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From: sylvester802/4/2012 6:16:56 PM
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New Study Claims iOS Apps Crash More Than Android Apps
4 hours ago by AppAdvice 7
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AppAdvice is a Mashable publishing partner that offers news and reviews of iOS apps. The following article is reprinted with the publisher's permission.

In a new study conducted by the mobile application monitoring company Crittercism, it is noted that iOS applications crash more often than their Android counterparts. The results, as you can see in the below images, speak for themselves: more applications crash under iOS 5.0.1, while Android apps appear to be more stable.

However, we should note here that the faults regarding iOS 5.0.1 most likely don’t lie with Apple itself. Because this version of the mobile operating system is relatively new, it’s more likely that iOS developers haven’t made their own third-party apps fully compatible with the iOS — resulting in the crashing. Though, on the other hand, iOS 4.3.3 — which has indeed been available for some time — also caused a sizable 10.66 percent of mobile apps to crash.

Android, as you can see, is quite stable — its most recent Android 4.0.1 accounts for just 1.04 percent of mobile app crashes. Compare that with iOS 5.0.1's 28.64 percent!


If you’re wondering why iOS applications crash so much, there are a number of potential reasons — Forbes discusses some:

This can be due to hardware issues, such as the use of location or GPS services or cameras; it could be due to the Internet connection, that is, how a phone connects to 3G or WiFi, or that the device is not connected to the Internet at a certain moment, or that something happens during the switch between 3G and WiFi. There could also be issues with language support on certain devices. There can also be memory problems if an app uses too much memory.

Furthermore, the article highlights Apple’s iAd system as being a potential problem — it apparently gives “developers problems if they [do] not adhere to certain standards.”

But that’s not all. There’s also the common problem of users not updating.

The above chart is proof that iOS device users aren’t all rocking the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — people are lingering around on iOS 4.3.3, iOS 4.2.1 and even iOS 4.0. Though some fans do this to maintain a jailbreak or carrier unlock, others just don’t care enough — or can’t be bothered — to plug their handset into a computer and update their firmware. If this same philosophy is adopted regarding iOS app updates (which are designed, in part, to correct bugs which might cause app crashes), then a further explanation for the above data is made available to us.

Do your iOS apps regularly crash? Are there any in particular which are more troublesome than others? Let us know in the comments.

This article originally published at AppAdvice here.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (1596)2/5/2012 12:19:37 AM
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There are probably hundreds of thousand one man developed apps for both iOS and Android. Those guys aren't going to even bother to recompile their silly experimental apps for the latest OS with no financial reward. You really need something special to even get downloaded these days. It would not surprise me if the number of mobile OS apps actually turned down some day. There are probably 10 core apps that account for 90% of use for most. For gamers, it is probably different...

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To: FUBHO who wrote (617)2/5/2012 7:17:31 PM
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From: average joe2/7/2012 8:53:29 PM
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I need a smart phone right now and purchased a BlackBerry this afternoon. I bought it from my server provider and it took them 45 minutes to figure out they could not configure because the network had crashed and we would have to try again later. I was late for a meeting and told him I would come by after the meeting before they closed. Came back and had to wait in line for 30 minutes and the RIM network was still not accessible to configure the phone. At ten minutes to closing I asked what they would recommend that works out of the box and from 50 different phones the guy said Samsung Galaxy. It took two minutes to configure and worked automatically. He also said if you send a BlackBerry back for any repair it is $30 with Samsung or Apple it is free and with Apple you get a phone to us at no charge while yours is in for repair.

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To: average joe who wrote (1599)2/8/2012 1:49:04 PM
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That's a little strange. I have 2 blackberries, a 8530 curve with Virgin Mobile that I have used for over a year now, with absolutely no issues. Recently, I bought an unlocked and unbranded 9300 curve and put my T-Mobile prepaid sim card in and it works perfectly. I know Android is all the rage these days, but I do lots of texting to my sons and I find blackberry is best for that. I'm not a fan of touch screens, sliders, or flip phones. KIS: Keep it simple. Good reception, good internet via operamini and easy texting. I'm only on 3G, so I suppose I'm not on the cutting edge. But it is more than fast enough for my needs.Moreover, I have no contract and I don't pay those filet mignon prices of T or VZ, which is a rip off IMHO. The only thing I've missed since switching to Prepaid is the high prices.

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To: zax who wrote (1595)2/8/2012 3:59:17 PM
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Nokia: No "Plan B" should Windows Phone fail

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Sylvie Barak2/8/2012 3:22 PM EST



SAN FRANCISCO-- Nokia is placing all of its bets on a Windows Phone strategy with no “Plan B,” according to the firm’s European manager, ahead of the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.

Nokia will reportedly release a new Windows Phone device at the show, pegged to be a high-end smartphone sporting an “unusual software feature,”according to sources at a Nokia partner, as reported by Forbes.

Meanwhile, Victor Saejis, the Finnish phone maker’s European Manager has told Swedish financial daily Dagens Industri that his company has no contingency in the event its Windows Phone strategy falls flat, noting, "Plan B is that Plan A is to succeed."

With fierce competition from Android and iOS, Nokia is raising the stakes with Windows Phone and not hedging its bets.

Despite its strong reputation for sturdy hardware, Nokia has long struggled with a series of software flops, including the ill-fated MeeGo OS and the steady decline of Symbian. "It's like starting all over again,” said Saejis.

The executive also admitted that succeeding to crack the U.S. market would be critical to the firm’s global strategy. “We must succeed in the U.S. if we are to succeed in the world," he declared.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Nokia announced it would be cutting down on its manufacturing operations in Europe and Mexico, moving device assembly work to Asia instead. The move will make 4000 employees redundant.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (1601)2/8/2012 4:46:27 PM
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"No "Plan B" should Windows Phone fail"

Great way to run a fast growing business... guess he must think Samsung are idiots or from another planet for having Bada, Windows Phone and Android... sheesh...

