Archive for the ‘Operating Systems’ Category
  • SoftBank and Sharp going Android in 2010
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 7:03 am
    For once in my short lifetime I can finally say we here in the U.S. have a cool mobile technology before our tech god cousins in Japan. That gift is Android. The Android scene in Japan has been pretty much non-existent with NTT DoCoMo's plans to actually release an Android device(s) remaining fairly stagnant. Heck, it's been a good year since DoCoMo first announced they were going to release Android handsets. Their stalling is another carriers talking point as SoftBank has announced that the...
  • Would you use a free, ad-supported OS?
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 3:43 am
    "Free" is a term that in this economy, draws people in scores. Not necessarily because we're "cheap", but more so frugal. There's less money to go around and being a gadget nerd is not exactly cheap. We (us nerds) will often skimp on basic necessities just so we can have the latest in technology. Hey, it's what makes us tick...don't judge. With that sad, many programs, software titles, and even some hardware can be had at a significantly reduced cost when ads are thrown into the mix. I hat...
  • Windows 7 “Branded” themes coming soon.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 10:43 am
    Themes, themes, and more themes are the answer to one of life's biggest problems -- bland UI styling. Themes give you a small part in customizing your computing experiences so that it's a more personal digital space. Happy joy, happy joy. Windows 7 comes with some pretty basic themeing options. They're not anything mind blowing, but better than nothing. Simple color changes of the windows borders, custom wallpapers, and custom transparency pretty much explain everything there is to be s...
  • Samsung not dropping Symbian/other kids on the block after all…
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 5:54 am
    Contrary to what we reported earlier, it seems Samsung is not going to go Bada only. The slip up comes after Samsung made a very compelling announcement that Bada was more or less to take over with them phasing out other OS's. Either I misunderstood that, the site I pulled it from misquoted him, or those running the show are a little confused. Whatever the cause, Samsung is not dumping Symbian. Instead, the company has issued another statement saying that Symbian and Samsung are just find. ...
  • At launch, Sony Xperia X10 will only support 65k colors. Android 1.6 to blame.
    by Mike
    Posted November 12th, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    Oh the horror. Sony has been teasing us for days on end with Xperia 10 slideshows and videos of a UI that is simply gorgeous and now we come to find out that it's only capable of 65k colors. Before you get too upset and cancel your date with Rachel, you must know that this is a limitation with Android 1.6 that is scheduled to ship on the device at launch -- not the hardware itself. The OS simply can't make use of all the hardware stuffed under the X10's hood. There is hope. Android 2.0 ...
  • Microsoft calls out its own for claiming Mac inspired Win7 design…
    by Mike
    Posted November 12th, 2009 at 6:38 am
    I can't say I didn't expect his one but Microsoft's Windows Blog made a post titled "How we really designed the look and feel of Windows" rebuking their Partner Group Manager Simon Aldous' statement that Windows 7 was designed with Mac's UI and aesthetic feel in mind. It wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. Obviously Microsoft had a problem with this. The statement is short and to the point: I hate to say this about one of our own, but his comments were inaccurate and uninformed. The 'B...
  • Samsung dropping Symbian (Android too?) in 2010. In-house “Bada” OS to take over. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 9:45 am
    Fresh off yesterdays news regarding Samsung's new, in-house OS called "Bada", Samsung has announced further information regarding mobile OS's. To put it bluntly: Samsung and Symbian are done. Over. Ca put. I'm not surprised really. With Nokia showcasing Maemo which is light years ahead of the rickety ship that is Symbain and no worthwhile evolutionary changes in the pipeline, it only seems natural (and financially smart) to dump Symbian. Samsung isn't going cold turkey however as they pl...
  • Samsung’s “Bada” OS coming this December
    by Mike
    Posted November 10th, 2009 at 8:06 am
    If you thought the mobile OS wars had chosen their sides and alliances already, you've got another thing comin'. Samsung has announced that this December, they will be releasing their new in-house OS called "Bada" (meaning "Ocean" in Korean). This new OS will come with it's own SDK so that developers can get right on making Bada all that Samsung hopes it can become. If you're asking yourself if we really need another OS go sit in the corner fora few minutes. Of course we do. Further splitti...
  • Moto Droid and Eris getting first OTA update December 11th. Follow up fix on January 22nd?
    by Mike
    Posted November 9th, 2009 at 5:31 pm
    Have a few reservations about Droid that are keeping you from embracing the awesomeness that is Droid and Android 2.0? Never fear because Verizon and Motorola with a pinch of Google are on top of it in a big, big way. Not even a week old yet and already a 7-page document has leaked with current issues that are in route to drop in an upcoming update. Just how soon? December 11th soon. Ya, that's quick turn around if I ever saw it. Don't forget to continue voicing any problems or concerns on...
  • Google warming up: searching for help/developers for Android SDcard app storage
    by Mike
    Posted November 4th, 2009 at 8:34 am
    Well stomp on frogs and shove a crow bar up my nose. SD app storage, a feature that has been requested across many platforms to alleviate space issues when meager amounts of device memory are concerned have been around for several years. WindowsMobile, a widely panned and criticized as "old" mobile OS has had this feature for years. So why does a modern OS such as Android miss out? Since Android has been levied against Apple and Microsoft as a legitimate contender, being limited to at most 2...
  • OTA Android updates MIA on Sprint.
    by Mike
    Posted November 3rd, 2009 at 7:49 am
    One of the greatest things about modern, mobile operating systems is the ability to download updates OTA (Over the air). While the iPhone requires you to tether up (hey, 200+ meg downloads on a mobile device via cellular network is gag inducing) and RIM + carriers haven't really taken advantage of said feature in their current crop of Berries, that leaves WebOS and Android as the lone OTA updaters. Alas, it appears those rockin' the open dev OS on Sprint will have to tether up a bit longer as ...
  • Acer Liquid’s Snapdragon CPU downclocked to just 768MHz
    by Mike
    Posted November 2nd, 2009 at 12:35 pm
    Ready for a midday round of disappointment coupled with a dash of optimism? The Acer Liquid was to be a Snapdragon powered beast of a mobile device. For those with already wondering minds, be at ease as the Liquid is still coming and with a Snapdrgaon proc to boot. There's only one problem. Acer is downclocking the CPU to 768MHz. Granted, that's faster than most phones out there today and just 6 months ago would have garnered a slew of "ZOMG's". However, in today's world with 1GHz/Snapdr...
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