Apple said “Yes”, and iPhone users around the world said, “Yes, please”. Opera Mini was downloaded more than one million times in its first day of availability in each market. Opera Mini is currently the number one iPhone app in the 22 featured Apple App Stores on their site, as of 8 a.m. CET today. View image
According to Apple’s download count, Opera Mini has been added to 1,023,380 Apple devices. Opera Mini is the world’s most popular browser that brings the Web to nearly any mobile phone. Initial previews of the browser garnered rave reviews, indicating that Opera Mini delivers up to six times the speed, especially on congested networks, and significant Web-page compression to keep roaming and pay-per-MB costs at a minimum.
“Today iPhone users have a choice, and, as the numbers show, they are eager to explore new and faster ways to surf the Web on the iPhone - especially during heavy Web traffic,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “With any widely available and frequently downloaded Opera product, we are appreciative of all the feedback we are getting, as it helps us to continually improve our product and better meet the needs of our users.”
|Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.|
Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.
"We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “This app is another step toward Opera's goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places."
Today at CTIA Wireless 2010, Yahoo! Inc. launched two new innovative applications for Apple iPhone and iPod touch, Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search and Yahoo! Search, providing consumers with fun, entertaining, and engaging search experiences that deliver powerful information in a fast, locally aware, and elegant manner. Both apps are available beginning today from the iTunes Store at http://itunes.com/apps/yahoosearch and http://itunes.com/apps/yahoosketchasearch.
Yahoo! revolutionized mobile search in 2007 with the launch of Yahoo! oneSearch, which delivered answers, not just Web links. This consumer experience signified a tipping point in the industry as Yahoo! fundamentally changed the way consumers used search on their mobile phones.
The industry took note -- Yahoo! has partnered with more than 80 leading carriers and original equipment manufacturers around the world to deliver an industry-leading mobile search experience to millions of users, and competitors subsequently modified their products to remain competitive.
HTC Corporation has outlined its disagreement with Apple’s legal actions and reiterated its commitment to creating a portfolio of innovative smartphones that gives consumers a variety of choices. Founded in 1997 with a passion for innovation and a vision for how smartphones would change people’s lives, HTC has continually driven this vision by consistently introducing award-winning smartphones with U.S. mobile operators.
“HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then.”
|As the number of consumers turning to their easy-to-use smartphones continues to rise, Travelers announced today the launch of its first mobile applications, “Auto Accident Help” for iPhone and “Quick Connect” for BlackBerry smartphones. Both applications are free for anyone to download. Auto Accident Help is available at the iTunes store and Quick Connect is available on Travelers.com.|
The new mobile tools provide auto accident assistance for iPhone and BlackBerry smartphone users. Additionally, Travelers customers will have the added advantage of starting the auto claim process directly through the iPhone application and the mobile Web site.
“Immediately after an accident, it is natural to feel unsure about what steps to take and we want to be there to help guide people through the process,” said Patrick Gee, Senior Vice President for Travelers Personal Insurance Claims. “Our new mobile applications allow us to do so by helping consumers with the necessary and important steps after an auto accident.”
|Vlingo Corporation today launched an enhanced version of its popular Vlingo for iPhone App, which is now available on the App Store. The app gives users the ability to send email and text messages simply by speaking into their iPhone. Unlike speech recognition apps that offer a single use only, Vlingo delivers up to six voice-powered features including: email, SMS Paste, social site updates, maps and voice dial. Vlingo for iPhone supports North American & UK English.|
"Over the last year, millions of iPhone users who experienced the convenience and safety of our voice-powered app have asked for more ways to use it on the go," said Dave Grannan, President & CEO at Vlingo. "Adding email and SMS Paste were natural extensions for busy users who want to experience better, faster ways to communicate. Now, with a single app, it's easy to send an email or text, call a friend, search the web, update Facebook or Twitter, and use Google Maps simply by speaking into your iPhone."
Pear Analytics today announced the release of its free Website Analyzer for the iPhone and soon to be iPad application.
The Website Analyzer application analyzes any website or blog by scanning the site and a variety of data sources to determine how “SEO-friendly” the website is. Within 30 seconds, the user will get a full report on their website with vast and easy-to-read information and resources to show the user how to fix or solve the problems in non-technical, easy-to-follow instructions. A video demonstration may be viewed at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pear-analytics-website-analyzer
Pear develops search engine optimization software to help website owners get better rankings in Google and other search engines.
This is a really cool app. You can make music with your iPhone by simply singing into it. The app, named Voice Band, records your voice then transforms it so it sounds like a real sampled instrument. (See demo video above and below)
Real estate Web site Zillow.com today announces an update to the free Zillow iPhone App, with new features that allow users to easily share Zillow's rich data on over 93 million U.S. homes using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, home shoppers can now search and find homes for rent along with homes for sale, recently-sold homes and Make Me Move listings. (See video above).
|According to PC World, Apple has increased the iPhone download cap over 3G networks on the iPhone from 10MB to 20MB. This maybe due to heavier multimedia content for the upcoming iPad.|
Previously when users tried to download an software from the App Store or a podcast that was over 10 MB, a message was displayed asking users to use Wi-Fi because the file was too big. The initial 10MB cap was put in place because wireless networks, such as AT&T, were struggling to handle the traffic.
|Many iPhone application developers are making a ton of money writing software for the iPhone. (See Becoming Rich Writing Apps for the Apple iPhone). If you are interested in learning quickly how to write apps for the iPhone you will want to check out the eBook "How to Make an iPhone App" by Matt Drake for $47.97. |
The eBook will teach you how to develop iPhone apps even if you never programmed before. Of course, you can always hire a programmer to write an app for you but that can be very expensive depending on the complexity of the app.
