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Kindle iOS app receives major updates

Kindle for iPhone

Amazon posted a major update to its free Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The 2.5 update adds the ability to take advantage of iOS 4’s multitasking abilities and a few minor improvements.

You can now drag compatible files to the Kindle app via iTunes, when your iOS device is connected to a Mac or PC.

One of the less-known features of iOS 4’s multitasking is the ability for apps to continue downloading even after they’ve been closed. According to Amazon, Kindle 2.5 will finish downloading your books even if you switch to a different app.

Other minor changes to the app include support for better image zooming and a new book indicator. The app’s icon has also been changed to emphasize the word Kindle and remove the word Amazon.

The Kindle app lets iOS users read Kindle books and shop at the Kindle Store, which contains over 775,000 titles. The app also includes a built-in dictionary, search features, and customizable background color and font size. Kindle requires iOS 3.0 or later.


iPhone drops to 24% smartphone share, Android jumps to 17%

comScore smartphone market share

New data shows Apple, RIM, and Microsoft continue to lose ground to Google in the U.S. smartphone market.

Marketing intelligence company comScore published its quarterly Mobile Subscriber Market Share findings, which tracked total smartphone subscribers for the three months ending in July. According to the report, 53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the quarter, up 11 percent from the previous quarter.

Of the top 5 platforms, only Google Android grew in market share, from 12 percent to 17 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. Microsoft, Research in Motion, and Apple all lost share, while Palm hovered at 4.9 percent.

Apple decreasing Nokia’s European dominance

Nokia remains the dominant smartphone provider in Europe but competitors are whittling away at its European market share.

Its MobiLens survey for July 2010 shows that 51.2% of smartphone-owning respondents in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy have Nokias. Symbian marketshare has declined, down 14.4% since July 2009. Meanwhile Apple’s iOS and Android grew by 5.3% and 5.6% respectively.

In the United States, Apple holds 23.8% smartphone OS usage, just behind BlackBerry with 39.3 percent. Similar in the UK, where iOS holds 29.6%; that climbs to 31.6% in France. In both territories, Symbian OS smartphones dominate with just over a third of the market.

Survey reveals over 40 million iOS gamers in the US

Over half of the 77 million Americans who play mobile games in the United States do so on an iOS device.

The International Gamers Survey from NewZoo reported Friday that Apple “has entered the major league of the portable gaming market” and is poised to overtake Nintendo in the United States.

American Nintendo DS and DSi gamers total 41 million, compared to Apple’s 40.1 million iOS gamers. The data was collected from over 10,000 respondents in June 2010.

Apple now has more than twice the mobile gamer base as Sony, which had just 19 million U.S. gamers. Nintendo and Apple share significant overlap, with 14 million United States mobile gamers playing games on both the iPod touch and the Nintendo DS.

The survey also found that Apple’s iOS has outstripped the Sony Playstation Portable, but remains far behind the Nintendo DS, in key European markets.

A higher percentage of Nintendo and Sony users spend money to play: 67% of Nintendo’s, 66% of Sony’s, 45% of iPod touch and iPhone users, and just 32% of iPad users. Over half of Nintendo DS and PSP users spend more than $10 a month compared to 38 percent for the iPhone and iPod touch. 72% of iPad users spend over $10 a month.

GV Mobile +

  • This is the new app icon
  • The app will support the retina display
  • The app will do iOS 4 quick-app-switching/multitasking
  • There may be some sort of push notification feature in this release or in a future update.
  • It will be free for the first 12 hours then will go to $2.99

Consumer Reports takes iPhone 4 off of recommend list again…

Consumer Reports responded negatively to Apple’s discontinuation of the free iPhone 4 case program, refusing to recommend the iPhone 4.

The consumer buying advice group announced Monday on its official blog that it continues not to recommend the iPhone 4. Apple’s decision to discontinue the iPhone 4 free case program was seen as “less consumer-friendly.”

Apple announced Friday that it would not extend its free case offer, which expires on September 30. Users experiencing noticeable loss of signal when holding the phone can contact AppleCare to request a free bumper. According to Apple, the “iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller” than they originally thought.

Consumer Reports also took issue with the change in available cases. During the free case program, seven cases, “including some from third-party manufacturers,” were offered. Users who contact AppleCare after Sept. 30 will only have Apple’s own Bumper case available to them.

HDR photos in iOS 4.1 could be result of Apple acquisition

ImsenseThe addition of high dynamic range photos to the iPhone 4 via the iOS 4.1 software update may have come from the purchase of Imsense Ltd., a company that creates software to improve the quality of digital photos.

Evidence from MacRumors show that Imsense was acquired in July by an unnamed buyer, and its online presence, the “imphoto” application it sold for the iPhone in the App Store, has since vanished. Alexis Gatt, formerly the director of engineering at Imsense, is now a senior engineer at Apple.

The company developed technology it dubbed “eye-fidelity,” which allows for dynamic range correction in both standard and HDR photos. This is accomplished by recovering details lost in underexposed and overexposed pictures.

Apple’s HDR photos are created by quickly taking three pictures: one normal, one underexposed, and one overexposed. The resulting effect results in superior pictures when taken in daylight or a bright setting.

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