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Galaxy S5 ad mocks Apple’s rumoured bigger iPhone screen

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

In continuing with its tradition of pulling no punches when mocking its competition, Samsung’s newly-released ad for their Galaxy S5 has once again chosen rival Apple to receive its barbs. The ad entitled “Screen Envy” pokes fun at the rumoured bigger screen of the upcoming new iPhone, and saying that Samsung users have had their bigger screen devices for the past two years.

The ad shows two men, one using an iPhone 5s and the other one a Galaxy S5. The iPhone user mentions that the rumours about the soon to be launched “iPhone 6” or “iPhone Air” for some, will have a bigger screen. The Samsung owner smirks and asks, “That hasn’t happened yet?” and then shows off his Galaxy S5′s bigger screen and puts it next to the iPhone. The voice over says the big screen “has been here the whole time,” but also takes a dig at iPhone users, saying “But maybe you like waiting.”

Rumors swirling about over the next-gen hardware for Apple puts the new iPhones to be at a 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. The Galaxy S5, with its 5.1-inch screen is somewhere in between those two, but there are also other Samsung devices with bigger screens, like the Galaxy Note 3 (5.7-inches), Galaxy Mega 6.3 (6.3-inches) and the Korea-only Galaxy W, a 7-inch tablet phone (or phablet).

This is of course not the first time that Samsung has bragged about its advantages over Apple, albeit in humorous ways. Their previous Galaxy S5 ad called “Wall Huggers” took potshots at the notoriously fast-draining batteries of the iPhones. They portrayed the iPhone users as wall huggers, since they are always glued to walls with power outlets, charging their gadgets, while looking on with envy at Galaxy S5 users who have all the freedom to walk around, especially with its Ultra Power Saving mode.

Siri and Google Now duke it out, which is better?

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The war between Android and iOS isn’t just about smartphone or tablet market share. How about Google Now vs Siri? Which is better? Well Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted a study that answers the question.

He threw 800 questions at both apps, and half of them were asked indoors, while the other half was outdoors. The questions were about local information, commerce, navigation, general information, and OS command.

Back in December 2012, Munster conducted a similar test and Siri came out on top answering 83 percent of the questions correctly, while Google Now answered 81 percent correctly. This year was much better for Google, but the spread was the same. Google Now got 86 percent of the questions correct while Siri was able to get 84 percent of the questions correct. Google Now received a grade of B while Apple got a B-. Google Now is the winner, but I guess you have to ask yourself if 2% better is really going to be all that noticeable?

Other interesting tidbits from the study was that Siri used Google as the source for only 3 percent of the questions. That is a 27 percent drop from December 2012. Siri is now relying more heavily on Bing for its search engine and Apple Maps for navigation related questions. Siri can still do somethings on its own, but not much. This year, Siri was able to answer 4 percent of the questions on its own, which is better than the 1 percent it achieved the last go around.

source: CNet

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Samsung doesn’t think iPhone fans should wait 2 more months for a bigger iPhone

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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When it comes to the iPhone, Samsung has never beaten around the bush. They think they have a superior product and they have mocked iPhone users for a while now. In their latest commercial, it’s all about the display size.

Apple has always been behind the times when it comes to the display. It was only about two years ago, when they finally bumped up the iPhone to 4-inches from 3.5-inches. Apple is expected to finally release something that is closer to the norm in September. The iPhone 6 will mostly likely sport a 4.7-inch display. Samsung thinks that iPhone fans should stop the waiting and just go and buy a Galaxy S 5.

With only about 2 months to go, is this really an effective ad? Does Samsung really think that the diehard Apple fan will just switch now after already waiting a few years? Highly unlikely, but we love Samsung’s commercials so check it out below.

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Samsung pokes fun of Apple users waiting for a bigger screen

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Samsung is known for doing what it can to preempt new Apple products, either by releasing new products of its own like the Gear series in anticipation of the still-unconfirmed iWatch, or even through aggressive advertising of its existing offerings. In this case, Samsung is employing the latter of these strategies in a new ad that takes aim at Apple’s iPhone 6, which will reportedly jump up in screen size.

In the ad, an Apple user happily says that “dude, iPhone might be getting a bigger screen”. His Galaxy S5 owning friend replies by, “that hasn’t happened yet?” Basically, the purpose of the ad is that you don’t need to wait for a big screen iPhone, you can already get a high-end big screen experience by turning to Android, or more specifically turning to the Galaxy S5 (or Note 3 for that matter).

