Apple is finally opening up to cross-platform commitments and, although it is just doing it to bait potential customers into joining “ the proverbial dark side”, it managed to bring Apple Music to the Google Play store. Why do we need such a thing? Well, there are people out there who still like to keep an open mind to both OS and what they have to offer and they may have a Mac paired with an Android phone. If you are familiar with Beats Music, you will definitely not have a hard time with Apple Music, the new and improved version. The app is streaming over 30 million songs and it also includes curated playlists. It also offers users access to music purchases via iTunes. That is an important feature because it marks the first time Apple has gone through the trouble of making an Android-specific way of getting iTunes music without having to go through a third-party. The app is even somewhat changed design-wise for the Android users. Apple Music is in beta at the moment, but it will be official soon. It is already available on the Google Play Store, but you cannot watch music videos yet. You will also need a Mac or an iPhone to upgrade your subscription to a family plan if you want one. Some early users are reporting stability issues, and the mediocre star rating currently on the Google Play Store could be an attack from Android fans. The subscription will cost you $9.99 a […]
Google wants to create its own Android chips, if we are to believe recent reports from the Information. Google seems to want to work with some OEMs in order to co-develop chips based on its own designs., thus making the fight with Apple products even more personal. Apple is continuously designing its own Ax chip manufactured by the likes of Samsung and Google wants a piece of that opportunity as it wants to change and improve the Android ecosystem with its own designs and consistency. But in order for this to happen, Google would have to find an engaged manufacturer, such as Qualcomm, that would have to give up on some of their own plans and competitive niche markets. Google did not deny or confirm this rumor, but the Information says that talks on the subject took place this fall and the subject at hand was the company’s desire to develop an “enterprise connectivity device” (which could be the Pixel C laptop-tablet hybrid launched back in September) that would use only Google-owned technology. Why would Google make its own Android chips? Well, one of the benefits of this strategy is the fact that it could cut on cutting edge features into future versions of its OS such as support for virtual reality and augmented reality. These features that everyone is eager to try would require more dedicated software and hardware than usual features do. Of course, the first devices to take advantage of the Android chips from Google […]
HTC One A9 photos leak courtesy of @OnLeaks today. The device is said to be launching on October 20 in New York, but considering HTC’s recent financial troubles, every move is being monitored. These leaked photos show a dummy device with no working parts on the inside, but the look and design of the device should be exactly the same at launch. HTC One A9 has been leaked before, and it is already target to many many jokes and comparisons with Apple products. Now we can see the device in better detail: rounded edges, a fingerprint reader on the front similar to Samsung’s devices and the centered back camera adorned with lines on the top and bottom rear side. The left side shows a microSD card slot and a SIM tray while the right side shows the power button and a volume rocker. The device is said to launch in November, but nothing is sure yet. HTC One A9 will come to the US, but there is no news regarding which carriers will take and sell it yet. The unit shown in the leaks is branded as an AT&T device, which pretty much confirms that the device will be sold via this carrier. More news to come. Source: @OnLeaks
Apple is back in the news again and this time it’s all about their first ever app. The company is known for being at least reticent when it comes to sharing with or supporting other platforms. It took them years and years to finally pair with Windows for the iTunes program, and some of the professional tools have never been seen anywhere except for the Apple hardware. Now everything will change as Apple is attempting to fish out some Android users as its own. The first app coming from this American company is named Move to iOS and it has now reached the Play Store. What the app does is show you an opportunity you may not want to take advantage of. You can transfer contacts, SMS history and bookmarks, account information and photos to Apple’s hardware, an iPhone or an iPad. The app will not transfer other apps and in order for it to work you will need an Android device and an Apple device to be connected to a secure Wi Fi network. Thing is, Move to iOS quickly became a joke for Android fanboys who rallied up and mock-reviewed the app, giving it many many many 1 star reviews. Suits Apple for trying to steal the competition so blatantly, if you ask me! The app is free on the Play Store and you can use it, try it or just make fun of it if you feel like it.
The iPad Pro has finally become reality as the Apple Event held earlier today showed the device in all of its splendor. This is, indeed, a larger version of the regular iPad and Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, is rather excited about it. What do we get with the new iPad Pro? Apple’s new product sees a clear increase in size with its 12.9-inch display and this is great for the split screen apps that the new OS offers. The device has a variable refresh rate because it uses iMac’s retina 5K display technology. Of course, this also means that you can slow the display down if you need to save some battery. This Apple device uses the new A9X processor from the same line as the new iPhone 6S devices announced today. It is said to be 1.8 times faster than the previous chip Apple used. They also say that their graphics are much improved, to the point of being faster than 80% of portable PCs of the year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obnEaE7Fy14 The new iPad is said to have a battery that lasts up to 10 hours while it can edit three different streams of 4K video at the same time. Apple officials also say they added a four-speaker audio system that will allow the new OS to balance the sound according to how you hold the device. The device is accompanied by some interesting “innovative” and expensive accessories, namely a keyboard and a stylus pen. […]
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were announced today at Apple’s event. As expected, Apple did launch the S versions for this spring’s devices and not a next generation device. The general media opinion is that these are awesome devices, but are they really, especially when compared to other flagships of 2015? Here is what these devices really look like, technically speaking: iPhone 6S specs: 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 IPS LED screen A9 processor 16/64/128 GB storage 12MP rear camera f/2.2 aperture 5MP front camera front button for the fingerprint scanner iOS 9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBYWGjIzvyw iPhone 6S Plus specs: 5.5-inch 1920×1080 IPS LED screen A9 processor 16/64/128 GB storage 12 MP rear camera f/2.2 aperture 5MP front camera iOS 9 fingerprint scanner on the front button. Both devices will be available on multiple US retailers and in other countries starting September 25th. Now comparing the iPhone 6S devices to other flagships, they don’t fare really well, considering that Google’s, Samsung’s and LG’s flagship have much bigger screens at significantly better resolution. Galaxy Note 5, Nexus 6 and LG G4 all have 2560×1440 resolution with screens of respectable sizes: 5.7 inch for the Note 5, 5.96 inches for Nexus 6 and 5.5 inches for LG G4. We can’t really compare the processors, since Apple works with A9 proprietary chips while Samsung uses its own Exynos 7420 one, but Nexus 6 and LG G4 are really close with their Snapdragons 805 and 808. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSTEB8cdQwo […]