TiP Daily 5/15/13: New Google Maps for iOS, App Store hits 50 billion downloads, & more! [VID]

1. App Store hits 50 billion downloads

Apple’s been counting down to the 50 billion download mark for a few weeks now, and it finally reached it. We don’t yet know who the lucky downloader is, but we probably will soon – he or she has won a $10,000 App Store gift card! Could you imagine winning 10 grand for downloading an app!? So awesome.

2. New Google Maps

Google announced a ton of awesome new things at its I/O conference today, and one of them is a new Google Maps. The mapping application will soon feature automatic rerouting if you run into traffic, iPad support, and built-in special offers and Zagat reviews.

3. Google Hangout app

Google really seems like it’s trying to play nice with Apple. This is just one of its new cross-platform applications, and it looks really cool. With this app, you’ll be able to have video or text-based chats with people across iOS, Android, and even desktop computers. Google has also built in a bunch of features to make the experience feel as personal as possible.

4. Google Play service

Continuing with its cross-platform plan, the new Google Play service is sort of like Game Center in that you can play games with friends, view leader boards, keep track of scores, and more. What’s different is that these games span between iOS and Android, which means you can have live gameplay across platforms, start a game on iOS and finish it on Android, etc. Very cool stuff.

Question of the day: What do you think about these cross-platform applications? Are they the mark of a change in the mobile phone industry or is the war doomed to go on forever? Sound off in the comments section below or on twitter @TiP_Jake.

 

 

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  • BrainRoopull

    I sincerely HOPE this is the way of the future.  I absolutely detest being locked into anyone’s “ecosystem” – be it Apples, Google’s, BB’s, Microsoft’s etc…  I detest the idea that, by buying a device, I somehow become the property of a company.  I’m trapped into dealing with their chosen apps or locked out of a competitor’s.  Even worse is the nasty reality that I can better communicate with cellmates of my particular ecosystem than I can those of another.  This truly stinks…For Google, this is obviously simply a ploy for advertising dollars, so I don’t applaud them for any moral stand.