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Google I/O 2014 - Google has kicked off its Google I/O conference, with the company announcing that it has over 1 billion monthly active users on Android, a staggering number.
This time last year, that number was 538 million, so that is quite the explosion of users onto Google's mobile OS. The company had some fun numbers to share, where it sees 93 million selfies taken by Android users daily, 20 billion text messages per day, and people check their phones over 100 billion times a day. Shocking when it gets laid out in front of you like that, isn't it?
The second update to Windows 8.1 is expected to roll out in the coming months, with Windows 8.1 Update 2 set to roll out to users across the world in August-September, but there's news now on just how big this download will be.
A Microsoft representative has reportedly taken to the EightForums, stating that the company is currently training its support employees for Windows 8.1 Update 2. This rep confirmed the August-September timeframe for its release, which will be released into the Windows Store. Something that should surprise most is that Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be a huge 3GB in size.
Considering Update 1 was 'just' 700MB, 3GB is a huge contrast in sizes. This person could just be talking nonsense, but we could also expect Windows 8.1 Update 2 to be 3GB, and if it does, what do you think about that?
Apple has been talking up the next version of iOS for its mobile devices and one of the new features that will and in that versions of iOS is City Tours. A City Tour is a guided camera Flyover view of a city and major attraction in the area.
Only a few cities are currently supported for City Tours, but that number will likely grow in the future. For now, the cities included in the City Tour feature include Rome, Stockholm, Barcelona, New York, Paris, Glasgow, Cape Town, Perth, Bordeaux and San Francisco. At least, those are the cities that have been unearthed in the beta of the new OS.
Apple has a car operating system designed to make it easy to get some of the functionality from the iPhone into the car. Google wants to challenge Apple in the car connectivity space and reports indicate that Google will announce its own car operating system this month. The announcement is expected to come at the annual Google software developer conference called Google I/O.
Google I/O will be held on June 25-26 in San Francisco. At that conference Google is expected to unveil the OS and explain all the workings of its car operating system, however, it is not expected to say what car model will use the OS first.
New statistics have turned up on the Google Developers Dashboard about Android. The new stats show that Android 4.4 KitKat is now running on 13.6% of all devices. Stats were gathered from the devices that visited the Google Play store in a seven-day period ending on last Wednesday.
While 13.6% isn't that much of the market considering how many Android devices are out there, it is a significant improvement over the 8.5% that was recorded a month ago. KitKat did slip past Ice Cream Sandwich, which held 12.3% of the Android market.
Windows 8.1 market share is finally growing, but Windows 7 has seen a spike in market share, while the ageing Windows XP is still taking a controlling piece of the OS pie.
Net Applications' latest data shows that in May 2014, Windows 8.1's market share sat at 6.35%, while Windows 8's market share was at 6.29%. None of this compares to Windows 7 which takes up a massive 50.06%, while Windows XP even takes up 25.27%. Windows Vista is still in the game, just, with 2.9%. Apple's Mac OS has just 7.39% of the OS market share, while Linux takes up 1.62%.
We are expected to see Apple unveil its next iteration of iOS at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, but what exactly should we expect? Rumor has it that we won't see a visual redesign in iOS 8, as that is something Apple took care of last year with the release of iOS 7.
Instead, the iPhone maker is going to polish existing features and apps such as Maps, Siri, iCloud and more. iOS 8 should also see much more support built-in for future products and services such as the rumored iWatch, as well as a "Healthbook" application which would be similar to the Passport app. Healthbook would provide iOS 8 users with health-related data, with multiple sources of information.
Maps is another part of iOS that Apple wants to finally get right, after the company received significant backlash after ditching Google back with iOS 6. We should see Apple provide indoor mapping functions, as well as public transport directions with iOS 8. We should also see Siri receive some increased abilities, as it'll need to begin catching up to Google's incredibly powerful Google Now service.
If recent rumors are true, we could see Apple release the next major update to its OS X operating system. This morning several sources are reporting that Apple has finalized its 10.9.3 update for OS X Mavericks and will be releasing it in the coming days as a free update. This update will mark the third milestone for Mavericks since its 2013 release.
This release will also signify that Apple has managed to remove most of the bugs from the operating system as signified by the companies increased frequency of updates. OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 will usher in improved 4K display support, as well as improved 4K video support. Apple has also added in the ability to sync contacts and calendars between Mac and iOS devices via USB. Additionally the update will include Safari 7.0.3.
We are expecting an update to Android any day now, something we should see unveiled at Google I/O in a couple of months time. But, it looks like Google is going to bake in much more powerful and ever-present voice commands into its mobile OS.
The Mountain View-based giant is reportedly trying out a new "OK Google everywhere" feature that would be an always-listening feature, responding to your voice and commands. If you're looking through photos for example, you could say: "OK Google, share this photo". Not only that, but there are more changes rumored to be baked into the next release of Android.
On top of the improved "OK Google" commands, we should expect a new navigation bar that will replace the home button with a "Google" item. Tapping this would start a search without having to utter a word. When you need to go back to the main screen, you could use the "recents" key, too.
Google will soon roll out Android 4.4.3 KitKat, but as usual, we don't know what do expect. The latest report suggests that Google will push through a major redesign of its Dialer app.
The new Dialer app would feature a series of cards - like Google Now does - for each contact, instead of a list. The cards themselves have a colored background, with the first initial of the name placed on them, but they can also display a picture of the contact, too. The new Dialer app was reportedly spotted on a Nexus 5 smartphone running the new OS, with a firmware version of KUU84F.