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CyanogenMod OS Featured in New Screenshots from the OnePlus One

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CyanogenMod has done some teasing after they announced they will be releasing their CyanogenMod OS on the OnePlus One phone. They declared some pretty bold claims about how awesome the device will be, but we never got a look at what the software will look like, and if it is straying away from what their ROMs have looked like. Today, Engadget got themselves some screenshots that display some of what we can expect from the OnePlus One phone. The OS is KitKat based, and it is being referred to as “CyanogeMod 11S”.

Now it doesn’t look like CyanogeMod is going to strive too far away from stock Android, but the screenshot on the left does show a different style lockscreen. The OnePlus One phone is supposed to unveiled on April 23rd, so let us know what think about these new screenshots.

Source: Engadget


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The next version of Android could be truly business-friendly

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Android has a lot of market share, but it doesn’t have a big footprint in the corporate world; outside of special efforts like Samsung’s Knox, the OS isn’t well-suited to business demands. All that may change in the near future, though, as The Information‘s sources claim that the next major Android release will place a much stronger emphasis on office-grade security. The new OS will reportedly allow apps that require their own authentication (including biometrics), as well as data storage on secure chips. It should also offer better remote management controls. If the rumor is accurate, we may not have long to wait to see these suit-and-tie features — Google could unveil them at its I/O conference in late June.

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New Samsung Tizen 2.1 Screenshots Leak, Still Looks Very TouchWiz-ish

New Samsung Tizen 2.1 Screenshots Leak, Still Looks Very TouchWiz-ish

Samsung has been hard at work on its Android fork, which has always gone by the name Tizen. Devices launching with this Android-based OS should hit the market sometime in 2014 according to various rumors, and today we are getting another look at what we can expect from the OS. If you are familiar with Samsung’s TouchWiz, then none of these startling images will surprise you. 

As you can see, it’s essentially TouchWiz – very white backgrounds and very colorful foregrounds. It appears Samsung has been testing Tizen with a lot of circle icons, which is interesting. Definitely a bit removed from previous squared icons they have opted for in the past on their current OS skins. On top of that, many of these applications, such as a calendar and calculator look a lot like their TouchWiz counterparts, with only the color scheme being changed. If you ask us, we aren’t the biggest fans, but that shouldn’t be a surprise.

It’s definitely a clean looking OS, although that notification pulldown looks extremely cluttered. What do you think?

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Zopo C2 embraces Aliyun OS, boasts 5-inch 1080p display, 5MP front camera and a low price

Zopo C2 with 5inch 1080p display joins the Aliyun OS family, gets a nice price

Despite the aborted launch of Acer’s Aliyun-powered phone last September, the cheeky Android-based OS is now back with a handful of new devices courtesy of some local friends, with the most notable device coming from Zopo, a notorious cloner of Samsung, HTC and LG phones. That said, it looks like the company’s making a change with this seemingly good-looking C2, and for the launch price of ¥1,399 or about $230 unsubsidized, the specs will probably make Xiaomi tremble: there’s a 5-inch 1080p gapless LTPS display, a MediaTek MT6589 chip (1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor with 1GB RAM and PowerVR SGX544 graphics), 4GB internal storage with microSD expansion, Yamaha audio chip, a removable 2,000mAh battery and WCDMA 850/2100 radio with HSPA+.

Furthermore, not only is there a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main camera, but there’s also a staggering 5-megapixel front-facing camera on the other side — just like the one on Oppo’s Ulike 2. Oh, and these all come in an 8.5mm-thick body, too. Zopo’s now accepting pre-orders for the first 5,000 C2s and will be shipping before the end of the month, so if you have an account on Tmall and don’t mind being a guinea pig then go for it.

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Source: Engadget Chinese, Zopo

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Zopo C2 embraces Aliyun OS, boasts 5-inch 1080p display, 5MP front camera and a low price

Zopo C2 with 5inch 1080p display joins the Aliyun OS family, gets a nice price

Despite the aborted launch of Acer’s Aliyun-powered phone last September, the cheeky Android-based OS is now back with a handful of new devices courtesy of some local friends, with the most notable device coming from Zopo, a notorious cloner of Samsung, HTC and LG phones. That said, it looks like the company’s making a change with this seemingly good-looking C2, and for the launch price of ¥1,399 or about $230 unsubsidized, the specs will probably make Xiaomi tremble: there’s a 5-inch 1080p gapless LTPS display, a MediaTek MT6589 chip (1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor with 1GB RAM and PowerVR SGX544 graphics), 4GB internal storage with microSD expansion, Yamaha audio chip, a removable 2,000mAh battery and WCDMA 850/2100 radio with HSPA+.

