Google releases new Android distribution stats, Jelly Bean up to 6.7 percent!!

Google has updated its Android distribution stats on its Android Developers site, and not a big surprise that the standings haven’t changed much from the previous stats. However, Google’s latest Android Jelly Bean platform has grown two-fold form last month.

According to Google’s Android distribution stats,Jelly Bean (including both Android v4.1 and v4.2) have 6.7 percent share, up from 2.7 percent at the November-start. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has also seen similar growth, posting 27.5 percent in December, up from 25.8 percent.

Talking about the pre-ICS versions, Android 3.0 Honeycomb struggled at 1.6 percent share. Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however, continues to be the top Android OS with 50.6 percent share of all Android devices. The figures are though lower from the 54.2 percent share that was posted in November. Other older Android versions, Android 2.2 Froyo is at 10.3 percent, Android 2.1 Eclair with 2.7 percent, Android 1.6 Donut with 0.3 percent and Android 1.5 Cupcake at 0.1 percent. Check out the complete Android distribution stats in the table below:

Data collected during a 14-day period ending on December 3, 2012

Most handset makers are gradually revealing their Jelly Bean update schedule, while many are still rolling out the ICS updates. It may take a while for the new Android versions to have their share spike in the near future. Next year, ICS is likely to be dominant while we may have small number of devices running on Android 5.0, which is being dubbed as Key Lime Pie

It’s notable these figures don’t include the Android devices that cannot access the Google Play store. You can check out the latest Android distribution stats here.

Google, Twitter activate voice tweets for Syrians!!

Google and Twitter announced they have reactivated a voice-tweet programme to allow Syrians affected by the shutdown of the internet to get messages out.

The service allows people with a telephone connection to compose and send a tweet by speaking on their phones.

Google and Twitter said they were reactivating the system which was used in 2011 when the internet was shut down in Egypt by authorities for several days.

Google’s David Torres acknowledged that many Syrians may not be able to use the service because telecom networks in the war-ravaged country are also functioning poorly.

“But those who might be lucky enough to have a voice connection can still use Speak2Tweet by simply leaving a voicemail,” he said.

Those able to dial out can leave messages on several phone numbers:  +90 212 339 1447 or +30 21 1 198 2716 or+39 06 62207294       or +1 650 419 4196, “and the service will tweet the message,” Torres said.

“No Internet connection is required, and people can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.”

AFP correspondents noted that Internet and telephone communications, including mobile phones, were cut in the capital.

On Thursday, activists accused the regime of preparing a “massacre” when the telephone lines and internet first went down, while the authorities explained the cut was due to “maintenance” work.

Washington branded it as a desperate move on part of the regime.

Facebook Photo Sync feature starts rolling out for Android, iPhone and iPad apps!!

 

Facebook started testing Photo Sync feature for their Android, iPhone and iPad apps back in August. Now they have started rolling out the feature to everyone. There is no app update for this feature, you just get a notification when you open the Facebook app to enable Photo Sync feature. This automatically uploads entire photos in your phone as you capture. You can also sync your entire phone photos, and you get 2GB of storage for it. The auto photo upload feature is already available on Google+ as instant upload and in Dropbox as Camera Upload.

Features of Photo Sync for Facebook

  • Sync photos to Facebook when you capture
  • All synced photos are stored in a private folder to share it later
  • Syncs photos over WiFi or Cellular, WiFi only or disable sync
  • Photos are synced at smaller size (100kb) on a cellular network
  • 2GB of Photo Sync storage

Did you try Facebook Photo Sync on your Android and iOS devices yet?

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Samsung Galaxy S Advance getting the Jelly Bean update in Jan 2013 !

Samsung has said that the Galaxy S Advance will receive the Jelly Bean update in January 2013.

The report comes from Samsung’s GermanFacebook page. Running the text through Google translator, we got the following. “Dear fans, more and more devices will now receive the update to Android Jelly Bean. Even the Galaxy S I9070 Advance gets this and is available in January on gravel or over-the-air is available.” Unfortunately, there is no concrete release date and we aren’t sure if the update will bring Android 4.1 or Android 4.2. When you pick up a Samsung Galaxy S Advance, it runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread straight out of the box. The fact that the phone will receive the Jelly Bean update has just prolonged its life in the hands of the users. Samsung Galaxy S Advance getting the Jelly Bean update in Jan 2013 Samsung has a long list of smartphones that will receive the Jelly Bean update. The devices includes the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Music, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Chat, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Ace Plus, Galaxy Mini 2, Galaxy S Duos, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (Galaxy Tab 2 310), Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (Galaxy Note 800). All isn’t well for the Korean giant, however. In India, Samsung has suspended the OTA (Over The Air) Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III. The Korean giant claims that the update contains bugs and was causing issues for the users that had already updated their devices. Read more at  here.

