If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you could always check out its new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.
A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.
Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.
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
The latest Android distribution numbers for May show that KitKat keeps climbing at the expense of older Android software. The numbers for 4.4 put it on 8.5% of all Android devices, showing over a 50% improvement from last month. Jelly Bean is still holding strong, but 4.1 took a dip to make room for newer versions of Jelly Bean, which all saw some slight improvements. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread both fell about 1%, but Honeycomb didn’t change at all, and Froyo still accounts for 1% of devices. It’ll disappear completely one day, right?
The latest version of Android is on the rise. Last month, Android 4.4 KitKat sat around 2.5% and that number has doubled since to 5.3%! As more flagship devices running KitKat have yet to be released, May and June will likely see rather large increases. Also, some older devices are going to be getting KitKat as well. Its predecessor, Jelly Bean, saw just a minor drop in percentage points.
Thankfully, older versions of Android are seeing declines. Gingerbread dropped 1.2% and somehow Honeycomb is clinging on for dear life. At some point this year, I do expect Honeycomb to let go. A version like Ice Cream Sandwich can stick around a little bit longer since its core does resemble more recent versions; however, updates to Jelly Bean are still expected.
Source: Android Developers
The latest Android version numbers are in for February, and everything’s right on course for what we expected. Jelly Bean is continuing its climb and still holds a majority of the market of all Android devices. Between Android 4.1 and 4.3, Jelly Bean accounts for 60.7% of devices, and if you include Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat in those numbers, 78.6% of devices are running some version of Android over 4.0. Unfortunately, KitKat only accounts for 1.8% of devices, but considering how few devices are seeing official updates, that’s not too surprising.
On the outdated side of things, Gingerbread still unfortunately makes up about 20% of Android devices. Froyo has almost completely dropped off of the charts, but it’s still a little discouraging to see that 1 in 5 Android devices are not running a modern version of Google’s OS. Hopefully we’ll see Gingerbread exit this chart completely by the end of the year.
source: Android Developer Dashboard
BlueStacks, the Android application emulator for PCs, has finally received a major software update. Before now, it’s been running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, believe it or not. It’s finally seeing the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich today, though.
BlueStacks doesn’t really benefit from many of the advantages of newer operating systems, but it still doesn’t hurt to finally get it off of the incredibly ancient Gingerbread, at least for increased app compatibility. There are many apps that take advantage of APIs that are only available in 4.0 and up, and BlueStacks can finally run them. If you want to download the latest version, hit the link below.
via: Android Police
It’s that time of the month where we find out how fragmented Android is. I guess the good news is that Jelly Bean has grown a lot faster than Ice Cream Sandwich did, which is a nice surprise. Jelly Bean is now on 48.6% of Android devices just 14 months after it was released. In contrast, Ice Cream Sandwich was only at 29.1% for the same timeframe. However, Gingerbread showed faster growth with a 58% share after the same 14 months. Granted, there wasn’t as many versions of Android at that time. Jelly Bean’s higher adoption rate is obviously due to the fact that a lot of newer phones came pre-loaded with it.
Gingerbread feels like Windows XP. It’s still on 28.6% of devices and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. It only dropped about 2% from last month. The only way Gingerbread can shrink is when owners of those devices finally upgrade to newer hardware because the software will never get upgraded.
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
It’s that time of the month when we get to see how well different versions of Android are doing, and the numbers look pretty good for Jelly Bean. Last month, Jelly Bean devices accounted for 33% of Android devices, which has improved about 5% to 38%. Ice Cream Sandwich devices slipped a bit over 2% to account for 23.3%, and Gingerbread devices are holding strong at 34.1%, although it’s worth mentioning that Gingerbread devices on API level 9 have disappeared completely.
Overall, Google holding out on Android 4.3 is definitely helping Android manufactures slowly catch up their devices to current software, which I’m sure has been the intended effect. Hopefully we’ll see this trend continue next month, too.
source: Android Developers
Sure we have seen some smartphones tout some impressive toucheless control features, but those type of devices come at a king’s ransom— so they may not be accessible to a wider range of customers. Fortunately Pantech quickly realized that the technology should be available to a wider range of customers and has introduced its brand-new Perception smartphone. The device is a typical mid-ranger which features Ice Cream Sandwich loaded up, a dual-core Snapdragon chip, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, an 8MP camera + 2MP FFC and 16 gigs of on-board storage. Sure those may be ho-hum to the masses— but the real ace in Pantech’s cards is the arrival of Motion Sense technology on the Perception. The technology allows users of the device to do things like wave their hands to answer calls or moving your finger up and down to scroll up and down through a list. Pretty awesome.
This smartphone is set for arrival on Verizon’s wireless network on April 25th, which should make customers of that network happy, but customers of other networks a wee bit sad. But if you are on Big Red’s network— the great thing about the Perception smartphone and its Motion Sense technology is the impressive price it will arrive at: $99 on-contract (after a $50 mail-in-rebate). You can find more deets when you hit the source link.