Category: iPhone


Android climbs to 43% in US, iPhone still at 28%

Android is still growing in the US, but is taking all its share from non-iPhone rivals, Nielsen found on Monday. Google was up from 40 percent in July to 43 percent in August, but Apple was still at the 28 percent it has held since June. Most of that decline came from Microsoft, which took the “other” category down from 13 percent to 11 percent.

RIM’s BlackBerry also lost a point to 18 percent. It may have been helped by a slew of BlackBerry 7 phones shipping the same month, such as the Bold 9900 and 9930.

Google still had added momentum in the Nielsen research. Among those who had bought a smartphone in the past three months, 56 percent were buying Android. Apple still wasn’t under threat with a static 28 percent, but there had been extra pressure on Microsoft and RIM, which collapsed to about six and nine points. Both audiences may have been in holding patterns for most of the summer as they either waited for later BlackBerry 7 launches or for Windows Phone 7​.5 (Mango) in October.

Android may see a rare share reversal in October. The year so far has been unusual as Apple’s first where a new iPhone didn’t ship in the summer. Possibilities exist that iphone sharecould start growing again as Apple fills pent-up demand, most of all if a Sprint iPhone 5 ships and eliminates another shelter for Android.

Smartphones should also still be on track to become the dominant cellphones in the US, researchers said. They were now up to 43 percent of total ownership and at 58 percent among those who had bought in the past three months. Ownership is expected to cross the 50 percent mark before the end of the year as the iPhone 5, and more Android devices like the Galaxy S II tip the balance.

Source: Electronista

Adobe Gives Up on Flash for iPhone and iPad

The Flash plug-in for browsers has been the de facto king of Web video, interactive websites and annoying ads that get in your face since it was owned by Macromedia. So when it was announced the iPhone would be shipping without Flash — and wouldn’t ever have Flash on it — a lot of people freaked out. Why was Steve Jobs being so mean? Android phones are getting Flash!

As the owner of one of those Android phones that has the Flash player installed, though, I can tell you why the iPhone’s not getting Flash: It’s awful. It runs horribly, and horribly slow. It’s a crapshoot whether it works at all, on my phone from last year, and that’s just to play a Web video. And Flash games like Robot Unicorn Attack? Right out.

Fortunately, a lot of these games and videos are available through apps like the YouTube one. That’s how iPhone owners watch them. And it seems Adobe has finally accepted that.

Introducing the Flash Media Server

Don’t be fooled by the headline on Boy Genius Report’s article. Adobe’s not bringing Flash anything to iPhones or iPads. Instead, website owners can buy these Flash Media servers for upward of $995, and they’ll convert Flash movies into a form that iGadgets can use.

There are a number of downsides with this plan. One, it doesn’t work on all websites; only the ones with owners who paid Adobe hundreds or thousands of dollars. And two, it costs hundreds or thousands of dollars. How many bloggers and restaurant owners are going to want to shell out $995 to $4,500 just so iPhone owners can watch ads in their web browsers instead of YouTube?

If anything, Adobe’s given people a reason to use HTML 5 video, or movies that play outside of Flash Player. Flash was fun while it lasted, but it’s going the way of the dinosaur. This “media server” thing is just an expensive kludge to artificially extend its lifespan, by milking businesses that are addicted to it.

But iPhones can’t browse the full web!

Actually, iPhone owners will have a better web browsing experience than most Android phone owners. Instead of having their battery life drained by a choppy Flash video — one that would just crash low-end smartphones like mine — they’ll get web movies in a format their iPhone can play without breaking a sweat.

Let’s face it: It’s been four years since the iPhone came out, and roughly three years since the first Android phone did. Adobe has had plenty of time to make Flash do its thing, and/or beg, plead, and cajole Apple into putting Flash on the iPhone. The Flash Media Server products show that it’s given up, at least on the “persuade Apple” part. And the poor quality of the Flash experience on Android smartphones and tablets suggests that it may be wise for Adobe to give up there as well.

Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network

5 Reasons Droid Bionic Will Steal the iPhone 5’s Throne

The smart phone war is far from over. When the iPhone broke into the scene back in January 2007, it was clear it intended to remain there. However, the recent onslaught of high-quality and low-cost Android-fueled phones to make it to the market in the last year are leaving some skeptical. In fact, with Steve Jobs now out of the picture, many can’t help but ask: Is the iPhone’s time up?

