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Apple loosing popularity, 9 of 10 people use Android 

​According to the Strategy Analytics Smartphone market share report for Q3 2016, Android OS is leading the smartphone market with 87.5% share. This puts an Android device into the hands of every 9 out of 10 smartphone users. The global smartphone sales have increased but the situation is reverse for Apple.

trategy Analytics has released the latest report, Global S martphone OS Market Share by Region: Q3 2016 . According to the report , 375.4 million smartphones were sold globally in the third quarter of 2016. This includes devices running Android, iOS, Windows 10 Mobile and other operating systems.

The number of devices sold in Q3 2015 was 354.2 million and Strategy Analytics considers this as smartphone industry’s fastest growth rate for a year. The boost in the smartphone device sales can be credited to the rising adoption in developing countries like India, South Africa, countries in Middle East Africa, and others. In recent years, smartphone makers have observed India as a high potential market and have been developing specially crafted products according to the needs of the Indian customers.

The number of Android devices sold globally in Q3 2016 are 328.6 (from 298 million in Q3 2015) observing a year-over-year growth of 10.3%. Apple recently announced the sale of its 1 billionth iPhone but the figures for Q3 2016 aren’t satisfying. The number of iOS devices sold was 45.5 million (48 million in Q3 2015). There is a decrease in the sales for Apple but the latest iPhone 7 was launched last month and it is yet to make an impact on the total sales for the Cupertino-based company. Hopefully, the next quarter will do some wonders for them.

In terms of market share, Android is a true winner with a record market share of 87.5% – that’s roughly every 9 out of 10 smartphone users – escalating from 84.1% in Q3 2015. The iOS follows Android with 12.1% share after sliding down from 13.6% recorded in Q3 2015. Other mobile operating systems including Microsoft’s Windows and Samsung’s Tizen represent 0.3% (2.3% in Q3 2015) market share in Q3 2016.

It is no denying the fact that Android ecosystem has been proliferating at a tremendous pace since its release almost a decade ago. Samsung, HTC, and Sony can be credited for Android’s popularity in its initial years but in the recent years, the Android market has been dominated by low-cost Chinese smartphone companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Gionee, etc. Google has also forayed into the hardware business with

Pixel and Pixel XL .

Strategy Analytics director Woody Oh says that hardware makers have been fascinated by Android’s low-cost services and user-friendly software. However, this has led to the existence of numerous devices with similar hardware eventually overcrowding the Android platform and reducing profits for hardware makers. He says that Google’s own Pixel devices are eating the pie from smartphone makers’ plate.

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Google to Launch ‘Andromeda OS’ — An Android-Chrome OS Hybrid

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Google’s long-rumored Android-Chrome hybrid operating system is expected to debut at the company’s upcoming hardware event on October 4.
The company has been working to merge the two OSes for roughly 3 years with a release planned for 2017, but an “early version” to show things off to the world in 2016.
Android + Chrome = Andromeda
The hybrid OS, currently nicknamed ‘Andromeda,’ could be come on a new Pixel laptop as well as Huawei Nexus tablet from Google by Q3 2017, if not sooner, according to new leaks from
9to5Google and Android Police .
Android + Chrome = Andromeda
The laptop, officially codenamed “Bison” and nicknamed “Pixel 3,” is a reference to the “Chromebook Pixel,” but since this edition is not running Chrome operating system, one can not call it a “Chromebook” anymore.
Andromeda is separate from the company’s Fuchsia OS, which is focused on Internet-of-Thing (IoT) devices. Moreover, the report also makes it clear that Andromeda “is [an entirely] distinct effort from Google’s current campaign to bring Android apps to Chromebooks.” So, don’t get confused.
Rumored specs suggest Bison is expected to pack a 12.3-inch display with a ‘tablet’ mode and stylus and reportedly powered by an Intel M3 processor like Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, or an Intel Core i5.
Bison is expected to have two models with 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, and 8GB or 16GB of RAM.
Other features could include two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, a backlit keyboard, quad microphones, a glass trackpad, and a battery that lasts around 10 hours.
For more details about the new hybrid operating system, you need to wait for two more weeks for Google’s October 4 event that is set to launch a Google’s new hardware product line, including ” Google Wi-Fi ” router, Google Home, the refreshed 4K-capable Chromecast rumored to be called Chromecast Ultra, and a “Daydream” VR headset.

