Posts Tagged ‘Apple iPhone’

iPhone Officially At Verizon February 10

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

“If the press write something long enough, eventually it comes true”
Lowell McAdam, President & COO, Verizon

Verizon officially announced the iPhone in a press conference today. It will be pretty much the same version as on AT&T, just with the CDMA radio. It will feature FaceTime, Retina Display, and a 5MP camera, just like its GSM counterpart.

The iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order on February 3. It will be avaialable at Verizon stores and online, as well as Apple Stores on February 10. The 16GB version will sell for $200 and the 32GB version for $300, both with a two year commitment. Verizon’s iPhone also can be used as a mobile hot spot for up to 5 devices.

This phone has been rumored for a long time. Verizon has been working hard to make sure its network could handle the surge in data use, a lesson learned from AT&T’s failure. Verizon repeatedly assured the audience that it was ready to handle the added burden. Time will tell.

If you are an Apple fan and have been stuck on AT&T against your will, today is a good day. Getting out of your AT&T contract won’t be easy, but you can finally jump ship. As a non-iPhone user, I am looking forward to the increase in bandwidth caused by the sudden void on AT&T’s network. Once the mass exodus occurs, things should look really good for the remaining customers. This makes it a good day for everybody, not just iPhone fans.

If you want to see if you are eligible for an upgrade at Verizon, you can find out here.

Sony Reader for iOS and Android Coming in December

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

As the above image suggests, the Sony Reader apps for iOS and Android are coming in December. You will be able to sync with your Sony Reader account, check out books from your library, and all the other things you’d expect from a mobile reader app. Sony is a little behind, considering the Nook and Kindle apps have been around quite a while. It is good to see Sony make an attempt to catch up.

Sony currently offers software for PC and Mac, which you can download here. The mobile apps will offer similar functionality. You can access your books whether you purchased them from the reader, website, software or iPhone or Android app. The apps will also let you bookmark, highlight, take notes, and adjust font sizes. Check out the screenshots below.

It looks like Sony’s Reader apps will be quite useful, but Sony has a long road ahead. It must now convince the Nook and Kindle app customers to make the switch. I think the e-Library lending options help give Sony a fighting chance, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Apps, Apps Everywhere and Not A Link to Click

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

The title of this post was inspired by the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I have spent quite a bit of time these last couple of weeks looking for apps to download. I have been looking both in Apple’s App Store and the Android Market. While one is supposed to believe that there are way more apps, and better ones at that on Apple’s side than on Android, I have not found that to be the case. Both marketplaces feature a great number of worthwhile apps. Apple does get more attention from some of the larger corporations, but other than that, I have not seen the huge disconnect that everyone is talking about, at least not to the proportion described.

The primary fault in the Android Market is the difficulty in finding worthy apps. It is not that they aren’t there, it is just that you have to wade through so many mediocre apps to find the diamonds in the rough. If the Android Market could be organized like the Apple App Store, it would gain popularity, and usage, in a major way.

There are ways to find a decent Android app outside of the Market. AppBrain is a popular place for finding apps. It doesn’t host the apps, but helps you find the good ones and helps you download them from the Android Market. You can download AppBrain on your Android device to sync your apps.

Another up-and-comer in the app-finding game is Sony Ericsson’s Mash-App. At Mash-App you can categorize your favorite apps and recommend them to the Android community. I have used this site a few times and have been pretty happy with it.

Apple has had quite the head start in the app business. It also keeps a tighter rein on its apps. This is, among other things, one of the reasons that Apple has been so successful with its App Store. By strictly controlling all the ins and outs, and presenting them in an easy-to-find way, people are convinced that Apple really has the best apps hands-down. It is also a likely factor in the popularity of iPhone apps among larger firms.

Apple certainly has a lot of great apps. Some of the apps clearly took a lot of work and the end result is noticeable. There are many great apps on Android too. Some of the apps I have found for Android are extremely useful to me. That being said, why is it that I have such a hard time finding decent apps? This is where my title comes back into play. Apps are pouring in by the thousands, yet there is not an adequate filter to sort out the wheat from the chaff. As I look for apps on the iPad, I see that most of the best games and apps are for the iPhone, so I am stuck with an iPhone sized rectangle on a huge background. As I look for apps on the Android Market, I have to scroll, and scroll, and scroll some more to find something of interest. It is hard to search for something if you don’t quite know what you are looking for.

What is the solution to this problem? Better organization. It would be really useful if there was a better way to find the apps you want amid all the ones you don’t. There have certainly been valiant attempts at this, on both sides. It just needs to improve. The Google Chrome Web Store may be the answer to some of these problems, if it is done correctly. Considering Google’s strength in the Search arena, this shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve. Perhaps if Google were to raise the bar, the Android Market and the Apple App Store would follow suit. We can only hope.

What is your favorite method of finding good apps? Let me know in the comments.