That is where the new Droid Bionic from Motorola comes in. The Droid Bionic, released Thursday, is no weak contender in this fight to the top. Running on Android 2.3.4, the phone is miles ahead of even some of the most far-stretched rumors of the iPhone 5’s capabilities. With that being said, there are five reasons the Droid Bionic will be taking over the throne:

Price:

When the Bionic hits shelves early Thursday morning, it will not be undersold. With prices confirmed, such as $280 at Costco with free accessories, this phone is coming out swinging. As always, Apple plans to keep its customers in the dark, so no pricing is confirmed. However, knowing Apple’s past release of iPhone 4, one can expect a minimum $600 price tag.

Battery:

Anyone who has ever owned an iPhone knows one thing: There is no such thing as charging your iOS-powered phone too much. The Droid Bionic will operate using state of the art Lithium Ion battery with a capacity of 1,735 mAh, which is 315 more than the last iPhone released. Due to this, talk time is clocked in at 10.83 hours and stand a whopping 200 hours!

Flash:

Steve Jobs’ campaign against Flash compatibility has been a fight against what the people want. Bionic comes equipped to handle Flash and Flash-enabled software. This means no more sacrificing Web browsing or staring at error boxes where the flash content should be!

Music:

You would think that coming from having roots in an MP3 player the iPhone would have much more muscle in this field. However, the Droid Bionic once again outdoes Apple with the ability to handle formats such as WMA, eAAC+, AMR, and OGG. These formats, especially eAAC+, are some of the highest-quality, lowest-loss music media to date in the digital world.

Memory:

With no word from Apple yet on the iPhone 5’s ability to hold microSD cards, it is safe to assume the Droid Bionic is at the very top of its class. The microSD cards are already known for being some of the cheapest and most efficient ways to store data and Droid Bionic makes use of this. In fact, the new Motorola Smart Phone will be able to hold up to 32 GB of additional microSD or microSDHC memory!

The days of Apple’s rule over the kingdom are over. The new smart phone on the block, the Droid Bionic, is going to clean the floor with the lagging iPhone 5.

Source: Yahoo! / Engadget

RIM Slashes 2,000 Jobs on Market Losses to Android, iPhone

Things are looking grim and grimmer for Canada-based Research in Motion, who said today they’d slash 2,000 jobs to counter sales declines. “Slash” would be the correct verb, too, since 2,000 equals roughly 11% of RIM’s global workforce, reports Reuters.

The logic behind the job cuts: RIM says it’s zeroed on “eliminating redundancies and reallocating resources to focus on areas that offer the highest growth opportunities.”

What sort of growth opportunities? Probably the company’s new Blackberry OS 7 and PlayBook tablet (as well, the Unix-like QNX operating system that powers the latter). Not that the PlayBook’s fared terribly well since it launched unspectacularly mid-April—at least one “major big box retail” source claimed in May that the tablet missed its sales targets by over 90%, and in mid-June, UK wireless carrier O2 said it was scuppering plans to carry the 7-inch tablet on its network.

Jared Newman of Techland surmises the reason wireless carriers haven’t picked up RIM’s tablet could be because it “lacks native e-mail and calendar apps, which could be a big turnoff to customers, and there aren’t a lot of third-party apps available right now.” Also: “Because the PlayBook’s BlackBerry Bridge feature, which lets users tether their BlackBerry phones to check e-mail, messages and calendar, undermines carriers’ ability to sell additional data plans for tablets,” something Newman says might explain why AT&T’s blocked the Bridge app—it connects Blackberry phones to the Playbook tablet—on its BlackBerry phones.

RIM’s job cut announcement this morning isn’t exactly a surprise, but analysts say the numbers of jobs eliminated is higher than expected. RIM shares fell on news of the cuts in pre-marketing trading, probably also no surprise, though analysts have framed the job cuts as crucial to a corporate rally.

“This is not totally unexpected,” Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek told Reuters. “I think this is obviously realigning the cost structure to a new growth, or sales, reality.”

