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Back to the future time. According to Kara Swisher over at Re/code, Yahoo is courting Apple in an effort to replace Google as the default search engine in iOS, possibly as soon as iOS 8. The report outlines the full-court press that Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer and Adam Cahan (SVP of Mobile & Emerging Products) are putting on Apple in an effort to swoon Cupertino to move to Yahoo.
The report comes out after Yahoo has posted a stellar quarter with their search revenues up by 1%. It isn’t much – certainly when compared to other Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook – but it is an increase and the first that Yahoo has seen in many quarters. In the Re/code article, it appears that at the very senior levels Yahoo! and
Apple, conversations are happening to move the default search to Yahoo!.
A number of Yahoo insiders I have talked to said her plan to pitch Apple on the idea as its marquee mobile search partner is far along. The company has prepared detailed decks, including images of what such a search product would look like, and hopes to present them to Apple execs.
If Yahoo! were able to convince Apple to make the move, it could happen as soon as iOS 8 as the default. Likewise, it could go into a “dot” update of iOS 7 if they make the deal retroactive. In either scenario, Google is the one that suffers the most. With hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads in the world, all set to Google as the default search engine, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there are millions if not billions of dollars at stake for Google.
Don’t expect them to go down without a fight.
To be clear with AlliOSNews readers, it is possible today to change your default search engine to Yahoo on your iPhone or iPad. Just go to Settings>Safari and the top setting is Search Engine. Tap it and choose Yahoo.
If you haven’t tried Yahoo search in a long time it may be worth your time to give it a go once again. The company has significantly improved their backend technologies and continues to improve their search results. Couple this with the impressive lineup of iOS apps like Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports, you have the little company everyone wrote off a few years ago coming back at an impressive rate of knots.
Google has made a major change to their pricing structure for storage in Google Drive, their cloud based storage solution for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. The new pricing structure drops the prices across the board with 1TB of storage now costing only $9.99 per month. That is down from $49.99 just a few days ago and at $9.99, is the same price that DropBox offers 100GB of storage.
The price drops on Google Drive are across the board. 100GB of storage is now $1.99, down from $4.99. 10TB is now $99.99 per month, down from $199.99 while 20TB is down $100 to $199.99 per month. These prices are seriously less expensive than many of Google’s competitors in cloud storage including Dropbox, Box and OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) and absolutely crushes the pricing structure of iCloud storage (which is pretty limited in what it can store).
What is not clear is if these prices are one-time drops or permanent drops. When I upgraded my account this morning to 1TB, all indications are that I will have the $9.99 price going forward so it looks like once you are in, you are in.
My advice: If you want to take advantage of this do it now.
You can get more information on the Google Drive site at http://www.google.com/drive.
Also keep in mind that you can access your Google Drive files from you iPhone or iPad with the free Google Drive app.
Google continues to improve their apps for iOS and the latest update of Google Search for iOS is proof positive of this fact. The new 4.0 version is available now in the App Store and brings a huge number of changes including notifications and reminders.
The bulk of the changes in this release come in Google Now inside the app. You can not get notifications for things like when it is time to leave for an appointment, a reminder for something you need to do and if you are on an iPhone 4S or later, you can do handsfree voice searches. Just say “OK Google” to search. In addition there are new cards in Google Now for boarding passes, tickets and so forth. In many ways these new cards are similar to those you would find in Passbook.
The new notifications can give you information before you open the app through the notification system in iOS so you don’t necessarily have to open up Google Search to get these notifications.
In the Google Search app itself there are a host of improvements including a simplified homepage, gestures to zoom or
throw away images and one touch sign in from other Google apps.
Here are the full Release Notes for this update:
Google Now gets even better with:
• Notifications – Get notified when it’s time to go
• Reminders – Never forget to put out the trash
• New cards – See tickets, boarding passes, & more
• Handsfree voice – Just say “OK Google” to search*
* requires iPhone 4s or later
Notifications deliver info before you open the app:
• When to leave for your next appointment or event
• If your flight is running late
• How to catch the last train home
Ask Google to remember things for you. Just say
• “Remind me to buy coffee beans at Starbucks,” or
• “Remind me to check out the fair this weekend”
and Google will remind you at the right time or place.
