Back in the day, people used to talk about app numbers a lot. The Android platform was constantly attacked for having less available apps than iOS and thus, they’d say, iOS was a better platform. As Android adoption sped up, so did app development, and today we see that both Android and iOS have more apps than we even need. All of the major products and companies have great apps for both platforms, so its really not a numbers game anymore, but people still like to play that game, so let’s play:
Just a few months ago, Google announced that it had crossed the 700,000 apps threshold and more recently we’ve heard that the Mountain View company is only a few thousand apps away from the number that’s available in iOS’ App Store. According to a new report by The Sociable, Android app development is outpacing iOS and Google is expected to reach the 1 million app milestone before Apple does. That would be an exciting and unexpected turn of events for our favorite underdog. Really though, app numbers don’t matter as much as app quality, and in the arena of app quality iOS has had Android beat for years. Thankfully Android developers have begun stepping it up recently, and things will only continue to get better. For some examples of great Android apps, check out our most beautiful apps list. Then sit back and wait to see who crosses the 1 million app finish line first (probably Android in June 2013 if the reports are anything to go by).
Source: Venture Beat
Dropbox is an incredible product that keeps all of your files synced across your different devices. Samsung took note of the company and began integrating the software back when they released the Galaxy S III, giving users a free 50GB pass. Yesterday, Dropbox announced that it will be strengthening its partnership with Samsung (the fastest selling smartphone manufacturer in the world) by adding Dropbox integration into many future Samsung devices (smart cameras, tablets, smartphones, computers, etc). The Samsung integration will begin in March of 2013. Dropbox recently reached 100 million users, so it seems the partnership is working quite nicely for them. If you’re a Dropbox user who’s planning on buying a future Samsung device, then you better start thinking what you’re gonna do with all that free storage! To read Dropbox’s press release, hit the break.
It looks like the future is going to consist of wearing lots of funny looking technology on our bodies and everyone is joining the party. Today at CES, Vuzix showed off its own version of smart eye wear which will stand in direct competition to Google Glass. The irony here is that Vuzix is basing their eye wear off of Google’s Android software in order to directly compete with Google. The Vuzix’s M100 will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and house a small display that hovers over one eye. Vuzix is expecting to launch the product for $500 later this year, which is significantly cheaper and sooner than Google’s plans. Inside the M100’s you’ll find a WQVGA color display, an OMAP processor, 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1080p camera all running atop Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. For more information, you can hit the source link. To stay up with all our CES 2013 coverage, click here.
Well— it certainly didn’t take very long for us to find out about when we have an idea of when that sexy new Sony Xperia Z would be available to order. UK retailer Phones4U has announced that residents in the UK will be able to order the phone from March 1st. In addition, Phones4U will be offering select customers the option to pre-order the device in order to ensure that they will be able to secure a device– just in case well you know— it sells out and all like other devices. There’s no word on how much the device will cost as of now, but we’re pretty sure it will more than likely cost a pretty penny…
Not intent on letting NVIDIA grab all the attention here at CES, Qualcomm has introduced a pair of new processors called the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series. First off the bat, the 600 models will feature some incredible specs including a quad-core Krait 300 CPU at speeds up to a whopping 1.9GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU and will offer up to 40% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Sure the 600 series chips sound like they’ll be beastly as heck— but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Qualcomm. The 800 models will take specs a step further and include a quad-core Krait 400 CPU at speeds up to a sizzling 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, UltraHD resolution support (4096 × 2304), full support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound and wait for it— up to 75% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. Incredible.
Just when you think the Snapdragon S4 Pro reaches the pinnacle— Qualcomm comes out of the blue and ups the ante yet again. The Snapdragon 600 series of chips are expected to be available in devices by Q2 of this year, while we’ll see Snapdragon 800 series are expected to be available by the year’s end. Hopefully you all can contain yourselves— but in the meantime, check out the presser after you hit the break. Oh and don’t forget to check out our continuous coverage of CES by clicking here.
Belkin announced today the release of a new high definition wireless camera to their product line. The NetCam HD will retail for $149.99 and offers full 720p HD resolution, digital audio, a wide-angle lens, infrared night vision capabilities, setup via mobile devices, movement detection email alerts and the ability to record live video to mobile devices. The camera will also be WeMo SMART capable. WeMo is a wifi based home control platform for other devices in the home using a wireless network. Using the WeMo capabilities with the new camera, users could setup rules for certain actions to occur when the motion sensor is activated. Belkin has developed a free NetCam app for Android and iOS devices that let you monitor the video feed on your mobile device. Belkin expects the new camera to be available in spring 2013.
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Earlier today Huawei announced the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2. The Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch 1080p IPS display with 443ppi, Huawei’s K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, microSD, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the latest version of the Emotion UI. It’s 9.9mm thick and weighs 170g. We expect to see this bad boy on sale in China this month followed by Japan. Hit the break for the hands on video.
Just when we thought Samsung pushed the envelope with the Galaxy Note II and its 5.5-inch display, Huawei drove right over it with the Ascend Mate that was announced earlier today. It sports a whopping 6.1-inch IPS display at 720p. Seriously folks this is just about Nexus 7 territory, but Huawei thinks the consumer will eat it up. The rest of the specs should satisfy everything you desire with Huawei’s Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.0MP front camera, and a massive 4050mAh battery. It has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the latest version of the Emotion UI. Looks like China will get it in February, and as usual no word on a U.S. launch. Hit the break for the hands on video.
It’s one thing for a manufacturer to make a flagship phone, but the content is the key. Everyone is fighting to make their own ecosystem. Sony already has Sony Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile, but they know everyone likes to use their phone or tablet while watching TV. That’s why they created the TV SideView app. It lets you control your TV as well as search for what’s playing. It will even make recommendations. If you want to push content, you can do it with compatible Sony TVs. Check out the hands on video after the break.
We already showed you the hands on with the Sony Xperia Z, but we can’t forget about the Xperia ZL. Both were unveiled at the Sony press event at CES. The Xperia ZL has a smaller footprint, but isn’t dust and water resistance. You will also find a rubberized back as opposed to the glass back found on the Xperia Z. It has the same 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. It’s a little thicker and again the battery is non-removable. Check out the hands on video after the break, and at the end the Xperia Z makes an appearance for some nice comparisons.