Prediction Time: Tell Us the Name of the “L” Version of Android

ANDROID LOLLIPOP

As of this afternoon, we know that Android 4.4 will arrive before long, under the name Kit Kat. The “K” name pushes Google’s alphabetical and dessert naming scheme forward for Android, even if we were all running under the impression (for months) that it would be Key Lime Pie or KLP. Yes, Google trolled pulled-the-switcheroo on us this time around, so we’d love to get your predictions in even earlier for whatever comes next.

Assuming the alphabetical, dessert scheme continues, we will arrive at “L.” There are a number of obvious options (licorice, lollipop, lemonhead, lemon meringue, etc.) that immediately come to mind, but knowing Google and the Android team, we could see something unique.

In the comments, drop your predictions (as many as you’d like). Assuming someone gets it right, we’ll have it on the books, forever.  (more…)

Open Mic+ Looks to Bring Motorola’s Touchless Controls to All Google Now Devices

openmic+

When we posted about Motorola’s Touchless Control app hitting Google Play yesterday, there were many readers that were a little disappointed that it only worked with the new Moto devices. However, Android developers always love to step up and make our days so if you are looking to get some voice control action on your new phone, Open Mic+ is something you need to check out. (more…)

Android Distribution Charts Updated for August, Jelly Bean Hits 40%

Android Distribution Numbers - July

The Android distribution numbers were updated for August last night, showing that Jelly Bean’s foothold in the Android pie continues to grow at a steady pace. Now at 40%, up from last month’s 38%, it now has a very nice lead over Gingerbread, which still has a large chunk at 33%.

As for the rest – Ice Cream Sandwich 22.5% (was 23.3%), Honeycomb and Donut remain at 0.1% (was 0.1%), Gingerbread 33% (was 34.1%), Eclair 1.2% (was 1.4%), and Froyo 2.5% (was 3.1%).

Via: Android Developers

Verizon Approves Android 4.1.2 Update to XOOM 4G LTE, Build Number JZO45M (Update)

XOOM 4.2 Update

In a shocking development, Verizon approved an update to all remaining XOOM 4G LTE tablets top build number JZO45M. The update, which is based off of Android 4.2 (not 4.1 as we previously assumed), will bring all of Jelly Bean’s great features such as Google Now, expandable notifications, multiple user accounts, and an enhanced keyboard. Oh, and don’t forget about Project Butter(more…)

First Android 4.3 ROM Built From Source Available for Download to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

galaxy nexus verizon

We read the comments in posts and clearly there was a lot of people wondering when Android 4.3 would hit the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Of course, this isn’t an official build, but a developer has already released a built-from-source Android 4.3 ROM for the rooted users. Taken straight from Google’s servers with some added tweaks to make the ROM work, this is pretty much what exactly would be rolled out from Verizon. So, if you are ready to be one of the first to run Android 4.3 on your Galaxy Nexus, read on.  (more…)

A Look at What’s New in Android 4.3

Nexus 4 Android 4.3

Not only did we get two new devices from Google today, the Nexus 7 and Chromecast, but we got a brand new version of the Android OS. Android 4.3, still named Jelly Bean, isn’t the most major update for the OS we have seen, but it does bring a few things that people should enjoy. Below, we will go over the additions to Android 4.3 as highlighted by the Android team on their official blog.  (more…)