we’ve seen KitKat’s newest version before, we’re now seeing the newest version of Android on a few more devices. Unfortunately, we’re not seeing it on enough devices to get excited about the effect it could have.
Android 4.4 KitKat slowly starting to eat up some space as well.
Android 4.4's advertised new features isn't exactly something you'd immediately see in devices. The latest version of Android is claimed to have been optimized to run even on low-end devices thanks to an effort internally known as Project Svelte. How this was made possible is now being revealed by Android engineering head Dave Burke who was also responsible for bringing Project Butter's improvements to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
fragmentation has once again returned. This time around the talk has come by way of the recently published Android Fragmentation Visualized report from OpenSignal. This report is taking a look at fragmentation as both a strength and weakness and while there is quite a bit of information available, we cannot help but overlook how this details the dominance of Samsung. But first, some other interesting numbers from the report.
recently reported, Jelly Bean now surpasses Gingerbread as the number one OS installed, and the vast majority of users are on 3 major OS versions. Recently Android's own co-founder and now Google Ventures head Rich Miner had a few words on the subject, and called it all "overblown" to say the least.
Apple has recently begun doing the same for iOS. While there is likely a better reason, this almost seems like Apple has done this in an attempt to bring some fragmentation shame to Google.
rumors that Google is locking down the OS, taking to the official Android Developers blog to deny that there has been "a change in strategy" in how it deals with OEMs, modifications, or hardware. "Our approach remains unchanged: there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs" Rubin insists. "There are not, and never have been, any efforts to standardize the platform on any single chipset architecture." Talk of a more stringent approach to Android modification broke last week, with insiders claiming Google had begun to prioritize vendors who would agree not to modify the OS or its UI. The so-called "anti-fragmentation clauses," Rubin says, have however been in place since Android 1.0, and the only demands Google makes is that manufacturers hold to certain core specifications if they want to use Google's own apps. As for Honeycomb and the release of the Android 3.0 source code, Rubin says that "the Android team is still hard at work to bring all the new Honeycomb features to phones" and that "as soon as this work is completed, we’ll publish the code."