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July 12, 2011

Apple iOS 5 vs Android Ice Cream Sandwich

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Apple recently announced iOS 5 -available to customers this Fall. The new release contains over 200 + updates and is available on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4G, iPad, iPad 2 and iPod Touch. Here are the key features:

  1. Notification Center: which is quite similar to Android’s implementation. GoogleChic is fuming over this! 🙂 You can slide down the Notification Center and display all your notifications and access them right away. The new notifications don’t interrupt and they are displayed at the top of the screen when they appear. Also,  the lock screen neatly displays all the notifications, and you can just slide on each notification from the lock screen, which is pretty cool.
  2. Newstand: As a fan of eMagazines and Newspapers, I think this is one of the most useful features in this release. It gives a central place for iOS users to access all the ezines and newspapers. It has a shelf screen like iBooks and automatically downloads the latest edition, which is very convenient.
  3. iMessage: provides a new messaging service to all its iOS users. Finally we can save on all those text messaging fees that AT&T and Verizon is ripping us off.
  4. PC free: You can buy a new iDevice and activate and setup it up wirelessly; no more iTunes to set it up. All the Over The Air updates, WiFi syncing and iCloud backup in this release is making me giddy 🙂
  5. Twitter: Apple now gives a system wide integration for Twitter (which is probably the only third party app Apple has integrated with). Once you sign in, you should be able to tweet from any where on the phone. Apple wouldn’t do it unless there was popular demand for this. I can only imagine how many extra tweets this is going to generate.
  6. Safari : The three new Safari features in this release is tabbed browsing, Reader and Reading List. I love the new Safari reader feature. It removes all the ads and distractions while you are reading an article. It basically strips out all the flak and gives you the meat. Reading List lets you bookmark your article, which iCloud syncs to all your iDevices. GoogleChic wont like to hear it but the truth is that Android uses an Apple’s Safari Engine (WebKit) in its browser. So effectively, Safari Engine provides for 90% of mobile phone browsing 🙂 
  7. Reminders: Apple’s advanced reminder system, among other things provides location-based reminders which is synced to iCloud and with all your other iDevices. 
  8. Camera and Photos: You don’t have to look for the camera App when you want to take a picture. Now you can access it directly from the lock screen and even use the volume up button to take a picture. Apple has also introduced photo editing including red-eye reduction, crop, rotate and enhance along with iCloud syncing to photos.
iOS 5 goes hand in hand with iCloud. So this really is the first step into integrating Apple’s devices into cloud based computing. I can’t wait to see what the next release holds. I bet GoogleChic wants to show off some Android Ice Cream Sandwich features now 🙂

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

AppleGirl has one thing right, heck yeah I want to brag just a little about Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead of boring y’all with a side by side comparison with iOS 5, and point out how most of the features were inspired by Android :). Let’s explore what Google has to offer with Ice Cream Sandwich; Android 4.0.Ice Cream Sandwich will include all of the features from Honeycomb which is currently only available on tablets. It’ll run across all devices from phones, tablets to laptops. It’s looks like Google is trying to stop fragmentation (at least that’s what AppleGirl claims :)) and building an OS that can run across all devices. 

The coolest feature is the ability to utilize the camera to recognize the movement of a user and adjust the display accordingly. Similarly, it uses the camera for the facial recognition software in which it can act as a “virtual camera operator”. Check out the video below to see the demo. Android 4.0 will also contain new APIs that will allow for the UI to adjust depending on available screen space on the device.

Ice Cream Sandwich is schedule to launch in Q4 and it’s rumored to launch on a new device, perhaps the Nexus 4G?

June 12, 2011

Patent Wars: HTC vs. Microsoft, Apple vs. Samsung

BY THE APPLE GIRL

For every Android phone it sells, HTC has agreed to pay $5 to Microsoft over intellectual patent infringement. Although it is not clear on the area of infringement, those close to the company indicate that the infringement broadly applies in areas ranging from the user interface to the underlying operating system. HTC also makes Windows phones but apparenty thats irrelevant.
So there you go, Microsoft has found its way into making some $$ from Android. 
BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS obviously is far less superior than Android which is why they’re trying to make some $$ off Android 🙂

It seems like everyone is suing each other these days. Apple filed a suit in April claiming that Samsung stole the “look and feel” of the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung later in the month filed a suit against Apple claiming that it infringed on 10 patents. Namely, the ability to use the web while on the phone.

