‘OS News’ Archives
According to a report, Android 4.3 and a white version of the Google Nexus 4 will be coming on the 10th of June.
Android and Me reports, “Rumors suggested that a white Nexus 4 might appear at Google IO, and they were right. We obtained the elusive white Nexus 4 and we can confirm it’s a carbon copy of the previous Nexus 4, just with a different color casing. That might not be the most exciting news, but we also learned the white Nexus 4 would hit the Google Play store on June 10th and it would be accompanied with Android 4.3.”
Speaking about the update, the site says, “Not much is known about Android 4.3, but we expect it to be a rather minor update. The developer API level should be bumped up to version 18, with support for Bluetooth Smart (and possibly OpenGL ES 3.0), and that’s about all we know. We are unable to confirm this, but we assume that Android 4.3 will be pushed out to all current Nexus devices (4, 7, 10) when it goes live next month.”
Of course, since Google is yet to confirm the rollout of Android 4.3 and a white version of the Nexus 4, take this with a pinch of salt.
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According to figures from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Microsoft’s Windows Phone (OS running on handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 925) has overtaken Blackberry. However, Android (OS running on handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4) and iOS (OS running the Apple iPhone 5) are still the dominant operating systems in the smartphone market for Q1 2013.
Android dominates the smartphone market, followed by iOS. Windows Phone is now at third place, with Blackberry at fourth.
Research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team, Ramon Llamas, said, “Underpinning the worldwide smartphone market is the constantly shifting operating system landscape. Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion’s share of smartphones in the first quarter, but a closer examination of the other platforms reveals turnaround and demand for alternatives. Windows Phone has benefited from Nokia’s participation, and BlackBerry’s new BB10 devices have already hit a million units shipped in its first quarter of availability.”
Senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Kevin Restivo, said, “Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia Given the relatively low volume generated, the Windows Phone camp will need to show further gains to solidify its status as an alterative to Android or iOS.”
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It seems we won’t be seeing Key Lime Pie and the next Nexus at Google I/O.
In an interview with Wired, Google exec Sundar Pichai was asked, “What can we expect from I/O this year?” He answers, “It’s going to be different. It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system. Both on Android and Chrome, we’re going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers, so that they can write better things. We will show how Google services are doing amazing things on top of these two platforms.”
There is, however, good news. If you were complaining that your Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn’t get updates on time, Google is working on it.
Pichai was asked, “A lot of people have complained about Android’s update process. How does Google make sure that people will get updated with the latest version?” He answered, “We are thinking about how to make Android handle updates better. We see ways we can do this. It’s early days. We’re talking with our partners and working our way through it. We need time to figure out the mechanics, but it’s definitely an area of focus for me and for the team.”
So what should we expect from the new Android head? He was asked, “Finally, you had a pretty full plate with Chrome and Apps, and now you’re handling the world’s biggest phone platform in addition. How are you managing?” He answered, “I have a secret project which adds four hours every day to the 24 hours we have. There’s a bit of time travel involved.”
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