It’s not surprising the BlackBerry Messenger service is coming to iOS and Android, especially considering Apple and Google are currently leading the smartphone market with iOS and a range of different Android devices. It was rumored back in 2011 that Blackberry was planning to bring the service to iOS, but it’s only now coming to fruition.
Google has officially announced a slew of new devices, including a new product line of smartphones manufactured by LG and a 10″ Nexus tablet from Samsung to compete with Apple’s latest products such as the iPad Mini and 4th gen iPad. Google also unveiled a new and upgraded, 32GB Nexus 7 priced at $299 with cellular data connectivity, and a new Nexus 10. All run on Google’s new Android v4.2 flavored-candy named “Jelly Bean.”
Ever since Apple replaced Google Maps as the default map service in iOS 6, many iPhone owners have been hoping Google will release an official application like their standalone YouTube app. Several earlier rumors said the app was already under review by Apple, but according to Google, that’s not the case.
Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo!, is instituting a new policy for corporate phones, according to Business Insider. Employees (both full and part-time) can choose between three different Android phones, a Nokia Lumina 920, or an iPhone 5. The company not only pays for the phone, but also for the data and voice charges. And in a blow for RIM, Blackberry phones are no longer an option for IT support.
Ross Miller of The Verge is at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, where he’s posted a hands-on video of the Samsung Ativ Tab. The tablet is running a release version of Windows RT, the version of the Microsoft OS that was built for tablets. And the results are…well…
Amazon has been taking on Apple with their Kindle Fire tablet for some time, and now appears to be targeting mobile gaming, as well. The company has officially announced its own gaming experience for Kindle Fire called GameCircle, offering features that directly compete with Apple’s Game Center.
T-Mobile is the only major mobile carrier within the U.S. that still is not offering Apple’s iPhone. Now, the company’s CTO, Neville Ray, is stating the wireless carrier will offer compatible networks by the end of this year. Despite the fact that there are reportedly over a million T-Mobile subscribers using an unlocked iPhone on that network, they’re still limited to 2G speeds.
Sprint remains one of the few carriers left in the US that is still offers unlimited data plans to all of its iPhone customers. And according to a statement from the company, it will continue to offer their unlimited data plans for devices that support the newer and faster 4G LTE network. Dan Hesse CEO of Sprint, stated that the unlimited data plans will stay intact even if the next iPhone supports the 4G LTE network.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Apple in the company’s patent lawsuit against HTC, which will result in an import ban of some HTC Android phones starting on April 19, 2012. HTC was found in violation of U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647, which turns an email address, phone number, or other types of information into a link that can be interacted with in a variety of ways. For example, you can tap on a phone number to dial it or an address to open it up with a maps application with directions.
Apple’s proactive approach to malware is focused on prevention, while Google’s plan is apparently to encourage creation of apps and deal with the problems as they occur, in reactive mode, which the professor says from a security perspective creates exactly the kind of environment in which malware gangs feel comfortable.