All in all, not a bad ad, as it uses the same overall “the next big thing is here” approach that Samsung ads are known for. It’s also not surprising to see Samsung attacking the iPhone 6 ahead of its release, especially with Samsung Mobile reportedly set to post the worst quarterly earnings report the division has seen in the last two years. After all, it’s no secret that the arrival of the iPhone will slow down Galaxy S sales, as history tends to show. Should Samsung really be that worried though? Honestly, no.

The Galaxy S5 is still a solid device and will better appeal to those looking for a device outside of Apple’s walled garden, and it’s only a matter of time before the Note 4 debuts and steals the limelight away from Apple once again. What do you think, should Android manufacturers be “worried” about larger-screened iPhones? Will the iPhone 6 steal any noticeable share of Android users away, providing the rumors about it prove correct?

Europe fights against ‘free’ label for apps with IAP

Posted by wicked July - 19 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

By the end of September, the European Union has reached an agreement with Google that it will stop using the “free app” label for programs with “in-app purchases” (IAPs) in the Google Play Store. The EU has been concerned that the label “free” is misleading for those apps that push their sales within the app itself, and has asked Google to back them on this.

European users have voiced their complaints that these “free apps” with in-app downloads have the potential to be misused by users, especially if the target audience of the said program are children. Parents have seen some of their kids charge hundreds of real-world money in charges for sales pushed within games and other such apps enough that the concern has reached the highest levels of government in Europe.

This resulted in the EU making their claims strongly to Google and indeed Apple against this kind of disingenuous labeling of programs. In response, Google has committed to change how apps with IAPs are listed – and will no longer list apps as “free” if they have IAPs.

Google is also planning to require authorization for purchases in apps with IAP content. Google is also expected to come up with new guidelines for developers in avoiding “direct exhortation” of children to download or purchase in-app sales. The last guideline should provide an interesting look on how app developers go about their in-app marketing. As for Apple? Well, the EU said that “regrettably,” Cupertino has not responded in a fashion that had “concrete and immediate” solutions.

VIA: SlashGear

Google to Rename “Free” Apps With IAPs, Needs to Scare Kids Away

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Over in Europe, a handful of companies got a slap on the wrist for not securing their app stores properly from children. The European Commission (EU) is forcing Google and others in the selling business to better label applications that are free to download, but feature hefty amounts of in-app purchases. 

Apparently, a lot of children were downloading applications that were marked free, only to find themselves spending a ton of their parent’s money on extra lives and special power ups inside of games. Once the parents found out on their monthly statements, they rallied to make sure this situation would stop happening to children and parents.

From what is stated by the EU, Google will implement these changes by the end of September, which includes the discouragement of children buying applications, as well as implementing measures to monitor breaches of EU law.

American consumers probably won’t have to worry about having their “free” button renamed, but if Google thinks this new naming scheme is perhaps better, maybe we could see it adopted over here.

Via: Engadget

Google to Rename “Free” Apps With IAPs, Needs to Scare Kids Away is a post from: Droid Life

Games with in-app purchases won’t be called “free” from this fall

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Games in the Play Store that feature in-app purchases (IAPs) won’t be labeled as free anymore, as part of a set of measures that Google agreed to implement at the request of European authorities.

Last year the European Commission asked Google and Apple to find ways to protect consumers, and in particular children, from raking up inadvertent in-app purchase charges. Now the Commission announced that Google will make several changes to the Play Store by the end of September 2014, including:

  • The word “free” won’t be used at all when it comes to games with IAPs
  • Google will develop guidelines for developers to “prevent direct exhortation to children as defined under EU law”
  • “time-framed measures to help monitor apparent breaches of EU consumer laws”

These changes are already on the way at Google, said the EC in a statement today.

Earlier this year, Google introduced the option to password protect every in-app purchase, and added indicators for apps that use IAPs to the Play Store app and web version.

In the same statement, the Commission criticized Apple for not coming forward with a set of similar measures, though the Cupertino company has promised to tackle the issue.

Google, Apple, and Amazon have repeatedly come under legal fire over in-app purchases, both from consumers who were unhappy with the huge bills they had to pay due to lax protections and from regulators in the US and other countries.

Back in March, a woman sued Google over the $70 worth of virtual currency that her 5-year-old bought in Marvel’s Run Jump Smash, while the FTC recently sued Amazon for not doing enough to protect consumers against IAP bill shock. The FTC also asked Apple to refund millions of dollars to users over the same issue.

It’s not clear yet if Google will enforce these measures worldwide or only within the EU. We will update this post with new information when we learn more details.

Google Play Store revenue to surpass Apple’s app store by 2018

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Although Google’s Android platform has long surpassed iOS in terms of its worldwide user base, there is still one area where Apple has managed to keep its nose out in front – store revenue.

