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Google released Chrome for iOS just over a fortnight ago, and even though it's being held back by Apple's security protocols and can't use its own rendering engine, the browser has been among the most popular free downloads on Apple's App Store since release.
According to the latest data from online advertising network Chitika, Chrome for iOS has snagged a market share of 1.5-percent on its network. Safari is still the champion browser on iOS, but Chrome is seeing some great growth, considering its just over two weeks old.
Chitika has found that around 14.5-percent of iOS users surf the Internet on a browser that isn't Safari. It is worth noting that most of this traffic doesn't necessarily come from a third-party web browser, but from people who arrive on a given site through an app such as Facebook. Chitika's data is based on an analysis of "hundreds of millions of impressions" from Chitika's ad network in both the U.S. and Canada.
Microsoft have added some herbs and spices to their My Xbox Live iOS app, where there's a nifty feature that now allows you to use an iPad as a remote control for the Xbox 360. Version 1.6 of the app also adds a new Discover section that helps you find new and feature content to play on the Xbox 360.
In order to get going, you'll need to enable the Xbox Companion feature on your 360. This can be found in Settings, System, Console Settings, then Xbox Companion. After you've done this, you'll need to grab the app itself from the Apple App Store, and once you have it installed, just sign in with the same Windows Live account that you have linked to your Xbox 360, and that's it.
This the perfect app for those who don't want to always use the Xbox 360 controller, meaning you can continue to use your iPad for other things like Facebook or web surfing, periodically using it to control your Xbox 360.
Back in May, Google redesigned the Google+ experience for the iPhone, which added some new visual elements into the social networking app. But today, the company has released the Google+ app for the iPad, as well as introducing new features into both the iPhone and iPad apps.
Google designed the Google+ for iPad app with the iPad in mind, with your stream styles content based on popularity, type and orientation. The team has also added unique ways to interact with the app, such as:
- Pinch and expand posts right in your stream to add your comments
- Use two fingers to drag a post from your stream to easily re-share it
- Start a Hangout from your iPad and stream it to your TV using AirPlay
Google have also now created the ability to create, and manage Events on Google+ directly from the iPhone app. You can post a comment, upload a photo or check out who's going. Your past event invitations are saved with all of the photos and posts shared by your friends, allowing you to relive that party anytime you wish.
It looks like Next Issue is about to become much bigger than they were yesterday, with the release of an app on iOS, with the iPad app hitting the App Store today. For those of you who aren't in the know with how Next Issue works, it wants to be the Netflix, or Spotify of the magazine world.
Next Issue offers monthly subscriptions for unlimited access to their library of 39 titles. This breaks down to around $10 per month for all the monthly and bi-weekly magazines, or alternatively, $15 for all of that, as well as access to tabloids and other weeklies. One note: the free app is the magazine reader, you'll need to download the apps through Next Issue's browser-based store.
What magazines do they have on offer? Well, most of the big players are on-board: Conde Nast, Time, Hearst, Meredith and News Corp. This means you'll have access to The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated and Popular Mechanics. Next Issue Media has also talked of wanting to double the catalog by the end of 2012, as well as grabbing deals with more publishers. I think I may just have to have one of those $15 per month subscriptions!
If you've been wondering why HBO Go was launched for the Amazon Kindle Fire a few weeks ago, and not Android-based devices, well, you can rest easy. The HBO Go app has hit version 1.5 and is now available on Google Play.
HBO Go's release notes state that it supports Android tablets running software up to and including Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This means that the recently-announced Google Nexus 7 tablet won't work, but considering Jelly Bean is fresh, this is no surprise.
You'll need HBO, and pay-tv to sign into the app, but you most likely already knew that if you were reading this news. If you do try it out, be sure to let us know how you go!
As quick as it hit Android, Adobe Flash is disappearing from the platform. Adobe took to their official blog that it has no plans to release a certified Flash built for Google's upcoming, deliciously-named Jelly Bean, or Android 4.1.
Adobe has also announced that they plan to stop handset owners from downloading it from the Google Play app store starting in mid-August. Why the kill-the-Flash move from Adobe? Well, the company is wanting to ditch mobile Flash and replace it with HTML5, as HTML5 is considered the best solution for browsers across various smartphone platforms.
Once August 15 hits, Flash will disappear from the Google Play app store for all versions of Android, but Adobe have said that they will continue to offer updates for those sporting Ice Cream Sandwich, or older versions and have it installed on their device before August 15.
Adobe will not be offering any Jelly Bean support, period. They've even said that those updating to Jelly Bean from Ice Cream Sandwich should remove Flash before doing so, as installing Jelly Bean with Flash still installed "may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1".
Popular web browser from Google (and my personal favorite) Chrome is now available on iOS devices. The browser brings along some popular features from its desktop counterpart, but there are three stand-out features that make it much better than Apple's built-in Safari browser.
- Incognito mode is separate from standard browsing and can be opened as a new tab (vs enabling manually in Safari)
- Unlimited tabs (vs the 9 limit in Safari)
- Browsing and bookmark syncing between mobile and desktop versions (coming to Safari with iOS 6 & OS X Mountain Lion)
There are other features, too, such as being able to request a full desktop version of a site you've visited, versus the mobile version, as well as the ability to search by voice by tapping the little microphone in the URL bar. I will be throwing this on my iPad as soon as I use it again.
Google's cloud-based storage service has finally arrived on iOS and Chrome OS. Google let the news out during their Google I/O conference, with the iOS app now launched, it features the ability to search through all documents, thanks to OCR technology.
For example, if you were to search for "pyramid", it should display images with the word in them even if the file name is totally unrelated. On the Chrome OS side of things, Drive is said to be deeply integrated, right into the software's filesystem.
The technology allows for simultaneous collaboration, and sync across devices, right up to the point of having live updates for each keystroke. Impressive. Documents can be edited offline, and resynched when an Internet connection is detected.
You can grab the iOS-based app here.
Google I/O 2012: The amount of things that Google have unleashed at Google I/O is amazing, with YouTube for Android 4.0 being shown off. The new app sports a bunch of new features, but requires Android 4.0 or higher to take advantage of them.
The app is available in 47 countries and sports a brand new UI with support for channels that reflects the redesign that YouTube's website received last year. YouTube for Android 4.0 can also precache videos from your favorite channels so that you can view them at a time that suits you better. In order to do this, all you do is select "preload" in the settings menu and it will pull down videos from your subscriptions and Watch Later queue when plugged in and on Wi-Fi.
Something else included is an integrated remote functionality which lets you control playback on connected TVs and other devices. This is said to also extend out to more than just Google TV, and Google have told us to "expect more updates later" on how this feature will become more broadly available.
It was only last week that we talked about the rumor of a dedicated Podcast app from Apple, and now we have it. We thought we might have to wait for iOS 6, but Christmas has come early for Podcast and iOS users.
The new app is called, quite simply, "Podcasts", and is available for all iOS devices running iOS 5.1 or later. Podcasts features a bunch of ways to browse and discover new podcasts through the thousands upon thousands of the things.
Podcasts also includes a new Top Stations feature that groups together select podcasts by category, as well as the ability to either stream, or download the episodes for offline use. Podcasts is optimized for both the iPad, and iPhone versions, and it's also able to sync podcasts with iTunes to your Mac, or PC. You will need to have iTunes 10.6.3 first.
Grab Podcasts for iOS here.