Corona: iOS/Google Maps, Kindle Fire HD and NOOK HD

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With all the excitement around iPhone 5, iOS 6, and Google Maps, one thing you may not realize is that Google only offers its maps on standard Android devices, not customized flavors of Android. Consequently, like the iPhone 5, Kindle Fire and NOOK do not offer built-in Google Maps.

Now when we enabled native map views on Corona in daily build 903, we found a way to offer Google maps for all Android devices, including Kindle and NOOK.


Friday Night Forum: Samsung’s “The Next Big Thing” Campaign

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Next big thing

As the iPhone 5 hit Apple stores around the country, Samsung rolled out a new marketing campaign, claiming “The Next Big Thing” is already here – the Galaxy S3. Poking fun at Apple fanboys, the ad features iPhone enthusiasts chatting about the device’s new features, including a bigger screen and LTE connectivity. Meanwhile, Galaxy S3 users stroll by, showing off their (bigger) screens, watching videos while sending emails, and sharing playlists (take that Apple!)


Corona: iOS 6 and Xcode 4.5 are GM!

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iOS 6 and Corona

Today, Apple officially released iOS 6 and Xcode 4.5.

While iOS 6 was in beta, I talked with you about how you could make Corona perform device builds that targeted iOS 6 specifically.

In the next daily build (919 or after), all device builds will automatically be iOS 6 compatible. In order for you to do device builds, you should upgrade to Xcode 4.5 GM (not to be confused with ‘4.5 GM seed’). As of today, this is available from Apple.


Corona Guidelines: iPhone 5 and iOS6 (Preliminary)

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The iPhone 5 is looking like it will be the fastest-selling gadget of all time. So let’s talk about what you need to do to prepare your Corona apps for the iPhone 5 and iOS6.

One of the biggies we’ll cover is what you’ll need to do to make your Corona app handle the new 16:9 aspect ratio, or what we’re calling “tall apps” (as opposed to the shorter “traditional apps” designed for the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4).


Friday Night Forum: The iPhone 5 Wish List

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At midnight, millions of eager fans (including Corona Labs!) visited Apple’s online store, for a chance to pre-order the iPhone 5. The pre-orders sold out within an hour, 20 times faster than past models. With a projected 6-10 million device sales in September alone, the iPhone love affair is far from over – but did the new device meet expectations?


Apple vs Amazon

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Apple vs Amazon

September has been an exciting month in mobile, or more generally, connected devices. Last week, Amazon announced two new Kindle Fires and is trying to move into iPad-sized tablets. In spite of the controversy over ads displayed on the lock screen, it’s a very compelling price point.

Perhaps most interesting is how Amazon views Android. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says “it’s a base operating system layer”, like Linux but with a lot of customization. In other words, they’re not in the game of making Android devices; they’re making Kindles.