According to several reports, Flash for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be ready by the end of 2011. This will be the final release of mobile Flash as future versions of Android will support it. At this time that only means that Samsung Galaxy Nexus users do not get Flash and since that device (or Ice Cream Sandwich) is not yet widely released, Flash for new Android device users is not likely to be a problem.
The question becomes: does mobile Flash really matter? For Android in general, the answer is yes, Flash does matter. For Android 4.0? Maybe. It all depends on how many Android Gingerbread users get the ICS push within the next couple of months and how much they rely on Flash. Most Gingerbread devices will eventually see ICS updates. Yet, with HTML5 being pushed by developers, this is a fork that Android users will hardly notice.
What this really comes down to is Old Android verse New Android. New Android devices and applications do not really need Flash. Sure, it is nice to have, but not a necessary piece of software on mobile devices these days. With PhoneGap tools and HTML5, developers have been able to avoid Flash for a while now. Most new applications, even those made with Adobe AIR, do not need Flash specifically to function.
On the other hand, there is a lot of functionality that will be missed without some aspects of Flash for mobile on Android devices. Those using Android 2.3.4-7 have Flash pre-installed without likely realizing that it is there. That was also the first full build of mobile Flash that worked in the way that it was supposed to (even though technically it was available in Froyo 2.2). As of early November, 43.9% of Android users have Gingerbread. That means that they will eventually have ICS. Yet, if Flash is coming out by the end of the year then nearly 95% of those users will probably not miss it since it will take longer than that for the OEMs and carriers to push ICS to those devices (many of which just got Gingerbread in the first place).
For almost all users, the timetable for mobile Flash for Android 4.0 is a non-factor. Even for the next generations of Android (Jelly Bean?), the lack of it will not be a problem as mobile Flash is destined to soon become irrelevant with HTML5. Flash for older Android devices is not going anywhere and, according to Pocket-lint, mobile Flash continue to be support with critical bug fixes and security updates.
Do you really need mobile Flash on your Android Ice Cream Sandwich device? If you do, why? Let us know in the comments.
We’ve seen jailbreak tweaks like ProSwitcher and Multifl0w that were the first to bring multitasking to jailbroken iOS devices and after iOS 4 have aimed to make the native multitasking feature even better.
Apple fan – Marcos Antonio de Lima Filho has come up with a cool concept video to show how he thinks Apple can make it better with a note at the end of video, which says “Please Apple, Give me a Job!.
David Caolo of TUAW writes:
Instead of the single row of recently-accessed apps, Marcos’ video shows two rows of app icons, top and bottom, with a pane of “workspaces” between them.
Users can swipe between app icons as they do now or between windows of running applications. Additionally, apps that aren’t running can be assigned to empty “workspaces” with a drag-and-drop.
You can checkout the concept video below:
It looks pretty cool. Let us know what you think in the comments.
iLounge reports that users are informed that they no longer need iTunes to sync their Nike+ workout data and can now send it directly using the â€œSend Workouts to Nike+â€ feature in the iOS deviceâ€™s Nike + iPod settings on the iPhone.
Apple has removed theÂ Nike + iPodÂ synchronizationÂ tab for iOS 5 devices in iTunes 10.5.
With the release of iOS 5, Apple appears ready to end iTunesâ€™ use as a middleman between iOS devices and nikeplus.com. According to an anonymous source, iOS 5 beta 6 devices with Nike+ data now prompt an iTunes dialog box stating that workout data can now be sent using the â€œSend Workouts to Nike+â€ feature in the iOS deviceâ€™s Nike + iPod settings, and iTunes 10.5 no longer displays a Nike + iPod synchronization tab for iOS 5 devices.
iLounge points out that the ability to sync Nike+ workout data wirelessly to nikeplus.com was first introduced in iOS 4.1, but users still had the ability to sync the data the older way, which was via iTunes. Apple has removed this older option in iOS 5 beta 6.
So not a major change, but a step in the right direction by Apple to enforce iOS device users to use more convenient PC Free features with iOS 5.
It looks like Apple has leaked one of the features coming to iOS 5. A MacRumors forum reader has discovered the new feature in the My App Updates section in iTunes.
Apple had briefly added a line in the My App Updates section, which suggests that iOS 5 will bring over-the-air Automatic Download of app updates to iOS devices.
Apple had briefly added the following line to the My App Updates section:
Or if your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync.
This indicates that iOS device users will be able to enable this setting to automatically download iOS app updates directly to their device instead of downloading them manually via the App Store app or going through the hassle of downloading the update via iTunes and then sync the updates to the device. Apple has reverted back the changes from the My App Updates section.
Weâ€™ve heard rumors that Apple plans to offer over-the-air updates in iOS 5.
MacRumors speculates that the automatic download feature could be available for other things besides apps:
It also suggests that there is an Automatic Download setting for other items besides apps. Apple has been rumored to be making a push into over-the-air updates as well as some sort of wireless syncing. Rumors of AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule updates have also hinted at such a feature.
