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…)
Owners of the One S from HTC got some sad news recently, as the company announced via support forum that their devices won’t be receiving any bumps in builds of Android or Sense. The device currently sits at Android 4.1 with Sense 4+ built on top and there it will remain for the rest of its life. (more…)
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…)
It happens to all of us: that time where you really want to take a quick picture, but by the time you have your camera app open the moment is gone. CyanogenMod developer Nebojsa Cvetkovic felt the same way, but instead of complaining he wanted to do something about it. CM was one of the first ROMs to implement the quick settings that we have all come to love in stock Jelly Bean, but this new feature currently under review makes those toggles even more useful. (more…)
Tim Cook and crew are now off stage at WWDC, so as is typical around these parts when Apple announces something “revolutionary” (yes, they used the term again), we like to react. And even though Google has moved away from the series of cheap jabs during their own keynotes, Apple still does them in the bitterest and childish of fashions. If we didn’t toss out some thoughts in support, we wouldn’t be proper Android fans. Because after all, we are still Android fans.
So here we go, these are some initial thoughts to Apple’s big announcement of iOS 7 as compared to the current version of Android (4.2, Jelly Bean). In general, iOS 7 is a newly skinned version of iOS that finally matches up to current mobile design trends. Gone are the leather notebooks and green felt gaming tables – in is a minimal flat aesthetic. And to be perfectly honest, it does look beautiful. Jony Ive and his team did a fantastic job at skinning iOS and turning it into a modern looking mobile UI. (more…)
We’ll have so many more thoughts on the way related to iOS 7, but we thought we’d start with the eerily similar lock screens. Floating bubble live wallpaper, minimal clock, fading on the actionable icons, semi-Roboto font, etc. Interesting. Apple, showing love or at least giving props to Android for beautiful design.
And before the sensitive types think this is us bashing Apple, we’ll just say right now that the new iOS 7 looks really nice. But again, we’ll have more on that later.
Update: Our iOS 7 vs. Android comparison is now up and worth a look.
According to HTC Russia boss Kormiltsev Andrey, the HTC One update to Android 4.2.2 is currently scheduled for a mid-June rollout. In fact, Andrey hasn’t been shy about making the announcement through Twitter. He has been replying to his followers for the last 10 hours or so, making sure they are clear that he is indeed talking about the One and its Android 4.2.2 update. While this is good news for One owners, you can probably already imagine the complaints that will come down once the Nexus experience launches, is then updated to Android 4.3, and the Sense version of the One is stuck an update behind. (more…)
This afternoon, the Android team updated the distribution numbers for the world’s most popular mobile operating system, showing a steady growth in Jelly Bean users. While that Gingerbread number seems to never change too much (remains around 36% of devices), that’s just something we have come to accept. Jelly Bean has moved up to 33% over last month’s 28.4%, with Ice Cream Sandwich falling just a tad bit to 25.6% from last month’s 27.5%. (more…)