You can also ask to be reminded when your favorite:
• Musicians release a new album
• TV show has a new episode
• Actors star in a new movie
• Celebrities and politicians make headlines
Just search and press the “remind me” button.
New cards organize the info you care about:
• Tickets for movies, concerts and events
• Boarding passes for your flights
• Reservation confirmations for car rentals
• Warnings when your last train home leaves
• Lists of upcoming local events
And finally, search is better than ever with:
• A redesigned and simplified homepage
• Gestures to zoom or throw away images
• One touch sign in if you use other Google apps
• Improved voiceover accessibility
Google Search for iOS is a universal app and is free now in the App Store.
Google has finally release Google Wallet for iOS and it is now available in the App Store for your iPhone. While everyone thinks of this app for sending money to others, it is also a secure wallet for you to store your credit card, debit card and even your loyalty card information. While it is certainly no eWallet, it is a quick way to keep your credit card information handy. And it is free.
It is important to remember however that Google Wallet for iOS will only work in the United States currently. Those of us
in Europe will have to wait.
Here are the Release Notes
Use the Google Wallet app to send money to any friend in the US with an email address. Plus, you can store your credit and debit cards, loyalty programs, offers, and more.
Send money from anywhere: Send money to any friend in the US with an email address. It’s easy, quick, and won’t cost them a dime. And once you start using the app, you’ll also get access to sending money in Gmail.
Carry less, save more: Store your loyalty programs in Google Wallet and leave the plastic cards behind. Redeem great offers with Google Wallet from your favorite businesses to save when you shop.
A safer wallet: Google Wallet comes with a PIN, 24/7 fraud monitoring, and Google Wallet Purchase Protection. If your phone is lost or stolen, you can easily disable the Google Wallet app at wallet.google.com/manage.
Google Wallet works on devices with iOS 6.0+.
Google Wallet is free and in the App Store Now.
Google has given their Google Drive app for iOS a significant update today, bringing a new and much improved viewing and navigation experience to the cloud storage service. The new version is in the App Store today.
The new Google Drive app brings a brand new viewing experience with cards, a concept that Google has been driving
throughout many of their iOS apps including Google+ and the Google Search app. Users can chose if they want a more traditional layout or if they want this new card preview (think thumbnails) view of their files, photos and folders.
Equally as important for sharing and collaboration, there is a new “Get Link” feature. This allows you to get a link to a file on your Google Drive that allows you to share it with others.
The Google Drive app for iOS is a free app and is a universal app. With Google Drive you get 15GB of cloud storage free with 100GB of storage starting at only $4.99 per month. There is an in-app purchase of $24.99 available for 25GB of storage (one-time cost) but is not required.
Google has released the long awaited update to Google Maps for iOS with a wide range of updates and support for iPad users. The new 2.0 version brings the app up to a Universal App so one download and it is on all of your iOS devices. Equally as important, there are significant updates to the navigation in Google Maps that include live traffic and incident reports along your journey to help you make appropriate changes to your path of travel.
There is also a new indoors navigation aimed at helping you negotiate your way through malls, airports and transit stations, something that is unique to Google Maps.
Google has released an update to their Gmail app for iOS that brings categories to your inbox as well as new and improved notifications from within the app. The update is available in the App Store now.
For notifications, Gmail now allows you to select how you want to be notified. For example, if you only want to be notified on important messages, you can se that up on a per account basis within the settings of the app. Conversely, you can have notifications for all messages or none at all. The idea is to help you cut down on the background noise of constant
notifications of email and this ability to discretely choose which types of notifications you get are not supported in the native Mail app for iPhone or iPad.
