We’re just a few days away from CES 2013. If you’re not sure what CES is, it’s pretty much tech geek and tech gadget enthusiast heaven. It’s where we’ll see what’s in the Android pipeline for the next year. It’s a pretty big deal. Naturally, this week on Android Authority On Air we had a few pre-CES leaks and speculations to talk about. We talked about Gorilla Glass 3, rumors of an LG Optimus 2, HTC’s next flagship phone code-named the M7, a new Chromebox and more. This is just the tiny, minuscule tip of the iceberg. Next week is going to be a hell of a week and we’re pretty damn excited.
On the Android ecosystem front, this past week we learned that Android 2.3 Gingerbread has finally dropped below 50% usage. Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean have finally reached double digits, coming in at 10%. We still have a long way to go to get the majority of Android users on 4.x and higher. Dan Morrill, an Android Engineer at Google, graced the public with his ‘dandroids’. And we love them.
For apps this week we took a look back at some of the apps over the past year you just couldn’t live without, one of our favorite Android launchers received a major update, adding tons of new features and apparently you can now play Starcraft on Android.
Samsung has began rolling out a software update that fixes the Exynos security exploit to users in the UK. If you’re rocking a UK version of the SGS3, you can get your update from either Kies or over the air. The Hisense Pulse Google TV received an over the air update that removed root and improved user experience. The Galaxy Camera is getting Android 4.2.1. Last, but not least for hardware news this week, we talked about Ubuntu’s mobile phone OS. While the user interface looks gorgeous and fresh, underlying apps and ecosystem make the platform. It’s something we’re all curious about, how about you?
If you’re into rootin’ and ROMin’ you’re probably familiar with Titanium Backup. Android hacker extraordinaire, Koush is working on a very nice Android backup application. It’s literally better than anything else available at this time. If you’re a fan of CyanogenMod, this week the CM Team began including their new Clock, Weather, and Calendar widgets with CM10.1. It’s called Chronus and it’s ready for Android 4.2.
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Next week our schedule changes slightly. Instead of bringing you the biggest and best Android news live on a Thursday night, we’ve rescheduled to Friday. Why? CES. That’s why! We’ll be doing a full CES week in review show this coming Friday at 9:30pm EST.
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