GPS-based chat “This idea comes in every month or two. It’s a system of chatting with people around you. We spent about a month pondering the idea with WunWun’s founder Lee Hnetinka, back in 2011 when he was working on Bubble. We both ultimately concluded that the idea wasn’t going anywhere. People just don’t care much about connecting with people over chat just because they’re in a similar physical location. Just look at the failure of all the geo-networking apps that were so hot at SXSW 2012 and ultimately fell flat.
Chromecast welcomed in 10 new supported apps this morning in an announcement from Google. Previously, Google’s HDMI dongle only supported 7 apps, with recent additions of HBO Go and Pandora helping up that number which had sat at a handful since the device’s launch back in the summer. We sort of expected others to join the party much sooner, but Google has remained mostly closed about Chromecast and 3rd party developers. That’s still mostly the case, as the new apps are all big names. But either way, at least you have 10 more reasons to put that $35 plug to work.
I don’t think we’re gonna get to a point where it’s gonna be like, push a button and it’s just in two places,” says Penello in reference to apps across Xbox and Windows. “But I do think we’ve made it significantly easier for people to do a Windows app and that core engineering work ports over. Then it’s about, ‘is it optimized for the 10-foot experience and does it fit the requirements?’” Those requirements are still being shaped by Microsoft, which explains part of the company’s reluctance to discuss its app plans publicly.
The “if and how” suggests that Microsoft isn’t even sure itself whether there will be a full Xbox One app store. Microsoft has hinted that Windows 8 apps will run on Xbox One , and technically there’s no reason why they can’t — the company has repeatedly said some apps have been ported over in less than 24 hours. The message from Microsoft is one of patience as it works to bring all the pieces together. “Now we have sit down and think, ‘let’s define what this means,’” says Penello.
As an operating system for smartphones, Android is tough competitor for any other mobile operating system. This Google owned renowned phone manufacturers use mobile platform for their smartphones. Android had 25% share of the U.S. smartphone market in mid 2010. To support the ever-growing Android market, Google and other mobile software manufacturers have developed a vast collection of paid and free Android apps. To install these apps for android phones, you can directly download them via your phone. Once the download finishes, the apps will be automatically installed in your phone.