WhatsApp iOS 7 update shown off in video

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WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps ever launched on iOS. It has millions of users, and as such, I’ve always felt the developers and designers have been resting on their laurels and not updating the look/feel/UX often enough. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great service and connects many people across the globe, but someone really needs to set a fire under their developers’ backsides. iOS 7 has been available to devs since late Spring this year, and it’s still not updated its app to fit in with the new software.

I did get my hopes up a little too far I feel, as I assumed taking this long would mean the app would be completely revamped. I was wrong. A leaked video (picked up by Christian Zibreg at iDB) shows off the upcoming user interface, and – apart from taking many design cues from iOS 7 – it looks pretty much the same as it always has, and there are no new notable features. (For your info, it’s all narrated in German.)

We have no information on when it’s going to land on the App Store, but, it should be fairly soon, given the “finished” look of the app in the video.

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iOS 7 vs. Android 4.4 KitKat: Clash of Titans!

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iOS or Android? iOS or Android… iOS or Android!? Deciding has never been tougher

The arrival of the Google Nexus 5 is a reason for Android fans to celebrate. LG’s smartphone provides cutting-edge technology for an incredibly reasonable price. However, there’s another reason to get excited – it’s also the first handset to ship with Android 4.4 on board, the latest iteration of Google’s popular mobile operating system. But how does Google’s new update compare to iOS 7? Read on to find out.

Interface

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Android fans expecting a massive change similar to that seen between iOS 6 and iOS 7 will be disappointed. Android 4.4 is more evolution than revolution. Visually, it’s a very close match to 4.3, with the biggest aesthetic alterations being a slightly revised “Roboto” font and removal of the solid bar that surrounds the notification area at the top of the screen and the Android command bar at the bottom of the display.

Another change takes place in Android’s app drawer, which is no longer given a boring black and is displays over the homescreen – a much more attractive look. The app drawer has also been trimmed down, with the Widget section being totally removed. It is now accessed by long-pressing the home screen, which is actually a regression on Google’s part, as that was how things were done back in Android 2.3.

Aside from that, things have stayed very much the same in the world of Android; designer Mathias Duarte has shaped the OS to conform to his own unique vision, and what we have now is a more uniform appearance across phones and tablets [at least with “stock” Android]. When 4.4 hits other phones you can expect their respective manufacturers to apply a custom skin.

Ironically, just as Android is finding its feet in terms of interface and appearance, Apple has moved away from the iconic skeuomorphic style to embrace a new look which is – in places – almost indistinguishable from Google’s OS. From the copycat lock screen to the thin fonts and similar app icons, the two operating systems have never looked more alike.

Multitasking

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Multitasking in Android 4.4 is very much the same as before and is accessed by tapping the multitasking button. From here you can shut down applications by swiping them out of the application stack.

iOS 7 introduced a multitasking menu which was an almost direct imitation of the one used in Android, right down to using the same swipe gesture to dismiss apps. Inside, however, the core functionality is rather different. While apps in Android can continue to run in the background, in iOS most – but not all – applications are placed in a “frozen” state, which means they don’t consume processing power but can be quickly restarted at a moment’s notice. The advantage here is that battery life is conserved, but it means apps have to be specially coded to perform background tasks. The new iOS update of Google’s Google+ app is a good example – it will soon be able to upload photos to the cloud even when it’s not actually open.

Notifications

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Android has been ahead of the game when it comes to notifications for quite some time now, and while there are no massive changes in 4.4, it’s still streets ahead of iOS. However, it’s important to note that Apple has made massive strides in this area. You can select how apps fire notifications – a banner or an alert – and have them appear in a special pull-down notifications panel, as well as on your lock screen. However, you have less control over notifications than in Android.

In Google’s OS, your notifications are displayed in a pull down menu, but you can swipe away ones you don’t wish to read, and expand some ­– such as emails – to gain a better preview of their contents before actually opening and responding. Despite the advancements made in iOS – and Android’s lack of change – Google still has the definite advantage here.

