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.
Anyone looking for an 8” Smartphone? When you’re this big, they call you mister.
When Huawei announced it was releasing a 6.1-inch Smartphone, we couldn’t stop ourselves from poking fun at it. The prospect of holding such a massive device up to our ear made us question who would buy such a device, and our readers more or less agreed in the comments. Huawei clearly marketed its new device as a phone, however Samsung is taking a slightly different approach. Today the company announced the Galaxy Note 8.0, featuring an 8-inch 1280 x 800 (189ppi) TFT display. Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? You be the judge.
And in this corner, featuring Android 4.1 and a $149 price tag: Asus MeMO Pad.
Perhaps because the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week was so heavily focused on Windows 8 devices and technologies, Asus chose to wait for the dust to settle before introducing its Android-powered MeMO Pad tablet. Or maybe Asus didn't want anything else to overshadow the fact that it's launching a 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet for just $149. Could this be the beginning of a new generation of low-cost Android slates?
Split-screen multi-tasking in the original Galaxy Note? Yes, please!
Original Galaxy Note owners no longer have to look at their Galaxy Note II brethren with envy, at least not as it pertains to software. That's because Samsung is allowing Galaxy Note owners to feast on Jelly Bean, as confirmed by an updated product page detailing the device's Premium Suite update. It's a pretty extensive update that brings with it many of the same tricks and features found on the Galaxy Note II, including dual-window multitasking, pop-up Notes, photo frames, an enhanced S Note, and more.
Motorola makes good on its promise to bring Jelly Bean to the Atrix HD.
Just in time for the holidays, AT&T today announced that it's gift wrapped Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Motorola Atrix HD smartphone owners. The over-the-air (OTA) update brings the Atrix HD up to speed with Google's latest and greatest major version of Android (the 4.2 build, also called Jelly Bean, is actually the newest available), and makes it AT&T's fourth Jelly Bean device, joining the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, and HTC One X.
Google Now made its debut in Android Jelly Bean, however, work has begun to bring its features to desktop Chrome.
Google Now was named Popular Science’s “Innovation of the Year” for 2012, and it’s well deserved. Google’s intelligent personal assistant is nothing short of astonishing. Apple users might want you to believe Siri is superior, however, few users who have experienced both would likely agree. Google has a huge head start when it comes to voice recognition accuracy, and when it comes to understanding and presenting relevant information, there is simply no contest. Google Now has been exclusive to Jelly Bean devices, however, it looks like the company is getting ready to roll out at least a few of these features to desktop Chrome.
As Jelly Bean increases its footprint, the vast majority of Android users are still rocking early builds of the open source OS.
It appears Google's latest major version of Android is getting off to a relatively quick start, at least compared to prior versions. With another month in the books, Android 4.1 and 4.2 (Jelly Bean) now collectively account for 6.7 percent of all active Android devices, which are devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period, according to Google's Android Developer channel.
Might 2013 be the year that Android grapple's the tablet crown from Apple's iPad family (in terms of market share)? It's looking more and more likely. In addition to the handful of worthy 7-inch contenders -- Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD -- tablet makers are now starting to focus on affordable 10-inch slates that don't suck. Toshiba is hoping its new Excite 10 SE qualifies as such a tablet.
Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and every online store and brick-and-mortar retail shop was barred from selling Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 devices. Do you turn to the Galaxy Note as well? That's barred too. In fact, you can't even buy a Jelly Bean device in this made-up scenario, because it infringes on Apple's patents. None of this has happened, mind you, but it could in a worst case scenario now that everything mentioned has been added to an ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.