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Android 12 Beta 4 released with Platform Stability

Android 12 Beta 4 released with Platform Stability

Today is the day Android 12 Beta 4 is released - complete with Platform Stability in full effect. This update is one of the most important of the series before final release of Android 12 for the public. Like it has been in the past with other versions of Android, "Platform Stability" means that app-facing behaviors and all Android 12 APIs are finalized.

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Some Windows 11 feature updates may be optional

Some Windows 11 feature updates may be optional

Big changes in Windows 11 can be reverted at will, according to early testers of the operating system. Early leaks of this newest version of Windows suggest that the Start Menu and the taskbar, central to operations in Windows 11, will both be literally centered on the users' screen, too. Thankfully, it would appear that this major change can be reverted with relative ease.

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Millions of PC users may still be running Windows 7

Millions of PC users may still be running Windows 7

Most people don't care at all what version of Windows their PC is running as long as the PC works. This is a problem Microsoft faces in trying to get people to update their operating system when new versions of Windows cost so much. Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 about a year ago, but lots of PC users worldwide have continued on with the operating system.

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Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 “super devices” pave way for future without Google

Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 “super devices” pave way for future without Google

The way Huawei speaks about the newest version of HarmonyOS, you'd think they didn't need Google at all. HarmonyOS is the operating system Huawei is using to diverge away from the OS they've used most commonly on smartphones so far: Google's Android. With the release of HarmonyOS 2.0, Huawei's broken past the point of "will it work" straight into "Google might be worried."

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iPadOS 14 update: Apple accepts size, power, and 3rd-party defaults

iPadOS 14 update: Apple accepts size, power, and 3rd-party defaults

At WWDC 2020, Apple revealed several big updates to the way iPad operates with iPadOS 14. This new system makes a whole lot of use out of "sidebars" as it were. There'll also be a singular Search bar where users can search apps, data on the iPad, and the web. There'll also be "Scribble", a system that'll turn handwritten text into typed text.

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Facebook OS is inevitable: 3 key predictions

Facebook OS is inevitable: 3 key predictions

Facebook is a giant company with such an immense amount of cash and roster of forces that a future Facebook OS is inevitable. Today we're taking a moment to run down three key predictions having to do with a Facebook operating system, based on what we know about Facebook now and the most likely paths we'll take politically in the next several governmental bodies in the United States.

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Android 10 and the 3 ways for your phone to get it

Android 10 and the 3 ways for your phone to get it

Over the past 24 hours (or so) Google's released Android 10 in multiple formats for download. Users can access this system the standard way, downloading a software update to their phone through their Settings screen. That'll work so long as they've got one of the few phones that work with the update thus far. Otherwise, there are a couple other options - not necessarily ideal for the average user, but certainly a set of possibilities nonetheless.

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Your iPhone’s new update is iOS 13 Beta, with FaceTime ‘attention correction’

Your iPhone’s new update is iOS 13 Beta, with FaceTime ‘attention correction’

Today the folks at Apple made final the iOS 13 BETA release for the public, allowing pretty much anyone to take a peek on their own iPhone. This means users of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, XR, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus will be able to download the software immediately, if they do so dare. There's also a new iPadOS 13 (iOS 13 for the iPad, that is to say) out and available right now, too - in Beta form.

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Huawei Hongmeng OS is not the Android-alt we expected

Huawei Hongmeng OS is not the Android-alt we expected

Huawei's new operating system Hongmeng seemed like a pretty interesting alternative to Android in the face of Google's possible future objections. It was due to less-than-fantastic outlook from Google's home country's laws with regard to Huawei that this all started. Whether or not the Hongmeng OS was created in response to early chatter about this possibility is a different matter entirely.

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LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Electronics has announced the launch of its new South Korea-based Software Upgrade Center, a division that aims to increase the rate of software updates for the company's smartphone customers. This is the company's first facility designed to improve the worldwide rollouts of smartphone OS and software updates. The division's team will also be tasked with testing the software and its compatibility with LG's hardware.

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Apple Lisa OS code will be made open source next year

Apple Lisa OS code will be made open source next year

The Apple Lisa operating system will be made open source next year, it has been announced, giving anyone the opportunity to download the code. Though Lisa was never popular, the OS lives on in the hearts and minds of dedicated fans and enthusiasts. According to a post made in a Google Group dedicated to those enthusiasts, the Computer History Museum will be releasing the code with a statement of its own in the near future.

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Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Days before the Google Pixel finally broke cover, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of a certain Andromeda OS being revealed as well. Andromeda was an intriguing though highly debatable idea, a true unification of Google’s two operating systems, Android and Chrome. In the end, of course, it didn’t come to pass. But what Google did was not only not announce any such Android and Chrome OS merger, it actually revealed something that, in the long run, would make both of those irrelevant, or at least invisible, to the user, in a future where everyone has their own, personal, Google Assistant.

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