The one smartphone feature we take for granted every day, one that has evolved into an app category of its own, is the virtual keyboard. There are various custom keyboard apps listed in app stores waiting to offer smartphone users a better experience than default options. In fact, many of them extend across platforms, bringing the same features to users no matter what devices they own. The better and smaller these gadgets get over time though, the better the virtual keyboards must get as well.
Android may trump iOS in terms of market share, but when it comes to actually generating profits for developers, Apple’s mobile platform still stands supreme.
According to recently tabulated data from app store analytics firm App Annie, apps downloaded on iOS generate far more revenue than those downloaded via Google Play. What’s more, with Apple continuing to make strong inroads in China, the revenue gap between the two rival mobile platforms is increasing. All told, iOS users tend to spend up to four times as much on apps than Android users.
One of the longstanding complaints about iOS was that Apple, in stark contrast to Android, wasn’t open to third-party keyboards. Thankfully, with the introduction of iOS 8, Apple revamped its keyboard software in a major way. Now comes word that Apple may have a few more keyboard tricks up its sleeve, at least as it pertains to the iPad.
It’s gotten to a point where I’m a bit hesitant to download new iOS updates as they come in. Inevitably, new iOS updates have a penchant for crippling some form of basic functionality for large swaths of people. What follows next is a seemingly long wait for the next iterative iOS update to hopefully fix whatever was messed up previously.
After falling victim to this frustrating cycle too many times, I’ve decided to take a “wait and see” approach. And so, with iOS 8.3 having been released yesterday, I opted to sit on the sidelines and see how it was received before deciding to press the download button. As it turns out, some iPhone and iPad users who upgraded to iOS 8.3 are already experiencing problems with their device’s Touch ID as it pertains to App Store purchases.
Android fans are a proud bunch who don’t like admitting things they envy about other platforms, especially those made by (*spit*) Apple. However, open-minded Android and iOS fans alike can see things in other platforms they like and Reddit’s Android community recently had a confessional session in which they admitted what iOS features they’d most like to see Android adopt in the future. More →
What if you could instantly pick up your phone to learn more details about a certain historical landmark or your location and then get visual cues about how that particular place changed over time? That’s what a new application called Pivot looks to offer smartphone users: A way of traveling back in time and staying connected to the history of a certain place, as long as there are available pictures of that place to tell its story. More →
A new study from Carnegie Mellon reveals that smartphone applications collect location-related data a lot more than you think. And as Wired reports, and it’s not always clear what happens with that data and whether it’s safely used by the parties it’s shared with. More →
A security researcher recently discovered certain iOS and Android apps were able to see your private Facebook photos without your knowledge. Upon being informed about the matter, Facebook only needed 30 minutes to patch the security issue, although the company’s troubles may be far from over. More →
Wikipedia is the sixth most popular website in America according to Alexa, and hundreds of millions of people rely on the site to some degree. Of course, most people also know what they’re getting themselves into when visiting Wikipedia. The information is crowd-sourced so some pages can’t always be relied upon, and the site features a very basic design that’s reminiscent of the early days of the World Wide Web.
We constantly try to share great tips and tricks with our readers in an effort to help them get the most out of their gadgets. Sometimes we put our own lists of tips together, and sometimes we point out useful lists that can be found on other sites. I came across one such list this morning, but it was presented in a particularly curious way.
The post framed eight iOS and Mac features as things that people likely don’t use because they’re too subtle or are “big misses” that remind us Apple is “human” and makes mistakes. Interestingly, however, I use and love every single feature the site listed. More →
Since iOS 8 was released this past September, Apple has taken its sweet time in issuing significant iOS updates. Thankfully, Apple has recently picked up the pace with iOS 8.2 having been released last week and the third beta of iOS 8.3 being pushed out just a few days ago.
As opposed to other iOS updates that typically focus on stability enhancements and bug fixes, iOS 8.3 is an extremely big deal. At long last, iOS 8.3 promises to fix the poorly designed iOS 8 keyboard which resulted in many iPhone users accidentally pressing the period key when they really meant to hit the spacebar.