The Latvian date format on the welcome screen is fixed and Latvian language purists now get the “ŗ” (or palatalised ) option by touching the “r” key for more than a second.
i OS5 provides dictionary support for the Latvian language for the first time, however Latvian didn’t make the short list of languages used by Siri, Apple’s smart new voice recognition software introduced with the i Phone 4S.
Inspired by the Alice in Wonderland app, Jānis Liepiņš has translated a Latvian folktale into English, added stunning illustrations with animation and adapted it for the i Pad to captivate both young and old audiences.
Liepiņš even pulled out all stops to make a You Tube video promoting the special i Pad interactive book.
Downloading the daily issue normally takes only a minute or two.
Dienas mediji also produce an i Pad only publication called PDF version.
Although the App store for the Baltics has operated since April 2009 it is only in the last 18 months that have we seen a flurry of new apps and new developers attracted to the platform.
Among them is 15-year-old Kristers Jursevskis, author of the Doit app.
It took a whole year before other banks offered similar applications—Rietumu banka with its i Rietumu App and dn BNord (DNB Latvija) which became available on the App store earlier this month.One of the more active mobile application developers has been the Rīga-based Cube advertising agency led by Mārtiņš Dambis.Applications include a television programming guide (Lattelecom TV) commissioned by one of the leading cable and digital TV providers in Latvia (I would love to see this app also become a remote control for switching channels and selecting TV shows so that I can finally throw out the old remote); a Līgo song app (LMT Līgo Līgo) that at the shake of the i Phone can provide the words and tune to many Jāņi songs while celebrating the summer solstice; an events guide to this year’s Positivus 11 music festival; a live audio stream from the progressive radio station Radio 101 as well as a video stream to view what’s happening in the studio; and a shopping guide (Alfas dāvanas) from one of the largest shopping centres in Rīga to help users decide what to buy.Magazines such as can all be enjoyed at the discounted price to the printed version.With the release of i OS5 and the new Newstand feature, Apple’s own publishing platform, it will be interesting to observe what Zinio and the others will do, because ultimately the user will want to visit only one place for all their subscribed newspapers and magazines.
And what about train timetables as well as reporting on public transport delays in real time?