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The much awaited Flipboard’s Android update has been rolled out on a global platform a couple of weeks ago. Flipboard version 2.0 was first made available to download for iOS users in March. The new Android version of this application allows people to create and organize their own personalized virtual magazine for absolutely free.

Android users would now be able to share and edit their own aspiring feeds with contents, images and videos on their board to make them look like their own visualized publication. They can even set privacy controls on their magazines for public and private viewing and can also share it with friends via social networks. Earlier, board users’ could have only read through the content and feeds that had been previously posted by the editorial team of Flipboard. But with this update they can personalize it according to their own taste and preferences.

The Andriod users were previously restricted to the limited ‘read only’ functionality of the magazines that were created on iOS. Whereas now, the Android users are on par with iOS users, as in, they also have the same ability –  to create their own collective articles, images and various add ons, for giving a materialize appearance to their boards.

The Flipboard has recorded an astonishing 500,000 magazines having being created and personalized within first two following weeks of the launch of the application version 2.0 on iTunes for Apple users. With the UK, US and Canada emerging among the top five countries, where the users have downloaded and used this application to create magazines.

The app new version 2.0 is now available to download from Google Play for Android devices. We would love to hear your opinion or experiences on this updated app version in the comment box below.

The Apple launch affair was a stellar one. From highlighting the slimmer and taller design of iPhone’s latest variant to showcasing the new iOS6, it seemed like Apple had the structure and resources in place to prove all its doubters wrong. But a couple of weeks after its official launch, Apple looks like treading shores unknown.

What was essentially supposed to be the Big Debate between iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 has been overshadowed by unified claims of a failed product launch in the form of iOS 6 Maps. In coming out with the iPhone 5, Apple decided to completely ward off with YouTube and Google Maps; two of the most popular app services amongst Smartphone users. And in came the all new iOS maps which have been developed from the ground up (legitimate spokesperson quote).

During the official keynote, the crowd was given a firsthand look at how the Maps service on iOS works. The vector-based map system has the benefits of Local Search for getting photos and reviews of places they are about to visit. Apart from the standard turn by turn navigation and reroutes integrated with Siri, the Maps have been made capable of making your drives easier and time-saving. Another wonderful feature within the iOS maps was it “Flyover” feature, wherein you can actually see a live time human eye image of how places look like while flying over them and also allows you to adjust viewing distances and angles as per your convenience.

Now anyone who would have watched the keynote would have no doubt been left impressed the strategic innovation and enterprise on Apple’s part for the Mapping system. But the actual live use of this app has given less than impressive results. Users have used various social mediums with images showing glaring defects in the service. From poor route suggestions to obscure satellite imagery, mismarked and mislabeled places to obliterated building and structures, the iOS maps have left a lot to be desired. Various technology experts have been eager to highlight that Apple on its part had pre-meditated the reaction the service would get and expects to rapidly improve the mapping with the user inputs it get. As bold as the move looks, it jeopardizes Apple’s stance of being oblivious to safeguarding user interest.

 

 

Now taking things into context, this is a short term risk Apple is willing to take for long term benefit of its users. And their engaging approach of constant improvement through real time user data is also commendable. But as I see it, maybe Apple would have been better off releasing their Maps service app with the next update on iOS6. That way, they would have been able to improve on an already worthy alternate option to Google Maps and gather more concrete data to avoid the widespread glitches in iOS maps is facing at the moment. By rushing into replacing a Mapping service which has proven to be reliable worldwide with a half-baked mapping and navigation service which is still in its nascent stage has put Apple in the face of risking wrath of its loyal yet massive consumer base.

The last month in the techie arena has been overshadowed by the patents wars between California based Apple Inc. and Korean heavyweight Samsung. In the aftermath of this decision, the Cupertino giants have unveiled their latest iPhone 5 with the all-new iOS 6 and a much more responsive SIRI. And in spite of the venom spewed by Android users and analysts alike, the response to Apple’s newest gadget has been nothing short of overwhelming as Apple received 2 million pre-orders within 24 hours of launch. However, the unfavorable ruling has left a bad taste in Samsung’s mouth who has devised a series of Anti-Apple video commercials depicting the Galaxy S III as a far superior phone.

