We’re nearing the end of the first half of 2016, and that means a lot of new Android smartphones have been announced. Starting off the year was the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X at CES in January, of course followed later by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as well as the LG G5 in February at Mobile World Congress. But which ones are the best buys? Keep reading to find out…
Whether you like a pocket-sized phone that offers more in terms of raw features, or a phablet-sized phone that sticks to stock Android, you’re sure to find something to fit your preference when you go with Android. The platform can be found on more than 80% of smartphones on the planet, and there’s a reason for that.
Marshmallow continues steady rise w/ 7.5% adoption in May Android distribution numbers
As we approach Google I/O 2016, where we’ll learn more about Android N, Marshmallow continues its steady rise and is now on 7.5% of all devices.
- Nasty piece of Android malware monitors texts, browser history and banking information
- 5 settings every new Android owner should change
- BlackBerry brings video calls to BBM on Android and iOS; North America only for now
- Google’s Android keyboard hits version 5.0, now has fine cursor control
- Android Security Bulletin—May 2016
- WordPress 5.4 Beta For Android Finally Introduces A Proper Visual Editor
- Magic Cleaner deletes crappy WhatsApp memes and quotes from your Android storage
- Oppo R7s gets a near-stock Android experience with Project Spectrum beta
- Google renews focus on Mediaserver flaws in latest Android Security Bulletin
- Android alert! 32 security bugs you need to fix now
- Google Android Keyboard 5.0: Now you get one-handed typing, gesture cursor control, swipe delete
- Getting Started with Release Validation Testing in Fedora QA
- F24 Beta Announcement (Technical & End user input sought)
Fedora 25 Not Scheduling A Mass Rebuild Is Raising Some Concerns
With FESCo having decided not to schedule a mass rebuild for Fedora 25 due out at the end of the year, some developers are unhappy and feel its sacrificing quality over trying to push out a release on time.
It was decided earlier this year not to schedule in a mass rebuild of all packages for Fedora 25 since it's a time consuming process and the developers aim to ship Fedora 25 before the end-of-year holidays without having to drag out the release into the new year. As such, any changes that would necessitate a rebuild of all F25 RPMs should be diverted to Fedora 26.
dgplug.org is now using Lektor
Couple of years back we moved dgplug into a static website. But still there are requirements when we do want to update parts of the site in a timely manner. We also wanted to track the changes. We tried to maintain a sphinx based docs, but somehow we never managed to do well in that case.
ChaletOS, which “came from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland” is a beautifully-crafted Linux distro that aims to ease the transition of users from other operating systems (specifically Windows) to Linux.
While this concept is not new, it has been one of the things that drives the Linux industry towards usability, user-friendliness and perfection.
- NVIDIA Linux Developers Don't Sound Too Happy About The ChromeOS Driver Approach
- More Details About The Vulkano Library, Rust + Vulkan
The State Of OpenCL Computing Language (2016)
Neil Trevett, President of The Khronos Group, presented at the International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) last month in Vienna about the state of the union for OpenCL.
While the OpenWRT project is a very well known embedded Linux distribution primarily for network devices, a number of their own developers have decided to fork away from the project.
In what appears to be a move to have new project leaders, a group of OpenWRT developers announced LEDE, their fork of the project. LEDE considers itself a spin-off of OpenWRT with many of the same goals. LEDE is short for the Linux Embedded Development Environment.
Huawei's promised to bring a "flagship" phone to the US this year. The Chinese company built the Nexus 6P, Google's current flagship, but the name "Huawei" won't be familiar to most US consumers, judging their Android phone options. In the meantime, Huawei is boosting its Stateside credibility with two new Android Wear watches: the Jewel (pictured above) and the Elegant (below), both aimed at women.
Xubuntu 16.04 felt very polished, snappy and easy for me. There were no issues or bugs that I noticed while running it in a Live mode.
The only downside that I would like to mention is the set of applications. It is minimalistic, if not barebones. Many useful tools should be installed by the user from the repositories. Of course, it's not a problem if you know the applications you need. Otherwise, you need to search first. That makes me think that Xubuntu 16.04 is not oriented to the Linux beginners.
A veteran of the web publishing and sports media industries, Jeff Diecks leads professional services and client delivery at Mediacurrent and is an active member of the Drupal community. Jeff also organizes events for his local Louisiana Drupal Users Group and Drupalcamp New Orleans.
I was able to catch up with Jeff ahead of DrupalCon New Orleans 2016, where he'll share insights on site building tools to solve common university needs.
Intrinsyc’s Automotive Development Platform S820A runs Android 6.0 on a Snapdragon 820A, and offers a 4K touchscreen, plus WiFi, BT, GPS, and optional LTE.
Last December, Intrinsyc launched three Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” dev kits in phone, tablet, and embedded board form factors for Qualcomm’s 14nm Snapdragon 820 SoC. Now, the company has announced a Marshmallow kit for automotive applications running the similar, automotive focused Snapdragon 820A SoC. The Intrinsyc Snapdragon Automotive Development Platform (ADP) S820A kit is aimed at automotive OEMs, Tier1s, and ecosystem partners building in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Today, May 3, 2016, Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Linux and open source projects, has announced the general availability of its free badge program.
Finnish mobile startup Jolla, the maker of Sailfish OS, has secured $12m in funding which should keep the firm afloat until the end of the year.
The company announced the new round today, which will alleviate some of the financial troubles that have caused it to abandon the Jolla tablet, lay off staff, and apply for debt restructuring in Finland. The company split its hardware and software businesses last July.
- Jenkins 2.0 arrives on Windows as Microsoft continues open source push
What the butler saw: Windows developers getting friendly with Jenkins and open source
Version 2.0 of Jenkins, the open source automation server and continuous delivery software development platform, was released last week, a decade after it began life as Hudson, a Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) project.
With the rising popularity of DevOps as a software development and delivery methodology, its community has been focused on making Jenkins easier to use, support delivery pipelines as code, and making it simpler to select and manage the many plugins that are a central part of the Jenkins ecosystem. These changes, the developers insist, are sufficiently large to merit a new version badge - although they are keen to point out that version 2.0 is completely backwards compatible with earlier iterations.
- Q&A on Continuous Delivery with Windows and .Net