The reason given by the dev team seems pretty reasonable:
Now it’s a few weeks later, and Apple has closed the jailbreakme.com hole. They’re shipping devices with FW 4.0.2/3.2.2, impervious to this particular jailbreak. So now, people will begin to ask: will there be a jailbreak for devices that shipped with 4.0.2/3.2.2, out of the box?
No, there won’t be. FW 4.0.2/3.2.2 was *only* released to fix the jailbreakme hole. With FW 4.1 still in its beta stages, it makes no sense to escalate the cat & mousewith Apple for FW updates that only fix the jailbreak holes. To quote WOPR, the only winning move is not to play.
After Opera, the folks behind SkyFire have decided to release their browser for the iPhone. SkyFire is a very popular browser on many platforms due to its support for Flash, multiple tabs etcetera. According to MobileCrunch, the company behind SkyFire is soon going to submit their application for approval to the Apple’s AppStore. According to their sources, they plan to submit the browser for approval as soon as early next week.
As of now, it is unknown what all features SkyFire browser for the iPhone will feature. The company is expected to announce its AppStore submission after the weekend ends. It will be interesting to see whether Apple will approve the SkyFire browser or not. Apple’s AppStore policies clearly state that any application which competes with its own product won’t be allowed on the AppStore. However, Apple had to approve the Opera Mini browser due to the heavy media pressure and because of the limelight the whole thing got.
Windows Phone 7 is a very impressive new OS release by Microsoft. Microsoft seems to have learnt from its mistakes and has released a truly innovative mobile operating system this time around. From the looks of it, Windows Phone 7 seems capable of going head-to-head against Android and iOS.
Even Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 7 is a huge improvement over its predecessor on Windows Mobile 6. The guys over at PocketNow managed to get their hands on an LG Panther (LG GW910) with an early build of Windows Phone 7 OS. They have uploaded a video which compared the browser performance of Windows Phone 7 on the LG Panther with Android 2.2 on a Nexus One and iOS 4 on an iPhone 4.
The Panther running IE on WP7 easily holds its own against the best mobile browsers – Android’s Webkit browser and Safari. The page load times are very impressive and the tab management is quite good. The scrolling and zooming is also very smooth. If this video is any indication, Microsoft may have a huge hit on its hands.
Google Goggles is one of those few awesome Android apps which aren’t available on the iOS platform. Google Goggles is an image recognition based search engine which allows you to capture images and then use those images as queries to obtain search results.
It is currently available only on Android, but Google had announced that it was working to get it on iPhones and Blackberrys. Today, David Petrou, Google Goggles Project Lead announced at a conference at Stanford University that Google plans to launch a version of Goggles for the iOS platform by the end of 2010.
Using Google Goggles, you can search for text, landmarks, books, contact info, artwork, places, wine, logos and barcodes. Just whip out your phone, take an image of whatever you want to search and Goggles will provide you with related information. It’s surprisingly accurate and provides excellent results.
Apple has applied for a new patent which covers a series of measures to protect iPhone users from thieves and unauthorized users. Using the technology in the patent titled “Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device”, Apple can identify users based on their images, voice recording and even their unique heartbeat patterns. If any of these don’t match, the user can be flagged as an unauthorized user and the iPhone’s camera can be activated, the captured images can be geotagged and sent to a remote server. It can also log keystrokes and phone calls and send it back to the remote server.
All the sensitive data of the user can also be backed up to a remote server and then deleted remotely, once unauthorized access is detected.
What’s alarming about the patent is that some of the methods it uses to identify unauthorized access include hacking, jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone. Jailbreaking the iPhone allows you to gain full access to the file system and run any code you want, as opposed to apps approved by Apple only. Using the technology described in the patent, Apple could automatically disable jailbroken or unlocked iPhones citing unauthorized usage.
Jailbreaking and Unlocking were recently declared to be legal by the regulators in the United States.
