Less than 3 years after its celebrated opening, despite pointed punditry and challenging growing pains, Apple’s App Store is about to claim 10 billion App downloads. To celebrate, as they did when iTunes reached 10 billion downloads, Apple is giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the person that purchases the 10 billionth download.
“As of today, nearly 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 10 billionth app, and you could win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. Just visit the App Store, and download what could be your best app yet.”
Historians will note that the iTunes Store took about 8 years to achieve the 10 billion downloads milestone. Considering the plethora of iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) it is easy to see how the App Store has achieved such great success in such a small amount of time.
As I write this article, the App Store is getting about 1,000 downloads every couple seconds, according to Apple’s counter (currently running at about 9.77 billion). If you’re a mathematical genius, you might be able to calculate when you should start scooping up every free App in the App Store.
Looking back on your contribution to 10 billion Apps in 3 years, what’s your favorite iOS App? Let me know in the comments and good luck!
The long wait is finally over! It’s the moment most of us have been waiting for, including me. Year after year we kept hearing about Verizon iPhone rumors and now its finally here. Starting next month February 10th. Fore more details you can check out Verizon’s official iPhone website.
Should you buy Verizon’s iPhone? It depends, if you don’t care about Verizon’s new LTE 4G upgrade then I recommend you get your hands on one. If think you can wait a little longer then I suggest you wait a while before you get one, just because we know that the LTE model iPhone will be coming soon. As we all know never to buy 1st gen Apple products, better upgrade will be here sometimes in June.
If you’re planning on investing in a new phone and don’t mind sticking to it for two years then get on.
If your planning on signing a new contract or your current contract is coming to an end then go for it. VZW is more prepared than at&t ever was for the iPhone.
If you’re someone who’s on the at&t networking and has a phone don’t be so quick to jump the bandwagon yet. Wait and see what happens when some traffic heads to VZW, perhaps your iPhones will start working better once the network gets some of the load off.
I hope this helps you in making your decision better.
VIA | Verizon
The growth of Android is undeniable. Everywhere you look at CES, some company is announcing some type of Android something. Whether phone, tablet, hybrid or something else- Android is penetrating every end of the tech market. And more importantly, consumers are buying into it as well.
Moving from October 2010 to November 2010, Android overtook iPhone in total US Subscribers according to ComScore. Of the 61.5 million smartphone subscribers, 26% were Android and 25% were Apple in November. Meanwhile, 33% were still on telegram BlackBerry phones.
Think of what happened this holiday season and where this momentum of CES is taking Android… up, up, up , up, up… and above the competition. I think 2011 is going to be another amazingly fun and successful year for Android.
VIA | ComScore
Yes iPhone users, there’s an app for that. Earlier today Google announced that it’s release the Google Latitude app for iPhone.
“Where are you?”
Starting today, you’ll never again have to answer (or ask) that question when you’re on the go with your iPhone. With the new Google Latitude app for iPhone, you can see where your friends are and now, continuously share where you are – even in the background once you’ve closed the app.
Since launching last year, Latitude’s focus has always been on one goal: make it simple to stay in touch with friends and family by sharing where you are with each other. Simple setup. Simple sharing without fumbling for your phone. Now, you can use Latitude on your iPhone just like the more than 9 million people actively using it from Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile smartphones. Use the app to:
- See where your friends are
- Share your location continuously with whomever you choose
- Contact friends by phone, text message, or email
- Control your location and privacy
Watch the Latitude app for iPhone in action
You still get simple control over your privacy. Remember, Latitude is 100% opt-in. You must install the app and add friends (or accept requests) to start sharing your location. You can turn off background updating if you’d like and control the same privacy settings: share only city-level location, hide your location, or sign out of Latitude at any time. Learn more in the privacy tips video.
Though we released Latitude as a web application before the iPhone supported third party background applications, today’s Latitude app was built from the ground up using iOS 4’s new multitasking capability to support background updating. You’ll need iOS 4 and above on an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 to use the app.
Download Google Latitude now from the App Store in over 15 languages and 45 countries. It will be appearing in the App Store over the next day, but you can also find it directly now. Learn more in the Help Center or ask questions in the Help Forum.
Update (12/13/2010, 10:20am PST): The Google Latitude app will run on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch (3rd/4th generation). However, background location updating is only supported on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 3G. We’re continuing to work on expanding support to more devices.
Let us know how the app works out for you.
VIA | Chris Lambert, Software Engineer, Google Latitude Team, and Google Mobile Blog
More leaks are coming from Vietnam. This one will be the next gen Apple iPod Touch which will finally come with a revolutionary camera, but at 2MP? Apple really went skimp on the camera, we’re at 5MP+ nowadays and some even record 720p HD video. Other known specs is that there will probably be 64GB of storage in SSD. Check out more pics at Tinh te.
PayPal is attempting to facilitate the purchasing of apps through Apple’s App Store and also for the Android Marketplace. Apparently, PayPal has found a way to not anger Apple’s way of doing things. PayPal will also make Google Checkout as an alternative method for purchases. The Silicon Valley company is trying to keep up with the times and put up competition against Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s new start-up Square. I still await the day when I can pay for restaurant bills, retail checkouts, fast food joints, and vending machines with my phone. I also sure hope there will be a Bill Me Later option too! If you can catch my drift…
Did it take this long for people to realize this? Despite someone painting the picture, there are still people who are under a spell cast by Steve Jobs. Yes, Apple does make good products but it is not worth the Apple tax or being stuck in the Apple bubble.
Steve Jobs took some of his time to explain why Flash sucks in a lengthy letter. He touches on the topics below:
- “Full web”
- Reliability, security, performance
- Battery life
- Third party development
Read the entire letter here.
I do have to admit that Flash really sucked a few years ago. It kept crashing and was very unstable. Development was very slow by Adobe, however, things started to improve once the era of Web 2.0 arrived along with YouTube and the sort. Apple gave some valid reasons to push for open standards like HTML 5 and the general consensus that I’m feeling around the web is that people were left with a bad taste when it comes to Flash. However, I feel that Apple is being hypocritical when they talk about the words “open” and “proprietary”. Apple could have made the transition from Flash to HTML 5 smoother by incorporating both standards and phase out Flash as HTML 5 catches on. Instead, Apple decided to push the less mainstream standard of HTML 5 onto consumers which resulted in a crippled user experience with the iPad and iPhone. There’s no denial that Flash is dominating for internet browsing currently. Until HTML 5 becomes mainstream, Adobe’s Flash is here to stay. Now if only Apple will stop forcing visitors to install Quicktime on their site and use HTML 5…