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androidWASHINGTON, PA – Today Google released a updated version of Android, version 4.2, and updated version of Jelly Bean. Android is the operating system that powers many different models of cell phones and tablets as well as other devices. This new version adds many features to Jelly Bean.

  • Photo Sphere Camera – Allows for capturing 360˚ panoramic photographs.
  • Gesture Keyboard – Allows for typing using gestures. To type, just slide your finger from letter to letter and the keyboard will automatically predict the word you are typing as well as the next word you may use. In addition the voice dictation features have been improved and works without a data connection.
  • Multiple User Profiles – Each user of a tablet now can have their own profile including settings, background and widgets.
  • Video Out – When a device running Android 4.2 is connected to a display using a HDMI cable the content is automatically mirrored to the external display.
  • Google Now Enhancements – Google Now now includes train schedules, package tracking numbers and movie showtimes.
  • Accessibility improvements – Android 4.2 allows for easy access to screen zooming and gesture mode for visually impaired users.

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ios_logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple has released iOS 6. This is the latest update to the software that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This update is available either on the device itself or by connecting the device to a computer and updating it via iTunes. This update is recommended for all supported devices.

iOS 6 is supported on:

  • iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch 4th and 5th Generation
  • iPad 2 and The New iPad

Only the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and the new iPad will support all of the features of iOS 6 however all of the supported devices will be able to gain some new functionality from this update. Some of the highlighted features of the new iOS are:

  • New maps application – Apple has developed a new maps application that has a photorealistic flyover view and turn-by-turn directions.
  • Siri – Siri now adds the ability to work with sports, restaurants, movies and application launching. In addition to the iPhone 4S Siri is now supported on The New iPad, the iPhone 5 and the iPod Touch 5th generation.
  • Facebook Integration – Similar to the Twitter integration introduced in iOS 5, iOS 6 allows you to post to Facebook directly form applications as well as provide syncing for contact information.
  • Passbook – Allows for the storage of event tickets and loyalty cards in one app. These cards will appear either based on a GPS location or a date and time allowing quick access.
  • FaceTime – FaceTime now works over cellular networks with carrier support.
  • Phone Updates – When a call is ignored you have the option to quickly create a reminder to call the person back or send a preset text message.
  • Mail enhancements – Mail now has a VIP inbox showing copies of mail from selected senders. Messages can also be flagged for quick follow up in a dynamic folder.
  • Camera – Camera can now take panoramic pictures.

Alternative Network Solutions specializes in integrating multiple technologies into our customers’s business. By leveraging the power of mobile devices our customers can be productive in the office and on the road. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help you contact us today.


androidWASHINGTON, PA – Today Google has released the source code to Android 4.1, Jellybean. With this release manufacturers and carriers are now able to create Jellybean-based firmware for their devices. As these updates are made the carrier and device manufactuers will release updates on their own.

For more information on how you can use mobile devices, including the latest versions of Android contact Alternative Network Solutions today.


androidWASHINGTON, PA – Today Adobe anncounced its plans to phase out Flash on Android devices. Currently some phones ship with Flash installed and others can download a Flash plug in from the Google Play store. Starting August 15, 2012 this plugin will be removed. In addition starting with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean no new devices will include copies of Adobe Flash.

Adobe will continue to provide updates for Flash via the Google Play store.

For information on how your company can develop your mobile starategy and adapt to these changes please contact Alternative Network Solutions today.

The complete text of Adobe’s announcement can be found below. Continue reading

androidWASHINGTON, PA – Today Google announced the latest update to its Android mobile operating system at its Google I/O conference. This update brings additional refinements to Android. This update will be released in July to current Nexus devices and made available to manufacturers and carriers at that time as well for deployment as they see fit. There are several new features in Jelly Bean, a few of which are highlighted below:

  • Speed Enhancement – Android has been updated to speed up the animations and navigation. This will allow transitions from the home screen and apps to be more fluid. The touch input methodology has also been refined to both improve battery life and response.
  • Enhanced Notifications – When a notification is received, action can be taken on it directly from the notifications shade. A email can be sent to all attendees in a meeting, return a missed call or view a picture posted to a friend’s Facebook or Google+ Page.
  • Widget Placement – When a new widget is placed on a home screen, other widgets will automatically move, allowing the new one to fit. Widgets will also auto-size, allowing them to fit in the available space.
  • Easier Typing – The autocorrect dictionary in Jelly Bean has been enhanced to be more accurate and relevant. It is also developed to learn and to predict the next word to be typed. Also, voice dictation has been enhanced and now works without an Internet connection.
  • Accessibility – Jelly Bean allows visually impaired people to better use Android devices. Gestures have been added for navigation and voice prompts have been added. Additionally, Jelly Bean supports external Braille devices via USB and Bluetooth.
  • Android Beam – When two NFC-equipped devices are touched back-to-back, whatever is on the screen is shared with the other phone. Other devices such as speakers or headsets can also support this functionality for quick pairing.
  • Google Experience – The Google applications have been refined to give a new look and feel. Google’s new Knowledge Graph has been incorporated into the mobile experience. When using voice search it provides feedback using its own voice. These voice searches also use the Knowledge Graph.
  • Realtime Information – Jelly Bean now will present you with information as you need it. Weather information will be provided at the beginning of a day, traffic information is displayed when you leave for work and travel information will be displayed while waiting for a flight.

