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Android Distribution Numbers For December: KitKat Gains, Lollipop Not On The Board Yet

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.

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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.

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Jack And Jill Are Google's New Compilers For Android App Developers

Android has gone through quite a few changes during its short 6 years of life. The Android that drives most of the world's smartphones of today would be almost unrecognizable to what was launched in late 2008. We've seen massive visual changes, expansion to almost every conceivable form factor, and a completely fleshed-out content ecosystem for multimedia and apps. As the operating system matured, some elements have successfully grown with it, and others have become dead weight.

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] VPN Clients Can Now Limit Access To Select Apps, Leaving Others To Connect To The Internet Directly

People regularly rely on Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to hide their activities from nosy governments, circumvent geographically restricted and region-locked services, and increase security on untrusted Wi-Fi networks. But the big problem with piping your communications through a secure digital tunnel is that it's an all-or-nothing deal – web browsing, IM chats, and email are all going over the wire to the same place. That can become a really serious issue for people that use an employer's VPN for work.

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Chrome's Upcoming Navigation Transitions API Will Make The Web Animate And Flow Like Material Design In Android

One of the things we all kind of deal with when using a web browser is a total lack of elegant transitions. Most browsers and web pages lack anything in the way of transition animations, and those that do are one-off jobs coded in things like Ajax that can be complex. Otherwise, we're left with white flashes in-between page loads and seemingly random assemblage of elements as they render. Google wants to change that, and they want to do it with something called the Navigation Transitions API.

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Nexus 6 Gets Official TWRP Custom Recovery

TWRP support for the Nexus 9 went live just a bit earlier today, and now the Nexus 6 is getting in on the action. TeamWin Recovery Project version 2.8.2.0 is ready for your flashing pleasure, just head over to the TWRP site to get it. Here, again, is the changelog for TWRP 2.8.2.0, which is the build specifically released to better support Android 5.0 Lollipop.

-Pull in all changes from Android 5.0 lollipop into TWRP
-Add decrypt support for Android 5.0 lollipop encrypted partitions including automatic decrypt when the default_password is in use
-Revert some changes to exFAT that were breaking exFAT support on some devices
-Other minor fixes and updates

To install, you simply need to unlock the bootloader and flash the .img recovery file in fastboot.

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[Update 2: LRX21R & LRX21V Added] Developer Changelogs Posted For Each Lollipop Build From 5.0.0_r2 (LRX21M) To 5.0.0_r7 (LRX21V)

It's not unusual to see slightly customized builds of Android rolling out to Nexus devices shortly after the release of a new version. It certainly happened a few times with KitKat, and it looks like Lollipop is on track to do the same. As the rush of factory images and OTAs roll out, AOSP is also receiving commits for the new device-specific builds; and Al Sutton was quick to put out changelogs for each version.

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Google Runs A Fit Developer Challenge To Fatten Up The Ecosystem And Make Everybody Healthier

We've all seen it happen. A great technology, service, or platform comes out, but without a solid base of users and apps, it fails to gain traction. Google wants to see the Fit API work out, and developers have been called upon to help make that happen. If you know how to write an Android app, and you've got a great idea for something that will get people off the couch and into the gym, you're invited to join the Google Fit Developer Challenge.

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Developers Can Now Start Making Audio And Messaging Apps For Android Auto

Google hasn't had much to say about Android Auto since it previewed the platform back at I/O in June. Now there's some movement as we wait on Android Auto to show up in vehicles. The Google Developers blog has posted an introduction to Android Auto and announced that the final APIs are ready for developers to get to work.

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Google Play Services 6.5 Rolling Out Now With Granular SDK Dependencies And New Features In Fit, Maps, Drive, And Wallet [APK Download]

Most of us don't want to think of Android without Google Play services. There's a good reason for that, without all of the tools Google offers, we would miss out on features like push notifications, integrated maps, and even newer things like Google Fit. Developers keep asking for more and Google is answering that call. With the latest release of Google Play services, new features are coming to Fit, Maps, Drive, And Wallet.

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