HTC today added a new entry-level handset to its Desire smartphone family. It’s called the Desire 310, and it’s the Taiwanese company’s first handset powered by a MediaTek processor. Other highlights include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, and HTC BlinkFeed.
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Android’s Latest Distribution Figures Show That Android 4.1+ Is Now Running On Almost 80% Of All Active Devices
Today, Google published the latest distribution figures of the Android operating system. The numbers reveal a consistent growth in the amount of Android users running Jelly Bean, whilst older versions of the OS continue on their path towards extinction. As expected, these latest results show a significant increase in the amount of users running the most recent software version, 4.4 KitKat.
T-Mobile has today announced that its carrier-branded Xperia Z variant is the latest in a long line of Sony devices now receiving the largely requested Android 4.3 update. This upgrade brings a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements, as well as an updated version of the Japanese company’s Walkman custom user interface.
Samsung first announced its second-generation Galaxy Camera almost two months ago, and although it told us everything there is to know about its specifications, it left out a price tag and a release date. But just as we were beginning to think the South Korean company may have quietly given up on the device, it has issued a press release to confirm the missing details.
A leaked HTC software updates plan has revealed that the original One and One max will receive Sense 6 upgrades later this year. It also reveals that the handsets next in line for an Android 4.4.2 KitKat update are the Butterfly S, the original Butterfly, the Desire 601, and the Desire 700.
Isn’t it frustrating when Android device manufacturers ship new releases with older versions of Google’s operating system? Well the search giant may be about to put an end to it. According to a leaked Google memo, it could soon start forcing manufacturers to ship new devices with the latest KitKat firmware.
Just as expected, Sprint has begun rolling out its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The software adds the ART runtime, the ability to change your default SMS app with ease, and Zact Mobile compatibility.
While Sony is making inroads in the high-end market with the likes of the Xperia Z1 and the upcoming Xperia Z2, its midrange device lineup isn’t too bad, either. One such midrange device is the Xperia SP, which is a slightly upgraded version of the Xperia S from 2012.
This smartphone is now getting its much-anticipated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update from Sony carrying the software version 12.1.A.0.266.
CyanogenMod 11 users will have the ability to prevent Android apps from automatically starting when their handset launches, thanks to the system’s built-in App Ops feature. The setting was introduced with the most recent nightly builds of CM11 and announced by the CyanogenMod team on Google+.
While Android’s notification system is far superior to the iPhone’s in almost every way, Google could certainly make some improvements to the way in which we receive alerts when our smartphones are locked. All we get with stock Android is a tone and a blinking LED.
Fortunately, there are some third-party solutions that offer a lot more. SlideLock displays iPhone-style notifications on your lock screen so that you can read messages and emails without having to unlock.