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New Android Developer numbers confirm disappearance of older Androids
April 2, 2014 | 2:31 pm

The newest figures from the Android Developers Dashboards, released on April 1st but apparently no kind of April Fool's Day joke, confirm that KitKat, Google's latest version of its Android OS, is steadily carving out a bigger and bigger slice of the Android market pie, now at 5.3 percent of the total user base, compared to only 1.8 percent in early February. Meanwhile, the different versions of Jelly Bean now occupy 61.4 percent in all of the user base, with Ice Cream Sandwich at another 14.3 percent, yielding a total uptake of Android OS 4+ versions of 81 percent. The demise...

Latest Android Developers Dashboard numbers show KitKat kreeping up
February 6, 2014 | 12:23 pm

The latest Android OS usage figures for early February from the Android Developers Dashboards show Android's more advanced OS versions - Jelly Bean and KitKat - gaining share only very incrementally. KitKat, at 1.4 percent of all Android users in early January, is now up at 1.8 percent, while Jelly Bean has gone up from 59.1 percent to to 60.9 per cent over the same period. [caption id="attachment_107137" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Source: Android Developers Dashboards[/caption] This might reasonably cause Google a little concern, because the more advanced models of phone and device are clearly only gradually penetrating the market. What's more, Android's third...

Latest Android numbers show no fragging fragmentation
January 13, 2014 | 10:32 am

androidThe latest figures on Android OS version usage and Android device screen size from the Google Developer Dashboards, "collected during a 7-day period ending on January 8, 2014," show that the oft-cited myth of Android platform fragmentation, often used as a pretext for preferring iOS, is ever more a thing of the past. And given the very well-informed complaints around the latest version of iOS, and features on the various sizes of iPad, and problems with Apple TV and other gadgets, it's also a myth that Apple devices don't suffer from fragmentation. (Warner Crocker: "I don’t buy the apologists who...

Google Android numbers show Jelly Bean well ahead, small screens still leading
November 4, 2013 | 10:30 am

androidFollowing my recent piece on the advent of Google Android 4.4 Kit Kat and its optimization for older lower-spec devices, it's interesting to see that according to Google's own developer dashboard, drawing figures from the latest data snapshot in early October, smaller devices in the ''Normal" screen size range of 3 to 4 inches still dominate the installed user base at just under 80 percent of all users. Also, Jelly Bean, the latest and greatest iteration of the world's most popular mobile OS, has already made its way onto almost 50 percent of devices, with Ice Cream Sandwich taking up...

Android hits the 1 billion activation mark as Google dominates
September 5, 2013 | 4:36 pm

AndroidHere is my declaration of interest: I'm a huge Android fanboy. (As if that wasn't screamingly obvious.) But it seems like I have good reason. Google SVP and head of Android Sundar Pichai has just tweeted (@sundarpichai) that "We now have over 1 Billion Android activations and hope this guy in front of the building keeps that momentum going." The guy in question is the latest incarnation of the Android mascot, chocolate-coated this time, fronting the latest upgrade to the Android OS as Android 4.4 KitKat, now due for release this autumn. Apparently Nestlé and Hershey have given their blessing to Google,...

Dictionary.com app now sporting a new look on Android
April 4, 2013 | 3:30 pm

No, dictionary apps aren't sexy. But for the avid reader, they are a useful addition. Sure, most e-reading apps and e-readers have integrated dictionaries, but sometimes it's nice to be able to look up an unfamiliar word anywhere. That's how I use the Dictionary.com app on my Nexus 7. It's always been a functional app, but it looked like a phone app spread out on a tablet screen, not an uncommon occurrence in Android apps. Today, however, Dictionary.com updated its app, optimized for Jelly Bean, and they completely refreshed the user interface. It's now a nice looking as well as functional...

Acer Iconia B1 7-Inch Tablet Already Available In The UK for £99
January 30, 2013 | 11:37 am

  By Adrian Diaconescu Now that was fast. Acer unveiled the Iconia B1 tablet a few weeks ago at CES and said it’ll go on sale “soon,” which usually means anything but that, but the 7-incher is in fact up for grabs already. Well, it’s only available in the UK for now, but you know what they say – today in England, tomorrow all around the world. As expected, the tab’s number one selling point is the pricing. Tech-savvy blokes in GB looking to save up a buck before Valentine’s are therefore only asked to shell out £99 ($156). That’ll get you a surprisingly snappy slate with...

Cupcake, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean: A user’s guide to Android’s many different versions
October 7, 2012 | 5:56 pm

One secret of Microsoft’s success is the rapidity with which they eradicate their older software versions when they bring out new ones. Just like last month’s copies of Playboy at the newsstand, last year’s version of Windows disappears very rapidly from shops and other outlets when this year’s comes out. Only on eBay can you find copies of Windows XP, and as for Vista, it might as well never have existed. Doctors bury their mistakes; software companies shred them. Desktop Linux, of course, is at the opposite extreme, with old versions, new versions, spin-offs and forks all existing more or less comfortably in...