This was a huge year for Apple, entering a new category (wearables), launching a new phone in two sizes and also releasing the latest iteration of iOS — and while it all sounds like just another year at Cupertino, I can’t help but wonder how they pulled it all off this time. While iOS 7 represented a quantum leap in the way Apple’s mobile OS looked and worked, iOS 8 builds upon the solid foundation of iOS 7 to improve the user experience, integrate more tightly with Mac and iCloud, and enable increased interoperability between iDevices as well as between apps.
Google has long tried to get into the instant messaging and communications market. For around a decade,Â we’ve had Google Talk, which relied on the open XMPP standard. While that product has enjoyed support by many third party instant messaging clients, it has not become the mainstream messaging alternative that, say, Facebook has become in a very short time. At yesterday’s Google IO 2013 conference, the search giant released a Google Hangouts app for iOS and Android, which is set to become Google’s core communication tool. We take a look at what you can expect on your iPhone.
Feedly is a modern application built for reading RSS feeds. It grew in popularity as being an alternative client for Google Reader. Since Google announced it would pull the plug on Reader, Feedly has gained more attention for stating that it will provide its own feed aggregation service and provide a seamless transition for Google Reader users. Is this the news app for you? Read on to find out.