AT&T customers carrying around a Galaxy Note 2 from Samsung should see an update to Android 4.3 this morning, build number 317UCUBMK6. For those who own a Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you will now be able to connect the watch to the newly-updated device, thanks to the added Bluetooth 4.0 support. On top of Gear compatibility, users will benefit from Samsung’s KNOX security feature, which aims at protecting your device from bad software and hacking. (more…)
Yesterday, we posted up that Verizon approved an update to Android 4.3 for the HTC One, and this morning, it appears that folks are receiving it. Besides updating the device to Android 4.3, the changelog states that there are a few bug fixes thrown in, plus Verizon added in a few bloatware apps. Users can now also add their own music to Video Highlights in the Gallery, so that’s good. (more…)
This evening, Google posted up the official Android distribution numbers. Last month, Jelly Bean creeped past the 50% mark, and this month, it seems that it hasn’t slowed down yet, now on 54.5% of devices up from 52.1%. As for the newest version of Android, Kit Kat (Android 4.4), it appears that it is currently on only 1.1% of devices, a somewhat dismal number, but there’s plenty of time for that number to grow. (more…)
Shortly after beginning to push the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4 on AT&T as build 1337UCUEMJ9, issues arose causing the rollout to be stopped. Parties involved reportedly confirmed that there were issues and that they were investigating them, though no new timeline for a rollout was given. According to an update to AT&T’s Galaxy S4 support page, today is the day that 4.3 will resume, only this time as build I337UCUEMK2. (more…)
DROID XYBOARD 10.1 owners, if you still exist, you should be receiving Android 4.1.2 “Jelly Bean” at any moment thanks to Verizon and Motorola. After going months and months without word on the update, Motorola finally committed to releasing Jelly Bean to the neglected VZW tablet, they just gave us no indication as to when that might happen. Randomly tonight, a reader of ours received it. (more…)
Over the weekend, the Android team posted the latest round of data collection for their Android distribution chart. Last month we saw Jelly Bean finally creeping towards having a 50% share, a mark that seems to have taken forever to reach. This month, they did indeed crack the 50% mark, with 52.1% of Android devices now running Android 4.1+. Of course, this news comes a day after Google’s announcement of Kit Kat (Android 4.4), so while Jelly Bean adoption has risen, we’ll get to watch the slow incline of Kit Kat for the next two years.
Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to 19.8% from 20.6%, Gingerbread to 26.3% from 28.5%, and Froyo and Honeycomb are hanging on for dear life.
Via: Android Developers
We have been discussing when the bulk of Samsung’s smartphone lineup could expect to see Android 4.3, which would include compatibility for the company’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. After last week, when an internal document leaked with all of the supposed release dates for the 4.3 updates for each device, Samsung has now confirmed this morning that the updates will begin rolling out as early as today. (more…)
Google’s constant quest to make Android even better for the end user continues on with their latest investment. With the introduction of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we received Project Butter which was a huge change for how Android handled. The idea being that butter is slippery and smooth, something our favorite mobile OS was in need of after suffering for years with what we tend to call “jank.” Google, always thinking they can do more, has gone out and acquired FlexyCore. (more…)