Operating Systems Posts - Page 6
Android's latest major update Nougat launches today, five months after it entered beta. It's ready to install on Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, and General Mobile 4G, and will come pre-installed on the LG V20 when it launches around early September.
Nougat introduces approximately 250 major features. Among them: quick switching between apps, multi-windows, support for Vulkan API, built-in VR support, improved battery life, faster booting, and data saving for background apps.
If you don't see an update prompt on your phone now, you should soon. If you don't own one of the above listed phones, unfortunately you're likely to wait a long while for the update as per usual.
Microsoft's recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been causing problems with USB webcams, where the update prevents them from using MJPEG and H.264 encoding processes, in favor of the NV12 and YUY2 formats that are causing issues for many more people than Microsoft had anticipated. Millions of webcams have been affected.
Windows insider Paul Thurrott said that the Anniversary Update allows new situations where multiple applications can access the webcam, and the banned processed would duplicate the encoding stream, slowing it down. Only allowing a certain few compressions formats would stop multiple simultaneous processes, but now Microsoft has just made millions of webcams across the world not work in a click of their fingers.
Many users have taken to a developer forum where "Mike M" from the Windows Camera team at Microsoft explained why they removed the formatting, with the developer saying there's a fix for the MJPEG issue that will arrive in the September update, but the H.264 fix is a while away yet. You've got 10 days to roll back the Anniversary Update, which will have this problem solved, but if you pass that then you're going to have to wait until the fixes are delivered through Windows 10 updates.
Engadget received a response from Microsoft over the issue, where the Microsoft spokesperson said: "Windows 10 continues to have the highest customer satisfaction of any version of Windows. We have seen a small number of reports of unexpected behaviors following the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Engineering and customer support are investigating these on a case by case basis and offering trouble-shooting tips as necessary. If a customer has any issues, we offer customer support at www.microsoft.com/support".
Android might be installed on over 1 billion devices, but that doesn't mean Google isn't working on other operating systems - like the new, mysterious OS called "Fuchsia".
Fuchsia, according to Google's own description simply means "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System). There's nothing more than that, but Android Police reports that the Magenta kernel is based on the 'LittleKernel' project, and just like Linux and Android, the Magenta kernel is what powers the larger Fuchsia operating system.
Android Police says that Magenta is "being designed as a competitor to commercial embedded OSes, such as FreeRTOS or ThreadX." Magenta is designed to scale better, which will see it work on embedded devices, smartphones, and even desktop PCs. In order for this to happen, Magenta improves on the foundations of LittleKernel by adding first class user-mode support, as well as a capability-based security model.
The new feature-heavy Anniversary Update for Windows 10 finally went live this week, and Microsoft says there's more where that came from. However, you'll have to wait.
"Based on feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10, [the Anniversary Update] will be our last feature update for 2016, with two additional feature updates expected in 2017," writes Microsoft's Nathan Mercer in a blog post.
The rumor is the first update, codenamed "Redstone 2" will release before spring, and may do so alongside updates to the Surface Pro and Surface Book.
After many months of waiting, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is finally here. Well, for some: the update is a slow rollout as you'd expect, so if you don't see it in Windows Update yet, you will soon.
There are tons of new features and improvements included, among them mirrored Android notifications and texts, Windows Hello third-party support (so you can login into a lot more apps and sites with your fingerprint or face), an Ink-compatible sticky notes app said to feel like the real thing, Windows Defender scheduling and notifications, a performance-enhanced Edge browser with extensions, Xbox Play Anywhere, and lots more.
The update will his PCs first, with Windows Phone and Xbox One afterward. In the case of the Xbox One, it will be called the Summer Update, and will see Cortana return, and Windows Store integration and sharing, among other changes.
Today is your absolute last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. Starting tomorrow, you'll have to shell out $119 for a copy.
The occasion marks not just the end of an offer, but also the end of Microsoft nagging you to upgrade, and the imminent launch of the Windows 10 Anniversary update (set for Tuesday, August 2).
Windows 10 has received a lot of criticism over Microsoft aggressive tactics surrounding the upgrade process as well as the Windows Store. Conversely, it's garnered a lot of praise for being more desktop friendly than Windows 8, as well as its performance benefits (particularly in games), among other perks.
You probably know it already from Microsoft aggressive, repeated messages, but the Windows 10 upgrade offer is about to expire (July 29 is the big day). So, unless you're planning on skipping the OS entirely, now's the time to get on it.
If you decide not to or you live under a rock and find out too late, the company says Windows 10 will cost you $119 (unless you buy a new computer, in which case it will come included).
Despite the off-putting tactics, the operating system remains a strong one, perhaps most of all for gamers who benefit from DirectX 12 and other technical advantages, so we encourage you to grab it free while you can.
Apple has unleashed the second developer beta of iOS 10, which includes a slew of tweaks and improvements to Apple's mobile operating system.
MacRumors has put together an informative video that highlights a bunch of the new features and improvements in iOS 10 beta 2, which includes the new Messages app, sticker packs from Apple, changes to the Control Center 3D Touch actions, Apple's new organ donor signup, and more.
Apple will officially launch iOS 10 in September, so begin preparing your iPhones and iPads now. Personally, I've been using an iPhone 6S for over a month now and iOS severely lags behind Android, so I'm hoping there's some big improvements in iOS 10.
True to its word last week, Microsoft has altered the Windows 10 upgrade notification for Windows 7 and 8 users to be more clear and actually stop nagging you when you tell it to (at least it appears that way). However, as part of the alterations, the notification now goes fullscreen.
Your options upon seeing the message include upgrading, delaying the notification for another three days, setting the notification to go off three more times, or permanently dismissing the notification.
Microsoft notes the notification will not appear if any of these things are true:
- You have a recent version of the "Get Windows 10" app installed.
- You have selected the Do not notify me again option.
- Your computer is detected to be incompatible with Windows 10.
- You have previously uninstalled Windows 10 after you upgrade.
- Your Windows 10 installation failed and rolled back.
- You have hidden the "Get Windows 10" app notifications.
- You have disabled the Windows 10 upgrade or you have disabled the offer screen through registry key settings.
It's always an interesting time when the Steam survey rolls around, with Valve using its extensive network of gamers to provide it with data to display how many gamers are using NVIDIA or AMD video cards, or what operating system the majority of gamers are using.
Windows 10 is now the most used operating system on Steam, where 40.53% of gamers are using Windows 10 with a DX12-capable GPU. Another 29% of gamers are using a DX12-capable GPU but with a version of Windows that's before Windows 10, such as Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 - or even Vista.
It's an interesting statistic to see, as Windows 10 seems to be quite popular with nearly half of the gamers on Steam using Microsoft's latest DX12-powered operating system.