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…)
T-Mobile customers sporting an HTC One have been given a little bit of a runaround as of late, when it comes to their Android 4.3 update. It was previously reported by HTC corporate that the update would go live before the end of this month, but that info conflicted with what was said by HTC’s US president, who said it was coming this week. (more…)
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…)
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.
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…)
Late last night, the Android team updated their dashboards to reflect new platform distribution numbers as we head into October. As has been the trend over the last few months, Jelly Bean continues to expand its reach and is now on 48.6% of Android devices (up slightly from last month’s 45.1%). That doesn’t mean that 50% of the world is on 4.3, but that is a combined number of Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, since they all fall under the Jelly Bean name.
Ice Cream Sandwich now sits at 20.6%, Honeycomb remains alive at 0.1%, Gingerbread somehow still manages to hold 28.5%, and Froyo remains delightfully chilly at 2.2%.
During the Samsung Unpacked event today in Berlin, it was mentioned that an Android 4.3 update would become available for the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and Note 2 this October. For the Galaxy S4 owners, the update will also include support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, right in time for when the smartwatch will become commercially available. (more…)