Heartbleed may affect older devices running Android 4.1.1

If you've been on the internet in the last week, you've probably read about the vulnerability found in OpenSSL which affects a good percentage of the Internet. Heartbleed is the name given to a vulnerability in Open SSL, the secure sockets layer software for secure internet transactions (e.g. web servers running on https, like your bank, or our donation portal). It allows a would-be hacker to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names... Continue reading

Google releases Android distribution figures for March 2014

Luckily these weren't released yesterday. Google has released the Android distribution figures for March 2014 based on Android devices running Android 2.2 accessing Google Play in the 7-day period ending on April 1, 2014. So, how does it look? Well, as far as getting devices up towards the most current version of Android, the news is good. Froyo, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich all experienced dips in their distribution on devices. Jelly Bean which ranges from Android 4.1, across Android 4.2 and 4.3 saw a mixed result, with Android 4.1 and 4.3 seeing a drop in usage, while 4.2 gained. KitKat... Continue reading

Google releases Android distribution figures for February 2014

It's that time again, time to check the distribution of Android versions on hardware throughout the eco-system. Google has released the figures for devices accessing Google Play in the 7 days leading up to the third of March and the versions look like this : Android Version January February Android 2.2 (Froyo) 1.3% 1.2% Android 2.3.3 - 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) 20.0% 19% Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) 0.1% 0.1% Android 4.0.3 - 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) 16.1% 15.2% Android 4.1.x (JellyBean) 35.5% 35.3% Android 4.2.x (JellyBean) 16.3% 17.1% Android 4.3 (JellyBean) 8.9% 9.6% Android 4.4 (KitKat) 1.8% 2.5% While KitKat usage continues to climb albeit quite slowly Jelly Bean (Android 4.2 and 4.3) also continues to grow in popularity, while the decline of Froyo, which is still hanging on to... Continue reading

January Android numbers show slow growth in Kit Kat while Gingerbread use continues to drop

A new year, a new month and that must mean that Google has released the latest figures for Android device platform numbers. The statistics were as usual taken from a 7-Day sample leading up to the 4th of February. The numbers haven't shown any drastic changes over the last month. Android 4.4 has grown from being on 1.4% of devices in December to 1.8% of devices last month. Jelly Bean has both grown and shrunk depending on which version you look at, the Android 4.2 and 4.3 have both grown, with 4.2 rising from 15.4% to 16.3% and 4.3 rising... Continue reading

Sony advises further updates for a host of older Xperia phones will not be coming

All good things must come to an end, and so it is for Android updates to older model phones. Sony has updated the support pages for a range of their older model Xperia handsets noting that their build is the final version, meaning that owners should begin either accepting the final version of their software build or begin looking at the ROM community. The devices range in age from around the 18 - 24 months old, which seems to be about the average age for Smartphone updates, although the fact that a number of these devices are still only on... Continue reading

Sony preparing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Xperia T, TX, V and SP

Owners of some older Sony Xperia devices need not feel left out of the recent Android updates for too much longer. The official Sony Xperia Twitter account, @SonyMobileNews, has put out some advice for Xperia owners this morning, advising that Xperia T, TX, V and SP will receive an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by the end of February. https://twitter.com/SonyMobileNews/status/423758239293923328 Yes, it's not an update to the latest and greatest, but it's an update none the less. Are you an Xperia T, TX, V or SP user, and will you be looking forward to this update? Continue reading

Android Distribution figures for December shows Jelly Bean use still growing

It's late this month, but it seems the statisticians are back at work at Google and have released the latest Android Device Distribution figures for the period ending January 8th. This data is accumulated from devices using the Google Play App on Android which of course is only supported from Android 2.2 and upwards, but Google advised that devices running earlier version accounted for less than 1% in August last year. So, how did December shape up? Kit Kat(4.4) has climbed, but at a very miniscule rate gaining only 0.3% market share to end at 1.4%. Jelly Bean(4.1-4.3) is still... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S 4 receiving Android 4.3 update in Australia

While Nexus devices were busy receiving their update to Android 4.4.2 earlier this week, Samsung is slowly catching up with the pace of Android progress and rolling out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to its range of Galaxy S4 handsets. Ausdroid has received advice that Optus-branded Galaxy S4's are receiving the Android 4.3 update in the form of a 723 MB update, and another tip suggests that unbranded outright Galaxy S4's are receiving the update as well. Update: As of 16 December, we've received advice that hte update is rolling out to Vodafone-branded S4's as well. The... Continue reading

Optus now, too, rolling out Android 4.3 to HTC One users

Optus has commenced the rollout of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) to its users of the HTC One handset, just shy of two weeks after Vodafone users started to receive the update on their handsets. Users, such as Ausdroid reader Myles Harris, received the update notification last night. The update, weighing in at 681.51mb, brings the HTC One on Optus up to version 3.63.980.2, and includes the following updates: Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 Video highlights improvements Updated interface Soundtrack support for videos Blinkfeed improvements Access recommended news from your social networks and more Given the size of the update, make sure you're on WiFi with... Continue reading

November Android distribution figures released – Kit Kat appears and Gingerbread drops

The start of a new month has brought us the latest figures for Android distribution and with the release of Kit Kat on the Nexus 5 and to other Nexus devices we can begin to get a feel for how many devices are running the latest version of Android. Kit Kat, in its first appearance on the list has claimed 1.1% of the Android market which includes over 1 Billion devices. The inexorable decline of Gingerbread continues with the once most distributed version of Android sliding down to now only being installed on a quarter of all Android devices used... Continue reading

Sony advises upgrade paths for Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 for Xperia devices.

Sony has updated their blog overnight with updates on their line of Xperia devices, advising exactly which products are getting the newly announced Android 4.4 update, as well as listing the schedule and lineup for Android 4.3. First up - Android 4.3. The final Jelly Bean updated will be heading to a whole range of Xperia Smartphones next month - carrier approval pending for those locked models of course - with the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V all confirmed to receive the update. The Xperia... Continue reading

October Android platform distribution numbers released – Jelly Bean reaches 50% of devices

A new month, a new version of Android and now we get to review the last months worth of Android distribution, while we won't see any numbers regarding Android 4.4 until next month, we can look at the rest of the Android eco-system. The good news is that Android 4.1-4.3 is now over 50% meaning that over 500 Million Android devices are now running Android 4.1 or greater. Add in the additional 19.8% of devices running Android 4.0 and that means that nearly 750 Million devices are running Android 4.0 or greater - Holo is king. Gingerbread continues to drop... Continue reading

Gingerbread just won’t go away, September Android platform figures released

The Android Developer dashboard has been updated with the latest platform version statistics for September. Jellybean is taking over, not as quickly as Android purists would like but it now commands an healthy 48.6% of thee Android distribution numbers across the three versions currently available to consumers (4.1.x,4.2.x and 4.3) which, given the enormity of the Android platform is a significant growth in install base over last months 45.1% marketshare. Android 4.3 marks it's entrance into the statistics with 1.5% market share of a 1 Billion device pool, which is set to grow with leaked Android 4.3 builds for the... Continue reading