Explore 16 years of Android facts, flavours and iconic handsets with this unique illustration
As Lollipops rolls out to the public, online phone accessories shop Mobile Madhouse have produced this detailed infographic plotting every major event since Android Inc was founded in 2003.
It also includes all of different flavours (we forgot how cute Honeycomb was – but why was it blue), its growing market share, and its iconic handsetsthe HTC Dream through to the Nexus 6.
There are more devices with Jelly Bean than ever before, but Gingerbread still remains supreme.
Slowly but surely more devices are getting some Jelly Bean love, with more than a quarter of all Android devices now either Android 4.1 or Android 4.2.
Gingerbread still remains the most common on the market, but we’re seeing a rise in devices getting a long awaited update to Ice Cream Sandwich.
There’s no news on which devices will run Android 5.0 when it’s announced, but if previous launches are to go by, we’ll see just a few devices getting Key Lime Pie straight away.
Via: Android Developers
In the brand new issue of Android Magazine we feature the definitive review of the Nexus 7. Is it the world’s best tablet?
Issue 15 of Android Magazine has gone on sale. Inside this month we present the definitive review of the Nexus 7. What are its best features, how does it does it compare to the iPad and Kindle Fire and, most importantly, at as little as £159 what is the catch? Our complete guide tells you everything you need to know.
Also this month we look at the world’s most powerful Android apps and games, review the Orange San Diego, the first Android phone with Intel inside, and look at how you can enhance your phone with some essential accessories.
Sony’s flagship Android device finally gets 4.0 update. Here’s a breakdown of the added features.
After several months of waiting, Sony have stuck to their word and are finally starting to rollout the latest Android OS update to their latest flagship device, the Xperia S.
The change will see all the incremental changes and differences from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich; including resizeable widgets, improved lock screen, better control of your data consumption and a dedicated recent apps buttons.
Our friends over at Sony have also included some exclusive changes to the Xperia S:
The quality of mobile internet has increased rapidly recently. Here’s how to get started with it.
Using the internet on a smartphone has come one leaps and bounds in recent times, and with the Ice Cream Sandwich update being rolled out to numerous Android phones, the experience of visiting websites and media content is better than ever. Browsers are increasingly becoming faster, and the rendering and buffering of media images is quicker than it has ever been. With the size of smartphones also increasing, viewing media and reading text has become a lot easier, making mobile browsing an extremely enjoyable experience.
The stock browser that comes as standard in Android devices has all the basic functions that you’d expect from any browser you use, and will be the chosen browser for this tutorial. There are plenty of other alternatives, however, and users can expect to find around six or seven world class browsers available to download from Google Play. Browsers such as Opera Mini and Dolphin Browser HD offer a browsing experience similar to what you’d expect from a desktop computer, but on your Android device. With an Ice Cream Sandwich enabled device, users could also try out Google Chrome; a well-established browser that is exclusive to Android 4.0 users and can be synced between multiple devices and platforms.
In this tutorial we will show you how to get started with the internet on your Android device. We’ll show you how to first find the browser on your phone, open up a website and then how access your browser’s settings.
Read on for a guide in using widgets on any Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Your home screen is the hub for all your shortcut to the apps and settings you want quick access to. A more common term for these types of shortcuts are widgets. With an Android phone powered by Ice Cream Sandwich, you’ve the ability to add these shortcuts to up to five home screens at any one time. Although it may seem like a good idea to add lots of widgets to every home screen, it can look cluttered, and you only get limited space on each screen. This means that selecting the right widgets to use is of the utmost importance.
The stock widgets that come with most ICS-enabled phones are great, and offer unique shortcuts to your favourite apps. More popular apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, come with a variety of different widgets for you to use, and all in different sizes. By accessing the Google Play store, you’ll be able to find a variety of extra widgets to download. The most common types are weather and clock widgets, but new ones are getting added all the time.
In this tutorial we will show you how to access all the widgets currently available on your ICS device, as well as the process of selecting and adding a widget to one of your phone’s home screens. In the final part of the tutorial we’ll show you how you can search and download further widgets to add to your collection from the Google Play store.