Android Distribution Updated for August 2014 – Kit Kat Jumps to 20%

Google updated its Android distribution numbers this afternoon, showing a jump for Kit Kat from 17.9% in July to over 20% (20.9%) in August. While Kit Kat has climbed, the numbers show devices running Jelly Bean (54.2%) and Ice Cream Sandwich (10.6%) on the decline. Those running Gingerbread and Froyo haven’t moved much. Actually Android 2.3 saw a slight jump to 13.6% from 13.5%, which is odd.

You can see last month’s numbers here(more…)

NVIDIA Discloses More Detail for Upcoming 64-bit Tegra K1

This afternoon, NVIDIA made more information regarding the 64-bit Tegra K1 processor known, showcasing this information during a technical conference on high-performance chips called HOT CHIPS, while also posting an informative blog post.  

Back in January, NVIDIA announced the 32-bit Tegra K1, which now powers the SHIELD Tablet, but since then, bits of info has been made public regarding a 64-bit version of the processor. The 64-bit Tegra K1, as we now know thanks to NVIDIA, is a custom-designed, dual-core “Project Denver” CPU, which is fully ARMv8 architecture compatible. In addition, the 64-bit TK1 is pin compatible with the 32-bit Tegra K1 for “ease of implementation” and faster time to market.  (more…)

YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+ Receive Minor Updates

Over the last couple of days, Google issued updates to YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+. In tow with the new versions are little more than minor usability improvements and minor stylistic enhancements. Complete design transformations are probably a ways off – closer to Android L’s finalization, most likely – and there aren’t any overt signs that certain highly anticipated features are nearing the implementation stage. Still, we’ll take what we can get. (more…)

Google Releases New Android L Images as Build LPV81C

Alongside the announcement that the Google Fit preview SDK is now available, Google snuck out new images for the Android L developer preview. The new images weigh in as build LPV81C and are still only available to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi.

Google has yet to add these to the Android L preview site as I write this post, so you will have to go through the Google Fit SDK page to grab them.

Go download ‘em! If you need instructions on how to flash factory images, hit up this post. (more…)

Google Talks Android L Preview Features, Can’t Promise Updates Though

On Friday, the Android team’s Rich Hyndman took to the Google Developer YouTube channel to run through some of the new features introduced in the Android L developer preview. Most of this stuff we covered in a series of Android L feature posts, but for developers, the clip was a good refresher for the new goodies that can be taken advantage of. Rich talks everything from notifications to the new camera API to Material Design to the devices that the L preview is available on(more…)

Android L Might Let You Customize Your Quick Settings Drop Down on Official Release

If you have been following our coverage of Android L since its announcement at Google I/O this year, you will already know that we are pretty big fans of the new Quick Settings Panel. The new layout and design of the feature makes it easier to use and looks much better than it has on any version of Android we are running now. The only way we could be bigger fans of the QSP is if we could customize it. Apparently, Google is one step ahead of us.  (more…)