Apple today released the second developer preview for its next-gen operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The latest OS was first revealed in detail back in February, but is not expected to launch until this summer. It will bring more iCloud integration along with several iOS 5 features to the Mac platform.
We've been hearing rumors for a while now that the next version of Android was going to be dubbed Jelly Bean. Google always picks the name of the sugary dessert as the codename for new versions of the Android operating system. The most recent was Ice Cream Sandwich and prior to that, we had names such as Honeycomb and Eclair.
The much delayed updated to RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook seems confirmed for release on February 21, if internal marketing docs obtained by Engadget prove to be accurate. The update is expected to show at Mobile World Congress later this month, but now we have a more precise date for anxious PlayBook owners.
Apple today released its latest Mac OS X Lion update with version 10.7.3 that also includes Safari 5.1.3. The update brings several bug fixes for improved performance and compatibility. It also adds several new languages and RAW image file support for new cameras.
There are quite a few stories out there over this past week saying that Google ought to be ashamed of themselves for how few devices currently run with their most recent version of Android, the tasty treat entitled Ice Cream Sandwich - but hear me here and now: Google is doing exactly what they intended to do in the first place. When Android was first introduced, Google intended to create their own device, releasing it simultaneously on each of the major mobile carriers and making sure their vision was available exactly as they intended on at least one device - this device survived in what's now called the Nexus line of phones, and although they aren't released in that same perfect way, they are essentially always what Google intends as a perfect Android experience. As for Ice Cream Sandwich - you shouldn't be so bold as to demand it on your year-old device.
There are more than just a couple of mobile operating systems out there in the world, believe it or not ladies and gentlemen, and if Samsung has anything to say about it in 2012, you'll know the third heat to be Bada. We've had our hands on a few devices late this year running Samsung's own personal brand of operating system, each of these devices with the lovely "Wave" name attached to them, and we're to understand today that an update will be coming to a handful of these devices inside 2012. Hopefully it'll be early on in the year as the last time we heard the Bada 2.0 update was swinging through was inside 2011, and that's no longer looking too likely.
Out in the wild in this modern world of ours, we've got but two kinds of people: those who are willing to move forward into the mobile arena of computing, and those who just don't understand - or are completely unwilling - Google aims this month to start erasing the gap with Android Training. This program is one that works with a collection of classes that'll teach users to both understand and, more importantly, build applications in the Android operating system. You'll be able to do everything from optimizing an application for battery life to designing the most effective navigation the world has ever seen.
Microsoft Windows 8 in tablet flavor is expected to hit market in Q3 2012. Along with that version of the new OS will also come a hoard of embedded versions for different uses. Microsoft is talking about some of those Windows 8 flavors for embedded devices today. There are multiple embedded flavors of Windows for different needs and footprints.
Rumors were flying this week that RIM was pushing the much anticipated PlayBook OS 2.0 update out to early 2012. At the time, the rumor was making rounds there was no official word from RIM on the fate of the OS update. PlayBook OS 2.0 is the update that will bring with it support for native email, PIM access, and Android apps.
I know that this side of Windows ME, Vista was the most maligned OS that Microsoft has produced. I have used Vista for a long time and still do on all of the machines in my home. Honestly, I haven't had any issues with the OS. Still, vast hoards of people and businesses skipped Vista and stuck with XP for a long time and that is finally starting to change with Windows 7 selling very well.