Tuesday Poll: What’s a Bigger Deal, Hardware or Software?

With HTC launching a One (M8) powered by Windows Phone exclusively onto Verizon, it got us thinking just a tad on what aspect of a phone is more important to you, the consumer. Each company has a different hardware design language, as well as a very unique take on how software should look and perform. The point is, if your favorite phone was the One (M8), and now that is available running Windows Phone, would you leave Android because of that?

As another example, if Apple does in fact launch two larger iPhones in the near future, will you be leaving Android only because Apple is finally making bigger phones?

For a few of you, we realize that both hardware and software are equally important, but for the sake of debate, if you had to choose just one, is hardware or software a bigger deal to you?

What's a bigger deal: Hardware or Software?

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New iOS 8 Features That Android Actually Needs to Adopt

Apple is done with its WWDC keynote, where they introduced a bunch of new features for iOS 8, plus a new version of OS X called Yosemite. We poked fun at a handful of them already, but believe it or not, we are also capable of giving props when we see something cool or that we would like to see on Android at some point. I know, I know, you are probably wondering what I have been drinking over the last couple of hours, but hang with me for a second. You have to admit that Apple is really doing a great job at making all of the experiences seamless from iPhone to iPad to computer. They are also doing a pretty impressive job when it comes to making it easy to get in touch with or share things with the people you chat with the most.

So here we go – these are the iOS 8 features that were introduced today that we actually found to be pretty cool. Feel free to agree or disagree, of course. (more…)

Tim Cook: Android to Apple Switchers “Sought Better Life”

Want your first fighting words out of today’s WWDC event? Tim Cook just dropped some of the dirtiest in years, essentially claiming that your life sucks if you own an Android device.

When talking about the 130 million customers of theirs that purchased their first Apple devices this year, Cook brought up the fact that many (no specific number) came over from Android. Of course, he couldn’t just say that they came over from Android, he had to say that they made a mistake by purchasing an “inferior” device initially, and sought a “better life,” so they came to Apple.  (more…)

Cider Compatibility Layer Allows Android to Run iOS Apps

Ever see a killer iOS app that you wish was on Android? Although the Play Store has essentially reached parity with the App Store when it comes to top apps, iOS is still the undisputed champion for music creation and drawing tools. But don’t run out to buy an iPad or iPhone just yet – students at Columbia University have  managed to construct an iOS compatibility layer called Cider, which allows iOS apps to run on hardware running Android.  (more…)

Google Releases Photowall Chromecast App, Coming to Android Today (Updated)

Ready to try out an exciting new Chromecast-enabled app from Google? Well, you’d better have an iPhone or iPad, because it’s exclusive to iOS for the time being (Edit: Updated below with Android details).

Called Photowall, the Chrome Experiment lets people produce a collage of photos by uploading them via the app or the web, doodling on them using the built-in paintbrush tool, and then sending them to a Chromecast. The result can be exported to YouTube and shared with friends.  (more…)