Settings

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iOS 7’s Control Center is a massive stride forward for Apple, allowing users to tinker with settings no matter where they happen to be in the iPhone’s user interface. The panel allows you to activate airplane mode, switch on Bluetooth, adjust the screen brightness and even turn on the LED flash to give yourself an impromptu torch. All that is required is an upward swipe from the bottom of the screen. This feature can even be enabled so it’s accessible on the lock screen and within applications.

Android’s quick settings functionality offers very much the same thing, and is accessible from the pull-down notifications bar. However, swiping down from the top of the display with two fingers instead of one instantly opens the quick settings menu. To be fair, both operating systems are pretty decent when it comes to this kind of thing, and there’s very little to choose from between them.

Music

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Given Apple’s past history with music, the company revolutionized the industry with iTunes and the iPod, you’d expect it to enjoy a considerable lead over its rivals. However, Google has leveraged its position as the world’s number one search company to make some serious inroads into the realm of audio.

Google Play Music, which ships with Android, allows users to upload 20,000 of their own songs to the cloud for free and access them from any Android device. Twin this with a large music store and the recently-launched All Access service – think Spotify – and it’s clear that Apple’s previously unassailable position as king of the mobile music world is under threat.

However, Apple still has iTunes, and that’s pretty much the de facto online music store right now. Apple also has iTunes Radio to match All Access, and iTunes Match for accessing your own songs in the cloud. With both services offering a decent interface, which ties in neatly with the rest of the OS, there’s actually very little to separate iOS and Android in this regard.

Messaging

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The way Android 4.4 handles messaging represents one of the biggest changes to the core OS. The familiar messaging app is no more. Instead, text messages are rolled into Hangouts, Google’s instant messaging client which replaced the all GTalk app. You can now message and text contacts from the same panel, although Android isn’t smart enough to know when you’re chatting and texting the same person – that skill is exclusive to iOS 7.

Apple’s iMessage functionality knows when you’re texting someone who is also using iOS, and instead of sending a text message, uses your internet connection to send an instant message instead within the same conversation thread. Hangouts, on the other hand, will make you begin a new conversation if you wish to switch from SMS to instant messaging. Google is moving in the right direction here and Hangouts will surely improve over time, but iOS maintains a slim lead in this regard.

Core applications

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Both operating systems offer a wealth of pre-installed core applications, many of which have similarities across both pieces of software. For example, signing into your Google account on iOS will offer very much the same experience as it does on Android – calendar appointments, email and contacts can be accessed, albeit in a slightly less intuitive fashion than on Google’s OS.

If you’re a dedicated user of Google Mail then you may want to consider picking Android, because like so many of Google’s apps the service integrates so much better. On iOS, it’s possible to configure the default email account to use Gmail, but it doesn’t pull in email addresses of everyone you’ve ever contacted and you can’t search your entire inbox. A Gmail app is available for download, but it’s somewhat clunky when compared to the native Android offering.

Sharing

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This is another area where Android is king. You can share things in Android between a whole host of applications, but in iOS you’re a little more limited. For example, a photo in Android can be instantly shared with any app on your phone that has the ability to accept images, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Google+. However, sharing an image in iOS is rather more difficult, and often you have to open the relevant application and access the image that way, instead.

Again, this is something that Apple is working hard to improve. For example, sharing content to Twitter and Facebook is much easier now, as both social networks are hard-wired into the operating system, but it’s clear that Android is leading the charge, despite the lack of any real changes to the way in which its sharing system works. The big difference in 4.4 is the ability to print documents on cloud-connected printers, which is something we’re not entirely sure we’d find ourselves using all that much, but it will be handy for business people.

Gaming

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Gaming on smartphones is a massive business these days, and although Apple has been notoriously reluctant to acknowledge this fact in the past, the firm has recently taken steps to make interactive entertainment on iOS a little more appealing. iOS 7 features Game Center, which is Apple’s attempt to replicate the same feel as Xbox Live on the Xbox 360.

