Posts Tagged ‘iOS’

Dec 21

A mobile operating system is good only if there are developers who believe in it and develop applications for its applications store. In this year iOS was by far the preferred platform by the application developers in the war Android vs iOS, the platform of Apple won certainly. Comparing the projects for applications started on the two platforms in Q3 2011 over three quarters of projects were started for iOS and not for Android OS platform.

While the market nearly doubled for both platforms, we believe key events changed the proportion of support between these two platforms.  Of particular note, Apple expanded distribution for iOS devices beyond its long-standing exclusive with AT&T to include Verizon in February and Sprint in October.

The information is coming from Flurry, a company that analyzes the data sent of over 55,000 companies who use its software. It is well known that the App Store of Apple generates more money than Google’s Android Market and probably from this reason iOS won in Q2 of 2011 the confidence of some developers of applications for Android. Finally Google can not yet compete with Apple to attract developers to its platform and probably will not ever be able to do this but at least it tries.



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Dec 17

For some users iOS 5 proved to be the main enemy of the battery autonomy. iOS 5.0.1 solved the problem for some users but for others Apple was forced to admit the second time that launched a version of iOS with problems and now is working on iOS 5.1.

iOS 5.1 beta 2 was released this week and it is expected to solve all the problems with the life battery, the solution could reach soon. Meanwhile an Italian forum made a small battery test on the iOS 5.1 beta 2 and they found that compared to iOS 5.0.1 there is a marginally improved autonomy.

We talk about a few extra minutes of usage for an iPhone 4S but they say that Apple keep open processes in beta versions, processes that improve the battery autonomy. In my experience, what you find in beta verison, you will find in the final version and the battery life has not improved, in my case, at the transition from beta to a final version.

I can say that in all versions of iOS 5.0.1 beta for iPhone 4S I get over 6 hours of usage on making any on the device but to be honest I do not think that I’ll obtain the same thing from any version of iOS 5.x.



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Dec 11

Soon it will fulfill two months since iOS 5 is available to users and from when we do not have an untethered jailbreak solution available. In desperation to make untethered jailbreak or jailbreak for for their own iDevice, some users are willing to buy and download any alleged jailbreak solutions.

Some pay tens of dollars on solutions that do not work, while others get all kinds of dubious sites of some false “jailbreak teams” and download programs that infect computers with malware, keyloggers, viruses, etc…

If you start to download jailbreak solutions that you not have heard then think well before you run this program on your computer. If you do not have antivirus or you have a weak antivirus it might to wake up with a infected computer by a malware that might steal personal data and could send them to the server of some hackers.

This kind of practice is for several years on the internet and not infrequently there were users who complained that their computers infected with viruses or malware after they have used.



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Dec 11

Carrier IQ is the company that helped the install in iDevices, Android smartphones, Nokia or Blackberry devices allowing to the software manufacturers and mobile operators to monitor the user activity on their devices. On Android is the biggest problem because Carrier IQ works as a keylogger and monitor each letter typed by users. Although some did not want to admit this, Eric Schmidt, the chairman of the Google board, admitted that Carrier IQ software is an “acceptable program”.

But he made it clear that Google does not approve of Carrier IQ’s methods. Its software is pre-installed and collects data in the background to report back to operators. Users are unable to disable it without completely wiping their smartphone.

Although Eric Schmidt acknowledged that the Carrier IQ is not good for users, he said that Google had no interference in its implementation in mobile devices. Moreover, Eric Schmidt said that this software was able to be implemented in Android OS as an open platform and talk that Google would not how to stop it. Fortunately, all producers will get this software from all the devices that iOS and Android OS installed but unfortunately it took everything to become public before this happen.



Dec 07

Writing this article reminded me of promotions that some companies producing of games for iOS and Android it runs lately. Gameloft and EA Games have provided hundreds of games at a reduced price or even free, in some cases, for iOS platform in Android OS case things are much better. For the platform of Google, the big companies offer promotions much better and I say this because I’ve seen often games available for free on Android and available for a price in the App Store.

There is a very big difference between marketing strategy for the two platforms and at first glance it seems that the iDevice owners are provided “as bad” by these companies. When you offer some games at €0.79 on iOS but give them free Android you will take criticism on you. Unfortunately this did not happen only once but is a normal practice for major game development companies and I think in time they will have plenty to lose.

It is well known that Android handset owners do not really buy applications but owners of iDevice do, but for the different strategy between the two platforms I have another theory. Whether applications for Android are just so terrible that people would not give money on them or take advantage of available companies iDevice owners to buy applications. I do not think that applications for Android are really that bad that can not be sold, so I go on the idea that these companies profit from the fact that in the App Store is buying the applications and does not give too many free things.



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