Updated Android Distribution Chart Unveiled, Includes First Appearance From Android 4.0

 

The time has come for an updated Android Distribution Chart to arrive for our eyes. As you already know, Google releases these charts periodically to showcase which operating systems are being used by the everyday Android user— for development purposes of course. As you can see in the above chart, Gingerbread (55.5%) and Froyo (30.4%)  holds majority shares of the Android pie, but do you notice anything different? Ice Cream Sandwich makes its first appearance in the chart, albeit holding a rather small share (0.6% of all Android devices are operating Android 4.0 – 4.0.3). This places Android 4.0 into a last-place tie with Android 1.5 (Cupcake)… for now.

I’m sure you’re wondering how Google obtained all of the statistics, right? Basically Google measured the type of operating systems of the devices based on when devices accessed the Android Market within a 14-day period ending on January 3, 2012. Pretty neat huh? Let us know what Android platform and team you’re rocking with in the Comments below. This is your chance for those of you rocking Cupcake and Donut to finally let your voices be heard. 

[via Android Developers]

CyanogenMod Gets Amazon’s Silk Browser Working on Non-Kindle Fire Devices

Though Amazon’s Silk browser may not be a perfect fit for everyone and their smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the good folks over at XDA have managed to port the popular eReader’s new browser over to non-Kindle Fire devices.  Yep, we were thinking the same thing, these fricking guys can do anything!  And though the browser could use a few extra features, it still appears to have a decent fan base and loyal following, otherwise the dev community wouldn’t have thought it worthwhile to port over.  So far the browser has been tested on the original Motorola Atrix and the Droid X for starters.  We look forward for the extra browser alternative to hit other devices soon, so stay tuned to Talk Android.  If you’ve managed to get this working on your smartphone, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

[via XDA]

 

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Successor In The Making?

If you’ve happened to come across Sony Ericsson’s FB page lately, you’ll be happy to note the company tossed up a teaser of a new and upcoming device.  Most are speculating that it could be a highly anticipated follow up to one of their popular Xperia devices, the Arc and Arc S, check out our initial hands-on and review of the Arc S here and here.  The pic on FB shows us a similar camera key as that of the original Arc as well as the usual squared-off HDMI out port.  The HD camera is still present and SE provided this caption under the pic:

Just a few more days until we can reveal some interesting news – what do you want it to be?

The company is hinting to the fact that we’ll most likely see this bad boy at CES next week.  If we were to speculate, it’s possible that a few devices could be proper prospects for the title.  It’s possible the handset could be the anticipated 4.3-inch Nozomi device we reported in early December or the Xperia Arc HD that’s been buzzing all over the tech blogosphere.  And of course, there’s the leaked Sony Ericsson LT28at “Superphone” sporting LTE, HSPA and a 4.55-inch display.  I’m personally rooting for the latter.  Definitely stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on the device, whatever it should be, as we rapidly approach CES in Las Vegas next week.  Though some of the hardware may initially look different from what SE is touting on their FB change, we could still see a different looking final product by launch time.  Feel free to further speculate in the comments below.

[via Facebook by The Verge]

 

Quad-core HTC Edge could skip CES for an unveiling at Mobile World Congress

Back in November, HTC’s first quad-core phone, the Edge leaked. Shortly after that, we heard about another quad-core offering, codenamed the Zeta. We were hoping we would see these animals next week at CES, but it looks like we might have to wait until the end of February in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress according to analysts at JPMorgan Chase.

You wouldn’t put low end hardware with a quad-core so it’s no shocker that other rumored specs include a 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD 2 display, 8MP rear camera, a front camera capable of handling 720p, and 1GB of RAM.

I’m hoping this info is wrong and instead we will see something at CES next week, but unfortunately that’s wishful thinking.

[via pocketnow]

BBC iPlayer now works on Ice Cream Sandwich devices with this simple workaround

If you have a Galaxy Nexus or any other device running Ice Cream Sandwich, you might be missing out on the BBC iPlayer. With a few clicks, you can be well on your way to getting it back.

  1. Grab Adobe Flash Player from the Android Market - Link
  2. Open your Browser and hit the menu key (the three dots in the top right corner) and tap “Request desktop site” to check it.
  3. Point the browser to www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer and the desktop site will open and you will be able to play radio content, as well as live and recorded TV, assuming you’re in the UK.
Please note that you may have to repeat step #2 the next time you do it since Android will remove the check for “Request desktop site” each time the browser closes.

