Windows 9: Release date, news and other updates

In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new UI which was a significant deviation from the traditional desktop UI of earlier versions of Windows. Windows Vista and Windows 7 added a lot of jazz but the underlying UI elements were essentially the same as before. Windows 8, on the other hand, was very much different. Because it was designed for hybrid computing platforms such as tablets which have become mainstream now, it was significantly different. This has been a major issue with users who are used to the older UI. Windows 9 will hopefully address these issues and provide a more uniform and streamlined user experience.

Windows 9 release date: April 2015?

As of now, no information is available about the release date for Windows 9 is available. However, there are reports and rumors, some of them from Chinese enthusiast websites, which claim claim to have leaked builds of Windows 9. Sometime back, there was an update from Microsoft named ‘Windows Blue’ which many believed was a potential new version of the OS. However, it turned out to be Windows 8.1 rather than a completely new version of Windows.

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The next version of Windows is now being labeled ‘Windows 9′ but the name may change. A new code name has appeared–’Threshold’. It is not known if Windows 9 will be available as an upgrade for users of Windows 7. However, it can be speculated with some certainty that Microsoft will allow Windows 7 users to upgrade as Windows 7 holds a large market share. The company will try to encourage these users to make the move to Windows 9.

It is also not known currently if Windows 9 will be 64-bit only. Microsoft had remarked that future versions of Windows will support only 64-bit chips even before it shipped Windows 7. Windows 9 is also expected to be smaller in size and ship with number of pre-installed apps.

Paul Thurrott, one of the most famous Microsoft bloggers, has stated that Microsoft will release Windows 9 in April 2015. Windows 9 is expected to feature an improved Metro-based UI. More information about Windows 9 is expected to be announced at the Build 2014 Developer Conference that will be held in April this year.


BlackBerry Z3 and Q20: Specifications and Price Details

BlackBerry has unveiled its first line of Foxconn-built smartphones, the BlackBerry Z3 and Q20. The BlackBerry Z3 is a full touch smartphone offered at an affordable price of $200. The Q20, on the other hand, is a more full-fledged business phone featuring a QWERTY keypad and a trackpad. Both these phones are expected to become available in the month of April.

Coming to the specifications, the BlackBery Z3 comes with a 5-inch qHD display and is powered by a Snapdragon dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. The phone also features 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Other features include a 5 MP primary camera and a secondary 1.1 MP front-facing camera. The phone also comes with FM radio.

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The most desirable feature of the BlackBerry Z3 is its price. At a price of $200, it may be a hit in the mid-range smartphone segment. It definitely offers a competition to other smartphones made by Samsung and Nokia.

The other phone launched by BlackBerry, the Q20 comes with a QWERTY keypad and a trackpad. The phone will pack a 3.5-inch touchscreen display. The phone looks very similar to the older BlackBerry business phones which were a hit with the business community. Price details are currently not available.

On the software front, both the phones will run on BlackBerry 10 and have features such as BlackBerry Hub, and enterprise connectivity with BES10.

With these phones, BlackBerry may regain some of its lost market share. Many view the announcement of these phones as a desperate last attempt by BlackBerry to stay competitive in a market that is currently dominated by Samsung, Nokia and others.


What is Tizen?

Tizen is a mobile operating system based on Linux. It is designed to run on smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices, smart TVs, and smart cameras. Providing a consistent user experience across multiple devices is one of the goals of the project. Tizen is based in Samsung’s Bada project and borrows many features from it.

What is Tizen: A New Mobile OS

Tizen is being developed by Samsung and Intel along with other backing companies: Fujitsu, Huawei, KT, NEC CASIO Mobile Communications, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic Mobile Communications, SK Telecom, Sprint and Vodafone. Tizen currently has a total of 51 members as part of its partner program.

Tizen comes with application development tools based on the JavaScript libraries jQuery and jQuery Mobile. Tizen 2.0 comes with a native application framework that is based on Open Services Platform of Samsung’s Bada platform.

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Advantages of Tizen

When compared to other mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, Tizen has many advantages and benefits— for both end users and original equipment manufacturers. One of the key advantages is that the operating system is highly optimized around HTML5. This may make apps more feature-rich and also easy to develop. As for manufacturers, Tizen may allow them to make better phones within low price ranges.

Has Tizen come into the Market?

Tizen Devices made by Samsung were expected to become available in August or September of 2013. However, the date was postponed to early 2014. However, as of February 2013, no announcements have been made by either Samsung or Intel about releasing Tizen on actual devices.

Expected release date

Tizen based devices may become available in the first quarter of 2014. The Samsung ZEQ 9000 will be the first commercially available device running the operating system. There are also some reports which indicate that Tizen could land on Samsung’s next flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S5.