It’s Android OS version stats time again and it’s an end of an era – the era of Gingerbread dominance. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 and 4.2) finally did what ICS (4.0.x) never managed – get more market share than Gingerbread.
Gingerbread in its current form (API level 10) debuted in February 2011, while the initial version, API level 9, came out in December 2010, but all GB phones were updated. Anyway, it’s still the most popular version of Android going by version numbers rather than nicknames – v2.3 is at 34.1% and v4.1 is at 32.3%, with v4.2 contributing another 5.6%.
Both Jelly Bean versions saw an increase in market share since May at the cost of Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. Eclair and Froyo, which still hold single digit percentages have barely moved.
The Holo-centric Android 4.0+ versions now power over 60% of the Android market, which will hopefully mean that more devs focus on bringing a Holo interface with their apps.
Google Maps added twenty popular U.S. museums to its collection of over 10,000 indoor maps including the de Young in San Francisco, 17 Smithsonian museums, and the National Zoo. The project entailed significant collaboration between the Smithsonian and Google. Millions of visitors are now able to electronically explore the museums’ interiors and pinpoint their location […] http://goo.gl/jGt3K
Google will now begin offering real-time sport scores for the National Hockey League, the company said in its weekly search “round up” blog post, as the search behemoth continues to tempt everyone from stock markets to other social media sites like Twitter into offering information instantly. Google said the scores would be available via simple […] http://goo.gl/Xd3b1
Just days after Google demoed wearable computing platform Project Glass by spectacularly skydiving from a blimp and biking and rappelling down a building, Olympus has hastily announced an “ultra-compact wearable display prototype.” Olympus’ model, however, is not much more than a display … a wearable LCD screen that requires a connection to a smartphone. But […] http://goo.gl/wt4fd
Tim Bray, the Googler most famous for his prior role in editing the XML language, has set his eyes on a new challenge: eradicating usernames and passwords, at least as we know them today, from the Internet. Bray, who landed at Google in 2010 as an evangelist for the Android platform, announced Friday that he […] http://goo.gl/N8mp0
Google+ is better than Facebook — at mobile. Google released a tablet version of its mobile application for the Google+ social network at its Google I/O developer conference. And even though Vic Gundotra’s Google+ presentation was the least exciting and most interruptible portion of the keynote, the tablet application, available for Android and soon for […] http://goo.gl/RejGa
This story originally appeared on CNET and is republished with permission. There has been a huge maelstrom about Google integrating Google+ into its search links. And it all misses the point. Twitter and others are complaining that Google is throwing its massive 65 percent-plus market share weight around and quashing smaller competitors. The reason Twitter and others […] http://goo.gl/ADAp9
Larry Page has lost his voice — literally, and perhaps figuratively too. At Google’s I/O conference, the company’s yearly event for major product reveals, it was the Sergey Brin show. Brin, the Google co-founder who no longer runs the company but directs its special products, has been parading around the Moscone center in too-cool-for-you Google […] http://goo.gl/gRzMv
A pad with a fire all its own, Google’s first branded tablet, the Nexus 7, has made its official debut following months of speculation and leaks. Today, Google director of Android product management Hugo Barra unveiled the Nexus 7 to a packed crowd at its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Calif. As […] http://goo.gl/efoDJ
In the lead up to Google I/O, the search giant’s sold-out developer conference, Google has released a live-blogging gadget that will let armchair quarterbacks everywhere toss up their commentary alongside a live stream of conference keynotes and sessions, and official show announcements. Google I/O, as you know, is the highly anticipated affair, less than two […] http://goo.gl/1HL72
Photos are a massive part of the Facebook experience. Every day, 250 million photos are uploaded to Facebook. And photo status updates typically get far more engagement than any other type of post. So why does the Facebook photo posting experience suck so much? I compared posting a photo on Facebook to posting a photo on […] http://goo.gl/ANFhz
Everybody wants to be Pinterest. Bing has been updating its search engine results pages significantly this year, including an aesthetic and architectural revamp in May. Today Microsoft announced that image search, which is almost 10 percent of Bing traffic, is getting a facelift too. The new look is gorgeous … and very reminiscent of Pinterest. […] http://goo.gl/yQ1FH