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I've been running my Nexus 5 for around a week now, and I love it - Android 4.4 KitKat is a very nice upgrade to the Android ecosystem, and now Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition owners can get some of that KitKat lovin'.
It's good timing, as the HTC One Google Play Edition received its update a few hours ago, and now the second Google Play Edition handset, and premium smartphone has received it. If you haven't received your update yet, it should roll through in the next couple of hours hopefully. Do comment and let us know what you think about the new deliciously-named OS!
Google has confirmed it will be providing RAW file support for Android, as well as native burst shot for the Camera application on Android, too. These functions have been rumored, but now confirmed.
The news has been announced by Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano, who said: "Android's latest camera HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography. We will expose a developer API in a future release to expose more of the HAL functionality." RAW support will allow users to create professional-style photos by using photo editors, just like people who snap photos with a DSLR can.
Sure, it won't be as good as using a DSLR camera, but RAW support will only be embraced, not pushed away.
Microsoft has evolved Windows over the years, to the point where Windows 8.1 is all but unrecognizable to its older operating systems - like Windows 95/98. Of course, time goes by, and we can't expect Microsoft to stay in the dark ages, while everyone wants something better. Well, Windows 8 ushered in a touchscreen interface for Microsoft, something that most people don't like because, well, they don't own a touchscreen. Sure, it's great for tablets and touch-enabled PCs, but not for normal desktop users, like myself.
There's some concept art that users have made for Windows 9, that address some of these problems that Windows 8 ushered in. The Windows 9 concepts all use a Start button, something that was complained about so much with Windows 8, that Microsoft was forced to provide a Start button in Windows 8.1. They look absolutely gorgeous, but I know Microsoft won't go in this direction, unfortunately.
I wish they would offer us a touch-enabled UI (that we see in Windows 8) but with a professional/desktop-based UI, as we see in these concept pieces. This would help Microsoft gain some of those lost customers back, and it would help the company get people to upgrade from Windows 7, instead of not providing anything to the user as an incentive to upgrade.
If you're rocking a Nexus 4 smartphone, or Nexus 7 tablet (in either the 2012 or 2013 edition) then you'll be happy to know that Google is pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat factory images.
This is great, because some of the Nexus 7 versions aren't receiving their over-the-air (OTA) updates, but now any Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 owner can download it and apply them. I've been using Android 4.4 KitKat on my Nexus 5 for the last few days, and I'm coming to really enjoy the changes that Google has pushed onto the platform.
Windows Vista has come and gone, Windows 7 is still here, but even that has been replaced with Windows 8 and now we have Windows 8.1. But, there are plenty of people still on the ageing Windows XP, and this has to stop.
Director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, Tim Rains, has reminded people that the company will no longer provide support for Windows XP once it strikes midnight on April 8, 2014. This will end security updates for Windows XP, which will leave it more vulnerable to malware. The company stopped supporting Windows XP Service Pack 2, and within two years "its malware infection rate was 66 percent higher than Windows XP Service Pack 3."
We should expect similar numbers for malware in Windows XP SP3, so you might want to upgrade, especially when the malware infection rate of Windows 8.1 is around six times smaller.
Android 4.4 KitKat may have just been announced, but the more delicious sounding Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) on more than 50% of devices. Just three months ago, it was barely scratching at 40%.
Google has also unveiled that the total number of activated Android devices has finally surpassed one billion devices, quite the amazing milestone. Jelly Bean being on more than 50% of devices is a great thing, as it's finally bringing the Android OS fragmentation issues to an end, something that KitKat should really nail down.
Gingerbread is now on 26.3% of devices, Honeycomb barely exists with 0.1%, Ice Cream Sandwich is still sticking around with 19.8% of the Android OS share and Froyo is still hanging on with 1.7%.
Google is prepping to unleash Android 4.4 KitKat hopefully in the coming weeks, with the refreshed Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 10 slate. But, we don't really know what to expect, and whether there'll be a killer feature on Google's latest mobile OS.
Well, rumor has it that Android 4.4 is going to begin the big push into the TV market, where Google hope to dominate like it does in the smart devices market. Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to include a refreshed TV interface that is a new work of art compared to the current Google TV user interface. We've already heard that Google is rumored to rename Google TV to "Android TV" and this report now makes that rumor make more sense.
Apple's OS X Mavericks was unleashed to the world yesterday, for free by the way, and it has already seen a 7% adoption rate according to a live tracker hosted by analytics company GoSquared.
GoSquared CEO, James Gill, spoke with MacRumors where he said that his company provides analytics for over 40,000 websites, which allows the firm to monitor billions of page views per month. This gives GoSquared the ability to report a snapshot of activity at anytime, giving us the peek into the early success Mavericks is seeing.
It seems like operating systems have been the talk of the techworld over the last month or so. First Steam announced its all new Linux-based Steam OS that is focused on gaming. Then Microsoft released an updated version of Windows 8 that is said to fix most of the issues users had with the previous version. Not to be left out, Apple has just released the latest version of its desktop operating system as well.
OS X Mavericks was launched today during Apples fall launch event. Unlike the recent offering from Microsoft however, Apple has decided to give away OS X Mavericks at the "revolutionary" price of FREE! OS X Mavericks was first introduced at Apple's developers conference back in June, and promised a new way the system handles memory. Mavericks can now adjust system memory allocation based on the task at hand, which means more memory for graphic or processor intensive task, and less when the system is at idle or low resource usage periods.
OS X Mavericks also includes a new version of the iBook app that lets photos and graphics "pop out" of the textbook being read. Additionally, OS X Mavericks includes the new iCloud Keychain app that lets users sync payment information across all Apple devices for quick and easy online purchasing. What do you think about the new OS X Mavericks? Let us know in the comments below.
Over the weekend, Microsoft pulled its Windows 8.1 RT update from the Windows Store due to many reports coming in about devices failing to boot after installation. Today Microsoft has released a recovery image that will restore bricked devices to the original state it shipped in.
Installing the recovery image is quite simple and all that is needed is a USB drive with a capacity of 4GB or larger, and a PC running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Instructions are included with the recovery image on how to install it on your device an the complete package can be found below.