operating system

Lollipop-based Amazon Fire OS 5 launched in developer preview

In terms of hardware, Amazon’s set of Android devices can actually compete, but they lag behind competitors primarily because of their approach to the software area of the devices. They use the heavily tweaked and proprietary Fire OS, a version of Android that does not allow for Google Play Store access. The software has continued to languish in KitKat land, but users should be relatively happy Amazon is now rolling out the Fire OS 5, albeit in a developer preview for now.

WebOS port now renamed LuneOS, releases new version

Remember the Open WebOS project? It’s totally understandable if you don’t – it was based on that Linux-based mobile operating system that HP sold to LG. The project is under-developed to say the least, but at least there is movement with the project. They are going under a new name “LuneOS” and they have a new release called “Affogato”.

Xiaomi outs MIUI v6 developer preview for the Mi3, Mi4

If you’re looking for more eye-candy in your custom Android UI than most, chances are you’ve come across the MIUI – the tweaked Android OS from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. The flipside of it is that while you get a nice, clean UI, there are bugs galore, and that the MIUI is not really known for Android functionality. That said, if you own a Xiaomi Mi3 or Mi4, you pretty much have no choice. The good news is that a new version of MIUI is out.

Android x86 releases stable version of 4.4 for your PC

There are a few ways to run Android on your PC that probably has an Intel or an AMD processor, but one of the most popular and worthwhile would be doing it with Android x86. This is a software that runs back to Android’s Linux roots, allowing it to be installed as an operating system for your PC. They have just recently released a stable version based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and all of you aficionados would probably want to check it out.

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.
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