Google has published new Android distribution stats on its developers portal, the first numbers shared by the company following the Android L Developer Preview release, but the company did not include any Android L numbers in the new chart. That’s hardly surprising though, not only because Android L is not commercially available at this point, but also because the Developer Preview was released in the last week of June, with only two devices being officially supported so far. More →
Google has posted its latest Android distribution numbers on its developers site, revealing huge growth for Android 4.4 KitKat, compared to previous months. Even so, KitKat adoption is still lagging behind older operating systems, an ecosystem “feature” Apple highlighted during the WWDC 2014 opening keynote. More →
Samsung has yet to release an Android 4.4 KitKat update for many of its devices that should be compatible with Google’s latest mobile operating system version, but SamMobile has obtained a leaked internal document that lists the KitKat rollout schedule for some Samsung smartphones. Interestingly, the document reveals that the international version of the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300 model) will not get KitKat anytime soon, as Samsung is experiencing problems – the Sprint Galaxy S3 model has already been upgraded to KitKat though, with other LTE versions of the phone supposed to get it this month. More →
The “old” Galaxy S3 may not be the hottest Samsung Android handset in town anymore, but there still are millions of these devices in use around the world. One of the phone’s main “flaws” is the fact that it’s still stuck in a Jelly Bean universe, six months after Google released the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Luckily, Sprint’s Galaxy S3 version is finally going to receive its KitKat build, making the phone a lot more exciting for users and bringing hope that other versions will follow the same path soon. More →
Even though Google designed Android 4.4 to work on more devices than any of its predecessors, it looks like KitKat’s adoption rate is lower than Jelly Bean’s was when it first launched. GigaOm citess data from a new Chitika report showing that in the 6 months since Android 4.4 KitKat was launched, only around 10% of Android devices part of the study have been seen running it. Comparatively, Jelly Bean was installed on 14% of devices 6 months after launch, the company revealed in a similar report in early 2013. More →
A previously unseen version of Android 4.4 KitKat has been discovered on Google’s Chrome bug tracking board by Myce who spotted build KTU65 running on a Nexus 5 in an issue description that was initially labeled “Google Restrict View” – or visible only to Google employees – before being made public. More →
Android 4.4 KitKat introduced a number of great new optimizations and features. While only a small percentage of Android devices currently run the latest version of Google’s Android software, the number is growing every day. For those who do have access to KitKat, one of the coolest new features is immersive mode, which hides a device’s on-screen buttons and notification bar so that app content is given as much canvas as possible, with all distractions eliminated. Unfortunately, not all apps that might make great use of this new feature have it enabled.
As is often the case with Android, however, there are ways of tweaking your device so that any app can be used in immersive mode. More →
Samsung was caught red-handed more than once last year as reviewers repeatedly discovered evidence that the company’s phones and tablets were artificially boosting benchmark scores. Although Samsung was the primary culprit, other popular brands were found to be using similar CPU optimization to skirt around legitimate results, but based on the latest tests, the biggest name in Android seems to have cleaned up its act once and for all. More →
As Google attempts to solve the Android fragmentation problem, Samsung has confirmed a sizable list of its own phones that will catch up to the latest version of Android in the near future. Android Central has shared the announcement from Samsung, which mentions fourteen Galaxy smartphones and tablets that will see the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software update “beginning today and continuing throughout the coming months.” Samsung did not confirm when each individual phone would be receiving the update, although the rollout will apparently begin today. The full list of devices is as follows: More →
The latest Android update has been gradually rolling out to the biggest smartphones on the market over the past several months, but it doesn’t appear to have made much of an impact yet. Google reports on its Android Developer site that KitKat has only been distributed to 1.8% of Android phones so far. Jelly Bean is still the version of choice for Android users, with an astonishing 60.7% of the user base. More →
It turns out that one of the best Android phones on the market will be stuck in the past for a few days longer. HTC announced on Wednesday that the Android 4.4 update will not reach the HTC One in time to cover the 90-day deadline that the company set late last year. According to a letter sent out by HTC’s Jason MacKenzie, “the software development process does not always follow a linear path and we know today that we will miss our self-imposed target.” Although the HTC One won’t get KitKat in January as was originally planned, MacKenzie believes the rollout will begin within one to two weeks. The full letter follows below. More →
There have been plenty of indications that the latest Android software update would be coming to the newest flagship Samsung devices this month, but it looks like the rollout has finally begun. SamMobile reports that the Android 4.4.2 update is currently available for the Galaxy Note 3 in Poland via the Kies desktop transfer software and should be downloadable as an over the air update soon. According to SamMobile, the build number is identical to that of the leaked firmware from last Friday. There is no word yet on when the update will start making its way overseas, but the delay between regions is rarely longer than a few weeks.