iPhone OS 4 announced: Multi-Tasking, Folders, Enterprise features & Game Center

Today’s big news is obviously Apple iPhone 4 announcement and Apple delivered what everybody expected. iPhone OS 4 has 7 new big features:

1) Multi-Tasking: Finally? nothing really innovative here. Double clicking the home button will give the user access to a task-manager and let him jump from one app to another. Third-party apps will also be allowed to use this feature. Interestingly it works a bit like on Windows Phone 7; the Application is paused in the background and then resumed when the user comes back to it. The major difference being that Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have any way (user friendly task-manager) to let users jump from one app to another (onthre that the back button and the home key). It does have a full blown task-manager that is hidden in the OS as seen in this video. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft is going to react to this. It would be really easy for Redmond to implement a similar functionality in WP7  (double clicking on a home button to access all the running apps) but I think that the boys in blue are into something else with the Metro UI. Oh, and Only the iPhone 3GS and 3rd generation iPod will receive this feature (no love for the iPhone 3G because of the lack of enough RAM I guess…)

2) Folders: It gives users the ability to group the application into folders to save some space so they no longer have to scroll through tens of pages to find an application.

3) Unified Email inbox: merged inbox, threaded messaging view, fast switching between inbox/accounts etc..

4) Enterprise features: Encryption, remote device management, multiple exchange accounts , VPN support etc…

5) Game Center: Well….it’s basically a copy of Xbox Live…achievement, leaderboards etc..

6) iBooks: nothing much to say here. It’s the same app as on the iPad

7) iAd: The other big announcement is the new iAd advertising platform…Google watch out! Cause Apple wants to beat you at your own game…

And countless other feature like BT keyboard support, spellcheck, etc…

Anyway I’m not going to talk more about this given that MTW is primary focused on Windows Phone and Android. Nothing amazing was announced today but I have to give props to Apple because they are doing everything right IMO and pushing their platform in the right direction. The only downside is that the iPhone UI is staying the same (it’s starting to look a bit old). You can grab the Beta SDK of OS 4 here.

HTC Incredible Manual & specifications leaked


THe HTC Incredible manual has just leaked and includes a nice surprise…The SnapDragon chipset is clocked at 1GHz not 768Mhz like it was rumored and what looks like the same 8Mpix camera found on the HTC EVO 4G. Here’s the full specifications:

CPU speed

1 GHz

Platform

Android™ 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense™

Memory

ROM: 512 MB

RAM: 576 MB

Dimensions (LxWxT)

4.63 x 2.30 x 0.47 inches (117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9 mm)

Weight

4.6 ounces (130 grams) with battery

Display

3.7-inch AMOLED touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution

Network

Dual-band (800 and 1900 MHz)

CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A and IS-95A/B voice or data with up to 1.8 Mbps uplink and 3.1 Mbps downlink speeds

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Onscreen navigation

Optical joystick

GPS

Internal GPS antenna

Sensors

G-Sensor

Digital compass

Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit

Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

3.5 mm stereo audio jack

micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0)

Camera

8 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash

Audio supported formats

Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma

Recording: .amr

Video supported formats

Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv

Recording: .3gp

Battery

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

Capacity: 1300 mAh

Talk time: Up to 313 minutes

Standby time: Up to 146 hours

(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion slot

microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

AC adapter

Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz

DC output: 5V and 1A

Special features

Friend Stream

 

You can grab the whole thing here

HTC Desire vs iPhone 3GS browser comparison video

Here’s an interesting video comparison of the HTC Desire vs the iPhone 3GS browsers. You’ll first see web pages already cached being loaded on both devices, then the same test being done after flushing the browsers cache. The Desire nearly always comes out ahead of the iPhone but as you will see Apple‘s flagship product is still the king when it comes to navigation fluidity and speed (zooming & panning).

HTC Incredible launching April 29 on Verizon

April 29th is the date according to internal Verizon/Best Buy documents posted by AndroidandMe. We have seen lots of hints pointing at an April launch suggesting that Verizon is on the verge of officially announcing the HTC Incrediblein the coming days. Now how is this going to compare to to the HTC EVO 4G? Well, we already know that the Incredible will be lowered speced (SnapDragon @768Mhz, smaller screen, no HDMI out, lower camera etc..), hopefully it won’t be priced to high..

Source: AndroidandMe

Deluxe Moon already ported to Windows Phone 7

It is nice to see developers starting to port the Windows Mobile 6.X application to Windows Phone 7 especially when their apps are really cool like Deluxe Moon. This application is already freely available for Windows and Windows Mobile 5/6.X here and what Lifeware Solutions did is basically port the current app to Silverlight and add a bit of animation to spice up the whole thing. Below is screenshot of of it running on my HTC HD2:

Source:LifewareSolutions via WMPoweruser

HTC EVO 4G launching in Mid-June


According to whispers coming out of Sprint the HTC EVO 4G launch date is expected to be June 13. Nothing is set in stone obviously and this may change given that we are still far from being there. Engadget’s tipster also reports that June 6 is also in consideration. I guess that all will depend on what Apple is going to announce during their June keynote and when the new iPhone will be launched.

Source: Engadget