Google's Android website just released its monthly Android version distribution numbers. The latest stats of the platform saw Android 4.4 KitKat debut with 1.1% share of total share.
Android 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the other hand, continue their slow decline. All three versions dropped their cut of the overall distribution. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich saw their biggest drops with 2.2% and 1.2% drops respectively over the past month.
The Android 4.3 update is now rolling out to the Galaxy Note II in Canada, on multiple carriers, such as Mobilicity (SGH-T889V) and Videotron (SGH-T999V). The OTA update should be showing up on devices in the next few hours, though users can also update via Kies.
As we're sure you're aware by this point, the big 700MB+ update brings all sorts of improvements to the two phones, including support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung's KNOX enterprise software and a visual refresh of some menus and icons throughout the system.
The Android 4.3 update brings the following changes and features:
- - GALAXY GEAR Support
- - TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- - Samsung KNOX
- - Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
- - Better RAM management
- - Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- - New Samsung Keyboard
- - GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- - New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- - New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- - Daydream
- - Driving mode
- - Actionable notifications
- - Move-to-SD-card feature
- - New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- - New Additions in Notification Centre
- - Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface - Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- - Implementation of Voice controls (Let's you control various parts of the phone using voice commands - Galaxy S4 feature)
- - New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- - Full screen Samsung apps
- - New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
Android 4.4 KitKat arrived on Halloween having a bag filled with goodies, together with a rejuvenated interface, additional features, better integration with Google's applications and services, along with a slew of enhancements underneath the hood.
While you will find lots of sources online where one can get up to date with Google's latest and finest operating-system, sometimes it's easier to go where the origin is. For individuals who can't get an adequate amount of KitKat, that source is Google's own Android Ramp Up Guide, Android 4.4 (KitKat), available these days free of charge within the Play Store.
Samsung has dedicated to getting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S III flagship and also the official rollout should begin in a couple of weeks' time. If you cannot wait for the official release, you should check out the link before to get the beta version.
The beta version is apparently stable enough to operate like a daily driver, even though it could have a bug or two. It brings numerous UI changes, together with a new configurations menu with tabbed interface as available on newer Samsung flagships. The transparent notification bar is here now too.
Regrettably a lot of the icons within this build continue to be while using old design and Samsung Knox isn't enabled. Which should alternation in the ultimate Android 4.3 ROM for that Universe S III, though, which means you don't need to bother about missing around the security feature.
Should you seem like giving the most recent Jelly Bean version an effort run, you need to follow this connect to download the needed files. Should you not know the right path round the Odin flashing software, you will find a step-by-step tutorial in the via link below.
- Model: GT-I9300
- Country: Germany (Vodafone)
- Version: Android 4.3
- Changelist: 1902166
- Build date: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:24:03 +0000
- Product Code: VFG
- PDA: I9300XXUGMJ9
- CSC: I9300VFGGMJ5
- MODEM: I9300BUUGMJ3
- Download: I9300XXUGMJ9_I9300VFGGMJ5_I9300BUUGMJ3_VFG.zip
- - This firmware will WIPE your device (Perform a backup before flashing)
- - This test firmware will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.
- - This test firmware is a pre-release firmware and not official from Samsung.
- - We have fully tested this firmware and this firmware works perfectly as any other official firmware.
- - Extract (unzip) the firmware file
- - Download Odin3 v3.09 (From here or here)
- - Extract Odin .ZIP file
- - Open Odin3 v3.09
- - Restart phone in download mode (Press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons)
- - Connect phone and wait until you get a blue sign in Odin
- - Add AP_I9300XXUGMJ9_1902166_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to AP
- - Add BL_I9300XXUGMJ9_1902166_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to BL
- - Add MODEM_I9300BUUGMJ3_REV02_REV04_CL1413323.tar.md5 to CP
- - Add CSC_VFG_I9300VFGGMJ5_1986192_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to CSC
- - Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked
- - Click start button, sit back and wait a few minutes.
- - If you encounter any issues with the firmware (Any FC, Bootloop etc)
- - Boot into recovery mode (Home+power+vol up)
- - Choose to wipe/factory reset. (THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA INCLUDING YOUR INTERNAL SD CARD!)
- - Then choose reboot and you should be good to go!
Google detailed the Android Operating System versions in October and it is has proven that Jelly Bean has transpired the 50% adoption rate mark. The 3 Jelly Bean releases have gain ground at the fee for the outdated versions.
2.3 Gingerbread still forces 26.3% of droid devices, getting fallen more than two percentage points since recently. Will still be the 2nd most widely used single version after 4.1 Jelly Bean, though.
Android ICS Sandwich has lost .8 percent points from it share and it has fallen underneath the 20% . Honeycomb (3.2) continues to be in the .1% threshold.