By the time he thinks they need a plan B, all the growth (and fat margins) will be gone from the market...

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From: FUBHO2/8/2012 11:37:24 PM
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Vonage brings free calling and messaging to iPhone, Android

By: Zach Epstein | Feb 8th, 2012 at 05:25PM from zax

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Vonage on Wednesday unveiled a new mobile app for the iPhone and Android smartphones that affords free calling and messaging along with cheap international calling rates. Vonage Mobile allows users to make free “high-definition” voice over IP calls among each other over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G data connections, and low-cost calls can also be placed through the app to any landline or cell phone globally. The New Jersey-based Telco says its international calling rates are 70% lower than rates from major carriers and 30% lower than Skype. ”Vonage Mobile consolidates the best features of our prior applications, while adding important functionality, better value and improved ease of use,” Vonage CEO Marc Lefar said in a statement. “It combines the best of free high-def voice and messaging along with incredible value for traditional international calls, all while using the existing mobile number and address book for unsurpassed ease of use.” Vonage’s full press release follows below.

Vonage Launches New Mobile App Providing Free Calling and Texting to Other App Users around the World

Savings of more than 70 percent on international calls to those without the app


HOLMDEL, N.J., February 8, 2012 – Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG) announced the launch of Vonage Mobile®, the new iPhone® and Android™ app that lets users make free high-definition calls and send free texts to all users of the app, worldwide1. The app works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G wireless data networks.

When calling those who have not yet downloaded the app,Vonage Mobile provides ultra low-cost international calling with per-minute rates that are on average 70 percent less than major mobile carriers and 30 percent less than Skype™2. Users can instantly add calling credit directly from the app through iTunes® or Android Market™ in increments of $4.99 and $9.99.

Vonage Mobile uses the phone’s existing mobile number and contact list, eliminating the need for unique user names and duplicate identities for contacts. Users can instantly build a free global calling and texting network using the app’s multi-invite system from their existing contacts.

“Vonage Mobileconsolidates the best features of our prior applications, while adding important functionality, better value and improved ease of use,” said Marc Lefar, CEO of Vonage. “It combines the best of free high-def voice and messaging along with incredible value for traditional international calls, all while using the existing mobile number and address book for unsurpassed ease of use.”

In addition, calls to any phone in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico from anywhere in the world will be free for a limited time3.

Users do NOT need to be a Vonage customer to use the app. However, as an added benefit to all app users, calls to Vonage home or business lines are also free. The Vonage Mobile app can be downloaded to any iPhone or Android device for free; and it also works on the iPad®, iPod Touch® and Android™ Tablets.

For more information on Vonage Mobile, please go to iTunes, Android Market or www.vonagemobile.com.

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From: FUBHO2/9/2012 12:05:43 PM
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Apple: Canaccord Ups iPhone Estimate on Continued Gains
By Tiernan Ray

Canaccord Genuity’s Mike Walkley this morning reiterates a Buy rating on Apple (AAPL) while raising his price target to $665 from $650, after raising his expectation for iPhone unit sales this quarter.

Walkley, like Morgan Keegan’s Tavis McCourt on Tuesday, marvels at how the company has managed to scoop up the lion’s share of revenue and profit in the mobile business:

With strong sales and Apple’s industry-leading iPhone ASP, Apple generated a remarkable 80% share of estimated Q4/C2011 handset industry operating profits among the top 8 OEMs with only 8.1% global handset market share. Further, with Samsung’s scale advantages and leading Android smartphone share combined with Apple’s leading profit share, we estimate these two OEMs captured an amazing 95% of handset industry profits during Q4/C2011.

Walkley updates his overall handset view: He writes that he expects an earlier Chinese New Year this quarter, and OEMs delaying some product into Q2, will mean a decline of 17% in total handset unit shipments, and a smaller decline of 14% in smartphone shipments, at 377 million handsets and 137 million smartphones.

Walkley expects Apple will take 8.6% of total handset shipments, as it continues the impressive share gains it had last quarter, selling perhaps 32.6 million iPhones, up from his prior view for just 30.1 million.

In fact, Apple should benefit along with Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), Huawei, and ZTE as the other major players all go through various sorts of transformations:

In fact, with HTC struggling with excess inventory levels and product portfolio transition, we anticipate steep market share losses for HTC in Q1/12. We also anticipate Nokia will lose smartphone market share throughout 2012 due to a steep decline in Symbian sales more than offsetting our expectations for steadily increasing Windows smartphone sales. With RIM transitioning to BB10 exiting C2012, we anticipate RIM will continue its smartphone share losses during 2012.

Walkley raised his EPS estimate for Apple for this year to $42.81 from $41.06, while his 2013 estimate goes to $47.47 from $46.50.

Apple shares today are up $9.54, or 2%, at $486.22.

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From: FUBHO2/9/2012 8:06:56 PM
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Google developing Android-powered home entertainment system

By: Dan Graziano | Feb 9th, 2012 at 05:30PM
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Google is developing a home-entertainment system to stream music wirelessly throughout a users’ houses, The Wall Street Journal reports. The device will be Google-branded, marking a first for the search giant which historically develops software it then licenses to outside vendors. The system will most likely be Android-powered and will allow users to download music and stream it to Google-made speakers or other Web-connected devices in a home or office. The system may also be able to stream other digital media beyond just music. Apple, one of Google’s main rivals, has long developed both the hardware and software for its products. With its pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Google is looking to make waves in the hardware sector as well, and this new home entertainment solution could be one of the first own-brand devices to launch following the approval of Google’s Motorola buy, which is expected to come next week. The Android-powered entertainment system will reportedly be available later this year.


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