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Leftovers: Ubuntu (Meizu PRO 5, Elementary OS, Rolling Release Model, Jono Bacon Uses 'Mac')

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  • Meizu PRO 5 Running Ubuntu Leaks, Launching At MWC?

    Meizu is a China-based smartphone manufacturing company which was quite unknown a couple of years ago. This company has managed to grow immensely in the last two years, and consumers definitely started noticing it. Meizu has managed to sell 4.4 million smartphones back in 2014, while they shipped out 20 million last year. That is quite a leap, as you can see, and Meizu is expected to grow even further this year.

    The company has introduced 5-6 devices last year, and the Meizu PRO 5 is definitely the most powerful one. This smartphone is the only non-Samsung device powered by the Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core SoC, and has been available out in the market for quite a while now. Well, it seems like Meizu plans to release yet another version of the PRO 5, an Ubuntu-powered one. Meizu has partnered up with Canonical before, last year when they released the Ubuntu variant of the Meizu MX4. A couple of images leaked showing off Ubuntu running on the Meizu PRO 5, which indicates this device might launch in the coming weeks. It is possible that Meizu plans to release the Ubuntu-powered PRO 5 phablet during the Mobiel World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this month, but we cannot confirm that, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

  • New Elementary OS Theme Replicates the Old Ubuntu 8.04 Look and Feel

    One of the designers working on elementary forked the elementary icon and GTK themes to create an old-school version that resembles the orange artwork used in previous Ubuntu OSes.

  • Ubuntu Getting Closer to the Rolling Release Model

    Discussions about making Ubuntu a rolling release distro have been going on for a few years now, but a decision wasn't made. It turns out that it might happen anyway when Ubuntu running Unity 8 and Mir become mainstream.

  • The Hybrid Desktop

    When you fire up the distribution, GNOME Shell appears (or Unity, KDE, Elementary etc) and it is running natively on the Mac, full screen like you would see on Linux. For all intents and purposes it looks and feels like a Linux box, but it is running on top of Mac OS X. This means hardware issues (particularly hardware that needs specific drivers) go away.

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  • Google Pixel review: The best Android phone, even if it is a little pricey
    Welcome to the age of Google Hardware. Apparently tired of letting third-party Android OEMs serve as the stewards of Android handsets, Google has become a hardware company. (Again). Earlier this year Google, launched a hardware division with former Motorola President Rick Osterloh at the helm. With the high-ranking title of "Senior Vice President," Osterloh doesn't oversee a side project—his group is on even footing with Android, Search, YouTube, and Ads. The hardware group is so powerful inside Google that it was able to merge Nexus, Pixel, Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP, and Glass into a single business unit. The group's coming out party was October 4, 2016, where it announced Google Home, Google Wifi, a 4K Chromecast, the Daydream VR headset, and the pair of phones we're looking at today: the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The arrival of the Pixel phones marks the apparent death of the Nexus line; Google says that it has "no plans" for future Nexus devices. With the new branding comes a change in strategy, too. The Pixel brand is about making devices that are 100 percent Google, so despite Google's position as the developer of Android, get ready for Google-designed hardware combined with exclusive Google software.
  • Hands-on with the LeEco Le Pro3: services first, Android second
    LeEco’s flagship Le Pro3 smartphone isn’t trying to compete with the Google Pixel, which puts modern Google services in front of a stock Android backdrop. After playing with the Le Pro3 at the company’s U.S. launch event in San Francisco today, I’m left feeling that it’s an easy, low-cost way to get the full experience of LeEco’s applications. There are proprietary LeEco utility tools like the browser, email, calendar, messages, notes, and phone apps, along with bloatware like Yahoo Weather, but mostly the Pro3 is a means of distribution for the LeEco apps, like Live, LeVidi, and Le. There is also a standard-issue My LeEco app for managing services like EcoPass membership. Under it all is the EUI custom user interface. If you swipe left from the home screen, you see videos that LeEco recommends you watch — not Google Now.
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