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Android Q is now Android 10 as Google makes huge brand shakeup

Android Q is now Android 10 as Google makes huge brand shakeup

As we close in on Android's 11th birthday, Google has announced a major update to the operating system's brand. Perhaps the biggest component of this brand shake up is a change in the way Google names Android releases. On top of that, Google is also giving the Android logo a bit of an update.

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HarmonyOS official as Huawei’s Android alternative

HarmonyOS official as Huawei’s Android alternative

We've known that Huawei has been working on an Android alternative for a while now, but today it was finally named: HarmonyOS. The operating system was officially announced by Huawei CEO Richard Yu at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan today. In China, where the operating system will first launch, it'll be known as HongmengOS.

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Windows 10 will now warn users if their version will soon be unsupported

Windows 10 will now warn users if their version will soon be unsupported

Even before it had a chance to fully roll out, Windows 10 was already lambasted for how it nagged users to upgrade to Microsoft's latest but not so greatest. That may now be in the past but it seems that Redmond has found another way to notify users that the version of Windows 10 they're on will be reaching its end of life. What it doesn't make apparent is that it may automatically update such users to the latest version, whether they like to or not.

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Linux’s success in servers could pose problems for the Linux desktop

Linux’s success in servers could pose problems for the Linux desktop

The cat is out of the bag and Steve Ballmer’s worst nightmare has just come true. Microsoft, once the most outspoken enemy of Linux and open source software, not only loves it but may have just become dependent on it. Its cloud computing platform Azure has long offered customers the choice between Linux and Windows virtual machines.

Now a Microsoft engineer has just admitted that Azure customers have preferred using Linux instead of Windows servers. But what is a clear win for Linux in this market could also negatively affect other aspects of the operating system, most especially “The Linux Desktop” everyone loves talking about.

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Fuchsia developer website makes Google’s new OS even more real

Fuchsia developer website makes Google’s new OS even more real

For years, Google has been rumored to be working internally on a third operating system. Traces of this OS started to pop up in Google's official source code repositories but third-party developers had to piece the clues together themselves. It was only at I/O 2019 last May that Google even acknowledged Fuchsia's existence. Now the development engine may be picking up steam with the silent launch of a dedicates website for Fuchsia developers.

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iPadOS official: Multitasking, Files, more for iPad

iPadOS official: Multitasking, Files, more for iPad

Apple wants the iPad to replace your PC, and it's taking a big step in that direction by introducing iPadOS today. While the first urge might be to accuse this of being just an iPad-centric re-branding of iOS, iPadOS definitely seems to be more than just that. iPadOS has some big features coming along with it, chief among them being improvements to multitasking.

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Microsoft Modern OS: What we know about the anti-Windows

Microsoft Modern OS: What we know about the anti-Windows

Microsoft gave some hints about their next operating system during this year's Computex conference. It could still be called Windows, maybe Windows Lite, but probably (and hopefully) it's got a name that's completely new. This next-generation operating system will utilize the omnipotence of the internet to create a secure, solid experience that's better than what's expected by users.

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HongMeng “Ark” OS – Huawei’s Android replacement: what we know so far

HongMeng “Ark” OS – Huawei’s Android replacement: what we know so far

The drama surrounding Huawei's ban from importing and buying US products continues to unfold and the latest episode revolves around what is believed to be its answer to Android. Internally called "HongMeng", the Android replacement is reportedly ready for deployment. Not next month, as an earlier report indicated but sometime starting later this year. What HongMeng really is continues to be a mystery but here are the breadcrumbs we've gathered about it from different corner of sources.

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Korean government is moving from Windows to Linux

Korean government is moving from Windows to Linux

Microsoft Windows is the most used operating system in the world, at least when talking about desktop and laptop computers. In addition to the usual consumer and enterprise customers, it is also used in government offices and computers. That may have been the status quo but more and more governments are looking to other solutions for one reason or another. The latest to start that journey is South Korea, whose government is planning to migrate its computers to the open source operating system Linux.

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Fuchsia OS gets its biggest public confirmation from a Google exec

Fuchsia OS gets its biggest public confirmation from a Google exec

Fuchsia isn't exactly a total secret. It has been spotted numerous times, partially thanks to its open source nature. But while Google hasn't taken pains to hide this third operating system, it also hasn't said much about it. Perhaps for the first time in a long while and in the biggest way possible, Fuchsia's existence and goal has been confirmed by a high-ranking Google official. And not just any Google exec but the very man who heads Android and Chrome OS, the two platforms Fuchsia is expected to unify or replace.

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What the Linux desktop must have to become mainstream

What the Linux desktop must have to become mainstream

Linux runs the computing world. It is by far the most used operating system on servers and perhaps the only OS on supercomputers. It has taken over much of the mobile world thanks to Android and is on the cusp of taking a majority share in education via Chrome OS.

The one area where it has had difficulty expanding year after year is the desktop. Not because it's terrible at it but because it needs a few missing pieces that will stop the Year of the Linux desktop from being a running joke.

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Microsoft’s hated desktop notifications are coming back to Windows 7

Microsoft’s hated desktop notifications are coming back to Windows 7

Back when Windows 10 first released, Microsoft offered free upgrades for those on Windows 7 and Windows 8. That was great, but the way it nagged users to upgrade with what felt like a stream of constant desktop pop-ups was not. If you managed to ignore those update notifications entirely and you hung on to your installation of Windows 7, get ready, because those desktop notifications are about to make a comeback.

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