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I've got to admit, this is the first version of Windows that has come out that I have just not had any interest in. Usually I have the beta of the latest version, then the RC, and then the RTM at the first second I can get them from TechNet. Windows 8? Not so much.
It looks like most consumers are having the same apprehensions, as the next-gen, touch-optimized OS from Microsoft has had a bad uptake when compared to Windows Vista. Windows 8's uptake has now fallen behind Vista's in the same point in it's release according to Net Applications' data.
Windows 8's online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows PCs, which is less than the 2.2% share that Windows Vista sported at the same two-month mark after its release. The data was collected up until December 22, so there's still just over a week of data until the end of the year to collect. But I'm sure that by then it won't make a difference.
Microsoft's Windows Phone seems to be doing well with 75,000 apps and games being certified by Microsoft this year. Microsoft also approved over 300,000 app updates this year, which shows that developers aren't giving up on the apps they release for the platform, something that can either make or break an ecosystem.
Microsoft has been doing their best to entice developers to come to the Windows Phone platform, because without them, Microsoft will have a tougher time selling devices. Carrier billing has been a big part of the Microsoft Store's success as well, as it has led to over 2x paid downloads vs credit card billing.
Convenience is key, as the carrier billing shows. Microsoft devices saw an average of 54 apps downloaded per phone and revenue has jumped 40 percent in the 30 days since Windows Phone 8 SDK was released.
Whoever is working over at HTC on Christmas Eve should receive a new bonus this year, as the group have just pushed out an update for the international version of the HTC One S handset.
This update weighs in at a hefty 612MB, and shoots the software version up to 3.16.401.8. The update includes:
- Android 4.1.1 and HTC Sense 4+
- Enhanced UI with better performance in Camera
- New landing page and event/map view in gallery
- Power management improvement
Lawyers are making some serious bank these days with the countless lawsuits between tech giants Samsung and Apple, but it looks like the former is suing Apple for their Notification Center.
In their home country of South Korea, the electronics giant are suiting Samsung for the feature that debuted with iOS 5. There is some risk, though, as the Notification Center isn't a standards-essential patent, so if Samsung loses, they'll be coughing up some money to Apple.
At the moment it's not known if Samsung are defending a patent they have in possession or whether they have enhanced an existing patent that some other company had received before Apple launched the Notification Center. Keep in mind that Samsung can't sue for something that Google patented, and considering Samsung run Android and not their own custom OS, this could get interesting.
Apple only pushed out iOS 6.0.2 a few days ago, but it looks like there are already people reporting issues with the latest iteration of the "world's most advanced mobile operating system".
TidBIT, and others, are reporting that iPhone 5 and iPad mini users on the Apple discussion forums are complaining that the latest iOS release is draining battery life much faster than before. It has been reported that the battery drain issues could be in relation to the devices working harder to scan for Wi-Fi access points, which is what the release of iOS 6.0.2 was meant to fix: Wi-Fi connection problems.
This isn't the first time an update has been released and affected battery life, but it sure would be annoying for a company to claim it's the "world's most advanced mobile operating system", and they still, to this day, experience these issues.
If you bought a Windows 7 PC on or after June 2nd 2012, then you are entitled to an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. The upgrade has been quite easy to obtain until now.
Before all you had to do was enter the name and manufacture of your Windows 7 PC. Consumers wishing to upgrade now must enter their Windows 7 licence key to obtain the cheap upgrade to Windows 8.
We are unsure as to why the further validation is required but we are speculating that it is the result of users abusing the upgrade system.
TechCrunch has gotten the scoop from mobile ad exchange MoPub that the adoption of iOS 6 has increased 29 percent since the release of Google Maps on iOS. It looks as though the lack of the app may have kept people from updating to the latest iOS version. MoPub supports 12,000 apps and says they saw a 29 percent increase in unique iOS 6 users.
MoPub's CEO told TechCrunch, "[that]we observed since the launch of Google Maps for iOS 6 a 30 percent increase in unique iOS 6 users, and we think it's related to Google Maps. It verifies the hypothesis that people were actually holding back to upgrade until Google Maps was available."�
This is good news all around as developers have to deal with fewer users on the older OS's, Apple can sell more iPhone 5s, and everyone can get to where they are going safely. Did you hold out on upgrading to iOS 6 because of the lack of Google Maps? Have you upgraded now that it is out? Let us know!
My iPhone 5 is busy downloading the new update from Apple, which brings it up to iOS version 6.0.2. The new version only offers up one area of improvement in the download box: "Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi" I had noticed that my Wi-Fi connection occasionally would drop out, so I'm hoping this fixes it.
Apple isn't very specific in saying what the update fixes, so I'm going to have to assume this is it. You can pick up the update OTA, or via iTunes. It's a 60+MB download, which doesn't take very long on a decent DSL connection.
With BlackBerry 10 being RIM's last ditch effort to compete with the too-powerful Apple and Google, leaked screenshots are now here to try and help would be customers to get excited.
The leaked shots show off the BlackBerry 10 L-Series, which has been revealed by some people on the Tinhte Vietnamese forums. The new pictures show off the updated UI from RIM, and show off the new "BlackBerry Hub" which is an all-in-one message center that sports a voice interface.
You'll see that the pull-down menu looks suspiciously close to Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean, and the home screen just looks like a poor mans version of iOS and Android. Personally I'm not enjoying what I'm seeing and I already see RIM as a sinking ship - do you think this will turn them around? Do the leaked shots excite you at all?
Most of our readers will know the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT, though your average consumer may not. This was exactly what a top Dell official was worried about when he suggested to Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, not to call the new tablet version of Windows "Windows RT."
His argument went as follows: The Windows brand signifies that the operating system can run Windows applications, something Windows RT is not capable of doing. Thus it follows that the operating system should not be called Windows RT, but something else. Ballmer replied that the Windows brand was too important not to use.
Neil Hand, VP of Dell's tablet business, believes that education would still be needed: "Making sure we educate the market place on the differences was going to be a necessary action no matter what. Just calling it something different is not going to solve the problem."