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Android Distribution Score Shows Only 1.1% Share for KitKat

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Via: DroidLife

This evening, Google officially released the Android distribution score. The data collected by Google was based on a 7-day period which ended on December 2, 2013.

Based on the figures shown by Google via DroidLife, Jelly Bean once gain topped the chart with a 54.5% share while KitKat only got a dismal share of 1.1%.

Jelly Bean shows a continuous growth in the Android distribution score. From the previous month up to the most recent data, Jelly Bean’s distribution increased by 2.4%. It should be noted that Jelly Bean displayed a 52.1% Android distribution score last month.

Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean had the most share in the pie chart as it gained 37.4% share in the new data of Google. Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean took 12.9% of the slice and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean got 4.2%.

Tailing just behind Jelly Bean is Android 2.3.3 up to 2.3.7, which is better known as Gingerbread. Gingerbread got 24.1% of the Android distribution number. Looking at last month’s data and the current one, the said Android version showed a drop of 2.2% from its previous 26.3% share. Ice Cream Sandwich follows with an 18.6% score.

Froyo and Honeycomb seems to be showing a continuous decline which indicates that they are about to be phased out from the list already. Froyo only got a 1.6% share while Honeycomb barely made it to 0.1%.

KitKat and 4.3 Jelly Bean

It seems like many are itching to get the Android 4.4 update, known as KitKat, and the 4.3 Jelly Bean. Therefore, the two may show a significant increase in the next Android distribution share. The only thing preventing them from getting a good slice of the distribution pie in the previous assessment are the major bugs that came with their initial releases.

According to GottaBeMobile, KitKat bugs continue to plague Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 users. On the other hand, the more stable version of the 4.3 update just got rolled out by carriers a few days ago.

Source: DroidLife, GottaBeMobile

Android Jelly Bean Overtakes Gingerbread, Now Top Android OS

Google just released new data showing the statistics of their various Android versions. The results show that for the first time Android Jelly Bean has finally overtaken the other versions, including the popular Gingerbread version. This is probably the result of OEMs pushing Jelly Bean updates to most of their devices.

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Comparing the market share by the numbers Jelly Bean now holds 37.9 percent, Ice Cream Sandwich holds 23.3 percent, Honeycomb has 0.1 percent, Gingerbread has 34.1, and Froyo has 3.1 percent.

The market share record last month showed that Jelly Bean had 33 percent, Ice Cream Sandwich had 25.6 percent, Honeycomb had 0.1 percent Gingerbread had 36.5 percent, and Froyo had 3.2 percent.

Comparing the month to month data shows that Jelly Bean had a significant increase breaching the 35 percent mark. Other Android versions showed a decline in usage. Ice Cream Sandwich is down 2.3 percent, Gingerbread is down 2.4 percent, and Froyo is down 0.1 percent

Bear in mind that Google recently tweaked their algorithm to collect the data needed to check the market share. The company explained how the data was being gathered “Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.”

It’s great to see that the latest Android version is currently the one most widely used today. One problem that this platform has is fragmentation as can be seen by the different versions of the OS.  Pushing out timely updates to various Android devices and releasing “Google Edition” models is one key to solve fragmentation.

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Day After Launch Sprint Pushes Update To ZTE Optik

The affordable ZTE Optik Android tablet launched yesterday at Sprint stores everywhere. The $99 (on a new two year agreement) tablet comes with a 7″ screen, 1.2ghz dual core processor and 3G connectivity on the Sprint network.

After their first tablets reached store shelves and customers Sprint has quickly come up with a bug fix update and has started pushing it out already.  According to the changelog this is what you can expect from that update:

  • Google DRM solution
  • Google Music
  • Google+
  • Persistent notification after BT transfer
  • Software version corrected in x-wap profile
  • Sim City closes when attempting to purchase while connected to Wifi
  • Sim City download issue fixed
  • Response when connected to a computer via USB cable

The Optik came with Android 3.2 Honeycomb so Google Music and Google+ weren’t onboard already like on an Android 4.0 device, however this update brings both apps to the tablet and bakes in DRM as well.  If you bought an Optik yesterday go check for the update now!

source: Android Central

Sprint’s ZTE Optik Affordable Android Tablet Available Today For $99

In Google’s most recent earnings call, Google CEO Larry Page made a big deal out of the affordable tablets using the Android operating system. The ZTE Optik, carried exclusively by Sprint is one of those tablets except instead of the $250ish price tag most Android low-cost Android tablets are carrying, the ZTE Optik is only $99 with a new two year agreement.

