Acer’s been hinting at entry into the Android smartphone market for some time now and now it is official. The Stream is the company’s first Android device.
Forget the Android devices, the Symbian ones and all the other iPhone-killers out there, this is the real deal. The device, which has freely available, detailed CAD design drawings, is guaranteed to kill the iPhone.
Firefox surges in Europe: According to Web analytics firm StatCounter, Firefox 3 has finally surpassed the popularity of Internet Explorer 7 in Europe, reports Ars Technica. Apparently Firefox 3.0 holds 35.09% market share in Europe while IE7 holds 34.51%. Which sounds like good news except that globally, Firefox is still some way behind Internet Explorer. Also according to StatCounter, worldwide market share shows IE7 holding 38.6% while Firefox holds 25.7%.
CentOS 5.3 is out: The CentOS developers today released version 5.3 of the distribution. CentOS a distribution based on the source for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3. The latest release includes several changes over version 5.2 including both new and updated packages based on RHEL 5.3 and custom changes by the CentOS developers.
Fedora 11 Beta boasts 20-second startup: The Fedora Project, which yesterday released Fedora 11 Beta, says that its latest release will boot in just 20 seconds using the improved kernel mode settings.
HP looking at Android for netbooks: HP could be preparing to develop a netbook product with Google’s Linux-based Android software platform, writes Ars Technica. According to multiple reports, HP has confirmed that it is studying Google’s operating system, but has not disclosed specific plans for adoption yet.
Google’s Android operating system gave Linux-on-mobile sales a healthy boost in the fourth quarter of 2008. In its latest report on the state of smartphones, IT analysts Gartner said that Linux-based mobile sales increased from 2.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 3.2 million units at the end of 2008. This was despite a general slowdown in growth for the entire smartphone sector over the same period.