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Windows 8 to come in at least 4 versions

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

We love choice. That’s why we have so many flavors of ice cream and it’s also why our gadgets come in so many colors and with so many varied options. Now that we are all hungry for ice cream, I’ll get to the point. Rumor is that Microsoft will offer at least four different versions of Windows 8 for devices with ARM processors. According to Renee James, Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of Software and Services Group, Windows versions that run on ARM devices will be focused on tablets and other mobile devices.

Are you tired of Microsoft having too many versions of their OS? This might be a problem for them. We will have to wait and see. But I think most of us just want one or two options for the OS, so we can make a hassle free choice and be done with it.

Google Cr-48: The First Chrome OS Netbook

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Google has announced an unbranded Google Cr-48 laptop. The name comes from the symbol for the chromium isotope on the periodic table. The device will be distributed through a Chrome OS Pilot Program, which is in public beta.

Google is hoping that early users will provide valuable feedback, but there isn’t a purchase option right now. Retail units from Acer and Samsung will be available in 2011. The Cr-48 will feature a 12.1-inch display, a full keyboard over a capacious trackpad, world roaming support for 3G mobile broadband with Verizon support in the U.S., 802.11n dual-band WiFi, 8+ hours of battery life and 8+ days of standby time, a webcam, and flash storage.

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Android 2.x on 83 percent of Android devices

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

Not every Android-powered device out there has the latest firmware update. Sometimes that’s due to carrier or hardware restrictions. Now the stats are in and according to the Android Market, Android 2.0 or higher is already on 83 percent of all Android devices with Android 2.2 Froyo already installed on over 43 percent of all Android devices.

That’s up 10 percent since October. Not bad at all. Older versions of Android like 1.5 and 1.6 are still around, but you can expect the share to slowly shrink. With Android 2.3 and 3.0 coming, we hope this chart will be updated soon with those versions.

Microsoft sells 240 Million copies of Windows 7 in 12 months

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Microsoft has announced that it has sold more than 240 million copies of Windows 7 (which was launched a year ago this week), Those numbers make it both Microsoft’s and the industry’s fastest-selling OS. The company needed it too. Windows 7 has helped the company overcome much of the negative consumer opinion after the launch of its Vista OS.

It should be noted that Apple has sold about 13.8 million Mac machines worldwide, but still isn’t large enough to compete in sheer new OS installs. It has however received a much faster adoption of its latest OS version.

Android 4.0 nicknamed Ice Cream

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Android 3.0 has yet to be announced, but even so ARM president Tudor Brown revealed the very earliest detail of 4.0 in a talk published late Friday. Keeping with the usual dessert inspired names, the future OS would be codenamed Ice Cream and would follow after 3.0, Gingerbread, as well as an interim release known as Honeycomb.

The mobile OS’ creator has refused to comment beyond acknowledging Gingerbread and Honeycomb and none of Ice Cream’s features have been unveiled so far.

Acer Netbooks may offer Dual-OS Booting as standard

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2010

The latest rumor regarding Acer says that Acer is planning to make dual OS netbooks a standard choice for all of its netbooks that have a dual-core processor. Google’s Android OS on the Aspire One D255 isn’t available to everyone, but it will become a standard feature in the future. There’s no reason not to offer it since the OS is cheap and can be easily added.

Android has been seen by notebook manufacturers as a way of providing a near-instant boot solution, though there were previously some issues getting the OS to work right since it wasn’t designed to support a mouse and supported ARM chipsets instead of Intel Atom chips.

Android is most popular OS among US phone buyers over the last six months

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Android’s huge growth has now been illustrated by Nielsen’s statisticians in the above chart of recent US smartphone purchases. It shows very clearly that over the six months leading up to August 2010, 32 percent of American new phone buyers have bought a device with Google’s OS on board.

Android is comfortably ahead of RIM at 26 percent and Apple at 25 percent. These results seem to confirm NPD’s figures, which have Android at 33 percent of new US purchases. Android is indeed dominating.

BlackBerry OS updates available for the Pearl 3G and Bold 9000

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

Good news for those of you who own either the BlackBerry Pearl 3G or Bold 9000. Both devices have had their OS update leaked. It isn’t official, so do it at your own risk. But it’s nice to know things are moving forward.

Hit the link below for the download links. We would suggest backing up beforehand, since you know, this isn’t official and all. Better safe than sorry.

BlackBerry BlackPad Tablet to run OS developed by QNX

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Word on the tablet street is that RIM will be using an operating system developed by QNX Software Systems for its upcoming tablet, the BlackPad. This is interesting news because it means that RIM won’t be using its own BlackBerry 6 OS.

Last month RIM acquired the Internet rights to blackpad.com, according to the Whois database. We can’t wait to see how it all plays out with this OS. It’s an interesting move by the company.

Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, arrives November 26

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

We’ve been hearing rumors of a Google Chrome OS tablet hitting Verizon for awhile now. The latest rumor has Google’s Chrome OS tablet is being built by HTC, and it will apparently be launched on Verizon on November 26th.

The device will be subsidized by the carrier, and much cheaper than the iPad. The rumor says that it has the following specs: An NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform, 1280 x 720 pixel multi-touch display, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, GPS, Webcam and Expandable storage.

JoliCloud 1.0 now ready for your netbook

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

It’s been quite a wait, but JoliCloud 1.0 is finally ready for download for your netbook. This Linux-based OS is also compatible with touchscreen displays. Once installed, you’ll have that 700-app directory to keep you busy for awhile.

Did we mention that it’s free? This operating system is based in the cloud, which should allow you to automatically synchronize across multiple devices, while managing your interface from said cloud as well, as long as you have an HTML5-supporting browser.

Android is now top-selling OS in American smartphones

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

BlackBerrys and iPhones are so last week. The American consumer has voted with his wallet and it turns out that Android is his favorite OS of the last quarter. NPD has just announced their findings for Q2 2010 and they conclude that 33 percent of phones sold during the period had Android on board as the OS.

This is the first time, since 2007, that RIM has not been in the lead for most purchased smartphone OS in the US. BlackBerrys accounted for 28% of the market and Apple’s iPhone is third with 22%. Motorola and HTC are the two big reasons for Android’s soaring ascent.

RIM launches BlackBerry 6 platform

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2010

It’s been teased since way back in April, but RIM has finally unveiled all the details on its BlackBerry 6 operating system. The software features a whole mess of updates, most notably new universal search functionality, social network aggregation, WiFi-powered media sync with your desktop music collection, and an all-new WebKit-based browser with support for HTML5.

RIM has also committed to bringing BlackBerry 6 as an upgrade to some of their recent models like the Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and Pearl 3G “subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead.”

Google to launch Chrome OS in late fall

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on June 2nd, 2010

Google has been talking about its Chrome OS for a while now. The operating system is one of the latest attempts by Google to fight Microsoft on the software front. Google was able to fight and beat Microsoft with Android.

So far its Google Docs offerings aren’t catching up to Microsoft Office, but Google hopes its Chrome OS will have better luck. Google is set to launch the open source OS late in the fall of this year. Google says that the OS will be compatible with applications already on the market.

Acer Chrome OS devices coming in June?

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2010

Chrome OS isn’t due to be released until later in the year, but according to Venture Beat, there will be some Chrome OS devices released before that. Their sources say that Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer will launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, held from June 1 to June 5.

Acer is keeping mum for the moment, not revealing any details yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see. June is right around the corner. What mystery devices do you think they have up their sleeve?