Gamers can create a profile which then ties in all of the games they have played, allowing them to build up a “gamer score” which can be compared with friends. You can also send challenges to people from within the application itself.

Google has been somewhat slow to respond to this, possibly because Android has been treated as second best by many mobile developers. That is slowly changing, and thankfully Android 4.4 now has its own gaming portal, Play Games. Like Game Center, it allows you to track the games you’ve downloaded, earn achievements and issue challenges to other players. While it’s not quite as established as Apple’s offering yet, it’s certainly getting there.

While both Apple and Google could potentially do a lot more with this kind of gamer-focused functionality, the building blocks are in place.

Conclusion

When Apple updated iOS it polarized a lot of users. Some didn’t like the cartoon-like visual style and the various changes made under the hood. However, as the dust has settled it has become clear that iOS 7 represents a considerable evolution of the software. Apple may have borrowed elements from its rivals – the multitasking menu lifted wholesale from Android being the most obvious example – but in doing so it has improved functionality no end. When enough time has passed for people to forget about the drastic change in appearance, iOS 7 will undoubtedly be remember as a move in the right direction for the world’s biggest tech brand.

Given the close proximity of their respective releases, many will be expecting Android 4.4 to match iOS 7 in the “dramatic change” stakes, but that’s simply not the case. Android already has many of the refinements introduced in iOS 7, and therefore has less ground to cover. 4.4 adds in some new features, such as cloud printing and massive optimisations, which allow it to run on phones with as little RAM as 500MB, but on the surface, a layperson may be hard pressed to tell the difference between 4.3 and 4.4. A lot of the effort gone into creating 4.4 will no doubt occur out of sight, it runs smooth as silk on the Nexus 5, which will come as no great shock but when we see it trickle down to older, less capable devices, then we will surely see how much of an improvement it is over 4.3.

As we’ve already said, there is so little to choose from between these two operating systems now that it would be foolish to switch from one to the other just because you fancy a change or feel you are missing out on something. Both offer comparable levels of functionality and apps although one area where Android absolutely dicks Apple is in the types of devices it is available on – you can get Droids of all shapes and sizes, whereas with Apple you’re stuck with the iPhone and it’s 3.5-inch or 4-inch display.

Via:- knowyourmobile.com

How to use Frequent Locations and Next Destination features in iOS 7

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A few days ago, I posted a screenshot of my Notification Center showing travel time to my Next Destination, something iOS 7 had learned about me without any sort of data input of my part.

A few people asked me how I managed to get this information in my Notification Center. I believed it was a commonly used feature of iOS 7, but apparently I was wrong.

In this simple tutorial, I will show you how to use the Frequent Locations in iOS 7 in order to find out information about your Next Destination. Privacy activists may want to skip this one…

What are Frequent Locations and Next Destination?

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Buried deep inside your Location Services privacy settings is a feature Apple calls Frequent Locations. When turned on, your device will quietly keep track of locations you go to on a regular basis. For most people, this could be school, work, home, or any location that is frequently visited.

Without any action required from the user, your device will effectively keep a log of your regular whereabouts. This data is not only used to improve Maps, but also to provide you with location-related information.

This location-related information is part of what Apple calls Next Destination, a feature that will display travel time to your Frequent Locations in Notification Center. For example, if you go to the office everyday around 8am, your iPhone will detect the pattern, and after a few days, it will start showing the travel time to that destination in your Notification Center, allowing you to adapt the time you leave home accordingly, if needed.

I have to say that this feature is quite impressive. I go to Starbucks everyday around the same time. My iPhone has figured this out and now tells me how long of a drive it is from me, pretty much at the same time every week day. Maybe even more amazing to me, my iPhone has now figured out that my family and I love to go to the Original Pancake House every Saturday morning. So every Saturday morning, I now see driving time information about that destination.

