A few months ago, I had written about an iPhone application called iGoogDocs. The application enabled one simple task – the ability to edit your Google Docs on the move from your iPhone. This was still pretty nifty since the official Google Docs applications did not allow this functionality over mobile phones.
That could change soon though. The company has announced a new version of Google Docs for mobile shall be launching soon that will make it possible for users to edit their documents on the move. This shall be a web application which means users can access it over their mobile browser and shall be rolled out to English speaking users across the world on Android 2.2, iPhone and iPad. Support for other languages are coming soon though it is not clear when the feature will be enabled for other platforms.
You can check out a demo of the new Google Docs application in the video below.
It has been a long frustrating wait for iPhone users who had been waiting to set up Google Voice on their iPhones. And finally 16 months after Google submitted their application to the App Store, Apple has finally cleared the app and it is now available for download at the App Store. If you can’t wait to read through this entire article before getting hold of the download link, well, it is here.
Some bit of history – Apple initially stayed the approval of Google Voice citing its similarity to the native iPhone dialling system. Also, the company stated that they had not rejected the app but were instead putting it on hold. Not only that, Apple had also pulled several other third party applications that were built upon the Google Voice system. All this had forced Google to take the web app route to reach iPhone users. Things seemed to be easing a bit after Apple was subjected to government inquiries over these anti-competitive measures. Today’s approval is perhaps a result of the pressure from the government bodies.
Nevertheless, early reviews are now in and users have been raving about this new application. If you have downloaded it yourself, don’t forget to tell us your experience in the comments.
Bootlace is a new app on the Cydia store that will enable iPhone users to run their Apple devices on an Android operating system. The best part of this process is that it is simply tap-and-go and does not require you to connect to a computer. There are a few points to note though. Bootlace 2.1 app is compatible with only iPhone 2G and 3G devices and require these handsets to run one of iOS 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2 and 4.1. It goes without saying that your iPhone also needs to be jailbroken but do ensure that they are done with either PwnageTool, Redsn0w or Blackra1n. Other jailbreak methods would not work.
So to get started, you need to add the repo at http://repo.neonkoala.co.uk/ to your Cydia store and then search and install the Bootlace app. Once done, launch the Bootlace app, tap to install OpeniBoot and from the bottom of the screen, choose to run iDroid. You are almost done. Simply tap on the QuickBoot icon from the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions to complete the process of installing Android 2.2.1 on your iPhone.
This is quite a simple process to do. Do let me know how the process goes in the comments below.
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There were reports last week that pointed out that some T-Mobile stores in the United States were stocking up iPhone connector cables on their shelves. There were also reports around the same time that some T-Mobile subscribers had received microSIM cards from the carrier. The logical speculation was that an iPhone on T-Mobile could be coming soon.
But the carrier has blatantly denied these speculations. In a media statement released now, T-Mobile has said,
“Select T-Mobile stores will soon begin carrying iPod/iPhone charge and Sync cables to support customers who may be using an unlocked iPhone or are traveling from outside the United States and using an iPhone while roaming on our network. T-Mobile carries the iPhone in Europe, so many people traveling to the U.S. roam on our network with their iPhones. The iPod/iPhone cable also makes a great companion product for our line of MicroUSB charging solutions.”
Well, that does sound logical and justified. But again, what does the company got to say about those microSIMs? We will never know for now.
There has been so much debate over the CDMA iPhone and its launch on Verizon that not so much bandwidth has been saved for the T-Mobile iPhone story. But that could be happening very soon. A couple of news pieces today seem to be indicating that this launch could be happening shortly.
First, some T-Mobile customers who had mail-ordered for mini SIMs are reported to have received microSIMs instead. As you are aware, the two prominent devices in the American market today that carry the microSIM are the iPad and iPhone 4.
Yet another news item that is doing the rounds is about customers noticing iPhone cables being sold on the T-Mobile stores lately. While this in itself is no absolute proof to claim that the iPhone is landing on T-Mobile soon, we do think that this news, along with the microSIM story, puts the rumor in perspective (Click here to view a slideshow of all our earlier stories about the iPhone launch on Verizon and T-Mobile).
