iOS 10 – All New Features Coming to your iPhone

iOS 10

iOS 10 arrives with a bang at WWDC 2016! The new operating system for proprietary Apple products offers some pressing elements for that are supposed to make all other iOS versions look bleak. Well, while it is being called as the most advanced and feature-rich iOS release until now, you have reasons to become enthusiastic about it. Let us have a look at the offerings made by this latest iOS release.

How big is it?

Apple is calling it to be their biggest release so far. But apart from the fine-tuned, bolder and bigger design elements what are there to call it so big or grand? Well, we are feeling still a sceptic. Actually, in this sprint, Apple concentrated primarily on addressing glitches, fine tuning earlier features and making few design elements bolder and beautiful. Is this enough to call these iOS release grandest of all? Well, we are not sure yet. But obviously Apple after several years made some significant changes, at least design-wise. More beautiful maps, enhanced photos for reliving memories, power of Siri unleashed for a number of apps and many other elements became better and bigger with iOS 10.

The evolution of Home App

iOS 10 has offered a new ‘Raise to wake’ feature that will be able to wake up the lock screen as and when it is lifted up and thus the user will be able to see all the notifications and updates. The notifications also look better and with the 3D Touch capability responding and interacting with them will be a lot easier now.

The evolution of Home App and lock screen is one of the most discussed things in the new Apple launch. Actually, the home app symbolizes a new approach for the burgeoning and increasingly demanding phenomenon of Internet of Things.

Siri is more powerful

Siri has become more power packed with the new iOS 10. iOS Developers can do a lot of things with Siri. More third-party apps will now have access to Siri. You can give Siri commands to make another app act or react the way you want. Already an array of messaging apps has been included among the list of supported apps for Siri.  From messaging apps like WeChat, and WhatsApp to VoIP calling apps like Uber, Runtastic, Runkeeper, MapMyRun, and Skype have been listed for Siri support. A number of apps will certainly join soon. With Siri taking control of most of your apps the user experience is certainly going to have a big push.

Apple Maps getting better

Apple Maps in the new OS has become a lot better in terms of design and usability. Now the map app is more proactive than ever. The map will offer more predictions and suggestions according to the user context and search. The Map app UI is cleaner and easy to interact now. The new Maps is more proactive with a lot of predictive stuff. When searching through the Maps you will be offered the nearby restaurant suggestions. On top of that, the app will offer real-time traffic information. In case there is a lot of traffic in a route, Maps will guide you to the alternative route and show you the time that can be saved approximately. Actually, the new Maps has been given a lot of features and look and feel attributes of Apple CarPlay. The best part is, Maps is available for other apps also. Other apps also can make use of the extensions of the apps. For example, you can book and pay a restaurant, a cab ride or keep track of your ride just within the Map app only.

Music app got revamped

Finally, Apple has taken some proactive steps to fulfill longstanding demands of users in revamping the music app altogether. There is a ‘download’ section within the app with a special design that will offer more sense of space on the screen. Apart from that, the new music app for iOS 10 will have a new ‘For You’ section to create curated playlists of choice. There is also a new lyric feature to get a look at the song lyrics at the time of listening music.

Messaging fun with tappable Emojis

The message is one of the most popular apps on iOS. The new message feature will allow users playing videos right in the middle of a message. Most important of all, emojis are back with a whole new look, feel, and contextual usage. From now on, words that can be replaced with emojis will be highlighted and with just a tap you can put in the message.

Apple TV remote app

Apple in the new iOS 10 also introduced a new remote app for the Apple TV. According to Apple, lot of Apple customers had a long-standing demand for a dedicated app to control and operate Apple TV remotely just as it is done through Siri. This app in the new iOS is a step forward to making the OS more friendly and proactive towards IoT. The app can be used for touch input, voice-control through Siri and offers controls through a motion for playing games on Apple TV. Besides all these, the user can make use of the regular keyboard for entering text.

Apart from all these, the most important feature of the new Apple TV app is that the downloaded app gets automatically available across iOS devices. That means when you download a game in iPhone it becomes available in your TV as well. This is how the gap between tvOS and iOS is bridged through this new app.

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2013 Might Be Turning Point For iOS And Android Dominance – research2guidance

research2guidanceAccording to a recent report by research2guidance, though Apple and Android account for 82% of all app downloads, 2013 might be the turning point of the dominance for both platforms. The report found that while Apple’s market share of app downloads constantly fell from 81% in 2008 to 39% at the end of 2012, Android’s app downloads increased year over year reaching 42% at the end of 2012. Both platforms now combine 82% of all app downloads.

