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Google putting Chrome on Ice Cream Sandwich in the freezer

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Citing the movement of users to newer versions of Android and the increasing complexity to support older devices, Google’s Chrome team announced today they will bring development of updates for the Chrome browser on Ice Cream Sandwich to a halt. The change in status for the browser will take place with Chrome’s 42nd release after which the browser will be put in the virtual deep freeze on Ice Cream Sandwich. Users will be able to continue to use Chrome on their devices, but there will be no more updates.

Google software engineer Aurimas Lutikas noted that since Chrome was first made available on Android 4.0, there have been three new versions of Android released including Jellybean, KitKat and now Lollipop. During that same period of time, there have been 24 new releases of Chrome. As users replace smartphones with newer devices running newer versions of Android or upgrade their devices, the number of users with Ice Cream Sandwich has dropped by thirty percent in just the first year. This shrinking base makes it hard to justify continued development and support for older devices instead of building new features and capabilities used by the majority of users.

source: Chromium Blog

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Chrome 42 Update Will be Last for Ice Cream Sandwich Users

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

In a post published on the Chromium Blog, Google announced it is bringing an end to Chrome updates for users of Ice Cream Sandwich. While ICS users can still use Chrome even after support dies, the Chrome team states that, “Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users.” 

As we saw in this month’s distribution numbers update, ICS users currently stand for just under 6% of Android users as a whole. While 6% does not sound all that impressive, it is nearly double that of Lollipop, Google’s latest Android version.

Chrome 42 will soon roll out to Google Play, and after that, folks on ICS won’t see anymore updates.

Via: Chromium Blog

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Google Chrome 42 will be the last version supported for Ice Cream Sandwich

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

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Google has just announced that Chrome version 42 will be the last version compatible with devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The company explains that developing Chrome with new features for older versions of Android is becoming increasingly difficult, so the browser’s 42nd release will be the last version for devices running that version. Google states that over the past year, the company has seen the number of Chrome users running ICS drop a massive 30%, so from a company standpoint, this move makes sense. Of course, devices running this version of Android will still be able to use Chrome, just not update the app any further.

Odds are, many users that bought an ICS device have since upgraded to a new smartphone, so this likely won’t affect too many users. In fact, according to the latest Android distribution numbers that were just posted yesterday, Ice Cream Sandwich is running on a total of 5.9% of all current Android devices. This is a .5% decrease from last month, and a .3% decrease from the month prior. Take a look at the screenshot below for more information on the most recent Android distribution numbers.

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Are you using an Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich? Will Google’s move affect you in any way? Let us know your opinions in the comments.

Android distribution numbers show KitKat growth, but not much for Lollipop

Posted by wicked January - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

android distribution january 2015Google has updated their Android distribution numbers for January, and everything is about where we expect it to be. Ice Cream Sandwich saw a decline, although small, while KitKat increased its market share by about 5% to 39.1%. Most of that growth came at the expense of the much older Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, as they both saw about a 1% decline each. Froyo is sitting at 0.4%, down from 0.5%, so it’s hanging on as hard as it can.

Interestingly, Lollipop hasn’t registered on these distribution numbers. Google always notes that they don’t display Android versions that account for less than 0.1% of the market, so if that’s the reasoning behind not displaying Lollipop, the adoption for Android 5.0 is not good.

Of course, Google could always just not be including the data since the OS is so new. We’ll find out in the next few months as major Android OEMs begin updating their older devices and releasing new phones running Lollipop out of the box.

source: Google

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Monday Poll: Which version of Android is your phone running?

Posted by Kellex December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”

As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!

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Android distrubtion shows KitKat leading as all other versions decline

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The latest round of Android distribution numbers is no different than last month’s changes. While continuing to dominate as a whole, Jelly Bean is declining in favor of KitKat. Jelly Bean has finally fell below 50% and KitKat is now approaching 34%. With the release of Lollipop, it is highly unlikely that KitKat will ever surpass Jelly Bean; however, Jelly Bean should continue to see declines and eventually lose its lead.

Actually, all versions of Android are on seeing percentages slide down except for KitKat. Somehow, Froyo is still clinging on with 0.5% but that should be ushered out within the next three months or so because newer versions of Android are much better suited for low-cost devices. Gingerbread is looming around 9% and Ice Cream Sandwich fell below 7.8%.

Expect Android 5.0 Lollipop to arrive on the chart next month when it has had time to be pushed to additional devices.

Source: Android Developers

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Android Distribution Updated for December 2014, Kit Kat Up to 34%

Posted by Kellex December - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The Android distribution numbers were updated today to show the continue rise in share of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” While no longer the newest version of Android, Android 4.4 does not account for over a third of Android devices, weighing in at 33.9% (up from 30.2% in November). The rest of the versions have fallen, with Jelly Bean (Android 4.3) dropped to 48.7%, which is down from the 50.9% it sat at last month. 

Ice Cream Sandwich (7.8%), Gingerbread (9.1%), and Froyo (0.5%) round out the rest.

Android 5.0 “Lollipop” did not make its first appearance on the chart this month. It either sits at less than 0.1% of the pie or Google decided to leave it off for now. Maybe next month?

You can see last month’s numbers here.

Via:  Android

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Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you could always check out its new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.

Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.

Installing the keyboard is easy. Simply navigate to this page, tap the download button and click install when you’re prompted to do so. You may have to allow installations from third-party sources if you haven’t already. To do this head into settings, then security and check the box entitled ‘Unknown sources’ and you’re good to go.

If you happen to run into any issues along the way do be sure to drop a comment in the section below, and we’ll do our very best to get you back on track.

Download: Android File Host
Source: XDA

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Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you can check out its awesome new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.

Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.

Installing the keyboard is easy. Simply navigate to this page, tap the download button and click install when you’re prompted to do so. You may have to allow installations from third-party sources if you haven’t already. To do this head into settings, then security and check the box entitled ‘Unknown sources’ and you’re good to go.

If you happen to run into any issues along the way do be sure to drop a comment in the section below, and we’ll do our very best to get you back on track.

Download: AndroidFileHost
Via: XDA

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Android Distribution Updated for September 2014 – Kit Kat Closes in on 25%

Posted by Kellex September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Android team updated the platform’s distribution numbers today for the month of September, showing continued growth in Kit Kat (Android 4.4+). The newest version of Android now sits at 24.5%, up from 20.9% in August. The rest of the versions of Android have all declined – Jelly Bean (53.8% from 54.2%), Ice Cream Sandwich (9.6% from 10.6%), Gingerbread (11.4% from 13.6%), and Froyo (0.7%).

Last month’s numbers can be found here

Via:  Android Developers

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