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Graphic: Global smartphone OS market share.

Complied by the Wall Street Journal, this shows how much market share Blackberry and Nokia in particular have lost to Apple and Google in the past year.

Also revealed in the WSJ story is information from an inside source, revealing that development of Android’s “virtual assistant” software has been fast tracked. Codenamed ‘Majel’, the system could be revealed at this week’s Google I/O event, which starts on June 27. Majel has been in development since at least 2011, and has been rumoured to be a more powerful competitor to Apple’s own Siri technology.


Android 5.0 to beat Windows 8 to market?

A Digitimes report has indicated that Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) will be released in the second quarter of 2012, ahead of an anticipated Windows 8 release in the third quarter.

According to supply chain sources, Google is hoping new tablets will be powerful enough to support dual operating systems, while planning to push Andriod onto notebooks and netbooks as well.

Android 5.0 will be further optimized for tablet PCs, while Google will also integrate its Chrome system functions to push dual-operating system designs. Brand vendors can either choose to adopt only Android 5.0 or add Android 5.0 to Windows 8 devices with the ability to switch between the two OSes without the need to shut down the computer.

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