In the end, Apple is still Samsung’s number two customer as Samsung provides the processor chips for the iPhones. Come on people, competition is good for the market!

 

May 15, 2011

New iPad 2 ad!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Have you seen the new iPad 2 TV ad? Both, the new “If you asked” TV commercial and the earlier iPad 2 ad “We believe” humanize the device. Something that other technology companies fail to do. No surprise that Apple was named the most valuable brand for 2011 at $153 billion.

Apple iPad 2- “If you asked” ad

Apple iPad 2 – “We believe” ad

 

May 4, 2011

The new cloud music race!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Music in the cloud rocks. Save your music online and stream it directly to an authorized device such as your computer, phone or tablet.  Easy as that. No more storage, copy, sync issues, everything lives on the internet. While there are companies like Spotify, Mog and Rdio in the cloud music streaming, which one of the three big techie players – Apple, Google or Amazon are going to do big in the cloud music streaming service? 

Amazon is the first in online music streaming among the three companies. It’s recently launched Cloud Drive lets you buy and store your music online, play it on the web or play it with an Android App on your phone. 

Apple seems to be ready to launch its cloud music locker. Apple’s acquisition of Lala, an online music streaming service last year was all but an harbinger of the next Apple venture. You can expect iTunes music locker to roll out soon!

Google, a new comer to the music industry, is also planning to launch an online music streaming service. Its negotiations with record labels have been in the news since last year.  HP is also rumored to unleash its online music streaming service! Looks like everyone and anyone is investing in cloud services! I wonder how Microsoft is going to respond. 

 BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Have you seen those “to the cloud” commercials by Microsoft? They have built this whole Cloud Power cloud services that allows Windows users to create albums, docs and movies and share it on the cloud. I think it’s a matter of time before Microsoft jumps on the bandwagon and offer cloud music. As for the Fandroids out there, there’s a leaked version of Android Music 3.0 which has streaming capabilities. It looks like Google has laid all the ground work needed for cloud streaming, the only thing that remains is to negotiate the streaming terms with the music industry. 


P.S You can download the Android Music 3.0 app off of the droidlife link

Source: yahoo, droidlife

March 26, 2011

Microsoft and Nokia trying to make a comeback with $1 billion?

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Have you seen the latest numbers reported by comScore survey? Out of 30,000 subscribers, Google took the lead with 31.2% of the market share! RIM came in at 30.4%, Apple at 24.7% and Microsoft at 8.0%.

With Microsoft at 8% no wonder they’re paying Nokia $1 billion to manufacture their Windows Phone. If they succeed, it will benefit both parties. However, are they too late? It’ll be a long trek up from the bottom of the ladder, let’s see how this pans out.


source: comScore,bloomberg

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

A Securities and Exchange commission document indicates that Nokia expects to transition to Windows Phone 7 platform in about two years. Yes TWO years! Can you imagine where iPhone and Android phones will be by then?

Nokia also indicates that until it moves to Windows Phone 7, it will continue to leverage its investment in Symbian. Nokia has had a setback in the phone industry with the advent of the iPhone and Android devices. I really doubt if tieing the knot with Microsoft is going to help them to make a comeback.

What do you think?

source: ComputerWorld

February 1, 2011

1984…XOOM into the future with Motorola

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Check out the super bowl teaser for the Motorola XOOM. The XOOM will be the 1st 10.1 inch tablet running Honeycomb (Android 3.0). It also sports a 1GHz dual core processor and supports 1080p video playback, pretty sweet huh? Well what’s even sweeter is Motorola’s teaser taking a jab at Apple 😉

“It is time to live a free life”! If this is the teaser I wonder what will happen on super bowl day! AppleGirl and I are getting together not to watch the game but the ads 😉

More about the Motorola XOOM

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

GoogleChic, I hope you have considered the fact that Motorola Xoom will be competing with iPad 2 (rumored to be released in the next few months). The new iPad is expected to have a dual core, a better display with front and back cameras. The choice between the two OS’s is obvious.  I would rather buy a well tested, aged and tablet optimized software (iOS) than an OS that is not even commercially released.

