Apple needs permission before apps access personal data in iOS 6

Earlier this year, Apple came under fire from consumers advocates and Congress after it was discovered that apps, most notably Path, were uploading users’ entire address books to their servers without alerting users or asking for authorization.

Path deleted the information, but a pair of U.S. Congressmen sent a letter to Apple asking for information on the company’s data collection policies.

More recently,...

By 3Squared, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS.

HzO ‘Talking to Apple’ About Water Blocking Technology for Future iPhones

Pocket-lint reports that Utah company HzO, which was showing off its “WaterBlock” technology for providing water resistance to mobile devices at last week’s CES, has said it is talking to Apple about the possibility of including the technology in future iPhones and other devices. Samsung is also reportedly “excited” by the technology.

“We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung...

By 3Squared, 19 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Devices.

The pace of new app development dwarfs the release of other kinds of media

Somewhere at a computer last Wednesday, a developer pushed a button and the 1 millionth mobile app went to market.

Apps shrink the functions that were once available only on a desktop computer to make them usable on smartphones and mobile devices – stock trades, restaurant reviews, Facebook, streaming radio, photographs, news articles, videos and, of course, Angry Birds.

The pace of new app development dwarfs the release of other kinds of media. “Every week about 100 movies get released worldwide,...

By 3Squared, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Android team takes developers to school with Android Training program

Dust off your Trapper Keeper and strap on those brand new sneakers, because Android school is now in session.

Yesterday, the Android Developers team announced the launch of Android Training — a set of online classes designed to help users create better apps.

The tutorials, available for free, provide aspiring devs with step-by-step instructions and tips on how to implement effective navigation tools, optimize battery life and solve other “common Android development problems.”

At the moment,...

By 3Squared, 16 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Apple to Launch 2880×1800 Res ‘Retina Display’ MacBook Pro in Q2 2012?

In a report sure to excite our readers, DigiTimes is saying that Apple may be readying an ultra high-resolution MacBook Pro for as early as Q2 2012:

“Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.”

The publication cites supply chain partners as the source for the information which...

By 3Squared, 14 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.

Kindle Fire software update coming in less than two weeks

In the wake of user complaints about web browsing speeds and other performance issues, Amazon has told the New York Times that it will be releasing a software update for the Kindle Fire “in less than two weeks.”

That timeframe would put this new software update about a month after the 6.2 update released at the end of November.

The improvements will include performance updates and (finally) the ability to edit the list of recently used items on the home-screen carousel.

A tipster has also informed...

By 3Squared, 13 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Devices.

Australia’s high court lifts Samsung Galaxy Tab ban

Australia’s High Court has lifted a ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy tablet in the country in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Apple won a ban on the devices, claiming Samsung had copied its iPhone and iPad.

South Korean Samsung had been unable to sell products in Australia since July.

The two companies are engaged in legal battles in more than 10 countries since April accusing each other of infringing smartphone and tablet patents.

Last month, Samsung won an appeal against a temporary...

By 3Squared, 09 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, Samsung.

Android passes 10 billion app milestone

Android users have now downloaded more than 10 billion apps, Google said on Tuesday.

The milestone was reached over the past weekend, the company said in a blog post, adding that it now had a growth rate of a billion app downloads per month.

By 3Squared, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores.

Analysts See iPhone 4S Supply Constraints Throughout Holiday Quarter

Fortune summarizes a pair of analyst reports out today suggesting that Apple may be experiencing some supply constraints on the iPhone 4S during this holiday quarter.

The company has obviously been working hard to demand for the device as shipping estimates through iPhone carrier partners and even Apple itself have at times been lengthy, but beyond high demand the new reports suggest that Apple may be having some trouble meeting...

By 3Squared, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, Devices.

Adobe promises Flash for Android Ice Cream Sandwich

The mobile version of Flash will get one last outing on the Android platform before it is discontinued, Adobe has said.

The company said Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, would get a version of Flash by the end of the year, according to a Pocket-lint report on Monday. That will be the last time Adobe releases any iteration of Flash for mobile, although it has promised to release critical bug fixes and security updates.

“Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which...

By 3Squared, 28 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adobe, Android, Development Tools.

Apple Claims Potential Injunction Against iCloud Could Result in $2.7bn Loss

FOSS Patents reports that a pending court case in Germany could have significant ramifications for Apple, with a potential injunction shutting down the company’s iCloud service there over infringement of a Motorola Mobility patent being pegged as a $2.7 billion risk to Apple.

In brief, Motorola asserted last year that Apple’s MobileMe service infringes upon a Motorola patent related to data synchronization. Motorola amended the suit to include iCloud...

By 3Squared, 23 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Cloud, Industry.

Visa rolls out new resources to boost payment app development

Summary: Visa announces both its new Development Center with tools for developers to create payment applications along with a new acceptance mark.

Visa evidently wants to get as many e-commerce and mobile payment applications out the door as possible, made clear by the launch of the new Visa Developer Center.

The online resource center is primarily designed to offer developers concentrating on the e-commerce and mobile market with the tools they would need to produce and deploy apps at a “rapid”...

By 3Squared, 18 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Nokia launches Windows Phone

Nokia have launched two new Windows Phone handsets as well as new Symbian devices at Nokia World this week.

Nokia launched its comeback bid in London today – the struggling mobile phone manufacturer unveiled two new Windows Phone handsets, running the latest version of the software and aimed at the midrange of the market, as well as new handsets based on its aging Symbian operating system.

The new devices (Nokia Lumina 800 and Nokia Lumina 710) will be the first since Nokia CEO Stephen...

By 3Squared, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Microsoft.

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.

Amazon Fire will Restrict In-App Purchasing

Developers of Android apps for the upcoming Kindle Fire will have to live within Amazon’s more closed idea of the Google mobile operating system.

Early indications are that Amazon will be carefully reviewing the apps that make it onto the Kindle Fire and will also ensure that it gets a piece from any revenue streams that come through the apps. While Fire will be running the Android OS, the Amazon interface will restrict users to apps within the company’s own apps store.

Late last week Amazon...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Devices, Monetisation.

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.

Some great statistics from the iPhone keynote..

Being one of the few companies that develop for Android, iPhone and Blackberry we’re constantly assisting companies with their business case and specifically the justification for targeting specific devices.

And typically when asked to assist in such a justification we often aim to back up our recommendations with statistics. Over the years we’ve gathered a huge amount of intelligence that is regularly used with our customers to best position their applications.

Information including download...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple.

Location, Location, Location

It’s amazing how many companies won’t do business with you because you’re not in the same city, town or region. Despite the advancements in technology and travel it’s still peoples preference to have a supplier close to them.

But does having a supplier in the same town actually mean you get to see them, in person more often? I’d really like to see the stats on this as I bet this isn’t the case.

Our account managers travel the length and breadth of the country offering...

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

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.