Where would we be without apps? Perhaps wandering around a desert aimlessly, swiping at a trackball or poking at a resistive touchscreen with a stylus. On-device app portals completely changed the way we use our smartphones, tablets and even computers. Limits are gone, and our smartphones constantly morph with each new piece of software we install. The challenge now, of course, is finding the right applications. And with 1.2 million apps in Apple’s App Store alone, it certainly isn’t easy. More →
We continue to get a tremendous amount of positive feedback on our ongoing series on well designed iPhone apps that everyone should check out, and the reason for that is fairly obvious: it’s hard to find great apps. The right app can completely change your iPhone experience dramatically though, and we have made it our mission to help as many people as possible find great apps that make using their iPhones a little bit more enjoyable. More →
Apple users have the reputation for being blindly loyal but a surprising number of them have crossed over to “the dark side” by buying an Android phone. According to a new survey of more than 3,800 people from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, roughly 35% of iPad owners and 28% of Mac owners have an Android smartphone. Even though a clear majority of iPad and Mac owners do own an iPhone, it’s still somewhat surprising to see such a big chunk of users using both iOS and Android, especially given all of the comically whiny essays we’re read from Apple diehards who couldn’t even stand to use Android for a day. More →
Serious question: can you ever really have enough great photo editing apps on your iPhone? Whether you answered yes or no, photo editors are some of the most popular apps out there, and for good reason. Apple’s iPhones capture beautiful images out of the box, but awesome third-party apps can turn a nice photo into a stunning masterpiece.
And right now, two fantastic iPhone photo editors can be downloaded for free for a limited time. More →
Wouldn’t it be great if the notifications on your iPhone also popped up on your Mac while you were working or doing anything else on your computer? Wouldn’t it be great if you could pick and choose which iOS apps displayed notifications so you don’t lose your mind as 50 notifications pop up in the span of three minutes while your mom proceeds to like every photo in your Instagram timeline? Wouldn’t it be great if all this there were possible without jailbreaking your phone?
Say hello to Notifyr. More →
Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously vowed to destroy Android because it is a stolen product. “I don’t want your money,” Jobs is said to have told Google’s Eric Schmidt during a meeting. “If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.”
Whether or not you agree with Jobs in a broad sense, there is simply no denying that these two mobile platforms are very different in a number of key areas. And according to one mobile expert, a single screenshot shows that Android is years ahead of the iPhone and iOS when it comes to usability. More →
Fleksy on Thursday announced that its Android keyboard app has broken the Guinness World Record for fastest testing, a feature Microsoft has recently bragged with during its Windows Phone 8.1 unveiling event. Microsoft said that using its Windows Phone WordFlow tech a user was able to beat the old record of 20.53 seconds to type a 126-letter sentence by more than two seconds (18.44 seconds). Now Fleksy says it has bested Microsoft by 0.25 seconds. More →
Students from Columbia’s University’s Department of Computer Science have developed Cider, a neat mobile OS compatibility architecture that lets them run any iOS application on an Android device. The six students involved with the project demoed Cider on a Nexus 7 (2012), which is able to run all sorts of iOS applications right alongside Android apps. More →
Google has just rolled out a major Google Maps update for mobile devices, available to both iOS and Android users, which brings several interesting features, including the ability to save maps offline in order to access them later without needing an Internet connection. PhoneArena has put together a quick guide on how to save offline maps on Android devices, although the same procedure is available to iOS users as well. More →
Here’s a painfully ironic twist of fate if you happen to work for a particular Cupertino, California-based consumer tech giant: Google, maker of iOS’s top mobile platform rival, is the top publisher in the iOS App Store by download volume, when excluding games. The news comes from App Annie, which recently released its March data. More →
AirSquirrels, creator of popular apps AirParrot and Reflector, on Thursday launched an interesting new application that works on a variety of platforms and lets users share their app screens, but also other documents and files, with others. Called Slingshot, the app will make it very easy for iPhone and iPad users to share apps and documents with iOS, Mac, Windows and Android users. More →
After offering Android users 100GB of combined backup and sync cloud storage for just $0.99 per year, iDrive on Wednesday announced that it’s bringing the same offer to iOS device users. The company will offer iPhone and iPad users 50GB of cloud for data backup purposes and 50GB for syncing, thus matching its offer for Android devices. More →
Kelso’s Quest is the latest creation from Avocoder, the mobile app developer behind Toasty Boy, a Flappy Bird parody that managed to crack the top 100 free games chart on the App Store last month. Unlike Toasty Boy, Kelso’s Quest is a completely original title, mixing in elements of the puzzle and adventure genres as the eponymous Kelso journeys through treacherous environments in search of his kidnapped son. At the end of each set of levels, Kelso will face off against a boss, learning more about the motivations behind the kidnapping as he takes down a variety of evil beasts. Kelso’s Quest is expected to launch on the App Store this week and Google Play in the future. The full trailer follows below.