Ryan: It’s not like I didn’t see this one coming.  This last year for RIM has not been so innovative as in previous years.

Source: TIME

Jailbroken iOS 5 devices: No OTA updates for you

The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad crowd got understandably excited with the word that the next version of iOS, iOS 5, will finally usher in over-the-air (OTA) updates for the platform. Android device owners have been enjoying OTA updates from the beginning, and finally Apple is cutting the cord for device updates. Folks are already using beta versions of iOS 5 even though it won’t officially appear until later this year, and the early adopters discovered that the first iOS 5 beta update just released OTA will not work on jailbroken devices.

Android device owners are already familiar with the lack of OTA updates on rooted devices, the equivalent to the jailbroken iOS device. Rooting or jailbreaking is the process owners go through to allow unofficial software to be installed to serve functions the official OS doesn’t support. It has long been understood that rooting an Android device ends OTA updating, and it is now clear the same will apply on the iOS front for jailbroken devices.

Those using beta iOS 5 report you can still apply Apple updates by connecting to a computer via USB cable, so all is not lost. Getting OS updates OTA is a much better alternative to cabling up a device, so those with jailbroken iPhones may need to rethink that once iOS 5 is officially released.

Ryan:  I say disable Automatic Updates in iTunes (Apple only seems to be updating iOS when new Jailbreaks are released), and stop tethering completely!

Source: ZDNet

Apple releases iOS 4.3.4 update

Apple has released a security update for iOS that fixes the exploit used for easy jailbreaking of devices.

This update fixes the PDF vulnerability used on the JailbreakMe.com site to easily  jailbreak the device via the Safari mobile browser. This update means that hackers won’t be able to use the same vulnerability to compromise iOS devices.

Apple took nine days to plug this hole.

If you want to be protected, fire up iTunes, connect your iOS device and download this update. If you want to jailbreak your device, do so and then install the third-party patch created by the jailbreak community to plug the hole.

iOS update 4.3.4 is for GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. If you have a Verizon CDMA iPhone 4 then you need iOS 4.2.9.

Ryan Says:  Those of you still wanting to use the Jailbreakme.com website to download cydia should avoid the latest 4.3.4 Apple iTunes update.

Source: ZDNet

JailbreakMe.com back online, easy iOS jailbreaking for all!

JailbreakMe.com. the web-based jailbreak tool for (almost all) iOS devices, is back online once more after a long hiatus.

The process is simple and pain-free. Just visit the website in the Safari browser and click the FREE button to begin the process. It uses a PDF exploit to carry out the hack and it’s very fast – and there’s no need to connect your iOS device up to a PC or Mac to do it.

Because the hack relies on a know known PDF exploit, the developers of the hack recommend installing “PDF Patcher 2″ in Cydia once you’ve jailbroken the device.

The following devices are supported:

  • iPad1: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPad2: 4.3.3
  • iPhone3GS: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPhone4: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPhone4-CDMA: 4.2.6 through 4.2.8
  • iPod touch 3g: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3
  • iPod touch 4g: 4.3 through 4.3.3

The only iOS devices that aren’t supported are the 1st and 2nd generation iPhones.

 

For more information check out the Q&A here.

Source: ZDNet

Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 Now Available

If you recently upgraded to iOS 4.3.3 that fixed Locationgate woes, you’ll be delighted to know that untethered jailbreak and unlock for iOS 4.3.3 is now available. The iPhone Dev-team have updated their PwnageTool and redsn0w programs so it’s now possible to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 using Mac and Windows in a way that doesn’t require connecting the device to a computer each time it’s rebooted.

The iOS 4.3.3 untethered jailbreak is based on the exploit created by @i0nic for iOS 4.3.1. The updated redsn0w tool also allows you to turn on multitasking gestures, the team noted in a blog post. If you wish to unlock your device for use with any carrier, there’s an app for that.

To unlock an iOS 4.3.3 device, use the ultrasn0w tool. Remember that ultrasn0w at the time of this writing only worked with iPhone 4 baseband 1.59.00 and iPhone 3G/3GS basebands 4.26.08, 5.11.07, 5.12.01, 5.13.04 and 6.15.00. Use a custom IPSW to update to 4.3.3 in order to avoid updating your baseband. You may wanna use excellent ipswDownloader for Mac to easily find and download any iOS firmware build. This app also figures out your baseband version and tells you whether your iOS version can be jailbroken and unlocked. If you’re on Windows, download the f0recast app that checks whether your device is unlockable or tethered with a USB connect.

