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 [...]
Ever since the announcement and the release of the latest Android OS, people have been making a fuss to get their hands on an Android smartphone that runs on the OS. As Google announced that the first device to carry the latest OS was the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, people started waiting for the phone to be released into the market. That’s why when news about delays broke out, people got agitated and all the more anxious to see what the fuss is all about.
Plus, it did not help that tech blogs endlessly talk about the latest OS, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. They started guessing which manufacturer would carry the ICS next. By the time the Galaxy Nexus was released, [...]
The G-Tablet was one of very first Tegra 2 tablets, long before the Motorola Xoom appeared. Unfortunately this also meant that it came with an un-optimized version of Android for tablets. To make matters worse, Google didn’t open source Android 3.0 or Honeycomb, so it wasn’t available for the G-tablet, because only a few manufacturers had early access to it.
Others have tried putting custom versions of Honeycomb on it, but it kept being limited by the performance and bugs of Honeycomb, plus the fact that Honeycomb wasn’t fully open source. The G-Tablet was a decent tablet for its price, so it couldn’t just be forgotten by passionate [...]
Acer did not make much noise in the smartphones market, but it did make some waves in the tablets market, especially with the Acer Iconia Tab A500. If you are thinking of upgrading your Iconia Tab A500 to Ice Cream Sandwich, you might want to hold off first and instead check out the latest version of Honeycomb for the Iconia Tab A500.
XDA Developer member germsa has created an Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb build for the Iconia Tab A500. The build is from Acer’s latest update released in the first week of January.
The ROM has two versions: a non-rooted, full stock version (which you need to root separately) and a pre-rooted version (with busybox). The two [...]
One of my favorite Android manufacturers, HTC said about a month ago that the HTC Flyer would be getting a Honeycomb update and late last night, early this morning they made good on that promise. All of us with the wifi-only version of the HTC Flyer can now download the Honeycomb update and start experiencing the greatness of Honeycomb.
With the update you’ll get Android 3.2, speed improvements, wallpaper lag is gone, and other goodies that come with Honeycomb. We’ve heard from many people on Twitter that the update makes their Flyer feel like it’s brand new. With it being more smooth then ever, and little to no lag on other features.
Now the [...]
If you’re still scrambling for some last minute shopping, you may want to rush off to the nearest Archos retailer. Last Tuesday, the company announced that they will be putting their Google Android Honeycomb tablet 70b at a suggested price of only $199. This is the very first Honeycomb tablet being sold at a price less than the typical $200 mark. Moreover, other tablets that are priced below this margin still carry the earlier versions of Android.
Even with this price for a Honeycomb tablet, it may be hard for Archos to see their sales improving. Considering that these devices had a poor report this year, users may want to find something more powerful. One of the [...]
A lot of terms today are thrown around in the Android community that to some, may be a little confusing. I have decided to write a post that may help clear up some of the confusion for the newcomers to the world that we have come to know as Android. The first part (that I will not covering today) is the hardware our phones are built with; the processor, screen, battery, and etc. The other is the software that is on the phone, generally referred to as the firmware. Today, I am going to go over some of the terms in reference to the software known as ROMs, along with the benefits and drawbacks of each ROM. A ROM is an after-market replacement for the firmware that comes installed on [...]