My multiplication game app is now available on Android. Will be on Apple soon:
According to reports it is being banned by the courts due to Apple suing over copyright violations. Apple I am a fan of yours and cannot stand your patent lawsuits. Stop it. You copied everything to get where you are, well not everything but a lot. Stop suing others because they are competing with you. The more I see of your company the less I want to use your products.
Articles on the lawsuit:
A company called Bluestacks is trying to do just that. You can download the beta player now. While I could really care less about running an android app on my mac what I do care about is running them on my ipad/iphone and vice versa. Hopefully this is a step towards that.
Why, why, why do none of your phones have your latest operating systems? While its awesome that you keep upgrading your OS and just released Jellybean yesterday, its kind of pointless since no one will ever get it until its 1-2 years old. I mean look at the current distribution:
Currently less than 7% of the Android user base has ICS 4.0, their operating system released in December. So 6 months later and only 7% of users have it? And now you are releasing another version? Wow and you released the SDK? Can I develop for the new operating system that no one will have for a year? I am still developing for Android 2.2 because most of your users have 2.2 and 2.3. Get it together Android.
Here are the major updates from the conference:
Nexus tablet will be released mid july. It is 7 inches and will cost $199. Seems like a big iPad/Kindle competitor imo. You can read about the exact specs here
Also, Android 4.1 Jellybean will be released mid july. It will be released on Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Xoom. You can read about the features here but honestly they are just minor updates. I believe that is why we are only going from 4.0.4 to 4.1 rather than to 5.0 at this point.
Here are the rumors from the conference as noted by mashable and floating across the web. I will be posting updates today as the conference unfolds:
My favorite: Jellybean – Android’s newest operating system. I do think its kind of early considering like only 5% of Android users even have ICS. Rumors are the it will be version 4.1 or 5.0
Google Maps – we will see their response to apple dropping them
Nexus tablet – everyone knows this is coming. We just saw a picture of it with Android 4.1 earlier this week.
Those are the big ones. Of course there will be updates to Google+ and some other google products like its new Drive.
Well facebook has launched their app store for Android and Apple iOS users. So you can now download apps via their store but there is one issue: Facebook automatically tells me what apps my friends have and recommends apps to me based on their apps. Do they want me to know which apps they have? It tells me specifically who has what app. In my opinion this is kinda like someone looking at my browsing history because it actually is telling me what sites my friends used. For instance, it is telling me who has used match.com. I do not like this and I do NOT know how to stop it. Here is how to manage which apps can interact with facebook but this still doesnt solve the problem (actually it might, I just do not know for sure). If anyone knows how to prevent please let me know.
1. Log in to facebook
2. Go to privacy settings (top right corner for those on a PC)
3. Click ‘edit settings’ on the ads, apps, and websites section
4. On the apps you use section, click edit settings then edit the settings for each app
Facebook please make this easier to change.
Link to facebook app store: http://www.facebook.com/appcenter
Google will reveal their new version of maps with possibly new features. Remember that the rumor is that Apple is dropping Google Maps for their own version at WWDC on June 11th (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/). It is well known that Apple has be purchasing GPS/Maps companies over the last few years to eventually break away from Google Maps. For those who do not know, Google Maps on Apple devices is not the full version, it does not have text to voice directions and act as a true GPS whereas on Android devices it does and it is free. So it is no surprise that Apple wants their own version.
So I guess we will find out in a few hours what Google has up their sleeve:
Just two things I wanted to post concerning Android. Well I finally was updated to Android 4.04 today from 4.02. I cannot believe my phone is one of the only phones with ICS on it. According to Google, only around 7% of their users have ICS: http://developer.android.com/resources/dashboard/platform-versions.html
To see what each version of Android includes, check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
Additionally, latest rumors suggest that the S3 is definitely coming to all American carriers this month. Pre order for ATT and Verizon is June 6th.
This is very cool. USF has created an App Inventor course that is part of their curriculum. It is designed for non-computer science majors and counts towards a math class. This is a great idea because it exposes students to programming logic and lets them create a mobile app.
Check out the article here: http://teach.appinventor.mit.edu/stories/app-inventor-course-university-san-francisco-usf