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Steve Wozniak told a dutch newspaper something we already know: Android is awesome. He didn't come out and say it exactly that way, but the Apple co-founder might as well have. Instead, Wozniak told the De Telegraaf he thinks Android will become the dominant smartphone platform in time, eventually catching up to, and surpassing, Apple's iPhone. He likened the situation to that of Windows, which now dominates the PC world, and he sees Android doing the same for smartphones. That doesn't meant that Wozniak is suddenly sour on his iPhone, and quite the opposite really. Keeping in mind this is translated... Read more...
The freight train known as Android continues to barrel down the smartphone tracks at full speed and was installed in 44 percent of all mobile phones purchased in Q3, according to the latest figures from NPD Group. That's an increase of 11 percentage points since Q2 and nearly twice as high as Apple's iOS, which increased its own share one percentage point to 23 percent. RIM was the big loser in the third quarter, dropping from 28 percent to 22 percent and falling into third place. "Much of Android's quarterly share growth came at the expense of RIM, rather than Apple," said Ross Rubin executive... Read more...
Google's Android OS has proved it can hang with the big boys in the mobile handset market, and with a few tweaks, it will probably prove popular in the tablet space too. So what's next for Google? Try netbooks. According to Glen Murphy, the Australian lead designer on Google's Chrome operating system and Web browser ventures, consumers will start seeing the first Chrome computers shipping later this year. Murphy says most of the big name vendors plan on getting in on the action, including Acer, Asus, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba. All of these companies will release Chrome-based netbooks at some point... Read more...
We've heard on more than one occasion lately that Android is picking up serious steam in the smartphone market. Even though Apple recently launched the iPhone 4 with iOS 4, the Antennagate issue as well as fantastic hardware from the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola have given people a reason to choose an alternative. Android is available on every major U.S. carrier, whereas the iPhone 4 is tied to AT&T. Android also offers more customization, and as we stated in our Android 2.2 review, it's a better operating system for those who like to tinker. Evidently a lot of people enjoy the art... Read more...
If you're an Android app developer, and you have been troubled in the past by ill-willed people stealing your apps and then hosting them online for others to download, it's evident that Google is listening to your squealing. Apple's App Store has been seen as relatively secure when it comes to copy protection on apps; while it's theoretically possible to jailbreak your iPhone and then download/install illicit applications without paying, it's definitely an arduous process that many don't care to even get involved with. But with Android, one of its greatest assets could also be seen as one of its... Read more...
When the first Service Pack shipped for Windows Vista, it was a pretty big deal. After all, it took several performance and reliability updates to turn what debuted as a buggy OS into a serviceable platform, all of which were rolled into SP1, and then some. Windows 7 has gotten off to a much smoother start, but hey, if you're at all curious what the first Service Pack will bring, by all means, go find out - the beta is now available for download (as well as for Windows Server 2008 R2). Keeping in mind that this is beta software (the Service Pack, not Windows 7), we'd advise against downloading... Read more...
Android 2.2 was introduced at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco this past May. It promised to add a number of much-wanted changes and additions to the mobile OS, and even a few things that Apple's iOS does not offer. We've recently acquired the final gold build of Android 2.2, or "Froyo," on our in-house Nexus One, and we'll be detailing the changes and performance tweaks in the pages ahead. Join us as we take a deep dive into the world of Android 2.2, Google's latest and greatest mobile OS... Android 2.2 Review: A Deep, Delicious Dive Into Froyo... Read more...
Google's Android mobile operating system originally launched back in 2008 with the introduction of the industry's first "Google-phone," the T-Mobile G1. The G1 was built by HTC, and at the time, it was fairly cutting edge. It wasn't the most exciting piece of hardware the world had ever seen, but it offered consumers with a very real alternative to the iPhone OS. Up until that point, Apple basically held the entire smartphone world in their hands. BlackBerry loyalists stuck with their push-enabled handsets, but Windows Mobile users were leaving in droves. Very few... Read more...
At some point, someone is going to rise up and challenge Apple's iPad in the tablet market, the only questions are who and when? We still don't know, but Chinese company Red Flag Software will take a stab at it by tossing its name into a hat brimming with other companies who plan on releasing a tablet. Called the NPad, Red Flag's tablet is the first to sport the open-source MeeGo operating system, and word on the Web is that it will cost less than the iPad. That isn't too surprising, considering it will be equipped with a Linux-based OS and not Windows. Specifically, early indications suggest it... Read more...
Apple's stealing all of the smartphone attention these days (some good, some bad press), but Google is always lurking. The two have been feuding for some time now, ever since Google entered the mobile OS market with Android and suddenly got all up in Apple's game. As we have seen earlier in the year, when Android's adopting rate began to surpass the rate of iPhone OS, Android is on a track for success. But up until now, Google hasn't said much about exactly how successful Android is, or has been. But the time for keeping secrets is apparently over. According to the company, over 160000 mobile phones... Read more...
It's no huge secret that Windows 7 is a massive success story. It's hard to say if people were excited about Win7's features or just happy to leave Vista, but either way, Microsoft has managed to move a lot of licenses since the product's launch last year. This week, Microsoft crossed the 150 million mark, with a 150 million Windows 7 licenses being sold worldwide. That's seven copies sold every seven seconds, making it the fastest selling operating system in the history of the world. Of course, when you have a market share like Microsoft does, it's pretty easy to market your new stuff, but getting... Read more...
Google is rarely shy about sharing their intentions with the world. They're pretty proud of the wild things they dream up during their 20% time, and they have no issues publishing details on halfway finished projects or things that many would consider "vaporware." Chrome OS is proof of that; to date, we have no actual piece of software nor shipping product to go by, and even though it was originally announced many months ago, the entire world still believes it's coming one day. As does Dell. A recent Reuters report notes that Dell is "in talks with Google over the use of the Chrome operating system... Read more...
A lot of work is being done to bring more software and hardware to students across the world who couldn't normally afford to own a PC or interact with an operating system in one way or another. OLPC's XO laptop has certainly found its way into a great many classrooms around the globe, but they can't do it alone. Sugar Labs is another company aimed at providing educational software to developing nations. The company has been rather quiet of late, but they're shaking things up somewhat with a new version of Sugar On A Stick. It's a unique name for a unique software set, with Mirabelle being the code-name... Read more...
In a blog post this week, Microsoft made sure to remind everyone that XP's deadline date is fast approaching, making specific mention of netbooks. Come October 22, 2010, "OEMs will no longer be able to pre-install Windows XP Home on new netbook PCs," no matter how much consumers may want it. So is another stay of execution coming? Don't bank on it, as should be pretty obvious by Microsoft posting the blog entry in the first place. And unlike when Vista was the only Windows alternative around, Windows 7 has been much better received. Citing NPD's Retail Tracking Service, Microsoft pointed out that... Read more...
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