Alternative Network Solutions continues to monitor activity on all platforms to ensure our customers receive the best mobile experience. For more information about how Alternative Network Solutions can help with your mobile needs contact us today.

WASHINGTON, PA – Today Microsoft gave a preview of its next generation mobile operating system. This version of Windows Phone will only be available on new devices and existing ones will not be able to be updated. Some of the major features are:

  • Multicore Processor Support – Windows Phone 8 will now support multicore processors. Previously the platform only supported a single core. Multiple Screen Resolutions Windows Phone 8 will allow three different screen resolutions which will then allow for different screen sizes. The maximum size is “True 720p” or 1280×720.
  • Full Featured Web Browser – The mobile browser shares a code base with Internet Explorer 10. This means that many of the same features in the desktop version of Internet Explorer 10 will also be available on the mobile version.
  • SD Card Support – Using the same technology as Windows 8 Windows Phone 8 will be able to support a microSD expansion slot for additional storage and the ability to transfer between phone and PC.
  • Redesigned Start Screen – With the re-designed start screen Metro tiles will fill the entire screen. Users will also be able to chose the size of each of the tiles. They can be medium large or small. The smaller tile size will be used for simple applications (like the phone dialer). Also more colors and themes will be added to allow for further customization.
  • NFC and Mobile Wallet – Windows phone will incorporate near field communications for touch-less payment systems. In addition the phone will also store information such as loyalty cards.
  • Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 – Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will share much of the same underlaying technologies. This includes security, file management, media playback, drivers, and networking. This means applications written for Windows 8 will be able to be more quickly ported to Windows Phone 8.
  • Skype – Skype and other VoIP applications will be tightly integrated into Windows Phone 8. When calls come in from these services they will look and feel like traditional phone calls.

Alternative Network Solutions is contstnatly evaluating the latest offerings of mobile operating systems and how to integrate them into your business. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company contact us today.

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ios_logoWASHINGTON, PA –  Today at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference the company previewed iOS 6, the next version of the operating system powering the company’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Some of the highlighted features of the new iOS version are:

  • Imporoved Maps
  • Turn-by-turn Navigation
  • Siri enhancements
  • Facebook integration
  • Passbook app to organize tickets, benefit cards and other information
  • FaceTime calls now available via cellular connections.

iOS 6 will be available this fall and compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4th Generation, the iPad 2 and the Thrird Generation iPad.

Alternative Network Solutions continues to ensure that our customers received the best information to integrate mobile devices into their business. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help you, contact us today.

The complete text of Apple’s press release can be read below. Continue reading

ios_logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple has released an update to iOS 5. This update presents various bug fixes and is available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM and Verizon), iPhone 4S, Origional iPad, iPad 2, 3rd Generation iPad, and third and fourth generation iPod Touch.

This update is available as a over-the-air update on the device or via iTunes. The complete text of the fixes included in this update can be found below.

For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your company maximize the use of mobile devices or for assistance in managing hyour moble devices contact us today. Continue reading

ios_logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple has released the latest update for iOS. iOS is the software that runs on Apple’s mobile devices, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This update is avaialble for update via iTunes and can be applied from the device itself.

For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help your business utilize mobile technology please contact us today.

The complete details of this release can be found below. Continue reading

androidWASHINGTON, PA – Today the European Union approved Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. This is the first step in the necessary governmental approvals before the acquisition can be finalized. They are still waiting for approval from the United States, China, Israel and Taiwan.

Once all approvals are in place, Google will for the first time have its own hardware division for its Android mobile operating system. By having its own hardware manufacturer Google will be able to more quickly provide updates and more tightly integrate the software to handsets. Previously Google distributed only the Android software and left hardware manufacturing up to outside vendors.

Alternative Network Solutions is constantly evaluating mobile computing options and information and is committed to providing our customers with the best solutions for their needs. For more information on how Alternative Network Solutions can help with your needs contact us today.