The inbox in the Gmail app is significantly improved over previous versions. Now email is grouped into categories so you can quickly decide which emails are important to you and when you read them. Your Primary mail is shown first and you can track other categories by opening the menu within the app. It is important to note that you have to enable categories from your computer by going to Gmail.com.
If you are a heavy Gmail user then you should consider the free app. It gives you a more “natural” Gmail feel over the Mail app on iOS with decidedly more controls and customisation. The app is a universal app for both iPhone and iPad.
Gmail for iOS is a free app and available in the App Store
During the Google I/O event yesterday, a new Google Maps for iOS was discussed and shown that will bring dramatic improvements to the application. While not expected until this summer, the new Google Maps will offer key new features as well as a simplified user interface for both iPhone and iPad.
From a feature perspective, the new Google Maps will bring real-time traffic, dynamic re-routing based on that traffic and integrated reviews from Zagat. Google made it clear that the new version will be for both iPhone and iPad meaning that the UI for the iPad should be optimised for the platform.
In addition, the new Google Maps will introduce a new service call Offers. It will pop up offers near your location. Starbucks was specifically mentioned in the keynote although other companies will undoubtedly be onboard before the release.
The new Google Maps UI will also be brought to the desktop version of the service which will bring up search locations embedded as overlays to the maps, not a separate search area.
The currently Google Maps app for iPhone is free and is available in the App Store.
Yesterday at the Google I/O event, the company announced the release of Google Hangouts, an app for iOS (and Android of course) and the desktop that is clearly and squarely aimed at Apple’s iMessage service. The new Hangouts brings many of the elements of Google+ and Google Talk into one app and tightly integrates with other Google services to make one unified platform.
Google Hangouts is already available in the App Store and it is free. It is a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
With Hangouts you can leverage your circles created in Google+ and do either text or video chat via the app which is a step up from the Google Talk service. The new app should help increase the usage of Google+ which has never really captured the imagination of a broad audience. The app is a simple, minimalist UI with easy ways to create hangouts with individuals (think IM’ing) or with groups (your circles). Having it tried it out last night I have to say it is quite nice.
It is clear that Google and Apple are heading for a direct head-to-head competition not only on the core OS level but on the app and services level as well.
During the Google I/O Keynote, it was mentioned that Google Hangouts would also be available for Desktop. It is available at this link but you will have to have Google Chrome for your Mac or PC installed in order to use the service.
In what is clearly a sign that Apple is dying, Kantar WorldPanel released figures yesterday that show the iPhone captured 51.2% of the marketshare in the last quarter of 2012. With all of the rumours and discussion going on around Apple slowing down their supply chain, it is obvious they are struggling to sell a single iPhone, let alone a whole pile of them.
You can now take off your sarcasm filter.
Apple’s 51.2% share trumped the 44.2% that Google enjoyed with their Android platform while Windows Phone saw a slight jump up to 2.6%. All of this continues to bode well for Apple who announced their last quarter financials today. Many
analysts are expected Apple to announce their best quarter in history thanks to it being the first with the iPhone 5 fully engaged.
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech analyst Mary-Ann Parlato states, “Apple’s continual improvement is thanks to both the iPhone 5 and older models attracting various customer groups, from repeat Apple buyers, first time smartphone buyers and those coming from other smartphone brands”.
Another interesting fact brought out in the Kantar report is that 19% of new iOS users were former Android users. That is up from 9% in 2011. While Android manufactures, particularly Samsung, like to point out the weaknesses of the iPhone, clearly their own base isn’t necessarily listening to them.
“In particular, 36% of iOS sales were derived from other smartphone users over the last year. While this figure remains stable over time, the proportion of Android users moving towards the Apple brand increases. 19% of iOS sales over the last year were derived from Android users, compared to 9% in 2011,” continues Parlato.
You can read the full report at the Kantar WorldPanel website and can download the full breakdown of last quarter US sales figures from them free-of-charge. Don’t forget that the Apple Financials call is later today which can be listened to from the Apple website.