May 2012


Apps updated for my iPhone or iPad in the past week: 39


Thirty-nine (39) apps for my iPhone or iPad were updated in the past week. Here’s a summary of the updates that I found interesting.
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A dissenting opinion: Google+ 2.0 for iPhone is awful

Everyone seems to think the recent Google+ 2.0.0 for iPhone update is the best thing since the sliced bread. I, however, have a very different opinion of the updated app: It is terrible in general and provides an especially awful experience on an iPad.
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Windows Phone app update weirdness

I have a SIM-less HTC Surround that is used to try out Windows Phone apps. It works like you would expect for a WiFi-only device for the most part. The one exception is that the Windows Market app does not update software for it as expected. In fact, until last week, no app had been updated in a couple of months. Even going to the product page in the Market app does not force updates to appear. So, imagine my surprise when I saw not just one but 23 apps ready for update recently. I haven’t seen any other updates since then even though several apps for my HD7 (which has a SIM) have been updated in the past few days. Even the HD7 does not get updates when expected, however. It sometimes gets updates a week or more after an app was reported as updated by others.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 software update delivered 2012.05.06


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has only been available in the U.S. for two weeks. However, it already has a software update available. I woke up this morning to see this notice on my device after powering on its display. It is not clear what the update brings. However, Samsung’s notice states: Software and Stability improvements included. The Tab 2 7.0 has not had any issues in the 9 days I’ve been using it. So, I’m not sure what stability issues it addresses. I should note that the device’s apparent stability is a welcome change from the Honeycomb based Tab 10.1 which saw either an Android subsystem (like the windows manager) or apps crash several times a day.

You can find my review of this tablet at BYTE. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: The First Must-Have Android Tablet

You can see other screen photos of today’s Tab 2 7.0 update process below.
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40GB tablet for under $275? 32GB SD card for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 arrived

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a great little tablet for a very reasonable price ($249). However, the price of that price is having only 8GB of internal flash storage. And, only 4.6GB of that space is actually usable for end-user storage. Fortunately, the Tab 2 7.0 has a microSD slot for storage expansion. So, I bought the SanDisk microSDHC 32GB Flash Memory Card for $22. I inserted it and copied a couple of files from my notebook to check its storage. It is working fine so far.

You can find my review and photos of this new Android tablet over on BYTE:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: The First Must-Have Android Tablet

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PAC-MAN Kart Rally for Windows Phone: Great looking graphics. WiFi multi-player mode too!

Fans of “Kart” racing games will enjoy PAC-MAN Kart Rally for Windows Phone which was released today for $4.99. The game has great looking graphics and smooth animation. Kart control is challenging but not impossibly so.

The game’s unique feature is the ability to for up to four Windows Phone owning players to compete in a multi-user mode over WiFi. All participants need to have the app installed on their phone. I have not tried the multi-player mode yet.

Disclosure: Microsoft provided the game free of charge for evaluation purposes.

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