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Android distribution: KitKat now over 20%

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

As a monthly 7-day data collection on Android platform distribution statistic, Google has published the August number – with Android KitKat 4.4 passes 20 percent, now at 20.9 percent. The gain in Android KitKat version is not because of the older Froyo or Gingerbread, but from the reduction of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich version.

Google did not reveal how many devices it has tracked, while Android Froyo 2.2 continue to maintain at 0.7 percent like last month, its market share should be slowly reduced with more Android smartphones running on KitKat available in the market. Surprisingly, Gingerbread (2.3.3 – 2.3.7) market share has increased 0.1% at 13.6 percent, probably due to more Gingerbread devices “checked in” to Play Store this month.

Android KitKat 4.4 gets a nice 3 percent increase this month to 20.9 percent, although it is not its biggest jump (up 5.2 percent in June). With more Android KitKat devices are available in the market and more Android KitKat updates are rolled out by manufacturers, Android KitKat will continue to gain more market share.


Since September 2013, Google will not include Android version with less than 0.1 percent market share. Android devices before Android Froyo 2.2 are not detectable too due to the old Google Play Store app. So far, only Android 3.x Honeycomb is eliminated from the list. It looks like Android Froyo 2.2 will be the next Android version that we will be missing, but probably not before we welcome Android L in the market share distribution chart – which will be rolling out in the next 3 months.

Android 4.4 nears 20% in latest distribution, Froyo almost gone

Posted by wicked July - 8 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

This month’s latest distribution charts is definitely a good sign for the Android platform. Not only has the latest Android 4.4 version jumped by more than 4 percent, yet another legacy version, Android 2.2 Froyo, is almost on its way out, further cementing the road towards Android version defragmentation.

As of July 7, 2014, Froyo has descended to 0.1 percent of the market pie, down from last month’s 0.2 percent. Considering how very little devices are left running this ancient version, the trend is likely to continue. But since Google removes versions with numbers lower than 0.1 percent from the chart, Froyo will most likely be edged out by next month. The most recent to get the boot was Android 3.0 Honeycomb last month. Given the criticism that Honeycomb earned when it was launched, no one will probably miss it.

Of course, Android 4.4 KitKat’s rise is nigh unstoppable. As of this week, KitKat’s penetration reaches 17.9 percent, a remarkable 4.3 percent increase from last month. That said, it was in June that KitKat saw the biggest increase, jumping by 5.1 percent from May’s 8.5 to 13.6 percent. We are now starting to see newer devices carrying the latest Android version, even budget smartphones, like Samsung’s latest quartet. Years old devices are also getting updated to KitKat, sometimes jumping straight from Android 4.2. Hopefully the trend will continue even with Android L looming over the horizon.


It is somewhat interesting to note that Android Jelly Bean, which coveres Android 4.1 to 4.3, continues to flip-flop among themselves. Although Android 4.1 continues to decline steadily, Android 4.2 is increasing. Android 4.3, on the other hand, fluctuates from increasing to decreasing depending on the month, which could mean that manufacturers upgrading to Jelly Bean are sometimes choosing the slightly older 4.2 over the more recent 4.3.

SOURCE: Google

Android Platform Versions 4-2013

Google note, that starting this month they will shake up how they are collecting Android platform stats from devices. Previously they collected data from device check-ins to Google servers for the prior two weeks, now they will collect data from each device upon visiting the Google Play Store. After nine months of its debut; the numbers… View Article

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Android Platform Stats: newer Jelly Bean & Ice Cream Sandwich now account for nearly half of Android
Though combined, we’re starting to see some slow traction f newer versions of Android; Jelly Bean & Ice Cream Sandwich now account for nearly half of Android- older Gingerbread dips. JB devices raised from 13.6% to 16.5%, ICS shaved from 29 to 28.6%, and majority leader Gingerbread dipped from 45.6% to 44.2%. Check out the [...]

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Android Platform Stats: stagnant, but slight nudges towards newer versions of Android

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

Android Platform Stats: stagnant, but slight nudges towards newer versions of Android
Much of the numbers regarding Android platform stats according to Google remained stagnant in comparison last month. There was a slight bump from 10.2% to 13.6% collectively for Jelly Bean devices (12.2% for Android 4.1 and 1.4% for latest Android 4.2, respectively). Ice Cream Sandwich plateaus at 29% while majority of all Android powered devices [...]