Furthermore, not only is there a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main camera, but there’s also a staggering 5-megapixel front-facing camera on the other side — just like the one on Oppo’s Ulike 2. Oh, and these all come in an 8.5mm-thick body, too. Zopo’s now accepting pre-orders for the first 5,000 C2s and will be shipping before the end of the month, so if you have an account on Tmall and don’t mind being a guinea pig then go for it.

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Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Trolls out loud!

key2It seems like Google is going to run out of time as it has shown no interest in slowing a bit and take a look at what it has done. Since 2011, Google has came up with Android 4.0 which was powered in the Flagship Galaxy Nexus and later on it brought in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which has been integrated to the units of Nexus 7.
But the question from the enthusiasts as they heard about the rumors about the successor OS is that what’s next? To answer the following, we must stand to ground till its officially declared by the makers. Oh please, who can stop themselves after hearing about this OS fiesta. So search was on and along came rumors with them tumbling down the road.

The first news that came about the Android 5.0 is its label which is supposed to be Key Lime Pie and the release date stood at 29 October 2012 which later on came to be a rumor. But the codename still stands and new updates of this OS has been leaked by Qualcomm documents. But these documents have no guarantee to be true at all.

According to those leaked documents and some SamMobile sources, Key Lime Pie would be available for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3,Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 8.0 and of course the newly released Galaxy Note 10.1. The featured OS is to be added with 3.8 Kernal of Linux allowing to optimize the usage of RAM and creating a good phone which is able to do multi-tasking swiftly. Google is still to verify those configurations and relieve our stress.

SOURCE: Tech Radar

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Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Trolls out loud!

key2It seems like Google is going to run out of time as it has shown no interest in slowing a bit and take a look at what it has done. Since 2011, Google has came up with Android 4.0 which was powered in the Flagship Galaxy Nexus and later on it brought in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which has been integrated to the units of Nexus 7.
But the question from the enthusiasts as they heard about the rumors about the successor OS is that what’s next? To answer the following, we must stand to ground till its officially declared by the makers. Oh please, who can stop themselves after hearing about this OS fiesta. So search was on and along came rumors with them tumbling down the road.

The first news that came about the Android 5.0 is its label which is supposed to be Key Lime Pie and the release date stood at 29 October 2012 which later on came to be a rumor. But the codename still stands and new updates of this OS has been leaked by Qualcomm documents. But these documents have no guarantee to be true at all.

According to those leaked documents and some SamMobile sources, Key Lime Pie would be available for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3,Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 8.0 and of course the newly released Galaxy Note 10.1. The featured OS is to be added with 3.8 Kernal of Linux allowing to optimize the usage of RAM and creating a good phone which is able to do multi-tasking swiftly. Google is still to verify those configurations and relieve our stress.

SOURCE: Tech Radar

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Dell offers Alienware X51 gaming Pc running Ubuntu Linux OS

dellADell-alienware-x51-gaming-desktop-pc-ubuntu-linux-620x266Dell adds new range of Alienware gaming PCs to its portfolio; the company started off by offering Alienware Laptops & PCs for Windows users but for now PCs will come with Ubuntu Linux OS installed as standard. Meanwhile Ubuntu is experimenting with its smartphone structured OS; another happy news strikes the market with the availability of Dell gaming PCs with Ubuntu OS. Ubuntu powered Alienware  X51 PCs are currently offered to US market; starting from Intel powered Core i3-3320 chipset along with 1 GDDR5 Nvidia GeFore GTX 645 at $599 to powerful Intel Core i7-3770 chipset 3.4 GHZ Quad Core along with 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 at $1049.

The new “giant” series by Dell will be small for factor (SFF) enabled will be offered in tower as well as flat orientation. The machines are quite heavy; weight 5.5Kg with dimensions as H: 343mm tapering to 318mm, D: 318mm, W: 95mm. Worthy to mention here about Steam’s Big Picture Mode “With over 25 gaming titles available and more being added, users can access Steam For Linux to play online games, including your favourite titles like Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3” says Dell.