We’ve been using the ZTE Optik for about three weeks now and are overall impressed at what you can get for $99. However we had a hurdle to get through and we spoke with Sprint’s Mark Elliott about that earlier on in the review. You see if you’re used to all of the bells and whistles of the latest greatest Android tablets this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a quad-core super tablet, again this isn’t for you.

If you’re looking for a great media consumption device. Something to use in a pinch that’s connected to the internet, and something that’s got a dual core processor, BINGO this is for you.

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Review: Motorola Xyboard 10.1 Tablet From Verizon Wireless

At the tale end of last year Motorola introduced two new Android tablets. The Motorola Xyboard 10.1 and the Motorola Xyboard 8.2 were the follow up tablets to the Motorola Xoom. As we are all well aware the Xoom was the tablet used to introduce Android 3.x Honeycomb to the world. It was a pioneer a little ahead of it’s time but the Xyboard tablets are right where they need to be.

We’ve played around with the 8.2 at CES and other trade shows. We had the Xyboard 10.1 in our office for a while and got to know it pretty well.

First off it has a more octagon form factor reminiscent of some of the newer Motorola Droid phones. It’s 10.1 inches and .34 inches deep. Most of the other tech sites have faulted the weight of the Motorola Xyboard 10.1 which comes in at 1.3 pounds. We don’t fault this. We actually like a tablet with a little weight to it that doesn’t feel flimsy. It’s a rock solid piece of hardware.

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The Elephant Is Still In The Room, Android Tablets Failing, Forrester Backs That Claim

10 months ago I wrote a piece for Laptop Magazine that grew intense scrutiny on Twitter and even in the comments over at Laptop. The piece was titled “The Elephant In The Room: Android Tablets Failing”. How could I, Thedroidguy even say such a thing… gosh!

10 months later I use a Toshiba Thrive 10 inch every single day and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 almost as much. Just about every member of my family has one kind of Android tablet or another, and yet as we are hours away from the iPad three launch, Android tablets are still failing.

Google and their manufacturer partners have so far been unsuccessful in replicating their phone strategy with tablets. The strategy, design them, build them, and push them out to the public, the end result should be more collective tablet sales sold than the iPad 3. With phones it was much easier.

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Android Police Wrong: Kugel Also Begins With “K”

Our friends at Android Police ran a story today that brought light to the fact that “Key Lime Pie” is the only desert that begins with a “K”.

If you’re not familiar with why we are discussing deserts and the letters they start with, it’s because that’s the naming structure behind Google’s versions of Android.  Without going all the way back to the beginning Android 2.2 was “F” which was Froyo. Android 2.3 was “G”, Gingerbread. Android 3.0 was “H” Honeycomb and we are currently at Android 4.o “I”, Ice Cream Sandwich.

The blogsphere is 90% sure that the next version of Android will be “J” Jelly Bean. While Google hasn’t released that information yet, there were multiple large jars of jelly beans throughout the Android booth-o-fun at Mobile World Congress.

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“World’s Thinnest Tablet” The Toshiba Excite 10 LE Available March 6th

In January at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Toshiba introduced the “world’s thinnest tablet” the Toshiba Excite X10.  Since then they’ve renamed the tablet to the Toshiba Excite 10 LE and they’ve announced pricing and availability.

The Toshiba Excite 10 LE will be available next week starting March 6th starting at $529.99.

The Excite 10LE measures 7.7mm thin and weighs just 1.18 pounds. It’s running Android 3.2, Honeycomb, out of the gate but Toshiba promises a spring 2012 upgrade to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. There are two models available, the 16gb model is just $529.99 and the 32gb model is $599.99.

