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Gmail for iOS gets an update which links the app directly to other Google apps, keeping user navigations within the Google sandbox. There’s a reason why the iOS versions of Google’s apps are better on iOS than Android.
Google doesn’t need to get iOS users to switch to Android. Google needs to make its iOS apps really compelling, far better than competing apps to get iOS users to use them, and when that threshold has been crossed, link them all up to keep everything inside Google.
The embrace, extend, extinguish principle is well and truly in effect.
We are delighted to be one of Twitter’s partners as part of the launch of their new mobile and web cards. Starting today, embedded Path moments that have been syndicated to Twitter are now optimized in expanded Tweets, and the shared content deep links directly to Path.
Apple’s iOS is the only mobile platform on which every popular mobile app exists (except maybe for BlackBerry Messenger). Apple does not make mobile apps for other mobile operating systems but all other major mobile platform owners make apps for iOS. The simple reason is because the others are almost pure play software people while Apple makes most of its money selling hardware. Selling its apps on other people’s platform will obviously undermine that.
Google and Microsoft on the other hand rely on wide adoption of its applications and services and Apple has sold over 500 million iOS devices as of January of this year with the majority of them having been sold in more recent years. Apple’s customers are crucial for companies like Google and Microsoft.
Nokia launched its HERE Maps app a few days ago on the App Store. While it’s feature packed, many of them aren’t exactly functioning, at least not in Jakarta. Traffic reports for example, is still better on Waze (doesn’t actually show up on HERE), and public transport only covers trains, no buses. While the map is great, roads are all there, and you can save a map to use offline, you’ll be excused thinking that you’re still living in the past.
Thing is, the points of interests listed on HERE reflects a time long gone. Old clubs, buildings, and businesses, long shut down still show up as recommendations. Are they even using the same data points as Nokia maps on Windows Phone? Or perhaps it’s a way for Nokia to get people to switch to Windows Phone so people use the proper Nokia Maps app with the correct data? Or maybe Nokia is still living in the past?
As the Next Web noted, China’s Windows Store has more apps than the US store and @winappupdate later followed up with this bit of insight. Of course, numbers do not denote quality but it’s interesting that interests seem to diverge between platforms in different countries. Perhaps it’s simply a numbers game or perhaps Microsoft did a better job courting developers in China than in the US where top app developers tend to favor iOS and Android.
@carmencrincoli The top 6 app devs are now primarily in the China WS, and all have more than 130 apps each. That’s a lot.
Bloomberg Businessweek reports that there are now 700,000 apps on Google Play, a number that matches Apple’s claim for the App Store which was made in September when it launched iPhone 5. Whether the apps are as good as each other or fall short in terms of quality is almost irrelevant as Google can now scratch another item on the list of things that Apple can claim advantage over.
If you suspect that a number of mentions on your Twitter account have been missing, you’re not alone. Apparently it affects not just the official clients but also third party apps as well which suggests that there might be something wrong with Twitter’s API.
However, Twitter’s apps on Android, iPhone, and iPad, often would skip mentions anyway, between the last time you open the app and the most recent ones. Worse still, it does not show the expected time gap, which is meant to let you load more tweets that would have been delivered between those times. This is actually an issue that has existed ever since Twitter rolled out the original Twitter for iPhone in 2010 and has never been fixed.