Gingerbread is officially the most popular version of Android. Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) is on 44.4% of all devices, passing Froyo (Android 2.2.x) which now accounts for 40.7% of Androids. Somewhat surprising is Eclair (Android 2.1.x), accounting for 10.7% of all Androids. Honeycomb– which covers tablets only– accounts for roughly 2% of all Androids. Considering Google’s upcoming sweet treat should theoretically work on any 2.3 device, you can’t help but wonder how it will eat at Gingerbread’s overall lead of Android devices this time next year. Hit the break for an exact breakdown of Android’s software distribution after the break.
We know what you were thinking when the 7.1 mm thin Motorola Droid Razr was first unveiled, “how the heck did they fit everything in there?” We were thinking the same thing, especially when they announced that there would be LTE radios on board. Well, the good folks over at the Engadget Mobile team put together a little “under the hood” look with their go to guy, Francois Simond, who handles everything in the hardware hack dept. Check out his findings below when he cracked that baby open.
Remember how we told you a follow-up to a certain game that involves rope burning would be coming soon? Well friends, the time has come for Burn the Rope: Worlds to land in the Android Market and onto your devices. In this iteration of the game, it features 100 brand-new levels, four different themed worlds including Jungle, Mechanical, Fantasy and Space; and an exciting brand new mini-game called Endless Burn. As in the original game, BTR: Worlds has players burn a rope with the flame only being able to burn upwards, so at times, you’ll have to rotate your device to burn in the direction you need to burn the rope. Sounds simple right? Not quite as now you will have obstacles like bugs impeding your path of blaze to glory.
The game is available for free in Market and is a 13MB download. You can find the download link, QR code, and some screenshots after the break. Go on, ropes need to be burned!
Earlier today we asked you all to help us find the combination of a safe delivered by a @DroidLanding operative that contained a DROID RAZR. You guys were really good as we already have a winner. Checkout the video below:
Thank you Verizon Wireless and @DroidLanding for letting us be a part of this awesome contest!!
Talk Android kiddies (and your parents especially) listen up– take a look at the Radio Disney app. This kid-friendly app allows you to stream Radio Disney no matter what time of the day or where you may be. That means you can rock out in the middle of the night during slumber parties or sleepovers. You can also be interactive with the app by requesting songs, sending shout-outs to your friends/family, see recently played songs, and even listen to your local Radio Disney station. The app, similar to other streaming apps such as Pandora or Slacker will also allow you the ability to run it in the background. The app is free and will make a great addition to kids’ Android phones or tablets. Hit the break for the download link, QR code, and some screenshots taken from my own phone of the cool app.
Today, Griffin and Dijit announced Android support for their Beacon universal remote, allowing any Android device, tablet or smartphone, to serve as a universal remote for home theater equipment. The Beacon Universal Remote Control System is run through a free application found in the Android Market, the Beacon unit will run $69.99 – A hell of a lot cheaper than the Logitech Harmony remote.
Using both hardware and software, this universal remote utilizes a Bluetooth connection to transfer commands from your Android device to the Beacon, which sends the signal via IR. The Beacon is capable of transmitting IR signals to all of your home theater equipment: TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, amplifier, and set top box etc., making the need for multiple remotes unnecessary.
The Android App is freely available in the Android Market, but does require that your device is on Android 2.3.3 or higher. Some older devices may not be compatible, but most all Android tablets should fit the bill. Hit the Market link below to check out what Griffen and Dijit have cooked up. If it is something you digg, you may want to go find yourself the Griffin Beacon hardware unit. Looks pretty damn cool to me.
Jump past the break for the full press release.