As for the ad, GoogleChic, there have been a lot of Android phones and tablets (the very few that are out there) that said the same thing about Apple. They haven’t  budged Apple from being the top dog 🙂

While we are talking about 1984, check out Apple’s 1984 ad!


December 26, 2010

12 days of Christmas is here!

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Are you ready for more Christmas giveaways? Today, Apple started its “12 days of Christmas” which offers free songs, music videos, Apps and a movie for 12 days from 26 December 2010 to 6 January 2011.

The bad news is that its not available in the US but you can get the Apple goodies if you have an iTunes account in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Ireland.

Download the free ’12 days of Christmas” iPhone app and go get the first freebie, which is a song and video by Cheryl Cole!

December 21, 2010

WordLens – Best iPhone App ever!

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

This is one of the coolest and most handy Apps that I have seen on the iPhone! It’s called WordLens and it uses the camera on the iPhone along with Optical Character Recognition Technology to translate words from one language to another in real time. So if you are lost in a foreign country because you cannot read the road signs, all you have to do is point your iPhone camera lens at the sign and you can see the translated words on your iPhone screen.

The best thing about the App is that it doesn’t need an internet connection so you don’t have to worry about roaming or phone charges in foreign countries. Albeit it currently only supports Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation, WordLens says it will most likely add French, Italian and Portuguese soon.

Are you saying “How much does this awesome App cost”? It’s $4.99 for the Spanish to English translation and vice versa. But if you would like to see how it works and what the real time translation might look like, then go on over to the App Store and install the free version of the App. Although the free version only reverses and erases words, it will give you an idea of how cool it really is 🙂

GoogleChic, don’t go rummaging through the Android Market for the App, because you won’t find it there yet. Apparently WordLens figured that it would be best to release it first on the iPhone to measure the App’s success. But if you need some help with translation, I will gladly lend you my iPhone 🙂

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

The WordLens app is pretty sweet! Although there are many other OCR (optical character recognition) applications on the market, WordLens stands out because it doesn’t require a data connection in order to do it’s translation. Most apps requires you to take a picture of the text which then gets uploaded to a server foso tr translation. Hopefully, they’ll release the Android verison soon and support more languages.

For now, Snapit is a pretty good alternative. It has the capability  to extract the text from a picture and allows for you to share it. Of course, it can also translate the text to other languages. However, this requires a data connection. Hey at least this supports more than one language 😉

December 19, 2010

Android 2.3 – Gingerbread – (NOT) a smart cookie?

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

GoogleChic has been gifting me Gingerbread cookies and cupcakes in the spirit of Christmas (but I think its more in the spirit of Android Gingerbread release :P)  Android 2.3 released with so many dull features that I had to literally drag myself to write this blog.

1. User Interface refinements for simplicity and speed
Most of the software update comes as UI improvements. Well, I have to give to Google for focusing their effort on improving the (blah) Android user experience. If Android wants to beat Apple, this is the biggest key. The best user experience is the simplest and unfortunately for Google, Gingerbread only seems to be bandaging a bleeding wound.

2. Faster more intuitive input text
Gingerbread comes with a redesigned keyboard with reshaped and redesigned keys. GoogleChic, looks like Google doesn’t understand the Do It Right The First Time mantra. Gingerbread also offers dictionary suggestions to correct entered words. Oh come on, I cant believe you didn’t have this until now 😉

3. One touch word selection and copy/paste
If you own an iPhone, you already know how this works. Press and hold a word to copy or drag the cursor to adjust the selection area and then tap to paste it. Rocket Science!

4. Improved Power Management
Android now takes more control in managing apps by closing them whenever appropriate. Duh, the iPhone’s cleverly implemented multitasking already does this by suspending apps when not in use 🙂 Even the app switcher on the iPhone is so simple, that I don’t have to pull up a horrid convoluted Windows like switcher.

