iOS

Instagram for Android due “very soon” say developers

Hipsters and iOS converts rejoice: your long period of expressionless suffering is almost over. The photo app that's taken the Internet by storm and inspired dozens of beatings towards wannabe Ansel Adams of the world (unconfirmed) is coming to Android "very soon", said Instagram executive Kevin Systrom. Android users have been clamoring for an official Android app since the photo sharing service began to surge in popularity last summer. There still isn't any concrete date for the app's release, though it was shown running on a Galaxy Nexus at SXSW in Autsin.

Readability app headed to Android on Monday

In the latest round of iOS hits making the pilgrimage to Android (and taking a lot less time than that other one) Readability has announced that it will be available on the Google Play Store on Monday, March 12th. The free app is a certified hit on the iPhone and iPod touch, thanks to its ability to reformat web content into a more, well, readable presentation. It's not the only app that does it, nor is it the first, but it's been a long time coming and should be a boon to iOS converts.

Your thoughts on the “all new iPad” or iPad 2S…

Big news today folks, Peyton Manning is no longer an Indianapolis Colt! It is a sad day for the NFL and Colts fans. In other news Apple just announced the iPad 3, iPad HD, or as they are calling it the "all new iPad". Personally I'd call it the iPad 2S HD but that isn't up to me. We just watched all the news unfold on our sister site SlashGear over the past hour and we're wondering what all our Android readers think of the new device.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out coming to Android by EA Mobile

This is quite possibly the best news I've heard all day. EA Mobile is planning to release a brand new game called The Simpsons: Tapped Out according to CNET. EA is expecting this to be one of the biggest mobile game titles of the year for them, and in general. If you are a mobile gamer this should definetaly have you excited.

Apple knows no shame: steals ICS camera unlock for iOS

"Good artists copy. Great artists steal." A certain megalomaniacal CEO is famous for this phrase, though the company that he co-founded seems to have forgotten the often-repeated mantra in the last few years. There seem to be plenty of "great artists" left at Apple: In addition to basically lifting Android's notification system and slapping it into iOS 4, then copying homescreen folders for iOS 5, it looks like they're planning on yet another misappropriation for iOS 5.1. BGR caught an early glance at the new lockscreen for the March update, which has an "innovative" feature added: users can either swipe right to unlock the phone, or swipe up to go straight to the camera app.

Android most popular among first-time buyers in Q4, says NPD

Despite a strong 4th quarter showing for Apple thanks to the launch of the iPhone 4S, Android continues to kick digital butt all over the world. Contradicting earlier numbers, analytics firm NPD reports that Android is even more popular among first-time smartphone buyers. Among US buyers from October through December, 57% chose Android, 34% chose iOS and just under 10% chose something else. Android led the overall race as well, with 48% of sales as opposed to Apple's 43%. Android's total US market share, as reported by a handful of firms, remains in the 46-48% range.

ComScore: Android still dominates US, BlackBerry and Windows fall further behind

Remember those reports from last month that showed Apple beating out Android in the latter half of 2011? The ones that half the internet jumped on as proof that Android was "falling behind"? Yeah, not so much. Despite a massive rise in iPhone sales in the fourth quarter, Android is still way out in front of the mobile landscape with 47.3 % market share, according to ComScore. Their number crunchers say that's a 2.5 point increase since Q3 2011. Apple continues to rise at a slower pace, capturing 29.6% of the total smartphone market in the US.

iOS apps crash more than Android, says recent data

"Oh, I'd never use an Android phone - those things crash too much!" This mantra is often heard from those cradling their iDevices, basking in the self-satisfied glow of the latest incrementally updated iPhone Designed by Apple in California (and Made by Foxconn in China). But is it true? Recent research from mobile analytics firm Crittercism says no. Based on data collected in November and December of last year, iOS apps crashed at a significantly higher rate than Android apps - more than three times as much for top selling apps. Don't panic, Apple faithful, just keep repeating this soothing chant to yourself: "It just works."