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On its website, Apple has a ticker that is counting the number of apps downloaded by its users.  This will be a huge milestone in Apple’s history, and they are celebrating with a contest: whoever downloads the 10 billionth app could win a $10,000 iTunes gift card. It can even be just a free app, Mashable says in a blog post. They also said this:

To say that Apple’s App Store has been a huge success would be an understatement. At the end of September 2009,2 billion apps had been downloaded from the store. In January 2010 the number was 3 billion. The number has more than tripled approximately one year later, showing the strength of Apple’s app ecosystem, which now encompasses three major devices: the iPod touch, the iPhone and the iPad.

At the beginning of this month, Apple opened a Mac App Store which has a total of about 1,000 free and paid apps for Mac computers. However, in the iPhone app store, there are well over 300,000 apps!

Apple’s App Store nears 10 billion downloads – USATODAY.com.

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Apple releases iOS 4.3 Beta

It’s finally here! Apple has just released a beta version of iOS 4.3, the newest operating system update for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! However, it is only available for developers.

There are several new features including the personal hotspot (which I wrote about before), multi-touch gestures for iPad, and customizable messaging alerts. Also, the button to lock your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone can now be customized with iOS 4.3.

Also, users now have the option to play their text and MMS message alerts once, twice, three, five, or ten times, which gives them more control over how they are informed. Developers can also use the new AVFoundation APIs for HTTP Live Streaming Statistics. This allows them to track information about their content, like how many people are watching their videos, how long they are watching them, and how well the ads in the videos are doing.

The only two products that are not compatible with the new iOS 4.3 are the second-generation iPod Touch and the iPhone 3G.

Please comment below with what you think about this! Do you like the new operating system, and are you looking forward to it coming out in a stable release?

Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta | Crave – CNET.

Changewave released the result of a survey of 2,050 U.S. wireless customers on Thursday. This survey was conducted a week before Verizon’s announcement on Tuesday that the iPhone will be available from Verizon starting February 10.

Of the AT&T customers who were surveyed, a whopping 16% of them said that they would switch to Verizon if they started offering the iPhone! Even not counting the iPhone, 15% of AT&T customers said that they would switch wireless providers anyways in the next 90 days!

To compare, only 4% of Verizon customers said that they planned to switch carriers in the next 3 months. They have the lowest percentage as 10% of Sprint customers said they planned to switch and 15% for T-Mobile.

Of the customers who said they planned to switch from AT&T, 42% said that it was because of poor reception and/or coverage. 27% said they wanted to switch because of dropped calls, and only 17% said that they were switching because of the cost of the service.

AppleInsider | 16% of AT&T customers plan to switch to Verizon for Apple’s iPhone – survey.

Tethering Enabled For All iPhones

All iPhones will have the Personal Hotspot, or tethering, capability similar to what Verizon announced yesterday for its iPhone that will be released Feb. 10.

This will enable the iPhone to create a wireless hotspot and allow five other devices to connect using the iPhone. This ability will come after the update to iOS version 4.3 according to a posting in Boy Genius Report.

They could not, however, contact Apple officials to confirm this statement, but Boy Genius Report relied on an unnamed source to confirm the statement that iPhones running iOS 4.3 will be able to use Personal Hotspot.

The technical acceptance of Personal Hotspot is set for March, so Verizon will have at least a month’s head start over other carriers, such as AT&T.

All iPhones reported to get Personal Hotspot with iOS v. 4.3 – Computerworld.

Yesterday, I wrote about how Android seems to be taking over the smartphone market nowadays. Now the stats are out that back up this claim! During the last three months of 2010, the number of smartphones that run Android has passed the number of iPhones.

Out of the 61.5 million smartphone users 13 years and older, 26% used Android powered phones. The iPhone comes in in third place with 25% of the market, and surprisingly, RIM’s Blackberry leads the market with 33.5%!

Microsoft is in fourth with a mere 9% of the market.

The overtake of Apple by Android was inevitable. The number of Android powered phones is always growing, with companies like Samsung, Sony, and LG using it.

Google Android Surpasses Apple iPhone Market Share — InformationWeek.

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