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14
Feb
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Study says Android 4.0 and iOS 8 are most likely to crash your apps


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Ever had the feeling that certain phone operating systems are more likely to crash your apps than others? It’s not just you. Crittercism has posted its latest breakdown of crash reports from about 20,000 apps, and it’s clear that certain operating systems aren’t as friendly as others. On Android, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) is most likely to wreck your day; KitKat (4.4) is close behind, while Lollipop’s early reputation for glitches apparently doesn’t affect apps. With Apple devices, however, the tables turn. While iOS’ app crash rate is lower overall, iOS 8 is a bit more problematic than its predecessor. That’s not surprising given that Apple hasn’t had as much time to tackle issues in 8, but you may feel better if you’re still holding on to 7.

Don’t be too quick to brag about your choice of platform. The stats say a lot about app stability, but they don’t tell the story of your operating system. A rock-solid social networking client doesn’t matter much if basic Android or iOS features are breaking down. Also, the info may be skewed by the number of active users. It’s hard to know how reliable Lollipop will be in the long run when only a small slice of Android devices are running it, after all. If nothing else, Crittercism’s figures show that stability doesn’t consistently improve or deteriorate — sometimes, it varies from release to release.

Photo by Will Lipman.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Apple, Google

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Via: ZDNet, DailyTech

Source: Crittercism

4
Feb
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AT&T Galaxy S5 receiving update, Android 4.4.4 KitKat, VoLTE and more


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We have been informing you of update after update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 around the globe, and now it is time for AT&T customers to have their turn. The OTA is rolling out now, but you are not to enjoy Android 5.x Lollipop, welcome folks to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

In addition to the bump in KitKat version, going from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, AT&T Galaxy S5 users will now have HD Voice capability, which the rest of us just call VoLTE. If that is not enough for you, you are now the proud owner of some new apps, whether you like it or not.

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The changelog on this nearly 500MB official OTA update is as follows:

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  •   – Miscellaneous improvements, bug fixes and security updates
  • HD Voice Capability (VoLTE)
  • AT&T Service additions:
  •   – Mail – ATT Mail (att.net mail)
  •   – AT&T Live
  •   – Uber
  •   – Remote Support

If you are a root user, please remember that this KitKat update will more than likely patch up your exploited version of Android. You’ll need to hang off for a new exploit before you can enjoy root functionality again.

Watch for the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OTA update on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 coming soon, if it hasn’t landed already. Those we have heard from report that the update indeed is an improvement on device performance, even if it isn’t the Lollipop you were hoping for.

Are you excited for Android 4.4.4 KitKat on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5?



24
Jan
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Google addresses WebView security concerns, makes recommendations on how to stay safe


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If you are still waiting for Google to do something about the WebView vulnerabilities in older Android releases, you may not be a fan of their official response to the matter. Google says they’ve already fixed it, sort of, but at least offered ways that you can protect yourself and your data going forward.

In a recent Google+ post, echoing an older DevBytes video and our own take on the matter, Google has addressed the WebView issues that have been of growing target for complaints of the free and open source Android OS. Android releases prior to KitKat, that is, versions 4.3 and older, have a known code injection flaw in the WebView element.

WebView is broken, don’t use it

WebView is a tool within Android that allows apps to display web content within the app, you’ve all seen these before as ads at the bottom of a free game or an in-app web based help page. Although the Google+ post goes on to describe a few best practices, the underlying message is unforgiving and clear, WebView is broken, so don’t use it.

Perhaps Google’s advice is easier said than done, especially for the casual gamers in the crowd, but disabling the default Android browser and installing Chrome, Dolphin or another full web browser is good advice regardless the issues. Developers, please familiarize yourself with the best practices for your apps, to keep us secure.

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Now, didn’t you say that Google fixed the issue? Well, yes, sort of. Google took the time in the Google+ post to explain that they have limited resources for working on older versions of Android. Plainly put, Android 4.4 KitKat included the fix to the WebView bug. Keeping in mind that KitKat is over a year old now itself, having been through versions up to 4.4.4 before giving way to Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is also a couple versions in already. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is already shipping out to some devices.

