Pie charts: admit it, you love them. Especially when they pertain to Android statistics. What’s that? You don’t? Well then… why don’t you have a seat right over there…
But, enough shenanigans. According to the latest poll of Android devices from the Android Developers Site, Froyo is holding strong as king of the Android hill, showing up on a whopping 59.4% of all Google-loving devices; However, that number is actually down from the previous 64.6 percent for the last couple weeks in June. The version picking up slack? Gingerbread, of course! Our tasty baked treat comes in at 18.6%, double what it was in the previously mentioned time frame. Honeycomb comes in at 0.9%.
What do you think of these numbers? Be sure to let us know what you would like to see on the latest devices in the comments below.
[via Android Developers Site]
At last, the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is receiving the Android 2.3 update that many other Galaxy Tab owners began receiving over a month ago. Needless to say, the update is OTA, but a good Wi-Fi connection is preferred when downloading and updating to ensure a smooth install and delivery.
The update will take the current EB28 version and update it to EF17. If you don’t see a notification for it, simply head into ‘settings’ and ‘About my Galaxy Tab’, then check for updates. The update brings better battery performance, fixes issues for VPN, and Bluetooth HID support.
Here we go guys and gals. The Sprint branded Nexus S 4G will be receiving an update OTA starting July 11th. This update will fix a few issues, that some of you lucky Nexus S owners may be experiencing. See the specifics below:
- Enables the NFC Secure Element
- 4G Settings Widget
- TTY Support
- NI Push Support
- Improved WiFi Connectivity, Speakerphone audio quality, 4G throughput and signal acquisition.
- Tuned signal strength indicators.
As all over-the-air Android updates, you should be automatically notified. So sit tight and let the update roll in somewhere between Jully 11th and 13th. How about let us know today what issues you’ve been having with this “Pure Google” phone in the comments. And once the updates are pushed out, come on back and tell whats been improved.
According to sources close to Sony Ericsson, there is currently some testing already under way at Sony to bring the Android 2.3.4 update to the Xperia PLAY, Arc, Neo and Pro models this year. Part of the update will also include an addition to the software for Sony’s new audio filter technology called ‘xLOUD’.
The update will be rolling to the said devices sometime around October 2011 if testing goes as planned, again this from the sources at SEMC Blog. To add to the rumor mill, the Xperia X10 is also receiving some Android 2.3.4 testing attention.
Google Maps has been updated to version 5.7 and one of the big highlights is Transit Navigation (Beta). The update also includes updated access to directions, better suggested search results, and a photo viewer for Place pages.
Transit Navigation give you public transit directions in 400+ cities around the world. It works within turn by turn directions so it will alert you when you need to get off or make a transfer. You can even open up other applications and it will still alert you as your stop approaches. This will obviously work better with above ground transit. Check out the video after break:
The Nexus One, oh the memories. This phone was initially sought after by many back in January of 2010, and I can safely say still loved today over a year later. Vodafone users were able to get their version of the Nexus One in April of 2010, and can now rejoice that they can update their devices to Android 2.3.4. This update of course introduces a number of fixes and improvements:
- UI Enhancements (simpler and slicker)
- New Android Keyboard, with easy copy/paste feature
- Improved Power Management
- Internet Calling support (Voip over SIP)
- Multiple Camera Management (front and back)
This new update is being pushed out OTA. You will be alerted when the update is pushed to your Nexus One and is labeled as build GRJ22.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first mainstream Android tablet and it still is a pretty good value at $199 for the casual user. Today it gets even better as the Gingerbread update rolls out for Sprint customers.
Other than Gingerbread 2.3, there is one other fix which is for HID Bluetooth. This brings the software version to S:P100.08 S.EF17 and the build to GINGERBREAD.EF17. It will be released in stages, and all devices should have the update within 4 days.
Skyfire is hands down my favorite mobile Android browser, and today has been updated. With features like, Facebook Quickview, Like button, Flash video w/alerts, Fireplace Feed Reader, Popular pages, and Twitter integration all on Skyfire’s customizable and unique Skybar, this browser stand out from all the rest.
