Android distribution shows KitKat leading as all other versions decline

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The latest round of Android distribution numbers is no different than last month’s changes. While continuing to dominate as a whole, Jelly Bean is declining in favor of KitKat. Jelly Bean has finally fell below 50% and KitKat is now approaching 34%. With the release of Lollipop, it is highly unlikely that KitKat will ever surpass Jelly Bean; however, Jelly Bean should continue to see declines and eventually lose its lead.


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Android distribution for July shows KitKat coming up on 20%

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When the Android distribution numbers are published each month, a great debate begins. Many point out the fragmentation (that does still exist) while others defend what Android is all about and how Google is fixing its problem. But as of late, the numbers keep getting better and better for Android. In fact, KitKat is approaching 20% after sitting below 15% last month. And everything behind KitKat has actually seen a decline. This includes Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo.

So let the hate roll in, even if Android is improving more and more each month. Let us know in the comments what you think about Android’s distribution for July.

Source: Android Developers

Android distribution numbers released once again, Jelly Bean shows steady growth, ICS decreases

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Here we are again, checking out the latest distribution charts for Android— we certainly have some interesting developments for this month’s numbers. First, you’ll notice that the prehistoric versions of Android OS (Donut and Eclair) are no longer on the chart! Why is this? Not because nobody has them running on their devices anymore, but because data for the chart is now gathered from the Google Play Store app, which only runs on devices with Android 2.2 or greater. Either way, devices running the older versions of Android only account for around 1%.

Now, for this month’s improvements in Android fragmentation— combined, Jelly Bean is currently loaded up on 45.1% of all Android-powered devices, up from 40.5% from last month.  For the first time ever, Ice Cream Sandwich actually showed a decrease, going from 22.5% to 21.7%. Sure, it’s not a lot, but the decrease certainly shows that OEMs are doing a better job upgrading their devices to Jelly Bean.

Gingerbread shrunk a bit as well, going from 33.1% to 30.7%, and Froyo followed suit, coming down to 2.4% from 2.5%.  We’ll be back next month with the latest Android distribution numbers. Hopefully we’ll get to see a new KitKat section on the chart!

Source: Android Developers

Latest Android Distribution Chart Shows Gingerbread 2.3 Is On Most Devices, But Ice Cream Sandwich Is Slowly Creeping Upwards

While it’s exciting to see ICS’s expected growth in the Android distribution chart, you’ll notice the newly unveiled Jelly Bean is noticeably absent. We suspect once the Nexus 7 is released within a few weeks coupled with the immediate updates of the developer devices (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Xoom WiFi tablet), Jelly Bean will make its mark in the next round of the distribution charts. Hit the source link for more details from the fine developers at Google.

source: Android Developers

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Grows To 7.1 Percent Of All Android Devices

The last time we looked at the Android version number distributions, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich had a 4.9% piece of the total Android pie. Google just released the latest numbers for the two weeks leading up to June 1st, and now we see ICS has grown 2.2% to a total of 7.1%.

Though the growth is admirable, keep in mind that the ICS SDK was released 8 months ago in October. To only be on 7.1% of all Android devices out there doesn’t say much for the time it’s taking manufacturers and carriers to upgrade existing devices.

Other notable changes:

  • Honeycomb is down 0.6% for a total of 2.7%
  • Gingerbread is up 0.6% to a total of 65%
  • Froyo is down 1.8% to a total of 19.1%
  • Eclair is down 0.3% to a total of 5.2%

The trends are mostly moving in the right directions, with Gingerbread’s growth slowing down slightly and ICS’s rate increasing just a bit. Maybe now that the HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE are making it to stores, and the Samsung Galaxy S III is on the way soon, the next platform numbers may show a larger bump for ICS.

source: android developers

Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread Show Gains in Latest Android Version Numbers

Google released the latest Android version numbers showing the distribution of all Android versions, collected from all the devices that access the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw steady gains, as did Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

  • Sales of new devices with Android 4.0 contributed to a 2% increase for ICS to a total of 4.9% as compared to last month. Updates to existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb have also helped keep the rise of ICS steady.
  • Speaking of Honeycomb, its numbers remained flat at 3.3%, which is no surprise since Honeycomb tablet sales have been fairly slow, as have the rollouts of updates to existing Honeycomb tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • The largest piece of the pie got a tad larger with Gingerbread devices rising  0.7% to 64.4%. Yep, most phones out there are still being sold with Android 2.3 on them, though that will slowly change as newer ICS-based devices begin to hit the market.
  • Froyo and Eclair predictably continue their decline to 20.9% and 5.5% respectively.

Expect these trends to continue as new devices are released and older ones get updates. Now just when will Jellybean start showing up?

source: android developers

Camera ICS+ Gives Your Non-ICS Device the Stock Android 4.0 Camera and More

I am sure by now many of you have seen the newest Android camera that comes stock on all devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Some of you may even be a bit jealous that the camera on your device running Gingerbread, Honeycomb or Froyo can’t do all the neat added features that come equipped with the stock ICS camera app. What if I told you that yes, you could have the newest Android camera interface and features plus a whole slew of other features on your pre ICS device? Enter the Camera ICS+ app. An almost exact duplicate of the stock ICS camera, Camera ICS+ will give you all the ICS camera features and more.

First off, to begin, there is both a free and paid version of the app but for $0.99 you can snap pictures all day long without having an annoying ad plastered in your viewfinder. The major difference between this app and the stock ICS app is added filters and the ability to utilize the volume buttons as either a zoom feature, auto focus, shutter, or a combination of auto focus and shutter (the latter is one feature I really wish Google would have added in the first place, it’s really handy). Some  of the other features include:
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