The report examined if this duopoly will last for the next years or will the market see another major change in the market structure as witnessed 5 years ago when the dominance of Symbian started to fade away? The report found that already in 2013 the market will enter a new phase with more relevant mobile app platforms which would be the beginning of the end of the duopoly.

New platforms, new choice: Microsoft, BlackBerry, Firefox, Ubuntu or Jolla have come up with fresh and new app platforms which will challenge the two market leaders. Some have financial muscles others have cool new concepts and solutions. All seems to attract a lot of market hype indicating that the market got a bit bored with iOS and Android and are looking for something new.

Old problems of the computer/mobile device industry, old strategies: Today, 90% of all smartphones come with an iOS or Android operating system. Maybe mobile phones users can live with this uniformity but most of the smartphone device manufacturers can’t, if they don’t want to compete only by price.  As a consequence new and fresh operating systems will be loaded on smartphones especially from 2nd tier device manufacturers like HTC, Huawai and ZTE to offer something different.

According to research2guidance, this market shift would have an impact on the app initiatives companies have launched over the course of the last years. Every app developer and publisher will have to adjust their app development and distribution strategy to compete in a market with 5-7 relevant mobile operating systems. In essence app development and distribution will become more complex.

The report found that compared to the world today, where most of the app publishers and developers are concentrating on iOS and Android, the need for adding at least Windows Phone and BlackBerry to the “served platform list” will increase over the next 2 years. If companies want to reach out to the community of early adopters they would even have to include new OS platforms like Ubuntu or Jolla to the list. Adding HTML5 makes 7 platforms to watch and/or maintain.  That is good news for the app development industry and multi-platform tool vendors but starts to become a real management task for companies trying to reach their customers with the help of mobile apps.

As per the report, App stores will remain the main distribution channel for apps during the upcoming years. In addition to new OS platforms and their app stores, new app distribution platforms will emerge. They will specifically address e.g. business, health, adult and children app users needs and offer additional downloads and marketing opportunities for app publishers. The number of app stores increase month by month and it is not possible to track all of them, but it is a safe bet to say that there are more than 500 apps stores out there. App publishers don’t need to know all of them but they should be aware of the most relevant for their target groups as well as upcoming service providers that help to distribute an app on dozens and hundreds of app stores. Building and marketing an app is becoming increasingly complex and will demand a systematic fact based approach to handle market turbulences in the coming years.

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Gupshup Launches Mobile Messenger App on Android, IOS,Blackberry & NOKIA S40

GupshupGupshup Technology India  yesterday launched a mobile messaging app, called GupShup Messenger, for smartphone platforms –Android, IOS, Blackberry  and feature phones – NOKIA S40. It uses data services in smartphones to send messages and works like normal SMS service in Java based phones. The company is currently working on enabling the rich media features like pictures and video messaging like Whatsapp.

Interestingly, if the message recipient does not have the app installed in his phone, GupShup will deliver the message to him free in the form of a regular SMS.

“Emerging markets such as India and Indonesia have numerous feature-phone users even as smartphone adoption is growing. Services like GupShup that integrate data and SMS, are well suited to the needs of emerging markets”, said Beerud Sheth, co-founder and chief executive officer of GupShup.

GupShup Messenger includes features like public and private messaging in which users can seamlessly switch and easily share messages with followers and friends respectively.

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The public messaging feature enables users to follow any of GupShup’s numerous communities or post messages to their own. The private messaging feature makes the whole address book active and reachable, unlike other messenger apps that can only reach users that have also downloaded the same app. Also, the app includes a rich collection of emoticons that allows users to express themselves in personalized ways.

Download the app here : Android, IOS, Blackberry

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Global boom in adoption of iOS and Android devices

According to a recent report by Flurry, the rate of iOS and Android device adoption has surpassed that of any consumer technology in history. It found that in comparison to other recent technologies, smart device adoption is being adopted 10X faster than that of the 80s PC revolution, 2X faster than that of 90s Internet Boom and 3X faster than that of recent social network adoption. The smart device technology is rapidly expanding beyond early adopter markets such as such as North America and Western Europe, creating a true worldwide addressable market.  Overall, Flurry estimates that there were over 640 million iOS and Android devices in use during the month of July 2012.

The report further revealed that, countries which have the largest active smart device installed bases, are experiencing the fastest growth and are most penetrated. Compared to July 2011, the United States and China continue controlling the top two spots, with China dramatically closing the gap on the United States.

