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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A former smartphone giant gets in a few well-placed digs at the two companies currently dominating their turf, claiming potential customers of those devices are unhappy with the choices. It might sound like something you’d hear from Research in Motion or Palm back in the day, but now it’s Nokia’s turn to blast iOS and Android for being the popular kids. This and tons of new app news make up our recap for Tuesday, December 13, 2011.
We don’t know what the executives at Nokia are smoking, but we want some! Pocket-lint is reporting that Niels Munksgaard (awesome name!), Nokia’s director of Portfolio, Product Marketing and Sales for the company’s Entertainment Global division claims “youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has an iPhone.” If that’s not enough, The Munksgaarder also smacks down Android for its lack of security: “Many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security. So we do increasingly see that the youth that wants to be on the cutting edge and try something new are turning to the Windows Phone platform.” Hey, we’ll be the first to admit that new Nokia Lumia 800 looks pretty sweet, but we’re not about to lay down our iPhone 4S and walk away, know what I mean? Then again, we’re not exactly spring chickens anymore. How about our young readers? Anyone ditching their iPhone out of complete and total boredom?
Dropbox is the go-to app for many when it comes to sharing files, but the folks at YouSendIt are working hard to change that. Today, the company announced a new version 1.52.0 of their iOS app, adding iPad support, an updated user interface and passcode lock. But that’s not all: YouSendIt has just introduced new Mac, PC and Android software clients that allow users to securely send, share, sync and sign files across all major desktop and mobile platforms as easily as they stream a movie. The company claims that competitors like Dropbox do not encrypt your data at the device level (Box.net does on iOS, but not Android), while YouSendIt keeps everything locked down everywhere you store it. To download any of the new apps, simply visit the company’s website and grab the clients you so desire.
Since the initial debut of AirStash, a number of hard drive manufacturers have stepped in with their own wireless drive options. But that isn’t stopping the pioneer of this market -- AirStash has announced the availability of their second generation wireless flash drive, still targeted at mobile devices but more powerful than ever. The pocket-friendly dongle now comes with 802.11n wireless, 3x faster USB data transfer and enhanced battery life of up to seven hours (continuous streaming) -- all in a package that’s 30 percent smaller than the original. AirStash is also finally available at more retailers including Amazon, B&H and J&R, with international retailers to be added soon.
The smartphone market in the United States is heating up again, with a new report from The NPD Group pegging Google’s Android with a 53 percent share of the market while Apple’s iOS has grown to 29 percent. Collectively, the two titans own more than 80 percent of the U.S. market through October, which has come at the expense of former innovators like Research in Motion, whose BlackBerry now makes up a mere 11 percent of the smartphone market here. “Few companies have felt the impact of the shift to touch user interfaces and larger screen sizes as negatively as RIM, but the company is beginning anew with a strong technical foundation and many paths to the platform,” explains NPD’s executive director, Ross Rubin. Back in the second quarter of 2006, RIM made up half of all smartphone sales, so that’s gotta be painful for them. Windows Phone has yet to break more than two percent of the U.S. market since its introduction a year ago, with all eyes now on the partnership of Microsoft and Nokia as their sleek new devices wash ashore here in early 2012.
Microsoft is on a roll lately, pushing more and more of their software to the iOS platform. Today, the company released an iPhone app for SkyDrive, Redmond’s cloud storage service that now allows uploading photos or videos from your device. The 4.4MB download is absolutely free, but you’ll need a Hotmail, Messenger or Xbox LIVE account to access SkyDrive.
Meanwhile, Ape Entertainment is hoping that little boys aren’t the only ones using their parents’ iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with today’s introduction of Strawberry Shortcake Comics Reader. The free universal app brings the popular fantasy adventures the iconic character to life with a preview of the first issue and the ability to buy the first three issues for only $1.99 via in-app purchase. Each issue contains three stories, including one 16-page story and two four-page stories. The 4.7MB app can be downloaded now from the App Store and is compatible with all devices running iOS 4.0 or later.
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