Android, iOS Still Gaining Marketshare at the Cost of Others

Android-powered smartphones extended their lead in the global marketplace in the third quarter, helped by growth in emerging markets, a survey showed Wednesday.

The Google-powered operating system was used in 84.7 percent of smartphones sold worldwide in the quarter, up from 83.3 percent a year earlier, the Gartner survey showed.

Apple and its iOS operating system meanwhile lifted its market share to 13.1 percent from 12.5 percent a year ago.

The two dominant systems left little for Windows Phone, which saw its market share slip to 1.7 percent from three percent, and BlackBerry, down to 0.3 percent from 0.8 percent.

Smartphone sales grew 15.5 percent in the July-September period to 353 million units, with Androidaccounting for more than 298 million and Apple 46 million, Gartner noted.

But most of the growth was in emerging markets, where sales were up 18.4 percent compared with 8.2 percent for “mature markets,” according to the survey.

“The availability of affordable smartphones in emerging markets saw consumers upgrade their ‘feature phones’ to smartphones more quickly because of the small price gap,” said Anshul Gupta, Gartner research director.

Samsung kept its spot as the number one vendor with a 23.7 percent market share to 13.1 percent for number two Apple.

China’s Huawei leapt into third place with a share of 7.7 percent, on the back of a 71 percent year-on-year sales jump, Gartner found.

Rival Chinese handset markets Lenovo and Xiaomi were in a virtual tie for fourth place with a 4.9 percent market share, Gartner said.

iOS 9.1, OS X 10.11.1 With New Emojis and More Now Available for Download

Apple has released the iOS 9.1 and OS 10.11.1 updates for eligible iOS devices and Macs respectively. Apple has also rolled out the watchOS 2.0.1 update to Apple Watch users.

iOS 9.1 brings improvements to Live Photos feature introduced in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, over 150 new emoji characters (including the middle finger), and improved performance in the multi-tasking UI, apart from a host of other bug fixes detailed below.

(Also see: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: How to Use Live Photos)

Here are the release notes of the iOS 9.1 update:

This release includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements
  • Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis
  • Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari and Search
  • Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Game Centre from launching for some users
  • Resolves an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
  • Resolves an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts
  • Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages
  • Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results
  • Resolves an issue that left a grey bar in the body of an Audio Message
  • Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store

OS X 10.11.1 also adds support for the new emojis, apart from bringing a host of bug fixes, including improved compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016. Here are the release notes:

The OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.

This update:

  • Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan
  • Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016
  • Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability
  • Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support
  • Resolves an issue that caused JPEG images to appear as a grey or green box in Preview

Continuing the theme, watchOS 2.0.1 brings new emojis to the Apple Watch, while the Cupertino-based company is also claiming improvements to the battery life with the update. Here are the release notes:

This update contains new emoji characters, performance improvements, and bug fixes, including:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall
  • Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance
  • Resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS Calendar events to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent location information from properly updating
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Digital Touch to send from an email address instead of a phone number
  • Addresses an issue that could cause instability when using a Live Photo as a watch face
  • Resolves an issue that allows the sensors to stay on indefinitely when using Siri to measure heart rate

Apple has also detailed the security contents of the watchOS 2.0.1 and iOS 9.1 updates, should you be into that kind of stuff.

As always, iOS updates are available over-the-air (OTA) on your device (Settings -> General -> Software Update) as well as via iTunes on your PC or Mac. Apple Watch updates are available via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and OS X updates are available via the Updates tab inside the Mac App Store app. We recommend taking a backup of your device before installing any updates.

Apple Patches Exploits Used in Latest Pangu Jailbreak With iOS 9.1

Apple’s iOS 9.1 update, which the company started to seed on Wednesday, patches two of the exploits used by the popular Chinese hacking team Pangu to provide a jailbreak for devices running iOS 9.0through iOS 9.0.2.

