According to a French source, Google is planning to bring Android Wear to iPhone owners. This is unconfirmed at this point, but makes sense given Google’s willingness to improve Android Wear marketshare.
The smartwatch OS is currently an exclusive to Android smartphones, so it will certainly be a surprise if the company bakes in support for the competing iOS devices. This might perhaps be the only way to stop Apple device owners from getting the Apple Watch, which will release this Spring.
Even if Google does introduce support for iPhones, users won’t be able to install third party apps like on their Android devices, so functionality will be very limited. The fact that Google has merely said that they don’t have anything to share at this time sparks off speculation that the Mountain View giant is working on something.
What do you think?
Come comment on this article: iPhones could soon get support for Android Wear smartwatches
If you carry an iPhone but would rather accessorize it with a Moto 360 than an Apple Watch, you might just get that choice without resorting to unofficial tricks. Sources for French outlet 01net claim that Google is “preparing to launch” an iOS version of its Android Wear app. There aren’t any other details, although it’s safe to say that third-party app support would require additional effort — it wouldn’t be an Android-to-Android connection any more, after all. This is very much a rumor and may not pan out, so don’t assume that you’ll be strapping on a Huawei Watch any time soon. With that said, Google isn’t strictly denying that something is afoot. The folks in Mountain View say they “don’t have anything to share at this time,” so hope springs eternal.
Source: 01net (translated)
Dropbox just scored a huge deal that will not only put its cloud storage in front of a lot of people, but help you safeguard your smartphone’s data. The company has forged a partnership with Vodafone that both gives the carrier’s Android and iPhone users 25GB of free space for a year and integrates Dropbox into Vodafone’s new Backup+ service. Rather than depend on a specialized backup space, you simply save your valuable files to Dropbox — you can restore content on other devices and share it with friends without having to use two services or limit the kind of data you protect. The Backup+ app will be available as soon as the end of March, although the service itself will take a few months to reach “most” Vodafone areas.
As you already know, Android Wear watches and iPhones aren’t compatible. Despite Google claiming that they’ll work on supporting iPhones in the future, to this day you’re still out of luck.
But that hasn’t stopped one intrepid Android developer from getting the two devices to engage in some friendly, albeit limited, dialog.
Android developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh figured out that if you just treat the Android Wear watch like a Pebble watch, and you’re using iOS 7 or later, you can use Apple’s Notification Center Service to deliver iPhone notifications to your Android Wear smart-watch. Abu-Garbeyyeh then used an app on his Moto 360 to catch the incoming notification and present it for him to view.
If you’re wanting to go above reading notifications, like getting directions or making use of the smart-watch’s sensors to deliver biometrics to your iPhone, it won’t work. For that, you’re still going to need an Android device with the Android Wear app. As for the smart-watch app that Abu-Garbeyyeh uses, he says that if enough interest is gathered, he’d make the app available for download.
Source: The Verge
Come comment on this article: Android Wear with an iPhone, a developer demonstrates it’s possible
In the endless war between Android and iOS, we’re at a pretty interesting juncture where Android has had quite a sizeable overhaul in Android Lollipop and iOS has had its usual yearly improvements in iOS 8. Stability has always been paramount to both platforms but considering that Android Lollipop is just a few months old, […]
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If you feel that Apple is upgrading iOS a little too quickly, you’re not alone — there are concerns (if sometimes overstated) that it’s focusing too much on interface revamps and extensions over making things work well. There may be relief in sight, however. Sources for the historically reliable 9to5Mac claim that iOS 9 will have a “huge” emphasis on behind-the-scenes fixes and performance optimizations. That’s not to say there won’t be any spiffy new features, but this could be more of a tune-up (in the vein of OS X Snow Leopard) than a breakthrough release. Apple likely won’t confirm anything until its next Worldwide Developer Conference sometime in mid-year. If the tipsters are on the mark, though, the new iOS could be good news for anyone who feels that Cupertino hasn’t been living up to its “just works” reputation as of late.
It has been found that people who own iPhones visit the doctor less often. Not because they are healthier, but because they just don’t have enough money left to pay for the visit.
While iPhone owners have no regrets about their $1000 brick, they are often found playing Angry Birds while waiting in line for their food stamps to help them live from month to month.
Now, there is nothing wrong with this picture. Why shouldn’t someone spend hundreds of dollars on a phone before they feed themselves? There can’t be anything wrong with that. Not at all.
If I were a parent, I would definitely want to make sure that I could show off my shiny iPhone 6+ with 128 GB of storage. My children don’t need to eat. Not at all.
