The newest version of Android is tied with Froyo (Android 2.2) for market share
A quick visit to Google's Developers Dashboard for Android reveals that mobile device makers and wireless carriers alike are dragging their collective feet when it comes to embracing Android 4.4 KitKat. After three months, KitKat has inched its way onto 1.4 percent of all Android devices, barely edging out Android 2.2 Froyo, which claims a 1.3 percent share of the market. Meanwhile, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x to 4.3) is picking up most of the slack with a 59.1 percent share.
Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version of Android in terms of market share.
Still waiting on your device maker and wireless carrier to dish up Jelly Bean to replace Ice Cream Sandwich on your mobile phone? Hey, it could be worse. You could be stuck on Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) where 44.1 percent of all Android users reside, or on an even older build (Froyo, Elcair, or Donut), which collectively account another 9.6 percent of the Android camp. Add them together you have nearly 54 percent of the Android userbase rocking a dated version of their OS.
By itself, Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version of Google's open source OS.
Google first announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean around 8 months ago, and after all this time, the latest version (Android 4.1 and 4.2) has slow rolled itself onto 16.5 percent of all Android devices. Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) is still the most prevalent version of Android, accounting for 44.1 percent of all Android gadgets, which is based on those that have accessed Google Play within the past 14 days, Google reports.
It doesn't matter which Android smartphone you're rocking in your pocket, so long as it's a modern build of Google's open source OS. If it is, you can stream Netflix on it. The latest version of Netflix for Android adds support for all Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices rather than limiting support to select handsets.
Motorola might have been the first to market with an Android Honeycomb tablet, but its next tablet could very well be based on Gingerbread instead of the tablet-specific OS. That’s according to an Engadget article detailing Motorola’s plans for an enterprise tablet. Hit the jump for more.
Craving a new smartphone but don't have a pocket full of cash to spend? As luck would have it, Sony Ericsson's Xperia 10 has been spotted in some Best Buy stores selling for $1. Naturally you need to sign up for a 2-year service agreement, and the special pricing is only available for new customers, but there's another reason why you might want consider this one.
Google announced yesterday that Android Gingerbread updates were in the process of rolling out to both the Nexus One and Nexus S. For the Nexus One, version 2.3.3 will be the first taste for Gingerbread. Along with the bug-fixes and enhanced NFC tag read/write capabilities, Google also indicated Facebook contact handling would be changing on the Nexus S. What they should have said, is that Facebook contact sync is going away. Google has confirmed that their spat with Facebook has expanded to their flagship smartphone.
Intel (along with Nokia) still has big plans for the MeeGo platform, but according to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the world's largest chip maker is developing a customized version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for Atom processors.
Details are pretty sparse at this point, however Fudzilla did say you can expect this new platform to ship sometime in the second quarter of 2011, barring any delays by Google.
Following Gingerbread, Intel will continue to aggressively pursue the tablet market with its Atom line by also working on a special Honeycomb version of Android. This is perhaps more intriguing since it's the first version of Android specifically intended for the tablet space.
Open Handset Alliance's Alvara Fuentes Vasquez let it slip via Twitter that Nexus One owners will soon be receiving Google's Android 2.3 update, otherwise known as "Gingerbread." His statement qualifies as a rumor, but there's been enough chatter as of late hinting of an impending release that we'd be surprised if this particular one turns out to be false.
The update could come as early as this Thursday, November 11th, which is the date most often thrown around the rumor mill in regards to Gingerbread. And the Nexus One makes perfect sense since the device uses stock firmware without any UI overlays.
Android 2.3 is expected to bring with it a handful of notable changes, including the ability to rearrange icons however you want, custom color options for shortcut icons, custom wallpaper can be assigned as an app background, music player enhancements, and a possible Google Music Service, CrispyTech reports.
It's always a question with new Android devices; will it get updates? This was even more of a concern with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, as it is the first commercially viable Android tablet device. The differences in the hardware had some potential buyers worried Samsung would fail to keep the device up to date. But at a Samsung event in India today, the electronics giant confirmed that the Tab will get both Gingerbread and Honeycomb updates, SamsungHub reports.
The upcoming Android Gingerbread (probably 2.3) is expected to be unveiled soon, and Honeycomb (3.0?) should drop sometime in 2011. This is certainly good news for those planning to pick up a Galaxy Tab. Samsung is running a modified version of the Android UI called TouchWiz. This UI needs to be integrated with any stock updates to the Android platform. This likely means updates will take a bit longer, but at least they will happen.
The Galaxy Tab is set to go on sale in most countries next week. All major US mobile carriers have confirmed they will carry it, with T-Mobile being the first out of the gate. Do you have your eye on the Galaxy Tab?