It's that time of the month again to look back at how our favorite Android versions have been faring. Since January, however, there has been very little movement in terms of adoption though the basic trend in Android distributions still holds true.
As they say, slowly but surely, but we can be forgiven for sometimes wishing things would go a bit faster. Based on data collected by Google from the beginning of the year to January 8, Android 4.4 now occupies 1.4% of installed Android devices.
As one month ends and another begins, we take another peak at the state of Android on its own turf. Unsurprisingly, we find Jelly Bean devices continuing to rise and Android 4.4 KitKat slowly starting to eat up some space as well.
Wacom seems to have something cooking this month as it released a truly teasing video about its "next creative evolution" to be revealed on the 20th of August. Although the video doesn't hint at anything, rumors are going around that it could be the 13-inch Cintiq Hybrd 13HD Android tablet.
Europe gets a lot of nice things first that we don't. Whether it's interior design, Porsche's, or just the prettiest models this side of the Milky Way, it always seems to have the lead example. Unfortunately for us, yet again, the same can be said for the Android 4.2.2 update for the Sony Xperia ZL, as that's exactly where it's headed first.
Ahh, the UK. Home of quiet cottages, friendly people, lovely tea, and super good deals on smartphones. Now it seems, they have a new one to whisper about, and it comes in the form of the £50 Smart Mini, from Vodafone, set to be released later today. It's as cheap and budget friendly as they come, and surely nothing impressive, but lets take a look.
We had recently began hearing reports of an update from those sporting an LG Optimus G with AT&T, however as of today, that update has been officially announced. The update is bringing Jelly Bean and is rolling-out as of today, April 4. Those with an Optimus G will be getting Android 4.1.2 along with a few additional perks.
Verizon, after a rather long wait, began updating the Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.2.2 last week. And as one would expect as a follow-up to that, the official factory image has since been posted on the Google Developers page. Basically, this should be good news for those who like to jump from ROM to ROM as this image will provide a simple and easy way to get back to your stock setup.
Another AT&T branded handset is getting Jelly Bean. The handset is the Samsung Galaxy Express and the update will be arriving as Android 4.1. Perhaps even better, AT&T has said the update is available now and that it will be coming over the air. Those with an AT&T branded Galaxy Express now have two options ahead of them.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update process began for the AT&T Sony Xperia TL earlier in the month. In fact, it began on March 1. The catch was that the update was only available by way of the PC Companion desktop app. That has since changed and as of today -- AT&T has announced that Jelly Bean is now rolling-out over-the-air.