Sony has announced that an official PlayStation app will soon make its way to the iOS and Android platforms. Writing about this on the PlayStation blog, Emmanuel Orssaud, Portal Manager at Sony, has said that the first iteration of the application will only be available in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands. A second version that will support the rest of Europe is also noted to be on its way.
The PlayStation app will let users check on their friends’ activities, read and discover the latest games, news and hardware and keep a tab on their PSN trophies. The application shall be free to download.
While this application is sure to let gamers keep a tab on theirs and their friends’ activities, it will not be a useful gaming device. That gap, it has been speculated, will be fulfilled by a PlayStation phone. Reports have suggested that this new Android based smartphone – complete with gaming controls – shall be announced sometime in the first quarter of next year. If you are a hardcore PS gamer, keep your fingers crossed until then.
Apple has released a fresh update to their iBooks eReader app that brings a number of new and interesting features to the application. One of the new features includes the ability for users to wirelessly print PDFs and other documents from the iBooks app using the AirPrint functionality on iOS 4.2. The new update also supports fully illustrated books that could introduce readers to a number of chilren picture books as well as art books.
Besides these, the new iBooks version introduces users to ‘Collections‘ – a folder management option for users to better organize their ebook collections. You may remember our article from late last month where we had given you a glimpse of this new feature. Users may move any Book to a designated Collection by tapping Edit followed by a tap on the Book to specify the Collection. The new iBooks app will also have a dedicated Collections tab on the top of the page to easily navigate through the various folders.
The new version of the iBooks app is now available for download on the App Store. You can download it by clicking here.
After a painfully long wait, the Google Latitude app for iPhone has finally been approved and is now available for download from the App Store. Long time users of the service will remember that the application was first announced way back in February 2009. Since then, the war of words between Google and Apple meant the application, along with other services like Google Voice never made it to the App Store. During this period, Google Latitude users had to make do with the alternate web application.
This approval was always on the cards after the application was approved to the Japanese App Store last week. Mysteriously though, the app was pulled soon after. With the service now being approved universally, it is time to rejoice for Google Latitude users.
If you are one of those, you may download the application from the App Store by clicking here.
If you are someone who loves talking to friends over your iPhone, here is an application that you would love. Viber is a recently launched app that helps to reduce your monthly bills by letting you call your friends over VoIP. But unlike Skype, you do not have to register with an account to start using Viber. The application automatically scans your address book to compile a list of contacts who have Viber installed on their iDevices. This enables you to call these contacts for free using Viber.
While the app works over Wi-Fi as well as 3G networks, do note that you may end up with high monthly bills unless you have a 3G-friendly data plan. The application is presently available only on the Apple App Store though an alternate version for Android and Blackberry platforms are soon on the way.
Every time an iPhone app gets submitted or updated on the App Store, Apple lets developers generate up to 50 promo codes. These promo codes can be offered by developers to reviewers and friends so that they may download these applications for free.
Until now, these promo codes could only be redeemed by Apple customers in the United States. No longer. Apple has changed its terms to now let promo codes be redeemed by customers across the world. In a statement to app developers, Apple has noted,
“Your promo code distribution is no longer limited to U.S. customers. Promo codes in iTunes Connect can now be redeemed by all App Store customers worldwide. Your Team Agent can request 50 codes per version of your app in iTunes Connect and your customers can redeem these codes in any App Store. To learn more about requesting promo codes in iTunes Connect, see the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.”
As of now, the only mobile phone that can make video calls over Skype is the Nokia N900. If you are the owner of an iPhone, Android or any other smartphone, you are unfortunately out of luck since Skype video calling is still not available on these devices.
That could possibly change soon. According to reports, Skype has called up for a media gathering on January 6, 2011 on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show. Speculations are rife that Skype could be announcing a new mobile application for a number of platforms like the iOS and Android that will come equipped with video calling functionalities.
To be fair, there is nothing explicitly mentioned in the invitation itself and this is just a speculation based on the invitation list that includes blogs focusing on Android platform. So if anything, at least something big for Android is on the cards. So keep watching out.
Google Latitude, the location based service that lets users to check out on friends in the vicinity could soon be launching as an iPhone app on the App Store. In fact, Google only recently went ahead and launched the service in the Japanese app store only to pull it back soon after.
iPhone users are not exactly a new market for Google Latitude. The service has been available as a web application for more than a year. But this was primarily because of the Google Voice fiasco that saw Apple and Google on a virtual warpath. Things seem to have eased since then which means a Google Latitude app for iPhone should be coming soon.
We expect an official launch to happen soon. We will let you know when the app becomes publicly available.
It is not just the apps on the iPhone homescreen that can now be organized with folders. According to a rumor, Apple could be offering similar folders to the iBooks app that will let users organize the books in their virtual library better. Called Collections, the new feature will let users to collate books and PDF documents into separate groups for easier management.
To organize books into collections, users will have to tap on ‘Edit‘ icon. Now, tapping on any book icon will bring a checkmark that can be used to move the document to any specific Collection. There is also going to be a Collection tab on the top of the iBooks app from where the user can view all the Collections which may then be edited or deleted. The section will also let users create new Collections.
No word yet on when these features will be rolled out.
GPS applications for the iPhone are dime a dozen. After TomTom, Garmin and Navigon released new versions of their GPS applications that will make use of new functionalities on the latest iOS, it is now the turn of Magellan to follow suit. The GPS navigation developer has released their new Magellan RoadMate GPS app that is compatible with the multitasking capabilities of the iPhone. That means, users may turn on the turn-by-turn navigation of the application while working on another iPhone app at the foreground. Not really something you will need if you are the driver, but you needed this update and here it is.
Apart from this functionality, the new version of the Magellan iPhone app will also include real-time traffic tracking that will give you information about traffic jams, accidents,etc. so that you may take the required diversions. This is a free update and is made available through NAVTEQ.
The Magellan GPS app costs $44.99 at the App Store and you can download the app by clicking here (North America).
Twitter has announced an updated version of their iPhone app that, among other things, brings push notification for @mentions and direct messages. The new version 3.2 of the iOS app is now available for download at the App Store.The official changelog for the app reads,
Improved display of shortened URLs
Correctly load reserved Twitter.com paths, such as http://twitter.com/newtwitter
Fix connection error caused by a device clock being set incorrectly
Additional retina graphics
Enable geotagging in your account with one tap
Manage saved searches
If you do not own an iPhone, you can instead choose to receive these push notifications via SMS. With the Twitter app for Blackberry already having this feature enabled, the company has said that Android and Windows Phone 7 users will be getting this functionality on their platforms very soon.