Appstore

I have been using Nexus 4 since few days now. And completely loving the way how far Android has come down to. It’s been an amazing experience on this device. Nevertheless, there are so many great features which Apple could pick from Android to improve App Store in iOS 7. First, we all know how HTML interface of App Store sucks. It takes significant time even on high speed internet connection for the UI to surface once the app is opened. Of course, there’s a workaround to make it work faster, but then it remains a mess for many people.

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I figured out that there are many ways by which Apple could learn from Play Store or Android and improve App Store for the future. Some of them are listed below -

Ability to install Applications from the iTunes Store (web interface)

This feature has been on Android from quite sometime now. For those who don’t know, you could install applications from the web as well on your phone without even touching your smartphone. I admire this feature a lot. For example, if i’m on my Macbook and found out an app link on Twitter or Facebook, all i could do is to directly use the link to install app on my device. That’s it, i don’t even need to open Play Store on my device, search and then install. And your email account decides what device you own for the purpose to install apps seamlessly. [click to continue…]

Fiksu, a mobile app analytics firm released their latest reports on App download statistics for February 2013 saying that the number of downloads from top 200 apps on the App store for iPhone has declined by nearly 810,000 down to 5.2 million per day in February from 6.01 million per day in January which gave a strong holiday season sales figures. App developers spend huge amounts on advertising their apps during holiday season in an effort to tap new customers who purchase new devices, Fiksu says that the app discovery and visibility efforts continued well into January 2013 as well and fizzled out in February which gives a right indication of things to come for later part of the year.

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Well, this doesn’t come in the form of surprise. But Apple’s approval process continue to lack in approving apps which doesn’t comply with their policies. There’s now another application on App Store which lets you delete system applications on your iOS device. In other words, you could hide all those pre-installed application which you don’t use anymore.

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We think that the actual reason for HiddenApps app to go unnoticed from the eyes of reviewers is due to the fact that it offers much more functionalities if you simply neglect the name. Also, if you read the description of the application, it doesn’t say much about it. According to the developer, it’s an application that tells you tips and tricks about your iDevice. On the contrary, it does more than that. [click to continue…]

On Thursday, the US Patents and Trademarks office published details about three patents filed by Apple in the last two years that patent an exclusive system to sell and loan used Digital content like books, music and movies owned by users. The whole proposed system by Apple is quite similar to a system Amazon has patented (applied in 2009) recently with the only difference being Amazon is planning for a central market place like its Music store and Movies store unlike Apple which is planning for a decentralised peer to peer exchange system.

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The whole system is more about managing the digital access rights of various owners of the same content and transferring the digital access rights to new owners. There is high probability that Apple might be taking help of its iCloud service to maintain all the digital content on cloud and provide cloud service to access the digital content rather than the content residing on the owners device. That way managing owner right sand restricting access will be much easier for Apple.

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Whenever we talk about listening Bollywood music online on an application, we tend to talk about Saavn as well. Currently, if you want to listen to music on Saavn, you need to have either a Wifi or 3G connection on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Although the quality of the songs which are being streamed is of decent quality, there’s no way for anyone to download them or listen to those songs offline.

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In addition to it, if you are someone who travel a lot and your carrier doesn’t provide you with consistent 3G connectivity everywhere, you would probably face serious issues with Saavn application. To solve this issue, folks from Saavn have come up with a subscription based service which they are calling it as ‘Saavn Pro’ to let you download songs from within the cloud and then use them later for offline listening. [click to continue…]

After Twitter aggressively changed their guidelines and told developers to follow them strictly when their next API rolls out, many Twitter clients found themselves to be banned due to the same reason. Due to which a group of developers decided to make their own APIs and created an Ad-free social network which is now called ‘App.net’. Built on the funding from people, the platform has now many members who use various clients on their mobile devices to remain connected. Netbot is an alternative of Tweetbot for App.net.

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NetBot is currently available for free for a limited time. Otherwise, it’s priced on par with Tweetbot for iPhone. You should grab one if you use App.net often. To join App.net service, you would need to shell out $5 for a month with 10 GB of storage space, $36 for a year with the same storage space and $1000 if you are a developer. Considering the aesthetics and design, there’s not any Twitter client close to the Tweetbot and Netbot is exactly the replica of that. [click to continue…]

Few days ago, i came across an application called ‘SignEasy’ which lets users to digitally sign any document on the go. Also, a user can also input different initials such as Date, Name, logo etc which are needed to filled in many documents these days. The idea is simply awesome because in order to do such tasks, one need to first scan the sign and position that signature properly in the documents with the the help various other applications.

Undoubtedly, SignEasy application is really handy in its own way. It is very efficient and saves you from a lot of effort. Even if you have to declare certain initials which could also be positioned in their respective positions in the document. In fact you could add multiple signatures at once if you have been subscribed to their premium account. Although there isn’t any FTP or HTTP transfer from the application, but you could link the application with Dropbox, Box.net and Evernote included in the premium subscription.

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Sony Entertainment Network has released an application called ‘Sony LIV’ on App Store. This application lets you watch almost every show which have had been telecasted on TV once. Everything from Sony and Sab is packed into the application which can be sorted according to the mood or Shows right from the application. The interface is dynamic from other apps with consistent black background on the back and red color tint with a mixture of white for text.

 

You can even link your application with Facebook account, sign up for a separate account or login with an existing account at the start up of the application. Tapping on a button at the top left corner open up the sideways view where you could select options like ‘Mood Wheel’, ‘Classic’, ‘Shows’ and ‘Playlist’. With Playlist option, you can make Playlist of your own favourite shows which you like to watch more often. [click to continue…]

Christmas has always been an opportunity for application developers to hype their revenue by providing significant discounts on applications. Also due to the fact that many people buy iOS devices as a gift on the day of Christmas. And if tweets from all the over the world on Twitter are to be believed, iPad has already overblown the numbers compared to other tablets in the market. Of course, anyone who would buy an iPad, would also require surplus amount of applications to make their Christmas even better.

According to a recent report from Distimo AppIQ data, the revenue for application developers have seen an slight increase of 70% for iPhone and iPad apps and downloads by 87% compared to the average downloads in December 2012. However, if you look closely at the chart of iPad, you would realise that revenue for the iPad applications has seen tremendous growth of 83% where the application downloads has hiked by 140% respectively.  [click to continue…]

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