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via New iPhone Expected to Hit Store Shelves on Sept. 21 | PCWorld.
via New iPhone Expected to Hit Store Shelves on Sept. 21 | PCWorld.
The search giant, bringing five Sparrow people in its Gmail team, reportedly paid less than $25 million for the company.
Google buys software maker Sparrow to help build its messaging capabilities. How the search giant will use its new technology is unclear.Representatives of small business, developing their self-titled third group of third party email clients for Mac OS X and Apple operating systems IOS, announced July 20 that Sparrow was bought by Google, and that employees were to join Google’s Gmail.
“We care a lot about how people communicate, and we have done our best to provide the electronic experience more intuitive and enjoyable,” said CEO Don Leca Sparrow in a brief note on the website the company. “We are joining the Gmail team to achieve a greater vision that we believe can best achieve with Google.”
Leca did not specify what the vision is bigger. Sparrow has launched its first product in February 2011. No details about the sale were disclosed, but sources told the news site of the Verge of Google paid less than $ 25 million for the company of five people.
In a memo sent to reporters, a spokesman for Google also had few details on what the company hopes to do with Sparrow and technology. “Sparrow’s team has always put its users first focuses on building a simple and intuitive interface seamlessly with your mail client,” said the statement from Google. “We hope to bring on board Gmail team, where they will work on new projects.”
According to Cnet, Leca sent an email to Sparrow customers saying they could still use all the applications currently using Sparrow, but do not expect new. “We will continue the provision of our existing products and provide support and critical updates to our users,” he said in his e-mail. “However, as we will be busy with new projects from Google, it will not release new features for applications Sparrow.”
Google already offers Gmail for the IOS, which offers users a number of characteristics, reading email and threaded conversations organize mail capabilities to bring important messages in a few addresses priority mail boxes Auto-complete and send and receive attachments. Google launched the application IOS end of last year, and updated in December 2011, giving users the ability to add a custom signature to text messages output.
In addition, an automatic response was added to the application, such as nested tags and the ability to draw or scribble a message on a “canvas” that can be attached to an e-mail. However, the application is not independent of the service users can not use Gmail. Apple, Apple Mail, which offers its IOS and Mac OS X, allowing users to access other services.
A new study has highlighted the loyalty of iPad and iPhone users, who are so unlikely to switch from Apple’s iOS to another platform that an analyst believes they are worth almost US$295 billion cumulatively, which is more than half of Apple’s current market cap.
Apple Insider reports that Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope has conducted consumer survey of more than 1,000 Apple device owners, and has reached the conclusion that the average single iOS customer is worth US$1,053 to Apple.
That figure is based on the assumption that the average iOS device for the June quarter is sold at US$535 with five percent erosion, gross margin is 45 percent and annual defections are five per cent.
“This implies a cumulative iOS customer value of nearly US$295 billion on today’s installed base, without any consideration for the content services or peripherals streams, or for the platform’s growth potential,” Shope wrote in a note to investors last week.
Through his survey, Shope found that 71 percent of the iOS device owners polled said it is highly likely that their next smartphone or tablet will be an Apple device. Only one percent said that it was “unlikely” that they would choose Apple again.
When asked whether a discount would convince them to switch to another platform, 21 percent of the Apple device owners said that no discount would make it worthwhile. A discount of 21-30 percent was the most popular choice, with 23 percent claiming that they would consider platform switching with a price discount within that range.
Overall, 61 percent of the participants said that it would take a discount of 30 percent or more to get them to choose a non-Apple mobile device.
Shope’s research found that 30 percent of his poll’s participants are paying for extra storage capacity in iCloud or iTunes Match, services that could add switching costs for customers with more than one device.
“Considering that Apple has disclosed that it has 120 million iCloud users as on its earnings release on April 24, this is quickly becoming yet another high-margin revenue stream for the company,” wrote Shope. “More important, however, this also suggests that a large portion of Apple’s installed base is adding yet another source of explicit switching costs.”
Overall, Shope’s survey has led him to estimate that it costs iOS users between US$122 and US$301 to switch to a different mobile platform, implying that it would take a discount of almost half price in order to make a switch inexpensive.
iPad, tooFor fans of multitouch, 2011 was a big year. Let’s put our fingers on precisely why.
In March, Apple released the sequel to the world’s first successful tablet computer. The iPad 2 was acclaimed for what it added: two (admittedly mediocre) cameras, a zippier processor (the dual core, Apple-designed A5 chip), twice the RAM (512MB), and the magnetic appeal of the Smart Cover. But even as it added all those features, the iPad managed to take a couple significant elements away—namely, weight and thickness. The iPad 2 is just two-thirds as thick and 88 percent as heavy as the original.
In the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2011 alone, Apple sold 11.12 million iPads. The product continues to do a brisk business, dominating the mind and market share for the still-developing tablet market. Of the iPad’s sales performance to date, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “Some people are electing to buy an iPad rather than a Mac… A materially larger number are electing to buy an iPad instead of a Windows-based PC.”
The iPhone 4S became available in October. It scored the same speedy A5 chip that powers the iPad 2, a dramatically upgraded rear-facing camera, and an overhauled dual-band antenna design.
