As we reported on Thursday, Valve Software recently took the wraps off the Steam mobile app for Android (and iOS), as part of a limited beta. Steam users could register their interest by downloading the app and entering their details, and over the past day or so, the first beta invites have started to roll out.
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners released a report on Monday revealing new details about iPhone users. Among those surveyed as part of the firm’s study, 21% of iPhone 4S buyers bought the 64GB model and 36% of new iPhone buyers came from another platform such as Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. The research firm previously found that 18% of buyers who bought the iPhone 4S at launch came from another platform. Online purchases of the device represented 43% of Apple’s total handset sales during the iPhone 4S launch, dropping to 33% by the of 2011. The survey also found that AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have all maintained steady market shares regarding iPhone ownership, however, and the device has apparently helped each carrier take customers from other carriers that do not carry the iPhone, such as T-Mobile. CIRP surveyed over 6,000 customers who bought an iPhone between October and December last year.
In what is certainly one of the most bizarre mobile-related studies we’ve seen published in recent months, a new survey found that iPhone and iPad owners are generally very optimistic relative to owners of other handsets and tablets. The most pessimistic mobile users, according to the same survey, are BlackBerry owners. Consumer electronics recycler and reseller Gazelle recently published the findings of a survey conducted on the CES show floor that sought to establish a correlation between a person’s outlook on life and the mobile devices he or she carries. The firm’s findings, while anything but scientific, paint an interesting picture that suggests users of iOS and Android devices have a better outlook on life than BlackBerry users. Read on for more.
You see handhelds being used in businesses just about anywhere these days. Your doctor probably uses one, so does the place you grab your coffee. Heck, even some lumber yards use them. Today, Epson is trying to make them easier and more efficient for businesses to use by releasing an SDK for Android (and iOS) that allows devices to communicate wirelessly with a POS (Point of Sale) printer. The SDK will shorten development time and make it cost-effective to implement mobile technologies into the workplace. A report from IHL Consulting predicts that by 2015, more than 2.7 million tablets a year will be sold to retail establishments for use as mobile POS devices and consumer information tools. All of these need a way to print out their data, and Epson is ready to help provide one. Read the full press release after the break.
Our pals at Borange today unleashed Textie for Android, bringing cross-platform text and picture messaging from the land of iOS (they’ve had something in the neighborhood of 1.6 million downloads from iTunes) to our beloved mobile platform. The port is pretty obvious — you’ll see a lot of iOS-type buttons. Try to get over that, because what you’ve got is a simple and pretty powerful texting appliation that offers unlimited use. Features include:
Ever have that moment of panic when you realize you’ve left the house without your trombone? Yeah. We’ve all been there. Fortunately there’s iBone.
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iBone’s currently available for $1.99 in the Android Market. More: PlayiBone.com
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Get the latest of one of the most popular sports video game franchise ever, Madden NFL ’12, for your Android device for just 99 cents from EA Sports. The game was built for Android 2.1 or higher, and has optimized versions for both Tablets and the Xperia Play with it’s built-in control pad. You can choose to play as any of the 32 NFL teams, and different game-play modes allow for complete micro-management of every bit of action on the field.
Ford has quite the presence at CES 2012. From the slick Evos concept car to the upcoming Focus Electric (with nice mobile app integration) and 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford has a strong showing (which is impressive, when you consider that the Detroit Auto Show is also this week). In addition to the mobile integration going with the Focus Electric, Ford’s moving forward full stream with their in-car infotainment system Sync. Powered by Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive operating system, Sync has been leading the in-car media game for a few years now, and the latest version naturally kicks things up another notch. Sync integrates with BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android devices, allowing a driver to control apps on the device with a combination of voice commands, steering wheel controls, and the center stack and touchscreen.
Your first time with a Chinese smartphone that marks the beginning of a new era of Android computing is a lot like your first time with a woman. You’re pretty sure you know what you’re getting into, and you sort of know your way around already. But when you get down to it, you’re on your own, wondering if one wrong press of a button is going to blow up the whole damn experience, leaving you naked and alone, quivering at the thought of anyone seeing how badly you just failed at what should have been been a simple task. You had your chance. You blew it. And you’re going to have to live with that shame forever. You tool.
Ford’s Sync system has been leading the way as far as in-car mobile technology is concerned. With the upcoming launch of the Focus Electric, Ford is leaping into the mobile space with a new app that allows owners to manage their vehicle remotely. While it won’t let you drive (sorry James Bond wannabes), the MyFord Mobile app they’re showing off at CES 2012 enables Focus Electric owners to manage how and when their cars charge at home, allowing you to set it so the car charges at night off peak hours with lower electric rates or override it to get your car charged up for an impending trip. MyFord Mobile users will also be able to find charging stations out and about and even plan trips around those charging stations (useful, given the 100 mile range of the all-electric vehicle).
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