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Microsoft have just announced some upgrade plans for their upcoming Windows 8 operating system, where the company will be selling Windows 8 Pro upgrades online for $39.99. If you prefer to make your Windows 8 upgrade purchase in-store, it'll set you back $69.99.
The offer is open to anyone running any version of Windows XP, Vista or 7, and lasts until January 31, 2013. The deal runs for the same amount of time that the $14.99 upgrade deal does, but this one applies to any version of Windows, not just those who have recently purchased a Windows-based PC in the run up to the Windows 8 launch.
Microsoft have also said that the offer will be open to 131 markets, and that it will release more details on the offer as the launch of the OS gets closer. The Verge reports that the upgrade process is quite simple, where it'll offer an upgrade assistant that will help users migrate files, settings, and apps from Windows 7, files and settings from Vista, and files only from XP. After the upgrade, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the "add features" option.
The online version comes as a download-only feature, but you can purchase a backup DVD for $15.
Samsung are quickly out of the gate by announcing that they will be providing upgrades for Jelly Bean "eligible" devices. This is good news, especially considering that Samsung only released their GALAXY S III a few weeks ago.
But, the question remains, what does Samsung consider "eligible", and how many would be eligible for Jelly Bean upgrades? Samsung's flagship GALAXY S III will most likely be the first to receive the Jelly Bean goodness, followed by the S II, Nexus and so forth.
Considering that the GALAXY S II just received its Ice Cream Sandwich update, it might be a little while before we can expect Jelly Bean on the S II. The Note II is coming soon, too, so that might just ship with Jelly Bean out of the box. This is the direct quote from Samsung's announcement:
Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III, and is creating new device categories with products like the Galaxy Note. Samsung has delivered the most Nexus-branded lead OS devices and we are pleased that Google will be bringing Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S customers the first experiences of Jelly Bean on a handheld device.
Microsoft is keeping the developer community informed, where they've announced the total pool of countries where they'll have apps available for download at the launch of Windows Phone 8. They've said:
[W]ith Windows Phone 8 we're dramatically expanding our footprint around the globe. Consumers will be able to browse and download apps in more than 180 countries at launch.
Considering that this number was 63... the jump to 180 countries is quite the leap, nearly three-fold. If you're a smaller Windows Phone developer, your app just launched into 117 more countries, this could be a make-it-or-break-it situation for some app developers. Microsoft also took the opportunity to reiterate that in-app purchasing is making its way to Windows Phone 8.
If you want to try a signed copy of the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean build, then now is your chance. It has just hit the Internet and seems to only be working on the 'takju' (GSM) GALAXY Nexus' given out at Google I/O 2012, reports Android Police.
You can download it for yourself here, coming in at 156MB. The dev community should smash into this pretty quickly and GALAXY Nexus owners should be munching on those delicious jelly beans shortly.
Please do let us know if you get it working, we'd love to hear from anyone running Jelly Bean.
Just before Google I/O 2012 started, the team behind CyanogenMod released version 9.0-RC1. The team stated that the job wasn't easy, but they're very proud of the results, and what it represents for the group.
Making the jump from version 2.3.7 to 4.0.4 was a fresh start for this project. The team states that the code has changed, the structure and organization of CM as a whole has changed, too, according to their blog.
This first release candidate is said to be the first of many, with the 'core' OS stabilized, the team's device maintainers will continue to work on their device trees to bring up more devices, which includes some of the newer releases as well as some from the older generations. CyanogenMod's issue tracker is now open for CM9 RC1, which can be had here.
Google I/O 2012: Ice Cream Sandwich has been out for around six months now, and Google have taken the stage at Google I/O to announce Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". It was previously rumored Jelly Bean would be Android 5.0, but then rumors were flying in that version 4.1 would be Jelly Bean, it looks like the latter rumors were right.
The shift to Jelly Bean from ICS isn't as grand as the Gingerbread to ICS shift was, but this time its more of an evolution, and not a revolution. One of the best features is something Google call "Project Butter", which is an effort to improve performance and response time, Jelly Bean cranks along at 60fps. This should ensure a very, very smooth experience.
Jelly Bean's home screen has been modified, with Google adding some nice features such as the ability to dynamically resize widgets, which means you no longer have to place it, resize it, then move it where you want if there wasn't enough room. If the room is there, but your app icons are sitting in the way, the widget will now automatically push the apps to the side. Apps and widgets can also be removed by simply flicking them off your screen.
Apple users across the world want iOS 6 pretty bad, myself included for my third-gen iPad, but we can't all be developers. If you are a developer, however, Apple released an over-the-air update to the iOS 6 Beta which was released shortly after the WWDC earlier this month.
The update comes in at 332MB and is for the iPhone 4S at this state. Beta 2 has a build number of 10A5338d, up from the build number of 10A5316k on Beta 1.
Windows 8 RTM is right around the corner if several sources are to be believed. Sources seem to agree that the announcement for Windows 8 RTM will come sometime in July, but they disagree about whether it will be in the build number 8500 or 8600 variety. This time frame lines up nicely for an October relase.
One source is reporting that the final build number for RTM will be 8500.0.120623-1707. However, a different source who agrees on the July time frame believes that the build number will be in the 8600 range. The announcement is supposedly coming at MGX, the event that runs from July 17 to the 20.
Windows 8 is one of Microsoft's biggest gambles yet. Some reviewers have been very upset over the lack of the start button and some of the other changes, but only time will tell if it will be successful. The ecosystem appears to be coming together with the new Surface tablets and upcoming Ultrabooks in time for the holidays.
One this is for sure, if Windows 8 is going to succeed, this ecosystem that is developing and coming together will vastly improve its chances. Furthermore, if a July announcement is indeed when it happens, it looks like we're going to have another busy technology month.
Raspberry Pi, the wonder chip for $35 can do wonderful things, but until now it has been a potential rather than a real-world item, until now. Google's Chromium OS has been ported to Raspberry Pi, where a port of the OS has the ability of booting from the $35 device.
The initial port has been completed by 'Chromium OS hacker' Hexxeh, who laid his hands on the Raspberry Pi system in mid-April. Raspberry Pi already has three versions of the Linux OS available to owners and developers to run on it, but now the choice of Google's Chromium OS has opened many more doors to users.
A screenshot of Chromium OS booting up on the Raspberry Pi was uploaded yesterday to Liliputing.com, which is a site all about "compact computing". Hexxeh has a history of porting Chromium OS to various machines such as MacBook Air's, and PCs, but in order to get the OS running on your PC, notebook or netbook, you require the right combination of hardware to get it to work. If you want to try out Chromium OS builds, click here.
Microsoft are on quite the roll this week, first up we had their Surface tablets, and now the announcement of Windows Phone 8. The next-generation mobile operating system will sport a redesigned home screen, now allowing every tile to be customized in one of three available sizes, and completely ditches the right-hand "rail" that help the link to the full app list.
Skype and VoiP functionality are built directly into Windows Phone 8. Microsoft are adding a background agent that handles incoming and outgoing calls, as well as messaging and integration with several of the Windows Phone 8 features. Skype takes full advantage of this, as well as any other VoiP-based application without favoring one over the other. Microsoft's Greg Sullivan says the integration is so good that he jokes that Apple should create its own FaceTime app on Windows Phone 8, and it would work better than it does on the iPhone.