And Then Google Voice Got Its First Update in Over a Year…

So, Google Voice just received its first update in over a year. The last time Google Voice got an update was when the Hangouts-Google Voice merger was supposed to have begun, which was on September 12 of last year.

In today’s update, which jumps the app up to v0.4.7.6 appears to be quite minor. In fact, we aren’t seeing anything new, so this must be background fixes or behind-the-scenes stuff that we don’t have access to. I should point out that this app also seems to be a dogfood version, which is what Google refers to internally tested apps. When installed, you’ll see the dog paw on the top right corner of that app’s icon.

If we find anything new, we’ll be sure to update this post.  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for October 2015 – Lollipop Up to 23.5%

Google updated its Android Distribution numbers for the month of October, showing a slight bump in the number of phones running Android 5.0+ Lollipop to 23.5%. Last month, Lolli sat at 21% on the dot.

As for the other numbers, every other version is down, which makes sense as phones adopt new versions of Android:  Kit Kat 38.9% (39.2%), Jelly Bean 30.2% (31.8%), Ice Cream Sandwich 3.4% (3.7%), Gingerbread 3.8% (4.1%), and Froyo 0.2% (0.2%).  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: October 2, 2015

Holy sh*t, what a week. Not only did we get two new Nexus phones, but Google introduced two new Chromecast devices, a new tablet, told us when Marshmallow is coming, and announced a Google Music family plan. But even if you look outside that stuff, we reviewed the OnePlus 2 and Moto 360 (2nd gen), watched LG unveil a new flagship phone that isn’t a Nexus, and shook our fist at Experian for exposing our personal information.

Talk about action packed. Talk about awesome. Be sure to catch up because there was a lot you may have missed.  (more…)