According to the search giant's own figures, Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android, powers 48.6% of all Android devices.
It's a big improvement from where Android was a year ago when most users weren't even on the latest version of the mobile OS. But fragmentation remains a big problem for developers who have to account for the different versions of Android when developing their apps.
And now developers and users have a new version of Android to look forward to as Google recently teased the arrival of KitKat or Android 4.4.
BERLIN, GERMANY: The company announced the new "Projector Pad P100" tablet at the IFA convention fair and described it as a 7-inch Android tablet with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display, 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.
The tablet sports dual-facing cameras and a connectivity port for micro SD, and is able to beam content wirelessly to the DLP projector over Wi-Fi or with a HDMI cable. The projector itself can be removed to be used as a standalone product if desired.
All of this comes for a reasonable €399 (approximately $525), with the P100 tablet set to debut internationally sometime in October or [...]
The tablet only debuted for $129 in June but it now seems that Asus is attempting to clear inventory, something KGI Security analyst Mingchi Kuo mentioned last week when he claimed that the new Nexus 7 would not be successful.
The MeMo Pad HD 7 has a 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display (that’s a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch), a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a micro SD memory slot and dual-facing cameras (5MP on the back, 1.2MP on the front).
The tablet, which appears to be temporarily out of stock, runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is not yet known if the device will upgrade to the new Android 4.3 operating [...]
In a Sony Mobile blog post published on Tuesday, Sony first detailed how its predecessor – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean – is coming now to Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones and is on tap to come to the Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z from early August.
The firm went onto reveal that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra will all later upgrade to Android 4.3, although no availability details were announced.
The Xperia Tablet Z was announced back in May and has been described by various analysts as one of the best Android tablets on the market.
Prices will rise to $299 for the 8-inch model and to $399 for the 10-inch version. Pre-ordering is expected to open on June 25.
Samsung announced the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 in May and added to the collection with the two bigger models earlier this month.
The 7-inch Galaxy Tab has a 1024 x 600 resolution display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos processor, runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB to 16GB of storage (expandable via micro SD) and two cameras.
The two larger models have the same resolution display (1280 x 800), run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and offer 16GB to 32GB of storage (as well as a micro SD card slot) and dual-facing [...]
The firm claims that the 7-inch tablet is the first rugged Android tablet to offer the optional ATEX (Explosive Atmosphere) Zone II/22 certification for use in hazardous and explosive environments."Workers operating in environments with potentially explosive atmospheres need to be able to depend on their technology," said Jim Rimay, president of Getac, who added that the Z710 was ideal for field workers in pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries. "The Android platform provides users a cost-effective, open-source alternative, and the optional ATEX certification feature makes the Z710 the only Android-based tablet solution for field deployment in [...]
SAN FRANCISCO — Launched in 2005, Google’s Maps app is getting a makeover that both simplifies its interface and adds personalized layers of search and geo-location information, the company revealed at its Google I/O developers conference here.
Changes include better imagery with the use of data compression, improved realitime information such as traffic and transit times, and improved localization features that bypass the red-pin icon and let you see more information recommendations from your Google+ friends and, of course, advertisers. The upgrades are being pushed out to Android and iOS devices later this summer. Developers are able to preview the enhancements [...]
On paper at least, the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) model is not so different from its predecessor, the $250 Galaxy Tab 2.
There is a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, dual-facing cameras, 1GB of RAM and a slot for a microSD card (which can accommodate up to 64GB of memory, an improvement from 32GB on the previous model).
That is where the similarities end though, with the Galaxy Tab 3 packing a more powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor (compared to a dual-core 1GHz chipset on the Galaxy Tab 2) and now offering an option for 16GB or 8GB of internal storage. The device also has a smaller bezel than the Galaxy Tab 2 as well as slightly smaller dimensions.
Google’s Play Store listed the Galaxy Nexus smartphone as to being the ‘first phone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean’, and although this information was shortly taken down by the search giant, tech site Droid Life managed to get a screenshot.
There had been suggestions before that Jelly Bean would be Android 5.0, but one thing that now looks certain is that Jelly Bean will tip up on Google’s first-brand tablet, set to debut at the I/O conference next week. Rumors have abound that the tablet will run Android 4.1.
Although little is known about what this new OS will bring, sources claim to have a found a picture on the new OS, which suggests that Jelly [...]