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.

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2013 Range Rover Launch Today; Wait is Over for India!

Wait is over for the  much awaited 2013 Range Rover launch. The SUV from JLR is set to launch on the 30th of November, 2012. Lets do a quick re-cap of what’s in the new Range Rover.

Starting with the fast paced launch, we see the reason for this is that the Range Rover will be bought to India via the CBU route, meaning a quick launch but a bigger price tag thanks to excise and import duties. However, the price may well be worth it with this particular SUV. JLR has made several changes to the Range Rover for improved performance, safety and comfort. The new Rover will feature a new wheel-base measure that has been increased by 40mm for more space and better drivabilty. Additionally the platform itself has been changed to the lighter D4u platform making the new Range Rover 400kg’s lighter.

In addition to the mechanical changes, we see the Range Rover comes with several asthetic changes as well. The front fascia has been re-vamped with new headlights and fog lamps and a new bumper to boot. The previously rounded fog lamps have given way to sleeker ones and the bumper no longer bulges out but is instead in smooth continuation with the grille.

The interior plays host to a lot of changes as well. JLR claim the Range Rover has been improved in terms of comfort and that is pretty evident where the interiors are concerned. Interior changes include a new re-designed steering wheel with beige-black colour tones at work and this same tone is played at the center console and instrument cluster. The conventional gear stick too has been replaced in favor of a slightly risen gear knob.

Coming to the engine, we see the Range Rover line-up in India comes in 2 options. The first being the 5.0-litre supercharged petrol and the second one is the 4.4-litre TDV8 turbocharged diesel engine. The more powerful petrol mill cranks out an immense 507bhp. The 2013 Range Rover will be priced at Rs. 81.50 lakh for the petrol version and Rs. 94.00 lakh for the diesel. Both prices are ex-showroom Delhi.