Google has just published its latest distribution figures for the Android operating system. The numbers were uploaded to the official Developer Dashboard blog and reveal a consistent growth in the amount of users running KitKat (4.4), whilst older versions of the OS continue on their long path towards extinction.
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
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
Rovio’s next budding smash hit is finally here folks. Right on cue with the expected September 27th launch date, Rovio has made Bad Piggies available available in the Play Store. In case you’ve forgotten, instead of playing as one of the various birds trying to destroy any and every pig, users will actually play with pigs as the main character. From there, users will need to create the ultimate form of transportation and try to go from level to level, all the while stealing those precious, precious eggs on the way. Creating your unique forms of transport is simple, yet creative as there are over 30 objects in the game available to help users create their their ultimate machine like umbrellas, motors, wings and so on. To compliment the vast number of transportation objects is at least 60 levels available, with a possible 30 additional levels that can be unlocked by three-starring previous levels.
The game is available for all Android devices featuring Froyo 2.2+. Oh and lest we forget: the great thing is there’s a regular version for smartphones and a special HD version available for tablet devices. So what are you all waiting for? The new game won’t install itself, so hit the Play Store link or scan the QR code today to grab the game and potentially lose countless hours of productivity.
It’s time for another episode of Android’s current distribution everyone. In this segment, we’ll see Gingerbread’s long-standing domination
finally being challenged by Ice Cream Sandwich. Since Android 4.0′s introduction back in October, there’s been the clear trend highlighting the significant increase of devices operating on the latest OS. Currently, the percentage of Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.7 devices is around 64% out of the total number of devices, while the number of Android 4.0 – 4.0.4 devices is around 10.9%. Keep in mind folks— there have been an insane amount of newly released phones such as the HTC One Series and Samsung Galaxy S III and newly pushed updates of existing devices which helps to increase the totals for ICS devices.
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
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
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
Gmail is certainly among the most important apps we use and has to get updated periodically. That’s why Google went ahead and updated the Gmail app for all Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb 3.2 devices. The majority of Froyo and Gingerbread users will see some performance improvements, while Honeycomb 3.2 users will be treated to a sample of ICS. That means tablets with Honeycomb 3.2 will be able to swipe to move between newer and older conversations, tap your account to access Recent labels and set custom notifications for individual labels. For you developer types– there’s also a new label API available for you to use at your disposal.
If you’re on a device with one of these OS versions, be sure to grab the updated app today in the Play Store using the QR code or Play Store link below.
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:
Samsung Continuum owners are getting some update love today in the form of two updates. The first update upgrades Android to Froyo itself (software version EB01) and the second update includes some improvements, one of which is the ability to run Flash Player 10.1. The phone arrived late 2010, and if you own one of these interesting phones I’m sure you thought all hope for an update was lost. But finally you can be excited! Even if it is only Froyo. And 2012. Official update notes after the break.