We continue to receive information about the discussions between Apple and Google that ultimately resulted in Apple ditching the Google powered Maps app and launching its in-house developed Maps app, even though there was over a year to go for Google Maps contract.
When it comes to mobile operating system, most of the talk is centered around iOS and Android, with Apple and Google’s OSes generally considered to be the two most advanced offerings out there. That isn’t to say that the competition doesn’t have something to bring to the table, with the likes of windows Phonegaining a small amount of traction in the marketplace and definitely looking likely to feature heavily in the future.
It’s not clear if its recently acquired group messaging firm, Beluga, had anything to do with it or not, but Facebook has branched out further into the increasingly crowded messaging space today with the announcement of a separate Facebook Messenger app. Available for iPhone and Android, the app lets you send messages directly to individual friends or groups, which they’ll of course receive instantly (a la BBM, Huddle for Google+, and Apple’s forthcoming iMessage). You’re also able to share your location if you choose, and attach photos to your messages, but the app is otherwise streamlined and barebones — which Facebook says is just the point. You can grab it from the App Store or Android Market now via the links below.
Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung prohibiting the sale of the Galaxy Tab in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands, reports FOSS Patents. Apple first sued Samsung for copying the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad devices in April.
The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1, barring distribution of the product in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands. I can confirm that Apple has a separate lawsuit underway in the Netherlands as well, asserting (European) Community utility model no. 000181607-0001.
DoubleTwist has released an update to its Android app that supports streaming of music, videos, and photos to the Apple TV using AirPlay.
doubleTwist Player is the best all-in-one music, radio and video app. Finds all the music on your phone and syncs music & video with the free doubleTwist app on Mac/PC.
Deals on iPhone and Android games aren’t exactly hard to come by at this time of the year, but the folks at Gameloft have cooked up something a little extra special for the month of December. They’ve just kicked off an Advent Calendar on Twitter, which promises to reveal a free iPhone games, Android games, and a few other surprises every day until December 25th — plus “a little bit more in the end.” While there may be a few duds in there, things have gotten off to a pretty good start — you can now grab the updated version of the classic PlayStation game Driver for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Despite whatever other tablets Verizon may have on the way, it showed off a new trick for FiOS TV at a press conference today by streaming live TV and video on-demand to the iPad. NewTeeVee grabbed the above picture of the app, which Chief Information Officer Shaygha Kheradpir says brings the same software from its set-top boxes to the iPad and other screens. That hasn’t stopped potential licensing issues with offering video on off-TV devices, but Reuters reports the company doesn’t expect to pay any additional fees to programmers, probably because the app will only work from subscriber’s homes. While live TV streaming is a big draw, it also showed off a video on-demand app due later this year for Verizon’s new Android phones, the Blackberry Storm and Windows Mobile 6.5 that would let videos purchased via the cable box or website be downloaded onto up to five different devices, while its Media Manager service will be refreshed with an update that lets users upload video to 70GB of cloud storage and then stream it to their PCs, TVs or mobiles. Reports indicate live TV streaming should be available early next year, we’ll see if FiOS beats Cablevision to the punch.
We had a feeling Apple wasn’t done showing off the apparent reception woes of its competitors — after all, the company already updated once this week with the Nokia N97 mini. Now it’s going after Motorola’s celebrity of the moment (and known iPhone 4 bully), the Droid X. You can see Cupertino’s results in the video after the break, but unlike Apple’s other videos, we can’t seem to recreate this one as easily with our Droid Xs. But hey, it’s not like anyone’s gonna buy a big phone anyway, right?
Even though I’m a long time iPhone user, I still need to focus on iPhone’s virtual keyboard while typing. How about you?
Folks at BlindType (for blind operation, not blind people) have developing an interesting iPhone app, which they claim will eliminate touch typing frustrations and a perfect solution for users who are super sloppy while typing.