Could Android eventually reach 100 percent market share?

Could Android eventually reach 100 percent market share?
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Also in today's open source roundup: The best customizable Android Wear watch faces, and what's new in Lubuntu 16.04 LTS


Could Android eventually reach 100% market share?

Android has long held the lion's share of the smartphone market with estimates of 80% market share around the world. But could Google push Android up to 100% market share at some point? A writer at TechCrunch recently explored this possibility, and noted what might need to happen for Android to reach that level of adoption.

Matt Heiman reports for Techcrunch:

Android already commands over 80 percent of the mobile OS market share globally, and just under 60 percent in the US. But you wouldn't know it here in Silicon Valley -- almost everyone I know has an iPhone.

As the consumer technology landscape evolves over the next five years however, there are a number of reasons to believe that Android, and the Google stack more broadly, could take an even greater share and become the platform of choice, even here.

Loosening of the Apple ecosystem lock-in

Gradual reduction of Android fragmentation

Decoupling of phones and plans

The emergence of Google as a desktop OS

More at TechCrunch

The best customizable Android Wear watch faces

There are lots of different Android Wear watch faces to choose from, but which ones are the best in in terms of customization? A writer at Greenbelt has a helpful list of customizable watch faces for Android Wear.

Derek Walter reports for Greenbot:

By now you've probably heard the Android Wear motto: "Wear what you want." While it's natural to have an aversion to marketing speak, this is one of those slogans that has a grain of truth to it, given how many Android Wear apps let you customize every facet of the watch face.

If you've ever fancied yourself designing watch faces for Rolex, or just like how a smartwatch gives you this element of control, then it's time to get to designing.

Android Wear still has some ways to go when it comes to helping you keep your phone in pocket more often, but it definitely wins when it comes to customization if you grab the right watch face.

Pujie Black

Watchmaker Premium

Driver Watch Face

Minimal and Elegant


More at Greenbot

What's new in Lubuntu 16.04 LTS

Lubuntu 16.04 LTS has been released, and Linux Scoop has a helpful video on YouTube that walks you through Lubuntu's new features.

Linux Scoop reports on YouTube:

Lubuntu 16.04 LTS was officially released as part of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Official Flavors. This release ships with the latest build of LXDE Desktop Environment and powered by long-term suported of Linux kernel Series 4.4.

Also get artwork improvements for both the desktop theme and the icons, various updates to most of the LXDE components, Support GNOME 3.18 packages, still using lubuntu software manager as default software manager, the removal of the lubuntu-extra-sessions component from the default install, and several bug fixes.

More at YouTube

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