScore's latest data, Google take out 5 of the top 6 mobile apps in the US.
ComScore's data is from their most recent monthly review of the top iOS and Android apps in the US, which is ranked by unique visitors and has shown the above table where Google completely dominate it. Apple's iTunes is placed 8th, behind five Google mobile apps. Facebook of course is numero uno, and was the only non-Google app to enter the top six.
Apple's iTunes app was the one and only from the company to even enter the top ten, and it was ranked 8th with 46 million unique visitors per month.
Pebble have just announced that they're finally shipping their Kickstarter-funded smartwatches, with their second announcement telling the world that they've just released an iPhone app which will let users have a dashboard directly on their phone.
The Pebble smartwatch sports a Sharp display as well as some nifty technology cranking along inside the new smartwatch, it's also slim and looks great - which always helps. The smartwatch is very customizable, and supports Internet-connected apps. The Kickstarter fundraising saw $10 million in pledges, with over 85,000 watches sold.
Pebble Technology have also said that there will unfortunately be shipping delays for some users, which is the result of airport documentation. The company have also said that there were "some kinks and issues" that will need to be worked on. The iPhone app has the following features:
- It notifies users when software updates for their Pebble smartwatch is ready to be installed
- It installs and remove custom watchfaces onto the wearer's Pebble
- Sends ping test messages to the Pebble
- Helps the wearer troubleshoot issues
Siri was once the name of a small startup company who developed the voice assistant app now known as Siri. Back in 2009, the now popular iOS application was destined to live out its life on Android... that was until Apple stepped in and bought the company.
The startup had a contract in place with Verizon to pre-install Siri onto every Android phone it carried, and the carrier had even shot a series of commercials hyping the new voice assistant. Steve Jobs had taken notice of the little startup and decided that iOS could not live without exclusive rights to Siri, so he sat down with the startups co-founder Dag Kittlaus and made plans to purchase the company.
Siri as we know it was a very different thing at the time of Apple's acquisition, with the app being based on 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL computer. The voice was "otherworldly" and full of "dry wit." Apple did what it does best, and refined the software to become the most used virtual assistant today.
CyanogenMod, the popular rooting tool for Android, has finally reached its milestone "mostly stable" 10.1 revision. Although, most of the risks are still there, the dev team has cleaned up things a good bit.
Most Nexus devices as well as many Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices can now install unofficial Android 4.2 builds for themselves without having to wait out the manufacturers upgrade timeline. This is risky, though, and bricking your device could be a possibility. Do so at your own risk.
The M1 code being released as "mostly stable" and should work well enough for daily use, it however is not 100% stable and is a far cry from being in the same ballpark as a factory firmware.
Temple Run 2, the follow-up app to the massively popular Temple Run, was released recently. In the four days since its launch, the app, only available on iOS currently, amassed 20 million downloads. Not only has it rocketed to the top of the Free Apps list, it has also shot up to number 2 on the Top Grossing list.
Temple Run 2 serves as another example that the free-to-play game model does work, though it doesn't transfer to every game. Comparing the download numbers, Angry Birds Space managed to get 10 million downloads in three days, though it was available on multiple platforms. Google Maps managed to get 10 million downloads in 48 hours.
Temple Run 2 managed to pull in six million of those downloads on day one alone. Temple Run 2 is set to come to Android this week, so it will be just a few days until we see if Android users will be downloading the game in the same quantities. It will also be interesting to see if Android users spend the same, or more, on in-app purchases.
Facebook's Snapchat competitor Poke is continuing to be hammered in the iOS list of top free apps. Facebook released the app December 21 and it made it to number one just the next day. Within a week, it had dropped out of the top 25, while Snapchat actually went up in the listing.
Now a month has passed, so it's time to take another look at how the Poke app is doing. The answer? Not well. The app has dropped down to number 706 on the list of top apps, according to data from App Annie. Snapchat, meanwhile, is still in the top 20 and is currently at number 14, which is quite a bit better than Poke.
Either people are upset with Facebook for trying to push Snapchat out of the market, or Snapchat has done something right, while Poke has something users don't like. If you've tried both apps, which do you prefer more: Poke or Snapchat? Let us know in the comments!
Google's Handwrite input technology has jumped out of beta status and reached version 1.0. The input technology allows users to draw characters at the mobile version of google.com in order to perform searches.
This isn't useful for Western alphabets, but it makes it much easier in languages like Chinese and Japanese. Handwrite reaching 1.0 provides improved recognition quality, thanks to new interpretation features. For example, if a user writes ambiguous characters, the website will not bring up a list of alternatives to choose from, such as "l" or "1" in place of "L."