If you just want to perform an untethered iOS 4.3.3 jailbreak, I recommend handy step-by-step guides for redsn0w or PwnageTool. The below video shows how easy it is to perform an untethered jailbreak of iOS 4.3.3 via redsn0w 0.9.6rc15. For newbies, iClarified.com provides a wealth of jailbreaking and unlocking guides. And if you need a reason to jailbreak, Cydia creator Saurik has a few.

As for the iPad 2 jailbreak, it’s still pending per a note over at the iPhone Dev-team blog.

The iPad2 jailbreak remains under development. As you may know, the original exploit @comex developed in the first week of the iPad2 release was mysteriously fixed by Apple within days of its development. Partly because of this, don’t expect much public discussion of the iPad2 jailbreak until it’s actually finished and ready for release (and please avoid asking about it). In all liklihood, it will be a userland exploit like the first (unreleased) one, not dependent on bootrom dumps. The first one can’t be released even for those with the original 4.3 firmware due to legal (distribution) reasons.

 

Download the Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 Mac OS X version, here.

Download the Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 for Windows XP/Vista/7 here.

The PwnageTool Official BitTorrent Release, via BitTorrent, here.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

What Android Phones Do that Apple Phones Don’t

Does anyone remember this ad for the Motorola Droid? “Everything iDon’t,” it said, “Droid does!”

Of course, the iPhone can do half of those things now, like take 5-megapixel pictures in the dark. And the usefulness of some of the others is up for debate. (What exactly is “Open development?”) But even today, there are some pretty big things the iPhone can’t do, that Android phones can … and you may be surprised by some of them.

Come in all different shapes and sizes

Here’s one you probably won’t be surprised by, although you might be surprised by some of the weird Android phones out there. A slider phone with a second touch screen instead of a keyboard?

In all seriousness, though, the one-size-fits-all iPhone leaves out the people it doesn’t fit. Want a keyboard with actual keys? A gigantic screen, plus a kickstand for watching movies? There’s an Android phone out there for you. There’s even a phone with a slide-out game controller, a la the PSP Go. And speaking of portable PlayStations.

Run PlayStation games

And I don’t just mean games that were originally made for the Sony PlayStation (although like the Xperia Play.

These things are made for gaming, to Sony’s specs, and have access to tons of exclusive games. They can even connect to the PlayStation Network, using will be able to play Android games designed for the PlayStation Certified phones, which just shows how committed Sony is to gaming on Android devices.

Buy apps from Amazon

That’s right, Amazon has its own “Appstore for Android.” So why would you want to go through its 8-step signup process?

Well, first off is the “free app of the day.” These aren’t apps that are normally free, and are being promoted; they’re paid apps, costing as much as $4.99 sometimes, they’re put up for download for free. A new one goes up each day, like it says. You can also use Amazon.com to look for all discounted apps, or to read reviews and look for similar apps, just like you would for any other product you buy from Amazon.

 

 

A bunch of other stuff?

The iPhone doesn’t support text reflow, which is an Android feature that makes it so zoomed-in text on a website fits the screen width, so that you don’t have to swipe back and forth to read paragraphs. It also doesn’t support home screen “widgets,” which let you do things like check your bank balance or the latest news stories without opening an app. There’s even a widget to set your phone to silent mode. With all this stuff Android phones can do that the iPhone can’t, one might ask: Why does anyone buy an iPhone at all?

The answer’s as simple as it is obvious. The iPhone’s the best-designed smartphone there is, and it has more and better apps than every Android phone combined. Plus, Apple’s clout means that the wireless carriers can’t mess up its phones, with huge logos and non-uninstallable apps.

One size, though, doesn’t fit all. And thanks to Android’s open-source programming code, companies like Sony and Amazon are getting to try some interesting things, that they never would’ve been able to on the iPhone.

