During the first day of Google I / O in San Francisco, the Mountain View, the company has also reserved an important announcement to manufacturers of smartphones and tablets based on the most popular operating system in the mobile market. Android Platform Developers Kit (PDK) is the name of development kits that Google’s intentions, should end the age-old question of fragmentation .
The developers have access to the Software Development Kit (SDK) for applications made compatible with different versions of Android. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not have the time to test the latest release of the operating system with their own devices. For this reason, they are still being placed on the market of new smartphone based on Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 , released by Google in February 2011. This applies especially for the cheaper models, on which the producer invests less resources, unlike the high-end handsets that integrate the most recent version Android 4.x.
Google said that the Platform Developers Kit will be sent to OEM partners two or three months before the release of the new Android operating system. In this way, the producers should have time on their devices to make all the necessary tests before launch. At least for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean , however, this time window will be limited to less than a month.
According to statistics published on the dashboard of the developers, the version of Android Gingerbread is the most common (65%), despite Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) was released in October 2011. Only 7% of the devices on the market using the latest release, also outdated Android Froyo 2.2 (19%).
In Australia, the LG Optimus L7 is launching on Optus Prepaid, Allphones and Telechoice for $269. However, if you purchase it from Optus Prepaid online, you’ll get 10% off, bringing the price down to $242.10.
The Optimus L7 sports a 4.3-inch 800×480 IPS NOVA Display, a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. Unlike most of Sony’s new offerings, the LG Optimus L7 runs with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 5MP camera that can only shoot VGA video at 30FPS. Therefore, this won’t be a great choice for anyone wanting to shoot legible 720p HD video.
The device also has 21Mbit HSPA 900/2100MHz, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 round out the wireless connectivity options. The external storage goes up to 32GB and there’s also 4GB internal along with 512MB of RAM.
The Google Nexus 7 and Android Jelly Bean: they were both expected and did not betray the expectations. Google has unveiled its first tablet, which will be sold directly online with a price ranging between $199 and $ 249 , and the new version of its mobile platform, the Jelly Bean 4.1 . What will happen to all the devices already in circulation?
Beyond the presentations and debuts, the recurring question in these early days of the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is always the same: which devices will be updated? And most importantly, when will the update be? Yes, because this time the vast majority of smartphones and tablets in circulation has not yet received Android 4.0 ICS and the risk is that Jelly Bean does not arrive at all.
Some examples? Take the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich should arrive by summer, between July and August, and Jelly Bean there are no certainties. The tablet had debuted with Honeycomb 3.1 and the new version would be the third update. Will there be? It is not known yet, but we have all the technical characteristics have remained virtually the same as in the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 2.
Spanish users of smartphones seem to have it clear: Android is the platform of choice, winning over the iOS. Is this the general trend seen in Europe? No. The majority mobile operating system on the continent is Apple, however, with Android heels.
Thus, while in Spain, 42% of market share is already Android and Apple is situated far in 24%. In Europe things are more at odds. Apple has 33% share, while Android is at 31%. But, taking a look at the evolution of recent months, it is not unreasonable to expect Google to go to the top spot soon. In December 2011, Android was only at 24%.
Where are the other platforms? In Spain, it is noteworthy that the platform that occupies third place is still BlackBerry, with 16.4%. Symbian, meanwhile, managed to stay still in fourth place, but with a market share that is very low. Symbian is only at 4.1%.
When the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced, so was the Chrome for Android BETA. It took sometime for Google to have this great browser to be part of their Android system. And when it finally was, it then became the primary browser.
Today, the Chrome Team is happy to announce that the stable version is out for Androdi 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later. This stable update improves the performance of the browser along with some bug fixes and user interface improvement, especially for the tablet.
You can go to Google Play to download the stable version for Chrome. Or, you can update your current Beta version.
In the Google I/O 2012, the new Android version has been announced and it is officially named as the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This new version is not a major upgrade compared to the transition from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0 but rather the Android 4.1 is just a refinement of the awesome Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with much integrated Google services.
The Jelly Bean user interface is much improved. It is fast, fluid and smooth, due to the triple buffering in the graphics pipleline. In the demo from Google I/O, the Galaxy Nexus running on Jelly Bean has a higher frame rate compared to the same machine with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google Now is a new integrated system. It makes Android device a lot smarter. It can detect traffic when you live home and can suggest alternate routes. If you happen to be a in certain place Google Now will suggest any good restaurants and their best recipes. This is great improvement to the Google Places that we knew. Google Now also also offers real-time sport score updates. This will be make third-party sport apps obsolete.
Android Jelly Bean also features “Offline Voice Typing”. With this, you no longer connected to the cloud because the A.I is already on your device, unlike Siri and other voice assistant. It is available in 18 major languages including Arabic, Hebrew and Persian.
Notification is one of the most vital feature of a Smartphone and Android Jelly Bean did some great improvements on this part. The Gmail Notification now includes unread email preview better to be updated on our emails. Google+ is also integrated to the system as you can now +1 or share photos from Google+ with out entering the Google+ App. It also offers encryption to the apps when you download it from Play Store, according to the Verge is a way to combat Android app piracy.