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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Google's newest version of its mobile operating system Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is what essentially equates to a fine tuning of the version that came immediately before it. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pushed the Google mobile OS world together, with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, made for tablets and smartphones respectively, making a single system that's made for all devices, regardless of their screen size. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean takes what Ice Cream Sandwich has and bumps it up a notch in a handful of ways.

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Apple developers out-weigh Android in pre-WWDC Flurry report

Apple developers out-weigh Android in pre-WWDC Flurry report

It appears that in the war between Google's Android and Apple's iOS there's a whole heck of a lot more people excited to get in on WWDC than there are to hang out at Google I/O, so says Flurry Analytics. In their most recent report, Flurry begins by noting that they are tracking 500 million devices and 36 billion anonymous end user sessions a month, and from this they've shown that each month the amount of new project starts growing a giant way, but much more for Apple than it does for Android.

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Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich topples 7% adoption rate

Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich topples 7% adoption rate

Google's latest official numbers for Android are out, and the number of people running the latest version of Android, version 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, is now up to 7.1% of all Android device owners, including both smartphones and tablets. That's up from the previous month when it was sitting at 4.9%, so the number is growing at a nice clip.

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ASUS teases dual-boot Android Windows 8 machine for Computex

ASUS teases dual-boot Android Windows 8 machine for Computex

This year at Computex we're likely going to be seeing a dual-booting Android / Windows 8 device coming from ASUS, the company that brought you the dual-device PadFone last year at this same event. The device we'll be looking at will likely have much of the same impact of that device - that device having gone through quite a few revisions before hitting the market in the end with just Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rather than its original Android 3.0 Honeycomb/Gingerbread combination. What we're expecting this time instead of a phone that plugs into a tablet is a tablet that plugs into a notebook - dual-booting Windows 8 and Android 4.0 might mean a whole new generation of ASUS Transformer Pads for the world by the end of the year.

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Vodafone Smart II offers Android on a budget

Vodafone Smart II offers Android on a budget

If you’re desperate for a capable smartphone running Android but don’t want to break the budget, Vodafone might just have the handset for you. The company has announced the followup to last year’s cheap and cheerful Vodafone Smart, the Smart II. The phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA display, an 800Mhz processor, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. You won’t be getting Ice Cream Sandwich on a budget though, as this device is running Gingerbread.

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Sony Xperia go and acro S deliver waterproof Android

Sony Xperia go and acro S deliver waterproof Android

Sony has outed a pair of new Android smartphones, the Xperia go and Xperia acro S, each water resistant and promising dust and bump protection. The Sony Xperia go - which will arrive in the US as the Xperia advance - is the smaller of the pair, with a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display, 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera, while the Xperia acro S comes in a little larger, at 4.3-inches (1280 x 720) with a 1.5GHz dual-core and a 12-megapixel camera that Sony claims is ready to shoot in under a second.

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Motorola: “if Android 4.0 ICS isn’t better, we don’t want it”

Motorola: “if Android 4.0 ICS isn’t better, we don’t want it”

This week the folks at Motorola are doing their best to let the world know that their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule is based not on their inability to upgrade their devices, but on how willing they are to do so. In a bit of a sting to those who purchased Android devices with Motorola manufacturing over the past year or so, expecting the next Android system upgrade as they did so, the manufacturer has sent out a message to users that if ICS wouldn't "improve" their devices, they would not be updated. Have a peek at the full list below.

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OpenSignalMaps finds nearly 4,000 versions of Android

OpenSignalMaps finds nearly 4,000 versions of Android

If you look at all the different ways people can modify their Android software and all the various kinds of hardware and operating systems, do you know how many different platforms you'll find? Apparently, there are nearly 4,000 "distinct" Android devices in the wild right now. You read that right - four thousand. You think iOS has that many?

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