iOS 4.2 Beta Drops

Apple has made a beta of iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch available to developers for download.

While I was downloading iOS 4.2 for iPad, I noticed this advisement:

iOS SDK 4.2 beta requires Mac OS X v10.6.5 pre-release to test printing from your app.

So it looks like you’ll need a Mac connected to a printer in order to print wirelessly from an iDevice, not quite the network printer discovery I was hoping for. This also raises the question of  whether or not Apple will be releasing a Windows client for sharing printers as well? Technically the framework is already there, since Bonjour has been available for Windows users for awhile now.

I have yet to install 10.6.5 to try this out, but my spare MacBook Pro looks like a prime candidate for the pre-release software treatment.

Angry Birds for Android

Check it out, Android users… Angry Birds is in Beta for Android and a lite version is available for free!  In the 5 or 6 levels I’ve had time to play so far, I’ve been thoroughly impressed.  Unlike Doodle Jump, which doesn’t play nearly as smoothly on the Droid as it does on the iPod, this game feels like it’s supposed to.  In fact, it’s one of the few games for Android I’ve found so far that really feels like a game should… appealing graphics, great performance, and fun!  It’s as if I were playing it on an iPhone… which is saying a lot, as in my opinion, Apple still has the corner on the market with games.  However, I believe that will gradually change, and games like Angry Birds is on the right track to doing just that.  It all really boils down to weather or not developers will feel it’s worth their time porting to Android, but as more Android devices saturate the market, the more that won’t be an issue.

Grab a copy in the Market, and help the developers out by reporting any bugs you do find by using the ‘Bug’ button in the menu.