One of the many nifty features present in the official Facebook app for iPhone is the “Pull to Refresh” functionality, which was pioneered by Tweetie. This UI (user interface) element is derived from the open source TTTableHeaderDragRefreshView class created by Enormogo. Unfortunately, it appears that Facebook was using third party open source code without proper attribution.
Obviously, folks at Enormogo weren’t pleased when they discovered the similarities between their code and Facebook’s implementation. Shaun from Enormogo wrote in a blog post, “To find out that they took our code, re-released it as their own, and take credit for it though? That’s not cool Facebook. Not cool at all”.
Before the daggers come out, it’s worth noting that this was most probably an honest mistake by Facebook. Here is the statement issued by David Recordon, the head of open source programs at Facebook:
Back in February a developer outside of Facebook sent a GitHub pull request which included this pull to refresh functionality. At the time we believed that the developer wrote the code themselves and thus didn’t realize that it actually came from Shaun’s open source library EGOTableViewPullRefresh. I’m sorry that we messed this one up. Three20 has over a dozen different contributors (http://github.com/facebook/three20/blob/master/AUTHORS) and we try really hard to give credit where it is due.
The required attribution has already been added by Facebook and will be committed to the GitHub soon.
In the world of technology, getting patents is the best way to protect your intellectual property. Apple filed for two design patents around 3 years back, for features that every iPhone user is now familiar with: “Slide to Unlock” which allows you to unlock your iPhone by sliding your finger on the display, and “Keyboard Letter Pop” which enlarges the letters that you select on the virtual keyboard when typing.
Today, the USPTO has awarded those two patents to Apple.
Both these features have been very popular with the users and have seen similar implementations in many other touch interfaces for the Android OS and Windows Mobile.
You can check out the details of the two patents here:
Android has seen insanely high growth this year; this may be the tipping point for the Android explosion if it hasn’t already happened.
According to Digitimes, the total shipments of Android devices in 2010 are set to reach 55 million. It will be a 561% increase over the sales in 2009. Its marketshare has risen from 5% in the previous year, to about 13.8% in the first half of 2010. By the end of 2010, Android will have a 24.5% share of the worldwide smartphone market.
Android has seen many successful device launches throughout the year — the Samsung Galaxy S, the Motorola Droid X, the HTC Evo 4G, the Nexus One etc. We should also see several Android powered tablets launching soon.
Symbian currently is the sales leader in smartphones but is rapidly ceding ground to Android and the iPhone. If these growth rates are any indication, Android will definitely surpass the Symbian OS in terms of sales by 2011. Even Blackberry is slipping through the ranks and should soon fall below the iPhone to the number 4 position. The Blackberry Torch isn’t doing much to help it so far.
Android has progressed rapidly and so has the community of app developers. It is still far from the number of iPhone developers or the number of WinMo developers for that sake. However, an eternal concern with app developers is that of earning from app development.
Google Android apps are highly victimized to piracy and Google had announced earlier that it would try to DRM Market apps. However, all this protection and annoyance is too much for developer to take. Starting with, the developer comes up with a unique idea and decides to make his app a paid version. However, the paid app market is available only to a handful of countries. To be precise, it is available only to thirteen countries out of forty-six where Android phones are selling currently. On the other hand, Apple app store has paid market support in ninety countries.
That clearly explains the trend of using pirated apps that is so widespread in case of Android. That is what is fueling the stats. With the market not available in most countries, users have no other choice than installing cracked apps.
Google should seriously reconsider the availability of paid apps in various countries and should include some more countries in the list of paid market. If not combat piracy, that will help Google and us have a better picture of the situation.
When you visit the site you will see a control similar to unlocking your iPhone which says “Slide to jailbreak”. Just slide the arrow to the end and the jailbreaking process will start. It might take a few minutes for the entire jailbreaking process to get over. Once the iPhone/iPod Touch is jailbroken, the Cydia app will be installed on your device.