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iOS Devices Stories July 22, 2020

Siri to see more competition from Alexa as it gains the ability to launch and control iOS apps

Amazon has announced that it’s launching a preview of a new feature coming to Alexa: the ability to launch and control iOS and Android apps. This functionality comes as Amazon is working on boosting adoption of its voice assistant beyond its popular smart speakers.

iOS Devices Stories May 25, 2012

iPad claims another victim: Cisco kills Cius Android tablet due to BYOD (read: i-P-a-d)

From 9to5Google: Cisco is killing off its Android-based Cius business tablet less than a year after launching due to the “BYOD trend.” Translation: iPad:

There’s no denying iOS devices and cheaper Android solutions are taking the place of Cius. Recent studies show Apple with 97 percent of tablets in the enterprise, while 94 percent of the Fortune 500 arecurrently testing or deploying iPad. The result is no further investment in the Cius tablet line and only limited support for what is currently available. The company will instead “double down” on Jabber and WebEx

iOS Devices Stories August 19, 2012

AT&T’s FaceTime blockade: Does the FCC need to get involved again? Public Knowledge thinks so

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AT&T recently revealed to us that they were going to block Apple’s built-in FaceTime over cellular unless users sign up for an expensive Mobile Share plan. Does this reek of loyal customer exploitation?

John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at advocacy group Public Knowledge has this to say:

“By blocking FaceTime for many of its customers, AT&T is violating the FCC’s Open Internet rules. These rules state that mobile providers shall not ‘block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services.’ Although carriers are permitted to engage in ‘reasonable network management,’ there is no technical reason why one data plan should be able to access FaceTime, and another not.

“‘Over-the-top’ communications services like FaceTime are a threat to carriers’ revenue, but they should respond by competing with these services and not by engaging in discriminatory behavior.”

Sure, FaceTime over cellular is a “new feature” of iOS 6, but so is Apple’s new Maps Turn-by-turn navigation.  So is the PassBook Application and Photo Streams.  They all will use more data. What is stopping AT&T from blocking those too?

What justification can AT&T give for such a move when it allows competing video chat apps to be available over its network? The most popular video chatting app, Microsoft’s Skype, has been available on the iPhone over 3G since AT&T allowed it –with some significant coaxing – from the FCC in 2009.

But with the FCC not only investigating AT&T and Apple’s Google Voice ban — but wireless industry competition overall — AT&T has miraculously had a change of heart and will now allow iPhone Skype traffic over 3G:

Previously, VoIP applications on iPhone were enabled for Wi-Fi connectivity…AT&T this afternoon informed Apple Inc. and the FCC of its decision. In late summer, AT&T said it was taking a fresh look at VoIP capabilities on iPhone for use on AT&T’s 3G network, consistent with its regular review of device features and capabilities to ensure attractive options for consumers.

Skype added the ability to video chat over 3G in 2010. We estimated the data usage to be at 3.4Mb/minute at the time. Many other video chatting apps on the iPhone and iPad exist including:  Fring, Google Plus (which also works native on Android phones FWIW), ooVoo and many others.

AT&T can’t claim network usage penalties for a couple of reasons:

1. As mentioned above, Skype and other Video chatting applications aren’t blocked by AT&T and they use just as much data.

2. AT&T has moved just about all of its customers over to tiered data plans and even those who are left on “Unlimited Plans” are still subject to throttling that would eliminate the ability to use video chatting applications. Users are paying for data that they use.

3. FaceTime over Wifi uses about 3 Megabytes per minute of talk.  For someone to use up a 3GB monthly allotment of data, they would need to FaceTime video chat for almost 17 hours (and the data usage over 3G would likely be less taxing). Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Amazon Video all use roughly this amount of data without regulation from AT&T.

As for the competition, Sprint already announced that it will not hinder FaceTime over cellular, and Verizon is being forced not to mess with it because of a Net Neutrality agreement.

Below is Mark and I completing a 3G FaceTime over 2 years ago on AT&T’s network with a simple jailbreak on an iPhone 4.

iOS Devices Stories August 21, 2012

Every Yahoo employee to get an iPhone under former Google Exec Marissa Mayer?

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According to a report from BusinessInsider, which cited sources close to Yahoo, new CEO Marissa Mayer wants all employees to use an iPhone and is considering having Yahoo purchase the devices to “get consistency across the company.”

Apparently, Yahoo employees use all sorts of different devices – BlackBerrys, iPhones, Androids, whatever – and Mayer believes the company would be better off if it identified one device/platform on which it should make its products really shine, and got employees used to what it’s like living with that platform… The cost to Yahoo would be a couple million dollars or less – chump change for a company that has billions lying around.

Mayer was said to be a huge iPhone fan even in the halls of Google as she demonstrates in the above photo from Flicker user Sl1Very.

iOS Devices Stories August 23, 2012

Apple is putting Google’s Voice search app through purgatory yet again

Google unveiled a new feature within its iOS search app in August that reminds us a lot of Siri. Taking features from its Siri competitor Google Now, Google announced the search app would now allow folks to use natural voice commands to make searches. For example, a user can “ask for the weather in a natural way and it […]

iOS Devices Stories August 14, 2012

Gartner: Global smartphone sales fell 2.3-percent in Q2 thanks to ‘iPhone 5’ anticipation

As wait for the next-generation iPhone launch continues, Gartner is out with new numbers this morning that portray the wait’s effect on worldwide smartphone sales. According to the research firm, global smartphone sales fell 2.3-percent in Q2 from the last quarter. Gartner attributed the wait for the “iPhone 5” as a large reason for the slump in sales.

High-profile smartphone launches from key manufacturers such as the anticipated Apple iPhone 5, along with Chinese manufacturers pushing 3G and preparing for major device launches in the second half of 2012, will drive the smartphone market upward. However, feature phones will continue to see pressure.

With smartphone sales up more than 49 percent year-over-year, total global device sales reached 419 million units during the quarter. Samsung continued its lead in worldwide mobile device sales with a 21.6-percent market share, with help of its new Galaxy S III that launched during the quarter. Nokia followed with 19.9-percent and Apple at 6.9-percent. Android also continued its commanding lead in OS share by taking 64.1-percent of the market, followed by iOS’s 18.8-percent, which means the ‘big two’ are now in control of 83 percent of the smartphone market.

At any rate, there is not much more waiting. Check out the manufacturer market share below: [Gartner]

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