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  1. Google Fuchsia UI Google’s I/O 2017 event offered the tech giant the perfect opportunity to announce projects that the company has been working on and the direction it intends to take in terms of AI and VR technology, among others. Earlier this month, images revealing a project that Google has been working on surfaced online. Details about Google Fuchsia first surfaced last year, but the recent report showed the OS’s System UI and revealed some features that it could incorporate. Android Police reported that during the Android Fireside Chat, Google’s VP of engineering for Android, Dave Burke was asked about one of the most exciting projects at Google, Fuchsia OS. The engineer said that the experimental project is at an early-stage and it’s one of the many projects that Google is working on. Fuchsia won’t replace Android or Chrome OS What sets Fuchsia apart is its open source nature, which allows developers to see the code and bring contributions to it. David Burke stated “How do you spell Fuchsia? Fuchsia is a early-stage experimental project. We, you know, we actually have lots of cool early projects at Google. I think what’s interesting here is it’s open source, so people can see it and comment on it. Like lots of early stage projects it’s gonna probably pivot and morph. There’s some really smart people on it, people we’ve worked with who are great. And so it’s kind of exciting to see what happens. But it’s definitely a different sort of independent project to android. And yeah, that’s basically it.” It’s worth noting that Google’s Fuchsia project isn’t being developed alongside Android, which means that Google doesn’t have any intention to replace Android OS or Chrome OS with this new project. Still, that doesn’t mean that the situation won’t change in the future, as Fuchsia OS gradually takes shape and becomes a stable operating system. Since it’s at the early stages of development, there’s still the possibility that it could be scraped to make way for other projects by Google. At this point, time will tell if Fuchsia OS will eventually progress to become a full-fledged OS. Source
  2. Android Nougat is Official, Google Revealed the Name of the Next Android OS Google will release Android Nougat later this year Android Nougat wasn't out first guess when it came to the name of the upcoming Android version, but it was out second or maybe third guess. A clue regarding the Nougat name was inserted in the image that Google released a few weeks ago. At the start of this month, Google announced that the Android N name will be unveiled in a few weeks. The image that Google posted on the Android Twitter account had several suggestions regarding the name. Nougat was there in the top right corner of the picture, together with Nectar (which was a good suggestion), Nachos and Nutmeg. Android Nougat will be released later this year Today, we find out that Google has went with Nougat. This is a bit surprising considering that recently, Android VP Hiroshi Lockheimer posted tweets that hinted towards Nutella as being the name of Android N. The series of tweets showed strong hints towards the Nutella name, but something seems to have changed Google's mind and the company decided to go with Nougat. A while back, Google partnered with Nestle in order to name Android 4.4, KitKat. Such a move wouldn't have been surprising in the case of Nutella. During Google I/O, the company announced that users from all over the world could access a certain Google platform and submit their guesses for the Android N. Perhaps, the number of suggestions for Nougat surpassed those for Nutella. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Android Nougat will actually hold the Android 7.0 moniker or if it will be a smaller step to 6.5. Most likely, it will come as a brand new version that will carry the full name Android 7.0 Nougat. Introducing #AndroidNougat. Thank you, world, for all your sweet name ideas! #AndroidNReveal pic.twitter.com/7lIfDBwyBE — Android (@Android) June 30, 2016 Source
  3. Samsung to Shift from Android to Tizen OS on All Mobile Devices, Exec Says The statement was made by a Samsung Executive A Samsung executive stated that Samsung is considering the expansion of its Tizen software to all company devices, in detriment of Google’s Android platform, according to Korea Times. The company is reportedly trying to reduce its dependency on Google’s mobile OS. The global platform market is currently dominated by Google’s open-based platform and the company even supports third-party developers in the search of expanding its base. The executive also added that Samsung has fallen behind when it comes to developing content and its own platform, but the company "is getting much better". He added that Tizen allows developers to make all sort of corrections and redistribute updates to others. Samsung’s Tizen is packed with applications from the largest developers and even some apps that replace the current options available in Android. Samsung developed the Samsung Pay app for making payments, to compete against Android Pay. Smartwatches, some household appliances and Z-branded Samsung phones run on Tizen Samsung implemented Android OS on most of its devices, but did feature Tizen OS on Z-branded phones in India, smartwatches and some household appliances. This is one of the reasons why Samsung is currently testing the Tizen OS in India, where it sold 64 million phones in the first quarter of this year. The company even invited companies in Russia to promote the Tizen software and it plans to launch campaigns and hold forums for developers to expand Tizen’s base. IDC market research firm predicts that Tizen’s share in the wearable devices market will increase by 11.3% until the year’s end, while Apple Watch OS and Android Wear will have 49.4% and 21.4% market share. Source
  4. Want to try that sweet-sounding Sailfish OS, but don’t want to fork out the €399 for the first Jolla handset? Fret not as the company will allow you to sideload its OS to any Android device that you might already have. The option isn’t yet available, but it’s currently being worked on as has been confirmed by the company’s CEO Tomi Pienimäki. In an interview with a Finnish website Mr. Pienimäki stated the following:”That is the plan. We are on device business and OS business. It is fairly easy to install the OS on Android devices"”There is no such culture in these parts of the world [Finland], but there are people that are installing new operating systems on their devices. In China it is mainstream. About half of the smartphone buyers are upgrading their older or cheaper devices with a better version of Android.”“For us it is a possibility to distribute our operating system especially in China. There are websites that already distribute [OS] software and the Chinese customers are doing it ¬so we don’t have to teach them. We just have to get Sailfish to those websites – and to make sure that Sailfish will run on different kind of Android devices.” The Jolla CEO also confirmed that the company has no intention of trying to bring in cash by selling the OS itself. Instead the team consisting of former Nokia employees will rely on applications, services and advertising to monetize their efforts. This means that wider reach is key for Jolla and giving people the option to switch from Android without spending a dime certainly seems like the right thing to do. Source
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