As the clock winds down to the start of CES 2013, Canonical announces their latest endeavor – bringing their popular Ubuntu operating system to the smartphone platform. Canonical hopes to entice potential users with features like:
It may be the weekend but you didn’t expect the rumors to take a break, did you? Get ready for this, because a source close to The Verge is claiming that they in fact know the name of Google’s OS to follow after Jelly Bean. You’re probably wondering how reliable this source may be, but apparently this is the same source to out Jelly Bean well before it was publicly known. Although no release date or version number was mentioned, Key Lime Pie, or KLP as you may decide to call it, is being rumored as Google’s upcoming-upcoming operating system. Obviously this is to be taken with a
grain handful of salt, but what better to do on a Sunday afternoon then spread a little gossip?
Sure it seems a bit early to be throwing around future OS names when we still haven’t gotten official conformation from Google about JB. Nonetheless, I wanted to pass this on because I am just dying to hear what you guys have to say. Tell me all about it in the comments below! :-D
source: The Verge
The Acre Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 was slated to be receiving an update to Android 3.1 down the road here, but it seems it made its way to China before anywhere else. We all know what happens when updates get released…they get shared! Now, owners of the Acer Iconia Tab can download and install the Android 3.1 update right from XDA-Developers link below. The update will be a manual one, so you’ll need to download the ‘update.zip’ and put it on the root of your tabs internal storage to install from there by rebooting into recovery and installing from SD. Always a good idea to backup your OS first in the event something goes wrong. better to be safe than sorry. Happy updating!
After the last report, we saw that Android 2.2 and up devices totalled over 70% of the total OS mix for Android devices. Now we see that’s has come up a little more to 74.4%. This is mainly due to the amount of Android 2.3 – Android 3.1 devices being a little more frequent in releases over the past month. Also, There’s been a lot of devices seeing upgrades to Android 2.3 as well.
Last report showed under 5% were Gingerbread and up, but now that has doubled to 9.8%. This will no doubt get higher as the year progresses, but it would be great to see the number of anything under Froyo go to 1% by the end of the year, and maybe see Android 2.2 itself at 50%. We’ll see how that pans out in a few months I guess.
It may have seemed like some of us would never see this coming by the amount of time many have waited to get Froyo on their devices, both last year and still this year to come. So, here we are, looking at 61.3% of active Android devices on the market currently running Android 2.2. The downside is you can see that there are still many, many people waiting for an upgrade with 29% still running Eclair. Gingerbread comes in under 1%, which is quite low considering it was released a few months back already. Let’s hope that it doesn’t talk as long to get Froyo devices onto Gingerbread as it did to get Donut onto Eclair or Froyo. Carriers…help us out here!
There’s a stigma in the mobile world that hackers prefer Android systems because the SDK’s and software is open, therefore allowing users to customize how they please. Some hardware manufacturers on the other hand may not be totally supportive when it comes to users installing their own custom ROMs and OSs, like Motorola for example.
That isn’t stopping this user however, as he’s found a way to install another open source project onto the Motorola Xoom, and its not any variation of Android…it’s Linux Ubuntu 9.10. Looking at the instructions, I’d have to say that you would most likely completely void your warranty on the Xoom if you do this, but just make sure that if you try it, you have a good recovery ready for backup and restore, so you can get it back to factory condition if this goes south for any reason. The instructions are long, and not for the timid. Click the source link below for the full set of instructions if you’re an Ubuntu lover.
Looks like HTC will be making good on their promise to get Gingerbread onto the HTC Incredible S after we saw the device at MWC 2011 without Gingerbread. I admit, we had concerns why they would not put the latest Android OS onto such a fine device. HTC promised it wouldn’t be long, and it will be a few more months, 4 to be exact before we see Android 2.3 on the Incredible S.
To add to the update madness, the HTC Desire family will also be getting Gingerbread around the same time, which is awesome for those who still have an original Desire and thought with all these new devices coming out, why would they bother with little old me and my Desire. Well, they are bothering with all of them. Nice work HTC.
Yesterday we showed here that the Barnes and Noble Nook Color ereader can run Honeycomb without any real major issues. This puts the NookColor in league with other tablets that have been shown running Android 3.0, and leaves the other ereaders in the dust. If you want to give it a try, you can download it at XDA-Developers. Just click the source link below.
*insert hack warning – please be careful when rooting or flashing any Android device – back it up*
There’s a storm brewing in the ever raging battle between Windows Mobile, iOS and Android. Strip away the hardware (can’t with iPhone, we know but hear it out), and you’re left with the Operating System and its set of standard features. We’ve reported earlier that smartphones have begun to dominate “feature phones”, and it’s pretty fair to say that we’ve become accustomed to certain standard tools and features that belong on every smartphone we buy.
PCWorld recently did an article outlining the features between Windows Phone 7, Apple iOS and Google Android. It is clear to anyone who reads this article who the real winner is in the OS world for feature sets. In fact, out of all the features compared, the only one that Android didn’t have was “Silverlight Support”, which doesn’t los it any points because neither iOS or Windows Phone 7 support it either. (LOL, I know, you’d think Microsoft would build that in since they developed them both)