DROID XYBOARD Receiving Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update, System Version 98.8.127

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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…)

Android Distribution Numbers for November: Jelly Bean Creeps Over 50% Mark

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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

Samsung: Android 4.3 Updates With Gear Support Beginning as Early as Today for GS4, Note 2 and GS3

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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 Invests $23 Million in FlexyCore to Make Future Versions of Android Smoother

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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…)

Android 4.4 vs. Android 4.3 – Here are the Changes So Far From the Leak

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After this morning’s mega-leak of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” and the Nexus 5, we decided to do some comparison shots of the leak to the most current version of Android 4.3 running on a Nexus 4. If the differences weren’t immediately clear in that other post, this should help  you see it all. From the new transparent background of the navigation buttons and notification area, to the new icons (and some missing) in the app drawer, there are actually quite a few changes. Sure, they are mostly subtle, but damn do they look good.  (more…)

Google Posts Nexus 7 LTE (2013) Android 4.3.1 Factory Image and Binaries

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The Android 4.3.1 (JLS36I) factory image and binaries for the Nexus 7 LTE (2013) have been posted by Google. This update began rolling out earlier in the week and remains mostly a mystery. But if you want the images to get you back to a 100% factory state, you now have the opportunity.

The Android 4.3.1 update has yet to rollout out to any other Nexus device.

Android 4.3.1 Links:  Factory Image | Binaries

Android 4.3.1 Now Rolling Out to Nexus 7 LTE (2013) as Build JLS36I

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Talk about a lovely surprise – wake up to find an Android 4.3.1 update showing as available on your Nexus 7 LTE (2013). The update is a 9.4MB file that jumps the N7 LTE up to build JLS36I, however, we have no idea what’s new. A x.x.1 update typically doesn’t mean much, but we have also seen 4.3 updates that stuck with 4.3 and didn’t give us the additional .1. There must be something new. Once we know what it is, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

At this time, we haven’t received word of an update to the WiFi only 2013 Nexus 7 or any other Nexus. We wouldn’t doubt it if they all start to rollout shortly, though.  (more…)