The updated sites is also better at dealing with overlapping, which is capable of solving problems with screen space, where in some cases forced people to write one letter at a time. Chinese support has been updated to support multiple onscreen characters.
An app has been released by someone you would've thought would be last to release one, the New York Police Department. The NYPD's application was designed to help the NYPD's mission to "enhance the quality of life in New York City by working in partnership with the community and in accordance with constitutional rights to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment."
The NYPD's app allows citizens to access crime statistics, to view the Most Wanted lists, get precinct information and view rewards for information about past crimes, as well as let citizens submit anonymous tips about crimes they have witnessed - hopefully with some unbreakable encryption.
There's also a 'Tips' section which will ask citizens to enter the suspect's description including gender, race, appearance; the crime's description including what, where and when; and the vehicle description (if used) including make, model, color, year and license plate. You can even upload a photo from your phone, or choose to snap a picture from the app directly.
Pandora, one of the main competitors to Spotify, have announced their 2012 stats where they've seen 13 billion hours of music listened to, spanned across one million songs and over 100,000 artists. In this process, they've seen 1.6 billion stations created, and more than 10,000 musicians and bands notched up 250,000 unique listeners.
The Internet radio and music recommendation service have been teasing their numbers for quite a while now, where they've been issuing metrics on a month-to-month basis, trying to scoop up more advertising revenue. In one of the first of these releases, Pandora talked of having 49 million active users, something that rose to 55 million in July. The audience is slowing getting bigger as they launch services in new countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
Facebook has announced that in 48 hours it will revoke voice messaging app Voxer's access to Facebook's identity system. The social network cites direct competition as the reason for the relationship breakup.
Facebook notified Voxer earlier today that it would be suspending Voxer's users ability to find and connect with their Facebook friends via Voxer. This very well may be a death blow to the company who has mostly relied on Facebook as its main user base.
"We were a bit taken aback because we never thought of them as competition...Facebook stated that they view our service, with its tens of millions of users, as a "competitive social network." said Voxer CEO Tom Katis What do you think about Facebook basically shutting down a company with only 48 hours notice? Are you a Voxer user? Leave us your opinion in the comments.
If you are a media junkie and a computer geek like me, you have most likely heard of XBMC, the Xbox-born open source media center software. Also if you are like me, you have used XBMC for years to shuttle your digital media from servers to televisions. Then like me, you will be glad to hear that XBMC has released a "user friendly" version of the XBMC app for Android.
While we have had access to the official app for a while now, it has been complicated to get working properly on most Android devices, leading to hours of frustration for not so tech savvy users. XBMC has announced that a stable, user friendly version of the app is now available for download. Details on how to get everything up and running can be found here.
Now that the Chrome Beta channel app has opened its doors for business in the Google Play Store, we're finally getting some constant updates. The latest update includes a new icon that has a black and white "BETA" tag on it.
This may not sound like world changing news for most, but usually the BETA tag has a grey and white color scheme. The new update brings some small fixes:
- 165783 - Enable compositing scrollable frames on Android
- 168368 - Chrome progress bar should be displayed as soon as the user clicks a link
- 165244 - Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
- 162486 - iframe scrolling broken
As with most Beta releases, there are still some bugs hanging around - such as the yahoo.com page links not working as well as some graphical glitches on some devices. You can get the Chrome Beta right here.
Facebook has updated the iOS version of its Messenger app to allow iPhone users to make free calls to the US over Wi-Fi or cellular networks. The update is expected to be rolled out to Android and BlackBerry in the coming weeks. IN fact, the feature is being slowly rolled out to iPhone users, with not everyone able to use the feature quite yet.
To make a call from the iOS app, select the "i" button and select Free Call. This feature is a direct competitor to Google Voice, a service by Google that allows users to make free calls to the US. Google Voice was a lifesaver--and wallet saver--for me while I was in Europe, so having the ability to use my iPhone would be that much better.
However, the app isn't quite as good as Google Voice. To use the free calling, it requires a user's friends to have the app installed on their iPhone and it cannot call a landline, unlike Google Voice. Facebook has stated they are working on an update for BlackBerry and Android to bring the same functionality to those ecosystems.
Yelp to add "Hygiene Score" to reviews from establishments in New York and San Francisco, more cities on the way
Yelp has announced that it will be adding a new feature to its business pages. Users will now be able to see an eateries health department score. Health departments have mandated that this score be displayed publicly, usually on a window near a door, but now consumers using the popular app can view it before they decide to eat at the establishment.