Source: Yahoo! / Video: IntoMobile

Latest Version of Redsn0w Jailbreaking Software Released

As exciting as the recent release of the newest version of Redsn0w may be, there is one glaring issue: It does not support iPad 2. The popular jailbreaking software was recently released by Dev-Team, sending ripples of excitement across the Internet. Since jailbreaking a phone is no longer illegal, the practice is more widespread and popular than ever.

Within minutes of being debuted, the software was being downloaded by iPhone, iTouch, iPad and Apple TV owners around the world. Due to heightened security features on the newly released iPad 2, though, Redsn0w is incompatible with the device. Those who upgraded to the latest Apple tablet, then, are sure to be highly disappointed. There’s little doubt about a work-around being developed fairly quickly, though, so iPad 2 owners probably just need to sit tight.

The first successful jailbreaking of the iOS happened in 2007, when hackers from the #iphone IRC channel gained complete access to the iPhone’s file system. Initially, the only perk of jailbreaking an iPhone involved adding custom ringtones and wallpaper, which had been unavailable in earlier models. Apple imposes strict limitations on the types of software that its devices can and cannot support; by jailbreaking a device, it’s possible to install third-party apps. Jailbreaking also allows a person to use the iPhone with a carrier like T-Mobile, instead of being restricted to AT&T or Verizon, which are the two authorized carriers for the iPhone.

The latest version of Redsn0w, 0.9.6rc9, jailbreaks Windows and OS X devices in just a few clicks. Not surprisingly, there have been rumblings of a few glitches since its release. When run on Windows 7, for instance, Redsn0w might freeze up during ramdisk. If that happens, users should restart their devices. They then need to right-click on the Redsn0W app on their PC, select “Properties” and set compatibility to “Windows XP Service Pack 3.” Upon running installation again, it should work. It’s also important to note that, although it’s not illegal, jailbreaking a device does void its warranty; evidence exists that increases the risk of malware infections, too. For the thousands who jailbreak their devices successfully, though, such warnings are understandably disregarded.

Download Redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 for windows, here.  The Mac OS X version can be downloaded here.

Source: Yahoo! News

Apple rejects iPhone radiation measurement app over lack of “interest”

Tawkon, makers of a mobile application that measures cellular radiation, have been blocked from releasing their app for iPhone. In response, the company on Wednesday released the tawkon app for iPhone via the Cydia jailbreak.

Apple’s GSM iPhone 4 has been highly criticized for its antenna issues, and the relative ease with which users can completely block its reception with the “death grip.” Journalists coyly referred to the resulting fallout from this issue as “antennagate.”

While Antennagate was at its peak furor, an Israel-based company called tawkon Ltd. showed off how mobile phones actually emit more radiation when struggling to find wireless signals.

At the time, the company had a mobile app for BlackBerry and Android that measured how much radiation a mobile phone was emitting.

“All the information about the transmission power of the mobile phone is available on the device itself, in the cellular protocol stack that manages the cellular modem (baseband),” tawkon’s Scott Piro told me in August. “We use this information in the form of different RF parameters extracted from the device itself. We then take into consideration the proximity of the phone to the user (for example if the phone is held against the user’s ear or on the user’s lap) to help determine the actual exposure level at any given time.”

The company was awaiting approval for their app in the iOS app store, but it was rejected by none other than Steve Jobs himself.

“After encouraging discussions with iPhone executives at Apple Cupertino headquarters, their generous compliments about our application functionality and graphic appeal weren’t enough to sway the executive decision to reject tawkon from the app store,” said CEO and Co-Founder of tawkon, Gil Friedlander.

Friedlander tried to appeal to Jobs in an email explaining why tawkon is a useful and constructive application, but Jobs’ reply was brief, and to the point.

“No Interest.”

Because of this, tawkon today has released their iOS app for Cydia, an iPhone Jailbreak.

“We believe it is every phone user’s fundamental right to know the level of radiation they’re exposed to, and to take precautionary measures if they see fit. tawkon makes it easy for people to use their iPhone with lower exposure to cellphone radiation,” Friedlander said Wednesday.

Beliving fully in the service its application provides, tawkon has set up a public petition to get iPhone users to show their support and try to get tawkon listed legitimately in the iTunes App Store.

 

Source: Beta News