Microsoft Releases Campaign To Ridicule Google!!

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Microsoft took its rivalry with Google to next level by its latest smear campaign the search giant, saying “Google is a lousy holiday shopping guide.”

Microsoft started the attack on Wednesday with a marketing campaign targeting the recent changes in the way Google operates the section of the search engine devoted to shopping results. This change has made the merchants to pay Google to have their products listed in the shopping section.

In its new ad the Redmond based company contends that the Google’s new approach betrays the longstanding commitment to provide the most trustworthy results on the Wednesday, even if it means some dents into its revenue. To nail its point straight, Microsoft warned the consumers about the risk of getting “scroogled” if they rely on shopping services by Google.

This campaign will be highlighted across media sections, to be telecasted in TV commercials scheduled to run on NBC and CNN and also in the news paper adds which includes The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. And the software giant went a step further, displaying its blitz on billboards and on an exclusive new website Scroogled.com.

Google yet remains the dominant search engine and all this deriding campaign by Microsoft point at one thing; its efforts to divert traffic on its own search engine Bing, which stands a distant second. The rivalry may get thicker in coming days.

Google defends its revision as an approach to encourage merchants to provide more comprehensive and accurate information about what they are selling. “I think you just get a well-organized set of product information, ways to buy it, and really have a great experience there,” CEO Larry Page said during a conference call with analysts last month, reports IBN Live.

In a statement, Google said it’s pleased with the responses for its listings of 100,000 sellers. And added Google doesn’t require websites to pay to be listed in its main database, the index that provides results for requests entered into its all-purpose search box.

“Our search results are the best we know how to produce,” Brin and Page wrote in the letter. “They are unbiased and objective and we do not accept payment for them.”

The unexplained part is why Amazon, which offers some of the best deals on web, is not listed in Google’s shopping section of the search page.

“We want consumers to know, in contrast to the route that Google has pursued, we are staying true to the DNA of what a good search engine is really about,” said Mike Nichols, Bing’s chief marketing officer. “We will rank results on what’s relevant to you and not based on how much someone might pay us.”

Danny Sullivan, an Internet search expert and editor of SearchEngineLand.com who has been following Google since its inception, believes Microsoft is highlighting an important issue. “Google deserves to take its lumps on this.” And added “I have been surprised by how little attention this issue has gotten so far because it’s a 180-degree turn for Google.”

Sullivan doesn’t think Bing’s shopping results are pristine either, pointing to its partnership with Shopping.com, which requires the merchants to pay to be in the listings. While all that is true, Bing’s shopping section consists mostly of listings from merchants that haven’t paid for the privilege, said Stefan Weitz, Bing’s director.

Gmail Users Can Now Attach Files Up To 10GB, Great News!!!!

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Those who use to fret about the limited size for their Gmail attachments can now have sigh of relief. Google on Tuesday announced that it will be integrating Google Drive into Gmail, hence enabling the file attachment of the size up to a massive 10 GB.

 
A new button in the compose window of the Gmail will now allow users to attach a file from their Google Drive account rather than attaching the files itself to the message which was a usual norm. Once the file is attached the Gmail sees that the recipient has permission to access the file in your Google Drive account or else it will prompt you to grant the permission for the same before the message is sent.

 
In nutshell, you are actually sharing the link of the file with the recipient in the cloud then file itself. This feature also enables the users to update the files to be shared continually and the updates will be shown to the recipient as well.

 
Like other cloud services, Dropbox and Box, the user can collaborate on the original shared files with the recipient directly in Google Drive, rather than passing drafts back and forth.

 

Each Google Drive user gets free 5GB storage space from Google, so transfers within this space will be free. If user needs larger space than this, he will have to buy the additional Google Drive space to accommodate the bigger size files. Currently 25GB of the additional Google Drive space cost $2.49 per month and 100GB of additional space can cost $4.99 per month.