operating system

HTC “China” OS homescreen sighted in leaked photo

Everyone seems to be trying to woo the Chinese these market days, and HTC is definitely not going to let others beat it in that race. The Taiwanese manufacturer is reportedly developing a smartphone operating system just for China, and we maybe be getting an early glimpse of what it looks like in today's leak.

Latest Android details show Jelly Bean adoption continues to grow

The latest Android platform statistics are in from Google looking at all the devices that visited the Google Play store in the last few weeks. The statistics show which version of Android is the most common across all devices that access the Google Play store. The statistics show again that Android Jelly Bean is continuing to grow significantly.

Android 4+ now running on more devices than any other flavor

For very long time the most common flavor of Android running on mobile devices was the rather old and outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While there are several newer versions of the Android operating system that had been on the market for a long time, Gingerbread still held the majority of the Android market share. That has finally begun to change.

Java portion of Android ported to C#

Here's yet another Android project that leaves the question of "why" hanging while retorting with a resounding "why not?" A team of independent developers have created version of Android's Java codebase that can run entirely in the older C# programming language, with no Java to be seen. At this point it's more of a computer science exercise than anything else, but if certain megacorps get their way, it could be a viable alternative to standard Android.

Latest Linux kernel release adds Android code

It's often forgotten these days, but at its heart Android is a Linux-based operating system (with a healthy dose of C and Java thrown in). Today that association gets a little closer, as the primary Linux kernel version 3.3 is adding some Android-specific code into the primary development branch. Android is technically a "fork" of Linux, but this brings a little of the work that Google and others have done on the Android Open Source project back into the main Linux project directly.

Android x86 adds Ethernet and VirtualBox support

There's been a lot of talk about desktop modes i Android this week, but many don't realize that you can install an experimental build of Android on your laptop or desktop computer right now. Android-x86 is a derivative of open-source Android that runs on standard Intel-compliant hardware, i.e. the vast majority of computers out there. The latest modified version from Android-Dev.ro adds two important features: Ethernet networking support (for small computers like the Atom-based "net-tops" that lack WiFi) and virtualization, so that eager users can try out Android in Virtual Box, VMware or similar programs.

Ubuntu for Android gets a hands-on video

Canonical's brand-spanking new combination of Android and the Ubuntu Linux distribution is easily the most exciting software development for Android since Ice Cream Sandwich. Basically it packs an ARM-based version of Ubuntu into a standard Android phone, activating it only when docked to a computer via HDMI. The software and basic capabilities were announced earlier today, but a Canonical employee was nice enough to post a live demonstration of Ubuntu on Android to YouTube.
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