Machines are being advertised with slogan “the ultimate gaming hardware” for open-source Linux OS i.e. Ubuntu. Distinctive feature is the massive power brick. As for now, Dell has offered affordable gaming machines for Ubuntu powered systems. Dell’s this offering is making news, since the machines comes with Ubuntu pre-installed gamers raising questions about smooth gaming experience on Ubuntu as they have on Microsoft’s Windows. However if Ubuntu satisfies the urge of games, a big question mark is there for windows future since Ubuntu is grabbing enough users to its OS.

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Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview Now Available for Download

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Ubuntu Touch or Ubuntu Mobile OS is one of the new mobile OSes under development in 2013. This year has been rightly touted as the year of new mobile OSes as we’re going to see many new platforms surface. To begin with, the Firefox OS is currently seeing widespread coverage, then there’s the Tizen OS jointly developed by Samsung and Intel, and also Jolla’s Sailfish OS which will mark the rebirth of the MeeGo OS. But Ubuntu Mobile is making the most noise as it’s that much closer to launch. The new smartphone OS is far from being perfect, and is a developer only project as you would imagine. Which is why the folks at Canonical (devs of Ubuntu) want to give the developers a taste of this new mobile OS by making it available for download. The OS is now officially available for download and install. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the LG Nexus 4, the ASUS Nexus 7 and the Samsung Nexus 10 are compatible with the new OS. So if you have any of these devices as spare handsets, make sure you give the OS a try. But we must reiterate that this is merely a developer preview, which means that it’s far from being the final version of the real thing. In other words, it won’t be snappy or smooth like the modern mobile OS.

The Canonical team claims the new OS to be “very new and unfinished” which is developer talk for “don’t use it unless you know what you’re getting into”. Regardless, it’s a great new OS and we can expect fruitful things from Canonical’s new mobile OS. All of this will be free for all to try though, which is neat and as with the desktop version of Ubuntu, things are pretty simple here too. If at all you are interested in trying out the new OS despite knowing the risks, you must remember that all your data on the device will be wiped and you will have to make a complete backup of the same before flashing the ROM. Shortly in the future, we are going to see apps being developed for the smartphone along with new and improved versions of the OS making its way to the fore. I will reserve my temptation to try out this new ROM until then. Perhaps someday we’ll see Canonical launch standalone Ubuntu OS smartphones, without having to rely on Android’s mercy.

As of now, Ubuntu Touch features the Android Developer Bridge Tool connectivity as well as support for making calls, sending texts, Wi-Fi, some core applications, front and rear cameras along with some other developer tools. So while it might pack all the essential features, it cannot really be used as a daily driver, even though we’re trying to convince ourselves otherwise. But the day is nigh when the OS comes out of alpha and is usable for all. If you’ve got a device to spare, make sure you try the new Touch Ubuntu OS from the source link below by following the download and installation instructions. After you’re done, make sure you drop us a line and let us know about your experience.

Source: Ubuntu
Via: Engadget

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Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview now available for ruining/enhancing your Nexus

Linux development team Ubuntu has followed through with its promise to launch a touch-based OS for mobile devices, with the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview now available for download. If you own a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 you’re now able to download and install the test release, although Ubuntu warns it “does not provide all of the features and services of a retail phone and cannot replace your current handset.”

So if you’re in the luck position of having a spare Nexus phone or tablet you can use for hacking around on, this is for you.

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If not, it’ll just ruin your new toy. Plus, of course, this is basically initiating a complete wipe of your current hardware in order to install the new OS, so your current apps, settings and data will all be nuked in the process.

Link via Phandroid.

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Tizen 2.0 SDK and source code emerge from alpha, bring slew of new features

Tizen 2.0 SDK and source code emerge from alpha, bring slew of new features

Sure, an early version of Tizen 2.0 Magnolia may have first emerged last September, but now the SDK and source code have dropped the “alpha” designation for a proper release. After a few months of incubation, the open source OS has been laden with enhanced support for HTML5 and a beefed up Web UI framework that enables full-screen and multi-window features. Developers can now leverage new hardware APIs for Bluetooth and NFC support, and access a device’s call history, calendar and messaging “subsystems.” Support for background applications, text-to-speech and IP Push have also made it into the operating system along with reference applications including the likes of a calendar, gallery and phone app. In addition, a native IDE and a spruced up web development environment have been released with the latest code. Hit the source link for the full skinny and appropriate downloads.

