Google has released the Android platform distribution numbers for November, and things are starting to look up for Jelly Bean. Whereas Jelly Bean only held a 2.7% share in October, it was up to 6.7% in November. That's not too bad when you think about the sheer number of Android handsets out there, but of course, Gingerbread is still reigning supreme as it's running on 50.8% of handsets according to the data.
as reported by our friends at SlashGear. Let that sink in for a second; an Android device embedded in a magazine. It sounds like something out of a scifi movie. The device has a 2.3-inch screen that displays commercials for upcoming CW TV shows. Commercials cover upcoming shows such as The Arrow and Emily Owens, M.D. After a couple of ads, it links to a live version of CW’s Twitter page. That means the device is connected the Internet at all times, and upon taking the device apart, it turns out there is a T-Mobile sim card installed. As far as the insides of the device, it is appears to be a gutted ABO 810, a budget smartphone running Android 2.2 FroYo. If a user were to go and buy a similar device it would set them back around $40. The device is chargeable and can be tinkered with by more adventurous users. Clearly, this ad is working. Android Community and almost every tech site on the Internet is talking about it, which is clearly brining CW the attention the ad is seeking. Does this mean we will see more ads like this in magazines? Probably. [gallery] [via Mashable]
Jelly Bean or even Ice Cream Sandwich. We've been enjoying an awesome new user interface on YouTube for quite a while, and today Google's updated it for all those older devices. Users running Android 2.2 (FroYo) or 2.3 Gingerbread will have an update today making YouTube even better.
official Android distribution numbers from Google. The period ending on May 1st is a little rosier, with the various versions of Ice Cream Sandwich totaling 4.9% of all active Android devices. That's more than double the previous increase, but it's still just shy of one out of every twenty Android phones or tablets.
rolling out an update to the Samsung Continuum, the OG Galaxy S variant with a small secondary screen below the navigation area. Curb your enthusiasm: it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. It's not even Gingerbread. It's Android 2.2 Froyo, a version of Android that is now a full one year and nine months out of date. Continuum owners, if there are any of you left, please try to contain your boundless joy.
WIMM One, I'm Watch, Sony Ericsson's new Xperia SmartWatch and the MOTOACTV, you'd think there was some kind of trend going on. Add one more to the pile with niche Chinese OEM Phaeton Nice Electronics and their unnamed Android watch, which ARMDevices got a look at on the CES floor. But wait a minute - this is more than your typical Bluetooth-pairing, agenda-updating fancy pedometer: this device runs a full and mostly unmodified Android 2.2 OS with a cellular connection.
Dell Streak 5. Now it looks like the rest of the armed forces are getting in on the action. The Pentagon has certified Android 2.2 Froyo for use on all Department of Defense projects, and the Dell Venue has been approved for use in military applications. Classified information and proxy access can now be granted to that model of phone. It's likely that they'll get them in bulk from Dell.
model 35 smart home phone, which has been available in Europe for the last few months. The Android-powered landline phone recently made its way through the FCC.
HTC Merge from early this year, when it was announced in February and briefly stopped by the FCC with Verizon bands. While a few regional carriers picked up the QWERTY phone, its debut on Big Red has been long delayed -until now. The folks at AllTechEverything spotted the phone at the bottom of a Verizon Christmas tree in a recent ad, alongside the Samsung DROID CHARGE and the LG Revolution.
Google doesn't like task killers, and they've been steadfastly saying so since the release of Froyo - which, not incidentally, broke functionality for many of them. There are still some hold-outs that claim they're useful for saving the ever-important battery on Android phones, but according to some in-depth research from PCWorld, that just isn't the case. After running the most popular example, Advanced Task Killer, through its paces, the conclusion was that the extra monitoring and other services had almost no effect on the phone's longevity.