Though not all of the device owners are fortunate to have Jellybean and ICS on their devices, but the number is surely rising on a solid rate. Though it is almost a year since Google had released ICS for Android devices, a whopping majority of Android devices are still powered by Gingerbread.

Here is a comparison for you on the flavor of Android been run on devices. This data is collected during a 14 day period ending on October 1, 2012.

 ICS and Jellybean now on almost quarter of all Android powered devices, Gingerbread still the undisputed king

 

metrics thumb ICS and Jellybean now on almost quarter of all Android powered devices, Gingerbread still the undisputed king

The data is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play during the 14 day period.

The overwhelmingly high percentage of the devices on Gingerbread is due to two facts – Operator bottlenecks and delays from manufacturers on legacy devices. We predict that by the end of the year, ICS will be available on roughly 40% of all the devices.

What do you think?

A couple of lines just shattered a million dreams. Over at Motorola, now purchased by the Big G aka Google, it is cast in stone that no hardwork will be done on older device firmwares. Instead, newer devices would be pushed out and users would have to pay big moolah for those.

A small statement from the official Motorola page sums up it all:

You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can’t be done—well then, we’re not able to upgrade that particular device.

So no ICS for a majority of the Motorola devices. We believe only the top end Droid line would be getting the ICS update. This is a shameful state that must be avoided, if sales figures are to be maintained at a respectable level. Everyone knows what happened to LG. We foresee Motorola treading the same path…!!

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Mobilefun UK are selling the SIM Free Panasonic Eluga for £384.95. The handset  is

  • Slim and stylish, water and dust-proof smart phone
  • Water and dust-proof up to 1 metre for a period of 30 minutes
  • 8MP camera with 8GB on on-board storage space
  • Runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

eluga thumb SIM Free Panasonic Eluga on sale for £384.95

You can get one from http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/sim-free-panasonic-eluga-p34243.htm

Mobilefun UK are selling SIM free LG Optimus L5 for £184.95. The salient features of the L5 are

  • Stylish and slim L-Style design gives a comfortable grip in the palm of your hand
  • Stylish floating display provides an attractive display which is easy to use
  • Pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

lg optimus l5

You can order one for yourself at http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/sim-free-lg-optimus-l5-p34251.htm

Google is, like us, fed up of the fragmentation that has happened in the different devices manufactured by respective OEMs. Developers are too worried about how the apps will look  on different Android devices and hence it eats most of their time trying to perfect it.

According to Adam Powell over at Android Developer blog

We’ve made the inclusion of the unmodified Holo theme family a compatibility requirement for devices running Android 4.0 and forward. If the device has Android Market it will have the Holo themes as they were originally designed.

Theme elements include things like highlight colors, default padding and margins, font color, font size, background color and much more. App designers will now be able to choose between the device’s default theme (Sense, TouchWiz, MotoBlur, etc.) or Google’s Holo. In the past, some apps did not always display properly if the developer designed their app to work with the stock theme instead of the manufacturers’ custom themes.

How does it help…? We can now expect speedier updates, something is is more of a dream for everyone owning an Android device.

This also ensures that your device is snappier and you are happier Winking smile..!!

ICS was promised by Google as the redeemer of the lost souls. And it was promised some good months back. Then why the ICS has been branded as an epic fail? Here is why….

According to FudZilla,

Google announced ICS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a couple of months back, and so far it has managed to ship a single device with this new OS, the Galaxy Nexus. The second device to get an ICS 4.0 update was the old Google Nexus S, but OTA updates for the Nexus have been suspended due to technical issues. There is still no third device with ICS on board and we won’t see any for at least a few weeks.

When compared with the iPhone,

If we were to single out just one single aspect of Apple’s mobile strategy, the focal point in which it will continue to dominate the mobile market in 2012, it would have to be the update scheme.

Google is spot on when compared with Nokia. The reason why Nokia has failed it’s customers is because of the habit of not keeping up to promised schedules. Delayed products and updates do more harm to consumers’ psyche rather than a flawed product.

Wake up Google, or we would be at the mercy of the scene to get what we deserve.

Good news, Android 4.0 has been released for x86. The Ice Cream Sandwich will feature hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon, but Intel-based systems will have to wait.

Also, Several things do not work yet in this release. According to official post

Hi all,

The ics-x86 branch based on Android 4.0.1 is ready.
You may download the source as usual:

$ repo init -u git://git.android-x86.org/manifest.git -b ics-x86
$ repo sync

or from the SourceForge mirror

$ repo init -u git://android-x86.git.sf.net/gitroot/android-x86/x86/platform/manifest.git
-b ics-x86
$ repo sync

What work:
* Wifi
* Multitouch
* OpenGL ES Hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon chipset

What NOT work (yet):
* Sound
* Camera
* Ethernet
* Hardware acceleration for Intel platform

I’ve uploaded an iso for AMD brazos tablet in the download page.
Enjoy it!


Chih-Wei
Android-x86 project
http://www.android-x86.org

The ISO can be downloaded from http://android-x86.googlecode.com/files/android-x86-4.0-devel-amd_brazos.iso

Jean-Baptiste Queru over at Google groups has announced the release of Source Code of Ice Cream Sandwich.

According the group page

Hi! We just released a bit of code we thought this group might be interested in.

Over at our Android Open-Source Project git servers, the source code
for Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available.

Here’s how to get it:Follow the instructions at

http://source.android.com/source/downloading.htmlCheck out the ‘ics-release’ branch:repo init –u

https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest -b android-4.0.1_r1
That’s it! However since this is a large push, please be aware that it
will take some time to complete. If you sync before it’s done, you’ll
get an incomplete copy that you won’t be able to use, so please wait
for us to give the all-clear before you sync.

This is actually the source code for version 4.0.1 of Android, which
is the specific version that will ship on the Galaxy Nexus, the first
Android 4.0 device. In the source tree, you will find a device build
target named "full_maguro" that you can use to build a system image
for Galaxy Nexus. Build configurations for other devices will come
later.

Unfortunately we still don’t have our Gerrit code review serversback
online. That remains our top priority though, and we hope to have them
back soon.

This release includes the full history of the Android source code
tree, which naturally includes all the source code for the Honeycomb
releases. However, since Honeycomb was a little incomplete, we want
everyone to focus on Ice Cream Sandwich. So, we haven’t created any
tags that correspond to the Honeycomb releases (even though the
changes are present in the history.)

JBQ, on behalf of the AOSP team.

Now we might see stable ports of ICS on a variety of Android devices..!!

Source

The event that was canceled due to Steve Jobs’ demise is rumored to take place on October 27 now. Google was to unveil Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung was to unveil the Nexus Prime.

The Next Web reports

Just hours after the official co-statement, The Next Web has learned that the postponed event might not be delayed for long, with the new date for the Samsung event being set for October 27.

The location looks to have changed too, with London now welcoming both Samsung and Google to present their new hardware and software.

We still have to listen from the official sources. Until then, it is a rumor. Stay tuned for more…!!

Google and Samsung have postponed the 11 October launch of their Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich on the grounds of Steve Jobs’ Demise.

According to them

We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing.

And

Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.

So the device is not postponed, its just the launch date that has been postponed.

Stay tuned for more…!!!

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