[Image credit: Tizen Project, Flickr]

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BlackBerry Q10 with physical keyboard given May-June release window for US

If you thought March was far away, be prepared to thumb your calendar to an even further date for the BlackBerry Q10. According to AP, CEO Thorsten Heins has said that the physical keyboard iteration of BlackBerry’s new OS will arrive around 8-10 weeks after the Z10 makes its eventual appearance on American shores. Heins added that release dates would vary between the major carriers, but the company maintains that the Q10 will arrive in other markets (likely including parts of Europe) some time in April. Guess we’ll hold onto our aging Bold until then.

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Firefox OS shows up on a mystery phone, we go hands-on (update: now with video!)

Firefox OS shows up on a mystery phone, we go handson

Firefox’s mobile operating system showed up on a mystery phone tonight at a pre-CES event ahead of its unveiling later this year, carrying no branding and looking light on features. Sadly, the WiFi in the event space didn’t give us much of a chance to explore the OS’ inner workings, and the phone was dubbed a “mystery” device by Mozilla reps, but we did snap some pictures of it. We also know that it’s got at least an ARMv6 CPU and 256MB of RAM, and likely more power than that. Mozilla’s planning a 2013 launch of the Chrome OS — an OS powered entirely by HTML5 — in partnership with Telefonica, Qualcomm, and “a long list of industry supporters.

The phone we handled felt like a pretty standard low-end Android device, albeit running an HTML5 open source OS. Swapping between apps was quick and responsive, but the phone really wasn’t doing too much. Mozilla’s aiming the OS at low-end phones in emerging markets, and told us that South America would be its first focus. While what we saw was still pretty bare bones, the OS has certainly seen some heavy updates since its big debut at last year’s Mobile World Congress.

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Dropbox delivers long-promised app for Windows 8 and Windows RT

Dropbox delivers longpromised app for Windows 8 and Windows RT

We’ve been hearing talk of a Dropbox app for Windows 8 since the OS’s big debut back in October, but there’s now finally some good news for Windows users who favor the cloud-storage service. The Dropbox app is now available for both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, offering all the basic features you’d expect (and not much more), including the ability to share files with with Windows 8′s Share Charm. Windows Phone 8 users, on the other hand, still have some waiting to do for an official app.

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STATS: Android 4.X reaches 39% of all devices

Google has updated its informative Platform Versions data, filling us in on how the Android ecosystem looks as the OS enters 2013. It shows another leap for the many versions of the code based around the 4.0 release, with just over 39% of all Android devices now running something built around version 4.0 of the platform or above.

And finally, Google has stopped including the “Cupcake” version 1.5 of the OS in this data, which was listed as running on 0.1% of devices back in November

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…while the “Jelly Bean” software is off to a flying start, with just over 10% of Android users now running the newest code. This data covers the two week period ending January 3rd, so includes all the new Nexus 7s that would’ve came online on Christmas Day.

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RIM will unveil BlackBerry 10 on January 30th in New York

RIM will unveil BlackBerry 10 on January 30th in New York

Just a few weeks until CES, and just under a month and half until we see BlackBerry 10 in its final, finished form. Invites to the US event have now been sent out, with calendars being circled for January 30th at a location somewhere in New York. Not only will we get the full details of RIM’s new software, but those first devices that the new OS will arrive on. We’ll be on hand ready to see exactly how the phone-maker plans to reverse its fortunes.

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Microsoft selling four times as many Windows Phones as a year ago, won’t say what that means

Microsoft selling four times as many Windows Phones as last year, won't say what that means

It’s no secret that Windows Phone sales have been in the doldrums for much of the platform’s existence. If we believe Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer’s talk at the annual company shareholder meeting, however, the mobile OS has turned a corner. He tells investors that Windows Phone sales are about four times what they were at the same point last year, and that demand has been strong enough for initial sellouts in “many countries;” that may be an allusion to reported Lumia 920 shortages in Germany and Nokia’s native Finland, among other regions. Ballmer is quick to point to more competitive hardware as triggering the sales spike. The news is certainly positive on the whole, although we’d warn that Microsoft is pulling an Amazon — that is, declining to offer the shipment numbers that would give its grandiose claims some context. It’s easy to tout record growth when you’re starting from a small point, so we’ll refrain from calling Windows Phone the Comeback Kid until market share estimates show otherwise.