5. Near Field Communication
NFC is like a breath of fresh air on Gingerbread. For now, you can use this feature to read NFC chips inserted in objects such as posters in restaurants, stores etc. Once your phone detects the chip, it will pull up the URL included in the tag data. As endless as the possibilities with NFC seem, currently you cant do much with it because there are hardly any NFC enabled systems in United States that you can use it with. Android, by being the fore runner for NFC in the US is helping Apple by building a NFC market that the next iPhone (rumored to come with NFC support) can harness. Remember that you can use NFC only if your phone hardware supports it. So, unless your Android phone is NFC enabled, NFC on Gingerbread isn’t your cup of tea.

GoogleChic, did I miss out any of the boring Gingerbread features? 😉

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

AppleGirl, not bad you covered most of the features. But of course we differ in opinion about the new features.

1)  UI refinements

The Android UI is far from blah! It has from day 1 supported a customizable desktop and widgets for ease of use. I would say that’s far more features as compared to the iOS. With Android 2.3, Google is not trying to re-invent the wheel, they’re polishing off the features that already exist and not slapping a bandage on it.

2)  Input

Even before Gingerbread, Android supported the dictionary suggestion feature. With 2.3 Google has refined the look and feel of this. Hate to burst your bubble AppleGirl we’re well more advance that you think 🙂

3) Copy & Paste

Yeah, copy and paste isn’t rocket science. How come iOS didn’t have this day one? Of course I think a lot of people will be happy with the improved copy/paste feature .

4) Power Management

I really don’t have any complaints if Google can improve the speed and efficiency of our device. AppleGirl said it herself, the iPhone freezes the app if it’s not in use. Hmm, that doesn’t sound like true multitasking to me. In fact there are only 7 types of services(background audio, voice over IP, background location, push notifications, local notifications, task completion and fast app switching) that allows for multitasking.

5) NFC

I do agree with AppleGirl on this point, NFC is a exciting new technology (well at least in the U.S) and until this grows in popularity there’s not many places which you can use this. There are reports that early next  year some business will start accepting credit card payments via NFC technology. Looks like Android users can start taking advantage of this before iPhone users 😉

6)VoIP

One really cool feature with Gingerbread is that VoIP calling is integrated with the OS. This will eliminate the use of third party apps for VoIP calls.

7) Game Development & Multimedia

There are other improvements that are not visible to end user, but Google has bundle a lot of improvements for developers, especially relating to gaming. Check out the video below.

December 12, 2010

Honeycomb – sneak preview

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Early this week, Andy Rubin gave a preview of Honeycomb on an unannounced Motorola 10 inch tablet. More pictures were released today of the devices, check it out via Engadget.

The Motorola tablet looks amazing, especially the UI. AppleGirl shouldn’t have any issues operating this device, it doesn’t have any buttons. Also, it rotates according how it’s held (sounds pretty simple to me)  😉

Jokes aside, AppleGirl will LOVE Andy’s comment about Apple. “Apple has done a perfect job on being an intergrator of hardware and software”, this was Andy’s response when asked if the Motorola tablet was Google’s vision of a perfect tablet. Of course, long story short is that Google is not in the market of making hardware.

Check out the video below, the Google maps update looks sweet! I can’t wait to get it on my phone.

P.S Check out Andy at 5:05 in the video, being a little possessive aren’t we? 🙂

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Andy praised Apple for being the perfect integrator, more so because he wanted to point out that Android is more like Apple than Microsoft. ROFL. According to him, Microsoft throws software out there and lets Acer and others build PC’s out of it. Ahem, I thought Android does pretty much the same 😀 Don’t they release software for every aspiring phone and tablet maker out there? I am not sure what Andy Rubin was going for.

The part that cracked me up most was when Andy Rubin was explaining how Android on tablets is different from Android on phones, and this was what the interviewer said “Isn’t that essentially what Apple did?” Ouch!

P.S: GoogleChic, you say Andy Rubin was “possessive” when he didn’t allow the interviewer to play with the Motorola tablet. I think it was more like he was “scared that Honeycomb would crash on him during an interview” 😉

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