Gingerbread runs on 73% of Android devices, says reseacher

If you're reading this on your Android phone, odds are pretty good that it's running Gingerbread and has a screen four inches or larger with a resolution of 800x480. That's the conclusion reached by Localytics, a research firm taking a long hard look at data supplied by apps that use the company's proprietary analytic data. Localytics claims that a full 73% of Android devices (smartphone and tablets) run Gingerbread. That figure disagrees with the latest numbers from Google, now a month old, which claim that Gingerbread runs on just 55% of Android hardware.

Samsung Infuse 4G finally gets official Gingerbread update

Finally! The AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G is finally getting its official update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread starting today. In case you forgot, they mentioned this update was coming back around August but apparently that got delayed a few days -- or half a year. The update is rolling out today and users can get it now.

ADzero phone plays to the eco-friendly crowd with bamboo backing

A lot of companies use sometime dubious "green" marketing to give their products and edge, but in the case of the new ADzero phone, it's hard to argue. The former design project has become a full-fledged phone model, at least in the UK, and is expected to hit the market this year. The phone is made from as many recyclable materials as possible, starting with an all-bamboo body that makes the phone shockingly lightweight yet sturdy. The rest of the manufacturing and design process incorporates as many green initiatives as possible, while still creating a relatively high-end Android smartphone.

Toshiba BookPlace DB50 takes the color e-reader craze to Japan

7-inch Android devices that blur the lines between a "color e-reader" and "budget tablet" are all the rage here in the US, bud purpose-built models are a bit thin on the ground elsewhere. Toshiba aims to change that, at least in its home country of Japan. The BookPlace DB50 combines a unique shape with a customized version of Gingerbread to create a device purpose-built for Toshiba's proprietary bookstore, which now serves up "about 50,000" Japanese books and periodicals.

Kurio is the latest kid-friendly Android tablet

Kids are lucky these days. When I was growing up, I had to drag my Sega Genesis to my friend's house and plug it into a 100-pound CRT television to play with electronics. Uphill, in the snow, barefoot, both ways. Now kids get apps and even entire tablets all to themselves. The latest contender for the pint-sized crown is the Kurio line of tablets from Inspiration Works. Pocket Lint reports that the 7, 8 and 10-inch tablets use a combination of custom software and (yes!) Google's apps including the Android Market, running over Gingerbread. The tablets can manage profiles for up to eight children at a time.

ZTE V9A–Light Tab 2 heads to Clove in February

By all accounts cheap electronics are thin on the ground in the UK, and the XOOM or Transformer that costs $500 here could cost the equivalent of around $750 across the pond. That being the case, UK residents might be interested in the latest offering from budget manufacturer ZTE. The V9A–Light Tab 2, in addition to having a catchy name, has a price tag of just £234.99 including VAT according to retailer Clove. That's about $365 in USD. The tablet should be available in late February.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 and S2 smartphone debut

Lenovo has launched a new Android slate and handset duo, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 tablet and S2 smartphone, running Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread respectively, at CES today. The S2 10 is the more interesting of the two, pairing Android 4.0 with Lenovo's own Mondrian UI on a dual-core Snapdragon 8960 processor.

Android distribution: Gingerbread at 55%, Ice Cream Sandwich appears for the first time

It's that time again, boys and girls, when the folks at the Android Developer portal release the latest statistics on the division of Android versions across the platform. This month we see a continuation of recent trends, with Gingerbread keeping a steady growth and Honeycomb bumping slightly. But the most exciting statistic is that in December Ice Cream Sandwich made its distribution debut, running on .6% of all Android devices.

Samsung confirms Galaxy Ace Plus, with no availability details

If you can strain your memory to recall the leaked image of Samsung's Galaxy Ace Plus from yesterday, you'll be glad to know that it's now officially official. The shrunken version of the original Galaxy S should make for a solid choice for those who want a mid-sized, affordable phone without dipping into the low-end side of the hardware range. Unfortunately, they didn't mention a price or availability, though we'll probably find out more about that soon enough.
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