It sounds like a useful feature, but users with capped data plans will probably have to think twice before enabling the feature.
Will you keep it turned on or off? Let us know in the comments section below.
A couple months ago, we noted that a company called 955 Dreams was playing the iPad like jazz with their hot app, The History of Jazz. Now they’re back again with another musically-themed iPad app. And it’s far out, man.
On The Way To Woodstock takes everything that 955 Dreams learned from the jazz app and expands upon it. I had a chance to sit down with the team a few days ago and play around with the app. It’s beautiful, fun, and engaging. And much like The History of Jazz, I suspect it’s exactly the type of app Apple likes seeing pop up from developers to showcase their device.
Users who got a chance to use The History of Jazz should immediately feel right at home with On The Way To Woodstock, as the look and feel remains largely the same. But 955 Dreams has blown the doors off this new app when it comes to content. Specifically, while Jazz had a robust 55 hours or so of consumable content, Woodstock has roughly 100 hours, co-founder Kiran Bellubbi says.
And the new app includes a lot of editorial work. It’s basically “a book designed and created for the iPad,” Bellubbi notes. It tells the story of Woodstock ranging from the 1950s (to set the political and social stage leading up to Woodstock) to the aftermath. The meat, of course, are the days of the festival itself which can be traversed in a truly immersive experience complete with videos and music.
But the real key may be the photography included in the app. 955 Dreams worked with one photographer to get all of his best shots into the app, head of design TJ Zark notes. This includes a lot of photos that most people have never seen from Woodstock. And there are some amazing shots as the photographer was on the team that helped shoot the official documentary about the show — meaning he had access to a helicopter.
The app, which has just gone live in the App Store will be available for a limited time at $6.99. After that, it will raise to the standard $9.99 price point that 955 Dreams likes to sell their apps at. And the pricing has worked well for them. They’ve been pulling in significant revenues since day one, they tell us.
Of course, this revenue stream has been helped by the fact that Apple has featured Jazz a few times. And in fact, Apple selected the app to be included in the App Store “Hall of Fame” — they’re one of just 45 or so app to get this distinction out of the hundreds of thousands apps in the App Store.
But that’s what happens when you make an app that seems perfect for the platform. And it also shows some big potential for the future of other content on these devices, like music. Bellubbi notes that more people are consuming music today than ever before, but they’re just not buying as much of it. Apps like Jazz and Woodstock hope to serve as a platform to get people back to investing in music.
While they wouldn’t give actual numbers for how much music they sold through Jazz (each song has an iTunes preview button and link to buy the song), they note that sales have been very good. And they suspect they’ll be even better through the Woodstock app.
And that speaks to where 955 Dreams is looking next. Music discovery is what interests them the most right now. And these first two apps just scratch the surface in a very packaged way, they note. In other words, expect even more coming out of these guys in the coming months. For now, enjoy On The Way To Woodstock here and The History of Jazz here.
But Apple didnâ€™t mention in the release notes whether the issue was fixed in iOS 4.3.1 even though there were rumors that iOS 4.3.1 might also improve the battery life of the iOS device.
Users are reporting that the issue is addressed after disabling Ping, Appleâ€™s social network for music.
Apple had added a feature to enable push notifications for Ping in iOS 4.3 and also the ability to disable Ping via Parental controls.
So if youâ€™ve noticed decrease in battery life after upgrading to iOS 4.3 and it didn’t get fixed even after upgrading to iOS 4.3.1 then you can try to disable Ping to see if it helps.
You can disable Ping by following these simple steps:
If youâ€™re bored of the iPhoneâ€™s homescreen with all the app icons, you can checkout DreamBoard â€“ a new jailbreak app that allows iOS device users to apply themes, which appears to be a promising alternative to Winterboard.
Here is a quick description of the jailbreak app:
Advanced Theming Platform. Take control over SpringBoard! Dreamboard lets you place anything from widgets to apps where ever you want. Theming is no longer limited to just icons, or having to resort to complicated setup themes involving Iconoclasm, SpringJumps, etc.
Dreamboard makes it easy to switch between any theme in just a few seconds. Simply launch, choose and apply! And, Dreamboard eliminates the long wait of having to restart Springboard everytime you make a change. No more resprings! Dreamboard includes a complementary copy of Endroid (HTC theme).
Note: Not compatible with iPad. Not recommended for iPhone 3G, iPod 2G, or iPod 3G 8GB. Tested on 4.1 and 4.2.1
Here are some screenshots of the customizations possible using Dreamboard.
As you will see in the video below, Dreamboard allows users to apply an Android OS theme quite easily:
DreamBoard is available on Cydia for $2.99. But note that the initial version (which was free) was quite buggy with the SpringBoard crashing quite often. Since then developer who goes by the YouTube handle â€“ wyndwarrior019 has released a new version but after installing the new version, we are not able to change the theme (quite frustrating if youâ€™ve paid $2.99 for it), reinstalling it also didnâ€™t fix the issue.
[via YouTube (wyndwarrior019), Thanks Turner for the tip!]