Apple Approves Google Voice App in the App Store

GV Connect - iPhoneWhen Google Voice was first launched, it was a huge hit among users. It was the perfect service for those who wanted to manage several numbers and wanted advanced features like online voicemail, transcription and call routing, screening and blocking.

The excitement reached a whole new level when Google Voice apps became available for the iPhone and Android devices. However, Apple soon pulled them off the App Store for duplicating the native features of the iPhone. Many iPhone users were angry at first and a few even shifted to the Android platform.

Now, though, it seems that Apple has started allowing Google Voice apps in the App Store again.

GV Connect is the first Google Voice app which has been approved by the App Store gatekeepers. It is a $2.99 app which provides support for calls, SMS and voicemail features via Google Voice.

Even the GV Mobile app will probably be approved soon.

Check out the official GV Connect website for more details.

Source: TechCrunch

Two Comics Illustrating the Difference Between iPhone and Android

androidgingerbread I spotted this post at the Android Police blog and it was just too funny (and true) not to share it with you. This image was originally posted at at the top of reddit’s Android page, and has been flying all over the net. The original author is unknown to me, although I spent several minutes trying to dig up a name.

Update on Sept 27th:

I received an email from the author of this terrific comic. Thanks to Eddie Drury at “i can’t draw feet“. He deserves an award for his excellent work. Eddie was extremely upset that nobody had made any attempts to link to his site, but was pleased to see that at least I had tried to find out where it came from. In fact, he reported that I was the only one who seemed to make an attempt to find the author. That is sad, but you can be happy now that you know where to find more funny stuff from Eddie. Here’s the RSS feed for his comic site, if you use a feed reader.

android-vs-iphone

What do you think about the differences between the iPhone and the Android? Do you think Android will overtake the iPhone in sales by the end of the year?


Apple iOS 4.2 Beta Released

Apple has just released the Beta 1 of iOS 4.2 to developers. All people who have an iPhone Developer Standard or Enterprise account will be able to download the Beta version. iOS 4.2 brings with it numbers of new features including Multi-tasking, AirPlay, AirPrint, GameCenter and Folders etcetera to the iPad. The final version of iOS 4.2 will be released in November by Apple.

iOS 4.2 will bring with all the features to the iPad which the iPhone got with the iOS 4 update. Apple has even setup a dedicated page for the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad which mentions about all the feature it will be getting with this update. The iOS 4.2 update is aimed mainly at iPad but it will also bring new features like AirPlay and AirPrint to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

There is still another one and a half months to go for the final version of iOS 4.2 to be released. Until then, we can expect many more Beta(s) and Golden Release Candidate from Apple.

Cydia Acquires Rock, Creates Unified Store to Take on the App Store

Cydia Buys Rock your PhoneThe two largest unofficial jailbreak App stores for iPhone users, Cydia and Rock, have now combined to form a single unified App store.

Cydia, owned by Jay ‘Saurik’ Freeman officially acquired the Rock Your Phone app store run by Mario Ciabarra yesterday. Both the owners had been in talks about an acquisition or a merger since months.

All the applications in the Rock app store will be transferred to Cydia and Rock users will need to create a Cydia login to continue using the app store. All the user backup data and other details of Rock users will be merged with their Cydia accounts.

Cydia had more users and a better app catalog than Rock and also raked in more revenue but Rock had a much better interface and was much faster.

Here’s what the Founder of Rock Your Phone, Mario Ciabarra had to say “It’s been a fun ride. We set out to change the landscape and I think we were very successful. I think we contributed to attracting more business professionals to the iPhone jailbreak community, and added some great functionality to the platform. The current transaction with Cydia is a great opportunity for us. We’re going to miss some of the excitement, but no reason for anyone to worry. I, personally, will be spending even more time in Intelliborn apps development (both existing and exciting new projects). A few months ago, Jay and I sat down together and we realized, I enjoyed making apps more (and was better at it), while Jay enjoys providing platform functionality. It was a win-win for both groups and we’re excited about the transition.”

via ModMyi, RockYourPhone

How To Downgrade iOS 4.1 on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch

Apple released  earlier today. If you haven’t upgraded yet, you can use these iOS 4.1 direct download links to download and upgrade to the latest OS from Apple.

iOS 4.1

However, there is no iOS 4.1 jailbreak available yet and if you have upgraded to iOS 4.1 you might lose your jailbreak and unlock on the or .

The steps to downgrade iOS 4.1 to or lower on your , iPhone 3GS,  iPhone 3G and possibly on your iPod Touch. For the entire article visit our earlier post on downgrading iOS 4.1 which has full instructions and help to downgrade iOS 4.1 to a lower version.

You may also refer to our secondary guide for downgrading iOS which has tons of helpful comments on solving various problems related to the downgrade or look at some common errors including 3194/1015 while restoring iPhone.

Please note that you will require the SHSH blobs from iOS 4.0.1 to downgrade iOS 4.1. If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 4.1 yet, you can first backup your iOS 4 SHSH Blobs so that you can recover later.

iOS 4.1 Direct Download Links

Apple just released the update for and users and it has several new features including Game Center, TV Rentals, iTunes Ping and more.

