OSes

Windows 8 expected to debut in October: report

With tablet devices playing a larger and larger role in the world of consumer computing, it’s no surprise that Microsoft has high hopes for its ability to compete in the tablet space. But right now there’s one big problem: it doesn’t have a tablet OS.

That will change with the release of Windows 8, an OS that has been designed for touch and which may contain the biggest changes to Windows since the company’s flagship product was released in 1985.

Is Google’s Motorola “firewall” really a good thing?

Google is now seeing more than 850,000 new Android device activations per day, and Android head Andy Rubin says the search giant will “double down” on Android tablets this year.

But the real key to Android’s success could be found in Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which was recently approved by EU and US regulators.

Google prepping Android 5.0: report

It seems like only yesterday that Google introduced its latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to the world. At the time, I suggested that it might be “the most important Android release ever.”

And for a good reason: Ice Cream Sandwich, which marked the fourth version of Android, included some major changes to the Android interface and sought to make Android a tasty option for both smart phones and tablets.