While most of us are anxiously biding our time for Android’s newest iteration, KitKat, a number of devices are making their way to the latest build of Jelly Bean. Among those devices are the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra. While some of you may not be as thrilled and continue to look forward to Sony pushing out the Android 4.4 update, the software update boasts new features on top of performance tweaks. They include:
- Sony’s Smart Social Camera – The Xperia Z1 exclusive is now making its way to the Z Ultra. This brings the ability to “download, access and enjoy ‘Xperia Camera apps’ directly from within the viewfinder.”
- Updated Sony Apps – Messaging, MyExperia, Smart Connect, Track ID, Sony Select, among others, are tweaked and improved.
- Sony Media apps - WALKMAN, Album and Movies with Sony Entertainment Network cloud integration are more “converged” allowing for better access to local and cloud content.
- Themes – Xperia Themes with downloadable UI packs are coming soon.
- Security enhancements – On top of Android security enhancements Sony has made some of their own to their Xperia in Business platform.
So besides Jelly Bean’s tweaks and enhancements you’ll be seeing Sony’s software enhanced as well. These are just two of the many Sony devices being updated, so look for those announcements in the coming weeks. While you’re at it, drop us a line in the comment section below and let us know if you’ve received the update yourself.
source: Sony Mobile
Remember last month when Jelly Bean climbed to claim more than half of the distribution on Android devices? Well, that figure has climbed again, from 52.1% to 54.5%. That includes Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x, and 4.3. Newly released KitKat is currently only on 1.1% of devices, but that number’s sure to continue growing.
Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to18.6% from 19.8%, Gingerbread to 24.1% from 26.3%, and HoneyComb and Froyo are down to 0.1% and 1.6%, respectively.
Source: Android Developers
Samsung has set their deadlines for updating the current crop of Galaxy devices to Android 4.3, and so far we’ve already seen the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S 4 already receiving the update. There’s just one device that hasn’t gotten any attention; the Galaxy Note II.
According to a lucky user in India, he managed to get his Note II updated to 4.3 at a local service station. This means that Samsung is busy loading the 4.3 update onto their services to prepare for an OTA rollout, which means international and unlocked users should see the update by the end of the month. On the carrier side of things, that also means that it’s very like that most carriers should hit their deadlines by the end of the month. AT&T and Sprint are slated for a November 20th rollout, with Verizon following on the 29th and T-Mobile right on their heels with a December 2nd update.
The update should bring a few extra features to the Note II, similar to what we’ve seen in the SIII update. Since it does have the S-Pen also, we may see a few features trickle down from the Note 3 as well.
Who says Android’s fragmentation isn’t going away! According to new distribution numbers from Google, Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean is now running on more than 50% of Android devices. Last month, Jelly Bean sat just under 50%; however, they have finally crossed that illustrious mark. Another good sign is that Ice Cream Sandwich declined from last month, likely meaning many OEMs are pushing software updates to existing devices.
There’s still one lingering problem. Android’s Gingerbread, what the operating system looked like before Ice Cream Sandwich’s overhaul, has a huge chunk of the pie. Gingerbread remains on 26% of devices. These are likely lower-end devices or older devices that just don’t have the power to run a fresher version of Android. But with Android 4.4 Kit Kat also aimed at devices with little RAM, Android’s fragmentation could become less of an issue.
Source: Google Developers Dashboard
Via: Android Police
Looks like Asus is planning a Mini version of their PadFone device to compete with the flood of other mini devices on the market lately. Some early benchmarks show a device with a model PadFone T00C, similar to the model of their hybrid PadFone devices that can seamlessly turn into larger tablets with some accessories and attachments.
This PadFone Mini looks like to be a 4-inch device with a 275 PPI screen, which is slightly better than what Samsung’s GS 4 Mini offers. It’s also powered by a quad-core processor that appears to be a Snapdragon 400, so while it’s nothing extremely high end, it looks like it should be a very capable device. It’s also running Android 4.3, so the software side of things is top notch.
Hopefully Asus will make something else official about this PadFone Mini soon, considering they just announced the PadFone Infinity last month.
via: The Droid Guy
If you own an unlocked Galaxy Note II, you’re in luck. SamMobile has gotten their hands on some pre-release firmware of Android 4.3 for Samsung’s phablet for you to play with. It’s definitely not a daily driver, but hey, at least we know Samsung is going to make good on their promise to update these devices.
The update brings the Note II up to speed with the S 4 and Note 3, especially in the UI department. It has the tabbed settings interface, as well as a few more subtle changes throughout the OS. Samsung Wallet is present, as well as Samsung Knox. There may be more features added before development is halted, but that’s what we’re looking at currently.
If you’re interested, you can download the firmware at the link below. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing or you don’t have the GT-N7100 model of Note II (which means no US carrier variants) leave this one alone for a bit.
While many of us wait for the official release of Android 4.4 KitKat, most are still waiting on their OTA update of Android 4.3 to their devices, namely the Samsung Galaxy S 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S4 Active.
Blind waiting will no longer be necessary, as a document leaked earlier today which listed the update schedule for the aforementioned devices.
- Galaxy Note 2 (Verizon): November 29
- Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T): November 20
- Galaxy S4 (Verizon): October 28
- Galaxy S4 (AT&T): November 13
- Galaxy S3 (Verizon): November 22
- Galaxy S3 (AT&T): November 13
Note 2 owners, Galaxy Active owners, and owners of any of these devices on either Sprint or T-Mobile should check the image above for specific dates. With these 4.3 updates to these Samsung devices, Galaxy Gear support comes as well.
Keep in mind that the document states that these dates are subject to change, so nothing is set in stone.
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
Sony has announced a line of new Walkman music players that run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The first model is the NW-F880, which is powered by a TI OMAP dual-core processor and has 1 GB of RAM, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, an FM radio, and a nicely sized 4-inch screen. It’s available in either pink, blue, black, or white, and you can get it in either a 16, 32, or 64 GB model. Those storage options will set you back $274 on the low end and $406 on the high end.
The second model is the NW-ZX1, which comes with 128 GB of storage and most of the features of the F880 but drops the FM radio, and that’ll run about $751. Sony plans on dropping these devices in Japan come December, but if we’re lucky we might see them hit American shores sometime next year.
source: Unwired View
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