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If you haven't updated to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) yet, you'll be forced to in the coming days. Microsoft are rolling out SP1 automatically through Windows Update, so you'll no longer have the option to opt-out of the update.
Previously, SP1 was available on Windows Update, but required the user to action the installation. As of tomorrow, the installation of SP1 will be fully automatic, not requiring the user to choose to update to SP1 or not to those who have Automatic Update enabled. SP1 will eventually roll out to all customers on the RTM version of Windows 7.
Over 750 million Android devices activated, over 25 billion apps downloaded from the Google Play Store
Google are currently on a rampage, with some new milestones reached on their mobile OS platform, Android. Google CEO Larry Page announced the news, where there are now over 750 million Android devices activated across the world.
Not just that, but there have been 25 billion apps downloaded from the Google Play Store. Interestingly, the 750 million devices activated does not include Amazon's Kindle series, knockoffs, or devices that aren't running any of the Google apps of services. That's 750 million guaranteed Android devices, period.
Where will we be this time next year? 1.25 billion devices and 5 billion+ apps? The Galaxy S IV is nearly here, and I'm sure we'll see 50 million of those sold in the next twelve months alone.
It's not like we didn't know it was coming, but Microsoft are working on both Windows 9 and Internet Explorer 11. The news comes from MSFTKitchen, who posted a link to a Microsoft job post, which is looking for a "Software Development Engineer-BING."
The job post mentions Windows 9 and Internet Explorer 11, stating:
The team will be constantly delivering great products in areas including Windows 9, IE11 services integration, touch friendly devices including iPad and more.
This isn't Windows Blue, either, as that is a separate update to Windows 8 that is coming later in the year. This is the true, next-generation OS from Microsoft. Something I that I think will wrap their worlds together with Surface, Xbox, and more.
Samsung continue to show no love for Windows Phone, they have no 'interest in seeing the Windows Phone platform succeed'
With Samsung seeing so much success with their Android-based Galaxy range of devices, can you blame the company for digging on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform? Well, according to a new research note from Detwiler Fenton analyst Jeff Johnston, it looks like Samsung aren't interested in Windows Phone, the analyst says:
There is no evidence that Samsung has any interest in seeing the Windows Phone platform succeed.
Quite a strong statement, but Samsung are seeing great success with Android, and are waiting in the wings with their Tizen platform, too. Johnston continues, saying that Samsung's "Windows Phone roadmap is limited to a small number of smartphones, none of which appear to be all that exciting."
The analyst finishes with "Having a successful Windows Phone 8 platform only means it will have another mobile platform (backed by deep pockets) to compete with. Samsung has a long way to go before we can take Tizen seriously however one thing seems certain, it is going to keep its foot on MSFT's throat as it pours money into Tizen."
Intel-optimized Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean dev code released, gives the option to dual-boot with Windows 8
It looks like Intel have been busy, where they've just released a pre-alpha, Intel-optimized release of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Intel's Open Source Technology Center developers have been working closely with the Android Open-Source Project, so that they can get a decent build out for Intel-powered devices.
This could mean PCs, or traditional smartphones and tablets. Better yet, thanks to being powered by the Linux 3.9 kernel, there's a new interactive installer as well as the stellar ability to dual-boot on a Windows 8 system. Let's hope this makes it to consumers' hands, quick.
The president of Samsung's mobile chip division, Jun Dong-soo, has had some very interesting comments to say regarding Windows 8 when speaking with The Korea Times. The Samsung executive said: "The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8. I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform."
With Windows Vista being one of Microsoft's low points, it is quite the statement to make. Samsung is a big partner to Microsoft, another point to consider when thinking about that strong statement. The Samsung executive had even more to say, adding:
MS's rollout of its Windows Surface tablet is seeing lackluster demand ... Meanwhile, previous vigorous pitches by Intel and MS for thinner ultra-books simply failed and I believe that's mostly because of the less-competitive Windows platform.
Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth says he wants Ubuntu to appeal to the masses, has no interest in keeping things "leet"
Ubuntu, the user-friendly Linux distro, has seen a multitude of changes and transformations over the last few months. It has sprouted wings and became a fully functional multi-platform operating system. With these changes Canonical has taken a lot of flak and now founder Mark Shuttleworth is speaking out about how he feels.
Shuttleworth on his personal blog said that he has no interest in keeping Ubuntu "hard" for the "elite" crowd. He said that in the grand scheme of things unity, mobile processing and cloud applications are being focused on because that is where the common PC user wants things to go.
"I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say. People being people, there are of course smart people who hold that view."
He went on to state that Ubuntu is simply trying to maximize its user base by making things easier to use, and have a more familiar feel. He feels that Ubuntu has a once in a lifetime chance to make free and open source software the norm and he is unwilling to compromise because a small group of elitist users would prefer to keep Linux exclusive.
Android malware numbers are staggering, with the OS accounting for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012
According to F-Secure, a security firm, Android accounted for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012. This is an increase of 66.7% and 11.25% for 2011 and 2010, respectively. Apple's iOS doesn't even attempt to come close to these numbers, and only accounted for 0.7% of mobile malware in 2012.
Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian all entered the pie with much less than Android, with 0.3%, 0.3% and 19%, for Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian, respectively. The security firm also discovered that Android saw a surge in malware at the end of the year, but most of the malware is found in emerging markets. This means that most, not all, people in Europe and the US won't be affected, but everyone should always play it safe when opening up messages, links and emails.
New data released by comScore shows that Android lost ground to iOS in the three month average from October 2012 to January 2013 as compared to the three month average from August 2012 to October 2012. Most interesting is the fact that Microsoft's Windows Phone failed to gain any market share.
In fact, Microsoft's Windows Phone actually lost 0.1 percent of the market despite a marketing push from the Windows giant. Of course 0.1 percent is not statistically significant meaning that for all intents and purposes, Microsoft's market share remained steady at just over 3 percent.
Android saw a 1.3 percent decrease in market share while iOS picked up a 3.5 percent increase. Blackberry was the largest loser, losing 1.9 percent of the market. Interestingly enough, Blackberry continues to be ahead of Microsoft with 5.9 percent.
It's that time of the month again, where we get to take a look at the Android platform numbers. Versions 4.1 and 4.2, also known as Jelly Bean, are slowly but surely chomping away at more of that mobile OS market share pie.
Breaking them down into two sections for 4.1 and 4.2, we have 14.9% and 1.6%, respectively. Combined, we have 16.5% of all Android devices now running Jelly Bean, a nice 2.9% increase in from the last time we looked at the numbers. Gingerbread dropped from 45.6% to now just 44.2%, a drop of 1.4% and we've also seen Ice Cream Sandwich melt down a little, from 29% to 28.6%, a small drop of just 0.4%.