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Motorola XyBoard Heads Down Under As Xoom 2

At the tail end of 2011 Motorola introduced two new tablets to the United States via Verizon Wireless. The Xyboard 10.1 and the Xyboard 8.2 were the follow ups for the Verizon Wireless Motorola Xoom. Both tablets run on Verizon’s 4G/LTE network and have 1.2ghz dual core processors.

The bigger of the two, the Xyboard 10.1, has landed at Telstra, Australia’s biggest carrier, as the Motorola Xoom 2.

The specs are exactly the same as the Xyboard 10.1 sans the name.  The tablet ships with Android 3.2 Honeycomb out of the gate, and hopefully it will see an update to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, before too long.

Telstra is offering a variety of data plans for the Xoom 2 and the price of the Xoom 2 is dependent on the data plan customers purchase. Telstra’s data plans start at $29 for 1gb and $89 for 15gb. (Aussie dollars).

Source: AndroidCentral

 

Verizon Wireless Updating Motorola Xyboards Adding Global Roaming

Verizon Wireless is going to start pushing out an update to the Motorola Xyboard and the Motorola Xyboard 8.2.

The update coming to the pair of Motorola’s new Android Honeycomb tablets promises enhancements to browser performance, improved touch response and adds global roaming, as promised when the tablet rolled out a few months ago.

A follow up update will be pushed out following this initial update that will provision the 4G/LTE simcard for global roaming.

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New Staples Infographic Shows Trends In Tablet Useage

Tablets are burning up the charts in the United States, and big box office supply retailer Staples has taken notice.

Staples has released a really cool infographic showing tablet trends and what people are doing with their tablets. According to the infographic 82.1 million people in the United States will own a tablet by 2015, but right now Americans are already using their tablets with some impressive stats.

According to the graphic the average American is spending 90 minutes a day on their device. 88.3% of people say they use tablets while traveling. We certainly do, not just for data, and cruising the internet, but for streaming movies and Netflix to hotel room TVs.

A whopping 35% of Americans have revealed that they use their tablet in the bathroom.  54% of tablet owners are 34 and over.

One of the most interesting factoids from this infographic is the fact that 80% of tablet owners feel that tablets have helped with their work/life balance.

source: Staples via Phandroid

Google Kills Android’s Menu Button For Action Bar

Google has officially killed the menu button for Android.

Scott Main the lead tech writer for developer.android.com wrote in a blog post today via Tim Bray, that with the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb on tablets, Android started to make a transition away from the menu button and to the action bar. Now, Google is encouraging developers to stop using the menu button and gravitate towards the action bar.

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Android Tablets Closing The Gap

New research out of Strategy Analytics says that the tablet computer market grew 260% last year to 66.9 million units overall. In the fourth quarter alone tablet reached “an all time high” of 26.8 million units sold.

Of course the majority of the tablet share comes from iPad which has 58% of the market. However in the same quarter in 2010 Apple’s iPad saw 68% of the tablet market, so they lost 10% of the market share year over year. Where did that market share go?

Android had 39% of the tablet market in Q4 2011 and 29% in Q4 2010.

“Dozens of Android models distributed across multiple countries by numerous brands such as Amazon, Samsung, Asus and others have been driving volumes,” Strategy Analytics, analyst Neil Mawston said in a statement.

Strategy Analytics said that Microsoft had a 1% stake in the global tablet space last year which leaves the Blackberry Playbook as part of the undefined remaining 2%

source: Reuters via Pocketnow

 

ZTE Bringing “Optik” 7″ Dual Core Android Honeycomb Tablet To Sprint

Back in December ZTE said that they were going to focus on delivering higher quality Android superphones to the United States. We also heard several rumors that ZTE would be bringing a new tablet to market as well. That tablet seems to have appeared, and it’s headed to Sprint.

Phandroid is reporting tonight that the ZTE Optik is a 7″ dual core Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet headed to Sprint. The best part is if the sources are correct, that tablet will cost a mere $99 on a new two year agreement.

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