I can’t stand the thought of someone catching me with any other phone. How embarrassing would that be? No, I much rather them find me in a line for government support than be caught without an iPhone.
Doctor visits and food are the luxuries in life anyways. Now an iPhone, that is something that you can’t live life without. I would DIE if I couldn’t own an iPhone, but I can live without food.
Note: This is a satirical post. It is meant for humor, not insult.
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Penn and Teller are no strangers to technology, but it hasn’t impacted the core of their act. In a recent interview with USA Today, Penn Jillete (Teller isn’t really the loquacious type) explains that, while all has evolved around it, magic has remained relatively unchanged. It’s difficult to make magic work on TV and in online video, he laments. The mind will quickly shed doubt on what it’s seeing, and in an age of Hollywood effects, it’s tough to impress. “If you like the special effects of Guardians of the Galaxy, how are you going to be impressed with a card trick?” See that trick in person, however, and he says it’s “untarnished.”
Can technology improve magic? Well, he believes it does help people learn their trade, as anyone can go to YouTube and learn some slight of hand, leading to a high level of skill among new magicians. More interestingly, it can also help strengthen the power of an illusion. To demonstrate, Jillete pulls out his iPhone and explains that it makes a far superior prop. In times gone by, a magician might make a watch disappear and reappear, but there was always question as to whether it was the same watch. By swapping the watch out for an audience member’s phone, it becomes a better trick, “because there’s no way you can clone a phone that quickly.” Apple has always said the iPhone was magical, but as for cloning, well it didn’t take that long.
Source: USA Today
Are you the sort who has to have the latest phone and tablet? Sprint might have a deal for you. It’s extending its aggressive For Life deals with a promotion that gives you an iPhone 6, an LTE iPad mini 3 and service for both at $100 a month, or about $17 less than what you’d pay to get them separately. While you only get 2GB of data on the iPad, that could be enough for family vacations or regular trips to a WiFi-less coffee shop. The big caveat (besides the conspicuous lack of an Android equivalent) is that the offer ends on April 9th. If you’re all-in on Apple gear, you’ll want to act quickly — Sprint’s determination to win new customers with cut-rate pricing isn’t going to last forever.
Photo by Will Lipman.
Well, it’s that time again. Apple has just released its latest batch of quarterly earnings, and wouldn’t you know it — the folks in Cupertino once again sold more iPhones than it has in any other quarter. We’re talking 74.5 million phones changing hands since October, up just about 50 percent from its last utterly insane holiday quarter. Apple doesn’t break down sales numbers by model, but its smartphones’ bang-up performance helped push company revenue to new heights; the company raked in a cool $74.6 billion in revenue, along with $18 billion in pure profit. That is crazy.
So the iPhones did extremely, ridiculously well – what about iPads? Apple only sold about 21.4 million, and while that’s not exactly a number to sneeze at, it’s significantly lower than the more than 26 million the company moved during the last holiday season. There are plenty of possible culprits here, from the less-than-game-changing upgrades the iPad Air and Mini lines received earlier this year, to the growth in demand for the iPhone 6 Plus, a device that not only closes the gap between phone and tablet, but also nets Apple more cash than the bog-standard 6. That sort of dip in performance doesn’t come out of the blue though — we saw it last quarter too, a phenomenon CEO Tim Cook referred to as a “speed bump”.
Bear in mind, we all expected this quarter to be a blow-out. After all, the last few months represent the first full quarter of sales for the company’s new iPhones and iPads, a big push into the holiday buying maelstrom and a more aggressive mobile stance in China. As usual, people are fingering that last, region-specific reason as a big, big reason for that growth. A quick look at Apple’s data reveals why: Greater China accounted for about $16 billion of the company’s overall revenue over the past three-ish months. That’s just about twice the number the region put up last year, making it only slightly less valuable than Apple’s business in Europe. Factor in a new report from analysis firm Canalys proclaiming Apple the victor in Chinese smartphone sales (beating Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei in that order) and it’s not hard to see just how crucial China is to Apple’s future growth.
Noticeably absent from this first information blast is any word on Apple Pay, which is – among other things – is being baked into some 200,000 self-serve kiosks across the United States. Apple gets a tiny cut from each Pay transaction that gets processed, which could ultimately mean big bucks falling into the company’s coffers when phone and tablet sales slip into slightly more reasonable territory. Here’s hoping it’ll get a detailed shout-out in the customary earnings call, set to kick off shortly.
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