When Google TV set up their site, they showed off the nifty feature of your smartphone, whether Android or iPhone, acting as the remote. There was a good reason for this apart from the coolness aspect. And it's the stuff of nightmares.
We figured it had to happen, what with Apple TV being an iOS device, that after jailbreaking the device, people would want to run apps on it. Steve Jobs alluded to apps and an Apple TV App Store coming someday, and like someday for Apple, the jailbreak community tends to get there first. But there's a catch -- for now.
It's not quite here yet, but Google has dropped their announcement for what Google TV is going to look like. Before, there were just some sketches of ideas that were on the YouTube videos you could watch on the Google Blog, but now they've got a brand new webpage showing off their labors. And we have to say, it looks pretty sweet.
It’s been a wild ride for native Google Voice apps on the iPhone: After getting booted out of the App Store more than a year ago for reportedly “duplicating existing functionality,” they’re back with a vengeance this month -- and if the rumors are true, an official app from Google may soon join the fray.
The world of smartphone app development is a frustrating, constantly changing place. To get a feel for what developers have to put up with, you needn't look any further than the iTunes App Store. For the longest time, developers were allowed to churn out their creations using third-party software... until they weren't. Out of the blue a little while back, they were once again. Should they be victorious in the long uphill battle to complete an application, that app has to go through a stringent approval process, where it could very well be disallowed, forcing the developer to either scrap her project or tweak it to Apple satisfaction. Throughout this process, developers make no money from the sweat of their brows. Worst of all, should the developer want to deploy his wares to a number of App Stores, she'll be forced to jump through a number of similar hoops once again. With such a development environment, nobody wins. Innovation is stifled by strict and oft-times frustrating App Store rules, consumers yearning for an application available on one platform to come to another often goes unsated, as developers spend so much time fighting through red tape that they're too busy to transfer their work to a different OS ecosystem. Fortunately, things may be looking for individuals interested in cross-platform mobile application development, as a number of players in the mobile telecommunications game have banded together to sort out a universal web-based approach to application development. Their solution is one that will seem very familiar to long-time iPod touch or iPhone users: Web Apps.
This morning, Google announced several updates to its widely used mobile services, including Google Apps Premier, mobile editing capabilities for Google Docs on the iPad and Android platform, and Retina Display support for Google Earth.
Everyone wants to get into the smartphone market it seems. First Apple brought the heat with the iPhone which challenged earlier pseudo-smartphones like Blackberry and Palm to step up. Then Google put pressure on Apple with their array of Android-based devices. Now it seems someone else might be wanting to jump in the game.
Now that the weather is turning rainy and colder, it'd be a really good time to catch up on some television, some films, and some gaming. Well, turns out you're in luck with Boxee in the on-deck circle, the all new Apple TV ready to drop, and possibly even Google TV setting up shop. Plus, iPads are expanding to new retail locations, Game Center is taking off big time, and we haven't even hit the holiday shopping season yet. So tuck in to some electronic goodness from your friends at Mac|Life.
It seems that no matter how popular the iPhone 4 has turned out to be, it would appear that so long as the smartphone availability remains exclusive to AT&T, its marketshare's gonna take a beating. According to a report from market watcher ComScore, Apple's share of the American smartphone market is dwindling, despite strong sales of its flagship mobile phone. The report revealed that during a three month period ending last July, Apple's smartphone market share dropped by 1.3 percent while handsets powered by Google's Android OS clawed an extra five percentage points out of the American people.