The monthly Android version distribution numbers are up for September on the Android Developers site, and things appear to be moving just the way you'd expect.
Month over month, we saw a 2.2% decline in share for Gingerbread, a drop of 1% for Ice Cream Sandwich, 1.4% for Jelly Bean 4.1, and small gains of 0.9% and 0.1% for Jelly Bean 4.2 and 4.3, respectively. KitKat was this month's biggest mover, adding 3.6% to its share of the pie, bringing it to 24.5% of all Android devices active in the last week. Read More
The Team Win Recovery Project remains one of the more popular custom recovery options for custom ROM enthusiasts, and now the group has updated the core software to version 2.8. Things don't look different on the outside, but underneath we find a ton of new features that only the kind of technical users this tool is aimed at could love.
With this release, TWRP now uses a C++ based MTP implementation so that users can transfer files to both emulated storage and microSD cards alike. Read More
There was an interesting little tidbit buried in the legal filings related to NVIDIA's patent suit against Qualcomm, which was just announced last week. The issue surrounds various GPU technologies that NVIDIA says Qualcomm is using without a license. More interesting than all that legal mumbo-jumbo is what NVIDIA had to say about an upcoming Tegra K1 device—the HTC Nexus 9. Yes, they actually said it.
eBay has rolled out an update to its Android app that gives the UI a spiffy touch up. Pictures are bigger, there's more white space, and animations are smooth. I'd tell you the update makes everything look better, but that's for you to decide. Read More
Humble Bundle is putting that new mobile tab to use with another mobile bundle. The Mobile Bundle 7 includes six total games right now, with more coming later. The selections are looking quite good this time.
The basic premise is the same as all the other Humble Bundles—decide how much you want to pay and it will be split between developers, charity, and Humble Bundle. If you pay above the average price, you unlock all six games. Read More
Cricket Wireless might not be top of mind among US carriers, but it's starting to get aggressive as it goes after T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers. After introducing a $100 bill credit promotion last month, Cricket is now boosting data caps by up to 100% later this week. And what's better, existing customers get the increased caps too.
Update: This article stated that Republic previously offered unlimited domestic roaming - this is not correct. Republic previously offered 100MB of domestic roaming, and is dropping that to 25MB. Republic hasn't made this policy super clear in the past, so this information wasn't exactly easy to come by.
One of the more innovative low-cost MVNOs in the smartphone era has undoubtedly been Republic Wireless, a Sprint-powered carrier that offers extremely competitive pricing on the philosophy that, if people are given a good deal on wireless service, they will try to do whatever they can to keep that service afloat. Read More
Around a month ago, we reported that Google had seemingly changed the refund window for paid apps and games on the Play Store to two hours. We tested our theory extensively, and 2 hours was the figure we landed on repeatedly. Now, the change is official: Google has updated the refund policy for paid apps and games on the Google Play support site to reflect the change to a two-hour window. Read More
Update #2: T-Mobile has started updating support pages with a clarification on those Wi-Fi calling enhancements. The phones now have support for Gogo inflight texting, a feature the company announced as part of Un-Carrier 7.0.
Update #1: The Galaxy S5 got some love, too.
Google isn't the only company lumping big updates on Wednesday. T-Mobile is sending out Android updates to four, count 'em, four phones on its network. Read More
Comcast is finally acknowledging Android Wear's existence with an update to its Xfinity X1 Remote app in the Play Store. It now includes voice and touch controls on your watch that can be used to change channels, start recordings, and more. It cannot be used to navigate the labyrinthian nightmare that is the Comcast support line.