It's that time again - each month, Google updates the developer dashboard to reflect Android's latest platform distribution numbers, determined according to devices that have accessed the Play Store in a seven-day period.
Last month, we saw KitKat make a small leap to 1.4% - it's made another tiny gain, rising to 1.8% of devices, while Jelly Bean has gone from 59.1% up to 60.7%. Gingerbread meanwhile continues its death march, letting 1.2% slip through its icy grasp, falling to an even 20% of devices.
As Google Glass continues toward an inevitable public release, users (and developers) are still trying to puzzle out exactly what the device is best suited for. There are games, cooking apps, news alert apps, and of course a tidy bundle of Google services in the slowly expanding list of official Glassware. Of course, there's more to Glass than official Glassware. Developers are making some fairly compelling tools for Google's eyeball computer, and Brivo Labs, in an effort to "explore the future of wearable technology," recently published a demonstration of one such tool.
Sports apps typically aren't the most attractive pieces of software tucked away on Google Play, because let's be honest, why bother? Your average user will just be happy to pull up scores and stats in the palm of their hand, and whether the app adheres to Android's design guidelines occupies about as much thought as that thing they're supposed to be doing instead of watching the game. But if you're as likely to cry foul on a hideous app as you are a bad play, then the latest CBS Sports update may just make you smile.
Samsung's latest and greatest (read: largest) tablets are about to hit the streets, and the noted leaker @evleaks has gotten a peek at the Verizon-branded version of the NotePRO. Before you know it, you'll be taking out a second mortgage on your home to pick up this beaut.
Our ancestors had to actually press buttons on their cameras like Neanderthals, but not us. Oh no, your finger doesn't have to anywhere near the shutter button when you have access to a remote shooting app like the one Fujifilm just released in Google Play. When paired with one of Fujifilm's newer cameras, you can manage all the action from your Android device.
The app allows you to control shooting from the device, which is nice if you want to be in the picture fiddling with your phone instead of behind the camera.
Wink It Keyboard may not yet be the most obnoxious Android keyboard, but give it time, it's still in beta. This product comes from the developers of Adaptxt Keyboard, which made a name for itself by being feature-rich and customizable. Wink It's approach is decidedly less useful. Its goal is not to improve your typing. Oh no, it wants to change the way you use emoticons. It sticks various images in the suggestion bar as you type, encouraging you to stick them into your messages more often.
Yes, it's another endless runner. Just hold on a second, though. The Great Martian War is a nice looking game, and the setting is really interesting. The year is 1913 and Earth has been invaded by Martians, War of the Worlds-style. Oh, and the History Channel is involved. Why? Aliens.
You play the role of a lone scout, or chump, as your commanding officers probably say. The goal is to weave through the oncoming waves of Martian invaders without getting blown up or running into anything.
When a comic book movie hits theaters, you already know a movie tie-in game is on its way. The next Captain America film is scheduled to hit the big screen in roughly two months, so Gameloft and Marvel are teasing their upcoming game with a brief. While its existence hardly qualifies as news, its attractive art style and new gameplay mechanics may be reason to take notice.
The decision to use cel-shaded graphics is a fitting one.
Sticking with the cryptozoological theme, the Ouya folks have released the first console update of 2014 and it's called Jackalope. The update should appear on consoles in short order, and you'll have to update if you want to continue playing. However, that won't be the case next time thanks to that Jackalope magic.
Well, we've seen this coming for weeks now – leak after leak showed off the bright red Nexus 5, and now it's finally available. The cost is the same as other Nexus 5s: $350 for 16GB or $400 for 32GB. Not that we expected it to be any cheaper anyway. On the upside, if you want one for free, here's your chance.
So there you go. Hit the link below to make one yours today.