Bottom line, users of devices running Jellybean and older are just out of luck. Please take the precautions discussed, or have a look at installing a custom ROM, if one is available for your Android unit.

Is this an acceptable response from Google, or should they dedicate more staff to fixing older Android releases? Before you answer, I might suggest taking a look at the latest Android distribution numbers.



4
Jan
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Xiaomi announces Redmi 2S, launches in China


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Xiaomi is keeping its momentum going as it just launched the Redmi 2S in China earlier today. The device is a budget-class smartphone and will cost a mere $113. The Redmi 2S is the successor to the Redmi 1S (also sometimes called the Hongmi 1S), which was launched in May 2014.

The specs for the Redmi 2S aren’t anything spectacular, but it also won’t break your wallet. The display is 4.7-inches with 720p IPS. The cameras are 8MP and 2MP, back and front respectively. The main feature of this phone is the addition of a 4G LTE antenna, which supports GSM, WCDMA, TD LTE and LTE FDD networks.

So, what’s under the hood in terms of processors? Keep reading after the break.

The processor that is shipping with this phone is the 64-bit Snapdragon 410. It’ll be running with 1GB of RAM and have 8GB of storage capacity, all powered by a 2200mAh battery.

The Redmi 2S is shipping with Android KitKat 4.4, and not Lollipop. The reason I bring this up is that, along with the 1GB of RAM, the inclusion of a 64-bit processor is fluff.

Firstly, the Play Store still mainly features apps that are created for 32-bit processors. Unless those apps were created in Java, it’s still going to take some time to make the shift to 64-bit. Secondly, Android 5.0 really sets the stage for 64-bit processing and without it an average user may never really notice any speed differences between 32-bit and 64-bit. Finally, it is only coming with 1GB of RAM. There are many perks to 64-bit processors outside of that >4GB of RAM argument, but the Redmi 2S doesn’t appear to be taking advantage of anything with the addition of a 64-bit CPU.

In closing, I would not recommend this device unless you just have to have 4G LTE because you’re not around WiFi often enough, or you just have an extra $100 laying around burning a hole through your wallet. Alternatively, if your smartphone just broke and all you have is a $100 for a new device, you could consider the Redmi 2S.

Source: GizmoChina

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4
Nov
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Monthly Android Distribution Infographic Shows KitKat on 30% of Devices



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It’s a new month, and that means we get a new infographic showing us the Android distribution on those devices out there. As you can see by the numbers, KitKat has climbed to 30% taking the much deserved lead to all the other versions of Android. That percentage will most likely still rise in numbers, even though the next update we will have some of that beautiful Android Lollipop on it. Let us know what version of Android you are currently running on your devices.

Source: Droid-Life


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4
Nov
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KitKat now powers over 30% of all Android devices


November Distribution Figures

Google has just published its latest distribution figures for the Android operating system. The numbers were uploaded to the official Developer Dashboard blog and reveal a consistent growth in the amount of users running KitKat (4.4), whilst older versions of the OS continue on their long path towards extinction.

As is the norm, this data was collected by recording which operating systems customers were running when they accessed the Google Play Store over a 7-day period, which ended on Tuesday, November 3, 2014. This consequently gives Google an insight as to which version of Android is running on active devices all around the world. The team at Mountain View then break down this information and condense it into a pie chart for us to comb through.

You’ll immediately notice that Cupcake, Donut, Eclair and Honeycomb are missing from the chart – this doesn’t mean they no longer exist, because they do. In actual fact, they’re absent because the earlier builds of the operating system can no longer access the updated version of the Play Store. However, Google did create a separate post suggesting that “versions older than Android 2.2 accounted for about 1% of the devices that checked in to Google servers.”

As you can see Froyo is almost at the point of being wiped out, holding just 0.6% of the Android market share — down 0.1% from September’s reading. Gingerbread has decreased dramatically, now measuring in at 1.6% under last month’s 11.4%.

