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Gingerbread still dominates Android, but Ice Cream Sandwich is on the march

By on November 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM.

Gingerbread still dominates Android, but Ice Cream Sandwich is on the march

Google (GOOG) released Android 2.3 Gingerbread in December 2010 and since then it has launched three major updates for the Android platform. And yet, the two-year old operating system continues to dominate Android devices as Google’s latest distribution numbers show that the software is still found on more than 54% of all Android devices. The numbers also show that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich increased more than two percentage points from the previous month to total a 25.8% share, and that Jelly Bean’s share grew more than a percentage point to roughly 3% of all devices. Fragmentation is still a major issue for Android and Google’s latest numbers show that no matter how hard it has pushed for carriers and manufacturers to update their devices, most smartphones and tablets continue to run an old and less secure version of Android.

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Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean now on a quarter of all Android devices

By on October 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM.

Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean now on a quarter of all Android devices

Android Adoption

The latest Android numbers from Google (GOOG) highlight continued growth for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. As of October 1st, Ice Cream Sandwich is now found on 23.7% of all Android devices, an increase from 20.8% last month, while Jelly Bean has increased slightly to 1.8%. Despite the recent growth, the nearly two-year old Gingerbread operating system is still powering a majority of Android devices.  More →

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Ice Cream Sandwich finally gaining steam as share jumps to 16%

By on August 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM.

Ice Cream Sandwich finally gaining steam as share jumps to 16%

Android 4.0 ICS Adoption July

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich seems to finally be catching on. The latest numbers from the Android Developers blog show that Ice Cream Sandwich is now on nearly 16% of all Android devices, an increase of five percentage points from the 11% Android device share ICS claimed last month. This momentum is significant because ICS for many months plodded along as manufacturers took their time updating devices, and many older devices were stuck using Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Gingerbread is still the most dominant version of Android by a huge margin, as it accounts for more than 60% of all Android devices currently in use, but this isn’t really a surprise since 2012 is the year of Gingerbread. Now if only Android 4.1 Jelly Bean would pick up steam… More →

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Google Now can now be ported to Ice Cream Sandwich

By on July 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM.

Google Now can now be ported to Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Now Ice Cream Sandwich Port

Google Now is one of the coolest new features that Google has brought to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but since Jelly Bean has only been announced for three different devices so far, it could be a while before most Android users actually get to use it. But thankfully, an XDA-Developers forum member has come up with a way to bring Google Now to a few extra users by concocting a port over to Ice Cream Sandwich devices. XDA-Developers’ Will Verduzco writes on the official XDA blog that “by simply modifying the build.prop” on the app, Ice Cream Sandwich devices can gain access to the program. XDA developer febycv has posted full instructions for completing the port on the XDA Developers forum. More →

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Motorola Atrix HD unveiled: 4.5-inch display, Ice Cream Sandwich and more

By on July 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

Motorola Atrix HD unveiled: 4.5-inch display, Ice Cream Sandwich and more

Motorola Atrix HD Unveiled

Motorola has published a landing page for the newest addition to its Atrix smartphone series, the Motorola Atrix HD. The device stacks up well in the specs department and features a 4.5-inch display screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 1,780 mAh Li Ion Polymer battery, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4G LTE connectivity. It’s also 8.4 millimeters thin and weighs in at 140 grams. The device will run on AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks, although Motorola hasn’t made availability or pricing information public just yet. However, previous rumors suggest the device will be released in July so it’s unlikely Atrix fans will have to wait much longer to get the Atrix HD. More →

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Google Chrome for Android hands-on: Asses kicked, names taken

By on June 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM.

Google Chrome for Android hands-on: Asses kicked, names taken

Chrome Android Hands On

Google has effectively ended the debate over which mobile browser Android fans should use on their smartphones and tablets — the answer is Chrome. And it’s not even close, either: the Android version of Chrome, re-released Wednesday on Google Play after having shed its beta label, chews up and spits out other mobile browsers. Why? Hit the jump for the answer. More →

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Chrome for Android out of beta, available now on Google Play

By on June 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM.

