Google has launched an update to their Gmail app, giving it a few improvements and new features that will enhance the way iPhone owners use Gmail as their primary email account. The much needed enhancement is the new ability for users to select how to web links in your emails—through Google’s Chrome, YouTube, or even Google Maps, rather than with Apple’s apps.
Apple has released a minor iOS update targeted towards iPhone 5 users. According to the company, iOS v6.1.4 enhances the audio profile in the device’s speakerphone, fixing a bug in the iOS v6.1.3 update that caused the sound in the device’s speaker to appear a bit muffled and distorted for some users.
Speculation is that Apple is preparing to update the core design and key functionality of OS X 10.9, making necessary software enhancements and improvements geared towards “power users.” Amongst those new features are a new version of Safari and improvements on how users multitask on a Mac.
Google has updated their Google Search app for iOS, adding Google Now and support for iPad. iPhone users will be able to enjoy the full experience of Google’s digital assistant right on their iOS devices, a feature previously exclusive to Android users running the Jelly Bean operating system.
Apple’s new television commercial, dubbed “Photos Every Day,” focuses on the iPhone 5′s camera features and how people use the powerful 8MP camera to capture special moments at a variety of times and places, and under a variety of weather conditions. The iPhone commercial finishes with the quote, “Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera.”
The company behind the popular blogging website Tumblr has released an update for the mobile version. The Tumblr app has been improved with few cosmetic changes, giving a clean interface for both the iPad and iPhone versions. The update also provides users the ability to share Tumblr posts or blogs with friends via email, Twitter, Facebook and a few other social networks.
April 28th of this year will mark the iTunes Store 10th Anniversary. And to celebrate a decade of revolutionizing the world of music distribution, Apple has posted a Decade of iTunes micro-page at the iTunes store-front to honor the event. Visitors to iTunes will immediately notice the interactive timeline in front of the iTunes Store, giving fans a quick look at how the music store has matured over the years.
Netflix for iOS had been updated to v4.0, adding a few interface improvements to make it easier to navigate through the app. iPad owners will notice a new option menu that gives viewers a drop-down list of TV show episodes (available for that particular season show you watching), as well as audio and subtitle selection access.
Apple made a minor update to the iTunes Store this week, giving customers the choice to store music and video purchases for later downloading. The new “Later” or “Download” option window appears in iOS 6 and in iTunes 11 when users purchase music, movies or TV shows. Users will need to have an iCloud account activated to use this feature.
Yahoo! has released a new weather app designed specially for the iPhone and iPod Touch, elegantly displaying the current weather in your impressive photos acting as the background for your city. Yahoo! Weather has an intuitive, friendly user-interface filled with detailed information of the week’s forecast, aimed at giving users a simple and more accurate view of weather conditions.