But the feature that got everyone talking was the feature that got everyone talking: Siri. With its still-in-beta voice-powered virtual assistant, the iPhone 4S can handle a multitude of tasks for you, based solely on the verbal instructions you provide it. Despite the fact that Siri was hampered by occasional outages, early 4S adopters loved its power, itssense of humor, and its uncanny ability to understand just what you wanted it to do.
Apple hasn’t said when or if Siri will come to the Mac, the iPad, or earlier iPhone models, but ask any iPhone 4S user who has come to depend on Siri for sending texts, setting reminders, and making appointments: The more ubiquitous Siri becomes, the better.
2011 was also the year the Verizon iPhone rumors were finally put to rest; Verizon got the iPhone 4 back in February. With the release of the iPhone 4S, Sprint became the third U.S. carrier, and regional carrier C Spire became the fourth.
October also brought iOS 5, the newest incarnation of the operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. With it came Notification Center, a smart solution for the increasingly invasive blue alert boxes that had come to characterize the iOS experience. But iOS 5 didn’t just make alerts more manageable; it also introduced long-awaited niceties like wireless syncing, over-the-air iOS updates, iMessage, Reminders, Newsstand, system-wide Twitter integration, AirPlay mirroring, and more.
Apple launched the iPad incarnation of GarageBand in March, alongside the iPad 2’s release. An update at the beginning of November brought the app to the iPhone as well. The app combines Smart Instruments, loops, a drum machine, and support for devices like electric guitars and USB keyboards and microphones. In short, it turns an iOS device into a portable music studio.
The app makes amateur musicians sound good, and it offers plenty of powerful performance for professionals, too. If any one app raised the App Store bar—and proved that iOS devices can and should be used for creation just as much as consumption—GarageBand was that app.
Speaking of the App Store, 2011 saw one significant addition: iOS subscriptions. Introduced in February, subscriptions afford developers the option of taking recurrent payments—on a weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or yearly basis—for digital services.
The first app to take advantage of subscriptions was News Corp’s The Daily, with its $1 a week issues (or $40 for the year). Subscriptions caught on, as a steady parade of major magazine publishers brought their publications to the iPad. Over time, Apple loosened its restrictionson how publishers could offer in-app subscriptions, allowing those publishers to offer free or discounted digital access to print subscribers.
Apple didn’t relent on some stricter policies, though; apps like Amazon’s Kindle were forced to remove links to their online stores to remain in compliance with Apple’s App Store rules.
October also saw the release of iCloud, Apple’s synchronization service for Macs, PCs, and iOS devices. With iCloud, you can backup your iOS device without needing a computer at all; sync iWork documents, contacts, emails, and calendars; locate your iOS devices; and more. With iTunes in the Cloud, you can re-download your iTunes Store purchases from your iOS devices, and newly-purchased apps download to all your devices automatically. And with iTunes Match, Apple’srecently introduced $25 per year iCloud add-on, you can store your music library in the cloud and wirelessly access it from your iOS devices.
Numerous iPad competitors came; most of them went. The RIM PlayBook was dead on arrival; theMotorola Xoom failed to catch on; and HP held a fire-sale to divest itself of its TouchPad inventory. The only device to make any major waves in the industry thus far is Amazon’s Kindle Fire, though reviews have been mixed at best. Some conclude that the Kindle Fire makes a great Kindle, but a lousy tablet. Perhaps that’s why Apple doesn’t seem that worried about it.
Predicting what’s next for Apple and the iOS ecosystem is never easy. And though the iPhone 4S was a zig when many expected an iPhone 5 zag, Cupertino spent much of 2011 ticking off long-rumored items on its list—new U.S. carriers, a new iPhone, and a new iPad. It seems certain that 2012 will bring another new iPhone and new iPad, but questions remain: Will the next iPhone sport a bigger screen? Will the next iPad score a Retina display? How many models of iPad should we expect? Is a 7-inch iPad in the offing?
There are but three ways to find out the answers: Get hired by Apple as a top-level executive; follow along with all the Apple news Macworld reports upon next year; or wait until the tail end of 2012 for next year’s roundup.
According to new data from Nielsen, Android has continued to pick up steam in the United States, and retains its crown as the most-used smartphone OS during Q3 2011. Google’s mobile OS now accounts for 43% of U.S. smartphones, up from the 39% we saw back in July. Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, has remained lock-steady at 28% this whole time, putting it at a distant second.
Despite their lack of growth on the software front, Apple still rules the roost when it comes to hardware. Apple’s iPhones are used by a full 28% of all smartphone customers, making them the top manufacturer for yet another quarter.
Meanwhile, use of RIM’s BlackBerry OS has slowly begun to slip: while it previously accounted for 20% of the smartphone OS market, it now accounts for 18%. Certainly not a drastic dip, but the Q3 report doesn’t take into account some of the more recent unpleasantness that the folks in Waterloo have been dealing with.
Surprisingly, Windows Phone’s adoption rate seems to have slowed down as well, as it now only accounts for 7% of smartphones, down from the 9% figure we saw last time. Microsoft and Nokia certainly aim to change that come next year, but we’ll soon see how well their grand designs pan out.
The Q3 results are definitely interesting, but I think the Q4 report is really the one to look out for. New hardware (and OS) announcements are coming at a blistering pace, and it’ll be a hoot to see how the landscape changes after the holiday retail wars have come and gone
via Android Still Most Popular Smartphone OS, iOS Holds Steady In Second Place | TechCrunch by CHRIS VELAZCO.