The world’s fastest touch screen keyboard is out of beta and is now available on Google Play for $ 0.99.
Yahoo’s new weather app for iPhone is gorgeous, minimal and super detailed.
I am waiting for the android app, very nicely designed app. Keep up with the good work, Marissa Mayer.
It is a good news for those android developers working on App subscription models, it is also a good news for publishers of Magazines, Music Streaming services, premium Blogs etc to get paid in a lot easier and hassle free way.
Tumblr kills ‘Share on Facebook’ toggle button in its newest android app update.
Many of my friends over on Facebook, used to visit my tumblog by following the link shared on Facebook whenever the Facebook share Toggle button was On. Tumblr has added an extra step by killing this useful feature. There seems to be no tiff between Tumblr and Facebook, infact Twitter revoked the Find friends to Follow on Tumblr feature and yet Twitter sharing works absolutely fine. I hope it is a bug and will be fixed in the next update.
After cutting off the access to Twitter’s newly launched video sharing app Vine and Yandex’s newly launched Social search app Wonder. Facebook stands with Twitter in cutting off the Oxygen supply for 3rd party application developer.
Twitter has just officially announced Vine, a new way to share video directly through tweets. This comes less than one day after Twitter CEO Dick Costolo teased the new service on his Twitter feed. Vine is a separate app that’s now available on the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod touch users; Twitter says it’ll soon bring the app to more platforms.
6 seconds videos! Sounds weird, so was a 140 character tweet 5 years ago.
Although it is a meaning less metric when there are already 700, 000 apps on iOS appstore and Play store but it gives a sense of dev interest towards your platform, not only in terms of number of apps, Play store is catching iOS app store in terms of revenues generated for the developers.
RIM and Microsoft must be salivating for such big numbers.
Prediction: Facebook’s Poke app would be a Fail!
Although it’s never a good Idea predicting about a product fail and that too made by world’s biggest social network with a reach of 1 billion users. But Snapchat and Facebook are totally different use cases. Facebook doesn’t have the same appeal of a place which is cool for hangout among the young teenage population. Maybe teens go to Snapchat because it is not Facebook. Snapchat has tapped the right demographics and its users are really happy using it. User of this highly popular application are sharing 50 millions photos daily, for comparison, Instagram sees 5 million uploads while Facebook sees 300 million uploads everyday.
A teenager feels safe sharing his/her self-destructing snap on a network like Snapshot rather than Facebook because of the fact that Facebook is not very pro users when it comes to privacy. A teenager feels threatened sharing his private moments on Facebook, it has lost the trust of its users, with every move, it seems Facebook is trying to make all the moments of our life public, it insists on sharing with larger population, frictionless sharing and the whole open graph mess made me to stop reading article from websites those were part of it.
Today’s Facebook is not the same as it was in 2008, your Mom/Dad is on Facebook, your Grandpa is on Facebook, your Boss is on Facebook and that’s why, you don’t want to be on Facebook as you are with your friends. On Facebook, You are that very serious guy who keeps an arm’s distance from any kind of mischief and sharing things that is acceptable to everybody or mostly not sharing much.
As the parents of Facebook’s younger users have joined the service and issued friend requests,
it has increasingly become a place that they may not be as comfortable sharing borderline, or outright forbidden, content.
Snapchat is that niche, where you would go hangout, giggle, have fun. Facebook may clone the whole Snapchat functionality and give us an app made in just 12 days that has an awful name, POKE, seriously. But it can’t attract the same demographics as that of Snapchat, those 1 billion users will not turn POKE into a thriving competitor. The same would happen to POKE, what happened to the 1st iteration of Nearby when it was launched as the Foursquare killer.
It would be interesting to see where POKE and SNAPCHAT are standing in 6 months time.
DISCLAIMER: I have neither used ‘Poke’ nor ‘Snapchat’ as of now.
Its all about the ecosystem nowadays. App developers are key to success, RIM and Microsoft understand it very well.