The vulnerabilities, which Apple has patched with the recent most update, also allowed a malicious app to take over many privileges that the company doesn’t offer otherwise. Furthermore, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the device.

If you’re familiar with jailbreaking, you would know the security implications are nothing new. But still, one needs to be wary of the potential consequences of jailbreaking a system. There is always a risk that the people whose tools you’re using are lying about the modifications they have made. And of course, sometimes people write programs that are not strong from the security standpoint, making the device prone to exploits.

But ideally one should stick with Apple’s official software cycle. If you’ve jailbroken your device, you should be able to get on the official build by installing iOS 9.1. And of course, if you ever want to jailbreak your device again, it is highly likely that Pangu, as well as, other big names like redsn0w will find a way to break the new software version as well.

Apple’s iOS 9.1 update with patches comes less than two weeks after Pangu released its iOS 9 jailbreaking Windows tool that allowed a user to perform an “untethered” jailbreak of devices running iOS 9.0 through iOS 9.0.2.

WhatsApp for iOS Updated With ‘Starred Messages’ Bookmarking Feature

WhatsApp, the popular Facebook-owned messaging service, has started rolling out a new ‘Starred Messages’ feature for iOS users in the form of an app update. The feature aims to let users quickly access bookmarked messages including images, videos, or other content quickly.

WhatsApp users would now be able to ‘Star’ a message using tap and hold gesture. The message would then be saved in a separate new ‘Starred Messages’ tab. The feature is also available for WhatsApp Groups.

Starred Messages has been seeded to iOS users in the app version 2.12.7 and is likely to reach Androidand Windows Phone soon. The updated app is available to download form the App Store.

WhatsApp in August brought a new custom notifications feature to Android. The feature lets users to select custom options for tones, vibration length, popup notification, notification light, and call notification tone. It also brought mark as unread feature that allows users to mark a chat as unread by just tapping and holding any conversation. Low data usage option for voice calls was also added.

iOS users in August also got access to WhatsApp for Web. The feature was released in January this year for Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry users. To use the feature, one can simply head over to the WhatsApp Web website and scan a QR code on the desktop screen via the WhatsApp app on your mobile. Notably, WhatsApp Web uses your phone’s Internet connection to send and receive your messages, so your mobile needs to be connected to the Internet throughout.

YouTube and Google Photos for iOS Updated With New Features

Google has updated Photos for iOS to add several new features to the app. Separately, YouTube for iOS has also received an update that adds several new features to it.

Google has updated the Photos app for iOS to version 1.4 and added several new features. As per the changelog offered on the app’s App Store page, Photos app now allows users to give private labels, and merge face groups in Search. You can now share animations – gif files – to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger apps. The company claims that the app would now launch faster and there are other bug fixes and performance improvements as well. The app, however, doesn’t offer Chromecast support just yet.

The company recently rolled out an update to Photos’ Android client to add Chromecast support, a new labelling feature, and the ability to share gif files to WhatsApp messenger.

YouTube for iOS has also received an update, hitting the version number 10.38. The new update makes it easier to find content. As listed in the changelog, users will now be able to access recommended videos, subscriptions feed, and their favourite channels by either tapping on their respective icons or swiping your screen. If you like to upload videos to the network, you now get a new in-app editing tools to make it easier to upload your videos.

Earlier this month, Drive for iOS also received an update. Bumping up the version number to 4.2, the app added the ability to backup and share photos and videos from iOS Photos app. Also, the update made it possible for users to open and edit documents files in their respective apps and save it back to Drive.

iOS 9’s App Thinning Feature That Can Help Save Space Finally Goes Live

If you were waiting for the arrival of iOS 9’s new feature called “app thinning,” your wait is over. Apple said that it has fixed the iCloud backup issue that had delayed the release of the app thinning feature, and starting with iOS 9.0.2, which was recently released, app developers get access to the updated apps.