If you are not able to get the update through iTunes, you can also download the iOS 4.1 update directly to your PC and Mac and use it to install it on your iPhone and iPod Touch.

The links for downloading iOS 4.1 are as follows, courtesy http://ios.e-lite.org/.

devicecurrent versiondate found
iPhone (iPhone1,1)3.1.3 (7E18)04/08/2010 21:05:48
iPhone3G (iPhone1,2)d87bab469dd1146ab83ddcc23f03b3164d7e09d4 (8B117)09/08/2010 13:08:02
iPhone3GS (iPhone2,1)2d1657cd33ae23b8d4e79e41fe758d09d3c52e30 (8B117)09/08/2010 13:08:02
iPodTouch(2G) (iPod2,1)97abde6207660bd876fd476275dd526d0dcf3d19 (8B117)09/08/2010 13:08:02
iPodTouch(3G) (iPod3,1)3162bad4060b7a58c9942ddb483e5bd9bcc5269f (8B117)09/08/2010 13:08:02
iPad (iPad1,1)3.2.2 (7B500)08/11/2010 14:58:03
iPhone4 (iPhone3,1)a3f8a333ca181146b862ca6a59c9a6e7c27eba0b (8B117)09/08/2010 13:08:02
iPod4,1 (iPod4,1)4.1 (8B117)09/08/2010 00:36:20
last updated: 09/08/2010 14:41:02 EDT

If you have a jailbroken iPhone or jailbroken iPod Touch, you are advised to stay away from the update until the Dev Team comes out with a patch for iOS 4.1.

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iOS 4.1 Update For iPhone/iPod Touch Now Available

Apple has released the update for and . iOS 4.1 includes a new Game Center to provide users with a social gaming experience, iTunes TV show rentals and iTunes Ping (Read iTunes 10 Review).

iOS 4.1 Features

In addition to that iOS 4.1 also includes HDR photography, which which automatically combines multiple exposures into a single HDR image. You can also upload HD videos to and MobileMe from . You can read about the new updates in iOS 4.1 by visiting this link.

iOS 4.1 is available as a free download for iPhone and iPod Touch, to update your firmware, connect your device to iTunes and click the “Check for Update” button if you are not prompted to upgrade.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone or jailbroken iPod Touch, you are advised to stay away from the update until the Dev Team comes out with a patch for iOS 4.1.

iOS 4.1 Update Coming Tomorrow

Apple announced the for users at the Apple music Event on September 1. The new iOS 4.1 update should be available as a free update to everyone starting tomorrow, September 8, 2010..

iOS 4.1

iOS 4.1 includes several new features and enhancements including the fix for the proximity sensor and GameCenter a social framework for iOS gaming which allows for multiplayer gaming. The new update will also include an High Dynamic Range photo for a better photo experience.

iOS 4.1 will be available to all and users starting September 8, 2010. If you have a jailbroken iPhone or jailbroken iPod Touch, you are advised to stay away from the update until the Dev Team comes out with a patch for iOS 4.1.

(Source: Neowin)

Download iOS 4.1 GM Firmware for iPhone And iPod Touch

Earlier today, Apple announced the availability of which fixes several bugs in including the proximity sensor bug on . The iOS 4.1 firmware will also fix performance issues with 3G and adds HDR photo support to the iPhone.

iOS 4.1 Downloads

iOS 4.1 also adds the much awaited Game Center, which will allow users to play multiplayer games and challenge your friends, whilst allowing you to discover new games.

iOS 4.1 is a free update which will be rolled out for iPhone and devices next week, however, if you are developer, you can download the iOS 4.1 GM Firmware right now through Apple developer network.

According to 9to5 Mac, Apple has begun seeding the iOS 4.1 GM to developers and it can be downloaded from developer.apple.com. You will require an Apple developer account in order to download the iOS 4.1 GM. The final release of iOS 4.1 is scheduled for next week and users will be able to download it using iTunes.

Apple iOS 4.1 Released

Apple has just rolled out the iOS 4.1 update for its iTouch devices. The iOS4.1 updateGame Center fixes tons of bugs present in the iOS4 including the popular Proximity sensor bug on the iPhone 4, Bluetooth bugs and performance issues on the iPhone 3G. Along with this, this update also brings HDR photo to the iPhone.

According to Steve, here is what HDR does :

Let’s start off with HDR photos, what are they? A lot of times when you take a photo, it’s blown out with bright light. Now, when you turn on HDR, it takes 3 photos in rapid succession: one normal, one under exposed, and one under exposed. It combines the three with some pretty sophisticated algorithms…

Another feature which the iOS4.1 update brings onboard is the Game Center. This Center’ is all about playing multiplayer games and challenging your friends to beat your score. The Game Center will also allow users to discover new games.

The Apple iOS 4.1 update will be released for selected iPhone and iPod Touch models next week for free.

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