Google Android Jelly Bean adoption continues to inch up

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Feb 052013
 

Google has once again updated its “Platform Versions” report showing the distribution of various Android versions across devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period. Jelly Bean (including both 4.1 and 4.2) continues to inch up (about 3% over the last month) with version 4.1 accounting for the lion share of the increase. At the same time, the story remains much unchanged: The nearly two year-old Gingerbread (2.3) still dominates with a 45.6% share.

Google Android version distribution
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Combine Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1/4.2) and they still account for less than Gingerbread but the gap is narrowing. With Google Nexus 4 availability improving and still more OS upgrades get pushed out, the tipping point may not be much longer in coming.

Android Donut (1.6) also managed to cling to the charts for another month. Anyone care to hazard a guess as to how much longer it will remain on the chart?

Google is widely expected to launch the next major version of Android at Google I/O 2013 in May. Before then, we may see the release of one more Jelly Bean version as early as later this month.

Read more: Android Developers

Android 2.3.4 upgrade now available for TELUS Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G

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Sep 192011
 

Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4GTELUS had promised an Android 2.3 upgrade for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G when it launched earlier this year. Samsung and TELUS have now made good on this promise and an Android 2.3.4 (Build number: GINGERBREAD.PTLKH2) upgrade is now available.

The update must be done using Samsung’s Kies software.

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CyanogenMod making progress on Android port for HP TouchPad

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Sep 182011
 

HP TouchPadHaving scored myself an HP TouchPad, I am now watching CyanogenMod’s progress on porting Android Gingerbread to the HP TouchPad more closely than before. Their latest update indicates that several new features are now supported or actively being worked on. Wi-Fi, Android Market access and the accelerometer now are now working while the team continues to make progress on sound (somewhat working now). A number of features still don’t work though, including video playback via overlay, the camera, Bluetooth, the gyroscope, and more. It is nonetheless impressive progress considering they have been working on the project for only a few weeks.

CyanogenMod also shed some light on why they are working with Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb:

For those who have queried as to why we are not creating a Honeycomb port using binaries from the Android SDK — we are focused on building from the Gingerbread source to pave the way for Google’s upcoming code release of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The team does not have an ETA as to when the project will be done. Why? “Because we have no idea when we will be done. There are always going to be unforeseen obstacles which could take a very long time to workaround.” Fair enough.

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Sony Ericsson Canada releases Xperia X10 Android 2.3 upgrade

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Aug 312011
 

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10A day after promising it would release it next week, Sony Ericsson Canada today announced via Facebook and Twitter that the Android 2.3 upgrade for the Xperia X10 is now available:

Great news – The #Android 2.3 upgrade for the #Xperia #X10 is ready to go. Update now via PC Companion.

As the tweet indicates, you will need the Sony Ericsson PC Companion 2.0 software to do the upgrade.

Sony Ericsson Canada provides update on Xperia X10 Android 2.3 upgrade status

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Aug 302011
 

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10Sony Ericsson Canada today provided a more optimistic update as to when it expects to release the Xperia X10 Android 2.3 upgrade. Its latest Facebook post indicates that it could be launched as early as next week:

Hey Canadian Xperia X10 users, here’s the latest on the X10 2.3 upgrade. Our team has been working extremely hard to get the issues resolved by next week. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience

Sony Ericsson first announced plans to offer an Android 2.3 upgrade in March, reversing an earlier decision not to offer upgrades beyond Android 2.1.

Keep those fingers crossed!

Source: Sony Ericsson Canada’s Facebook page

Android 2.3.4 update now being pushed out to Bell Motorola ATRIX 4G

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Aug 252011
 

Motorola AtrixGood news for Motorola ATRIX owners on the Bell network. The Android 2.3.4 update (already available to AT&T customers) is now being pushed out. A staggered rollout is likely as not everyone is reporting seeing the update.

The update not only provides Android 2.3.4 but also some new features and enhancements. These include an upgrade to 1080p video playback, an updated interface with a simpler home screen design and and an iPhone-like app dock, improved WebTop browsing with Firefox 4, and more.

If patience is not your strongest point, you can manually check for updates (Settings > About phone > System updates > Check now).

Source: MobileSyrup.com

Sony Ericsson to upgrade all 2011 Xperia models to Android 2.3.4

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Aug 252011
 

Sony EricssonSony Ericsson today announced that it will offer Android 2.3.4 upgrades to its entire 2011 Xperia smartphone range.

“With this software upgrade, we are bringing a wealth of new and really entertaining experiences to all our 2011 Xperia smartphones, including those already in consumers’ hands today,” said Nikolaus Scheurer, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson. “Our users will get to enjoy new features from Google, an even richer Facebook integration, and enhanced camera functionality from Sony.”

Aside from Android 2.3.4, the update will also include:

  • Updated Facebook inside Xperia functionality for enhanced like, share and discover abilities
  • 3D sweep panorama functionality powered by Sony
  • USB peripheral support for the Sony Ericsson LiveDock multimedia station
  • Swipe text input allowing users to swipe their finger from one letter to the next
  • Screen capture functionality

Devices that will get the upgrade include the Xperia Play, arc, and mini pro.

Sony Ericsson expects to start pushing out the update in October in select (but unspecified) markets.

