Android 3.0 Optimized for Tablets

Android Honeycomb 3.0 is being featured at CES 2011. Looking at the videos makes me think that the iPad may not be the only game in town. The fact that 7 million iPads have already been sold does give Apple a head start, but the mobile market is just entering its adolescence.

There should be plenty of market share available for the Android tablets, especially if the OS and 4G play nice together for a truly mobile experience.

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Apple WWDC 2009 Highlights

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There were not too many surprises at for the announcements today at the opening of WWDC 2009. The release date continues to be the same for the iPhone 3.0 update and there newest iPhone. There are some Snow Leopard announcements and some hardware changes for the year. This is a list of the essentials.

iPhone 3.0 is free for iPhone owners, naturally. $9.95 for iPod touch owners. Available worldwide June 17, the day often cited and the most likely release date for the new iPhone.

The key improvements for the 3.0 software have been heard before (additional blog entries on iPhone 3.0 Software updates):

  • Cut, copy & paste
  • Landscape and landscape keyboard to Mail, Notes and Messages
  • In app purchases (e.g. magazine subscriptions)Peer to peer connectivity (for games, mostly)
  • Accessories (glucose level readers best example)
  • Maps. Embed Google Map services into your app. Turn by turn directions
  • Push notifications. ESPN score alerts. Instant messages. Numbers (like how many messages are backed up).
  • Sounds.

iPhone 3GS announced today. 2 to 3.6 times faster. Not everything is as fast. Average two times faster. Built in 7.2 Mbps HSDPA. Amazing features (most of which we’ve heard in the rumors previously):

  • Built-in camera. 3 megapixel, not 3.2 as expected. Autofocus, whitebalance, exposure, tap to focus. Low light sensitivity better. Automacro as well, as close as 10 cm away.
  • Also captures video. New switch that says still or video. 30 frames per second. autofocus etc.
  • Edit from the iPhone.
  • Can share (AT&T doesn’t yet)
  • Voice control. Hold down the home button. Commands you can use are scrolling by. Call contact. What’s playing now. Play more songs like this (makes Genius playlist on the fly.)
  • Built-in digital compass.
  • Accessibility features.
  • Support for Nike +
  • Hardware encryption (for the IT guys). Makes for instantaneous remote wipe.
  • Improved battery life. Up to 9 hours surfing with wifi, 30 hours of audio, 12 hours of 2G talk time, 5 hours of 3G talk.
  • Fastest, most powerful iPhone yet

This new iPhone is coming July 19. There is a $99 iPhone, available now. There are new MacBook Pros. And there are lots of things for the developers to learn about iPhone 3.0 and Mac OS X. But there is no Steve Jobs. He seems to be out of the picture (at least until July 19th).

Prices for new iPhone:

  • 16 GB $199
  • 32 GB $299
  • In addition, keeping the iPhone 3G on the market for $99 for 8 GB

That 8GB price starts today.

For more details, see:

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iTunes 8.2 and iPhone 3.0 Updates

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As a technology consultant at Achieve Kids, I am often the GO-TO Guy for technology outside the scope of the workplace. Sometimes this can be annoying, but when its about mobile phones, touch and gestural interfaces like the exciting Microsoft Xbox Natal gaming idea,

and Apple products, I am happy to oblige and “geek out” for a minute.

Just yesterday, there were questions to me,

“When is the new iPhone 3.0 update supposed to happen?”

“When can I cut & paste on my iPod Touch?”

“Is this new iTunes update for 3.0? Why is it numbered wrong?”

The iTunes 8.2 update gives support to iPhones and iPod Touches that have the iPhone 3.0 update……But the 3.0 update has not been released yet. Its an interesting order of events, but for those of us who are anxiously awaiting the new APIs coming with the iPhone update, this is like a teaser trailer.

In addition, the iTunes 8.2 has improved security. Apparently there is also improved bounds checking in the upgrade to prevent a stack buffer overflow problem that could lead to unexpected app termination or arbitrary code execution.

There is still not a specific hard date given for when the iPhone update will be but, but it’s expected to take center stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which takes place June 8 – 12, 2009 in San Francisco.

Several articles have come out over the last 3 days about the iTunes 8.2 update

Macworld
The official Apple details
iPhone Mobility Blog

Interactive Audio on iPhone

Smule, creators of the Ocarina application for the iPhone were presenters at the Apple iPhone 3.0 SDK presentation and premiered their Leaf Trombone application.

I’m impressed not only by Smule’s ability to make fun musical applications, but their focus on making them social, allowing people to share their experience with others and make each interaction with the application different, new and exciting.

They inspire me to push the applications I am working on to the next level.

iPhone 3.0 Software

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Macworld did a great job of giving us a live commentary of what the improvements would be for the new software.

Rather than repeat them all, here is the link to the commentary:

Macworld iPhone 3.0 Commentary

There will be additional announcements over the coming week, but they did manage to get some of the 15 features I wrote about.

  • Turn by Turn direction capability
  • push notifications
  • Cut/Copy/Paste (YEAH!)
  • landscape in all apps
  • Spotlight now implemented

It seems the Beta is available for developers immediately Developer Center (NOTE: this was unavailable at the time of writing- possibly due to the update happening)

The software and upgrades will be available to consumers in the summer. It will be available for ALL iPhones and for $9.95 an upgrade for iPod Touch users as well.