App Industry Roundup: the iPhone and Facebook’s world domination, Newsy on the iPad, anticipating Google’s tablet

Apr 22, 2010
Tech

In today’s App Industry Roundup, we look at how Facebook’s reported integration into the iPhone 4.0 will aid in the company’s efforts to dominate the digital world outside of the web. We also showcase Newsy.com’s new iPad application and preview what the app world will look like when Google introduces its own tablet computer.  More […]

In today’s App Industry Roundup, we look at how Facebook’s reported integration into the iPhone 4.0 will aid in the company’s efforts to dominate the digital world outside of the web. We also showcase Newsy.com’s new iPad application and preview what the app world will look like when Google introduces its own tablet computer. 

More Facebook on your iPhone

While media outlets like Forbes.com obsess over Facebook’s  iPhone application that lets users filter and compare news coverage from multiple sources, just released an iPad application. The 9.7-inch screen size provided by the iPad makes watching Newsy videos on the go a more enjoyable experience. The app showcases the subtleties in different international coverage of news events, aggregated and organized by the Columbia, Missouri-based company. 

See for yourself. 

 

Google gets going on tablet computer

With its acquisition of Silicon Valley-based Agnilux, Google is one step closer to getting into the tablet game. Agnilux technology will allow Google to run services like its Chrome web browser and Android operating system onto tablet computers without draining as much battery power. Of all the great things about the iPad, the 11+ hours of battery life may be its most important. 

Quietly, there are now nearly 40,000 apps available in Google’s Android market. While still only one-fifth the number of apps offered by Apple in the iTunes App Store, Google’s entry into tablet computing promises to bring a new dimension to its increasingly hot war with Google. 

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Stay tuned. 

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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