Android distribution numbers show little changes for Q4 of 2015

Android distribution numbers for Q4 of 2015 are here, and some changes can be spotted already! The updates inside the Android ecosystem are small but expected, considering the launch of Marshmallow and its slightly increasing influence. Marshmallow sits now on 0.5% of Android devices while Android Lollipop is closing in on KitKat at 29.5% of the market. KitKat is still king of the Android world, owning 36.6% of devices. Jelly Bean has seen a drop from 29 to 26.9% of the market and Ice Cream Sandwich is down to 2.9% from 3.3%. Gingerbread (3.4%) and Froyo (0.2%) are still on positions but will soon be phased out. If you want to see more about the Android OS development and version numbers, you can check out the source link below. Source: DroidLife via Android Developers

GravityBox Marshmallow version of Xposed Module released

GravityBox released a Marshmallow-compatible version earlier today. The all-in-one toolkit from Xposed Framework is available as a separate app in order to let older OS versions devices use it as well. The older versions will keep being available to users with devices that run on JellyBean, KitKat and Lollipop.       The GravityBox Xposed module has some of the most important and utilitarian tweaks for Android including changes for the status bar, launcher, lockscreen, Navigation bar and dialer. This new version will not include any new features, but that should not change anyone’s experience. There are some things missing at the moment, like QuickSettings tiles, but the overall experience is very similar to the Lollipop version.   You can get the GravityBox version 6.0.0 from the Xpose Module Depository or from the APK Mirror HERE.   Source: XDA Developers Forum

Android OS distribution numbers show massive Lollipop distribution

Android OS distribution numbers are out and it appears that Lollipop is becoming more and more popular among Android users. Google finally released its files and the results are as expected. Android 6.0 Marshmallow just got on the market and is not on these spreadsheets, but Lollipop still remains the star of the show, at least for now.     Lollipop owns 23.5 percent of the market right now, and it comprises versions 5.0 and 5.1 as well. This OS version had the fastest and steadiest growth of all updates by managing to double its numbers every other month or so. Every other OS is slowly and steadily going down at the moment, even Android 4.3 KitKat, whose decline started in May. It is still holding its ground and top position in the Android OS game with 38.9 percent of the pie charts.   Jelly Bean is still holding strong on its three versions, collectively owning 30 percent of the market. The oldest Android OS version that just doesn’t seem to quit yet is 2.2 Froyo, who still owns 0.2 percent of the market. These are definitely its final days on the planet though.   Come next quarter revelations, a new player will be added to that list. It will be Marshmallow, or Android 6.0. We will have to see if its adoption will be as rapid as Lollipop’s. Since the overall response from manufacturers when it comes to the new Android OS version was slow, it may take a while for the market to […]

Huawei announces Ascend P8 Lite – a mid-range device destined for the US market

Huawei recently announced the Ascend P8 Lite, a mid-range device that should compete with the Moto G on the US market. This phone costs around $250 and it is available on Huawei’s official store in black or white and there are no signs that it will be backed by carriers because the manufacturer doesn’t want this.     Ascend P8 Lite is a decent mid-range device with attractive looks and the usual specs for this range. Here they are as follows: 5” display at 720p Snapdragon 615 processor 2 GB of RAM 13MP rear camera with F/2.2 lens 5MP front camera 16 GB storage plus MicroSD slot 2200 mAh battery. The device redeems any lack in specs with its slim unibody design and quasi-inexistent bezels. The smartphone presents LTE 2, 4, 5, 12 and 17 support, which means it is compatible with T Mobile and AT&T services. It comes running on Android 4.4 spruced with Huawei’s EMUI skin. Not a bad deal, even if it may not be the exact best for the price. Huawei is also offering $50 discount on new phones and $50 of Net10 credit when you by a new phone on the US store. Press release: [box type=”shadow”]Huawei Brings Great Design within Reach with New Unlocked P8 lite Smartphone New unlocked purchase benefits make P8 lite and other Huawei unlocked devices even more attractive PLANO, Texas [June 3, 2015]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, today launched the Huawei P8 lite in the U.S., making it possible for U.S. consumers […]

LG launches four Lollipop mid-range smartphones – meet Spirit, Magna, Joy and Leon

LG just announced four new mid-ranged phones that look similar and taste similar. None of them seems to be the next LG G3 though, but they will all launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, if that makes you feel better. Let’s see who they are and what they pack:     LG Spirit [box type=”shadow”] Display: 4.7-inch HD (312 ppi) Chipset: 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core Camera: 8MP or 5MP* / 1MP Memory: 8GB / 1GB Battery: 2,100mAh OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop Network: LTE Cat. 4 / HSPA+ 21Mbps Size: 133.3 x 66.1 x 9.9mm   [/box]   LG Magna [box type=”shadow”] Display: 5.0-inch HD (294 ppi) Chipset: 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core Camera: Rear 8MP or 5MP* / Front 5MP Memory: 8GB / 1GB Battery: 2,540mAh (removable) OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop Network: LTE Cat. 4 / HSPA+ 21Mbps Size: 139.7 x 69.9 x 10.2mm   [/box]       LG Joy [box type=”shadow”] Display: 4.0-inch WVGA (233 ppi) Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core /1.2GHz Dual-Core Camera: 5MP / VGA Memory: 8GB or 4GB*/1GB or 512MB OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop /Android 4.4 KitKat Battery: 1,900mAh Network: LTE Cat. 4 / HSPA+ 21Mbps Size: 122.7 x 64.0 x 11.9mm   [/box]   LG Leon [box type=”shadow”] Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA (220 ppi) Chipset: 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core Camera: Rear 8MP or 5MP* / Front VGA Memory: 8GB / 1GB Battery: 1,900mAh (removable) OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop Network: LTE Cat. 4 / HSPA+ 21Mbps Size: 129.9 x 64.9 x 10.9mm   [/box]       The devices keep an LG vibe to them with the rear-facing buttons and the narrow bezels with on-screen navigation. LG Joy, the cheapest of the bunch, has buttons on the side and capacitive navigation buttons. Pricing and availability are not […]

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime will be available on Verizon starting February 26th

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is headed to Verizon no sooner than February 26th. This strangely named device that sounds like coming from a sci-fi movie will be available on-contract for $8 a month on Verizon Edge, which means it will be around $200 full price. As you could expect, this device is not very exciting, albeit for its name.     Galaxy Core Prime specs:   [box type=”shadow”]OS Android 4.4 KitKat (will be upgraded to Android Lollipop with a future software update) Display 4.5-inch WVGA display Processor 1.2 GHz quad-core processor Storage 8 GB internal storage (formatted capacity is less) Supports up to a 128GB microSD card (sold separately) More Everything customers receive 25GB cloud storage on Verizon Cloud at no additional charge Battery 2000mAh[/box]   Samsung Galaxy Core Prime comes with Android KitKAt 4.4 and with the promise of an upgrade to Lollipop soon. What you are getting is a 4.5” WVGA display with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 8 GB of internal storage with the possibility of upgrading it up to 128 GB on a microSD. You’ll also get 2 cameras! Not that exciting, huh? Well, if you don’t need a powerhouse in your hands and just a decent smartphone, you got it! Source: Verizon