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Apple’s iOS platform has continued to be the top platform for users who actually like to buy stuff via their smartphone, says a new study from Forrester. Consumers with iOS devices are 30% more likely to buy something via their device, than Android users.
Even though iOS is where more of the money is at, Android isn’t getting ignored by U.S. companies. Forrester’s study also reported that 96% of ebusiness professionals surveyed for the study plan to launch a native or hybrid Android app by the end of 2013, while 99% said they plan to do the same for iOS.
Apple and Samsung may have signed a deal for Samsung to produce Retina displays for the iPad mini, but on the legal front, the bitterness between the two companies hasn’t sweetened one bit.
Samsung’s CEO has that his company has no plans to sign a peace treaty with Apple regarding the 50 ongoing patient disputes the two companies are fighting on four continents.
Shin Jong-Kyun, CEO of Samsung Electronics was addressing reporters about the company’s recent share price fall, when he made comments about not signing a deal with Apple, according to a report from The Korea Times. During his press conference, Shin also provided a rebuttal to a JPMorgan report that claimed the Galaxy S4 isn’t selling well:
Google just announced its new subscription music service – Google Play Music All Access – at Google I/O a few weeks ago. The Android app was ready to go as soon as the service was announced, but according to Google Chrome and Android Chief, Sundar Pichai, an iOS app will quickly follow.
At the D11 conference this morning, Pichai was asked about the company’s work on making their services available on other platforms, even though companies like Apple don’t write apps for Android. Pichai then announced that
Pichai had the following to say:
Along with an update for its Mac app, Twitter announced today that it is introducing a new security feature to protect accounts against hackings. Twitter’s new two-factor authentification feature should help reduce the number of hacked accounts that have plagued the service recently.
To set up the new two-factor authentification feature on your account, log in and go to your Account Settings page. From there you can choose to require a verification code when you sign in, and add a phone number to your account.
The whole process takes about a minute, but if you get lost, Twitter made this handy video to help you out:
Turkey’s tablet loving Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been going on a tour of the U.S. in pursuit of the greatest tablet marker in the world to arm his students with. The prime minister visited Silicon Valley on May 18th to be briefed by the world’s best technology companies on their latest endeavors.
Erdoğan is looking to buy 10.6 million iPads for his country’s education new education project Faith. So far, Erdoğan was first greeted by Microsoft CEO, Steve Balmer, and then he paid visits to both Apple, Google.
Regarding his visit to the U.S., Erdoğan said:
The new Google Hangouts app for Android and iOS is the best messaging service Google’s produced yet, but one thing that will probably prevent it from taking off is its lack of SMS support.
If you tried the Hangouts yesterday you probably noticed the amount of people you can talk to is sparse. That’s because Hangouts only uses Google+ to connect to other humans so all of your friends would have to sign up for Google+ before you can use Hangouts to send them a message.
The dearth of people on Google+ probably means that Hangouts isn’t quite ready to be your go-to messaging app quite yet, however, Google’s Community Manager says SMS integration is coming to Hangouts soon.
Google has sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter over the YouTube app Microsoft built for Windows Phone. According to a letter obtained by Wired, Google demands that Microsoft immediately remove the YouTube app from the Windows Phone Store and then disable the app on all existing handsets by May 22.
In its letter to Microsoft, Google claims that the YouTube app allows users to download videos and strip out ads. Here’s part of the letter from YouTube’s Director of Platform Partnerships:
Google Maps is already one of the best mapping services on the planet, but Google isn’t content to rest on its laurels. At the Google I/O keynote this morning Google announced that it will launch a new version of Google Maps for iOS and Android later this year.
The new Google Maps will come with a simplified UI, as well as new features like real-time traffic, dynamic re-routing, reviews from Zagat and there will even be a dedicated Google Maps app for iPad.
At Google I/O this morning the search giant announced that it has 41 new features that are coming to Google+ today, along with a redesigned news stream.
The newly designed stream is aimed to give Google+ users a deeper experience by adding multiple columns of content and ‘smart hashtags’ to connect posts to other Google+ users who aren’t circled.
Today at Google’s I/O conference the company announced that it will release a modified version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will come with the stock version of Android 4.3.
The stock Galaxy S4 will come unlocked out of the box so it can be used on any compatible carrier. The phone will have 16GB of storage and work on both AT&T and T-Mobile with LTE support. Google will sell the modified S4 through Google Play for $649 starting on June 26th.