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Huawei developing its own OS as possible Android replacement

Huawei developing its own OS as possible Android replacement

Huawei has been having a hard time trying to make it in the US over the last several months, and it doesn't look like the situation will be improving anytime soon. While the company isn't quite as doomed as fellow Chinese phone manufacture ZTE, which has essentially been blacklisted in the US after trade violations, resulting in an export ban that cost it its Android license, Huawei is likely taking precautions should it find itself in the same crosshairs.

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Here’s what’s new

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Here’s what’s new

The next update for Windows 10 is nearly here. Once known as the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, Microsoft has now decided to call this the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. After being delayed beyond its originally intended release date, Microsoft will soon be ready to make it available to the masses, and that's good news for anyone who might be in need of a productivity boost.

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Will Google “kill” Android to beat Apple?

Will Google “kill” Android to beat Apple?

Back a few years ago, before the most major pouring out of popularity for smartphones, there was AOSP. That's the Android Open Source Project - and it still exists today. With the latest developments in AOSP with regard to Google's next operating system development, Fuchsia, I wondered today: Will Google maintain Android?

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Fuchsia OS: Google doesn’t need a third wheel

Fuchsia OS: Google doesn’t need a third wheel

Google is not one to shy away from throwing anything and everything at a wall to see which ones stick. It has admittedly given birth to some highly successful products but has also resulted in a few false positives. But as big as Google may be, it doesn't have an infinite amount of resources, especially human ones. And as a skunkworks project becomes more and more official, more and more resources might be diverted away from those that need them even more. That might soon be the case with Fuchsia OS, the third Google operating system it doesn't really need.

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Google Fuchsia OS demo lets you test the future in your browser

Google Fuchsia OS demo lets you test the future in your browser

Google is known, even notorious, for having so many overlapping projects and moonshots on its plate. Even while both Android and Chrome OS fight for consumers’ affection (and wallets), it is believed to be working on a third wheel. At one point it was nicknamed “Andromeda”, a fusion of the two. Now that third OS is believed to be Fuchsia, which already has a number of code and assets available for developers to pick apart. But if you’re a simple end user, you can use this web-based third-party demo to see what all the fuss is about.

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LG webOS Open Source Edition kicks off global trek

LG webOS Open Source Edition kicks off global trek

To consumers, and probably even to some businesses, there are really only a handful of operating systems in the world. There’s Windows, Mac, and Linux for desktops and Android and iOS for mobile. Of course, the reality isn’t as simple as that and there are a lot more than you can count, like Google’s Chrome OS, the Linux Foundation’s (really Samsung’s) Tizen, Jolla’s Sailfish, the discontinued Mozilla Firefox OS, and LG’s webOS. That last one is trying to grow out of its niche status and become a serious contender, and LG is open sourcing part of it in order to help it become a global platform.

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Android P looks great! Here’s why you shouldn’t get it yet

Android P looks great! Here’s why you shouldn’t get it yet

Yesterday Google released their first public software builds for Android P, for developers. The software looks pretty great - if users can appreciate the tiny detail changes as such. But there's something that's not entirely obvious up front, as its presented by Android blogs aplenty. Non-developer users shouldn't download Android P at all - not yet, at least. Developers of Android apps, by all means download and utilize - everyone else: now's the time to let bloggers do all the hard work for you.

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Android P preview download: Wild new features incoming

Android P preview download: Wild new features incoming

Today Google released the first Android P developer preview, and with it a whole new collection of next-gen features. In this preview for the next major operating system from Google, Android prepared itself for the next generation in mobile hardware. As such, it includes oddities like support for two OR MORE physical cameras, HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and display cutout support - that's support for a notch, a split, or even a set of extra-curved corners (like in Pixel 2.)

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Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for

Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for

While average, every day tasks like internet browsing and streaming video don't require that you squeeze the most out of your PC's hardware, there are just as many tasks that need unrestrained power. Microsoft, it would seem, recognizes that, and it'll soon be rolling out a new power profile for Windows 10 Pro that should help bolster performance beyond what's currently allowed by the OS.

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Android Chrome OS unified: what Andromeda could have been

Android Chrome OS unified: what Andromeda could have been

Google is known, in fact notorious, from casting its net wide to catch as many fish. A more appropriate metaphor, however, might be throwing as many things on a wall and seeing which ones stick. It already had an Android operating system when it suddenly launched Chrome OS. Despite what many naysayers said, Chrome OS stuck. Now Google has two operating systems to worry about. Google was once rumored to be working on a unified Andromeda OS that combines these two finally into one. That effort is pretty much dead but that doesn’t mean there’s no need for it. Here’s what Andromeda could have brought to the table had it actually been born.

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Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share, says one statistic

Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share, says one statistic

Windows 10 was launched in July 2015. It was off to a rocky start, but not as rocky as Windows 8 or even Windows 8.1. And definitely a lot, lot better than the now ridiculed Windows Vista. But while Microsoft might want to sing praises of Windows 10, because what else could it do, the fact remains that it still hasn’t overtaken the most popular Windows version there is. At least until now, because according to StatCounter, Windows 10 is just a tiny bit more popular than Windows 7.

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Google Fuchsia OS on PixelBook: possible but not yet worth it

Google Fuchsia OS on PixelBook: possible but not yet worth it

Google is not one to sit still on anything, be it a design language, product, or platform. It’s almost a miracle that Android, let alone Chrome OS, has lasted this long, though both have undergone deep surgery repeatedly. So it isn’t exactly shocking to learn that Google was, and still is, working on yet another operating system, the so-called Fuchsia OS. While it’s still mostly under wraps, it’s possible to actually test it on the latest Google PixelBook. It’s not an easy journey though, and one that might be worth it just for curiosity’s sake.

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