This has triggered a cyber war of sorts with both the legion of fans from both sides defending their favored product. What has gone unnoticed is the gradual emergence of Windows phones from the shadows of these two dominating OS’s. Nokia had been the biggest sufferer since Apple and Android handsets flooded the market as the Finnish mobile manufacturer was left digging at the heels of latest technologies. So much so that one could be forgiven for assuming if Nokia phones were actually competing for a market share. But instead of taking the easy route and jump on the same bandwagon as other brands, Nokia decided to re-invent their flagship handsets on Microsoft Windows OS. And even there have been a few major drawbacks in it with the lack of apps and operational glitches, WP8 promises to iron them out.

Looking at some of the major features available in the three Operating systems, I observed a few favorable factors inclined towards the Windows phone. One of them is the video-chatting – while iOS and Android have their own specific software, a WP8 is going to use a Skype for the same purpose, which is considered one of the best software for video calling. It will also allow seamless Facebook and Twitter integration for getting status updates, photos, contacts etc. Even the messaging service on a WP8 is comparable to that in iOS and Android. And unlike either one of them, a WP8 uses an organized icon grid structure for better arrangement of notifications and icons. And the Redmond based unit has been signing licensing agreements to make sure that Windows 8 becomes a safer OS for manufacturers in the future. But in spite of these advantages, there are a few weaknesses that the Windows Phone suffers from as well. Features like Browser sync, Voice Commands and Media streaming needs to improve a lot.

With the launch of Lumia 820 and 920 nearing and HTC WP 8X and 8S also being unveiled recently just reflects that even major manufacturers are willing to migrate to the Windows OS. If Microsoft can address the niggling weak points by the time WP8 reaches users, the Windows 8 OS is capable of operating on a level playing field with iOS and Android from Google.

So the much awaited iPhone 5 has finally been launched after Apple’s powerhouse victory over Samsung in the patents infringement lawsuit. The US giant’s latest offering had been hyped up to no extent by company’s PR and tech analysts alike. So does Apple’s newest iPhone really justify the hype preceding it? In my humble opinion, not really!

I start first and foremost with the design. The various designs leaked for the new iPhone depicted an overhaul job with sleeker lines and a bigger screen. Well, it does have a half an inch lead screen as compared to its predecessor iPhone 4S but that is about it. Apple, who takes pride in innovation, has just about done the opposite. The design is staple Apple and if anything it looks like an elongated version of the 4s. So no brownie points for the phone’s make. Even the Camera hasn’t been upgraded from the 8 MP with the only addition being the Panorama feature. Maybe the much anticipated Optimus G would have something to say about that. But it’s not the exterior design that is the USP of the phone but what it runs on. The iPhone 5 comes with the 4G LTE enabled iOS 6. Instead of me going over the details, it better you get it from the official Apple website here.

 

Now without trying to sound like I am bashing Apple, we have to look at the cold hard specs available. There is nothing revolutionary or path-breaking about the latest iPhone. In fact, overall it has come as a major disappointment. Most of the features except the iCloud are majorly available in major high-end Android handsets. I do not believe in accepting blatant reshuffling being termed as innovation and I think any Smartphone user would have the same opinion. Sadly, the Apple Samsung lawsuit is just a precursor to how things will get even uglier between the Smartphone giants as just a day after its release, Bloomberg Business weekly has speculated Samsung and HTC to now sue Apple over 4G LTE and ADC communication patents. Even Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniack has given a nod of disapproval to the recent verdict stating patents and technologies should be shared to bring the best products for consumers.

 

Apple’s act of dragging its competitors into lawsuits is not helping anyone. They may gain a financial and moral victory for trivial patented rectangles but the bigger picture is that it’s a depressing regression of innovation.

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