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Official Chinese OS in works as government signs with Ubuntu

Official Chinese OS in works as government signs with Ubuntu

If there's one technological breakthrough China's government thinks it needs right this second, it's their own operating system. Or more control over the internet - but that's (perhaps) besides the point. Today the big news is the Chinese government signing a deal with Canonical, the creators of the OS Ubuntu, to create their own home-grown operating system to "wean its IT sector off Western software in favor of more home-grown alternatives."

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Samsung to release high-end Tizen handset in August or September

Samsung to release high-end Tizen handset in August or September

We've heard this before, but it has now been confirmed - Samsung will be releasing a Tizen-based smartphone this year. The information comes from Samsung's Executive Vice President of its mobile business, who offered the information in Seoul earlier this week. The handset will be very high-end, according to his statement.

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Samsung has no interest in Firefox OS

Samsung has no interest in Firefox OS

An executive from Samsung stated at the Mobile World Congress that Samsung isn't interested in releasing devices using Mozilla's Firefox OS. This might be a letdown for Mozilla and Firefox OS, because a major manufacturer as powerful as Samsung could do wonders for the growing OS. But Firefox OS shouldn't have too much to fear, because both LG and Sony have agreed to manufacturer devices for the OS.

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Sony to launch a Firefox OS device in 2014

Sony to launch a Firefox OS device in 2014

Sony has announced that it will be launching its own Firefox OS mobile device in 2014. It’s joining the ranks of LG, Huawei, Alcatel, and ZTE in launching devices on the HTML5 platform. Bob Ishida, Deputy CEO at Sony, stated that Sony’s engineers are working alongside Mozilla’s in order to bring a Sony-branded Firefox device or devices to the world next year. The openness of the Firefox OS is attractive to Sony, who wants to create devices on a platform with little to no restrictions on usage.

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Samsung to transfer Bada OS aspects to Tizen

Samsung to transfer Bada OS aspects to Tizen

Samsung is finally going to put the dying Bada OS to rest. It has been officially announced that the development for Bada OS will cease as Samsung puts all of its efforts into making Tizen OS a success. Some features from Bada OS will live on as Samsung plans on merging the best features in the OS into Tizen. Tizen will also have backwards compatibility with Bada OS apps on its platform, giving Tizen a bigger catalog to work with.

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Microsoft prepping Windows Blue public preview

Microsoft prepping Windows Blue public preview

According to some reports, Microsoft and its Windows Blue team are gunning hard to push Windows Blue out by the end of summer. They're both hoping to get out a public preview for Windows Blue within the coming months. Windows Blue will bring a refresh to the current Windows 8 systems, improving upon things like user experience. It will also jump-start Microsoft's new, annual and affordable upgrades to its operating system.

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Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS devices will launch on 18 operators all across the globe and they will be the World's first "Open Web Devices". The first markets that will launch the devices include: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Sebria, Spain, and Venezuela, with more market places coming shortly after that. Mozilla is working with handset makers Alcatel, Huawei, LG, and ZTE to develop their Firefox OS smartphones, and all of the smartphones will utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors.

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Tizen SDK 2.0 released along with screenshots

Tizen SDK 2.0 released along with screenshots

The SDK and source code for Tizen 2.0 Magnolia has just become available. It shows how far Tizen has come since Tizen 1.0 Larkspur. The operating system actually looks pretty good, and perhaps almost ready for primetime. We already know that Samsung is gearing up to release several Tizen phones this year, and to multiple countries like Korea, Japan, and France. It's all a part of Samsung's plan to be less dependent on Google for its success in the mobile industry.

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Microsoft discusses Windows 8 performance three months after release

Microsoft discusses Windows 8 performance three months after release

Windows 8 has been available for right around 90 days, and if you've been paying attention, you'll likely know that it's had a rough start. From very loud dissenters to reports claiming dismal market share for the new OS, there's a lot working against Windows 8. But how does Microsoft feel now that we're a few months out from release and the vitriol has calmed down a bit? Pretty good, it would appear.

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Apple OS X 10.9 sees boost in secret beta testing

Apple OS X 10.9 sees boost in secret beta testing

Back in November when we heard that OS X 10.9 was being secretly tested by a select number of users (most likely various Apple employees), we remained curious to see what kind of progress the new rumored version would make after a few months. Apple has been releasing updates to OS X every year or so, which means that 10.9 will most likely release sometime this summer based on the operating system's updating cycle.

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Gartner: Hybrid apps take 50% of mobile market by 2016

Gartner: Hybrid apps take 50% of mobile market by 2016

This week the analysis team at Gartner has made it clear that they expect the mobile app market to be more than 50% made up of apps that are cross-platform, aka "hybrid apps". These apps will be working with a combination of the "portability" of HTML5 Web apps with a native container for each different device, regardless of mobile OS. This means that, as many high-end apps release today already do, so will a much more vast cross-section of brands bring their apps to iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and more.

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Windows 8 market share at only 2.3%

Windows 8 market share at only 2.3%

It's been a good three months since Windows 8 released, allowing ample time for those committed to upgrade the time to do so. However, it seems the adoption rate for Microsoft's new operating system is remaining quite low, with only 2.26% of the OS market share, compared to Windows 7's 44.48% and Windows XP's 39.51%.

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