A Look at What’s New in Android 4.3

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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…)

Android Distribution Charts Updated for July – Jelly Bean Up to 38%, ICS Drops a Bit

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The Android distribution numbers have been updated to start July, showing Jelly Bean (Android 4.1+) jumping from 33% to almost 38%. That increase appears to come at the expense of Ice Cream Sandwich devices that were updated recently, as 4.0 sits at 23.3%, down from 25.6% a month ago.

The rest of the numbers look like this:  Gingerbread 34.1% (was 36.5%), Froyo 3.1% (was 3.2%), Eclair 1.4% (was 1.5%), Honeycomb and Donut each at 0.1%.

Via:  Android Developers

Android 4.2.2 Rolls Out to HTC One Devices in Europe

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Owners of older HTC devices will tell you that the company has not always had the best track record with pumping out Android updates in a timely manner. That stigma has slightly changed; however, with HTC trying to put on its best face for customers and investors alike. The latest version of Android, 4.2.2 aka Jelly Bean, started rolling out to HTC Ones in Taiwan last week. Additionally, reports have this upgrade expanding across the globe to One devices in Europe. (more…)

Android 4.3 to See App Drawer Sorting by Favorites or Alphabetically?

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We still don’t have Android 4.3, even though most thought that it was originally scheduled to be released at Google I/O in May and then mid-June at the latest. But no matter what, no one is expecting it to bring major changes to the UI. At this point, thanks to a couple of leaks (including a 4.3 ROM for the Galaxy S4 GPE), we’re really looking at some under the hood stuff along with tweaks to notifications and potentially even the app drawer.  (more…)

Motorola Finally Commits to Updating the DROID XYBOARDs to Jelly Bean, Doesn’t Give a Time Frame

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Late last night, a reader of ours noticed that Motorola had recently changed the status of the DROID XYBOARD tablets to “will be upgraded to Android 4.1.” The last either was mentioned – back in February – all we know was that both 8.2 and 10.1 XYBOARDs were still under review and that there could be a chance that neither would receive the bump from Ice Cream Sandwich. This appears to give the three DROID XYBOARD owners on Earth something to look for. The problem is, Motorola didn’t bother to place a time frame on the update, so it could be months.  (more…)