The numbers are in - the Android version distribution numbers, that is. This month's update shows no surprising change in trends, with KitKat adoption growing 3.7% over last month. Jelly Bean continues its net decline, this month losing 2.2% of the pie.
Ice Cream Sandwich fell 0.7%, as did Gingerbread, and Froyo is down another 0.1%. Lollipop isn't featured in the chart, as it does not yet have the requisite 0.1% to be shown. We'll probably see it in January.
Next month's numbers will also contain the inevitable slew of new phones people receive over the holidays, as well as the retirement of their previous devices (probably reflected in February's numbers), so it's likely Android 4.4 will only continue to grow in the coming months, as very few devices are yet shipping with Android 5.0, with only a handful having seen OTA updates. Read More
Like most late Humble Bundle additions, these three titles have made the rounds a few times. Aralon: Sword and Shadow is an epic RPG that brings Elder Scrolls-inspired gameplay to mobile devices. Clash of Puppets, despite having nothing to do with clans, is a 3D hack'n'slash experience. Read More
Amazon is bringing out the big guns this Cyber Monday. The $99 Fire TV streaming box is already a good deal, but now it's on sale for just $69. To save that $30, you have to place your order today.
For Android 5.0, the changes have been staggered. We're already received the new app drawer icon, search bar, and animations. Read More
Some HTC One M7 variants appear to be getting a new OTA update. As for what's new, apparently not much. All we know is that it contains "important enhancements and bug fixes related to improving phone call experience," and that it isn't Lollipop.
The update is version 6.09.401.11, and weighs in at a fairly hefty 193.01 MB, so whatever was changed must involve some somewhat substantial code modifications. The update also keeps the M7 on Android 4.4.3/KitKat. On the surface, this OTA appears to be for non-US models, so customers in the States probably shouldn't bother spamming that "check now" button. Read More
It's a real bummer that the Nexus 6 has been so hard to find, but supply is starting to catch up to demand. T-Mobile has enough in stock to be offering a nice little Cyber Monday deal. The Nexus 6 is $50 off if you buy it today.
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Expense IQ - Expense Manager
This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Read More
Accompli, as the app is also called, triages your inbox, giving priority to the messages that may be the most important. It combines this with filters and other features geared towards giving you control of your mail.
Accompli currently sits in the Play Store with somewhere between 10,000 - 50,000 installs, but the number of users impacted by this acquisition will be much higher. Microsoft says it wants to build on the app's success and sprinkle some of that magic onto the work already being done by the Outlook team. Read More
The hour is upon us, but it may be more like the minute. Motorola is accepting sign-ups for its Cyber Monday Moto X deal, and it's sure to go very, very fast. It's supposed to run from 11AM CST to 5PM CST, but supplies are limited. It's also a US-only deal.
Update: It looks like the black model is sold out, but the white is still available as of 8:55 AM PST.
Best Buy has been listing the LG G Watch for just $80 starting yesterday, but it sold out almost instantly. It looks like now (RIGHT NOW), it's back in stock. Unlike the Groupon deal we posted earlier today, this one also includes a $50 Google Play gift card, the same promotion that Google itself gave on Friday. That's an undeniably fantastic deal, especially since the Best Buy online store is adding free shipping into the bargain.
$50 Google Play Credit - Google [Digital Download Add-On]
Good for one $50 Google Play credit.