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…)
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…)
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…)
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
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…)
Any XOOM 4G LTE owners recall signing up for a Jelly Bean soak test from Motorola back in early May? Well, according to emails that arrived in inboxes last night, the first phase of rollouts should begin sometime this morning. The update will bring your well-aged tablet up to Android 4.1+, allowing XOOM owners to finally get off of Ice Cream Sandwich. (more…)