It was reported by Talk Android’s Jeff Causey on the 12th of January (link here) that Google would no longer be providing security updates to WebView on devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and earlier. In fact, it is even deeper than that: Google will not be managing the entire WebKit for these versions any longer, from which WebView is derived.
In a post on Google+ today, Android Security’s lead engineer, Adrian Ludwig, provided clarification and guidance to those nearly 1 billion device owners running Jelly Bean or earlier Android versions.
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.
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
Stuck between getting a new laptop and an Android tablet? Why not get both in one?
HP just unveiled its new Slatebook, a super-sleek notebook running Android. That’s right, Android. Not Chrome OS.
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
Compared to last month, the latest Android distribution numbers are something to be proud of in March. In all of the right areas, there were increases and decreases. Most importantly, Android 4.4 KitKat grew .7% to 2.5%. This will likely ramp up next month as many flagships are now starting to receive KitKat. And in two or threw months, it should gain some significant traction as newer flagships will ship with the latest version of Android.
Now it is time to talk about the rest of the versions. As for Gingerbread, it thankfully continues to fall. Last month it had a 20% stake and that has dropped to 19%. Jelly Bean, however, experience very slight growth. Somehow Honeycomb, Android’s initial tablet operating system version, is clinging on to dear life at .1%. By the release of next month’s numbers, I fully expect Honeycomb to be a thing of the past.
Source: Android Developers
The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, but HTC and Sprint have been facing difficulties updating the device to Android 4.3. It was supposed to be available by the end of 2013, but it was re-scheduled for this month. However, it looks like HTC hasn’t forgot about this update yet.
Bad news for folks who own Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE. HTC posted a notice on Reddit yesterday that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will not be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for the device because of its memory limitations. However, HTC is working on a new process which will allow the more “technical customers” to update the device manually.
HTC hasn’t provided further details about the process but if you’re interested in updating your EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3, you can sign up for the new process by shooting an email to HTC at HTCTrial@htc.com.
Source: HTC Reddit
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