TrendMicro rated Blackberry the most secure mobile operating system by far for enterprises in a recent report. Blackberry OS 7 scored a 2.89, while iOS 5 scored a 1.7, Windows 7.5 scored a 1.65, and Android 2.3 scored a 1.37.
Sony released a bluetooth watch today that connects to a phone and displays text messages, app notifications, and calls on a 1.3″ screen on the wearer’s wrist. It can also manage music apps and operate a phone’s camera remotely.
Law enforcement and malicious hackers can use tools such as XRY to bypass or crack the iPhone’s 4 digit login system in just minutes and display private user content including messages, GPS information, call logs, history, and keystrokes in some cases.
Scientists recently developed a type of plastic that can regenerate and repair itself when scratched or cracked. This could make phones much more durable and reliable in the future.
Apple recently conducted a study to research the possibility of opening a consumer banking service. However, only 10% of those surveyed said they would consider switching to Apple financial services if it was made available.
The new iPad expanded its presence today with releases in an additional 25 countries, including Mexico, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Italy, and Norway.
Companies that offer services to allow non-technical users to create mobile apps are growing. Didmo, AppsBuilder, Conduit, and others are making it easy and inexpensive for small businesses and individuals to develop apps without knowledge of the inner workings of the app.
The Xperia sola uses “floating touch” navigation that doesn’t require the user to physically touch the screen to browse their device. Instead, users hover a finger over the screen and movement is detected by the phone. This may create a venue for new types of applications and games that utilize this unique technology.
Today, AppMobi released the public beta version of DirectCanvas, which will allow HTML5 to be run up to 1000% faster on Android devices.
In a recent test by Spaceport, iOS devices performed much better than Android devices in speed and fluidity of HTML5 applications.
OnLive, well-known for their cloud-based gaming service, is now offering OnLive Desktop for tablets, which pushes a copy of Windows 7 desktop complete with MS Office to your tablet from their remote servers, for free.
According to a recent study by Pew Internet and American Life Project, smartphone owners in America have increased from 35 to 46% in the past year.
Research in Motion cites statistics that make it appear that Blackberry apps are more profitable than Apple App Store apps and Android Marketplace apps. Supposedly Blackberry apps have higher daily downloads than apps in the App Store, make around 40% more money than the Android versions of the same app, and 13% of developers have made over $100,000 from their apps.
Windows phones are slowly becoming a competitor to Android and iOS devices. Although there are only approximately 4.7 million Windows phones in users’ hands right now, almost 3 million of those were sold in Q4 2011. These numbers may rise even more quickly when Nokia releases the more economically friendly Lumia 900 Windows phone for $99 next month. Nokia is also expected to announce at least two more Windows phones this weekend at Mobile World Congress.
HTC has just announced their plans to release a phone called the Endeavor that will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. This will put HTC ahead of both Apple and Samsung in terms of phone processing power. The Endeavor will also feature a 4.7″ 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and Beats audio.
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institute of Health says that mobile technologies increase the opportunities for patients to share data with their doctors and researchers in real time. Apps such as those that help track users’ eating habits or monitor heart rate are increasing in accuracy and popularity and can enable doctors to monitor their patients remotely, increasing patient safety and overall health.
The technical specifications of the HTC Incredible 3 have been leaked by a tip from PhoneArena. It will come preloaded with Ice Cream Sandwich, LTE 4G capability, and Beats audio, and will feature a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, and an AMOLED display. These impressive specs could make the HTC phone a competitor with high end Apple and Samsung devices.
According to a YPulse study, teens find that augmented reality apps and apps that use QR codes to improve user experience do not add much value to their experience, if any. Only a third of teens surveyed said that augmented reality apps were useful and easy to use, and most tended to ignore QR codes although they knew how to use them.
Apple says it is interested in continuing to create high quality products, and believes consumers will be willing to pay more for them. Although this limits sales of the iPhone to a wealthier demographic, Apple does not plan on releasing a less expensive version of its products any time in the near future.
An interesting statistic Apple pointed out to the interviewer was that iOS developers have made a total of approximately $4 billion, and $700 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The most recent release of Ruby on Rails, a framework for developing web applications that is often used for building web apps that dynamically change layout based on the device and browser they run on, is faster than previous versions. The biggest appeal of the new version is the improvement made to developer mode that allows a program to reload only the most recent changes made to an application rather than reloading the entire application every time it is tested. This makes testing and development in Ruby on Rails significantly quicker.
A source from Apple supplier Foxconn says that the new iPhone will most likely have a 4 inch screen at the very least and could be released as early as this summer. Considering Apple addicts’ disappointment that the barely enhanced iPhone 4S came out last year instead of the iPhone 5, the release of an iPhone with a larger screen could potentially be Apple’s most successful yet and further increase the size of the ever-growing horde of AppStore users.
According to IHS (Information Handling Services), apps that are downloadable for free in the AppStore or Marketplace that sell downloadable content such as in-game cash, upgrades, and new levels may end up making more money than other apps in the long run.
The IMT Advanced Spectrum was just announced by the International Telecommunications Union. The ITU promises that it will make smartphones around 500 times faster. Although the term 4G is still not clearly defined, ITU describes IMT Advanced Spectrum as the newest 4G technology.
Sure, the technology behind placing your phone on a wired mat after wrapping it in a case that allows it to be charged wirelessly has been around for a few years. However, the folks at Fulton Innovation have now taken it a step further. They have developed a technology that allows a device to be charged wirelessly without physically touching the charging surface. This is a huge step in convenience for the mobile industry. Imagine placing a bag down on a table or sitting on the table with your phone in your pocket and it immediately starts charging. In the near future, mobile developers will most likely start to build wireless charging receivers into their devices, and wireless chargers will become more widely available.
Planetbeing, the hacker who helped jailbreak the original iPhone 4, is in the final stages of developing a jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Jailbreaking is the equivalent of rooting an Android device and unlocks technology that Apple would rather their users not have, such as downloading and installing third party apps that aren’t available in the Apple AppStore, free wifi tethering, unlocking so the phone can be used on other carriers, and much more. Jailbreaking technically voids the warranty on an Apple device. However, the latest iOS firmware can be reinstalled easily and Apple Store geniuses are none the wiser.