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Android distribution for this month shows Lollipop on 3.3% of devices

Posted by wicked March - 3 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


The latest distribution of Android was published earlier today and it shows that Lollipop has reached 3.3% of devices with Google’s operating system. This is an increase from January when Lollipop was not able to be registered, so it took the current version of Android about 3-4 months to become noteworthy. The most commonly found version is still Android 4.4 KitKat with 40.9% of the distribution. All of the other versions, with the exception of Android 2.2 Froyo, are continuing to fall.

Source: Android Developers

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Heartbleed only an issue for Android 4.1.1

Posted by wicked April - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

There has been plenty of talk regarding “Heartbleed” lately. For those who may have somehow missed that story, the simple version is that Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL. But while that is simple to say, this is causing issues for quite a few people. On the flip side, we do have a bit of good news for Android users.

It seems Heartbleed is only causing issues for one specific version of Android. Google recently shared some details on the official Online Security Blog and mentioned how “all versions of Android are immune to CVE-2014-0160 (with the limited exception of Android 4.1.1.)” For reference, CVE-2014-0160 is Heartbleed.

There hasn’t been any specific timeline given as to when an update can be expected for Android 4.1.1. Google said “patching information for Android 4.1.1 is being distributed to Android partners.” Basically, it sounds like Google has the fix ready for 4.1.1 users and it is just a matter of when the partners and carriers are ready to begin the rollouts.

Google has combined some of the numbers in recent distribution reports so it is hard to get an accurate figure here. But that said, according to the numbers coming from earlier this month, Android 4.1.x currently accounts for 34.4 percent of Android usage. We can only hope the patching update rolls out quickly, and that Android 4.1.1 makes up a small percentage of the overall Android 4.1.x figure.

SOURCE: Google Online Security Blog

Philips Amio tablet details leak out, touts low to mid range specs

Posted by wicked November - 15 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

It’s been more than a year since we last heard about Philips planning on launching a new Android tablet. Since then the consumer electronics manufacturer has practically fallen off the Android radar. This latest leak, however, puts the company back on track with its Amio tablet that surprisingly sports acceptable hardware for a budget price.


Just to make it clear, this is definitely a low-end tablet. It has a 7-inch display that supports a rather low 1024×600 pixel resolution. No indication is given on the panel technology used, but given how things go, it will most likely be a TFT screen. It has an unnamed 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. It will be interesting if it turns out to be MIPS-based, in line with Philips’ plans last year. RAM is capped at 1 GB, which sounds just about right for tablets in that range.

Things get slightly better from there, though, which gives the Amio tablet a bit of a mid-range streak. It has a storage capacity of 8 GB, quite good for the price, and is even expandable via the micro SD slot. It even has a micro HDMI port for video output. The battery is a good 3000 mAh, though battery life is something still to be determined by actual usage. Philips is boasting of a FullSound audio feature on the tablet, which it claims improves audio quality via digital signal processing, something you don’t see on your run of the mill budget tablet. It also runs Android 4.1, which, while definitely not the latest Jelly Bean, at least partly improves the device fragmentation problem.

Of course, the price tag is what makes the Philips Amio a budget tablet. The device is expected to hit European markets at 100 euros, which makes it around $135 when converted directly. No news yet on when its availability and whether it will arrive in the US at all.

VIA: SlashGear



Huawei’s latest mid-range device has officially been outed for the masses. The device— identified as the A199— comes jam-packed with the usual allotment of goodies including a smooth 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2 gigs of RAM, a 720p 5-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and an 8MP camera (plus 1.3MP front-facer for good measure). Best of all— Huawei managed to stuff the pieces into a fairly slim package— as the A199 will arrive in a 8.9mm package weighing at a mere 160g.

One major item to note is the device’s dual-SIM capabilities— which pretty much implies the device won’t make it Stateside… at least anytime soon. We’ll be sure to provide more launch details which will include the pricing and availability as we hear them.

source: Huawei
via: Engadget

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Sony readying Jelly Bean for a handful of Xperia smartphones

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

It is looking like a select group of Sony Xperia handsets will soon be getting an update. Sony has yet to offer a specific timeframe as to when the updates will begin rolling out, however they have begun talking about updates being in the final stages of testing. The details are coming direct from Sony and include talk of the Xperia P, Go, S, SL, acro S and ion.


Sony recently posted the details on Twitter and noted the update will be arriving as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. According to details in that message, Sony has said the work is in the final stages and they have promised that more details will be released soon. In fact, we are expecting Sony to offer additional details this week.

The one catch will be as to whether or not Sony will be announcing details for all of these handsets at once, or whether they will be doing it on a case by case basis. Either way though, Jelly Bean should be available for the Xperia P, Go, S, SL, acro S and ion smartphones relatively soon.

While we know many of the goodies, such as Google Now that come as a result of Jelly Bean, Sony generally includes some other items as well. Take the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia TX which arrived back at the end of March, this update also included updates for the Sony Walkman, Album and Movies apps along with a few other smaller changes and improvements.

