Android Platform Version Share – September 2012

Google just published the monthly Android platform distribution. It shows that Android version 4.0 (ICS) has been growing at the same pace as last month, and version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is just about getting a foothold in the market.

Version August September Change
# API
Jelly Bean 0.8% 1.2% +0.4%
v4.1 16
Ice Cream Sandwich 15.9% 20.9% +5.0%
v4.0 14 – 15
Honeycomb 2.3% 2.1% -0.2%
v3.x 12 – 13
Gingerbread 60.6% 57.5% -3.1%
v2.3 9 – 10
Frozen Yoghurt 15.5% 14.0% -1.5%
v2.2 8
Eclair 4.2% 3.7% -0.5%
v2.1 7
Donut 0.5% 0.4% -0.1%
v1.6 4
Cupcake 0.2% 0.2% 0%
v1.5 3

ICS usage share got a bit of a boost from the upgrades as well as some of the new phones. In next months statistics, we should see some of this boost shift to Jelly Bean if the most popular phone right now e.g. the Samsung Galaxy S3 gets upgraded. Along with other phones due for release this may put Jelly Bean at nearly 10%. or at least I hope! Otherwise the Jelly Bean share should hover around 2% while the ICS share rises to the mid-20%.

We’re unlikely to see the Gingerbread usage share decrease any quicker then the current rate as the phones still on this version are bound to stay on it. This will just get diluted as new phones come to market, and old phones are discarded.

Updating UK Xoom Wifi MZ604 from android 3.0.1 to 3.2

This shows how to upgrade your Xoom Wifi (MZ604) from Android/Honeycomb 3.0.1 to 3.2

As all the UK (as well as other non-US) Motorola Xoom owners are aware, their Xooms are stuck on Android 3.01 whereas the US version is already rolling onto 3.2. The European customers were promised version 3.1 a few weeks ago, but there is no news of anyone actually getting that update yet.

So … if you have a UK Xoom Wifi, here’s how you can get 3.2 installed on it. It’s not completely risk-free, and not entirely simple either, but it’s certainly less frustrating than dealing with Motorola Support when it comes to finding out information on updates.

I guess right now your About tablet screen looks like this …

… and that’s what we’re about to change!

The Process

The process you’ll follow is:

  1. Flash the U.S stock 3.0.1 image
  2. Auto-update to 3.1 (and then to 3.2)
  3. Flash the ClockworkMod Recovery image
  4. Flash the Rooted 3.2 image.

UPDATE: As a couple of comments have pointed out, the 3.2 update is now available OTA via the Auto Update. It is a two stage process, it will first update to 3.1 and reboot, after which, if you check for updates again it will find 3.2. So, follow steps 3 and 4 only if you want a rooted version of 3.2. Cheers commenters for pointing this out.

NOTE: By following these steps you’ll be voiding the warranty on your Xoom, and there is a chance you could brick your device. I’ve only tried it on the UK Wifi Xoom i.e. the MZ604. Also, this will erase all your data from the Xoom, so back things up!

These are quite detailed instructions so the process seems quite long, but it should take less than an hour to complete for most people. If you’ve done firmware updates before, it should really take around 20 minutes to fully root, or less than that to get the stock Android 3.2.
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A Beta Tester Unboxes the Logitech Revue (Google TV)

One of the beta testers posted a video of him unboxing the Logitech Revue. It comes with all the usual cables etc, but also includes a keyboard and an IR blaster. It doesn’t have an eSata port, which would’ve been handy for a fast HDD connection. But I guess HD movies are fine running off a USB connected drive.
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Flash and the mobiles

The smartphone market is finally getting a full-fledged flash player. Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch demonstrated Flash 10 running on Nokia Series 60 (based on Symbian), Windows Mobile and even the Google Android platforms. There was a major but expected absentee … The iPhone.

The smartphone market is finally getting a full-fledged flash player. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch demonstrated Flash 10 running on Nokia Series 60 (based on Symbian), Windows Mobile and even the Google Android platforms. There was a major but expected absentee … The iPhone.

While Adobe has a near complete version for the iPhone, it’ll probably never be released to the wild. The problem as some see it is that it is too close for comfort for Apple, providing a free application platform that would compete with the App Store. They would lose the tight control they have on what can be run on an iPhone, as well as losing the revenue stream from sales via the App Store.
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Google Chrome – finally, a browser from google!

Google have just released their own Web browser.  When they announced it via a set of comic strips, it took some people by surprise especially after the april fool stunt a couple of years ago. The comic strip itself tries to explain how the web has evolved and why we need a new browser to cater for that.
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WordPress and google webmaster tools sitemap

If you are trying to use your wordpress feed as your sitemap in google webmaster tools, and it looks like there are errors in lines 11 and 12 citing Invalid URL, Invalid XML: too many tags, and Incorrect namespace, it is because you are using your rss2 feed as the sitemap

If you are trying to use your wordpress feed as your sitemap in google webmaster tools, and it looks like there are errors in lines 11 and 12 citing Invalid URL, Invalid XML: too many tags, and Incorrect namespace, it is because you are using your rss2 feed as the sitemap.
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