Source: The Hacker News

Windows 7 Installed On Android Watch By A Developer. Can You Guess Its Boot Time?

Tech News Nation: Nourishing the crazy trend of installing desktop operating systems on smartwatches, a hacker has installed Windows 7 on a tiny Android Wear smartwatch. However, if you are thinking of using the world’s most popular operating system on a tiny 280 x 280 resolution screen and playing a few games of Solitaire, note that Windows 7 takes 3 hours to boot on the device.

In the past, we have seen Windows operating system running on Android smartwatches. They were Windows 95 and Windows 98, not Windows 7, though. We also saw a developer even running Counter-Strike on his smartwatch.

If we talk about all versions of Windows operating system, Windows 7 turns emerges as a winner and still manages to beat its brother Windows 10. So, adding one more device to the endless number of systems running Windows 7, some developer has installed a full-blown Windows 7 on his wearable.

If you’ll ask me about any real benefit of Windows 7 running on Android watch, I’ll reply in negative.

While it’s good to see the world’s most popular operating system running on a tiny smartwatch, it’s painful to use. Before you can even try to get some work done on such a small screen, let me tell you that booting Windows 7 on this devices takes three hours.

It goes without saying that Windows 7 acts as a battery killer for the smartwatch and you need to keep the charger connected to it.

We salute Hacking Jules for being so patient and installing Windows 7 on a glorious 280 x 280 resolution screen.

Watch the video here:

Wanting to take up this challenge? Here’s how to install Windows 7 on your Android Wear smartwatch:

Just in case you are missing Linux, here’s a Linux distro running on Android smartwatch:

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iPhone vs Android smartphone ? Which is the most secure of them all.

Android vs iPhone : Which is more secure?

TechNewsNation: If you ask this question on a smartphone forum, rest assured, you thread will run into at least a thousand replies but then result will always be inconclusive. The fact remains that at cyber criminals develop an Android malware every 17 seconds and it is plagued with other security flaws making it vulnerable to hackers.

Many users swear by iPhones with regards to security and privacy. Not that they are alone, many security experts will vouch for Apple’s devices saying that they more secure and reliable in the context of data protection and spying evasion than the Android or Windows operating systems. In fact, it is being stated that out of the three main operating systems, it the Apple’s iPhone that is highly reliable due to the much talked about “Erase Data” feature.

Erase Data feature in iPhone wipes the data after ten failed passcode entry attempts. This security feature is so unique that it distinguishes Apple’s iPhones from all other available smartphones in the market.

The Apple fanboys put forward a relevant fact to validate their point of view. Earlier in the week, FBI got an US court to order Apple to unlock the iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter. The FBI wanted to check Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone to get information about his alleged actions and activities, which prompted the mass killings in December. Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik went on a mass shooting spree in 2015 and both were killed soon after.

Apple lovers say that due to iPhone’s strong encryption abilities and data protection features FBI had to approach the court. If it had been an Android smartphone, FBI would have cracked it easily and the issue would not have snowballed into a Apple vs Court slugfest as it has happened now.

However there is a twist to the Android vs iPhone saga. New survey conducted by OnePulse, a London startup among iPhone users reveals that almost half of them think Android phones are “more advanced” than iPhones.

OnePulse surveyed 1,500 iPhone and Android users via its app to find a sensible answer for this age old chicken vs egg query. Overall, including iPhone and Android users, 40 percent of those surveyed said Android was more advanced than iPhone.

“We put Android and iPhone users against each other in our poll to understand what they think is better, despite what phone they actually own,” said OnePulse brand manager Meagan Healey. “The insights were surprising as there seemed to be no hostility from either sets of users.”

