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During a talk at the D11 conference this afternoon Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, hinted at the possibility of opening up iOS a little more to developers. Apple's software is more closed than its biggest rival Android, which hinders what developers can and cannot do with iOS based devices.
"On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you'll see us open up more in the future," Cook said, "but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience. So there's always a fine line to walk there, or maybe not so fine."
Cook was also asked about Facebook Home, specifically about rumors that Facebook had first approached Apple who shot the social networking giant down. Cook did not confirm or deny the rumor but said "We think the customer pays us to make choices on their behalf. I've see some of these settings screens, and I don't think that's what customers want. Do some want it? Yes."
According to some anonymous sources of 9to5Mac, iOS 7 is going to be the biggest change to Apple's mobile OS yet, where we should expect it to be: a flattened, minimalistic, anti-skeuomorphic UI poured uniformly atop its next-gen mobile OS.
Jony Ive is the man responsible for this big change, with his design chops resulting in what we have with the iPhone, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMacs and MacBooks. Both Ive and Jobs were very close, where Jobs' biographer, Walter Isaacson labeling the two men as "soul mates". There have been teases of iOS 7 in the past, but we haven't heard about the black and white aspect of it yet, which would be a huge jump.
9to5Mac's sources claim that iOS 7's home screen icons will ditch their shadows and gloss, replacing it with flatness. The icons to Game Center and Note will lose their older-themed look (such as green felt, leather-like trim, etc) and in replacement, we'll have solid color and style. We shouldn't have to wait long for iOS 7, which should be unveiled at WWDC.
Android 4.3 has reportedly been spotted in the wild at a mobile expo currently taking place in Thailand. The new operating system was spotted running on a Nexus 4 and appears to remain nearly unchanged. The only noticeable user interface difference appears to be the camera app, which sports controls in different locations:
Android 4.3 is seen running with a build number of JWR45B, indicating that it is a completely new build. The operating system also had the Jelly Bean Easter egg found in the About section. We still don't know when Google will release the new operating system, though it shouldn't be too far off in the future.
During the keynote address at this morning's Google I/O conference, the company announced that its Android mobile operating system has surpassed 900 million activations to date. The company said that "While this number is large, there is still six billion more people in the world to reach."
Android is about to enter its 5th iteration very soon and it is highly expected to be debuted at some point this week during Google I/O. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full Google I/O coverage and Live Blogs of select I/O events as they take place.
Windows 8 is receiving an update in the coming months pushing it to Windows 8.1, which was called Windows Blue. But, there have been questions of whether we would see an update to Windows Phone 8 or not, which was answered in a report by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet.
The report states that we won't see an update version of Microsoft's mobile OS until 2014, with Foley's sources stating that Windows Phone will see three smaller updates to roll through before the end of 2014 in preparation of a bigger update that'll arrive in 2014. These updates will include "support for CalDAV and CardDAV, so that it will continue to work with Google contact and calendar syncing services" and will "reintroduce support for FM radio... a feature which was part of the Windows Phone 7 operating system platform, but which was cut for Windows Phone 8".
Microsoft has made it official: The upcoming Windows Blue update will be referred to as Windows 8.1 and will be available free to all Windows 8 users. The first public preview of the software will be available in June in conjunction with Microsoft's BUILD conference. This remains the same as previously reported.
Windows 8 has been seen somewhat as a failure. While it was received with much fan-fare, sales of the operating system have been quite low. Around 100 million licenses have been sold, but the install base is actually quite a bit less than that. Many are upset with the removal of the Start button, which is rumored to be coming back in 8.1.
Microsoft has gone with the Windows 8.1 nomenclature to indicate that it is just an update, not a whole new version. It's somewhat akin to a service pack. We'll be sure to get you the full technical details as soon as Microsoft details what they've changed for Windows 8.1.
Windows 8 may have 100 million licenses in the wild, but install base sits at an estimated 59 million
Microsoft may have sold 100 million licenses of Windows 8, but this doesn't mean that those licenses are all installed onto consumers' PCs. ComputerWorld talked with Patrick Moorhead, a principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, who estimates that the actual number of Windows 8 devices being used is closer to 59 million.
This is according to the most recent data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is being used on around 4.2% of all Windows PCs. There are over 70 million PCs in the wild still running Windows Vista, which is a number that needs to change.
CyanogenMod 10.1 has reached a step closer to being a proper 'stable' release, reaching Release Candidate (RC) 1. The final release is now close, according to the team.
CyanogenMod 10.1 RC1 is now available to download for compatible devices, and if you aren't aware of what it is, it's an OS based from Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but has a huge cache of additional features. This is the perfect way to upgrade your device if your manufacturer hasn't bothered to do so. The compatibility list, is below:
Apple's iOS 7 beta has started to show up in website logs, suggesting that Apple is testing out the new operating system ahead of its rumored WWDC debut. This isn't the first time that operating systems have shown up in website logs ahead of their launch.
Onswipe, for instance, has seen massive spikes in iOS 7 traffic to the sites they manage. The majority of the iOS 7 traffic is coming from San Francisco and Cupertino, 18.75 percent and 17.9 percent respectively. 75 percent of the iOS 7 traffic is coming from iPhones and 25 percent is coming from iPads.
Apple is widely expected to announce iOS 7 at the WWDC. It's not clear what changes will be included, though there has been talk that it will feature a flat visual design. If iOS 7 makes an appearance at WWDC, you'll be sure to hear about it here.
There has been a lot of talk about Microsoft's upcoming update known as Windows Blue. Julie Larson-Green confirmed on stage at the Wired Business Conference that the Windows Blue update is coming later this year, though a specific release time was not provided.
Larson-Green announced that a public preview of the update will be made available during the BUILD conference taking place at the end of June. This will allow the public to get their hands on the update and provide feedback.
Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play. The Windows Blue update is also an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we've been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT. From a company-wide perspective, Windows Blue is part of a broader effort to advance our devices and services for Microsoft.
We'll be sure to update you when the public preview is made available in late June.