Category: Firmware

Sony bringing Android 4.3 to Xperia Z, SP and more

Sony has updated its users on the company’s plans to bring some of its many phones and tablets up to Android 4.3, also suggesting that some older models may skip 4.2 altogether and get upgraded from 4.1 straight to 4.3. Here’s what Sony is currently telling people it’s developers are up to: Yesterday you probably […]

HTC One Android 4.2.2 update now live for Three users

Those of you who bought or blagged your HTC One through the Three network here in the UK ought to have a very exciting update notification waiting for you the next time you nervously/compulsively glance at your mobile phone screen, as the network has now launched the Android 4.2.2 update for HTC’s 2013 flagship model. […]

HTC One Android 4.2.2 now live for unlocked UK users

Those of you who bought into HTC’s latest dream ought to be in for an exciting day, thanks to the mobile maker releasing its Android 4.2.2 update for the popular new model. The update amends the launcher bar, makes some small changes to the camera system, adds a choice of ways to use the Home […]

STATS: Android 4.X now powering 58% of devices

Google has updated Android developers with the latest Platform Versions data, giving app makers an idea of how the various iterations of Android are represented out there in the pockets and manbags of the world. The stats, for the fortnight ending June 3rd, are generated by tracking connections to Google’s Play service. There have been […]

HTC First UK launch cancelled, says source

According to sources quoted by Mobile News, the HTC First is not going to be launched in the UK after all. At the phone’s launch event last April, Facebook claimed the HTC First “Facebook phone” would arrive in the UK on the Orange and EE networks some time during 2013, but, apparently, pre-orders are now […]

STATS: Android device activations now at 900 million

Google used its I/O 2013 developer event to update us all on the progress of its Android baby, putting together a fancy graphic to illustrate the format’s continuing level of insane growth. In summary, Google’s seen some 900,000,000 separate Android phones and tablets activated around the world to date. That’s loads. Google also says its […]

STATS: Samsung dominant in Q1, LG doubles smartphone market share

Yet more analysis of the global mobile phone scene has come to the usual, inevitable conclusion — that Samsung is crushing everyone. Into a SMOOTH PULP. Data published by Gartner claims Samsung took 23.6% of all phone sales (dumb and smart) in the first quarter of 2013, way ahead of surprise second place manufacturer Nokia. […]

Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean update now live for unlocked phones

Those who are in possession of an unlocked original GT-N7000 Samsung Galaxy Note are emailing us in MASS EXCITEMENT today, thanks to the UK arrival of the Jelly Bean update for Samsung’s first monster mobile. The software update, now live for those with unlocked phones bought outside of the mobile networks, takes the Galaxy Note […]

STATS: Android powers 58.4% of UK smartphone sales in 2013

Analyst Kantar Worldpanel has issued some updated analysis of the UK and European smartphone scene, revealing that Android powered a whopping 58.4% of all smartphones sold in the UK during the three-month period to the end of March 2013. As in, the three months before the Galaxy S4 and HTC One launched. It’s going higher. […]

Apple's UK tablet share down 10% as "quality" Android tablets impress

Stats released by market research firm YouGov give Apple’s iPad an astonishing 63% of the entire UK tablet market, but that’s down by 10% over last year as a rise in Android’s perception as a backer of “quality” Android powered tablets helped chip away at Apple’s tablet dominance. The data shows that Google’s awesome little […]

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