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Apple iOS 6 is live and ready for your downloading love!

Apple has just let iOS 6 out to the world and I'm sure it's servers are getting a thrashing right about now. Keep in mind the rollout will occur at slightly different times. If it's not ready for you now, keep trying.

 

Below is a list of some of the new features found inside Apple's latest mobile OS which has been designed mainly for the new iPhone 5 smartphone.

 

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iOS 6 can be installed over-the-air via a Wi-Fi connection, but you may be required to be connected to AC power. Otherwise, make sure you have iTunes 10.7 and you can update the old fashioned way.

 

We'll have a review of iOS 6 as soon as we get our hands on our pre-ordered iPhone 5, but until then, get downloading and tell us what you think by commenting below.

iOS 6 expected to be pushed at 1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific

Apple is doing final preparations for the release of iOS 6, their latest iteration of the now-famous mobile operating system. iOS 6 comes with many new features including Passbook, tighter Facebook integration, and even a more educated Siri. The following time table is the expected release time around the world. Take a look and find a city near you:

 

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It's not clear if the update will be an OTA like some of the iOS 5 updates were, or if it will need to be synced to a computer. I am hoping for the former as my device is currently synced to a system.

Windows Phone 8 hits RTM, gets handed over to hardware partners

According to two sources close to WPCentral, Windows Phone 8 has reached a milestone: release to manufacturing (RTM). The news comes with a photo that is reportedly from a Windows Phone 8 team member, that shows individuals autographing a sign that shows that the mobile OS has reached the RTM stage.

 

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Microsoft's latest mobile OS is now ready for hardware partners, who will bake the OS into their latest slew of handsets. It is now time for OEMs to get the OS onto their devices and work through any problems, as well as optimize drivers for their smartphones.

 

This means that we will see Windows Phone 8-powered devices in early-November with The Verge confirming this themselves.

Intel have completed Jelly Bean port for Atom-powered smartphones

I think we're going to see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean explode onto many more devices in the near future, with news that Intel has completed their port of the mobile operating system to Atom-based smartphones.

 

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There's no news on when the port would be made ready, but mobile group general manager Mike Bell has told CWorld that the Medfield-native Android 4.1 build is not only complete, but it's running on Intel workers' devices.

 

Bell has said that phone makers and carriers still need to go through the usual process of signing off on any upgrades. Existing owners shouldn't have to wait too long, but it is definitely an exciting time to be an Atom-based smartphone owner right now.

Poll Results - Are you going to buy or upgrade to Windows 8?

Our latest poll had 4,000 people who answered, Are you going to buy or upgrade to Windows 8?

 

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I have to say these results were fairly interesting. Only 20% of TweakTown readers are sure they will upgrade to or buy Windows 8 when it is released later this year.

 

18% said no, they will not and a massive 54% seem happy with Windows 7 and don't intend on upgrading. Finishing it up 5% said they won't consider Windows and 3% said they were Apple computer users.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... Battle! Apple vs. Samsung... Which is best? Let us know! Go here to vote!

Google announces they've passed 500 million Android activations

Google's Director of Product Management for Android, Hugo Barra, has taken to his social network page over on Google+ to announce that Android devices have now passed the 500 million install milestone. That's right, 500 million Android-based devices are in the wild.

 

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Google are pushing more than 1.3 million Android-based activations each day. This announcement is absolutely mammoth, and I can't really even imagine 500 million Android devices out there, the number is just insane.

 

Google's Android team should be having celebratory drinks right now, but it looks like my invite was somehow missed. Hopefully Google can send out a private plane for me?

Latest data shows that Android 2.3 Gingerbread still rules, ICS is catching up quickly

According to the latest data Google have taken during a 14-day period ending on September 4, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still rules the roost with 57% of devices running the ageing mobile OS. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sits in second place with a little under 21% of Android devices.

 

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Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS isn't doing too badly, with 1.2%, but this should grow quite rapidly with more and more new devices being announced with the OS on-board. Android 3.1 Honeycomb is sitting with just over 2%, and was a release-and-forget-it OS from Google, as it was only on tablets, and was definitely not popular at all.

 

Ice Cream Sandwich adoption has been growing rapidly in the last six months, from 1% or so to its current 21%. The last three months in particular have been great for Android 4.0 ICS. I'm expecting Jelly Bean distribution to go from 1.2% to around 4-5% by the end of the year, and ICS to jump to around 30-40% in this time. Gingerbread will probably drop from 57% to less than 50% in this time.

Sprint Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G to get Jelly Bean updates today

Yesterday we heard rumors that Sprint would be pushing out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G, where today this news has been confirmed. The updates should already be hitting handsets, or will any minute now.

 

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Jelly Bean updates will provide a bunch of new features such as Google Now, which is a Siri-like assistant, an improved notification and voice search system, offline dictation, and more. One of the better features of Jelly Bean is 'Project Butter', which makes the entire OS' UI move at 60fps.

 

I've been using Jelly Bean for only two days now on my recently-acquired Nexus 7, and it truly is beautiful. If you're a Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus S 4G owner, keep checking your phone for that JB update!

Microsoft releases Windows Server 2012

Microsoft have just outed Windows Server 2012, which is offering simplified licensing. The new server OS comes in four different versions, Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation, all aimed at different markets and customers.

 

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The new server offerings include training on the new features baked into the OS, as well as a 90-day trial period running on Microsoft's Azure cloud-based service. Microsoft's Windows Server general marketing manager, Mike Schutz, says:

 

One of the things we tried to do for this launch was simplifying the licensing. We've simplified it to two core SKUs: Datacenter edition and Standard edition. We used to have multiple licensing models -- some were per server, some were per processor -- and the feature differentiation was spread through the editions. We got feedback that sometimes it was too complex for customers to choose which version.

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