Instagram’s white lies, Disassembling Android + TextPlus is blowing up


Your Thursday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

New U.S. iPad activations move inland (via GigaOM)
Similar to last month, Hawaii and California lead in new iPad activations, accounting for nearly 18 and 16 percent, respectively. But Nebraska is a surprise No. 3. A big part of that isn’t due to your regular gadget consumers, but one of the state’s public education initiatives, which includes a 1-to-1 iPad program for students, according to the report.

TextPlus App Surpasses Facebook in Monthly Usage Time Per User (via PandoDaily)
For more on TextPlus, check out our interview with TextPlus co-founder Scott Lahman.

The 3 White Lies Behind Instagram’s Lightning Speed (via Fast Company)
Instagram’s co-founder Mike Krieger lifted the curtain on three of their backend (and UI) tricks that give the Instagram user a feeling of responsiveness, even when someone’s phone is trapped on a lousy connection. The ideas aren’t just clever; they’re so logical that you don’t need to be a coder to appreciate them.

Urban Airship prepares for its Super Bowl moment (via GigaOM)
In Urban Airship’s blog, Director of Architecture and Delivery Erik Onnen wrote that the company has quadrupled its capacity and is now capable of pushing simultaneous IP missives to huge gatherings of people, a feature that will come in handy when Airship launches its Segments service this quarter. Using technology from its SimpleGeo acquisition last year, Airship will be able to customize push updates based on location and prioritize based on relevancy.

UC Web Has 200m Users and the Potential to Disrupt iOS: Bring It On (via PandoDaily)
UCWeb provides a slick and centralized Internet browsing experience for mobile. In one sense, it’s an old-school portal, with links to top sites and a homepage that users can tailor for their Internet needs. It’s also a media destination, providing a seamless, fast, and consistent way to read aggregated news. But it also has social integration, and recently it joined forces with Evernote. It has 200 million users.

Will Facebook adapt to mobile or will mobile adapt to Facebook? (via GigaOM)
Here are my thoughts on the matter.

Sprint’s Hesse: We’ll Make Money on the iPhone … Eventually (via AllThingsD)
Read that title, read Jenn Daly’s post, and tell me Sprint isn’t screwed. I dare you.

How mobile networks are policing the web — badly (via GigaOM)
While the British government considers forcing internet providers to censor the web, it turns out that many European mobile operators are happily acting as censors themselves already — and mistakenly blocking lots of legitimate sites along the way.

Disassembling Android: Chinks in Google’s Mobile Armor (via ReadWriteWeb)
Android conquered the world in 2011. Hundreds of thousands of users activate Google’s mobile operating system every day, a growth rate unprecedented in any era of computing. This extraordinary strength has carried into 2012, but Android is not the brazen warrior it was a year ago, and its vulnerabilities are starting to show. Is the world’s leading smartphone platform ripe for disruption?

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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