Apps such as WhatsApp, Line, WeChat and Voxer have definitely done their fair share to advance ever more affordable communication between the masses – as long as one is connected to a Wi-Fi network or has a decent data plan, and are using a smartphone. Well, Voxer, a pioneer in push-to-talk (PTT) and multimedia messaging, has just announced that Voxer 3.0 for iOS is released. This will be a completely redesigned app, where it is touted to deliver faster access to new messages, boast of extended battery life as well as a redesigned, intuitive user interface that will be able to deliver a seamless and content rich push-to-talk experience.
Say what you will of Facebook Home but what it has brought to Android devices is a pretty convenient chat feature called Chat Heads. For those who use Facebook, whether it be on iOS or Android, you guys have probably encountered Chat Heads which are basically icons featuring your friend’s photo that lets you chat with them.
On Android this is pretty convenient as the Chat Heads appear on the home screen, thus letting you chat with friends without having to open the Facebook or Messenger app. Unfortunately for iOS, Chat Heads is limited to the Facebook app, but if you’re running a jailbroken iOS device, perhaps Message Box might be a tweak worth checking out. (more…)
iOS Tweak Brings Facebook Chat Heads Onto The iPhone original content from Ubergizmo.
It was earlier in the week that Apple had officially released iOS 7.1 after what seemed like forever. While the update from iOS 7 to iOS 7.1 is not as dramatic as the upgrade from iOS 6 to iOS 7, it seems that there is a steady pace of adoption. In fact previous numbers released by Chitika have revealed that the platform managed to gain a 6% adoption in 24 hours.
Now according to the latest figures also from Chitika, they have revealed that iOS 7.1’s adoption rate is now at 18% after 72 hours. This is considerably slower than iOS 7’s adoption rate which sat at almost 30% adoption in 72 hours. (more…)
Apple’s iOS platform is one that many developers opt to develop for first. Perhaps it’s more lucrative, perhaps the developers are iOS fans themselves, we’re not sure, but according to a recent report in the Edge, it has been suggested that due to clone games and free-to-play titles, the app store experience has been “soured”.
As gamers are probably well-aware of, there are plenty of cloned games in the App Store. In fact this was highlighted rather prominently after Flappy Bird had been removed, which then saw an influx of Flappy Bird-like clones hitting the App Store in a bid to capitalize on the craze of the game. (more…)
While Apple’s Mac computers are starting to become more commonplace, it is safe to say that their distribution numbers still pale in comparison to the likes of the Windows platform where it is used more widely, especially in schools, businesses, and governments. That being said, is it fair to compare iOS to OS X where the latter is viewed as a niche player just because it is by Apple? Well perhaps not, and that’s what Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook refutes when asked if the mobile market will eventually follow the PC market where Apple will end up catering to a niche market with iOS.
Cook stated that directly comparing the PC and mobile market doesn’t work due to the differences. One of the reasons is because unlike Mac where there aren’t as many apps available compared to Windows, iOS has a very strong developer base which we have to admit is true, as most developers tend to choose for iOS first followed by other platforms. He also compared Android to Europe, where many countries (manufacturers) rally themselves under one name (Android). “Android is like Europe. Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn’t understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren’t like U.S. states. They were very different. Android is many things.” Cook goes on to state that there might be some customers who don’t even know that they are using Android. “How many people who use a Kindle know that they’re using Android? And you see what Samsung is doing by putting more and more software on top. I think it’s night and day. The compare is so off.”
BlackBerry continues to improve its now cross platform messaging service, BlackBerry Messenger, after opening it up for other platforms for the time time in history last year. Today an updated BBM for Android and iOS app has been announced which brings a new feature called Find Friends. This will allow users to easily find out which of their contacts are using BBM so they can send them a PIN invite. The feature is quite similar to what other cross platform messaging apps like WhatsApp offer, it too is capable of scanning through the users’ address book to find out which of their contacts are using its service.
Traffic will be the death of all of us, at least that’s what most drivers think when they’re hopelessly gridlocked. Nobody likes being stuck in traffic, and thanks to modern technology, we now have a better chance of finding a less congested route home. Bringing its iOS app at par with the Android counterpart, Google Maps for iOS has received a new update today which will alert users when a faster route to their ultimate destination becomes available. This feature is only available in markets where navigation is supported.
Google Maps For iOS Now Shows You The Fastest Route Home original content from Ubergizmo.
Pebble was perhaps the only smartwatch that stood out from the crowd last year. What initially started as a crowdfunding campaign is now a product that’s known around the world. Pebble isn’t what it used to be, the company has launched a new model crafted from steel, and it has also launched an app store that contains apps exclusively developed for the popular smartphone. The Pebble appstore was first announced back at CES 2014 and today it has finally been launched. The appstore is now live, touting over 1,000 applications and watchfaces. Its baked into the Pebble app for iOS and Android. Users can peruse apps and watchfaces, then simply download the ones they like from their smartphone.
A couple of days back Twitter released an update for its Android application. The updated app brought revamped photo editing features, which now allow users to crop, rotate, change aspects and a lot more with images before they’re posted to the microblogging network. The company hasn’t taken long to extend all those features to iOS as well. Today, a Twitter iOS app update has been released, which brings the aforementioned revamped photo editing features.
Android offers users a lot more customization options as opposed to iOS, which is one of the reasons why customers often go for devices running Google’s mobile operating system. On Android, users can choose from a wide variety of custom keyboards if they don’t like the stock offering, whereas on iOS, users don’t enjoy such liberties. SwiftKey happens to be one of the most popular custom keyboards for Android, and today SwiftKey for iOS makes it debut, not as a keyboard that gets baked in but rather as a standalone note taking application.