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…)

Video: CyanogenMod’s New Quick Camera Feature is the Coolest ROM Feature in a Long Time

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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…)

iOS 7 vs. Android – A Quick Feature Comparison After the WWDC Keynote

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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…)