Android is better than iOS (at least in this one way), smartphones are outselling smartphones in Japan and these HTC One (M9) rumours seem more true than false. All this and more in today's BitStream.
Android is Better Than iOS (When it Comes to Crashing Apps)
Android versus iOS. Each has its individual software strengths and design weaknesses. But since Android and iOS have existed in the same smartphone universe, there has been one accepted truism – iOS is more stable than Android. You can chalk it up to closed-versus-open ecosystem or the analogy that iOS is like a finely crafted tool and Android is the Swiss Army knife of smartphones.
But a new report from Crittercism says that iOS is now more likely to crash apps than Android. The margin is small, only 0.2 per cent, but it's the first time in a long time that the tables have turned. Android has been slowly decreasing its app crash rate while iOS actually jumped up from 1.9 per cent to 2.2 per cent with iOS 8. But it looks like Apple already knows there's a problem, which is why rumours say iOS 9 will just be focused on the operating system not being crap.
Virtual Reality for the Whole Family
Virtual reality is an amorphous blob that is finally beginning to take a real form. It's safe to say that we can at least expect to use headsets. They might have hand-tracking installed or maybe that will be a next-generation feature, but everyone from massive corporations, eager startups, and garage tinkerers are messing around with the new platform, and seemingly anything is possible.
Such as this virtual reality projector, called Immersis, that instead of strapping hardware to your face, it turns whatever room into your own holodeck. The lamp is a neat little thing, looking like an evil Pixar mascot, but don't get too excited just yet. The concept is still in the pre-Kickstarter phase, and if there's anything we've learned from this VR revolution, it's that Kickstarters can take months, even years to come out with anything ready for purchase. Oculus Rift 2016? [Wired]
- With two weeks before its official reveal, the M9's hardware secrets are supposedly laid bare. [Talk Android]
- Concept images of Apple's "Titan" car are already here, and as is usually the case with autonomous vehicles, it's a cute beast. [Time]
- Pinterest may be transforming from being just a simple stream of creativity to a full out-seller as the company considers introducing a 'buy' button. [CNET]
Your Apps, Updated
- Nintendo is finally getting into mobile, but it won't involve a red-shirted plumber (or any classic character for that matter). [Engadget]
- Google Helpouts seemed like a idea too innocent for the internet. People helping people learn new skills or hobbies, for little to no money. A true loss for the altruistic web. [TechCrunch]
- LG exec gets indictment for tampering with Samsung washing machines. I wish I could say that was an made-up headline, but alas. [PCWorld]
- Welcome to Japan, where CDs thrive, tentacle porn isn't weird, and flip phone sales rise as smartphone sales shrink. [Yahoo News]
Bucket of Random
- Legal action against the programmers responsible for the illegal website Megaupload has finally drawn first blood as one programmer pleads guilty and receives a one-year sentence. [Ars Technica]
- The private space industry continues its incredibly boom as Virgin Galactic announces a new facility that will build next generation satellite launchers. [Forbes]
- Apple continues to face labour problems as Chinese unions begin to raise more complaints. [Patently Apple]
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