To me, applications like this one are really important for school students. I bought my first significant Android the same year I began my Physics degree at my university, and immediately I realised how tremendously helpful it was. From accurate graphing applications to TI emulators (don't judge me, the real thing costs crazy amounts here!), passing through giants like Wolfram and MATLAB Mobile, there were a lot of tools for one to excel with. In fact, I'd say that without Android I wouldn't have chosen...
Platform Stats Updated: Nearly 80% on Android 4.0+, Gingerbread Down to 20%
Android fragmentation and its effects on the app and developer ecosystems is a topic perpetually up for heated debate. On one hand, having updates controlled by carriers and OEMs makes it effectively impossible for the majority of devices to be running Google’s latest and greatest. But on the other hand, Android’s decentralized update system certainly mitigates this to an extent thanks to various first party Google apps that have now made their way into the Play Store, as well as the ever expanding Google Play Services.
One thing that isn’t up for debate, however, is the relative number of users running any particular version of the Android OS. OK, that’s not entirely accurate. Google’s Android Platform Stats only take into consideration devices with Google Play Services that have connected to the Google Play Store in the 7-day period ending earlier today. But despite this limitation, these stats are of paramount importance for developers looking to better target applications to potential users.
Since the last time we talked about Android’s platform stats back in January, Android 2.x decreased slightly. Froyo 2.2 stagnates at 1.3%, Gingerbread 2.3 decreased slightly from 21.2% to 20.0%, and Honeycomb 3.x (which seemingly can’t be forgotten quickly enough) remains at 0.1%. Android 4.x, on the other hand, is slightly on the rise. ICS saw a marginal decrease from 16.9% to 16.1%, while Jelly Bean increased from a combined 60.1% to 60.7%. KitKat also rose from 1.4% to 1.8%.
Overall, we haven’t seen too much of a change in the last month, but at least the trends are going in the right direction. You can find the full stats over on the Android Developer Dashboard.
What are your thoughts on the Android update situation? Let us know in the comments below!
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XDA Recognized Contributor Albe95 has shared with us what looks to be Galaxy S6 applications. The ones he's provided are the GearManager, the Optical Reader, GeoNews and Kids Mode. The applications are available for download through the links in the opening post, but keep in mind it is likely that they might not be compatible with your device. There's also new information about more applications and system interface features revealed in the same thread: The alleged S6 statusbar and panel are ported to the...
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