Google to combine Android with Chrome OS in the near future

The world is changing and evolving and so are operating systems. This day marks the beginning of an new era because an announcement made by Google execs. puts the world’s most popular operating system in jeopardy. Android and Chrome OS will become one in the near future! According to the Wall Street Journal, the two will combine and create a new OS that will be revealed as soon as next year.


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The change is mostly an incorporation of Chrome OS into Android OS simply because we all know Android is bigger, better and more popular. This also means that Google’s current mobile OS will also work on computers and laptops, and this will mean that things will change. But this does not necessarily mean that Chrome OS is gone forever, but it does mean that Chromebooks will get rebranded to reflect their new statuses.


The Verge confirms that Android and Chrome OS will indeed combine and a first impression/ preview of this new operating system will be shown at I/O next year. This move is an effort in reducing the range of independent platforms that Google has to maintain every year; plus, Chrome OS is not THAT much of a success on its own.


The new Google operating system is expected to release sometime in 2017. Sundar Pichai, the current leader of Google, was put in place two years ago and, since then, he made moves towards integrating Android apps into Chrome OS. Support is limited at the moment, but some apps are working on Chromebooks.


What do you think about this news? are you excited to see a new and improved Android/Chrome OS? Let us know in the comments below!


Source: TheVerge

News Updates/Software

Android L Preview fix – 14 closed bugs to be patched in the next public release

Android L Preview fixes 14 bugs that will be patched in the next public release. The biggest beta test in Android’s history is taking its course on Nexus devices and developing to become the next big OS in the history of the most popular operating system in the world.

Android L is being worked on hard and fast in order to become reality sooner rather than later. The release date is approaching fast as sources say, because it will most probably be launched at the end of 2014. Some of the biggest and most important bugs of the OS are finally being patched, including Nexus’s inability to send or receive MMS messages through Hangouts app. This bug happens only on AT&T and T Mobile devices at the moment.

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Apart from this bug, other 13 bugs have been fixed in the last day and they will be added in the release build. Among the fixes you will find:

  • Missing emoji
  • Dialpad no. 7 replaced with S
  • Lockscreen hangs
  • Lack of notifications
  • Wi Fi Proxy setting resets after disconnect
  • Local HTML 5 audio files don’t play in Android Webview.

Hundreds of other bugs are still waiting to be fixed before Android L’s launch.

The public release date of Android’s newest OS is still a mystery, as well as its official (savory) name. Considering that Google is usually showing new developer phones around October and November, we are bound to find out more in the next couple of months. Stay tuned for more delicious news!

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Reviews Updates/Software

Android L coming in the fall – Google presents first impressions

Android L is being released this fall but, until then, Google is going to change it just a bit more. The OS will be a bit different-looking than the usual releases as it presents an overall design overhaul, changed multitasking and improved notifications, among other things. The things that pop out are the design changes of course, as the KitKat theme is being changed with Material Design, a new and colorful style based on shapes and sheets of paper and their fluidity.

The dialer presents colorful blocks and playful animations throughout the interface. It is not done yet, as Google is still working on improving and finishing touches, but all that was seen looks pretty good. The primary Android buttons have simple geometric shapes with new icons that work very well. The back button is a triangle whereas the square is a multitasking menu and the circle is the button that pulls up the app menu.

The multitasking menu looks a bit different in resembling a free-floating Rolodex. Users will find pages opened in Chrome in the multitasking menu as well, this passing as a fluidity line between apps and browsers. Basically, the multitasking menu will be more cluttered with icons.

Another big change for Android L is the notification interaction coming from the lock screen itself. Users can now swipe to dismiss notifications or drag them to the screen to interact with them easier. The OS presents interactive popup notifications inside the apps.

Apart from the design differences seen in Android L, users are promised improved battery life, and the general performance of the operating system. Some security improvements and unlocking methods will come soon.

Google is still working on its new OS that will be launched this fall, but the first signs look pretty good.

Source: The Verge


Google close to shutting down Nexus Family; Silver program to launch soon

Google will kill off its Nexus program used to be just a rumor, but now things show it is closer to reality than ever. A new program will take its place and it will be called Silver, as rumors say. Google is trying to take control of Android in what concerns the software side and this means Google wants less bloatware and faster updates on products.

The Silver program will allow five devices to carry the Silver branding and they will be sold in carrier stores at special prices and not on Google Play. Google hopes it will expand its project into creating Sliver boots in carrier stores with trained staff, which will increase the chances of customers migrating over to Silver products.

Silver handsets could feature important apps such as lost phone app suites, loaner phone programs or 24×7 support over Hangouts.

Nexus 5, source John Karakatsanis/Flickr
Nexus 5, source John Karakatsanis/Flickr

Phones selected by Google will run close-to-stock Android OS, which means a good thing if we take into consideration the fact that the already loved Nexus line is going away and most of the popular phones have changed UIs and OS. Apart from taking Nexus down, Google will be paying for the hardware partners, including promotion and getting the said devices in carrier stores.

LG and Motorola are closest to sealing such a deal with Sony, Samsung and HTC still on the line to join. There is no launch date rumored yet.