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Android celebrates its fourth birthday with 75% of the world’s smartphone market

Android celebrated its fourth birthday since the launch of the T-Mobile G1 last month, but it seems as though the company may be receiving a belated gift in commemoration. A new market research report suggests that Google’s Android OS currently holds 75 percent of the entire world’s smartphone market, up from 57.5 percent the previous year.

This number is astronomical in relation to the relatively short period of time the OS has been around. Of course a large percentage of this figure can be attributed to budget phones running outdated versions of the OS, but in reality isn’t that an integral part of the Android platform? IDC, the company behind the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, notes that these numbers are preliminary, but are expected to be irritably close to the actual number.

“The share decline of smartphone operating systems not named iOS since Android’s introduction isn’t a coincidence,” said IDC’s senior research analyst Kevin Restivo. “The smartphone operating system isn’t an isolated product, it’s a crucial part of a larger technology ecosystem. Google has a thriving, multi-faceted product portfolio. Many of its competitors, with weaker tie-ins to the mobile OS, do not. This factor and others have led to loss of share for competitors with few exceptions.”

Source: BusinessWire


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RIM: BlackBerry 10 carrier testing starts in October, OS remains on schedule

RIM BlackBerry 10 carrier testing starts in October, the OS itself is on track

Worried that RIM might face any further delays of BlackBerry 10? Don’t be. CEO Thorsten Heins just confirmed at his BlackBerry Jam presentation that carrier testing for the new OS should begin this October, and that the platform launch is still slated for early 2013, as we were told this spring. As he’s mentioned in the past, Heins believes carriers are “excited” about the BlackBerry update, implying that this is what’s driving the certification process months in advance. Whether or not optimism is alive and well among providers, the news could be a relief for carriers and BlackBerry developers alike, either of which is likely keen to minimize the shift towards an Android-and-iPhone duopoly in the smartphone space.

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Code Found In Jelly Bean Reveals Multiple User Accounts Coming Soon to Android

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If Android ever hopes to be make the move towards becoming a real desktop OS (this has to be in the back of Google’s mind), it’s going to need one thing first: multiple user accounts. This has long been one of the items at the top of my “Things That Grind My Android Gears” list. Towards the wee hours of last night, we received a tip from our developer friends after a discovery they made, revealed some pretty interesting code hidden deep inside Android 4.1 Jelly Bean AOSP.

What they found were clues that Google has been doing more than just toying around with the idea multiple user accounts on Android, and they’ve actually been busy incorporating code all over the OS that makes its future all but certain. Our developer Steven put together a nice little walk through and if you’re handy with ADB, you can see it for yourself.

Exploring Jelly Bean’s Unfinished Multiple Profile Switching Discovery and Testing Performed by Kevin Barry of TeslaCoil Software.

Commands (using ADB Shell)

pm = PackageManager

am = ActivityManager

 

  • pm create-user test (creates a user, ‘test’ in this example)
  • am switch-user 1 (switches to user ‘1’, which is ‘test’)
  • am switch-user 0 (switches to user ‘0’, which is your original configuration)
  • pm list-users (lists all users on current device)
  • pm remove-user 1 (removes the user ‘1’,which is ‘test’ in this example.  Note that create-user takes a string name while remove-user takes an integer)


Things To Note:

  • App settings are in /data/user/0/ with /data/data symlinked to it for backwards compatibility
  • Some system settings are in /data/system/users/0/ rather than just /data/system/
  • You can view 2011 commit messages in AOSP for all of these commands
  • Visually you can not determine what user is currently active.
  • Notifications and recent apps do not clear (remember… unfinished) and causes confusion to what user you’re on and will switch to whatever user that is running that particular app you click on.
  • Static wallpapers do not switch per user (seems to be shared) but live wallpapers do switch with each user.
  • Encrypted apps, which is all paid apps from the Play Store in Jellybean, will FC between users.  For example: if you run a paid app from one user on a different user that did not originally install the app, you will get the following error: "E/AndroidRuntime( 8707): Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: com.levelup.beautifulwidgets.BeautifulWidgets"
  • Apps all have different settings which allows you to login or have different settings per user.  (even gmail)