The eBook teaches how to program in C, Objective-C and Cocoa-Touch, Procedural and Object Oriented Programming, Model-View-Controller (MVC) Design Pattern and # how to use Interface Builder.
For more information visit MattDrake.com/How-to-Make-an-iPhone-App.
|Now you use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a flash drive with the free iPhone Explorer App. iPhone Explorer is an iPhone browser for Mac and Windows that lets you browse the files and folders on your iPhone or ipod Touch as if it were a normal USB flash drive or pen drive. |
You can use the easy drag-and-drop methods to add or remove files and folders from the iPhone. Compatible with all iPhones and iPod Touches including the new 3GS and 3.0 firmware. Works with or without jailbreaking.
iPhone Explorer features:
- Free Mac and Windows
- Drag-and-drop interface for easily copying files to and from your iPhone
- Create, delete and rename files and folders on your iPhone or iPod Touch
Opera Software, maker of the world’s most popular mobile Web browser, plans to reveal Opera Mini for iPhone in an exclusive press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Visit Opera’s exhibit in Hall 1, C44, to witness a new way to surf the Web on the iPhone — an experience that Opera promises will be fast, easy to use, and packed with favorite Opera features.
Opera Mini is renowned for its compression technology, which results in significantly faster Web-page loading and reduces data surcharges. With favorite desktop features in its arsenal, such as tabs, Speed Dial and the password manager, Opera Mini is designed with usability in mind.
While Opera Mini for iPhone is not publicly available, visitors without a press pass will not leave Opera’s stand disappointed. Opera will unveil a host of other Opera-powered devices at its exhibit. Check out the following Opera technology, live from MWC:
GeoVector Corporation, inventor and developer of mobile technology linking digital information with real-world places, has announced the availability of GeoVector World Surfer 2.0 for the iPhone. World Surfer 2 provides ease of use feature enhancements to GeoVector’s popular directional search and pointing application.
|Less than one year after its debut for the iPhone and iPod touch, more than 1 million users have downloaded the award-winning DIRECTV DVR Scheduler app. The wildly popular app is now available on Android devices and the Palm Pre and Pixi.|
In 2009, the DIRECTV DVR Scheduler app was named one of forbes.com’s Best Branded Mobile Apps, Best Mobile Application by Mobile Excellence Awards and highlighted as one of Apple’s Favorite Staff Picks.
DIRECTV has led the industry in the application of remote DVR scheduling technology, with more than 12 million recordings scheduled remotely to DIRECTV DVRs in 2009.
|In reaction to Apple’s announced iPad tablet device, Strategy Analytics foresees that the iPad will cannibalize existing product categories of Netbooks, Smartbooks, E-Book Readers and Mobile Internet Devices.|
New converged mobile devices—which are larger than a smartphone and smaller than a notebook computer—will attract attention from consumers in all categories. Purchasers who were considering one of these devices will now reappraise the situation with the emergence of the iPad, which can perform many of the functions of the other products, while providing Apple’s renowned usability and multimedia entertainment.
| Apple Computer, Inc. has updated the iPhone developer SDK to allow VoIP over cellular networks. iCall is the first and only VoIP application that functions on the iPhone and iPod Touch over cellular 3G networks. Call is a market leader in desktop and mobile-based desktop calling platforms, including its highly popular version for the Apple iPhone. Until today, restrictions imposed on developers prohibited VoIP functionality on any 3G network.|
VoIP on the iPhone has been the source of many debates with companies such as Google being denied access to the platform and the FCC inquiring as to the restrictions in the Apple App Store; iCall is one of the few VoIP applications that has been permitted by Apple to operate on the iPhone platform.
|Apple today introduced the highly anticipated Apple iPad which looks like a big iPhone. |
The iPad was introduced by Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs. The device was then presented by Scott Forstall, Apple's Senior Vice President. According to Mr. Forstall, the iPad will run virtually every app for the iPhone. The apps will run in a black box in the middle of the iPad's screen or in full screen, however, resolution may be lost.
Developers can modify their apps to take advantage of the larger touch screen display, like Apple did with iTunes, YouTube Apps, its calendar and email.
Apple's iPhone SDK (Software Development Kit), programming tools for developers, will now support the iPad and will be released today. Mr. Forstall stated that their will be a gold rush for developers in creating apps for the iPad.
Google introduced today the Google Voice web app for the iPhone and Palm WebOS devices. This HTML5 application provides users with a fast and versatile mobile experience for Google Voice because it uses the latest advancements in web technologies. For example, AppCache lets users interact with web apps without a network connection and local databases allow you to store data locally on the device, so users don't lose data even when you close the browser.