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Android, Chrome OS or Fuchsia OS: What does the future hold for tablets?

Posted on February 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

When we talked about Android P yesterday, we mentioned that Google was trying its new OS, Fuchsia OS, on the Pixelbook. Well, yesterday in the afternoon we had the chance to watch a video confirming that its development is advancing quite a lot. We show you what could be the future of Android tablets.

Fuchsia OS: a glimpse of the new operative system Google is working on

It’s not only about Google making trials of Fuchsia OS in the Pixelbook on an internal level, but at Ars Technica they have also installed it in its unit and made the results public, which has given us the opportunity to look at it closely in video and lots of screenshots.

The most interesting thing compared to last summer’s Fucshia OS demonstration is that, this time it hasn’t been installed on Android as an app, but it is running directly on the Pixelbook. As you can see, many apps are still not operating but, considering it’s only been a couple months, for a project that started from scratch, looks like it’s moving forward with good rhythm.

Very promising for tablets

Even though it looks like Fuchsia OS would end up substituting both Android and Chrome OS, with the purpose of unifying all of the formats in terms of operative systems, it is obvious that they are putting a special emphasis on features that will mostly benefit tablets and hybrids, something we had already seen on the first demonstration.

For example, it looks like they are focusing on the keyboard and mouse support, completely operational in this second demonstration and same as before, the multitask is one of the main characters, with a very flexible multi-selling system that should let us work with many apps open at the same time without any complication.

¿Android, Chrome OS or Fuchsia?

Seeing how fast Fuchsia is progressing and the potential it has for these formats, it is impossible not to think that this is the authentic future of the Android tablets. On the other hand, there aren’t many doubts regarding the fact that, in the short term, the immediate successor is Chrome OS, as a matter of fact, it is already on the Pixelbook and it is constantly updated to enhance its compatibility with Android and to adapt better to touch screens. It seems strange that Google could be working so much on something destined to be obsolete soon.

It all depends, logically, on how much time will take for the Fuchsia OS to become a reality and if we can say it will be “soon”. At ArsTechnica they conclude reminding us that Android took 5 years to be developed and this new project has been running for 2 years and, starting from scratch as it did, it could even take a bit more.

802.11ax at 6,000 Mbps with the new ASUS RT-AX88U router

Posted on February 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

ASUS’ first try on the domestic routers market achieves almost 6 Gbps of bandwidth on any Wi-Fi network thanks to the 802.11ax technology. A few years ago, we would not have believed those people promising such a wireless speed.

The ASUS RT-AX88U uses the 4×4 MU-MIMO technology and achieves bandwidths of almost 6,000 Mbps when combining the 1,148 Mbps of the 2.4 GHz band and the 4,804 Mbps of the 5 GHz band. To do this, 160 MHz channels are used.

The router also has 8 Gigabit LAN RJ45 ports (it is a pity that it fails to feature 10 LAN ports), but we must bear in mind that the router is not yet done. We will not see the final version for a few more months, although it should be launched before the first half of this year goes by.

All of this comes in a design that is similar to the company’s highest-end gaming routers and that looks more like a fighter aircraft than a conventional router. The golden touch on the antennas and the logo is striking, instantly telling us that we are seeing a very high-end device.

The RT-AX88U still does not have an approximate price. Perhaps, as it happens with this type of new technologies, we will have to pay a considerable amount of money because this is one of the first routers that is compatible with 802.11ax.