The amount of users running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 – 4.0.4) seems to have reduced slightly, too, with total market distribution dropping down to 8.5%. That’s a 1.1% decrease from last month’s 9.6%. The data also exhibits that the usage of Jelly Bean (4.1.x – 4.3) has also declined, dropping down from 53.8% to 50.9%.

KitKat (4.4) is the only version of the operating system to face an increase this month, with an inflation of a whopping 5.7%, now weighing in at 30.2% of the total market share. Clearly, more people are purchasing Android 4.4-compatible smartphones and tablets, which is great as it means that the operating system can continue to expand, without leaving any users with outdated devices behind.

Do you want to find out more about these latest distribution figures? If so, simply head on over to the Android Developer Dashboard by clicking the source link below.

Source: Android Developer Dashboard

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10
Oct
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Lenovo intros the Android-powered Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro


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Lenovo has just announced a few premium tablets to their YOGA lineup. Let’s take a look to see what they’ve just released.

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2

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The YOGA tablet lineup has long been a frontrunner in unique design, offering a kickstand with the majority of the offerings. The Tablet 2 is no exception, now with a kickstand that can rotate almost 180 degrees for maximum comfort. The big feature here is the new Hang Mode, which basically means it can be positioned anywhere comfortably. The Tablet 2 also offers two big front-facing Dolby Audio speakers, a 1080p display, and an Intel Atom quad core processor.

The YOGA Tablet 2 comes in two different sizes: 8 or 10 inches. Both tablets also have an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB on board storage, with MicroSD card support for up to 64GB. Check out the full list of specs below.


Processor: Intel® AtomTM Processor Z3745 (2M cache, 4 cores, up to 1.86 GHz)

Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat

Display/Resolution: 8-in or 10.1-in Full HD (1920×1200) IPS display with 10-point multitouch & 178o wide viewing angle

Color: Platinum Silver

Memory: 2GB LP-DDR3 memory

Storage: 16GB, Supporting Micro SD card up to 64 GB

Audio: 2x front large-chamber speakers, Dolby® Audio, Wolfson® Master Hi-Fi

Ports: Micro USB (OTG), 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro SD card

Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) , Optional 4G (in select countries, not US): WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)1, GSM/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz)1, Integrated Bluetooth® 4.02

Camera: 8MP f2.2 rear camera with Auto-focus, 1.6M HD front camera

Battery: Extended battery life with up to 18 hours on a single charge

Weight: 8-in model: 0.92 lbs (419 g), 10-in model: 1.36 lbs (619 g)

Dimensions: 8-in model: 8.3 in x 5.9 x (.1 – .3) in [210 mm x 149 mm x (2.7 – 7.0) mm], 10-in model: 10.0 in x 7.2 in x (.1 -.3) in inches [ 255 mm x 183 mm x (3.0-7.2) mm] 

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro

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The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro aims to give users a unique home theater experience. It offers a 13.3-inch Quad HD screen, along with a built-in projector to create a 50-inch home theater experience on any wall. The Tablet 2 Pro also has the same kickstand as the Tablet 2 offerings, able to rotate almost 180 degrees. These new kickstands aim to give users more options while using it. The included “modes” that are possible are Hold, Stand, Tilt, or Hang.

The Tablet 2 Pro has an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, with MicroSD card support for up to 64GB. Let’s take a look at the official spec list:


Processor: Intel® AtomTM Processor Z3745 (2M cache, 4 cores, up to 1.86 GHz)

Operating System: Android v4.4 KitKat

Display/Resolution: 13.3-in Quad HD (2560×1440) IPS display

Color: Platinum Silver

Memory: 2GB LPDDR3

Storage: 32GB, Supporting Micro SD card up to 64GB

Audio: 2x front large-chamber speakers with 1.5W output each, plus a 5W rear JBL®subwoofer for a total 8W surround system. Dolby® Audio, Wolfson® Master Hi-Fi

Ports: Micro USB (OTG), 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro SD card

Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) , Optional 4G1 (in select countries, not US): WCDMA (900/2100