[via phoneArena]

Galaxy Note 8 tablet takes aim at iPad Mini, in stores April 11 for $400

Posted by wicked April - 9 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung has announced that the new Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available for $399.99 starting April 11th. Stores and online retailers including Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and will get first crack at it. Accessories will be available beginning mid-April. These include Book Covers in white, grey, pink… View Article

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Facebook announces phone, HTC First & Home, a home screen launcher of social Android apps

Posted by wicked April - 4 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

Facebook today announced the Facebook phone called HTC First and Home, a home launcher of social Android apps. The HTC First is the pioneer Android-powered device that will ship with Facebook’s new Home app, available April 12th for $99.99 on AT&T with two year contract (while pre-orders start today). Home is intended to take over your home screen as… View Article

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AT&T LG Optimus G Jelly Bean update arriving with ISIS

Posted by wicked April - 4 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

We had recently began hearing reports of an update from those sporting an LG Optimus G with AT&T, however as of today, that update has been officially announced. The update is bringing Jelly Bean and is rolling-out as of today, April 4. Those with an Optimus G will be getting Android 4.1.2 along with a few additional perks.


As we suspect some will simply want the update now, you can head to Menu -> Settings -> General -> About phone -> Software Update to get the process started. Just make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before beginning and otherwise, just follow the prompts and you will soon be running Jelly Bean.

Of course, getting Jelly Bean means some goodies such as the improved notifications, Google Now and the smoothness that comes along with Project Butter. But in the case of the AT&T Optimus G update, you will also be getting support for the Isis Mobile Wallet. The catch with Isis comes in with the availability, which at the moment is limited to those in Austin and Salt Lake City.

In addition to Jelly Bean, AT&T has also mentioned the LG Optimus G is the “official mobile device of NCAA March Madness.” Basically, that is to say you will be able to watch games using the March Madness Live app. This app does require a login using your television provider details, however there is a four hour preview available for those looking to check it out. Bottom line though, AT&T Optimus G users can now update to Android 4.1.2.

[via AT&T]

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Optimus G (AT&T)
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : October 03, 2012
    Release Date : November 02, 2012
    Also Known As :


  • Screen Size : 4.7 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×768
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.19 Inch
  • Width : 2.71 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 145 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 335 hours
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM


    CPU : APQ8064
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

The wait is over: Motorola sending out Droid Bionic Jelly Bean soak test invites

Posted by wicked April - 3 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

Moto-Droid-Bionic-ICSDroid Bionic owners will be happy to hear that Motorola is sending out invites to members in the Motorola Feedback Network to participate in the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean soak test.

Here’s the e-mail Droid-Life received from a bunch of tipsters:


Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Droid Bionic on Verizon to participate in an early preview of the new Jelly Bean software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid Bionic, please excuse and ignore this email.

The registration window for this soak could be extremely small — sorry about that. Please act now to take part.

Click this link – – to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window could close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks. Although we expect to start soon, we ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

After the soak test starts, and once the software is bug free and up to quality standards, Motorola and Verizon should announce when the update will be made available to the public. In most cases, It does not take very long for the soak to be labeled as a success, so it shouldn’t be long before Jelly Bean will be available to every Droid Bionic owner.

Not too long ago, Motorola quietly confirmed that it will release the Jelly Bean update for the Droid Bionic at some point in the second quarter of the year.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update in India

Posted by wicked April - 3 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off


Smartphones are not usually like wines, getting better with age, but there is the occasional Android gem that can at least keep up with the times and stay hip for more than 12 months. Case in point, the two-year-old Samsung Galaxy S2, a phone that’s no longer top of the line, but that remains a great choice for folks on a tight budget.

Especially since its on-board software has been revamped courtesy of an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. The JB bump is yet to land on all different GS2 versions around the world, but Samsung is working on making the transition as smooth and fast as possible.

The latest country to get 4.1.2 is India, where the GT-I9100 model is available. The update is rolling out over-the-air, but if for some reason you’re yet to receive a prompt message to download and install it you should check for it through Samsung Kies.

Galaxy S2-Jelly Bean

You’ll want to have your battery above the 50% mark before anything and a strong Wi-Fi connection, because this particular bump is quite massive. You’ll be getting a whole new interface (the Galaxy S3-specific Nature UX), plenty of Project Butter performance enhancements, as well as Google Now integration, Direct Call, Smart Stay, Pop-up play and much, much more.

The Galaxy S2 is likely to never get Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, meaning the 4.1.2 update will be the last major one to hit the 4.3-incher. There should also be a 4.2.2 bump in the not so distant future, but that’s nowhere near the magnitude of the 4.1 tweak.

Besides India, Jelly Bean has buttered up the GS2 in most European countries already, as well as Canada and South Korea. America is still waiting, but something tells us the invitation to the JB party is not going to be stuck at the post office for much longer.

But back to India. Has anyone got JB around those parts? OTA or via Kies? And does the “new” GS2 feel as faster and smoother as you expected?

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