It’s a brand new month, which means it’s time for a fresh look at the distribution of current and past Android versions. As we had anticipated, Jelly Bean has grown ever so slightly, reaching just 2.7 percent of Android users, up from 1.8 percent in October. Ice Cream Sandwich has seen a significant surgance, measuring in at 25.8 percent, a minor increase from the 23.7 percent that was reported last month. Unsurprisingly, Gingerbread still dominates the platform with a massive 54.2 percent piece of the pie.
As Jelly Bean begins rolling out to more devices (we’re looking at you One X and Galaxy S III), this number is sure to increase. And, with a full-scale Nexus assault on the horizon, things are bound to get interesting.
For those Android users wanting a more Siri-like experience on their devices, the time may be now. Nuance announced today a beta for their new application called Dragon Mobile Assistant. Using your voice, the app will assist in booking appointments, texting, updating Facebook and Twitter, getting directions, finding businesses, and checking the weather. We saw a similar app from Nuance earlier in the year, however, it’s been quite some time since then, and they’ve modeled their newest offering more akin to Siri – if that’s your bag. I haven’t personally been able to get into talking to my phone however. I don’t know, call me old-school, I guess.
Dragon Mobile is a free app, however it must be noted that it’s only available in English in the U.S. and you must be running at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Give it a go and let us know how it works for you. Maybe one of these assistant apps will be able to sway me from my old-school ways.
In an announcement made earlier today, Best Buy has revealed plans to launch its first in-house tablet. The company unveiled the Insignia Flex Tablet in a photo on its Facebook page, noting that the slate would launch with a a 9.7-inch display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next month.
Unfortunately, the big-box retailer failed to mention any specifics, including pricing or storage capacity. Although, considering it’s being branded as an Insignia product, it will most likely be marketed at the lower-budget tablet market. The device is set to launch November 11th in brick and mortar Best Buy stores across the globe.
Source: Insignia (Facebook)
It’s a sad day for early adopters of Motorola’s first dual-core handsets. In a statement made on the company’s support forum, it’s been revealed that the Atrix 4G, Photon 4G and Electrify will not be receiving updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and instead will remain on Gingerbread. This comes just days after Motorola revisited its update timeline, in which several devices had been given a new fate. The manufacturer is reiterating its $100 rebate program for owners of Motorola devices that won’t be updated to Jelly Bean. However, the offer is only good for those upgrading to new Motorola handsets, which we’re sure is very unlikely to happen at this point.
This is the worst possible news for owners of these select devices, though it’s not like we didn’t see it coming. Up until today I was the proud owner of an Atrix 4G, though as soon as I heard this unfortunate news I headed to my local AT&T store to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III. And, while I may not be holding onto it for a long period of time (I’m hoping Google announces its new Nexus smartphone(s) soon), it will suffice as my daily driver in the meantime. I refuse to do business with a company who forgets about its customers.
Also, keep an eye out for some additional posts detailing the process for loading aftermarket Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs onto these devices. After all, we’re here to help.
As a follow up to last week’s Xperia P Ice Cream Sandwich rollout, Sony Mobile today announced their 2011 Xperia line of phones will be getting new Android 4.0.4 firmware. Starting this week, the first phones to receive the update are the Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Xperia ray. The Ice Cream Sandwich update will bring the usual enhancements, along with bug fixes, performance tweaks and other improvements. In addition, The Xperia mini pro, Xperia neo L and Live with Walkman won’t be left out as they will be updated in the next few weeks.
The update will come in two ways. If you’re already running ICS you’ll receive an OTA update notification, otherwise if you’re running Gingerbread you’ll need to plug in and upgrade using PC companion or Bridge for Mac. For more information, visit http://www.sonymobile.com/update.
Source: Sony Mobile Blog
Huawei officially announced the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite which will be stocked with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Whether we can expect an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update or not in the future, we don’t know. When it comes to tablets, Huawei isn’t a company that really comes to mind. The tablet does look interesting and with the features that’s been released so far, I’m a little bit curious.
Samsung has just released a so-called minor update for the Galaxy Note for our international Android family members. The update takes G Note owners from ICS 4.0.3 to 4.0.4. Along with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements are two pretty wicked additions to the software.
First up is the POPup Play feature that was seen at the GS III announcement which enables users to have a video playing while being able to have access to other apps and such at the same time. It’s a really awesome feature for those of us that want to check that email or text that just arrived but don’t want to stop the cinematic action.
The second feature is the Signature Unlock function where one can just simply sign their name using Sammy’s S Pen to gain access to their phone content, taking the place of the traditional PIN or Pattern Lock security features.
So there you have it folks. Not a bad update, indeed. The update is now available OTA or can be downloaded via Samsung Kies desktop software. Let us know what you think when you get the goods!
Motorola Android fans can rejoice as ICS has just gone live for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX. Judging from earlier leaks, this ICS/Motoblur fusion looks to be pretty darn cool. Anyone who wants this puppy right now can head to System Updates in Settings and enjoy some ICS goodness.
Good news for the Moto XOOM owners across the pond and then some. Motorola Europe announced today that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is rolling out to XOOMs in various regions. This OTA update will be just like any other in that the roll out will be dispatched in groups, hitting all targeted regions over the course of the next few weeks. It looks as if Europe will be getting an icy treat just in time for the warm summer weather.
RAZR and RAZR MAXX users: After much speculation, your day has finally come. According to that leaked document up there, the ICS update that you’ve been waiting way too long for is finally coming today. So charge up that battery and connect to some wifi, because this thing’s coming to you over-the-air soon.