Today Google released the December report of its distribution chart for the Android platform which is targeted for the developers (it can be seen in the image below). This primarily tells us about the progress it has made in terms of market share in each month when it comes to the different Operating System variants. The newest flavour of Android is version 6.0 Marshmallow, which now powers 0.5% of devices out there. There is an increment of 0.3% in the last month. Also in the same time period, Lollipop's market share has gone up to 29.5%, which is almost 4% more than what was in November.
With 36.6% of the market, KitKat's share has decreased slightly and the three Jelly Bean releases altogether are now at 26.9%, around 2% less than last month. Both Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread have lost some market share, and for some unknown reasons the historic Froyo OS is still stagnant at 0.2% share. It is also evident that the devices running on older variants of the OS are not included. It is expected that Marshmallow's share will increase in the first half of 2016, owing to the upgrade of the devices bought in 2015.
Researchers of the 5G network reaches a Record-breaking speeds at the test site, which is the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Center (5GIC). The Network was able to reach the speed of 1 Terabytes per second (1Tbps) which is technically the same data capacity of a fibreoptic cable but wirelessly. This is a big break-thought in the wireless technology.
It will take years to see a fully functional 5G Networks available for public use (probably by 2018) and even some more years to see a Smartphone with a 5G chip that can handle this speed probably by (2020).
"Researchers at the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) managed one terabit per second (Tbps) - many thousands of times faster than current data connections.
At 1Tbps, it would be theoretically possible to download a file 100 times the size of a feature film in about three seconds. The speed is more than 65,000 times faster than average 4G download speeds." - BBC News, report.
Cyanogen's employee Adnan Begovic dropped quite the bomb over the Seattle Coderush dev event. He claims today Cyanogen has over 50 million users, which is more than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined.
And let me stop you before you start digging evidences and reports that this is not true. He is absolutely right, at least technically.
Windows Mobile is the key here the OS is the predecessor of Windows Phone and very few people are still using it today. The golden era of the Windows Mobile has been long over and only few users are still using their WM phones. Most of them probably use the notorious HTC HD2 and may even not run WM, but that's for another topic.
There is a chance Adnan Begovic meant Windows Phone instead of Windows Mobile. This means someone at Cyanogen was too keen to brag before making any proper calculations. Windows Phone had 50 million active users by the end of 2013 as per AdDuplex report, which means 20 months later those should be a lot more. And we are sure BlackBerry users are enough to tip the scales even if the Microsoft platform has been standing still.
We posted about Angry Birds 2 launch about two weeks ago, the game was launched in Google Play store for free. Rovio today announced that the new game has been already downloaded 20 million times.
According to Rovio, Angry Birds 2 is currently the most downloaded game on Android. Interesting facts: since the launch of the game, the slingshot in Angry Birds 2 has been used more than 1.4 billion times, and users have completed over 300 million levels.
Rovio says that Angry Birds is hugely popular in the markets where the original game first became a hit, but it's also becoming well-known in China, where "a new generation of gamers" are only now discovering the addictive game. There are more than 700 million smartphone users in China, which means that Angry Birds 2 could soon break new download records.
According to South Korean outlet News1 the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has hit 4.5 million sales globally about a month after its launch (September,26th). That's a little lower than the 5 million units its predecessor sold in its first month, but the Galaxy Note 3 got a wider release initially. These numbers doesn't include the Galaxy Note Edge sales.
The Galaxy Note 4 started off in South Korea and China and has been expanding its availability ever since. It started selling in the US only recently.
The flagship phablet also experienced some delays in markets like the UK and India where sales started a week ago. As for China, Samsung rolled out the dual-SIM versions only a couple of days ago.
The Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update for the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 LTE-A I9506 got a limited release in Europe (Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) a few days ago. Now, the update has expanded to Scandinavia Sweden, Norway, Finland and Austria too.
Also, The Galaxy S4 I9505 update will begin its roll-out starting next month (March).
All these countries are receiving the same update to Android Build 5.0.1, You can check for an OTA update from the About screen in the settings menu. Bear in mind it's a large update (over 1.0GB) so best to be on Wi-Fi when you download it.
The Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge have started to receive security updates for the month of November just recently. If you are wondering why the two devices did not get the update earlier, the answer is that they are both old devices now and have therefore slipped way down the ladder of priority. Even though these phones were flagships from Samsung in 2014, the two year expiry date is already over.
The security patch is around 60 MB in size and alongside the Android SMR for November, it also brings improvements in domestic data roaming on the two smartphones. After you have downloaded and installed the small update on your device, the firmware version should change to N910TUVS2EPK2 on the Note 4 and to N915TUVS2DPK2 on the Note Edge. If you have any of the two handsets on T-Mobile, you should be prompted to update your device anytime now. Don't be confused by T-Mobile's official page where the last update rollout date for these two phones from the carrier is still being shown as October 24. It's just that they haven't updated that page yet.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)