Google Android PDK, Goodbye to Fragmentation?

 

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 Only 7% of the devices on the market using the latest release, also outdated Android Froyo 2.2 (19%).

 

LG Optimus L7 Launches on Optus Prepaid, Allphones and Telechoice for $269

 

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.

 

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Who Will Receive the Update?

 

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.

 

 

Android is the Platform of Choice in Spain

 

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%.

 

Stable Chrome Version is Out!

 

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.

Brief Overview on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

 

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.

Instagram is Now Updated on Android

 

After upgrading Instagram iPhone, there are also updates of the mobile app for the Android platform. The version is 1.1.4 and is compatible with smartphones and tablet with the version 2.2 or Froyo or higher.

The updates include:

- Ability to share pictures taken and edited on Instagram to Facebook . The share will be automatically associating the Instagram account to the social network.

- The application can be installed or updated directly from the official Google Play.

 

The Google Nexus 7 is Available for Pre-Order

 

In this post, we will talk about the first tablet of Google, called the Nexus 7. The Google Nexus 7 tablet is the first device to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

It has a 7-inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixels, Wi-Fi, NFC, quad-core processor Nvidia Tegra 3 (With a 12-core GPU), front camera of 1.2 MP, pre-loaded Chrome browser, increased use of YouTube, optimized Google Maps, and a battery of 4,325 mAh.

The tablet does not have 3G or 4G, nor has a microSD card slot.

According to Google, the Nexus 7 is constructed so that the user can take advantage of the reproduction of Google and its contents. The tablet will be available in mid-July in two versions: 8GB (which costs $199.99) and 16GB ($ 249).

Currently, orders are open. Note that for the moment, the tablet is available for pre-order only in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia.

Details of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

 

Today, June 27, is one of the important days of Google . The company announced its first tablet, a new version of Android, and a device that is in a class of its own.

But in this post, we will talk about the new software that Google has revealed: the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is offered as an update from mid-July, first to the Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, and Motorola Xoom tablets.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean brings many improvements, including:

- User interface and faster Swabian

- Improved graphics

- The icons and widgets that move around the home screen are now automatically resized

- Enhanced voice search and the results are published faster

- Voice typing online

- Improves the playback speed in the browser and the memory usage is very low

- Greater experience of HTML5 video

- Enhanced Keyboard

- Applications for payment will be encrypted with a device-specific key before they are delivered and stored on the device

 

Firefox 14: The Fastest Android Browser

 

In the Windows world, the Firefox Web browser remains very popular. And now, the Firefox Web browser has just released a version 14 for Android.

The software has been updated and features ground up with a native GUI and GPU acceleration. This should  currently be the fastest Firefox Web Browser on Android smartphones and Tablets. With the new user interface, the Firefox browser now runs faster, reacts faster to user input, and consume less memory.

Previously, it took several seconds to start Firefox. The web content will now be composed with the help of the GPU. This allows the application efficient resource management and less wasteful consumption. The home screen of the browser can be fitted to your taste.

 

Google Confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean With New Statue

 

Google has confirmed the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update with a curious statue in the garden Googleplex, surrounded by other sweets representing the different versions of the Android system.

Typically, with each Google update that was released by Android, the company built a commemorative figure to publicize the new system, and now we see the figures of Jelly Bean representing version 4.1 of Android.

A day before the Google I / O conference that will take place on June 27 , Google lets us see a little of what they present, and one of the topics will be the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. The technology community has been excited to see the curious figure of these goodies in the garden of Googleplex.

The “jelly beans” are gummy candy, and Google chose to name the new Android 4.1, as these names are according to the letters of the alphabet, was formerly Ice Cream Sandwich with the letter “I” and now with the letter “J” Jelly Bean.

With this curious figure, we expect the news to be presented at the Google I / O conference. There will surely be many developers and fans are waiting.