Until date, iOS developers were supposed to make a “universal version” of their app which packs in assets for a number of devices. This allows the app to fit right into an iOS device regardless of its hardware configuration. But this as you may realise, takes additional storage. App thinning is Apple’s way to address this issue.

With app thinning – which is also referred to as app slicing – users will automatically only download the part of the assets required to run the app on their particular iOS device. Furthermore, most of this ‘magic’ is supposed to happen at Apple’s end, which means that developers don’t need to do too much to enable app thinning. The app could download additional assets later if required, but it wouldn’t shove resource files that are not relevant to your device.

The feature was supposed to go live with iOS 9, which was released to the public on September 16. But at the time, bugs in the iCloud Backup functionality led Apple to disable the feature. The company had recently fixed at least some of those bugs (including those in Xcode) which hinted that the feature will be live soon enough.

Referring to the bug fixes, Apple said, “The issue affecting app slicing has been fixed, and device-specific versions of apps will be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.”

If you’re on the latest public version of iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 – you should be able to see the difference in iOS apps file sizes when downloading apps. The feature is likely to please space-conscious users especially those who have purchased the 16GB variant of iPhone or iPad.

Apple solves more iOS 9 problems with iOS 9.0.2

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Apple is in full bug-fixing mode, pushing iOS 9.0.2 out today to solve a handful of problems. This is the second update to iOS 9 in two weeks.

Here are all the issues you can expect iOS 9.0.2 to fix, according to Apple:

  • Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage
  • Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
  • Resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
  • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
  • Improves the stability of Podcasts

Install the update, as usual, by connecting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes or installing over-the-air via General > Software Update.

iOS 9.1 isn’t too far off—that’s the update with the new emoji you’re dying to use. Apple just seeded the third beta to developers.

And don’t forget to prepare for OS X El Capitan, which sees its official launch sometime today.

YouTube iOS App Update Brings Material Design And More

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Google has released an new version of their YouTube iOS app, the new app comes with Google’s Material Design and a range of new features.

The app now comes with a new interface that is designed to make it easier to discover new videos and it now also comes with some built in editing tools.

What’s New in Version 10.38

The redesigned YouTube app makes it easier to find what you love. Now your recommended videos, favorite channels, and subscriptions can be accessed by tapping each icon or swiping your screen. You can also create fun videos on the fly with new in-app editing tools.

Google Wallet iOS App Update Enables Contact Payments

Google Wallet iOS App

A new update to the Google Wallet iOS application has today enabled the ability for users to easily send and receive money from contacts on their mobile devices.

The new update has been designed by Google to simplify money transfers between users throughout the US and follows on from the launch of Android Pay earlier this month.

Watch the video below to learn more about the new Google Wallet application and the features you can expect to enjoy. Google explains :

The new Google Wallet makes it easy to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, even if they don’t have Wallet. It’s fast, easy, and free to send directly from your debit card, bank account, or Wallet Balance.

Google Wallet comes with 24/7 fraud monitoring and covers 100% of all verified unauthorized transactions. If your Wallet Card is ever lost or stolen, you can cancel it using the Google Wallet app

New Google Wallet features and fixes include :

• Completely rebuilt the app to make it easier than ever to send and request money.
• Cash out directly to your debit card.
• Removed support for loyalty cards, gift cards and offers.

Apple iOS 9 Released, Some Users Having Issues Downloading It

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Apple has now released the next major version of their mobile OS, Apple iOS 9 and the software is now available to download.

Whilst the Apple iOS 9 software update is now available, some users, myself included, are having trouble downloading the update.

We have managed to download the update to an iPad Mini but are having issues downloading the update to an iPad Air 2 and an iPhone.

The update has been released an an over the air update, as yet it is not showing as an available update through iTunes.

We suspect that the issues that some people are experiencing downloading the update are due to the huge demand for the software, hopefully things should settle down soon and the update will be available for everyone.

Update 18:21 BST

It looks like the update is now available to download from iTunes, we are still having issues with the over the air updates.