Google says ‘Holo’ theme required by vendors that want Android Market access in Android 4.0

By on January 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM.

Google says ‘Holo’ theme required by vendors that want Android Market access in Android 4.0

One of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich’s most noticeable new features is the “Holo” theme, a set of UI widgets and design elements baked right into the operating system that give it a unique look. The Holo theme also provides a set of visual elements that help developers to create apps and widgets that will have a unified look and feel. Google is so proud of this new theme that the company has made the inclusion of an unmodified Holo theme a compatibility requirement for vendors that want access to the Android Market on their devices. Google is looking to give Android a more unified look, while still supporting manufacturer skins and helping more devices update more quickly. Themes such as Samsung’s TouchWiz, HTC’s Sense UI and Motorola’s MOTOBLUR interface can still be included on devices, however these themes cannot alter default widgets or other elements as much as they do now. More →

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87% of Android developers think fragmentation is a problem, survey finds

By on April 4, 2011 at 3:04 PM.

87% of Android developers think fragmentation is a problem, survey finds

The debate surrounding Android fragmentation continues to draw attention, and the issue resurfaced on Monday following the results of a recent survey. According to Baird analyst William Powers, roughly 87% of Android developers believe that fragmentation is a problem for the Android platform. 57% feel Android’s fragmentation problem is either “huge” or “meaningful,” and about 30% agree that it is a problem to a lesser degree. Google said this past November that the overwhelming majority of Android devices — 77% — run Android 2.1 or Android 2.2, but developers apparently still feel that the existence of multiple Android versions in the market at the same time is less than ideal. What’s more, the company’s recent decision to provide limited early access to upcoming Android builds for partners whose plans for the software are approved by Google suggests that the company views fragmentation as more of a problem than it might convey publicly. More →

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Android 2.2 Froyo powers 61.3% of all Android devices

By on March 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM.

Android 2.2 Froyo powers 61.3% of all Android devices

According to new data released by Android Developers, Android 2.2 (Froyo) currently powers 61.3% of all Android devices that accessed the Android Market during the first two weeks of March. That figure is up just under 10% from January, when the group reported that Froyo powered 51.8% of all devices. Sadly, the stale, older operating systems like Android 1.5 (3%), Android 1.6 (4.8%), and Android 2.1 (29%), are still far more prevalent than the most current version being offered by Google; Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) was installed on just 1% of all devices. Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was the the most rare, and represented just 0.2% of all tablets (and phones if you’ve loaded a custom ROM) accessing the Android Market. With Google expected to announce a new version of its mobile operating system during the Google IO conference in May, we’re starting to wonder if Gingerbread is ever going to take off. More →

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