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Apple has announced a sudden reversal in its development conditions for its mobile devices today. Back in April, Apple announced that the only development platform that could be used to create apps for its mobile devices was the Apple SDK (software development kit), which only runs on a Mac. Fortunately, Cupertino has had a change of heart. It is now just fine to develop apps with other development platforms, provided the apps don’t download any code. Time will tell how badly the ‘no download’ condition will hamstring developers, but this is a move in the right direction.
Apple says that it has “listened to our developers”. I’m not quite sure who they were listening to back in April when they pulled the plug on third-party development platforms. Perhaps what they heard as they listened this time was the footsteps of developers heading to less restrictive platforms such as Android? Regardless, it’s a win for pretty much everyone. Adobe wasted no time in responding with glee because developers can now develop for iOS with Flash Professional CS5. Note, that doesn’t mean that Flash will work in your web browser on your iOS devices now, it just means more sales for Adobe’s development platform. Ultimately, it’s a win for users. More developers will be able to develop for iOS devices now, and that means more apps for users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
In addition, Apple has announced they are publishing guidelines for how the app store review process works. This is designed to give developers a better idea of how the review process works and presumably a better shot at getting their apps approved.
Related: Mobile Crunch
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It’s been rumored for quite a while that the next iPad will ship with a front facing camera and FaceTime. As of now that’s still, well, a rumor. However, the folks at 9to5 Mac and CrunchGear are posting the picture to the right and reporting it is a video chat debug in the next generation iPad firmware. It’s such an obscure shot that I can’t believe I’m even talking about it, but it would seem the next logical step in the iPad’s evolution. This brings a few question to mind. Upgrading my phone every couple of years seems fairly logical because they take a lot of abuse and they are subsidized to the point of being fairly inexpensive. What about the iPad? It’s a larger investment. How often will iPad owners be willing to upgrade? Also, with a slew of pads reportedly rushing to the market based on Android, WebOS, Windows 7, etc., is anyone going to beat Apple to the punch by including a front facing camera and video chat software? If they do, does it really matter? Is FaceTime already king? Apple has promised to release its protocol secrets for FaceTime. If they follow-up with that, we may see some wonderful interoperability with other devices. If they don’t release the protocols, will they release FaceTime to other platforms? So many questions from the possibility of simply adding a camera to a tablet.
What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear your comments.
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129,864,880. That’s the number of published books that exist in the world today. At least that’s the estimate from Google’s massive Google Books project. You can look here if you want to read about how they’ve calculated it. That is an amazing amount of material. Of course, it includes a large number of college works and things that are not exactly published for the masses. This would seem one of the more noble aspects of Google’s quest to catalog all of the world’s data. I’m not exactly sure how they are planning to make money off of this. There will be some revenue, but it doesn’t seem that the ROI is going to be very good at all. Are they planning to profile us based upon the books we read along with information from other Google services in order to refine ad targeting? I know what they are saying, but I don’t know what they are planning.
I do imagine that there would be some particularly useful benefits to this. The project should make it very easy to identify similar books that you would be interested in, and some very obscure ones at that. It would also make research a much faster process. I can’t yet perceive the power of all the world’s books at my local library, which brings up the question of “Do I want the power of all the world’s books at my local library.”. Clearly, I don’t want that for my young children.
I haven’t wrapped my head around the whole project yet, but it certainly gives me pause to consider the possibilities.
Microsoft’s biggest customer, HP has announced that they will not be using Windows Phone 7 or Android in their smartphones. While bypassing Android is no surprise given HP’s purchase of Palm, the Windows 7 snubbing will be sure to raise some eyebrows. HP Executive VP Todd Bradley reported during an interview on CNBC. That while they will not be using Microsoft’s operating system in their smart phones, they will be using both Windows 7 and WebOS (from the purchase of Palm) in future tablets. I’m not quite sure how long that arrangement is going to last considering how badly HP wants WebOS to compete in the smartphone and tablet arena, but it’s going to happen at least temporarily.
With HP’s deep, deep pockets, look for them to invest a considerable amount of capital into trying to make the smartphone market a three horse race with Apple and Google and themselves as the major players. While Microsoft has confirmed that some large hardware makers such as LG and Samsung will be producing phones with their operating system on it, they haven’t seemed to generate much excitement in their software.
MobileCrunch also carries a link to the video.