Camera: 8MP f2.2 rear camera with Auto-focus, 1.6M HD front camera

Projector: 40-50 Lumen Pico Projector with WVGA (854×480) Resolution

Battery: Extended battery life with up to 15 hours on a single charge

Weight: 2.09 lbs (950 g)

Dimensions: 13.1 in x 8.8 in x 0.1-0.5 in (333 mm x 223 mm x 3.7-12.6 mm)

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18
Aug
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KitKat rollouts begin for the Sony Xperia M2 and M2 Dual



Ten days ago Sony announced that an Android 4.4, KitKat, update was available fro the Sony Xperia E1 and E1 dual. Pending location and carrier pushes, of course. At the end of that announcement they said that KitKat was on the way for the Sony Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 dual next. While they were all slated for a July release, a month late ins’t all that terrible.

Sony Xperia M2 Android 4.4


The changelog for what the update will bring looks pretty good, and very similar to previous Sony device updates.

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation…
  • We’ve added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and live wallpaper across the lock and home screens
  • Better storage choice – you now have the option to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card – we recognised the need to have more control over your content… as something particularly useful for devices with slightly less space
  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, What’s New, and Battery STAMINA Mode, Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • And proving pretty popular, now totalling over 2 million downloads (!) – our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles…
  • Compatibility with our SmartWear Experience; SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog app – enabling you to record social, physical and entertainment activities and have them all visualised in a beautiful interface… reminisce at that past, make the best of the present and plan for the future

As with any update like this, specific market timing and availability will be released independently. Unlike the previous announcement, Sony didn’t toss out any device names that are next up. If you happen to own a Xperia M2 or M2 Dual, eel free to check for the update on your device and/or through the Sony Companion app. Let us know if you see it and where you are located.

Source: Sony Blog


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13
Aug
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KitKat is now running on more than 20 percent of Android devices


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In case there was any doubt that KitKat now has a solid foothold in the Android world, Google just offered some proof. Its usage data for early August shows that KitKat is on more than a fifth of active Android devices, at 20.9 percent. That’s a healthy improvement over July (17.9 percent), and a big leap over the 14.9 percent we saw in June. The folks in Mountain View aren’t explaining the steady growth, but it’s easy to figure out what’s going on — big-name devices like the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S are bringing this latest OS flavor to a wider audience, and many older gadgets are still getting upgrades.

To no one’s surprise, that surge is coming at the expense of older releases. Every pre-KitKat version has declined, and Ice Cream Sandwich is only just floating above the 10 percent mark; at its current rate, it’s going to (finally) reach the single digits very soon. Whether or not KitKat ever reaches the majority is another matter. Android L is just a few months away, and it’s a big enough update that its predecessor might not grow quickly for much longer.

Android version share, August 2014

Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Mobile, Google

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Via: Droid-Life

Source: Android Developers

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8
Aug
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KitKat update rolling out for Sony Xperia E1 and E1 Dual



Sony has been working pretty hard to get their devices updated to Android 4.4 KitKat over the last several months. While the stateside devices have been lacking in updates, the rest of the worlds variants are moving right along. Today the Sony blog has alerted users of the Sony Xperia E1 and the E1 Dual that the KitKat update is ready for your downloading pleasure. Yes, a little later than expected, but it is official at least.

Sony Xperia E1 KitKat

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation…
  • We’ve added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and livewallpaper across the lock and home screens
  • Better storage choice – you now have the option to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card – we recognised the need to have more control over your content… as something particularly useful for devices with slightly less space
  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, Sony Select, and Battery STAMINA Mode, Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • And proving pretty popular, now totaling over 2 million downloads (!) – our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles…


As with all updates though, your region and carrier could put a slowmo process on the update offering. I assume that the update will be handled via the Sony PC Companion as well as via a traditional OTA. However, I have noticed some devices will only be updated via the Sony PC Companion. You may want to hook your device up to your PC and see if you have an update waiting for there.

Next on the docket of devices to get some KitKat treatment from Sony is the Xperia M2 and M2 Dual. So rest assured if you own one of those devices that you will see something soon.

Source: Sony Blog


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