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Google ditches Donut and Éclair in August data charts – Jelly Bean going strong

Google has ditched Donut and Éclair in their Android (OS running on smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4) charts for the month of August.diss

Phandroid reports, “It’s that time again, time for another update to Android’s platform distribution numbers. This time around, Google’s changing up some things. First off, they’ve completely done away with Donut and Eclair. This isn’t because collectively they only accounted for 1.3% of Android devices last month, but because the Google Play Store app is only compatible with Android 2.2 on up. Since Google provides these numbers as a tool for developers when building apps, we suppose it only makes sense.

“Also new for August is Google now only accounting for Android devices that have pinged Google Play within the last 7 days, as opposed to 14 in previously. This should help weed out devices that really aren’t being used.”

For the month of August, Gingerbread is down to 30.7% from 33.1% in July. Ice Cream Sandwich is also down to 21.7% from 22.5% in July. Jelly Bean is going strong at 40.5% from 40.5% in July.

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Ice Cream Sandwich now running on 5% of all Android devices

Although Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) still runs on most of the Android devices, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) now accounts for 5% of Android devices.

Ice Cream Sandwich was first featured on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in November of 2011 and is the latest iteration of Google’s operating system. Sadly, it is rolling out to devices at an extremely slow pace, but at least ICS has covered more ground. According to Google, ICS now accounts for 4.9% of all Android devices. This is a significant bump up from last month’s 2.9%. Gingerbread is still the most popular, running on smartphones and tablets, at 64.4%.

Although Ice Cream Sandwich is still way behind Gingerbread, it has no beaten Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), which accounts for 3.3% of the pie. Honeycomb is the tablet-optimized version of the OS. ICS works on both smartphones and tablets.

Ice Cream Sandwich will continue to eat up more potions of the pie. It is slowly rolling out to existing devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and is pre-installed on devices such as the quad-core HTC One X and Samsung’s hotly anticipated new flagship the Galaxy S3.

Do you have Ice Cream Sandwich running on your smartphone or tablet, or are you still waiting and stuck with Gingerbread? Tell us through a comment.


Honeycomb update for HTC Flyer rolling out now

What’s the difference between current Android tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the HTC Flyer? Aside from their screen sizes, the two previously mentioned tablets sport 10.1 inch displays while the later sports a 7 inch display, only the Flyer is running Gingerbread (smartphone-optimized) while the two run Honeycomb (tablet-optimized). Now, the Taiwanese firm has announced that it will be rolling out the Honeycomb 3.2 update for its 7 inch tablet today.

Announced on the company’s official Facebook page, HTC said that the Honeycomb update will first roll out to Europe. Soon after, the update will roll out to Flyer customers in the US.

HTC said on its post, “Ready for some ‘sweet’ news? The GSM version of the HTC Flyer tablet, available in Europe, is beginning to receive updates to Honeycomb beginning today!

“Honeycomb brings a ton of improvements to Android on tablets, including the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablet with enhanced Internet browsing, Mail, Calendar and more all optimized for the 7-inch screen.

“Not to be outdone, the Wi-Fi version of the HTC Flyer will receive its Honeycomb update soon, too! Stay tuned for more details.”

Do you own an HTC Flyer? Eager to receive the Honeycomb 3.2 update for your 7 inch slate? Give us your thoughts.


Your Smartphone May Be the Cause behind the Bee’s Decline in Numbers

Do you constantly use your smartphone outdoors? If this is the case, you should know that this is one of the reasons for the bee’s decline in numbers. If you love honey and enjoy the bloom of flowers, you might want to think again before you use your phone outdoors. 

According to recent studies in the Swiss Federal Institute of technology, having smartphones in close proximity of bees has a dramatic effect in their behavior. This may be one of the reasons why their population is decreasing at an alarming rate on a global scale. Since bees communicate through distinct sound waves, mobile phones had a worrying effect on them when the phones were placed in their hives.

As soon as the smartphones were placed within their dwelling, the bees emitted sounds that are indicative of a stressed community. Half a day later, they still showed signs of stressed behavior. The experiment showed that electromagnetic waves emitted by smartphones cause disorientation among bees, which eventually cause their demise.

Of course, none of us leave our mobile devices within the bees’ beehive, but it is still unclear whether our phones have the same effect from a farther range. Since most people (even beekeepers) own mobile devices, does a mass number of smartphones boost the range of these sound waves that affect bees?

Bees play a vital role in ecosystem. They are greatly responsible for the pollination of flowers, which is why we get to see the blooming of flowers all throughout the year. Furthermore, they are important in our food chain as well as in medicine. Honey is used in a number of food products, by itself, and in our medicines. Therefore, if you want to make use of your Samsung Galaxy S2, your iPhone 4, or a Honeycomb device such as the Motorola Xoom, you better make sure that there aren’t any beehives around.


Source:  Crave


Taptu Update Makes App Available For Honeycomb Tablets

In the past, Taptu was available for Android smartphones. When the app could be run on iOS tablets such as the iPad 2, there were a number of Android tablet users that couldn’t help but to feel envious. Now, this is no longer the case. Taptu recently updated to version 1.4, which makes it compatible on Honeycomb tablets. 

There are a number of reasons why the app is so useful. You can check on profile updates on Facebook. You can check on tweets on Twitter. You can reconnect and power your career with LinkedIn. You can even check on a variety of RSS feeds you constantly visit. No, the app does not direct you to RSS feeds and social networks by simply diverting you to a particular website through links. It allows you to see all the streams that interest you in one thumbnail view. Once you see something worth checking out, all you have to do is tap.

Version 1.4 takes advantage of the larger touch screen display of tablets. True, the app was useful when used on Android handsets. However, smaller displays presented a number of limitations. With larger touch screens, you can take full advantage of the app’s functions and features.

Don’t think that you always have to go online when making use of Taptu. The apps allow users to mark things like articles for later of offline reading. This is perfect when there isn’t any Wi-Fi or 3G coverage in the area. Users can also make use of day and night themes that is ideal for daytime and nighttime reading.

For future Honeycomb tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and the LG Optimus Pad, this is a great addition to the list of top grade apps they can make use of. Better yet, the Taptu app is available for free on the Android Market.


Source: Recombu


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