Another month, another set of statistics revealed by Google for us to ogle and scrutinize. So, which Android platform is ruling the universe, and which is heading straight to the black hole? Here’s a spoiler, there’s really no significant shake-up from last month. Let’s work our way down from the top and analyze the Android platform distribution chart among Android devices owners that have accessed Google Play for the 2-week period ending April 2, 2012.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the most popular Android flavor around, securing a 63% share. Taking second place is Android 2.2 Froyo with 23.1%. About 6% of Android owners are still using Android 2.1 Éclair, enough [...]
ZTE, with support from Bouygues Telecom, have just announced the ZTE Link running Android 1.6 (donut). ZTE are a Chinese manufacturer who have seen a 150% increase in sales last year in France alone. The device looks promising for an entry level handset, which is elegantly summarised even in this translated quote from the source,
Unlike other products of similar types and ranges of the Link, (it) shows it is possible to provide a device at low prices without sacrificing performance (…) Whether it’s video, surfing, or even the UI, (there is) no lag; everything is perfectly smooth.
The device [...]
Due for release Q1 in the UK and Q2 stateside, the Motorola HS1001 is slated to be one of the first, if not the first, Android powered home telephones available to the market. While good looks seem to have passed this device right on by, it is interesting to see Android expanding so quickly into people’s homes. First with Android powered appliances, and then with set top boxes, Motorola seems to be jumping on the bandwagon here and getting in on a piece of the action.
Rumored to be priced around $149 US Dollars, the device will be equipped with the following:DSPG Arm9 240 Mhz processor 2.8 inch resistive touch screen (QVGA) 256 MB flah ROM / 128 MB RAM MicroSD [...]
General Mobile has released an Android 1.6 (Donut) update for its DSTL1 Android smartphone. The release adds proper support for the phone’s WVGA resolution resistive touchscreen display, and even features a number of homescreen and notification area UI tweaks.
You can get more information about the update at the General Mobile website.
Here are some of the improvements offered by the update. You’ll find more specs and a gallery of screen shots from an updated DSTL1 after the jump.Added Bluetooth send function Improved Android virtual keyboard Improved 7-panel homescreen with new [...]
According to one of TmoNews’ sources, we should already be seeing select users of the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G getting OS update notifications for the Donut based Android 1.6 build.
If you have gotten the update, let us know in the comments below!
Update: It’s official. I just got word from T-Mobile’s PR firm.
“The rollout of Android 1.6 (Donut) to T-Mobile’s G1 and myTouch 3G customers is now underway. The over-the-air update will be delivered to all G1 and myTouch customers in the coming days.”
HTC is now making a firmware image of the 1.6 version of Android available for owners of the Android Dev 1 developer phone. Since this is the same basic hardware as the T-Mobile G1, it seems suggest that it is possible to run 1.6 on the G1 without a problem, in spite of what we’ve heard earlier. Whether or not the T-Mobile flavor of 1.6, with all of its extra apps, will fit and be available as an update remains to be seen, though.
You can download the firmware here.
Earlier this evening Google released the SDK for Android 1.6, what most people like to call the Donut release. Core low level features that Donut brings to the platform include support for CDMA devices and differing screen resolutions – including QVGA (as on the HTC Tattoo) and high-res WVGA displays.
From a user perspective, the new gesture support, text to speech engine, and slick new Quick Search Box are probably of more interest. The Quick Search Box, in particular, is quite cool in my opinion. Results from the web start popping up on the screen even as you type in your search query. For many tasks, the web browser never even gets launched, since the results can [...]
According to Jean-Baptiste Queru, a Google software engineer on the Android program, the T-Mobile G1 may not have enough flash RAM to support future versions of Android. Queru commented on the subject via Twitter:
“As much as I’m hoping that it’ll be possible to somehow continue updating the G1, I can’t promise anything. We knew that internal flash space was going to be very tight on the G1 and we kept the system partition tight on purpose.”
The statements were made in response to this post from Android and Me that talks of the limited storage space in the T-Mobile G1.
Update: I changed [...]
According to Google’s Andy Rubin, the godfather of the Android smartphone OS, Android is going to start picking up features needed to tackle business uses – starting this year. To quote a Reuters story on the subject:
“Today, we don’t support many enterprise applications but in the future, I think enterprise will be a good focus for us,” Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, told Reuters. He added that he expected to this to happen this year.
According to the Retuers story, Rubin seems to imply that he thinks enterprises will find Android attractive because they would be able to equip employees with an Android phone and then let [...]