sfcrazy writes: Samsung has becoming *the* face of Android as the general people see. The company has paid heavily for it — they push great hardware (not it design, but at least in display), they innovated on UI (for bad or worse) and introduced multi-windowed apps and also fought Apple's expensive court battle — which gave them even more publicity. All of it is good but troubling as well because the company may shed Google's luggage and go Amazon route to create it's own Android. Or they may push Google to renegotiate the deal. The competitor are very very far — what should Google do to keep a check on Samsung? Or should it be worried?
sfcrazy writes: There was a lot of excitement (and lack of information) around Ubuntu Phone. Most Ubuntu users were excited about the idea of Ubuntu as they were imaging running terminal, apt-get install gimp and run apps like LibreOffice or GIMP on their phones. That seems to be untrue. In an online interview Jono Bacon has clarified that traditional desktop apps won't run on Ubuntu phone. Also it may face same fate as OEM's Android phones as Canonical will put OEMs in-charge and not user so you may not even be able to run apt-get on your phone.
sfcrazy writes: Nexus Q, the social media streaming holo-themed ball from Google has finished its life after only 8 months since it was announced in June 2012 after an interesting rumour buildup. Its status on Google Play has changed from "not for sale at this time" to "no longer available for sale", marking the somewhat expected end of this device.
sfcrazy writes: Samsung, which became a market leader thanks to Android, is reportedly working on a smartphone powered by Linux-based Tizen operating system.The company is working with NTT Docomo to create a Tizen powered smartphone. "Samsung already has its Bada operating system which it uses in some devices. Samsung was expected to merge Bada efforts with Tizen but there has been no attempt in that regards. How Samsung, the Android market leader, positions this phone and creates an app ecosystem around it will be interesting to watch.
sfcrazy writes: KDE developers have succeeded in running the touch-optimized Plasma Active Linux Distribution on Nexus 7. Earlier Ubuntu developers managed to create a installer for Nexus 7, but those builds also showed that Unity, in its current form, is not ready for touch-based devices. KDE has an edge here as they have optimized versions for netbooks, desktops and touch-based devices so a user doesn't have to make any compromises as one has to do with other DEs or shells which are focusing more in touch-based devices only.
sfcrazy writes: Ouya has stuck to its deadlines. The team has posted an update on the official blog that the units will start shipping on scheduled date December 28th. These units are for those developers who backed the project on Kickstarter. There is some surprise for developers with this console."What we didn’t tell you was that the advance dev consoles you ordered are pretty special – you’ll know what I mean when you open yours. They’re rare drops.:P" says official post.