Until Gingerbread falls below 50% on the Android distribution charts, I’m going to continue to use the same post title for these stories over and over again. When did we get Android 2.3? Two years ago? Yep, two years ago, and it’s still dominating the Android platform. While Ice Cream Sandwich has slowly climbed to 27.5% after a year, and Jelly Bean to 6.7% after 6 months, it’s still a mobile OS that will be prone to criticism over its fractured update system. We still love every ounce of it, but that’s the reality of the situation.
But anyway, here are the new numbers for December 2012!
Via: Android Developers
Google is pushing a Gmail update to the Play store this morning, one that includes all of the goodies found in the Android 4.2 version of the app. Once updated, as long as you are running Android 4.0 or higher, you will be able to pinch-to-zoom in emails, swipe them away to either delete or archive, attach photos and videos from within the app, and preview attachements in a much better way.
It’s not showing up on our devices, but it may be on yours. Got it, go check yours! (more…)
Yes, folks, there is still hope for the DROID Incredible 2. After missing a self-imposed deadline to update the device to Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC has been semi-quiet on whether or not an update was still in the works. We were assuming at this point that it and the Thunderbolt were never going to be updated, as it has been almost 3 months without word. Well, until last night.
One of our readers poked at HTC on Twitter, asking if they had forgotten about the Incredible 2. HTC responded, saying that they are still working on the update, but are having connectivity issues with the software. Once they figure those out, they plan to share information with the world.
I don’t know about you guys, but rarely do we get this kind of openness from an OEM on an update. I know they didn’t pinpoint a date to release it, but when was the last time any of them gave a progress report on an update that included technical details? Very interesting.
Again, there is hope!
It’s the first of the month which means Google has updated the Android distribution numbers from the previous month. As you would expect, Jelly Bean’s share has jumped slightly to 2.7%. Since there are so few phones running 4.1, the slight bump from 1.8% makes perfect sense.
The Ice Cream Sandwich share saw a solid increase to 25.8%, up from 23.7%. Gingerbread remains king with a majority 53.9%. The rest is spread between really old phones running ancient software.
And that’s that.
Via: Android Developers
If you still like to hack on your DROID Bionic, you’ll be pleased to learn that the new Ice Cream Sandwich update (6.7.246) fastboot file has been released. Just like with old SBF files that were flashed in RSD Lite, this will allow you to recover your phone should you run into any issues. If anything, you should download for safe keeping.
We should point out that once you are running ICS 6.7.246, it is highly recommended that you never try to flash back to Gingerbread 5.9.905, as it may permanently brick your device.
Via: Downloads | DroidRzr
The long overdue Ice Cream Sandwich update for the DROID Bionic is available to all owners of the phone, today. As you know, the update has been approved as build 6.7.246 and will jump your phone to Android 4.0.4. The entire details of the update can be found here.
To pull the update yourself, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.
Cheers Josh, Matt, Brandon, Nimrodmar10, Justin, anon, and everyone else!
Quite the week for Verizon, I’d say. The LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) was approved moments ago, making this the third of the week from Big Red. This update was due months ago, so owners of the Spectrum are probably ecstatic with this news. That is, if they haven’t chucked their phone into a wall and picked up a Galaxy S3 yet.
The update introduces an update UI, with lockscreen shortcuts, new ICS multi-tasking, data management, better notifications, quick settings in the notifications pulldown, power saving modes, Verizon’s Remote Diagnostics tool, and more. As one would expect, this update is massive and should completely re-enhance the user experience on the Spectrum.
Typically, when these documents go live, the update starts to rollout within a matter of days. Be sure to let us know when you receive it!
The update is 384MB in size. (more…)
Ahhhhh yeah, DROID Bionic owners. We know you about threw your phone through the window when Verizon announced that the LG Lucid would be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich tomorrow, before you, but they came through moments ago. The support docs for the ICS (Android 4.0.4) update for the Bionic have been uploaded, which means that it has been approved and should start to rollout any day.
The update includes all of the goodies that you would expect in ICS, like new swipe-able notifications, a more stock Android look, quick folders, new lockscreen, better multi-tasking (press and hold “Home”), and data management. Motorola also tossed in Smart Actions, improved Google Calendar sync, improved Google Play, and updated all sorts of bloatware.
The update is 368MB in size. (more…)