Are you looking forward to an iPhone on T-Mobile?
No, Steve Jobs has not had a change of heart overnight. Skyfire, a browser application that we had written about in early September is finally ready for approval and will hit the App Store tomorrow. Like we had mentioned last time, this browser app will render Adobe Flash content on iOS devices without violating any of the terms that Apple has set on its app developers.
What Skyfire basically does is that it uses a proxy browser to remotely interpret Flash content and transcodes them into an iOS compatible format before it is rendered on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. This does not violate any of Apple’s terms since all the transcoding happens remotely and not over the application on the users’ end.
However, a point to note here. This application will only help you “watch” Flash based content and you cannot interact with them. That means, playing Flash games on your iPhone is still not available as yet. Skyfire for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad should be available on the App Store at a price of $2.99 starting tomorrow.
In late September, iPhone users in New Zealand were awakened an hour earlier than scheduled due to a bug in the iPhone alarm. The bug apparently hit the users after the country switched to Daylight Savings Time. A week later, users in Australia too reported the issue. Now, as Europe and large parts of Northern Hemisphere made their shift from DST to Standard Time, the iOS bug has hit once again. But unlike the issue faced by the users down under, European users have been complaining that the alarm seems to be going off an hour late – if you are late to work or school, show the authorities this news piece for excuse!
Interestingly, it is not just Europe. Users in North America; particularly USA are also complaining about starting to notice the bug. This is despite the fact that Standard Time does not begin at least a week from now. The reason is because the iPhone is apparently hardcoded with the DST switchover dates which were apparently pushed back by a week a few years back in some places. As a result, the American users are seeing the bug ahead of schedule.
If you are “bugged” by this issue, there are two alternatives – Either schedule your alarm an hour earlier or move away from recurring alarms for the time being. Setting the clock manually everyday does not cause this problem. Eitherway, the issue is only a short term inconvenience since the bug shall be fixed with the upcoming version of iOS that is expected to be released in the next week.
“Fortune has confirmed that a Verizon iPhone will be released in early 2011.”
That doesn’t sound like anything more than what we have heard from several other sources already. However, given the frequency of reports in this direction over the past few weeks, we may have to give in to the fact that a Verizon iPhone is a reality this time.
That is also supported by the recent launch of the Apple iPad on the Verizon network earlier this month. The deal is being seen as a precursor to a deeper partnership between the two companies that should then inevitably include the distribution of iPhones. Pegatron and Foxconn are reported to be manufacturing these CDMA handsets the first of which will probably be released in early 2011.
Yet another security flaw on the iOS 4.1 has been discovered. And this time it will let users bypass the mandatory input of passcode to let users access private details like contacts list, recent calls, voicemails,etc. The security bug will also let users send emails and MMS messages without having to know the passcode.
How do you do this? Simple. Users simply have to tap on the ‘Emergency call‘ option in the Passcode window and once here, dial a non-emergency number like #### followed by a tap on ‘Send‘ and quickly followed by pressing the iPhone lock key. This will force the user on to the iPhone’s phone application from where all these private details can be accessed.
Check out a video demonstration of the bug.
Do not expect an immediate resolution of this bug though. Apple is expected to release the new iOS 4.2 early next month and it is possible that the bug is attended to only in this update. Or probably later.
According to a fresh report on the BGR, Apple is presently in the final stages of testing the iPhone model 3,2 – that’s assumed to be the much anticipated CDMA iPhone. According to the sources, the new model of the iPhone has hit the “AP” testing phase which is said to be the final stage where the unit will feature the finalized versions of the hardware and software and is noted to be the last test stage before the unit is approved for a retail release.
If true, this is the first time that Apple has broken the yearly release cycle for the iPhone. The new phone that is expected to launch in early 2011 will also feature a revised antenna design that will solve the network reception issue that has plagued the current model of iPhone 4 for a long time. This new model might also house a SIM card for global roaming capabilities.