Android Ice Cream Sandwich Now Accounts for 15.9% of Devices, Jelly Bean Shows up At .8%

Google has updated their Android Distribution chart and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich can now be found on 15.9% of Android Devices. Most of the power packed devices of 2011 have been updated, like the HTC EVO 3D and the Galaxy S II line. This is great news considering just last month ICS only represented 10.9% of Android devices and with more powerful phones coming out, we should see this number spike even more. I’m predicting ICS will soon replace 2.3.3 Gingerbread, currently on 60.6% devices, time will tell!

In addition, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is making its first appearance on the chart. Currently the only devices with Jelly Bean are official Nexus products and the Motorola Xoom (not a Nexus tablet). Right now, 4.1 Jelly Bean accounts for .8% of Android devices in the world. Not bad considering you can count those on one hand. If you want to get your hands on Jelly Bean in the short term, the easiest way is to get a Nexus device. So spread the word and let’s get Jelly Bean on the map!

source: Android Developers

GameKlip Makes Gaming On-The-Go Fun And Easy

Now this is a great idea. With the latest crop of superphones like the HTC One X series and Samsung Galaxy S III, Android gaming has gotten a shot in the arm with console quality games. Games such as Shadowgun, Grand Theft Auto III, and Dead Trigger are fun, but the on-screen controls are sometimes clunky.

With a simple OTG USB cable, however, some phones can be connected to game controllers for more precise, and traditional, control schemes. The GameKlip is a plastic tray that easily snaps onto a DualShock3 controller and holds your phone in the perfect position for gaming on-the-go.

There are two versions of the GameKlip. One is for phones that can connect to a DualShock3 controller wirelessly (requires a rooted phone) for $15, and the other is for a wired USB connection, OTG cable included for $23.

Hit the break for pictures and a video of the GameKlip in action.

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Gmail Update Improves Nexus 7 Support And Launches New Labels API

Google’s on a roll with updates today. First, Google Wallet got more useful, and now Gmail gets updated for better 7-inch tablet Nexus 7 support. The app’s changelog is rather sparse:

Android 4.0 (ICS) and up:

  • Improved 7″ support
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Android 2.2 and up:

  • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  • Performance improvements

It’s always nice to see bug fixes and performance improvements. What the Labels API is all about I couldn’t tell you, but if it opens Gmail up in any way to 3rd party developers, I’m all for it.

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Google+ Hangouts to connect NFL fantasy football fans

Google announced a new purpose for Google+ Hangouts today – fantasy football! Nikhyl Singhal, Google+ Product Director, made the announcement on the Google Official Blog. It appears Google has managed to strike a deal with the NFL as a primary feature is the inclusion of one-click access to Google+ Hangouts from any web page. The announcement indicates this includes both the Draft and Game Centers. Clicking on the provided button will launch a hangout with your fellow league members.
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Archos Gen 10 tablet briefly shows up on social media outlets

Archos provided what amounts to a brief glimpse of their upcoming Gen 10 tablet via their Facebook and Twitter accounts today. In the accompanying text, Archos indicates the launch announcement will occur in three weeks.

The Gen 10 tablet appears to be a step up from the typical Archos hardware and an attempt to break into the high-end segment for tablets. We still have no information regarding the hardware specifics. The new rendering does show a very sleek tablet apparently running Android 4.x if anything can be read into that.

source: Archos on Facebook

Just How Many Nexus Q Pre-Orders Were There?

You know how Google recently stated that everyone who pre-ordered a Nexus Q would be getting it for free after they update it to be more useful? Well count yourself as lucky if you are one of those folks because we’re hearing from our sources that the number of pre-orders were… well, quite small.

Just how small? Try less than 1,000. Heck, how about less than 900? Yes, we’re getting tips from our anonymous sources in-the-know that one reason Google is just handing these out for free is that there aren’t that many that they need to give away.

Frankly, this is a smart move on Google’s part, regardless of the number of pre-orders. It doesn’t cost them much and it’s really good P.R. for the company as well as for the device. And let’s face it, the Nexus Q needs all the help it can get with all the fairly negative reviews it’s been getting. Even I gave it an “enthusiasts only” rating.

Now let’s hope these updates make this little duck-pin bowling ball something to be proud of!

Thanks anonymous!

Motorola Defy XT and Electrify 2 heading to US Cellular [Video]

Today, US Cellular has announced two new quality Motorola handsets. Fist we have the Motorola Electrify 2, the higher-end out of the two that offers a 4.3-inch display and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device will also have an 8-megapixel rear camera along with a front facing camera. The phone also offers the same Smart Actions feature that’s prevalent in the Verizon Droid RAZR line. The Electrify 2 will set you back $179 on contract after a $100 rebate.

Next we have the Motorola Defy XT, which would be considered a mid-range device that sports a 3.7-inch screen with a 5-megapixel camera. Much like it’s predecessor, you can expect this device to be quite durable. The Defy XT will run you $99 on contract after a $100 rebate.

You can check out the video showcasing both devices as well as the official press release after the break.

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Say goodbye to the Google Mobile Blog and hello to the Official Android Blog

Google asked readers what they wanted to see more of on the Google Mobile Blog and Android seemed to be the unanimous choice. So today marks the final post for the Google Mobile Blog and the launch of the Official Android Blog. Everything has been migrated so you don’t have to worry about losing anything. It’s time to update your RSS feed!!

sources: google mobile and official android