The 3 releases of Jelly Bean have enhanced their shares. 4.1 rose by .8 points, 4.2 gained 1.9 points, while 4.3 added another .8 points. We anticipate seeing a few of the share from the first couple of Jelly Bean releases transfer to 4.3 within the next couple of several weeks weight loss updates are available in.
Android 4.4 KitKat was introduced in the final moment from the survey, therefore it did not reach the charts. It most likely will not possess a significant share of the market the following month either because it is only going to energy Nexus products with that point.
After shown on thThe overall assessment is that 4.4 seems to be a more polished version of the Android platform than has been seen in yesteryear, with a feature set that more closely resembles iOS devices out of the box. As Google has said previously, with KitKat it's targeting the mainstream and this may be its best shot yet shot at tempting loyal iOS users to give it a go.e Nexus last week, Android 4.4 KitKat appeared all over again in a series of leaked screenshots. Now, the upcoming Android release got caught running on a Google Nexus 7.
Consistent with previous leaks, the screenshots reveal a few of the UI changes which Android 4.4 KitKat brings. They include mildly redesigned stock apps including Quickoffice integration, new inclusions in the settings menu, as well as the cool-looking Android KitKat Easter egg.
According to the source of the screenshots, the Android build captured inside them predate the official KitKat announcement. This explains the presence of a Key Lime Pie codename in them.
Google's latest Android release, version 4.4 KitKat, is anticipated to be available this month alongside the upcoming LG Nexus 5 so that as we are nearing the state announcement, the leaks are shown.
According to leaked image, the Android 4.4 KitKat is going to be featuring new location settings menu with a simplified layout. Renamed "location mode" the new settings entry will offer three different modes rather than the currently available multiple selectors for every location tool.
However, these are merely speculations based on the leaked image. We are not sure how real this is, you should take it as a grain of salt for now.
With the Beta release of Chrome for Android rolling out today, it's now easier to create shortcuts on your homescreen to do exactly that. When visiting a website you'd like to save, simply select "Add to homescreen" in the toolbar menu.
Anytime you'd like to open the saved website, you can just tap its icon in your homescreen. For some websites, the shortcut will open inside a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the app switcher.
Also new is the "new tab page" the mimics the design found on desktops. Search is now present right in the middle of the tab (redundant since you could also search from the URL/search bar/Omnibox), and your most frequently visited sites appear along the bottom for quick access. The update is said to go live at some point today, and if you haven't yet, you can live on the bleeding edge and download Chrome Beta for Android via link below.
There were some significant changes in the percentage of devices running the different versions of Android. Just ten months ago Android 2.3.3+ was probably the most predominant Android version by using it running on about 50% of all active Android devices.
Because the historic milestone where Android 4.1 became the predominant version of Android, Jelly Bean continues its rise and last month Android 4.1 and 4.2 had a combined 45 percent share, but Android 4.3 was missing from Google's statistics. Finally after more than two months Android 4.3 has begun to make and impact. Its current share is 1.Five percent.
Android 4.3's adoption now appears to be inline, if not better, with the adoption rate of previous releases. For example, Android 4.2 was launched in mid-November 2012 and by December 3rd 2012 it registered a 0.8 percent share and by January 3rd single.2 percent share. 4.3's 1.Five percent share seems about right.
The Android 4.x versions (including 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) now runs on over two thirds of Android devices. The data are generated by Google using data collected throughout a 7-day period ending on October 2, 2013. All Android versions over the age of Android 2.2 no longer figure in Google's numbers they do not support the new Google Play Store app, which is used as the way of measuring activity.
Gingerbread usage has become significantly within third and is heading towards getting used on a just a quarter of Android devices. The only real other versions of Android which come in Google's numbers are Android 2.2 Froyo, with a 2.2 percent share, and Honeycomb with a stubborn 0.1 percent share. Every time Google releases these numbers I expect Honeycomb to possess disappeared, but it always seems to manage a look and feel.
Samsung is planning to start its Android 4.3 rollout for that its Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 during October and upgrades already are happening for HTC One owners. This should mean that Android 4.3's share increases while Android 4.1 and 4.2 decrease. October should also see the release of Android 4.4 KitKat.
The next version of Android is going to be 4.4 KitKat, and because of that trademarked name, Google has partnered with Nestle to get the word out around. If you were wondering just when you should expect the next release to hit Nexus devices, Nestle may have just outed the time-frame.
Next month happens when Android 4.4 should be out and about already, according to an employee from Nestle's German arm. Responding to a customer's inquiry on Facebook, she or he said, simply, that the KitKat version of the OS will be available in October.
Android 4.4 KitKat
This comes to ‘confirm' previous rumors that spoke of the October 14 unveiling for that LG Nexus 5 plus the new software bits. Obviously, that date could still change, but at this point it is looking increasingly clear that October would be the month of KitKat. Or something like that.
Finally though, keep in mind the possibility that this particular Nestle employee was just employing a little bit of wishful thinking, and doesn't really have any insider information on the release date of the OS.