Archive for November, 2011

HTML5 will kill mobile apps. No, it won’t

November 22nd, 2011

More valuable than any review: Placement in the app store.

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Did Apple kick the ball into its own goal with its campaign against Flash?

By forcing Web developers, and ultimately Adobe, out of the Flash business, Apple made HTML5 apps better. That’s good for Safari users, but it’s also good for users on other Web platforms, like Android. If there’s a truly good universal platform for online apps, it stands to reason that the smart developer will build apps for it, since this way the app will be available to the largest number of users. Right?

Furthermore, now that Adobe has HTML5 religion, the company is releasing high-quality HTML5 developer tools, migrating its Flash developers over to the new platform. So we should be about to see a flood of new Web-based mobile apps.

All this appears to be just as Apple intended: Steve Jobs’ campaign to rid the world of Flash is succeeding. The Web is getting better apps and the Web-browsing experience on Apple’s mobile devices is getting better.

But this could be bad news for Apple’s lucrative App Store business. While Apple takes a 30% cut of all app sales through its store (still the only way for consumers to get apps), Apple gets 0% of “web apps” loaded up through the browser. The better HTML5 gets, the less developers will write apps, less money Apple will make, and the less unique the i… [Read more]

Black Friday deal-hunting apps for Android

November 22nd, 2011

As you can imagine, there are tons of Black Friday apps in the Android Market, most of which do the same thing–aggregate holiday sale items.

Sure, you can download them all to make sure you’ve got your bases covered, but we’re thinking you probably don’t want to be fumbling through an unwieldy app drawer while throwing elbows in department store aisles. So, we’ve taken the time to highlight just the essential Android apps for hunting down all the hottest deals come Black Friday.

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TGI Black Friday
We’re listing this app first because it should be your bread and butter. In short, it aggregates all of the latest Black Friday ads floating around–some of which are leaked up to a month in advance–and lists each of the featured items in its database. To use the app, simply sift through all of the discounts by product, store name, or category. You can even download PDF printouts of the original ads. What’s more, the app offers a nifty shopping list creator that lets you keep track of items you plan on buying. You can also access its database of deals at

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Windows Phone Marketplace hits 40,000-app mark

November 22nd, 2011

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is apparently growing in popularity among app developers.

The software giant’s Windows Phone Marketplace now hosts more than 40,000 apps and games from more than 10,000 different publishers, according to a study conducted by All About Windows Phone. About 33 percent of those apps were added in the past 90 days.

Of the submissions made during the past month, 85 percent were apps, while 15 percent were games. Some 68 percent of those were free downloads, 23 percent were paid, and 9 percent were paid after the initial free trial period.

Apps are being added a rate of 165 a day, and the Windows Phone watcher predicts that the marketplace, which only launched in October 2010, will surpass the 50,000-app mark by the end of January 2012.

As impressive as that growth rate sounds, the marketplace’s number of offerings pales in comparison with the app stores for competing mobile platforms. Apple’s App Store, which launched in 2008, surpassed the 500,000-app mark in May, adding some 150,000 apps in just four months. Meanwhile, Google’s Android App Store, which also launched in 2008, offers more than 300,000 apps.
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Thanksgiving turkey fun for your Android

November 21st, 2011

It’s everyone’s favorite food-holiday, folks. And that can only mean one thing: it’s time to dress your Android device up like a turkey!

Well, sort of. I am not suggesting you physically attach feathers or a beak to your phone, but I am absolutely suggesting you download some fun turkey-related apps on your device, like now.

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First, go ahead and download Thanksgiving Turkey Run Live Wallpaper. It costs 99 cents in the Android Market, but it’s a small price to pay to get costumed turkeys running wildly around your home screen. You can let these cute, animated birds run freely around without a care in the world, or if you get bored observing their blissful existence, you can tap your screen to shoot them. The wallpaper even keeps a running count of your kills. Exciting, right?


If not, you can, of course, go the fall colors and horns-of-plenty route. Fall Leaves for Thanksgiving is a great choice with its huge variety of holiday-themed wallpapers. You can choose from several different backgrounds including pumpkin patches, cornucopias, and assorted gourds, and there are virtually endless combinations of settings to always keep things fresh. … [Read more]

Google overhauls its iOS app in search of iPad users

November 21st, 2011

Google's nifty new side-by-side viewer puts results and pages right next to one another.

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Google’s doubling down on its efforts to pull iOS users into frequent searchers with a new iPad-centric version of its search app.

The new version, released today as a free update to the company’s universal iOS app (iTunes), gives iPad users on iOS 4 or higher a handful of new features, and put Google’s app in tighter competition with Apple’s built-in Safari browser.

The app now includes Google Instant, so that search results stream in as you type. Google’s coupled this with its Instant Preview technology, giving users a quick look at a destination site without having to load it. These results show up in a string of previews, similar to what can be found with Google’s overhauled image search carousel, the one that lets you swipe through images like you would music albums in Apple’s Cover Flow view.

Here’s what that looks like:

Google's new image carousel lets you flick th… [Read more]

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