If you own a Honeycomb tablet, you will especially be interested in these recent changes, as many of them apply to Android 3.0, the tablet designed mobile operating system. Check out the graphic below as it lists the latest Skyfire improvements.
If you ever need to keep track of your flights and get real-time flight information such as delays, cancellations or find another flight, this application will do it for you. This is certainly a must have for the frequent flyer. There’s even the Pro version which will include live itinerary updated, importing your flight information from TripIt.
Well the developer Mobiata has made some changes to the Flight Track app on the Honeycomb tablets for all you globetrotter’s. You can hit the link to download the latest updated version from the Android Market. Get it now for improved Honeycomb usability!
We reported earlier that due to bugs, all Motorola Gingerbread updates might have been rejected by Verizon. Some training documents recently leaked which state the following:
Android 2.3 expected to be available soon after Droid 3 launch.
We really don’t know when this document was produced so it is hard to say if this is likely. All I can tell you is the Droid X Gingerbread update is awful, and the bottom line is Motorola cannot release any more updates unless they have things ironed out. It is also possible that Motorola’s goal is to fix all the bugs by the time the Droid 3 launches and that is why it is on this document.
In my opinion, they should be fixing the Droid X update before other devices get updates.
About 2 weeks ago, HTC announced that there would not be a Gingerbread update for the Desire due to memory contraints. The very next day they reversed their position and said it will happen.
HTC is a company that fulfills their promises and they posted the following update on their Facebook page:
Hi all- We’re excited to share that we are testing our build of Gingerbread for HTC Desire and will start doing quality assurance for it this week. When we have an update on availability we’ll post another announcement. Thanks for your support!
There are rumors that Sense will be eliminated to make room for Gingerbread, but there has been no official announcement. I am sure we will find out more soon as Telstra is expecting an August release. It is amazing how fast HTC moved on this.
HTC has partnered with Orange UK to get their HTC Desire HD owners onto a better Android OS with an update for Android 2.3 Gingerbread rolling right now. The update should be OTA, so if you’re with Orange UK sporting a Desire HD Chocolate, check your notifications and taste that sweet Gingerbread goodness!
Just as a reminder, any time you’re about to install an update, it’s best practice to backup your apps and your OS just in case. I recommend Titanium backup for your apps which you can grab here for free. You’ll also need to root your device to use Titanium among many other awesome apps. You can follow here to get it rooted.
It may have taken a long while for T-Mobile UK to roll out Android 2.2 Froyo to Motorola Defy owners in the UK, but it will happen finally, starting in the beginning of July. Heh, I know, that ‘very specific date’ wouldn’t lend much confidence for me either. That said, it has been made know via Twitter, so….it must be true!
Android 2.2 will improve the battery life most of all for T-Mobile UK Defy owners, as well as Apps to SD functionality, Adobe flash support, auto-updating apps, and a much more fluent UI in general. Look for it starting this weekend hopefully, you know, on account of the ‘specific date’ they tweeted above.
Back in May, the Droid X received the Gingerbread update so we expected to see updates by now for the Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, and Droid X2. A couple of weeks ago testing had begun for the Droid 2 Global for Motorola User Group members, but still no official rollout.
Rumor has it that Verizon has rejected all Gingerbread builds from Motorola. The Droid X Gingerbread build is plagued with bugs like constant reboots and data connection drops. This news does not surprise me because I have experienced these bugs with the Droid X, since I own one. From what I am seeing, don’t expect any updates for a while. Let’s just hope that the Droid 3 and Droid Bionic, which will be released with Gingerbread, will not be this buggy. If they are full of the same bugs, we may be seeing delays in them as well.
The Acre Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 was slated to be receiving an update to Android 3.1 down the road here, but it seems it made its way to China before anywhere else. We all know what happens when updates get released…they get shared! Now, owners of the Acer Iconia Tab can download and install the Android 3.1 update right from XDA-Developers link below. The update will be a manual one, so you’ll need to download the ‘update.zip’ and put it on the root of your tabs internal storage to install from there by rebooting into recovery and installing from SD. Always a good idea to backup your OS first in the event something goes wrong. better to be safe than sorry. Happy updating!
[via engadget, xda-developers]