The results are surprising considering the iPhone’s popularity. Apple sold 74.78 million iPhones, first quarter 2016 results showed, the most it ever has sold in a quarter. iPhone is ranked as the No. 1 gadget brand on Facebook, with more than 400 million people expressing an interest. Cannacord research found that, owing to Apple’s high profit margins, the iPhone accounted for 92 percent of smartphone profits in the first quarter of 2015.

While the issue cannot be solved on a stroke of pen or with this article, the Windows Phone is slowly stealing the march of both, Android and iPhone as far as security is concerned. Many security experts swear by the Windows run smartphones to be best among all in terms of security and privacy, though they have hugely unsuccessful among smartphone buyers.

Security and privacy league have other candidates like Blackphone, BlackBerry etc. but some experts from big antivirus firms feel that the ‘Erase Data Feature’ gives iPhones an edge over other smartphones. According to Avast Director of Threat Intelligence, Filip Chytry, the Erase Data Feature can be added to added to Windows and Android devices also. But, the issue is that it is complicated and designed for system admins, not normal users. Chytri explained that on an Android smartphone, you need to have “device administrator permission,” whereas the users are required to get an especial app and follow some additional steps. Generally, users aren’t familiar with such intricate procedures. Chytri added that Windows phone users also need to download special software.

Trend Micro’s global threat communications manager Christopher Budd echoes Chytri’s opinion and says that Apple is currently leading the game as far as encryption capabilities are concerned.

Apple enabled default encryption on its iPhones since the 3Gs while Android started offering this facility only recently whereas Windows phones still lag behind in this regard, informs Chytri. In Android 6.0 Marshmallow, full disk encryption has been made mandatory but older Android smartphones still dont have this facility.

All in all, both smartphones have a different niche to cater too, but security wise, iPhone leads the pack with its Erase Data Feature and end-to-end encryption.

How to Install Linux On Your Android Phone Without Rooting.

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Installing some distribution of Linux on Android phone generally needs an ARM-supported distro and root permissions. As rooting a phone voids the warranty and opens backdoors for potential attacks, here’s a simple way to install a Linux distro on Android without rooting. So, let’s get started.

 

Canonical is betting big on its official Ubuntu smartphones and working hard to hit the Convergence right spot. However, if you don’t want to go to the market to buy a phone running a Linux distro and you want to use a version other than Ubuntu Phone, here’s a way.Now it’s possible to open your Linux command prompt on your Android phone to get some things done. Usually installing Linux on Android phones needs rooting your device. However, with GNURoot, you don’t need to do those tricks and skip the root permissions.

 

There’s one thing that I would like to tell you that this isn’t like installing a complete PC version of Linux on Android phones. But, don’t worry- here we’ll install a Linux sub-system that includes tons of Linux tools and other endless possibilities. You can use apt-get, SSH or even turn your Android phone into a LAMP server to run the web apps.

Let’s get started with installing Linux on Android phone:

Step 1: Installation of GNURoot from Play Store

The first and foremost step is to install the free Android app GNURoot on your Android app. This application installs a fake Linux root file system. Just open the Play Store, search for GNURoot and install the main GNURoot app on your Android device.

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Step 2: Select the helper app of a Linux distro

By default, GNURoot offers different ARM-based Linux distros: (Debian) Wheezy, Fedora, Aboriginal (a lightweight BusyBox variant) and Gentoo. Select any one of these and tap “Create New Rootfs” to download the needed files.

This process may take a while, so wait for few minutes.

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Step 3: Select the Linux distro and launch

After the download is finished, select that distro from the second drop down option. After ticking the “Launch as Fake Root” box to get the apt-get and other root commands, tap “Launch Rootfs” to install and use Linux on Android phone.

Step 4: It’s ready to use

Afte the installation, you are ready to use Linux on Android phone. Now you should be able to install any package from your distro’s repo using the relevant package manager by apt-get for Wheezy or yum for Fedora.