Although it doesn’t do much if your Next Destination is right down the street, this feature can be very helpful for commuters. If you have to drive downtown everyday, it’s nice to have an estimated time to destination on your screen prior to leaving home for work.

How do you turn on Frequent Locations and Next Destination?

If this is not turned on yet, you will first have to allow your device to track your Frequent Locations. To do so, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations > Frequent Locations On. I told you it was buried deep inside!

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From now on, you should be able to see information about your Next Destination in the Today view of Notification Center.

Next Destination not showing up?

You have to remember that your iPhone must learn some of your habits first. If you don’t go to a certain location at the same time on a regular basis, your iPhone will obviously not be able to detect a pattern in your various locations. It means that you must go to a place around the same time, on the same days, for a certain amount of time for your iPhone to establish a pattern.

Additionally, don’t expect your iPhone to give you information about your commute to work at 6pm at night when you actually go to work in the morning. With the data collected, your device is smart enough to understand that you don’t need information about your commute to work in the evening. It will show this information in the morning only (if you go to work in the morning of course).

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Finally, you may want to add your address in your own contact card in your Contacts app. This way, your phone will be able to understand that this location where you appear to spend half of your life happens to be home. When you’re away from home, your device will be able to give you an estimated time of how long it would take you to drive back home.

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If you’re a privacy freak, I doubt you made it that far into the post, but just in case you did, you can obviously turn this all off and make sure your iPhone isn’t tracking any of your whereabouts. Just follow the steps highlighted above and turn the features Off. That should give you piece of mind.

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iPhone 5 iOS 7 Beta Update Review

Apple revealed the new iOS 7 recently and it comes with a clean look and new styling. Thanks to the combination of transparency and the new features, iOS 7 will work well. If you are a fan you may wish to check out the iOS 7 beta visual review videos online on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

The first of these videos comes by way of iCrackUriDevice and it provides fans with a look at the many features on iOS 7 beta 1 on the Apple iPhone 4S. The reviewer said that he did not want to put it on his Apple iPhone 5 as he did not want it to go past iOS 6.1.2.

In the first of the videos he talks about features such as the redesign, improvements made to Siri, the interface, which has a 3D look and a great deal more. At the moment only developers are able to get their hands on the OS and from what we have heard it is not easy installing the beta version, of course this could be down to the fact that there are millions trying to install the beta at the same time.

The second video shows DangleKingPC talking about the features of iOS 7 installed on the Apple iPhone 5, however he does seem to dismiss a lot of things by saying that it would take too long to talk about them. His gives a hands-on review of iOS 7 beta 1 and shows off some things that Apple introduced.

A we do not want to spoil things for you we are not going to say too much about the videos. However just yesterday we did talk about some of the new features coming to iOS 7. Parents who have children will love the age range features in the App Store as it will offer them peace of mind that the kids are not installing something they would not want them too.

We did ask whether Air Drop was better than S Bean and we also talked about the Safari tabs along with how the transparent UI seems to add depth.

At the moment iOS 7 is only available to developers, however the release for the public will be coming out in the fall. Check out the notes about the iOS 7 beta release and watch the videos. What are your thoughts about iOS 7 so far?


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Top 10 iOS 7 Updates in iPhone 5 Features

Tech giant Apple recently introduced its latest operating software at the just concluded WorldWide Developers’ Conference.

The event was held in San Francisco, CA wherein Apple presented its new and improved iOS update, which gives the mobile operating system a superb design and some new features for iPhone and iPad fans such as quick-access system controls, automatic app updates, and Apple’s AirDrop file-sharing system.

