The latest reports data from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech shows that Android OS has a spectacular 1st Quarter this year, Android is not controlling 57.6% of the smartphone market in the U.S. which is a BIG number. The number increased more than 8.3% than last year Q4,2013.
At the same time, it was a tough month for Apple's iOS in the US. During those same three months, Apple's U.S. market share declined 7.8% from last year, to become only 35.9% of the total US marketshare.
iOS is still struggling to keep up with Android which seems to be growing every year, everywhere, not just the U.S. check the source link for more info about your country marketshare.
Do you have an Android Smartphone ? Tablet ? TV ? Smartwatch ? Glasses ?... How about an Android laptop ?!
A leaked video demo reveals the "HP Slatebook 14" an Android-powered laptop with a 14" 1080p touchscreen. It's not a dual-boot device, it's pure Android. The specs sheet didn't leak yet, but the video is promising a slim and lightweight design. Without the need for a second battery behind the screen, the device should be thinner than 20mm.
It's positioned as an affordable device, though so we shouldn't expect anything too cheap. The body seems to be made of polycarbonate and will likely be available in bright colors.
The HP Slatebook 14 features a 1080p screen, but a cheaper version with a lower screen resolution might be available too. It will be powered by Tegra 4 CPU with rumored 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. The Android version is unclear, but it's rumored to be Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
There are also three full size USB 2.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The connectivity features include a SIM card slot, presumably for HP DataPass. The Slatebook 14 also packs Beats audio speakers.
ARM's executive vice president of corporate strategy, Tom Lantzsch, spoke to CNET and shared that the company has had a noticeable increase in interest for 64-bit mobile processors. More specifically, the 64-bit Cortex-A53 has received a lot of attention from device makers.
The interest was so high in fact, that it came as a surprise to ARM's executives in the chip design department. Lantzsch believes ARM and its Partners will be ready to launch Smartphones with 64-bit CPUs this Christmas, although that's as specific as he got. He notes that when 64-bit software gets released, products could change for the better
"We've been surprised at the pace that 64-bit is now becoming mobile centric. Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Marvell are examples of public 64-bit disclosures. Even existing 32-bit code will run more efficiently on [ARM's 64-bit] v8-A architecture than on native 32-bit ARM architecture" - Tom Lantzsch, ARM executive and vp.
A leaked Screenshot shows what Google is baking for the Upcoming Android version, a Complete Makeover to the Android Icons. In KitKat 4.4 we saw a redesigned Home-screen, launcher, soft buttons and status bar, Google won't stop there but it will take these changes to the Next level with the Upcoming Android version.
As you can see in the Screenshot above, a Completely New App Icons design, including all Google Apps and default Android system Apps too such like (Google Play, Email, Gmail, People, Calender, Maps, Camera, Photos, Hangouts... etc). We should expect a slightly minor changes to these Apps User Interface too. Google already updated all its Apps with the left-slide menu that has all the settings the user need instead of using the Action bar.
In the list above you'll see the difference between Google Web Apps Icons, Current Android Apps Icons and the New Redesigned Android Apps Icons. Google is still keeping its 3D-Holo Effect with the new designs but used the long-shadow technique to show the layers of every icon. Android icons is starting to look like the current Web icons.
These New icons is highly expected to be in the Upcoming Android Version 4.5 which is rumored to be announced this June. Google will also updates its Android design guidelines so Apps developers redesign there icons and logos to suite the New Android UI.
Chrome for Android version 34 has a Great Hidden feature, a Newer look for the NTP (New Tab Page). The New look NTP puts Google Search bar in the middle with current Google doddle above it, your most visited websites below it, and two buttons, One for your Bookmarks in a better designed list, the other button is for Recent Tabs for all your other synced Google devices (Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone, iPad... etc).
To Get this New look just follow the few Steps below, It's completely safe and you can undo it at any time. Make sure you have the latest Chrome version 34 from the play store to get the same look as in the screenshot above.
Head to Chrome Address bar and type Chrome://Flags/ then Hit Enter to open this setting page.
Scroll down and Search for "Enable the New NTP. Android" Flag.
If you are already on your Chrome Browser, you can Click this link HERE to get there directly.
Now, Enable the New NTP, by selecting "Enable" from the Drop-down menu.
You'll have to ReLaunch Chrome for Android, note that this will close all currently open tabs. You're DONE!