You can create extra terminal windows by tapping on the ‘+’ button at the top and switch using the top-left drop-down menu.

To access the menu options for various settings, you can tap on the top-right icon and other options.

How to go graphical with Linux on Android phone?

In the four main Linux distros available in GNURoot app, you’ll have to work using the command line. To run the programs needing windows, you’ll need a GUI. This can be implemented using GNURoot WheezyX distro (in the first step). It launches a VNC server, and to see the GUI you need to download VNC Viewer from the Play Store.

For the first time, after the WheezyX distro launches in a terminal window, fire up the VNC viewer app and enter ‘localhost:1’ as address and ‘password’ as the default password.

Doing this, a virtual desktop for a xterm terminal window for Wheezy will launch. Now using the mouse pointer and keyboard icon, you can navigate the Linux on Android.

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Father of Android Plans To Start His Own Smartphone Company.

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Andy Rubin, a legend in the Android world, is planning to make a return to his creation with a new smartphone company, according to sources from the industry. It would be interesting to notice Rubin’s strategy as Android is already an overcrowded category with low-profit margins. 

 

Andy Rubin founded Android before it became one of the most known products of Google. According to the sources close to the situation, Andy Rubin, the father of Google’s Android phone operating system, is planning to get back in the Android game.After being away from Android for more than two years, he is planning to start his own phone company. The Information reports that Mr. Rubin has recently tried to hire people to help start a new smartphone company.

 

Andy Rubin shares an interesting relationship with Google. In the year 2013, he left the Android division of Google to work in Google’s robotic department. Next year, he left Google completely to start his own incubator Playground Global. Currently, he is running his venture capital firm Playground Ventures with $300 million in funding. He’ll be starting this Android phone company via Playground Fund, his own tech startup incubator Playground Global.

If we believe the reports, he might bring something special to the family of Android handsets. In the past, he has mentioned that Android is his baby and he is not leaving it behind forever.

When he left Google few years back, Android ecosystem was an entirely different category. Now it features tons of major players like Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, Motorola, Lenovo, Asus, Micromax etc. So, it would be interesting to notice Rubin’s strategy as Android is already an overcrowded category with low-profit margins.

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Android Studio 2.0 Is Here With Improved Android Emulator And Instant Run Feature.

 

Android Studio 2.0Yesterday, Google released version 2.0 of its Android Studio integrated development environment (IDE) for writing apps for its mobile operating system. One of the most requested features incorporated in this release is to make app builds and deployment faster in Android Studio.

 

Android Studio is essentially based on IntelliJ, launched back in 2013 and came out of beta a year ago. It includes everything a developer needs to build an app, including a code editor, code analysis tools, emulators for all of Google’s Android platforms, and more.The new version is available as a preview in the canary release channel, so google can get your feedback on usage and crash reports, of course.

New Features in Android Studio 2.0

As stated earlier, majority of features in this release are around performance to improve your development cycle and reduce development time.

Instant Run: Faster Build & Deploy

Ask any developer, what is the most time consuming and high memory task in her app development life cycle is and she replies back with “running the emulator”.  Android Studio 2.0 has instant run feature that allows you to to quickly see your changes running on your device or emulator.

If you create a new project with Android Studio 2.0 then your projects are already setup. If you have a pre-existing app open Settings/Preferences, the go to Build, Execution, Deployment → Instant Run. Click on Enable Instant Run. This will ensure you have the correct gradle plugin for your project to work with Instant Run.

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GPU Profiler

You can now Profile your OpenGL ES Android code with the GPU Profiler in Android Studio 2.0. The tool is in early preview, but is very powerful and not only shows details about the GL State and Commands, you can also record entire sessions and walk through the GL Framebuffer and Textures as your app is running OpenGL ES Code.

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To get started, first download the GPU Debugging Tools package from the Android Studio SDK Manager.

Google demonstrated the complete features of Android Studio 2.o at the Android Developer Summit. If you missed out the Google summit you can check the recording here.

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