iPhone 4S or wait for Android Ice Cream Sandwich?

With eighteen month contract-driven upgrades the norm now in the UK, it’s always a challenge to decide whether it’s the right time to pull the trigger on buying a new phone — or to wait for the next big thing.

With Apple’s anticlimactic introduction of the iPhone 4S on Friday, the big question for many phone owners is whether to grab one when it ships on Friday or wait for the expected Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) phones from Google’s partners.

In favour of the...

By 3Squared, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, iOS.

Android users spend more time in apps than browser

It seems Android app usage is really taking off with it’s users. It was thought iPhone users were the main hogger of app time but it seems their competitor is becoming more savvy.

A study from Nielsen shows that Android users spend about an hour a day using their phone for everything but talking – 56 minutes, to be exact. Of those minutes, 67% are spent in apps while 33% are spent inside the mobile’s web browser.

An interesting study to consider when making the choice between a native...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Steve Jobs dies, aged 56

Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56, following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tributes have been pouring in for the Apple co-founder and visionary with President Barack Obama stating that Jobs was the embodiment of the American dream. Having announced his resignation on August 24, 2011, Jobs maintained a presence as chair of the Apple board, however, it appeared to signify the beginning of the end.

Early career

Steven Paul Jobs’ career has seen him take the Apple brand from a small computer...

By Verity Gough, 06 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, iOS.

The Simplicity Paradox

By Mark Taoilinn

While speaking with a graphic designer friend of mine recently I was reminded how much work goes into making something look simple yet striking. 

Take the Apple iCloud logo for example. 

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The Apple iCloud Logo

Looking at it you would be forgiven for thinking “I could do that, I’ve been drawing clouds since kindergarden”.

When you examine the image in more detail you come to realize that there's a lot going on under the hood....

By Kevin Miller, 04 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, iOS.

Android Jobs to Surpass iPhone jobs by end of 2012

Android may be the largest mobile platform in terms of units sold, but it has been clear for some time now that iOS still offers developers greater returns than Android (or indeed any other platform). iOS users download more apps and pay more for them than users of any other platform, including Android, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

Of course selling apps directly to platform users is only one of the monetization options available for mobile app developers. Instead of selling apps in the...

By Kevin Miller, 28 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.

Adobe pulls plug on its app markets

Adobe has closed down its two app stores AIR Marketplace and InMarket, with apparently little explanation other than that it acted in response to developer feedback.

Developers who have published applications to the Intel AppUp centre, should receive an email from Intel in the next few days with important information on how you can continue to publish, track and sell your applications through the Intel AppUp center.

This should let you manage and view analytics for applications distributed through Intel...

By Matt Henkes, 27 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, iOS.

Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app

Apple’s business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store, the rich breeding ground of the company’s software ecosystem, and a report to clients issued Monday by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster suggests that the ecosystem’s vital...

By 3Squared, 11 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS.

Relief as Apple moves to defend developers in IP row

Apple has responded to a lawsuit filed against a number of developers by patent holder Lodsys, arguing that they are protected under the company’s license, and that pursuing them in this way would adversely affect Apple’s business.

Applying for permission to intervene in the cases brought by the IP organisation earlier this month, Apple reiterated its view that developers were covered by an existing licence.

"The license expressly permits Apple to offer and otherwise make available to its...

By Matt Henkes, 13 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS, IP.

Apple updates demonstrate developers' need for innovation

Many independent developers have been left sweating by a number of the features set to be included in Apple’s new MAC and iPhone operating systems.

At WWDC this month, the organisation announced a raft of changes to the Safari browser, alongside its new iCloud suite and a number of new native apps like iMessage, moving it into direct competition with numerous companies of all sizes.

Companies including RIM, with its BlackBerry Messenger app, and the online storage service DropBox, will be viewing...

By Matt Henkes, 09 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, iOS.

Apple's WWDC 2011 Keynote speech published online

We’ve all seen the big announcements from Apple’s WWDC in California this month, The new OS X Lion with over 250 new features, highlights of the new iOS 5 and the replacement of MobileMe with iCloud, but Apple have helpfully just posted the event’s keynote address in full on their main website.

A thin but typically enthusiastic Steve Jobs received raucous cheers as he took the stage, and with the help of a number of Apple...

By Matt Henkes, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, iOS.