Moto X (2nd Gen) “Pure Edition” Getting Another New Android 5.1 Update

After announcing that it was pushing a soak test and another Lollipop update to a couple of Moto X (1st gen) units over the weekend, Motorola also snuck in a new 5.1 update to the Moto X (2nd gen) “Pure Edition.” I’m not sure why they didn’t take to G+ or any other outlet to announce the news, but it is indeed happening. The odd thing here is that comes about a month after Motorola supposedly already pushed an update to this version of the Moto X (2nd gen). (more…)

Friday Poll: What Version of Android is Your Phone Running?

Earlier this week, Google updated its Android distribution numbers, showing that only a small group of users, at about 12%, are running the latest version of the OS available. Lollipop was released last year, and now that we are creeping towards the half of 2015, we would have hoped to see that number a bit higher.

Regardless, there are a lot of versions of Android still out in the wild, with plenty of ‘mid-range’ and even some ‘high-end’ models of phones running Jelly Bean and Kit Kat. Our question today is, what version of Android is your current smartphone running?

To see what version of Android you are on, head into Settings, About Phone, Software Info, then you should see exactly what your phone is running.

What version of Android is your phone running?

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Motorola Atrix HD Owners Won’t See Kit Kat Update, Offered $100 Discount on Moto X as Apology

Sad day for Atrix HD owners on AT&T, as Motorola confirmed today that the company shall not be delivering a Kit Kat update to the device, instead, leaving it to fade into the history books on Jelly Bean. The last timeframe publicly made by Motorola for the update to roll out was for Q3 of 2014, and as you may have noticed recently, it’s now June of 2015.  (more…)

While Verizon Variant Gets Lollipop, AT&T Now Pushing Android 4.4.4 Update to Galaxy S5

On Monday, many people looked to the sky assuming that a giant meteor was set to hit the Earth at any moment. This was in reaction to Samsung and Verizon pushing out a Lollipop update to the Galaxy S5. However, the world did not end, and unsurprisingly, an update is now available for Galaxy S5 owners on AT&T. But sadly, it’s just Android 4.4.4, not Lollipop.  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for January 2015 – Kit Kat Jumps to 39%

The Android platform distribution were updated this morning for the first time in 2015 with Kit Kat (Android 4.4) showing a nice jump from 33.9% in the previous month to 39.1%. The rest of the versions of Android all dropped, just like they have been for months. Jelly Bean is down to 46% (from 48.7%), Ice Cream Sandwich to 6.7%, and Gingerbread to 7.8%.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which version of Android is your phone running?

We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”

As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!

Which version of Android is your phone running?

  • KitKat (61%, 8,276 Votes)
  • Lollipop (35%, 4,703 Votes)
  • Jelly Bean (3%, 338 Votes)
  • Gingerbread (1%, 69 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 55 Votes)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (0%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 13,490

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Android Distribution Updated for December 2014, Kit Kat Up to 34%

The Android distribution numbers were updated today to show the continue rise in share of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” While no longer the newest version of Android, Android 4.4 does not account for over a third of Android devices, weighing in at 33.9% (up from 30.2% in November). The rest of the versions have fallen, with Jelly Bean (Android 4.3) dropped to 48.7%, which is down from the 50.9% it sat at last month.  (more…)