Well I have to give credit to Apple on this one. Instead of dancing around the issue, they simply came clean and admitted that the new iOS 6 Maps is just not that good. In a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook, he said, “We strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment.” He also said that in order to include more features this year, they had to “create a new version of Maps from the ground up.” Of course there was no mention that the original version was based on the Google Maps API.
There’s no question that Apple will get this right at some point as Tim did say “we are doing everything we can to make Maps better,” but for now he actually recommends Apple users should try Bing, MapQuest, or Waze from the App Store or by using Google or Nokia maps via their respective websites. It was nice of him to mention Google. Imagine if he didn’t.
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Jetpack Joyride is yet another action-adventure game that’s all set to take over the Play Store. In case you’re not familiar with the storyline, gamers will suit up as Barry Steakfrites and control some awesome jetpacks— all the while trying to collect precious coins and complete various missions or objectives. The game is fully customizable as there are numerous jetpacks, outfits and even vehicles like the Crazy Freakin Teleporter available for use. Best of all— players will be able to partake in all of the shenanigans using one-touch controls. Awesome.
The game is at version 1.3.5 and is available for all Froyo 2.2+ devices. It’s a moderate 30MB in size, so if you’ve got the free space on your device and are itching to play yet another action-adventure game, then be sure to give Jetpack Joyride a try today. You’ll be able to find it at the Play Store or by scanning the QR code below.
We finally have a clearer picture of the upcoming HTC One X+, but unfortunately it doesn’t tell us much other than it has some EVO-like accents and its continued proof that the phone does exist. It’s not like we questioned it anyway, but what we really want to know is when can we get our hands on one? Supposedly it’s destined for at least T-Mobile in the U.S. and O2 in the UK, but there are rumors that it has been delayed to fit a bigger battery. As far as the rest of the specs, everything is pretty much confirmed except for the display size and RAM. I would assume the display size will be the same as the One X’s 4.7-inch Super LCD 2, and I’m hopeful the RAM will come in at 2GB.
I’m excited that the U.S. is finally getting LTE phones with quad-core processors. Other than the One X+, we have the Galaxy Note II, the DROID Incredible X, and the LG Optimus G (or most likely the Eclipse here in the U.S.) all landing in the U.S. by year’s end. It should be a “super fast” fall this year!!
Owners of the ASUS Transformer Prime are already enjoying the sweet taste of Jelly Bean, but a new development has caused the update for the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity to be delayed. In a forum post on XDA-Developers, ASUS Technical Marketing Manager Gary Key explained that the company had run into a few technical problems with the keyboard when accessing the recently updated Facebook application.
“For those users in the US and Canada, the 10.4.4.16 Release should be available early next week. A couple of applications that were recently updated (Facebook 1.9.10 on 9/20 as one example) required a last minute firmware update for the keyboard to operate correctly in the “Comment” area with Android 4.1. Sorry about the slight delay but this fix needed to be implemented before release.”
As usual, ASUS has provided its user base with insight, complete with a legitimate reason and a new time frame. So, while we may have to wait a few extra days, at least we know the company will be rolling out fully-functioning firmware.
Is it just me, or do you guys see Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt as the mobile worlds essential “white knight?” He seems to always say the right things and gives respect where its due. In a recent interview during his tour in Korea, Schmidt had several pleasing things to say about their rival Apple:
Apple is actually a very good partner. Our two companies are literally talking all the time about everything. With respect to Apple patents, the best thing we can tell there are plenty of prior arts and I don’t want to go beyond that…
Such a far cry compared to Apple’s late founder (Steve Jobs) who publicly waged war against Android, don’t you think? Schmidt also added in several of his opinions on the current patent wars that Apple and a couple of Android’s biggest vendors are currently in:
Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars. I think one of the worst things that happened in the last few years has been the belief that somehow there are so many patents in the mobile phone world, an estimated 200,000 patent that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor’s phones or devices.
In ending, Eric took some time to commend Samsung while he was in Korea. He raved on their ability to reach the top when just 3 years ago Samsung had zero smartphones to offer. Now Samsung is obviously Google’s number one vendor for their Android operating system and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon with their impending release of their Galaxy Note 2 in the US.
What do you guys think about Eric’s words? Do you agree or disagree with anything he said, or is he pretty much spot on on what the general public thinks. Let us know!
Us Android faithful have grown accustomed to waiting for the latest apps and games to come are way, and our patience has paid off yet again. Another iOS hit has made it’s way to Android: Rayman Jungle Run.
This addictive platformer features the legend from the PS2 and Atari classic, Rayman himself. This latest iteration features detailed high-resolution cartoon graphics, fluid controls and some of the best gameplay of any game in the Play Store. If you are feeling the need for a nostalgia fix or simply need a decent game to kill a couple minutes while on the bus, pick this one up, its only $3 in the Play Store.
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We’ve been hearing a lot about the HTC One X+, which may or may not be delayed due to increasing the battery size. With fans already anticipated for the upcoming device, it looks like it could be a major contender for the infamous Galaxy Note II, set to release in the UK early October.
Luckily the folks over at GSMArena, have a leaked O2 Wireless brochure, flashing the One X+. The specs match up to what we’ve been reporting, which are… well… quite beastly:
- 1.7GHz quad-core processor
- Whopping 64GB of internal-storage
- 8 mega-pixel camera
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Beats Audio support
- And lastly, 25GB of Dropbox storage
HTC took the wraps off a new version of their HTC One X at the Chinese Telecommunications Fair. Going by the name HTC One XC, the phone will have a 4.7-inch 1280×720 pixel screen and 1GB of RAM. Images of the case suggest it will come in black with gold trim elements. Several sources are reporting this device will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip. It is unclear how accurate this may be as HTC’s page for the device on their Chinese site indicates the One XC has a dual-core processor. The bad news for most readers is that the device may never make it outside of the Chinese market. Hit the break for some additional images.
Following the company’s Xperia acro S release, Sony has announced the impending US availability of its budget-level Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual handsets. Currently available in Europe, the smartphones both sport an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 3.2-inch HVGA (480×320) display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Xperia Tipo Dual, however, will feature two SIM slots, which isn’t something that usually makes its way to the United States. Customers will also get a rather disappointing 3-megapixel rear camera. Unfortunately, both units will only support 3G HSPA connectivity for use with AT&T.
The Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual are now available to purchase from Sony’s official online store for $179.99 and $189.99, respectively. Color choices include serene black, classic silver, navy blue and deep red for the Xperia Tipo, and classic black and classic white for the Xperia Tipo Dual. For more information, you can catch the full press release past the break.