To the delight of many Apple fans, the new iOS comes with new fun features such as the music streaming feature dubbed as iTunes Radio. Apple’s new iTunes Radio expands the pre-existing iTunes with familiar features that include radio stations you can build around a favorite artist, and featured stations. Apple seems to be gunning for Pandora, Spotify and Google Music. The iTunes Radio will be tied to your Apple ID, so you can use it wherever you have iTunes installed. It’s free and will be ad-free for iTunes Match users.

iOS 7 will be available to your iPhone and iPad this fall. As usual, registered iPhone developers get a crack at the new iOS 7 beta beginning today, but iPad developers will have to wait for a few weeks.

iPhone 5 features include a 4-inch Retina screen display that boasts 1136 x 640 pixels. All previous iPhones had 3.5-inch screens. Like earlier Retina Displays, the screen offers 326 pixels per inch. iPhone 5 is powered by A6 processor paired with Apple’s iOS 6.

The smartphone supported 4G/LTE connectivity and dual band Wi-Fi. It also boasts panoramic photos with the use of its 8 megapixels rear camera and improved FaceTime with 1.2 megapixels front camera. Lastly, iPhone 5 has replaced the 30-pin connector with an 8-pin lightning dock connector.

In terms of software features, iPhone 5 added Passbook, Apple-created Maps app, including turn-by-turn GPS navigation, improved Siri features and Facebook integration.

The latest handset from Apple is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively, with a two-year contract with a mobile company.

iPhone 5 was released last September 2012 and will soon receive updates via the latest iOS 7. With the aid of the new software, iPhone 5 will now pack exciting features. Below are the top ten features that we will see in iPhone 5 when it run with iOS 7.

New User Interface – Loyal Apple users will feel the change in their device brought about by the new look and design of the software’s interface giving it a flat yet elegant design. However, many critics claimed that Apple removed the intricate designs and “skeuomorphic interface elements” on icons that give make each icons appear alive and bubbly. Apple promises a 3D effect that makes your wallpaper appear some distance behind the icons. The new interface also shows off circles that resemble the rays of sunlight giving off a relaxing and serene feel.

Back Button – There will be no physical back button on the new iOS powered iDevices but what you will get is the back gesture which is also present on the BB10 OS. The iOS back button will show up when you require the feature but when it is not needed it won’t show on the screen. You can do this by swiping from the left side of the screen. The feature will be available on Safari internet browser and Mail but may not be available on other apps.

iTunes Radio – Apple’s new iTunes Radio expands the pre-existing iTunes with familiar features that include radio stations you can build around a favorite artist, and featured stations. Apple seems to be gunning for Pandora, Spotify and Google Music. The iTunes Radio will be tied to your Apple ID, so you can use it wherever you have iTunes installed. It’s free and will be ad-free for iTunes Match users.

Improved Siri – Apple increased and improved Siri’s capabilities. Users can now control some of its phone settings such as play a past voice mail, turn on Bluetooth, and increase the brightness settings via the voice assistant feature.

Automatic App Updates – One very useful features of the new OS is that the App Store gets automatic app updates in the new OS.

New Camera Features – The new camera app shows all your shooting modes so you can tap them to frame your shot such as still, panorama, video, and a square, Instagram-like configuration. Another button will let you apply filters to the still or square shots. Apple also drops the endless list of photos that you may or may not break out into albums. With iOS 7, Apple treats photos as moments in time organized around geotagged locations, not just chronology.

Better Safari Browser – Apple improved its Safari browser by adding a unified search and URL field just like that of Google Chrome as well as removed the navigation bars until needed. It seems that Apple followed the footsteps of Android-based devices which updated its browser with such features.

Anti-Theft – To put an end to iPhone theft, Apple has come out with new security feature called Activation Lock. When somebody steals your iPhone, unless he enters your iCloud user name and password, he will not be available reactivate your iPhone.

Powerful Multitasking – The previous versions of iOS allowed you to view a small window that showed icons of the apps that are running in the background when you double tapped on the home screen. With the same action on the new iOS 7, you can see a large window display interface of the apps in action. Also, depending on how often you use certain apps, the OS will those apps get updated regularly.

Enhanced Notification Center – The new notification center is organized into different categories such as All, Missed and Today. When you tap on Today, you will see to-do’s, weather, calendar events and stocks for the day. Below it, you will see a preview of events for tomorrow.

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