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Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

As we settle into the middle of the fourth quarter, figures from the previous quarter are starting to pour in. Last week, we got a peek at the IDC's smartphone shipment numbers, showing Xiaomi's surprising rise to the top 5 of the world's smartphone makers. This time, we're taking another look at the market but drilling down our focus on shipments by platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android takes the lead, with shipments in the three digits. Naturally, this means that other mobile platforms have taken a hit last quarter because of it.

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Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Earlier this month, Microsoft's operating system lifecycle chart was given an update with little (read: no) fanfare. With the update came two dates, one showing the end of retail sales for Windows 7, and one showing the end of OEM sales for the same aged OS. The revelation sparked grumbles and whatnot, but as it turns out, only half of the lifecycle chart was correct.

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HTC at Work on Smartphone OS Targeting China

HTC at Work on Smartphone OS Targeting China

Smartphone maker HTC is rumored to be in the process of developing a new smartphone operating system that specifically targets the Chinese market. The tip comes from a source who claims to be familiar with the project at HTC. It really comes as no surprise that smartphone makers are developing operating systems specifically for China considering that it's one of the biggest growth markets in the world.

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Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 is, Microsoft claims, the culmination of listening to feedback around Windows 8 and finessing the features users have been most demanding or vocal about. The original version shook up long-standing PC fans, with its Live Tile interface and marginalization of the traditional desktop, but there's more of an attempt to merge the two in Windows 8.1. That's certainly not all the new OS has to offer, however; we caught up with Microsoft to dig through some of the features the company is quietly proud of: read on for our pick of the hidden gems.

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Windows Blue is Windows 8.1 insider claims (and expect it in a few months time)

Windows Blue is Windows 8.1 insider claims (and expect it in a few months time)

Microsoft's Windows Blue will launch as Windows 8.1, new leaks suggest, not Windows 9 as some have predicted, with the top-level branding still expected to be Windows 8. The update, tipped to be released to manufacturing this August, will stick closely to Microsoft's existing OS branding, sources tell ZDNet, though as per previous nomenclature around Windows Phone, will make only minor reference to the .1 incremental change.

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Android 4.2 deletes December dates from the People app

Android 4.2 deletes December dates from the People app

If you're an Android 4.2 user who has important dates you need to remember in December, you need to be aware of an issue. Android 4.2 has some sort of flaw that is affecting the "People app" which is the default app for keeping contact information that Android devices use. The flaw is significant in the fact that the entire month of December has disappeared from the app calendar.

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