Latest figures released shows that fewer than ten per cent of Android users are running Lollipop, the latest Android OS.
Despite still being run by only 9.7 per cent of users, the newest Android platform has seen a jump over the last month, probably thanks to a few major carrier rollouts and the release of the HTC One (M9) and Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge that ship with Lollipop installed.
It will also have seen another boost with the release of Android 5.1, which has sorted out many of the bugs and omissions brought about by the release of Android 5.0, prompting users to upgrade.
KitKat 4.4 is still the most popular OS with a 39.8 per cent share of the market, followed by the various iterations of Jelly Bean, which have a cumulative total of 39.2 per cent over three versions.
Google has made Android 5.1.1 available to certain Nexus users.
Owners of a Wi-Fi only 2012 0r 2013 Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10 can download a further update to Android Lollipop, bringing it up to 5.1.1.
Users are unlikely to notice many difference between this update and Android 5.1.0 as it predominantly irons out bugs but if you are love having the very latest OS, you can download the pack from here.
This news comes less than a week after Google announced that they were no longer selling the Nexus 7 so the decision to provide updates for three tablets that came out between two and three years ago is a very interesting decision.
TAG Heuer luxury smartwatch will arrive this autumn with a 40-hour battery, says CEO
TAG Heuer will start selling $1,400 (approx. £912) smartwatches this autumn, as the luxury Swiss watchmaker looks set to take on the Apple Watch.
Speaking to Bloomberg Business, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, also said the smartwatch will have a 40-hour battery life, which is longer than any existing Android Wear watch or, crucially, the Apple Watch, which is designed to last 18 hours. The business news site also reported that the TAG Heuer smartwatch will arrive in either October or November.
The TAG Heuer watch costs four-times more than the most expensive watch currently listed on the Google Store, the new LG Watc Urbane. However, the hefty price tag would not shock most TAG Heuer customers, with £1,000 often the starting price for their products.
Via: Bloomberg Business
Google’s Chrome Dev for Android has been announced, allowing tech fans to gain early access to Chrome’s developer features
Android users are now able to test early versions of Google Chrome via their smartphones and tablets, following an announcement by the Google Chrome team.
Chrome for Android Dev is available right now on the Google Play Store, having been previously available on Linux, ChromeOS, Windows and Mac.
This app will allow users to experience the bleeding edge of Chrome developments, testing out new features before they are rolled out to the general public. This will aid developers to make apps suitable for future versions of Chrome, plus it will be exciting to feel like part of the development process, logging bugs and road-testing updates. On the downside, users will inevitably experience a number of crashes and bugs.
Essential apps everyone in the maker community should be using
3D printing is hottest areas of tech right now, and over the next year or so we’ll see 3D printers breaking into the mainstream, revolutionising the way we do things – from adorning our phones with custom cases to doctors creating prosthetic limbs personally shaped for our bodies. You can even create ad 3D print your own Android figurine!
Leading the way is 3D Make & Print. Produced in association with My Mini Factory, you’ll find a complete guide to getting started in 3D printing, from buying the right printer and setting up to creating models and adding the finishing touches.
Via: Know Your Apps
Sony and LG have taken radically different approaches to their fourth-gen flagships
LG and Sony have both revealed their next flagship models, following hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9.
LG’s offering is the G4, which is visually striking with a neon-coloured interface and leather case. It’s also beefed up its specs, adding better front- and rear-facing cameras, more storage and a faster processor. Sony, meanwhile, has taken a different approach, launching the Xperia Z4 with minimum fanfare and only minor upgrades to the specs and little difference in terms of the visual design.
“We are living up to our promise of Innovation for a Better Life with a fashionable, premium smartphone,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We wanted to give consumers a truly human-centric device that combined the analog sensibilities with technologies that delivered real world performance. This is the most ambitious phone we’ve ever created.”