Example Shell (ADB):

shell@android:/ # pm list-users

Users:

UserInfo{0:Primary:3}

UserInfo{1:test:0}

Pretty amazing find, right? The boys at Android Police made a similar discovery, giving a timeline of commits pushed to AOSP dating as far back as April 14th, 2011, all the way to March 28th, 2012. This shows Google has been working on UA’s for awhile now. All the pieces are in place. Multiple user accounts are coming to Android. The question is no longer if — but when. Excited?


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Android Market Share Might Have Saturated, Loses 5% in Q2

It seems that you can only grow so fast. Android seems to have reached its market share peak in Q2 of this year, with sales down 5% from the same quarter last year. This is not cause for despair though, as Android still holds a 56% market share, 23% above its next closest competitor iOS(33%). These numbers are up to June 30th, so we don’t know how much of a factor the Galaxy S 3 will have on market share. I myself have a friend who recently went from the iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S3, who knows how many others there were.

Right now there are 3 players in the mobile OS market share business; Android OS, iOS, and Blackberry OS (I know, right!?). Blackberry has been in a downward spiral for the last 2 years as Android sprung to the top. In fact, Android could be credited with the extreme growth of the Smartphone market after the initial boom when the iPhone came out. iOS was pretty stagnant around 15-20% until Android hit the scene, then both OS’s saw growth continuing on until this quarter.

While Android saw a peak, it seems iOS has been tasked with finishing off Blackberry OS. iOS gained 10% share over this time last year. It makes sense that most businesses are more likely to transition to iOS because of its closed garden ecosystem then the openness of Android. But at this point, Blackberry is nearly dead at 6%. Where can we/it go from here?

Well Android is going to have to make sure they can hold off iOS and let it steal the remaining market share from Blackberry, but once it’s dead and gone, we have a new problem. It’s called Windows Phone 8. Jest all you want about it, but because Microsoft has the most customers in the PC business, it makes sense that many of them will try out WP8. Just like owning a Mac is a big pull for owning an iPhone, owning a PC will be a big pull to get a WP8 phone.

Until Chromebook’s start gaining considerable ground, we just don’t have the same pull as the other two. Here’s to hoping Samsung did something right.

Source [TechCrunch]

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Update rolling out to International Galaxy S III, includes stability and minor Improvements

Updates in software and solutions for common problems, bugs and annoyances should always be at the top of a manufacturer’s list of things to do. Sure, the next greatest OS update should be right along side it, some of us would much rather have the device in perfect working order too. With Samsung leading the pack in smartphones at the moment, they need to focus on not only getting more units shipped, but also making them work as perfectly as possible. There is currently a software update hitting those lucky international users of the Galaxy S III that brings some changes.

The update is reportedly weighing in at 72MB’s with the usual lack of change log with a simple “improve stability” in its place. People are reporting a few various thing though that are nice to hear. There is apparently a new toggle in the notification drawer to adjust the brightness easier, better audio options, more toggles in the power menu and a fix in place for AccuWeather. Can’t be all bad, can it.

The update is rolling out via OTA currently for the International Galaxy S III devices, the quad-core versions. It could take a bit of time for all of them to get the update and possibly longer for those using unlocked versions around the globe. Let us know if you see any other noticeable differences.

Source: Slashgear

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Firefox OS From Mozilla Will Launch This Year

