A new study from Forrester says iOS users are 30% more likely to buy something via their device than Android users are. However, most ebusiness professionals are still planning to develop for both platforms.
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Even though iOS is where more of the money is at, Android isn’t getting ignored by U.S. companies. Forrester’s study also reported that 96% of ebusiness professionals surveyed for the study plan to launch a native or hybrid Android app by the end of 2013, while 99% said they plan to do the same for iOS.
TechCrunch reports that Forrester says that the amount of resources being poured into iOS and Android apps by companies prevents the BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms from getting much attention. Only companies with huge budgets are considering making apps for platforms other than the big two.
That’s because around 41 percent of ebusiness pros have only $ 500,000 or less to spend on their mobile budgets, and 56 percent have less than $ 1 million. That money can only go so far, and still pales in comparison to general marketing budgets, and even budgets devoted to general web-facing property. This alone is a prime reason why cross-platform solutions will continue to succeed, even as developers debate the merits of cross-platform technologies like HTML5 vs. native tools.
Developers are devoting more and more resources to keep apps supported across all current and new devices and operating system versions. This actually helps Apple and Google as this leads to companies diverting resources away from other competitors.
LG’s upcoming Optimus L7 2 smartphone garnered much attention recently when its product page listed its OS as Android 4.3 and referred to it as “Jelly Bean”.
Pundits have been talking about Google’s plan on upgrading its current platform, Jelly Bean. Some say that we will see it once Android 4.3 is released but apparently, LG knows better. Of course, the information you’re seeing right now might be a typographical error, on the other hand, it’s also possible that the next Android version isn’t just market ready.
Since last year’s Google I/O conference, the world has been using Jelly Bean with the latest version pegged at 4.2. A lot of rumors have been circling about “Key Lime Pie” as the next OS version but Big G has yet to confirm it officially. With the LG Optimus L7 II carrying a 4.3 Jelly Bean, techies can’t help but wonder what could be the difference on-board. A new camera UI? Is that all?
Currently, LG is tight-lipped about this issue and prefers consumers to concentrate more on its handset. The L7 II has a 4.3-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 4GB internal storage, microSD support up to 32GB, 8MP rear camera, dual-SIM with quick switch hot key control and a 2460mAh battery unit that will keep you busy with watching quality videos or listening to your favorite K-pop idols for hours.
Specs are expected to change (including the OS listed) so take it with a grain of salt.
One of the biggest concerns our society have these days is security. With the majority of our personal information being kept in devices like smartphones, making sure that no one can access them is crucial. While passwords have been the norm, it can be hacked and changed. But Google aims to change that with its facial recognition technology.
Google has already filed a patent for software that’s geared towards detecting facial gestures. When enabled, this software would decide whether or not the individual accessing the device is the real deal.
In truth, Google’s facial recognition software isn’t the first of its kind. A similar technology is already in place in the Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean OS wherein users have to blink to unlock their devices. Unfortunately, it turned out to be relatively easy to go around it. One can just secure a photo of the owner, then using Photoshop, paint over the eyes using the same color as the skin then flash two photos in succession to make it look like a blink. This soon became a known way of hacking the system and prompted Google to come up with something better.
This time around, Google’s patent will be utilizing a two-prong authentication system. One is the recognition of one facial feature like the eye or the mouth and the second is a physical gesture like a wink or the wrinkling of the nose.
Of course, it’s still too early to say if anything will come out of Google’s facial recognition patent. But it is promising and if successful, will herald a new age of privacy protection.
With this year’s E3 about to kick-off, it’s no wonder that there’s been a deluge of gaming news. One surprising but welcome tidbit was the report that accessory company Mad Catz will also be coming out with its own console, an NVIDIA Tegra 4-powered device christened as Project MOJO.
Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson had a very quaint way of describing the MOJO, calling it a souped-up smart phone that you plug into your flatscreen TV. It’s similar to how the Ouya Android console is plugged to a TV via an HDMI connection. Richardson doesn’t sound like he’s kidding about the MOJO, with reports coming in that states the console has 16GB of internal storage, WiFi and a Bluetooth Smart 4.0. It also comes with a pair of USB ports, an HDMI port and a micro SD slot. Plus, the console will also have its own C.T.R.L.R Bluetooth gaming controller.
The Tegra 4 chip said to be powering the Mojo, along with Mad Catz’ reputation, will certainly help in shifting this console. Using the Tegra 4 is certainly a good move on the part of Mad Cat as the chip can stream games from any NVIDIA carrying PC. This is a rocking feature that some hardcore gamers would certainly appreciate and one that the Ouya and GamePop doesn’t have.
There’s no word yet on the MOJO’s price tag, but analysts have pegged it as costing less than $ 349. The console has all the makings of a hit, especially if Mad Catz can nail the right price level for it.
Blackberry has just announced that its BBM app will be available in Android and iOS devices beginning on June 27. This will be the first time that the popular messaging service will be available outside of the company’s own lineup of devices.
The decision to bring the app into other platforms has created a little surprise though it has already been rumoured in the past that Blackberry is extending the BBM service across several platforms. On the other hand, there’s also an understanding that the company wanted to maintain its exclusive ownership and access to it. This way, users of the BlackBerry 7 device would feel the necessity to upgrade to BlackBerry 10 instead of shifting to other platforms.
At the BlackBerry Live event held in Florida last May, all speculations about the Canadian company’s plans have become much clearer and more specific. It has been confirmed that the BBM will be available for Android devices that run v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher. Likewise, it will be available for iPhone devices that begin from iOS 6 and higher.
Initially, Blackberry users will still be on an advantage as there are some notable differences when it comes to using the app on Android and iPhone. These platforms will still enable cross-platform chatting. Other features such as screen sharing, voice calls, and group chat will have to wait for a little while.