Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat rising at a slow pace, gets 2.5% of the pie

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Compared to last month, the latest Android distribution numbers are something to be proud of in March. In all of the right areas, there were increases and decreases. Most importantly, Android 4.4 KitKat grew .7% to 2.5%. This will likely ramp up next month as many flagships are now starting to receive KitKat. And in two or threw months, it should gain some significant traction as newer flagships will ship with the latest version of Android.

Now it is time to talk about the rest of the versions. As for Gingerbread, it thankfully continues to fall. Last month it had a 20% stake and that has dropped to 19%. Jelly Bean, however, experience very slight growth. Somehow Honeycomb, Android’s initial tablet operating system version, is clinging on to dear life at .1%. By the release of next month’s numbers, I fully expect Honeycomb to be a thing of the past.

Source: Android Developers

Unexpected Android builds are starting to appear

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Android build numbers generally start with the same letter as the name of the current version of Android. For example, the latest build of KitKat is KOT49H (technically KVT49L for only the Nexus 7 LTE). However a couple of builds are appearing that start with the letter “A” as in ACU50C and ACU56E. This information comes from the idea133-weekly-release, which is for developers.

At this point, you would expect the next version of Android to start with the letter “L” since they have been going in order since Cupcake. Is Google planning something different? We’re not really sure, but here is how the build numbers break out.

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VUDU announces Chromecast support on its way

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VUDU has announced they will be adding support for Chromecast to their service enabling casting from Android, iOS, PCs and Macs. According to their blog post, support for VUDU on Chromecast will be enabled via the Chrome browser on computers while the mobile device apps will be updated to add the capability.

VUDU says they are currently accepting registrations for people who want to be part of the beta testing program for the new feature. It does require a new sign-up separate from a user’s regular VUDU account. You can hit the source link for instructions on how to sign up if you are interested.

source: VUDU

Samsung donates $3 million to charities chosen by Ellen

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Most of you already saw the celebrity-packed photo that Ellen Degeneres took during the oscars using a Samsung Galaxy Note. There was a lot of speculation about whether Ellen was paid to use it or not, however Samsung has since released a statement that even though the event was sponsored by Samsung, Ellen decided on her own to “organically incorporate the device into the moment.”

 

Despite the fact that Ellen decided herself to use the device, Samsung has been happy enough with the results to donate $1.5 million each to two charities of Ellen’s choosing, which will be the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Humane Society.

Source: Tech Crunch

Casting HTML5 video added to Chrome Beta for Android

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As more and more apps add casting capability so users can enjoy their apps with Chromecast devices, this latest development may be useful for users needing a more general capability. Google has added the ability to cast YouTube videos from within the Chrome Beta for Android browser without opening the dedicated YouTube app. Testing shows that it kind of works with other HTML5 videos. Read more

Meizu MX4 to launch in Paris on March 6th

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Meizu has begun sending out invitations to an event scheduled for March 6th in Paris. While the invitation doesn’t give specifics on the event, the speculation is that the MX4 will be released.

We don’t know exactly what the device will feature, but it will likely either use the Snapdragon 801 processor or one of Samsung’s chips.

Many people are also hoping to find out about Meizu’s global plans, and considering the event is being help in Paris, they may announce plans to start selling devices in Europe.

Source: Into Mobile

Oppo confirms two versions of the Find 7

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Remember all the rumors that the Galaxy S 5 would have two versions? Well that still could happen, but Oppo isn’t holding anything back with the Find 7. They posted a teaser image via Weibo that leaves nothing on the table. Each version will sport a different display and processor. One version will get a 1080p (1920 x 1080) display while the more upscale version will get a 1440p (2560 x 1440) display.

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4K video coming to the LG G Flex with KitKat Update

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Owners of the LG G Flex will be happy to know that when they get the Android 4.4 update support for 4K video will come with it. The folks over at Phone Arena received a tip and this tip was backed by a User Profile that shows the curved phone offering video at 2160p. On top of that, the update will allow the camera to do 120 fps slow motion video as well.

So when the update goes live, you can expect to see some decent photo and video enhancements on top of Android 4.4‘s features. Look for that update to come here sometime soon.

source: Phone Arena

HTC ‘All New One’ is one step closer to release

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Every year we see a lot of smartphones get released here in the U.S., and one thing they all have in common is they receive FCC approval before consumers can get their hands on them. It usually happens within a month or two of the actual release. The “All New One” is no exception and is one (no pun intended) step closer to release now that it has received FCC approval.

Documents show that not only the international version has cleared, but all four major U.S. carrier versions as well. The FCC IDs are as follows….

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