Operating Systems

Two weeks left to grab $100 Microsoft cash for your Windows 8/Phone app

To develop an app for Apple’s App Store, you have to fork over $99 a year to join its developer’s program.
Build an app for Android and there’s a one-time $25 fee to grab an Android developers account with Google.
But make an app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, get it published and Microsoft will pay you $100.
That’s one way to get developers coding for your platform.… Read more

Up-coming Blackberry 10.2 update to run Android 4.2.2 apps

Smartphone maker Blackberry may have had some skin knocked off in its battle with rivals Android and Apple, but it is still a popular device within many corporate applications.
One of the more impressive features of Blackberry 10 was its ability to run Android apps via a runtime plugin. It might have only been able to run Android 2.3 apps, which was disappointing, but it was still a ¬†clever feat to get that far.… Read more

Is there a fundamental problem with 7-inch Windows 8 tablets?

With all the talk about compact seven and eight-inch Windows 8 tablets working their way through production at the moment, there could be a problem brewing.
And that problem could be what’s called ‘pixel density’.
Pixel density is the number of pixels in a unit area – the more pixels, the higher the density.
So far, Android has managed to successfully navigates its way through the minefield and works exceptionally well on a small-size high-resolution screen.… Read more

[VIDEO] Microsoft demos Windows 8.1

Microsoft has given Computex show attendents the first official glimpse of its up-coming Windows 8.1 update during the company’s keynote address.
The demo is the first look at the preview released that will go live on June 26. At the same briefing, Microsoft also announced that Outlook 2013 RT edition will be coming to RT devices as part of its Windows 8.1 release as well.… Read more

Google releases stock 4.2 keyboard to Google Play

Search and phone giant Google has released yet another piece of its latest operating system onto Google Play, the stock 4.2 keyboard.
You can get it directly from here¬†at the Google Play store. You need at least Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) to use it but it’s a clever way of Google being able to update the keyboard (and getting rid of bugs in the earlier versions) without requiring users – or telcos – go through the mind-numbing and tortuously-slow process of getting an OS update qualified and pushed out to users.… Read more

Android 4.x hits 59% market share in May 2013

With a device that’s always web-connected, it doesn’t take long to collate device numbers by operating system. And today, the numbers for Android operating systems for May 2013 are in.
Surprisingly, Android 4.x flavours have already snared more than half the total market, Jelly Bean has already overtaken Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x) but the various sweet tasting flavours of Gingerbread (2.3.x) are still the most popular on the market (although by now, even this Gingerbread is starting to go a little stale).… Read more