Earlier this week, Google updated its Android distribution numbers, showing that only a small group of users, at about 12%, are running the latest version of the OS available. Lollipop was released last year, and now that we are creeping towards the half of 2015, we would have hoped to see that number a bit higher.
Regardless, there are a lot of versions of Android still out in the wild, with plenty of ‘mid-range’ and even some ‘high-end’ models of phones running Jelly Bean and Kit Kat. Our question today is, what version of Android is your current smartphone running?
To see what version of Android you are on, head into Settings, About Phone, Software Info, then you should see exactly what your phone is running.
A lot took place today, and now that the day is somewhat wrapping up, we want to know what you thought was the biggest announcement from the Google I/O keynote.
Google took the stage early this morning, then proceeded to announce a ton of new things – the Android M developer preview (available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player), updated Google Cardboard headset that fits larger phones, Android Pay, Project Brillo to manage the Internet of Things, a family-friendly version of Google Play for the kiddies, an all-new Google Photos app, plus a ton more.
Share your thoughts below on what you think the biggest announcement from Google I/O is so far.
This morning, we shared our thoughts and predictions for this week’s Google I/O conference, but those were just that, our thoughts and predictions. We now want to know what you think we’ll see or also what you are most looking forward to from Google when they take the stage for the opening keynote. (more…)
With Google all but confirming the announcement of Android M at Google I/O later this month, it’s time to decide what we think Google will call it when it goes stable. The “M,” assuming Google sticks with the long-standing Android naming scheme, should stand for some sort of sweet treat. It could end up being a big branded piece of candy (KitKat) or a more general term for a category of sweets (Ice Cream Sandwich). Google typically attempts to surprise or trick us by keeping the name guarded up until the last minute, so guessing is always fun.
Assuming the mention of “Android M” wasn’t just a typo – and we don’t believe that it was – we may not know the official name until some time later this year. Our guess is that Google will announce Android M in the form of a preview at I/O, then try and release a stable version, along with the name, at some point in the fall, like they did with Lollipop.
Now is the time to place your bets on a sweet name. (Please be Mike and Ike!)
Like with any flagship, I get the feeling that the DL community is torn on the LG G4. Some love it, others don’t. Some are buying it the minute it becomes available (27% of you), and others will keep their current phone or wait for something in the future that is more appealing to them. And you know what? That’s the way it should be. Not every phone is built for everyone, well except the iPhone. (Hah!) In all seriousness, choices are what makes Android so great. The LG G4 is another of those choices. (more…)
Have you seen enough of the LG G4 after today’s festivities to know whether or not you are going to buy one? I would imagine that many of you have, thanks to this full list of specs, a comparison to the Galaxy S6 and One M9, our hands-on gallery, and Tim’s first impressions. We’ve tried to give you everything we can, outside of price, because LG and its carrier partners have yet to reveal that important bit of information. Still, we know it will probably drop in at $199 on contract and anywhere from $600 to $700 without one. There are few secrets left.
Tell us, did LG impress you with all of its Quantum IPS display and f/1.8 camera talk? Did they convince you that you need a leather back and removable battery? Or are you disappointed that the phone looks a lot like the G3, is using a Snapdragon 808, doesn’t have the premium materials of the Galaxy S6 or One M9, and skipped on the fingerprint sensor?
Let us know!
Google’s Project Fi is about all we can think about on an Android front at the moment. Even though it’s invite-only and only works with the Nexus 6, we can’t wait to grab a Project Fi SIM card and take it for a spin. The thought of being a part of a network that is constantly attempting to find you the strongest, fastest connection is a pretty interesting idea. We also like the fact that Google refunds you for unused data and doesn’t appear to be including any carrier-related gimmicks.
But that’s us. We want to know what you think about Project Fi. Assuming you live in an area that can participate and receive an invite, are you thinking about joining? Is Project Fi worth dropping your current carrier for?
If you don’t know and still need to learn more about Project Fi, check out this post of ours.
Shortly after writing up news of WhatsApp’s new Material Design update and admitting that I’ve never used the app in my life because I live in the US, a number of our US readers chimed in to say that they actually prefer WhatsApp and that everyone they know uses it as well. The rest of the world also can’t fathom the idea that I’ve never used the app, yet run an Android site, and has lambasted me for it. It’s been fun! WhatsApp users sure love their WhatsApp.
So, that means we need to find out if WhatsApp really is making its way to our shores or not and if I need to start convincing every person I know to adopt it into their lives, even though I finally convinced most of them to use Hangouts after years of work.
Let us know, are you using WhatsApp?