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Indus' Android-based OS races to become second most popular in India

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Most articles trumpeting Indus' epic feat of becoming the second most popular OS in India after Android either don't understand operating systems or deliberately obfuscate the fact that it is nothing but an optimized Android OS.

That said, this homegrown company, originally known as Firstouch, has achieved something remarkable by tweaking Android in such a manner as to grab a 5.6 percent market share in just under a year, outstripping Chinese juggernaut Xiaomi's MIUI OS (thrid at 4.1 percent), Cyanogen (fourth at 2.8 percent), Apple's iOS (fifth at 2.5 percent) and easily beating offerings from behemoths Microsoft and Samsung (Tizen), both seventh at 0.3 percent.

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Android roars back in strongest growth in two years, as Apple shrinks

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Google's Android smartphone operating system has reported impressive growth as competition with Apple intensifies in the months before the release of the iPhone 7.

Android's market share increased 7.1 per cent across Europe in the first three months of the year, where it now holds 75.6 per cent of the market to Apple's 18.9 per cent, which fell from 20.2 per cent.

In Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, Android grew largely at the expense of Windows Phone, whose sales fell 5 per cent, while close to 7 per cent of first time Android users were migrating from Windows, according to research from analysts Kantar Worldpanel.

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HTC 10 vs. Galaxy S7 Drop Test: Which Android Smartphone Is More Durable?

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HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7 excel in a number of aspects, but on the durability scale, one is way ahead of the other.

Hardware experts at PhoneBuff took to the task of checking which of the two fares better in a beating, and demonstrated the results in a YouTube video.

The HTC 10's metallic build was pitted against the posh glass design of the Galaxy S7, and the results are (only slightly) surprising.

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  • 5 open source drawing applications for Android

    The open source ecosystem grows every day, and with the proliferation of mobile devices around the globe, perhaps never has it been more important than now to make sure that phone and tablet users get access to the same high-quality open source software options that desktop users have long enjoyed.

    I want to take you through some of the many open source options for mobile apps that you have available to you on Android devices, and today, we start with open source apps for drawing. For those of you on an iOS device, you may be able to find an equivalent for your device as well, but the Apple ecosystem does not lend itself to applications outside of its walled garden, so your luck may vary.

    Whether you're a serious artist, a doodler, or simply someone who wants to provide a few apps to entertain your kids, we hope you'll appreciate these entertaining picks. They're not the GIMP or Inkscape (although you can find those packaged for Android as well), but they all make use of touch input in creative ways.

  • Hit the road with Android music players and a travel mix

    Generally my earbuds are plugged into my Android phone, and on that, I have graduated from the non-open-source, pre-installed app to Vanilla Music, which claims to be open source and ad-free. I confess I haven't tried a git pull on it yet, but otherwise, so far I am liking it. The app provides simple tab structure offering artists, albums, songs, playlists, genres, and files. Vanilla Music is simple and responsive and has all the basic features I need for my modest on-phone music collection. But I'm going to try other open source applications, so if you have suggestions, let me know in the comments.

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