However, according to Radio Free Mobile analyst Richard Windsor, revenue generated by the Google Play Store is expected to surpass that of Apple’s App Store by 2018.

Google Play Store vs Apps Store revenue 2018

Over this time period, not much is expected to change in terms of consumer purchasing habits or spending. Previous research into the various app revenue types for Android and iOS have shown that freemium apps continue to the preferred app type amongst consumers on both Apple’s and Google’s platform, this trend is expected to consolidate on the Android platform this year.

Apple customers will continue to display a slight preference for paid apps and those with in-app purchases, when compared with Android users. However, the gap appears to be closing, with fewer iOS customers purchasing paid apps than last year, with more users switching to the freemium model.

App store front revenue by type

Instead, a simple explanation of the increase in Google’s revenue is that the sheer size of its market share is leading to more income. The latest market share statistics show a continued swing away from iOS towards Android in some of the world’s largest markets, and that Android now holds over 80 percent of the market in emerging economies like China, and a similar trend can be seen in some European countries.

Android vs iOS sales 2013 and 2014

The IDC has forecast that the average smartphone selling price will fall to $335 this year, half the price of an iPhone 5S. Appetite for a wide range of handset specs and sizes, combined with a falling average price is certainly a major factor in Google’s growing market share, and this trend is expected to continue over the next decade.

However, it is not just cheaper hardware prices driving Google’s market growth. Android’s ecosystem has grown and matured over the past several years, which has drawn in additional investments in app development and put Android on an equal playing field with the once dominant iOS. We are seeing fewer and fewer apps built exclusively for iOS, and the time taken to port apps between platforms continues to fall. Henry Cipolla, chief technology officer of app analytics and marketing at Localytics, suggests that Google’s improvements to backwards compatibility and its software development tools has helped to reduce the development problems associated with fragmented hardware.

App development on Android is technically more challenging due to its fragmentation … but since Google improved backward compatibility that simplifies writing one app for many Android versions it is less of an obstacle

Per customer, Google will likely continue to generate less revenue than its rival, even into 2018. However, the continued growth and appeal of the Android operating system, both to consumers and app developers, looks set to result in Google catching up with, and surpassing, Apple in terms of total revenue generated from apps.

LG Trolls Samsung and Apple in Latest Tweets Promoting G3

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

LG is usually pretty quiet when it comes to standing up to the competition. While HTC is constantly head butting with Samsung, and Samsung is relentless towards Apple on the playground of social media, LG is busy in the school’s gym doing deadlifts and pushups.

Now with the G3 hitting US carriers, LG looks to be ready to flex those new-found muscles on Twitter, proving that they too are capable of providing a good laugh at Samsung’s expense. 

To make the Twitter troll at least interesting, LG went ahead and worked in a few Star Wars references, playing on the opening crawl from A New Hope. Have a look below to see the fun LG had on Twitter.

As a reminder, tweets such as these are sent out in good fun, and are not meant to incite hate. If you can’t take a little joke about smartphones, then please escort yourself from the Internet.

Via: @LGUSAMobile

LG Trolls Samsung and Apple in Latest Tweets Promoting G3 is a post from: Droid Life

iPhone 6 clone “demo” leaks, running on Android KitKat

Posted by wicked July - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

As the world waits with bated breath (some more than others) over the actual official details and release of the rumoured iPhone 6, expect that the market will be flooded with clones even before the launch. Some “enterprising genius” in China has released a video with a demo of what is obviously not the real deal, but still entertaining enough to catch the world’s attention (most probably iPhone fans who are too impatient for actual news).

A Chinese tech blog has released the video, with background music weirdly set to The Carpenters’ Top of The World. It “shows off” what at first glance may look like an actual iPhone. But look closely and you’ll see that the cut and pasted Apple logo and a bulging camera proves that this is just one clone trying to pass itself off as the new iPhone 6. They probably based it on early schematics of the iPhone 6 that have been leaked, but even that is still not reliable at this time.

The video shows the device is called Wico i6 and that it boasts of a 4.7-inch screen with a 960×1704 resolution. Going inside, the settings says it has a quad-core processor, 32GB of memory, and a 2GB of RAM. It looks like it used a modded version of Android KitKat to make it look like an iPhone. This is the first to show a working screen video of an iPhone 6, so even if it will be far from what we expect Apple to produce, at least we get a glimpse of what it could be.

The Chinese market is notorious for producing these knock-offs before and even after the launch. So expect even more demo videos to come out, but just remember to keep a cynical eye out for them, and just wait for the official one from Apple itself.

VIA: SlashGear