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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.
Consumers might not be bragging about Windows 8, but Microsoft now has something bragworthy about their touch-friendly OS: it has passed 100 million licenses sold, and has no signs of stopping, for now.
These sales figures are pretty much identical to that of its predecessor, Windows 7, which reached 100 million sales on April 27, 2010. While the traditional PC industry is on a downward slope, Microsoft are still somehow moving significant amounts of Windows 8 licenses.
Most have been expecting Google to unveil Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie" at Google I/O in a couple of weeks, but ahead of that HTC have teased an event scheduled for May 16 in San Francisco, where HTC developers will talk about new features on Android 4.3.
These new features will include Bluetooth Low Energy and Open GL ES 3.0. The members of the group will be receiving "an overview of the BLE specification and take us through the new APIs with some hands-on demos with various devices, heart rate monitors, key finders, and multi-sensor kits (temperature, pressure, humidity, accelerometer)".
We should see a new Neuxs phone unveiled at Google I/O with Android 4.3 inside, as well as LTE capabilities and hopefully, expandable storage. I'm guessing we'll also see a screen bump from 4-inch to 4.7-inch or so.
If you're still rocking BlackBerry 7.0, your wait has been worth it. BlackBerry wants you to upgrade to the newer BlackBerry 7.1 and is willing to give you 10 paid apps for free if you do. If you upgrade before June 30, 2013, BlackBerry will give you apps that span the games and utilities categories.
The offer, which is only available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and the UK, includes the following apps:
- EA SPORTS FIFA 13 - Electronic Arts
- The Sims 3TM Supernatural - Electronic Arts
- BeWeather - Bellshare GmbH
- Screen Muncher - Motek Mobile
- Color ID FREE - Motek Mobile
- InstaPhoto - Smarter Apps
- DriveSafely Pro - iSpeech
- N.O.V.A for BBM - Gameloft
- UNO and Friends - Gameloft
- Photo Studio PRO - KVADGroup
All a user has to do to take advantage of the offer is upgrade your BlackBerry Curve 9260/9380, BlackBerry Bold 9790/9900, BlackBerry Torch 9810/9860, or Porsche Design P'9981. You'll get new features in BlackBerry 7.1 including Mobile Hotspot, FM radio, BlackBerry Tag, and WiFi calling.
Apple has released today an exclusive update for iPhone 5 devices. The update, which brings the version number up to 6.1.4, is exclusively for the latest iPhone and contains rather minor changes. The update is available over-the-air and comes in at a rather small 11.5MB.
The update brings with it an "updated audio profile for speakerphone." Between both the size of the update and change log, we're convinced that this is an extremely minor update. Of course, updating to the latest version will break your jailbreak and we doubt an updated audio profile is enough to make you want to lose your jailbreak. For everyone else, you can grab the update OTA or by clicking your device version:
It looks as though people might have jumped the gun a bit in regards to whether or not Google will debut Android 5.0 at Google I/O. According to some leg work done by AndroidPolice, it's much more likely that Google will debut an updated Android Jelly Bean version at I/O going by the version number 4.3.
A build going by Android 4.3 JWR23B has been showing up in their server logs. They then traced down the IPs that they were coming from to Google. More specifically, AndroidPolice claim that the IPs are associated with two employees that are heavily involved with Android.
The build has been showing up on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices. Typically, Nexus devices are the first to get a new version of Android. Finally, AndroidPolice cites several bugs that have cropped up in the Chromium bug tracker that list JWR23B as the build.
We'll know for sure as soon as Google I/O happens in about three weeks.