Sony Xperia Active Gets Run Over by Jeep After Surviving Other Durability Tests

If you saw our initial hands-on video regarding the Sony Xperia Active then you’ll know that this phone is for the active at heart. Some have even gone on to test its ability to work while/after being submerged. Well thanks to crimi8787 there is a slew of YouTube videos putting the the phone through a whole bunch of other tests that show it’s for the extremely active at heart. He tested water-resistance by throwing it into a puddle, bludgeoning and stabbing the smartphone with hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches and finally runs the beast of a device over with a Jeep Wrangler. Sadly, an innocent potato was harmed in the making of that video.

All in all the only damage this thing received was screen damage which suggests that this phone is best for those who are rough on their phones. Hit the break below to check out the videos of these tests and let us know what you think about this rugged beast.
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The Android Market now has over 400,000 apps

It took roughly 30 months for the Android Market to reach 200,000 apps, but it took only 10 months for it to pass 400,000. Growth isn’t bad in the Android world, but we have to admit it has moved a little slower than Apple’s app store. Apple’s App Store has grown faster, but things are narrowing. For example, Apple was able to achieve 200,000 apps in 9 less months, but it took them only 2 months less for achieving 400,000 apps.

It’s clear developers have favored Apple in the early going, but it’s looking like things are starting to change as Android app numbers are growing faster than Apple over the last few months. Apple still has roughly 20 to 25% more apps, but with Android devices dominating the market share worldwide, the Apple App Store should be in the rear view mirror sometime this year.

Either way, both platforms will continue to grow and offer a lot to their respective consumers.

[via distimo through androidandme]

SugarSync Receives Update, Now Allows AutoSync For Video

If you’re an avid SugarSync fan, we’ve got some good news for you.  Today, the application gets updated and enables full support for compatability with AutoSync on your videos.  Initially the app only allowed support for photos, however, now you can easily sync between an array of devices as the app seamlessly works in the background to automatically gather your photos and videos.  The only caveat is that you’ll require a good WiFi connection for the app to work.  If you don’t already have the application, you can snatch it up on our popular apps database here or you can head on over to the Android Market for the download.  Check out the source link for the full press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the new functionality in the comments below.

[via SugarSync]

Get the “Waterproof” Pantech Element Next Week From AT&T for $299

The folks over at BGR have received a tip or two suggesting that AT&T will be launching a new tablet next week at CES. The tablet, the Pantech Element, will be the first to rock some AT&T 4G LTE speeds not at a kidney selling price and comes in an 8 inch variety. The tablet will run the latest variation of Honeycomb and will be waterproof. Okay it’s not the take your tablet and take pictures with it in the ocean waterproof but more water resistant/splash proof provided you close all the port doors.

Besides the 8-inch display and the water resistance it boasts the following specs: 
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Velocity Micro Set To Introduce Two New Cruz Tablets, Both Feature Ice Cream Sandwich Taste For Budget Minds

Velocity Micro tablets have long been a player in the budget segment. Of course as VM caters to budget-conscious minds, we’ve seen various examples of the tablets themselves being placed at the lower-end of the feature spectrum, which usually skimps on memory size and tops everything off with expiring desserts. With CES being a matter of just days away, VM is set to introduce two solid Cruz tablets. While the two tablets don’t quite match up specs-wise to quad-core beasts, they may attract more than consideration from prospective consumers. Check out the specs for the two Cruz tablets:

 

Cruz Tablet T507

  • 7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
Cruz Tablet T510
  • 9.7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 8.9mm Thick
  • 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out

Those are pretty generic specs, but there’s one last feature that’s the highlight of the tablets: Android 4.0. Yes, you read that right— VM’s new budget-friendly tablets are set to feature Ice Cream Sandwich running the show. Those generic specs suddenly look more appealing with ICS, don’t they? Oh and there’s more, while we don’t know exactly what the pricing will be for the 10-inch version, the 7-inch tablet is expected to be priced around $150. The price is definitely right there.

There’s one teeny little detail that you should be aware of however– both devices do not feature the Android Market or Google Apps. The tablets instead feature the Amazon App Store, which has a pretty solid lineup of great apps. Nevertheless, while there’s no Android Market or Google Apps and still features some aging hardware, the tablets will no doubt appeal to many people. Look for the formal introductions and announcements of the tablets at CES next week.

[via Android and Me]