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Android Platform Stats: Half of Android devices on stale software, more than a third on newer versions
Slowly but surely more Android devices are either debuting or being blessed with updating to newer versions of Android, yet nearly half of all device still remain on an longer version of Android from two years ago. According to Google’s Android platform stats, about 10.2% have Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean), 29.1% have Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich), [...]

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Next Launcher Is Released To The Masses, Gives Another Taste Of 3D Homescreens

Posted by wicked December - 10 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off


We all know how popular and awesome GO Launcher already is– but the maker now has a new launcher up its sleeves for the masses to try out called Next Launcher. It’s a 3D-based launcher which has full 3D elements and 3D effects, while featuring items like an unlimited screen layout, stereoscopic screen preview and of course, those fancy 3D widgets that compliment the 3D screen. Essentially– Next Launcher is GO Launcher in full 3D— and who doesn’t want to see a cool 3D launcher to cover up their awful skin on their Android device?

The new launcher is up for all  Android 2.2+ devices, but will run you about 16 bucks— which might be a bit hefty for some. Still– the launcher is intriguing enough, so if you’re willing overlook the steep price and give it a try, head on down to the Play Store today and give it a try.


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Google finally fixes odd networking bug after two and a half years

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Do you remember 2010? Android 2.1 was all the rage and the HTC Desire was the phone to own. Joonas Lehtolahti remembers it too. He had a problem with the Wi-Fi network at his university.  Because it was an open, un-encrypted network students could connect without needing a password, but to get out onto the Internet you needed to login via a special server. Without getting technical the redirect to this login server used just the hostname “joynet” rather than its full domain name “”. OK, so what? Well the problem is that with Android that meant that the name couldn’t be resolved. The result was that students at the university couldn’t access the Internet from an Android device.

Joonas faithfully filed a bug report with Google and the clock started ticking. Other people started noticing the same bug, a few corporate users noticed that it was also an issue for them. Android 2.2 was released, no fix. Android 2.3 come out, no fix. By 2011 tablet mania had struck and Honeycomb was released along with the Motorola Xoom… Still no fix. One user reported that he was trying to use his Xoom at work to show that it was better than an iPad because it had Flash support. But because of this bug the Xoom and Android was “not looking so good!”

2011 came and went. By 2012 users were starting to get rightly annoyed. “Come’on guys!! This is like more than a year old bug!! And not just a bug, but a major bug! My colleague has a Blackberry and he doesn’t have this problem,” wrote Theo van der Sluijs. “Please Google make this work. If not… a lot of companies will never use Android.”

By April 2012 things reached boiling point. Some users suggested it was best to root phones to get around this, one user pointed out how “19,000 employees” in his company couldn’t use the company’s Intranet from any Android device.

Finally, as it looked like the bug would live on into 2013, a Google employee updated the bug to say it had been fixed thanks to one Keven Tang. The news is that it will be in the “next major release” but the Googler couldn’t or wouldn’t comment on which version that would be. All he would say is “it will be after 4.2, which has already gone out.”

The moral of the story, well there isn’t one except maybe what Troy Gerrie wrote, “Too little too late, bought a Surface and i’m loving it. Next up, Lumia 920.”

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GoPro App Finally Available For Android

Posted by wicked November - 13 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off


Own a cool GoPro camera, but fancy an app that compliments the camera too? Well great you’re in luck because GoPro has officially unveiled its Android app, giving Android users the green light to control their app remotely. The app gives you a full listing of controls and options as well, making those candid shots of you hitting the waves or slopes look that much sweeter— especially since you don’t need to use your camera.

The app is available in the Play Store today for all Android 2.2+ devices, though GoPro strongly recommends that users are on Android 4.0+ devices for the best frame rate. Additionally, the app is not compatible with the Original HD HERO, while the app compatibility with the other editions likes the HERO3: Black Edition, White and Silver Editions will be available later in the year.


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Android fragmentation: less than 3% on Google’s latest, most devices on two-year old software, not the case with Apple products
It saddens me every month to report the outrageous level of fragmentation with Android platform versions. Although we do not have the exact percentages, Apple did recently announce there are more than 200 million iOS 6 devices, this just a month after releasing the update. Just as many phones are being upgraded to Android 4+(Ice Cream [...]

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