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
Google revamped its image search feature and made it almost seamless for mobile phones.
Gizmodo got lucky and found a prototype iPhone in a bar in Redwood City. This is probably the biggest leak for Apple by far and heads are going to roll in Cupertino. Or…was it intentionally lost to generate buzz? You be the judge.
Reply to Bruce:
Here’s Jason Chen, who has the iPhone. And here’s his address. You two should coordinate a time.
[Blah Blah Blah Address]
Happy to have you pick this thing up. Was burning a hole in our pockets. Just so you know, we didn’t know this was stolen [as they might have claimed. meaning, real and truly from Apple. It was found, and to be of unproven origin] when we bought it. Now that we definitely know it’s not some knockoff, and it really is Apple’s, I’m happy to see it returned to its rightful owner.
Apple finally approves Opera’s browser for the iPhone. It took 20 days for it to get approved and we still don’t know what the approval process is. So how long is too long?
Lately a lot of people have been asking about iPhone OS 4.0 and where they can get their hands on the 4.0 OS. I did a little research and I found a link to download the new iPhone OS 4.0 Beta, but the down side of it is you have to be a developer to get it. This is a official release from Apple for its iPhone OS 4.0 beta firmware. The links are provided for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 3G, and iPod Touch 2G.
I would suggest that you do not try to use this beta version to jailbreak iPhone 4.0 or jailbreak iPod Touch as Apple may make it harder for Devs to jailbreak it in the future if they find out that theres a jailbreak for the OS 4.0 beta.
iPhone OS 4.0 beta download links
You can download iPhone OS toolbar and download through “Downloads” button once iPhone OS 4.0 is officially released.
- iPhone OS 4.0 beta (iPhone 3GS) – iphone_os_4_beta_iphone_3gs_8a230m.dmg (364 MB)
- iPhone OS 4.0 beta (iPod touch 3rd gen) – iphone_os_4_beta_ipod_touch_3rd_generation_8a230m.dmg (354 MB)
- iPhone OS 4.0 beta (iPod touch 2nd gen) – iphone_os_4_beta_ipod_touch_2nd_generation_8a230m.dmg (306 MB)
Remember you must be a developer to download. Go to http://developer.apple.com/iphone/index.action#prerelease to download iPhone OS 4.0 beta.
VIA | Apple – iPhone OS 4
Well it looks like multitasking has finally arrived for the iPhone. Grab the full scoop at Engadget. Apparently you can now use bluetooth keyboards with iPhones as well. Wow! Another bluetooth feature that was supposed to be there originally gets unlocked by Apple! A2DP wasn’t unlocked until the 3.0 update. Isn’t it amazing how there’s so much buzz going around about this update? Heck, even Windows Mobile had multitasking and full bluetooth implementation ages ago.
Welcome to 5 years ago Apple! -Even, Engadget Comments
*Edit* Hold your horses! It looks like only the iPhone 3GS and 3rd gen (late 2009) iPod Touch models will support multitasking. The hardware of iPhone 3G models and below cannot support multitouch. Haha, maybe they will in the 5.0 update?