The new feature will be rolled out to New York and San Francisco over the next few weeks, then expand to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and potentially other cities in coming months. Examples of places that already have health scores on Yelp include San Francisco's Royal Ground Coffee and The Cheese Steak Shop.
This new feature could be somewhat of a lifesaver for Yelp whose stock dropped after Facebook announced its new "Graph Search" earlier this week. Graph search allows users to poll Facebook's massive database and search for anything. An example search string would be "Mexican Restaurants in Atlanta that my friends ate at and loved", and Graph Search will compile a list of locations based on your friends about that place. This lets users rely on friend based reviews rather than reviews from complete strangers.
AT&T has been slowly reducing restrictions on Apple's FaceTime. The latest reduction in regulation comes in the form of AT&T allowing iPhone 4S users on a tiered data to use FaceTime over their cellular data. Previously, AT&T would not let non-LTE devices use FaceTime over the network. This change also means that other smartphone devices that don't feature LTE will be able to video chat over cellular data, again, provided that they are on a tiered data plan.
AT&T Mobility VP Mark Collins:
When FaceTime over Cellular launched in September 2012, we explained that we wanted to roll it out gradually to ensure the service had minimal impact on the mobile experience for all of our customers.
As a result of ongoing testing, we're announcing AT&T will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge for customers with any tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device.
This means iPhone 4S customers with tiered plans will be able to make FaceTime calls over the AT&T cellular network. AT&T previously made FaceTime over Cellular available to customers with a Mobile Share plan and those with an LTE device on tiered plans.
Of course, FaceTime over Wi-Fi remains available for all customers who have a compatible iPhone or iPad.
The new update to video chat regulations will roll out automatically over the next few weeks. AT&T says everything is automated, so all you need to do is be patient.
The widely popular game Temple Run took gamers by storm in 2012, it became so popular that merchandising deals were made and you can now buy Temple Run gear. Fans of the game have been eagerly awaiting the next iteration and now they have to wait no more.
Already available on the international market, Temple Run 2 will go live in the Apple App store for iOS devices at 11:00pm EST tonight for the US market. The game will be available as a free download and will contain in-game purchases.
No word on when we will see Temple Run 2 on Android, but we can assume that it won't be long with the app having over 50 million downloads in the Google Play Store.
Interested Americans, historians, or really anybody who owns a smartphone will be able to live stream the Presidential Inauguration straight to their device, thanks to a new app released for iOS and Android. Released Monday morning, the official Inaugural 2013 app features photos, videos, and a livestream that will go live January 21 and stream footage of the ceremony.
It features numerous other features, such as a map if you will be in DC for the inauguration, and information about volunteering opportunities for the Inaugural Committee's National Day of Service on January 19.
Instagram, the photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, had a bit of a screw up with its terms of service when it went to update them in December. The changes included clauses that seemingly give Instagram permission to use users' photos, likeness, and username in paid advertising without any sort of compensation, or even permission.
After an outcry by users, Instagram backpedaled the proposed changes, saying that they were unclear and misunderstood by the public. According to data by AppStats, the number of daily users has decreased by roughly 50 percent since the terms of service fiasco. Prior to the change, 16.35 million people were using it daily. On the day of the change, only 5.2 million used the app.
BitTorrent Inc. says that they are still determined to make its file sharing protocol mainstream for legitimate uses, and the launch of its Chrome extension called "Surf" proves it.
In development for the past six months, Surf allows users to search for and download torrents from directly within Google Chrome. The extension queries search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo, and appends the search term with "torrent".
Users have the option to add their favorite torrent search site, and Surf even queries the internet archive, allowing entire websites, videos, and all things internet to be downloaded with relative ease. The alpha version of Surf is available in the Chrome Store and the company said that there is a Firefox version coming soon.
In just 1682 days, Apple's app store has set a new record by serving up its 40 billionth download since its launch. That works out to just over 23,781,212 downloads a day or 16,514 downloads a minute.
Those numbers have not always been that high, with over half of them occurring in 2012, but 40,000,000,000 is an astonishing and impressive number. With over 500 million active App Store accounts it is going to be quite hard for anyone to catch up to this many app downloads any time soon.
The Apple developer community has written more than 775,000 applications for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Apple has had to pay out over $7 billion in payments for these contributions. By the way, for those of you wondering, that is a total of 257.24 apps downloaded every second and in the time it has taken me to write this, 132117 apps have been downloaded from the App Store.