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September Android Distribution Numbers: Jelly Bean Gains, Ice Cream Sandwich Drops, And Goodbye Eclair And Donut

Google's a little late with the Android platform distribution numbers this month. It might have something to do with a rather large announcement yesterday, involving a candy bar, a statue, and the announcement of Android 4.4. But the numbers were just posted, so let's have a look at 'em, shall we?

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First of all, Android 1.6 and 2.1 have been dropped from active tracking because they don't work with the latest version of the Google Play Store app.

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Did Google Just Show The New Nexus Phone In The KitKat Statue Video? [Update: Video Pulled, More Pics]

Update: Google pulled the video just a few minutes after the news broke. This makes it seem more likely the device in question is a Nexus. Also, a few more screens from the video have surfaced.

Google posted the video of its new KitKat statue being planted on the lawn earlier today, but that's nothing unusual. What was incredibly unusual was the device one of the assembled Googlers was using to snap pictures of the event.

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Google, Nestle, And Android 4.4 KitKat: Here's How It All Went Down

Traditionally, Google has stuck with generic names for Android versions: Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. Thus, when the big unveiling of 4.4, codenamed KitKat, happened out of nowhere this morning, the web was abuzz with questions. How can they do this? Is this a joke? I thought the name KitKat was "trademarked!" Well, there's a very simple answer to all these questions: it's a mutual partnership.

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KitKat Shows Off New Features Of 'KitKat 4.4', The Future Of Confectionery

If you missed out on the ruckus Google caused this morning, here's a quick briefing: the upcoming version will not be 5.0, nor will it be called Key Lime Pie. Instead, it's 4.4 KitKat. No joke – this is legit. Sundar Pichai even put a picture of the new statue up on Twitter and G+. This is happening.

The question is, though, what new features can we expect? KitKat itself has taken to YouTube with just that information.

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Google Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Along With Nexus 7 Giveaway

As soon as Android head Sundar Pichai tweeted the image of a KitKat-themed Android statue on the lawn at Google, it was on. The official KitKat twitter account got in on the fun, and the Android KitKat website went live with a confirmation that it was indeed going to be Android KitKat. What's more, this is not Android 5.0. This is 4.4.

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The Android KitKat site has a neat little retrospective of the entire Android version history and a bit of info about a contest.

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Android Passes 1 Billion Phone Activations, KitKat Statue Unveiled At Google HQ In Celebration

Today Android has officially passed one billion activated devices, according to Google's Vice President of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, Sundar Pichai. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, there's a new Bugdroid-themed statue hanging out at the entrance to Google's Mountain View campus.

Yup, that's a KitKat Android.

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CyanogenMod 10.1.3 (Android 4.2.2) Release Candidate 1 Is Ready To Download

So you're a fan of custom ROMs, but you're not quite ready to live on the bleeding edge (or alternately, your device doesn't have a reliable Android 4.3 build yet). Fear not, cautious Android power user: the CyanogenMod team has a build for you! CyanogenMod 10.1.3 will be the last version of CM based on Android 4.2, and release candidates are now being posted for supported phones and tablets.

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10.1.3 is more precisely based on Android 4.2.2, with all the bells and whistles that Google and CyanogenMod could shove into last year's release.

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[Developer Changelog] AOSP Updated With The Latest Round Of 4.3 Fixes, Including Both JWR66Y (4.3_r1.1) and JSS15Q (4.3_r2.2)

Updates are rolling out to Nexus devices as we speak, but the public changelogs seem to only call for improvements to "Security." However, the latest round of commits just went up on the Android Open Source Project, bringing everything up to date with both JWR66Y (4.3_r1.1), which is going out to most Nexus devices, and JSS15Q (4.3_r2.2), which is destined for the 2013 Nexus 7. Thanks to Google's gracious sharing of the source code, we can comb through each and every little detail of what's new.

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Kickstarter For New 3G-Connected Android Smartwatch That's Just Kind Of Terrible Going Strong Hours After Funding Begins

I really try to understand that innovation is a process of refining. Of failure and success. You have your good ideas, and your have your not-so-good ones. But the smartwatch market seems to not be learning... anything from the not so good ones. Meet the Omate TrueSmart, the latest darling of Kickstarter's seemingly insatiable smartwatch fetish.

At nearly $50,000 of its $100,000 goal at the time of this writing, mere hours after going live, this is going to get funded.

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HTC President: HTC One Developer Edition Will Skip Android 4.2.2 And Go Straight To 4.3

If you sprang for an HTC One Developer Edition back when the phone was launched and have been patiently waiting for your Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update, you might as well stop waiting. But that's a good thing! According to a Twitter post from HTC's Global Sales President and Head of America Jason Mackenzie, the Developer Edition will skip right over the incremental 4.2.2 update and go straight to 4.3.

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