Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread Show Gains in Latest Android Version Numbers

Google released the latest Android version numbers showing the distribution of all Android versions, collected from all the devices that access the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw steady gains, as did Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

  • Sales of new devices with Android 4.0 contributed to a 2% increase for ICS to a total of 4.9% as compared to last month. Updates to existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb have also helped keep the rise of ICS steady.
  • Speaking of Honeycomb, its numbers remained flat at 3.3%, which is no surprise since Honeycomb tablet sales have been fairly slow, as have the rollouts of updates to existing Honeycomb tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • The largest piece of the pie got a tad larger with Gingerbread devices rising 0.7% to 64.4%. Yep, most phones out there are still being sold with Android 2.3 on them, though that will slowly change as newer ICS-based devices begin to hit the market.
  • Froyo and Eclair predictably continue their decline to 20.9% and 5.5% respectively.

Expect these trends to continue as new devices are released and older ones get updates. Now just when will Jellybean start showing up?

Source: android developers

Root All Motorola Gingerbread Phones

An XDA forum member named rodrigojfuentes has come up with a method to root all Motorola phones that are currently running Gingerbread. If you have a computer running Linux, you’re ready to get started. PC and Mac users will need to run a Linux virtual machine to continue. From the command line, you just run a few commands, alter a few files, flash, and voilá… root attained! Ready to get started? You should visit XDA forum.

Source: xda forums

LG Spectrum Getting Gingerbread 2.3.6 Thanks To Build VS920ZV5

Say what you will about Verizon’s LG Spectrum and whether you love it or hate it, it’s finally getting Gingerbread. Build VS920ZV5 will be gracing the device and with it will come quite a few changes. A few apps such as the NFL Mobile 4.0, Google Play Store, Amazon Kindle App and My Verizon will all receive tweaks for the better. In addition, there will be a few bug fixes coming to address the calendar alerts, WiFi network search force closes and more to accompany the update. No official release date has been given just yet but be patient. We’re positive this won’t be a long wait at all.

Source: Verizon

Motorola Razr/Razr Maxx to Get ICS Soak Test Instead of the Gingerbread Bug Fix

Man, the past week’s news about the Motorola Droid Razr/Maxx and its pending update(s) got a bit annoying and had me starting to think that Razr owners may never actually see an ICS update at all. First we saw a leaked Best Buy memo that claimed that an ICS update was supposed to begin the following week, which we all know never happened. Then, we heard that an ICS soak test was being prepared to push out to Moto testers only to find out it was just going to be a silly 6.12.181 Gingerbread maintenance update. Here we are the following week and nothing has happened, not even the Gingerbread maintenance update. Things are starting to look a bit shaky, no?

Well, by the looks of things over at the Motorola testers’ forums, Moto is now possibly scraping the 6.12.181 maintenance update all together in lieu for the actual ICS soak test. The Moto forum manager left a message for its testers (since removed) stating the following:

Looks like we got a surprise people. This regular soak test has now turned into an official soak test for Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Please subscribe to this feed for updates and more information will be posted as soon as possible.

Thanks guys for hanging in there.

So there you have it folks. Whether you can take that comment to the bank or not is still up for debate. Either way I hope this BS comes to an end soon and you patient Razr owners finally get a taste of Android’s oh-so-good Ice Cream Sandwich. We will let you know if anything else changes or if the soak test does actually get under way. In the meantime, feel free to vent your frustrations in the comments below.

Source: Droid Life