Chrome for Android out of beta, available now on Google Play

Google Chrome Android Released

Google is trying to end the debate over which mobile browser works best for Android by releasing the mobile version of its popular Chrome browser to the Google Play store on Wednesday. The Android version of the browser had been in Beta until Wednesday and is currently only available for devices that have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. Google says that the latest version “picks up important stability and performance fixes since the last Beta, along with some minor UI adjustments, especially for tablets.” Key features in Chrome for Android include the ability to sync open tabs, bookmarks and passwords from users’ desktop browser to their smartphone or tablet; the ability to send open pages on users’ desktop version of Chrome to their tablets and smartphones to be read later; and the ability to switch tabs “the way you would fan a deck of cards,” according to Google. More →

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update now finally live

By on June 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update now finally live

Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update

The Samsung Galaxy S II, the still-popular older brother of the Samsung Galaxy S III, has finally graduated to Android 4.0. Although some AT&T customers reported having access to the Ice Cream Sandwich updates on their S2 devices last week, Samsung said that the upgrades were still being tested and thus pulled them off the Samsung Kies app. Users are now reporting that the update is back up again and is running smoothly. T-Mobile Galaxy S II users, of course, got their ICS update on June 12, so AT&T has been a wee bit behind in getting things up to speed. And for what it’s worth, XDA Developers forum members have posted some sweet pics of what Ice Cream Sandwich looks like on the Galaxy S II on AT&T. More →

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Ice Cream Sandwich named best platform experience by Parsons

By on June 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM.

Ice Cream Sandwich named best platform experience by Parsons

Ice Cream Sandwich Google Awarded

Google’s Android operating system has seen many changes throughout the years. When it was first introduced, the platform was bland and the user experience was boring, which led many vendors to customize their devices with skins that were meant to enhance a user’s experience. As the platform grew, the user experience slowly began to improve and each software version delivered a few welcome design changes. It wasn’t until the release of the completely revamped Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, however, that Google’s operating system became a cohesive experience with a beautiful user interface. While some may not like the TRON motif, the people have spoken and Google’s Android user experience team on Tuesday was awarded the Parsons School of Design’s User Experience 2012 award. The news was announced on Matias Duarte’s Google+ page in a post filled with congratulatory responses. More →

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Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE launches May 18th for $199.99

By on May 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM.

Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE launches May 18th for $199.99

Sprint to launch HTC's EVO 4G LTE on May 18th for $199.99

Sprint on Wednesday announced that its upcoming flagship Android smartphone, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, will become available on May 18th for $199.99 on contract. While Sprint doesn’t yet have a nationwide 4G LTE network to support the new One-series smartphone, subscribers will find plenty of cutting-edge technology to tide them over until Sprint begins flipping the switch on LTE. Key features of the new phone include a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera with HTC’s Image Sense technology, and Sense 4 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. BGR took a hands-on look at the EVO 4G LTE last month and called it an impressive smartphone with an aesthetic that may be a deal-breaker for some. Sprint’s full press release follows below. More →

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AT&T CEO blames Google for slow Android updates, Google fires back

By on May 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

AT&T CEO blames Google for slow Android updates, Google fires back

AT&T CEO blames Google for slow Android updates, Google fires back

When asked about the slow roll-out of updates for its Android-powered smartphones and tablets, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson claimed Google was at fault and the carrier could do nothing about it. “Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when,” the executive said. “A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard. We know that’s important to our customers. That’s kind of an ambiguous answer because I can’t give you a direct answer in this setting.” The Mountain View-based company has fired back, however, and said the CEO’s statements are not accurate.  More →

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Banking on Galaxy S III's success, Samsung aims to sell 200 million smartphones in 2012

By on May 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM.

Banking on Galaxy S III's success, Samsung aims to sell 200 million smartphones in 2012

Samsung aims to trounce Apple in smartphone sales

Following the announcement of its next-generation flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin has revealed that the South Korea-based consumer electronics giant has its sights set sky high in 2012. According to Shin, Samsung is looking to sell 200 million smartphones this year, increasing its share of the global market to between 23% and 24%, up from 21.1% in 2011, MarketWatch reports. According to the latest numbers from market research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung is well on its way to achieving the lofty goal; the firm estimates that Samsung sold 44.5 million smartphones into sales channels during the first quarter, pushing the company past Apple to become the No.1 vendor in the world. Shin also noted that the Galaxy S III includes various software and design modifications that will help it avoid becoming a target in the numerous patent cases Samsung currently faces. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III tipped to land on all four major U.S. carriers

By on May 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S III tipped to land on all four major U.S. carriers

Galaxy S III coming to all four major carriers

Samsung’s new flagship smartphone may launch on all four major U.S. carriers as well as a number of regional carriers beginning this summer. Samsung on Thursday unveiled the Galaxy S III during a press conference in London, and the vendor said its sleek new smartphone will launch on nearly 300 different wireless service providers around the world in the coming months. At the same time, Samsung added a page on its U.S. website that allows users to sign up to receive more information about the Galaxy S III when it becomes available. On the page, a drop-down menu asks users to select their carrier preference, and found within that list are AT&T, C Spire Wireless, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. While this is by no means confirmation that the handset will launch on each of the seven carriers listed, it seems unlikely that Samsung would simply list random carriers and omit popular options such as Cricket, which currently offers a Samsung smartphone, and other sizable regional carriers. Samsung’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S II, is available from all major U.S. carriers with the exception of Verizon Wireless. More →

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