Other than that, OnePlus 5 has a 6GB RAM variant as well. So as you can see, manufacturers are focusing more on making smartphones with larger RAM capacity. Now, another device from Chinese brand 360 Mobiles is coming to join the bandwagon. We say this as a handset from 360 Mobiles has made an appearance on GFXBench.
The benchmark listing shows the phone carrying 6GB of RAM. However, apart from the RAM capacity, rest of the specs of the device are quite average. So most probably, it will be a mid-ranger. The 360 Mobiles smartphone appears to be sporting a 5.7-inch display with the resolution density of 1080p.
Under the hood, the device will employ an Octa-core, 64 Bit processor that is clocked at 1.8GHz. Although the name of the chipset is not specified, it is believed to the Snapdragon 652 since the processor is layered with the Adreno 510 GPU on top. On the software front, the device is listed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.
To remind you, 360 Mobiles had also launched a 6GB RAM phone called the 360 N5 a few months back. The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 653 processor. There is a possibility that the phone spotted on GFXBench is a variant of the 360 N5.
With Android 7.0 Nougat preparing a big arrival in the coming weeks, what does last year’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow look like? Well, not so good according to the Android distribution figures posted by Google. It is shown that the late 2015 release of Android is only found on 18.7% of all Android devices out there. This is quite disappointing, especially since it’s been nearly 12 months since the OS was publicly released.
While we don’t have actual numbers, the percentages give us a good idea of the fragmentation in the Android platform. Unsurprisingly, Android 7.0 hasn’t even made it to the list as it is running on less than 0.1% of the devices. This is not much of a surprise as the Nougat update is yet to go official commercially and is only available in beta builds.
Android 4.4 KitKat is still on 27.7% of devices while Android 5.0 and 5.1 collectively make up for 35% of the Android population. It is hoped that devices that are currently running Lollipop will eventually transition into Marshmallow and increase those figures somewhat. But going by the current trend, we don’t see Nougat seeing a lot of marketshare even six months down the line.
While Google is quite prompt with its updates, manufacturers are often lagging behind. This is perhaps the primary cause for so many Android devices being left behind and we hope Google comes up with a solution to this sooner rather than later.
Unix command line users around the world rejoiced when Microsoft announced recently it would be bringing the popular Bash shell to Windows 10 with a forthcoming update. Last Wednesday, the company released a beta build of its operating system that finally had support for the new functionality.
To get it working, users have to jump through a few hoops. First, the system is only available right now for users who have build 14316 of Windows 10. To get it, a PC has to be a part of the Windows Insider Program’s Fast ring.
After installing the beta, users have to toggle Developer Mode on in Settings > Updates and Security > For Developers. From there, they have to open up another settings pane, check the “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta),” restart their computer, and open a DOS command prompt and run the bashcommand.
Windows 10 will then prompt them to confirm they want to install the Bash beta and run through an installation process before starting up the Linux subsystem with a Bash prompt.
It’s an arduous process, but once everything is said and done, users are left with Bash on Windows. Seriously. It’s still beta software and there are definitely bugs — top caused the whole system to lock up, and using apt-get to install Emacs hung once before it actually worked. But overall, it’s responsive and useful in early tests.
There’s one other finicky tidbit — while the Bash prompt shows that it’s being run as a superuser, its permissions are still tied to the active user account unless it’s launched using the “run as an administrator” option in Windows. That’s something Microsoft promises to change in the future, so users will have user-level permissions and then be able to use sudo to elevate themselves to superuser status when necessary.
Microsoft still has more tricks up its sleeve when integrating command-line developer tools with the open-source ecosystem. The company plans to bring more shells to Windows, so fans of csh and other environments will have something to play with, too.
What’s more, the popular PowerShell scripting tool may be making an appearance on Linux. Jeffrey Snover, a technical fellow at Microsoft, coyly hinted at the possibility of porting the tool over to Linux during an interview at Microsoft’s Build developer conference earlier this month.
There’s been a lot of demand for PowerShell on Linux, he said, but it hasn’t been done before because .NET wasn’t available on Linux. Now that Microsoft has open-sourced that development environment, however, the possibility is on the table.
Late last year, following in the footsteps of rival Adidas, New Balance introduced its first 3D-printed running shoe. But the company didn’t share many details back then, other than revealing the footwear’s existence and teasing and eventual release. Thankfully for people who are interested, New Balance has announced that the Zante Generate will be available to consumers on April 15th, albeit in extremely limited form. There are only 44 pairs total, so you’ll have to act fast if you want one.
With a 3D-printed midsole, made from laser sintering powder and DuraForm TPU, the sneaker is designed to conform differently based on each individual’s attributes (height, weight and more). New Balance claims that should translate into “optimal” comfortability, flexibility and durability. The Zante Generates are scheduled to hit New Balance’s site, as well as its Experience Store in Boston, this Thursday at 9AM ET. Here’s hoping they’re easier to buy than the Yeezy Boost.
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