Google releases new platform distribution numbers

Google released the new platform distribution numbers and it appears that Marshmallow is heading on an upward direction (albeit extremely slowly). Froyo is not dead yet, if you were wondering, but it’s not far from its demise either.       The list for February 2016 Android distribution puts Marshmallow on 1.2% of devices, while Froyo is still keeping tabs on 0.1%. More devices should already be working with an official Marshmallow OS, especially since Lollipop’s later release put it at 1.6% in February, when it debuted on distribution charts.   February 2016 numbers keep KitKat on top of the list for 35.5% of the market, with Lollipop 5.1 on second place with 17.1%. Lollipop 5.0 lags behind on third place with 17% of the market, making Lollipop own 34.1% of Android devices. Jelly Bean runs on 23.9% of devices and then the numbers start to crumble. Ice Cram Sandwich lives on 2.5% of devices, while Gingerbread has 2.7%.   Source: Android Developers  

CyanogenMod 12.1 snapshot build released for select Motorola devices

A CyanogenMod 12.1 snapshot build is finally here and we can sigh in relief at last. Many-a-user has already moved along to the Marshmallow nightly builds whereas some still prefer the more stable ROM versions which are still based on Lollipop. It has been two months since the last snapshot build was released, but things are starting to pick up again.       CyanogenMod snapshot builds are the closest to a stable release you can get. They should have fewer bugs and imperfections and the best hardware support. Because they are more stable than nightlies (which are launched every now and then) snapshot builds take longer to be released.   The build has been released for some Motorola devices such as the 2013 Moto X, the Moto Maxx and the Droid Ultra/Maxx variants. Support for more devices should arrive soon.   Source: CyanogenMod  

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 […]

OnePlus 2 will not reach North America in the next 2-3 weeks

OnePlus 2 will not make its appearance in North America as soon as you thought. Even if things didn’t go that well for the Chinese manufacturer at its launch, the device is still seeing a great wave of newcomers on the invite waiting list. But the waiting is only going to get longer, at least for some regions of the world. OnePlus announced that the North American shipments of its newest device will be delayed for 2 to 3 weeks.       People who already have an invite will be able to get their OnePLus 2 smartphone starting tomorrow (August 11th), but you will have to give it a day or two for the package to physically reach your home. If you are from North America, your money is good too, but you won’t get the product as soon as the rest of the world. It will simply not ship to Canada and the US until production is back on track.   What is OnePlus 2 all about?   If you are considering getting an invite for one of these “flagship breaker” smartphones – as the Chinese are branding it – , you should know what it’s made of, right?   The device has a 5.5” Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen at 1080 x 1920 pixels, which brings it to 401 pixel density. You get Android 5.1 with an Oxygen UI, the proprietary software OnePlus has been using since earlier this year, after the fallout with Cyanogen. There’s also a 13MP main camera with […]