iOS

Gameloft promises simultaneous launches across Android and iOS

Today Gameloft is in the news with an awesome looking new next-gen game that we are still awaiting more details on. In the meantime we wanted to talk about their game and app launches. Gameloft recently took to Twitter and announced that in 2012 their goal is "simultaneous launches on iOS and Android." If you've ever seen an awesome game from Gameloft, you know their games always arrive on iOS first.

Magic Piano finally arrives for Android

Who wants to play some musical masterpieces on their Android phones and tablets? Today the popular Magic Piano by Smule has finally crossed the orchard of Apple's and is available on Android. This game is actually quite excellent and will be loads of fun for any music or Piano fan.

IDC: Android surges to 59% world market share

We wondered a few months ago is Android had reached a saturation point when it was running on 50% of the smartphones on the planet. We were... wrong. According to the IDC's latest numbers, Android is now up to 59% of the worldwide smartphone market, with just under 90 million devices shipped in the first quarter of 2012. The nearest competitor is Apple, with 23% and 35.1 million iPhones.

EA Mobile taking away games you’ve paid for – you don’t own them

Sadly there is a story going around in the Apple and iOS world today that rattled my cage a little bit. Usually I don't sympathize with the iCrowd but this story is pretty upsetting. Basically my title should be "You don't own your games or apps" but I wanted to toss in EA Mobile so everyone knows who I'm talking about. Apparently even if you buy a game (and pay $4.99) they can pull it from you at will, it's only a license.

Popular game Jazz: Trump’s Journey available today on Android

This award-winning platformer game from iOS has just made its way to Android, starting today. Available right now in the Google Play Store this will surely consume part of your weekend. If you love games, particular platformer games, you'll want to check out Jazz: Trump's Journey. Set in New Orleans they've added a daring storyline and a Jazz player to the popular platformer genre.

ComScore: Android passes 50% market share in the US

Surprisingly, the US doesn't have the highest per-capita Android ownership out there - at last count that goes to the UK, where one out of every four men, women and children owns an Android smartphone. But the US is catching up quickly. ComScore reports that Android accounted fora staggering 50.1% of smartphone owners in the United Stats as of February, a statistic that hasn't been matched since Blackberry and Palm OS were duking it out. ComScore's numbers show a 3.2% overall market share increase in the four-month period ending in February. Rival statistical firm NPD reached the same conclusion back in December.

Some iPhone owners aren’t happy about Instagram for Android

Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of Instagram. I see very little value in low-resolution photos with minimal filters posted to an "exclusive" social network, when anyone can do the same with a smartphone and a free editor. That said, I'm glad to see the millions of Android users who were patiently waiting to get into Instagram finally have their patience rewarded. But one group of people isn't so thrilled to see Instagram's potential userbase grow by a couple hundred million: iPhone and other iOS users. And they've taken to Twitter en masse to whine about it. Aww, bless their poor little hipster hearts.

Instagram opens Android pre-registration page – still doesn’t give a date

If there's on iOS app that's more anticipated by Android users than the long-delayed Temple Run (yes, yes, we know, put down your pitchforks) it's Instagram. The smash hit social photo sharing service is the choice of Twitterati, hipsters and housewives everywhere, but only for those whose devices have a shiny apple on the back. The publisher has been hinting that its Android app is close to release for months now, and has finally opened up a pre-registration page for excited Android users. Alas, there's still no word on when the app will actually become available.

China passes United States for most Android activations

Holy cow. According to a new report from analytics firm Flurry, the number of newly activated Android users in China has surpassed that of the United States to become the world's fastest-growing body of smartphone users. The stat holds true for iOS as well, making China the #1 country for total number of smartphone users on the planet. That's hardly surprising - they've got the largest number of people after all, nearing 1.5 billion as of 2010 - but the rapid adoption rate in the country just a few years after the emergence of the current mobile market is astonishing.