According to Flurry, the net active devices in the U.S. grew by approximately 30 million YoY, while China saw more than 100 million new active devices enter the market.  At this rate, China’s active installed base could overtake the United States as early as the 2012 Holiday season.  Compared to last year, 9 of the top 10 countries remain unchanged, excepting Brazil, which pushes Australia just out of the top 10, into the 11th position.

China has the highest growth in active devices. It leads the world with an astounding 401% year-over-year growth, demonstrating the power of the country’s vast population coupled with its rapidly growing middle class. Notably, all four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are represented in the top 10-ten growth countries for smart devices, reinforcing their new stage of advanced economic development.

The report also measured the markets that are mostly rapidly nearing saturation. This was done by comparing the number of active devices in each country relative to its adult population, between ages 15 and 64 years old.  While Singapore, Hong Kong and Sweden form the top three countries in terms of smart device penetration, indicating their strong consumer technology economies, each country has a relatively small total population, ranging between 5 to 10 million.  By comparison, the United States, the fifth most penetrated country with 78% of its adult population using smart devices, has a total population of more than 310 million.  South Korea and the United Kingdom have the 2nd and 3rd largest populations among the top 10 penetrated markets, with roughly 50 million and 60 million respectively.

According to the report, the volume of application usage across the globe comprises of approximately one fifth of all worldwide app sessions on iOS and Android. Year-over-year app sessions in the U.S. declined as a proportion of WW sessions between July 2011 and July 2012, from roughly one-half to a little over one-third.  The balance of the top 10 (ranks 2 -9) grew from 27% in July 2011 to 36% in July 2012.  The rest of the world also made gains from 21% in 2011 to 28% in 2012.  In total, 64% of all app sessions now take place outside the U.S.

For this report, Flurry has used data from more than 200,000 applications that it tracks, running on more than 640 million devices worldwide.

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Nokia Maps Released On iOS & Android Browsers; Audio Directions,Driving, Walking or Taking Public Transport Made Easy

Nokia has announced on its blog the launch of an iOS and Android-compatible version of its mapping service known as Nokia Maps. The service, which powers Nokia’s native mapping applications on its own devices, has not arrived as a native iOS and Android app, however, but as a HTML5-based web service available at m.maps.nokia.com.

In addition to basic mapping, Nokia Maps provides navigation support, through separate sets of directions for those who are driving, walking or taking public transport. There are also audio directions available, but for now, these are only offered when you’re on foot.

There are multiple map views available in the online service as well, including a default map view showing streets and labels, a satellite view, a public transportation view and even a live traffic view, which can help you better plan your route.

 

Details on how to use the maps and its features available at NOKIA’s Blog.

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Android Is Catching Up To iOS In Mobile Video Views

With 250 million Android devices out there, growing by more than 700,000 activations a day, a lot of mobile video is watched on Android cell phones and tablets. It is not quite as much yet as on Apple iOS devices but it is catching up fast.

A year ago in January, 2011, Apple dominated mobile video views, with iOS devices accounting for 87 percent of all mobile views, according to data from video encoding and short-url service Vid.ly. Android had a scant 5 percent. By December, 2011, Android’s share of mobile video watching grew to 32 percent, while Apple’s shrank to 52 percent.

Vid.ly is a service run by Encoding.com, which launched a year ago. The data is only from its service, but is from a large enough sample (more than 1 million video views a month for each platform) that it should be representative.

Via: Techcrunch

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Mobile App Developers Beginning to Favor Android Over iOS

Mobile app developers remain the lifeblood of the mobile application industry. And their preferences go a long way to determine smartphone operating system supremacy in the contemporary mobile market.

That said, it could come as a significant blow to Apple that a growing number of mobile application developers are favoring the Android platform over iOS.

Based on the findings of Ovum’s second annual developer survey, the independent technology analyst reveals that Android looks set to replace Apple’s iOS in terms of importance to developers within the next 12 months.

However, the report adds, “despite a clear vie for ultimate supremacy between these two platforms, almost all developers support both.”

The research also shows a move away from traditional cross-platform mobile application development approaches (e.g. Java, Flash, WAP). Instead, developers are focusing their efforts on web-based standards (e.g. HTML5), which seem to be the preferred approach to building cross-platform applications.

“A smartphone platform’s success is dictated not only by the pull of consumers and the push of handset vendors and mobile operators but also by a healthy economy of applications delivered by third-party developers. Therefore, it is important for all players in the smartphone ecosystem to understand the choices developers are making today and the downstream impact of those choices,” say Adam Leach, devices & platforms practice leader at Ovum and author of the research.

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