Since the launch of the first iPhone, Apple included Google Maps as the default mapping application. But the Cupertino client removed to make room for Apple iOS Maps 6. The maps were a fiasco apple initial and millions of users when asked appear in Google Maps App Store .
claims and speculation finally ended as Google Maps debuted last night at the Apple app store. The client developed in Mountain View includes all options expected by users: voice guided navigation, traffic information in real time, routes in public transportation, satellite view, street view, attractions, reviews of bars and restaurants, etc..
Google Maps for iPhone
still does not include the option to browse offline maps , but is likely to be added in future updates. The client interface is very clean and it shows that the developers chose to simplify the way you present the results. The information is summarized at the bottom edge of the screen and see more detail above pressing.
The good thing is that Google did not take the fast track to launch its iOS devices maps. The Californian corporation could adapt the Web version of the service, but instead opted to create a native app from scratch. It was also released an SDK for developers to include Google maps in their apps for iOS.
Google Maps for iPhone is available in 29 languages to more than 40 countries. The app can be installed on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with iOS 5.1 or higher , but not optimized for the Apple tablet.
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Android always included a native calendar with support for various online platforms, including Google Calendar. However, most users always complained about the lack of an independent official app for the service. While the application was launched some time ago, the Mountain View firm kept exclusively for their flagship smartphones (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus).
But after many complaints, the official app Google Calendar came to Play Store
. The popular customer service and can be installed on smartphones or tablets, but on one condition: They have to run Android 4.0.3 or higher. This limits their arrival pretty devices on the market, but most adoption of ICS and Jelly Bean can end the problem in a matter of months. Google Calendar for Android includes several new features to highlight. According to the Google Blog, the application supports the functions of creating, editing or managing events, but includes new options such as:
snooze an event from notifications;
Use predefined messages to warn participants of an event that will be late;
Set local time zones to better manage events, regardless of the country in which they are.
expands the synchronization period , allowing access to events in the past 12 months. If you want to install Calendar on your gadgets just need to log into Google Play Store.
The desired goal by Mark Zuckerberg and company finally became a reality. Facebook reached one billion active users per month , as published the CEO this morning. Thus confirmed its status as the most popular social network globally, sticking out a comfortable lead its competitors. “This morning there are more than one billion people actively using Facebook each month. If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my team the honor of serving “
, published in the official blog Zuckerberg. For now the social network does not specifically say how many users it has, but is likely to make them available soon. This is the rest of the release of the founder of Facebook:
Helping billion people connect is awesome and is by far, humbly, what I’m most proud of in my life. I promised to work every day for Facebook is better for you, and hopefully together we will also be able to connect to the rest of the world.
growth in so far year is impressive. In July the social network had 955 million active users, which means that 45 million more added in just two months . Analysts believe that the social network would overcome before the barrier of one billion, but the controversy after the company quoted on stock affected their performance.
Anyway, Facebook statistics are shocking and make clear difference
with the rest of the exponents in the same genre.
Apple and presentation of the iPhone 5 are taking all eyes on this day, although there is also space for news about the Android world. According to Hugo Barra, Google’s Android operating system took its presence more than 500 million devices worldwide .
It’s a stunning figure demonstrating steady growth of the software developed in Mountain View. Official statistics also indicate that each day are activated 1.3 million Android gadgets. The increase in these numbers is clear. Until February, for example, there were 300 million devices with Google’s OS, with 850,000 sold daily. late June-in Google I/O- total OS computers of the “Big G” was 400 million globally, while activations per day reached 1 million. In the last three months the drastic increase in the number of Android devices was caused by two devices: Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 7
, Google’s tablet fabricated with Asus. Comparisons are odious, but to put into context the importance of the 500 million Android devices, you have to focus on its main competitor. Until July this year sold 410 million iOS gadgets, but this number tends to explode after the presentation of new devices.
After a long wait Instagram joined Google Android Play Store and the receipt by the user operating system developed in Mountain View could not have been better. According to statistics from the online store the application was downloaded over one million times in its first day .
The arrival of the new version of Instagram took themselves by surprise and strangers. The app appeared without much fanfare but the impact on the public was immediate. Now Android users can capture photos, apply different kinds of filters and share them with the rest of the world. Being the first version of the application was logical to expect some bugs. Luckily the developers solved many of the errors with the patch made available just hours after launching the app. Nevertheless there are still some aspects to improve, such as lack of support for the cameras for some devices. With the advent of Android Instagram also appeared the controversy
. The first to put the fuss was iOS users who basically complained that developers prostituted service experience to open doors to devices with the operating system. Unfortunately in many blogs (especially Americans) reported this idea that Android does not deserve Instagram because cameras are not many devices like the iPhone. Personally I think it’s silly, not only because it conveys disgust the public but also because it loses focus on what really matters. The users of each platform enjoy your app, period. Instagram developers know what they do
Netflix is a fast growing platform, and a clear example of this is the future international expansion we talked earlier this month . The 2011 year has been very interesting for the firm behind the service, and hours ago it was known that the proposal has more than 25 million subscribers .
The news was released after the company presented the balance of the last quarter. During this period, amounted to 1.8 million users, with revenues of $ 789 million and net earnings of 68 million. Anyway, Netflix executives believe the number of subscriptions decay in the coming months
The company recently introduced in the United States price increase that was not well received by customers, and for this reason managers believe that the quarter started July 1 the number of subscribers will decline. Similarly, the firm is optimistic compared to the situation. worth remembering that Netflix has already confirmed their appearance in Spain (early 2012) and 40 countries in North, Central and South America. Such expansion will bring the company an initial outlay important , so its executives strongly defended the rise in prices. Another point to note is that the company launched its integration with Facebook during the next quarter. But the most striking is that this service not available in the U.S. laws, so it will be presented initially in Canada and Latin America.
This was one of the most anticipated releases for fans of the Xbox 360. Since Microsoft introduced Avatar Kinect at CES earlier this year were quite eager to see available, and finally the time has come: the proposal may be virtual and downloaded free by users of Xbox Live Gold .
All players who are not subscribed to the paid version of Xbox Live will also have the chance to try the glossy title, but for a limited time. The Redmond company made available a version that will be available incomplete until next September 8th . After the jump we’ll tell you more about it.
If you still do not know what it is Kinect Avatar, they are explained. This proposal seeks to fully exploit Microsoft’s “social experience” of your home console. Each user of Xbox 360 Kinect can use a virtual character to meet his friends without leaving your home, requiring only an Internet connection. The experience will convey emotions through facial recognition technology , and will also offer a choice of different environments for the meeting. This idea really interesting and most likely have great success. We must also mention that Avatar is not the only Kinect launch Xbox Live offers. Since yesterday afternoon, is also available Sparkler Kinect 3D , an application to paint “finger” that can be downloaded in exchange for 240 Microsoft points. This is the CES 2011 video of the demonstration of Steve Ballmer and promotional clip:
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