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Sony Ericsson Canada delays Xperia X10 Android 2.3 upgrade

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Aug 242011
 

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10Sony Ericsson Canada today provided an update on the Android 2.3 update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat disappointing news:

Hi everyone, the update on the X10 2.3 upgrade will be available in the coming weeks. We know this is not what you were hoping to hear and we apologize for the inconvenience this causes. We will continue to keep you posted on updates to the timeline. Thanks for your patience.

Sony Ericsson first announced plans to offer an Android 2.3 upgrade in March, reversing an earlier decision not to offer upgrades beyond Android 2.1. Rogers then announced its support for the upgrade earlier this month.

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Rogers commits to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.3 upgrade

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Aug 032011
 

Rogers CommunicationsRogers Wireless on Sunday confirmed via Facebook that it will offer the Google Android 2.3.3 update to its Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 customers:

We will support the update and make it available to our customers. We don’t have timing yet, though. Stay tuned.

The upgrade will offer most of functionality of the Gingerbread platform, as well as some Sony Ericsson specific features. Among these are the new Facebook inside Xperia app, the customizable horizontal app tray and the media experience widgets first introduced this year on devices such as the Sony Ericsson arc. Contrary to original plans, the original camera UI (Éclair version) will also be kept.

Sony Ericsson began rolling out the Gingerbread update last week. It warned that not all carriers would offer the upgrade. Kudos to Rogers committing to this latest update.

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HTC Desire Android 2.3 update released but not for Canada and US

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Aug 012011
 

HTCHTC has made good on its promise to release an Android 2.3 update for the HTC Desire (after some flip-flopping earlier) but there are a few catches. The update is described by HTC as “for development only and not for general public use.” HTC warns that flashing the ROM may disable some functions and its disclaims any liability from the use of this ROM.

HTC cites memory constraints as the reason it is only offering a ROM upgrade utility (no OTA update) and has removed customizations (including carrier ones), all wallpapers except the default one, several HTC applications, and the official Facebook application. Many of these are available for download through the HTC Developer website and the Android Market though.

Furthermore, HTC has indicated that the update will not be available to all HTC Desire devices. Specifically excluded are regional variants for Canada and US (among other countries). It’s not clear (but appears unlikely) that carriers, including TELUS, will validate this update before releasing it.

I suspect that the news will not earn HTC a lot of brownie points with HTC Desire owners and push more of them towards unofficial Gingerbread builds.

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AT&T commits to Gingerbread for entire 2011 Android smartphone lineup

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Jul 262011
 

AT&TGood news for AT&T customers who own an Android phone that the company introduced this year. The carrier has confirmed that “all post-paid Android smartphones already introduced this year” will be upgraded to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The following devices are scheduled for updates:

  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • LG Phoenix
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Pantech Crossover
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Infuse 4G

The LG Thrill 4G is missing from this list. I suspect that this is an oversight more than anything though.

Timing and delivery method will vary by device. While OTA will be the preferred update method, there may be cases where a Wi-Fi connection or a PC connection is required.

As already reported, the Motorola ATRIX 4G update has already begun to get pushed out. HTC Inspire 4G users can expect the update in August.

Motorola ATRIX 4G software update now available

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Jul 242011
 

Motorola ATRIX 4GMotorola this week released a software update for the AT&T Motorola ATRIX 4G. The update not only provides Android 2.3.4 but also some new features and enhancements. These include an upgrade to 1080p video playback, improvements to the Picture Gallery and Music Player apps, an updated interface with a simpler home screen design and and an iPhone-like app dock, the ability to group apps, improved WebTop browsing with Firefox 4, and more.

One new undocumented feature is the ability now to install apps from “unknown sources” by enabling the new button in the Application Settings.

The update is available both OTA and via download. The manual install is done via SD card.

It remains to be seen if and when Bell users of the Motorola ATRIX will benefit from this update.

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Virgin Mobile Canada Android updates for HTC Sensation and HTC Incredible S

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Jul 232011
 

Virgin Mobile CanadaVirgin Mobile Canada announced two Android updates yesterday. Android 2.3.3 is now available for the HTC Incredible S and will be available on July 25th for the HTC Sensation.

To check for the update on your phone, go to Setting > About Phone > System software updates > Check now.

Virgin Mobile also confirmed that the update is headed to the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate sometime in August but has not provided specific dates yet.

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Google Android 2.3 coming to HTC Desire Z

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Jul 142011
 

HTC Desire ZHTC reconfirmed today via its HTC Germany Facebook page that it will offer an Android 2.3 update for the HTC Desire Z. It promised to do so back in May but missed its own ‘end of June’ deadline. The Google-translated post reads:

Thanks to all who wait [sic] patiently for the Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire. We are just beginning to the final stages of testing and planning, with the rollout of FOTA [sic] updates in the coming weeks. It will take some time now before we all will reach it. This will be done by the end of the month.

I expect that we will see the unlocked HTC Desire Z get the update first. Carriers (Bell in Canada) will likely validate the update as well before pushing it out to their customers.

HTC recently announced similar updates for the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire.

Source: IntoMobile.com

HTC to release HTC Desire Android 2.3 upgrade in July

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Jul 092011
 

HTC DesireAfter its flip-flop on whether the HTC Desire would get ugpraded to Android 2.3 or not, HTC now expects to have the update out by the end of the month. According to the latest Facebook update:

Hi everyone. We have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July! Thank you again for your support!

It still remains to be seen how quickly TELUS will then approve the update for its customers.

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