Mobile News – October 2015

Mobile News – October 2015

29 Oct 2015

iOS update adds the taco emoji to the iPhone. Android 6.0 Marshmallow features 30% increase in battery life. HTC One A9 is a lookalike of the iPhone. Welcome to a summary of the latest news rocking the mobile devices’ world.

Google Searches

More than half of Google searches now take place on mobile phones. Because Google has been fighting Facebook and Apple for the upper hand in internet browsing this is an important numerical win. Google earns most of its ad revenue through search, and has built the system into all Androids. Facebook is developing its own app. Apple is not so popular, but it has a feature that blocks third part ads.

Apple Releases iOS 9.1

iOS 9.1, an update of iOS 9, adds the taco emoji – burrito, hotdog, smiley faces, etc – to the iPhone. Also, Apple is improving Live Photos – greater capacity to capture a length of time. And stability improvements to Car Play.

Accelerated Mobile Pages Project

Google’s plan to make the mobile web faster – the AMP, an open source project will take content from publishers and optimize it for mobile use. Publishers whose work will be available right now through AMP are BBC, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Guardian, and others.

Android Marshmallow

Google is giving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to Nexus users. Android 6.0 Marshmallow features 30% increase in battery life, greater privacy. Receiving the update are most Google Nexus phones, HTC, Motorola, LG, Samsung, Soni, Huawei, some lesser brands.

YouTube Red

YouTube Red brings ad-free video, offline play, and premium content. Subscription of $9.99/month – subscribers will receive all YouTube products on all their devices. For the enjoyment of videos without ads, and offline. However, if you buy through Apple’s in-app on iOS it is $12.99/month.

Apple Releases watch OS 2.0.1

An update on watch OS – will fix certain bugs, and has support for new emojis, and improved battery life, and is an improvement, in general, over watchOS. iOS 9.1 Groundwork for Apple TV and iPad Pro Newly released iOS 9.1 can be downloaded via iTunes or over the air. Has new emojis. iOS 9.1 is the groundwork for yet to be released iOS devices – such as Apple TV and iPad Pro.

Steve Jobs Movie

Steve Job’s widow, Lauren Powell, was unhappy with the film, as were others, for the negative way in which Jobs was portrayed. But there were others – Job’s co-founder, Wozniak, for one – who thought the film did well portraying the complexity of Jobs. Ex-CEO of Apple, Sculley, also liked the film although he added that there was more to Jobs than shown in film.

HTC’s New Phone

HTC One A9 is a lookalike of the iPhone, but at $400 is a lot cheaper than the $650 iPhone. The similarity in design is a coincidence.

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