New iPhone, iPad and Android Apps for March 2012

It has been a great month for apps. Both iOS and Android had big markers in March, as Apple released the new iPad and Google rebranded the Android Market as Google Play. Developers have been hard at work creating apps for each platform and some great games, social apps and utilities have been recently released.
We also have a new feature this month: recommended apps. We choose one app on our list from both Android and iOS and give it our official stamp of approval. See below to see what apps take the top spot this month. The updates section for March is extensive as developers updated their apps to be compatible both with the new iPad and iOS 5.1.

New iPad Battery Life: Not as Good as iPad 2

We conducted our tests while repeatedly playing a short video (“Big Buck Bunny” at 320 by 180 resolution, with a running time of 9 minutes, 56 seconds) on the iPad’s built-in video player. We left Wi-Fi on and connected, and set the brightness to maximum; auto-brightness remained disabled.

The new iPad’s score was better than what we’ve seen from many of the Android tablets we’ve tested, but it certainly wasn’t comparable to the iPad 2′s results. It was also a far cry from the all-day performance we had hoped to see. Apple estimates the battery life at up to 10 hours; the company says its estimates are based on mixed audio, video, and Web-browsing use, over Wi-Fi or cellular networks.

HTC One series smartphones headed to Germany April 2

The HTC One S, running a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor and sporting what HTC calls a ceramic metal microarc oxidation construction, will have a sticker price of 499 euro ($662). Lastly the HTC One V, using a unibody metallic design harkening back to days of the HTC Hero and Legend, has a weaker single-core CPU under the hood. The least expensive of the bunch, the One V will set European shoppers back 299 euro ($397).

All three phones will boast Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC’s newest iteration of its Sense user interface and be sold in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We here in the States will have to sit tight until versions of these handsets arrive in the clutches of our wireless carriers. We won’t have to wait to long, I expect, since a dual-core flavor of the HTC One X could be announced by Sprint next week. More details for AT&T’s already announced One X model, as well as the One S for T-Mobile, will likely be revealed in May at the CTIA trade show.

Android to Outpace Windows Devices by 2016

“The once-dominant Windows on x86 platform, consisting of PCs running the Windows operating system on any x86-compatible CPU, [will slip] from a leading 35.9 percent share in 2011 down to 25.1 percent in 2016,” IDC said. “The number of Android-based devices running on ARM CPUs, on the other hand, will grow modestly from 29.4 percent share in 2011 to a market-leading 31.1 percent share in 2016. Meanwhile, iOS-based devices will grow from 14.6 percent share in 2011 to 17.3 percent in 2016.”

Investigating Google … and the future of newsrooms

Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, if figures provided by the search giant as part of a settlement offer with Oracle ahead of an expected patent and copyright infringement trial are an accurate guide.

The figures also suggest that Apple devices such as the iPhone, which use products such as its Maps as well as Google Search in its Safari browser, generated more than four times as much revenue for Google as its own handsets in the same period.

Windows 8: 10 Major Question Marks Still Unanswered

It’s not often that Microsoft launches a dramatically revised version of Windows. But when the software giant does – as many expect with the launch of Windows 8 – it’s big news. And just about every industry stakeholder — from the company’s consumers to enterprise users to competitors — become interested in what the software will ship with and how it’ll fare in an environment so tied to past ideas. Until all that’s determined, however, many folks have questions.

Apple chief Tim Cook visits Foxconn factory in China

Apple chief Tim Cook has visited Foxconn’s new iPhone factory during his visit to China, as the company tries to improve the working conditions at their plants.

It was not known whether Cook, who is on his first visit to China since becoming chief executive of Apple, would pay a visit to any of the factories used to produce its leading products.

However, according to a Beijing-based Apple spokesman, Cook visited the new Foxconn Zhengzhou Technology Park, which employs 120,000 during his stay.

AT&T promises biggest launch ever for Lumia 900

AT&T and Nokia are bringing out the big guns when they launch the Lumia 900 next month.

“At all levels, this is a notch above anything we’ve ever done,” AT&T device head Jeff Bradley said in an interview with CNET, noting that includes the launch of the iPhone.
The resources behind this campaign and the attention given underscore the importance of ensuring the Lumia 900 succeeds in the U.S. The device represents the best — and some would argue last — chance for for Nokia and the Windows Phone platform to have a breakout hit, something both have struggled to do in the past.

Angry Birds Space introduces the age of the mobile game blockbuster

By getting 10 million downloads in three days, Angry Birds Space has vaulted the mobile game business into the stratosphere of bonified entertainment blockbusters.

It’s hard to calculate how much money the game has generated because prices range from 99 cents for Angry Birds Space on iOS to $6 on Windows PCs. At $10 million at a minimum, that puts Rovio in a different league among mobile game publishers.

Still, the mobile game industry is still young and its revenues are still much smaller when viewed against the backdrop of other entertainment hits. If it were a movie’s opening weekend, the $10 million take wouldn’t be so impressive, as Hollywood’s The Hunger Games proved over the weekend with box office receipts of $155 million.