Mozilla is set to enter a not-so-crowded operating system market for mobiles by launching a new OS called Firefox OS sometime this year. It is known that several big mobile carriers and mobile manufacturers are showing big support the upcoming operating system.
Work on this latest operating system began last year when Mozilla started the B2G (Boot2Gecko) project. The company aims to open another opportunity for consumers to taste a different operating system aside from the existing operating systems for mobiles today. The main difference of this new system is centers around the standards being used by Web technologies instead of the more platform-specific frameworks and tools.
Mozilla hopes that the effort to make this new operating system will complement and extend the existing Web standards with capabilities needed by mobile applications like APIs for telephony and power management.
Mobile makers led by Telefónica have committed use the Firefox OS. So far, only Telefónica has entered into a formal partnership with Mozilla to use the said OS earlier this year. Partnerships with Telenor, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia, and Sprint are expected to follow.
It is expected that the very first Firefox OS phones will be made available to consumers in Brazil at the end of the year through the Vivo brand of Telefónica.
Mozilla targets markets in the developing world for their Boot2Gecko project. According to Mozilla advocate Christian Heilmann, the platform of Firefox OS is built to new phones being sold in the emerging economies to give phone users an affordable option in buying new devices centered on a more complete Web experience. The new operating system is not designed to compete against the contemporary smartphone platforms like iOS and Android. However, a foreseeable rivalry is set to take place in third world countries like India, where Android has a growing presence. The real edge of Mozilla’s Firefox OS lies in its open and inclusive nature, which is more attractive for mobile manufacturers and carriers alike.
Firefox OS has a long way to go to prove its market viability if it plans to survive against bigger rivals. So far, the positive trend of support from handset makers is an encouraging sign for Mozilla.

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Mozilla: Brazilians to get first phones running Boot to Gecko

Brazilians to get first phones running Boot to Gecko in late 2012, early 2013?

We got to fiddle with Mozilla’s HTML5-based mobile OS, Boot to Gecko, for the first time a couple of months ago, and found it to be a promising platform, but one that wasn’t ready for prime-time. However, it appears that Brazilians on Telefonica will get the first crack at buying BtG phones, and the handsets are set to go on sale by the end of this year or in early 2013. The good news — for our South American readers, at least — came from Gary Kovacs, Mozilla’s CEO, who made the announcement in São Paulo today. Unfortunately, Kovacs failed to say what kind of hardware will run the web-based OS, but Pablo Larrieux, the chief innovation officer of Telefonica Vivo, indicated that the handsets will be unlocked and priced to move: they’ll cost as much as a featurephone.

[Thanks, Henrique]

[Brazil flag photo via Shutterstock.]

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VP of Engineering For Mobile At Google Hints At A Fall Release For Android 5.0

We know, we know!  After reading that title you’re saying to yourself, “damn man, Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t even rolled out yet to more than a handful of devices!”  We hear ya.  I’m all for upgrades, updates and better OS’s don’t get me wrong.  However, this isn’t helping the fragmentation issue one bit.  Google, if you’re reading this, slow the heck down.  One can only assume that the new OS is most likely a minor one and not as drastic of a change as ICS was from Gingerbread.  That being said, Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering for mobile devices at Google made a comment during an interview with Computerworld at MWC that noted the new version could be rolling out to devices by early fall.

“After Android 4 comes 5, and we haven’t announced the timing yet, which we’re still sorting out,” Lockheimer said. “There’s a lot of engineering work behind it still, and there’s also just the question of how to time it.

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In general, the Android release cadence is one major release a year with some maintenance releases that are substantial still.”

So, makes sense since Android 4.0 was released last Nov.  However, Lockheimer adds:

“Having said that, we’re flexible. The [timing of releases] is not what drives us, but what does is innovation and offering users a great experience.”

So, there’s really no telling when the official announcement and/or roll-out will be.  In addition, there was no solid confirmation that the name of the new OS would indeed be Jelly Bean.  For now, we’ll have to give Android 4.0 some breathing room as it’s still a hit and success among developers and users alike.  Stay tuned as we dig for the soup on all the details regarding the next iteration in the alphabetical sweets release.  And feel free to offer some suggestions of your own as to what will follow suit.  

1.5  - Cup Cake
2.0 – Donut
2.1 – Eclair
2.2 – Froyo
2.3 – Gingerbread
3.0 – Honeycomb
4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
5.0 – “J” ?

source: Computerworld

 


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RIM loses BBX trademark battle, next OS is named BlackBerry 10

Die-hard fans of RIM’s mobile efforts should put those BBX tattoo plans on hold, as the US Federal Court has blocked the company from using the BBX trademark, favoring the existing use by BASIS International for its software. As a result, the boys from Waterloo just announced at BlackBerry DevCon Asia that the new name for its next phone OS is BlackBerry 10 (and the Roman numeral for 10 is… ah, we see what you did there.) Let’s hope RIM’s plans for pulling its tablets and phones into a single unified platform are better executed than its naming process — next time, they should probably just leave it up to the machines.

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