The Flappy Bird saga may be the stupidest phenomenon the world has seen since Linsanity but it’s definitely a phenomenon nonetheless. App Annie points out that Flappy Bird clones are now the No. 1 games on iOS charts in more than 30 different countries including the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. More →
Smartphone software is constantly improving across the board with each new generation, but there’s one thing that we have always been able to rely on since the dawn of the modern handset: autocorrect is just awful. The technology was intended to minimize errors while typing on tiny smartphone keyboards or on glass screens, and sometimes it does its job quite well. But sometimes it really, really doesn’t. More →
SwiftKey on Thursday announced its first ever iOS application, SwiftKey Note, which is available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free download from the App Store. The application, already seen in a couple of leaks in previous days, aims to bring users “faster note taking to iPhone and iPad,” although it won’t replace the default keyboard in iOS, something Apple still doesn’t allow app developers to do. More →
A few months ago, Google introduced a new subset of apps on the Chrome Web Store that are able function on the desktop without an internet connection, outside of the Chrome browser. Google announced on Tuesday that developers now have the capability to port those apps to iOS and Android with a new toolchain that wraps the app with a native application shell and enables the developers to make their programs available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Common Chrome APIs will also be made available for the upcoming mobile applications. A sample of how a ported app will look on an Android smartphone can be seen below. More →
A highly detailed investigation from Android Police reveals part of what must be the purgatory of the app development universe, where shady development companies lure in customers with app-related promises that aren’t kept, cheating them for thousands of dollars in the process. The publication has discovered “a ring of scammy app development websites” that promote app development services after a tipster sent in word that his app appeared in the “portfolio” of one of these shaddy sites. More →
Last week, developer Steven Troughton-Smith released several screenshots of Apple’s upcoming iOS navigation software, iOS in the Car. Using iOS Simulator, Troughton-Smith has since put together a short video that shows the app in action both as it would appear on the dashboard of a car and on an actual iPhone screen. According to the video description, iOS in the Car will support multiple resolutions as well as touchscreens, buttons, wheels and basically any other dashboard control mechanism. While the app is running, users will not be able to multitask; the “car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone.” The app also lacks a keyboard UI. In order to control iOS in the Car, you’ll have to resort to voice commands. Check out the full video below to see how the app functions in conjunction with an iPhone. More →
The popular SwiftKey keyboard app that’s available on Android devices may soon be available to iOS device users as well as a SwiftKey Note app. After hinting the previous day that Swiftkey is coming to the App Store – “SwiftKey on iOS?” he asked – @evleaks has returned with an actual screenshot of the app, which is apparently called SwiftKey Note. The app, however, is not available in the App Store just yet, and the developer has not listed it on its website. More →
If the only thing holding you back from switching to Android is the inconvenience of having to start over on a new phone, Motorola has developed a solution for you. Motorola Migrate is the simplest way to transfer all of your data from your old phone over to a new one, whether you’re upgrading from one Android device to another, or ditching iOS and converting. To transfer from Android to Android, simply download the device on both phones, use your old phone to scan the QR code on your new phone, and it will send all of your information to your new phone wirelessly. iOS to Android is just as easy: sign in to your iCloud and Google accounts, and all of your contacts, photos, videos and text messages will be transferred from one to the other. Check out a video of the app in action below. More →
As we’ve mentioned before, the next big battle between Apple and Google seems to be over which company will get to use its software to power your car. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has posted a number of screenshots from Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car release that show us how Apple is refining the user interface of its new car-centric mobile OS. 9to5Mac notices, for instance, notes that “the design shown in the images… show a user-interface that is strikingly different to the one shown at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013,” as “Apple is toying with moving the horizontal status bar into the vertical position,” thus giving it “more space on the already small car touchscreen consoles.” More →
It looks like Google is planning to invade the iOS App Store once again in the near future. A recent post in the Chromium open issues tracker reveals that the remote desktop management app Google is building for Android phones and tablets will also be made available for iOS devices. The app is referred to as “Chromoting,” and much like other remote desktop apps, it will allow users to access their computers from their phones and tablets. According to the post, the Android version of the app is much further along than its iOS counterpart. There is no release information, but the Android client is expected to launch before the iOS app.
Unhappy with the dominance of foreign mobile and desktop operating systems in its country, the Chinese government it backing a China Operating System (COS) that is supposed to take on Google, Apple and Microsoft in the region. Shanghai Laintong is the company developing COS in partnership with the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS), Engadget reports. Interestingly, it’s HTC that’s actually providing hardware for the COS platform, at least for now.
Apple revealed last week that it had raked in over $10 billion from App Store sales in 2013, a clear indicator that the market for mobile apps is still booming. This week, Flurry Analytics has released its own yearly data, and according to the report, overall app usage is up 115% year-over-year. In fact, each and every app category the company measures posted growth in 2013, including games, fitness and news apps, some of which were feared to be reaching their peaks. The leading factor for growth was, perhaps unsurprisingly, social and messaging apps, such as Snapchat, Kik, WhatsApp and LINE. More →