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.

Pinging Windows/SMB computers using their Netbios name

You can easily set up a linux computer to contact/ping windows computers using their netbios name (computer name set up in windows). This will show you how.

In a small windows network you can contact (i.e. ping etc.) one windows computer from another using their name even if there isn’t a DNS server in the network. However, from a computer running linux, you would need to know the ip address of the computer you want to contact. The “computer name” the windows computers use in this instance are their netbios names which other computers discover using WINS resolution. Linux computers are usually not set up to use this.

The most common solution is to just add just add the PCs to your hosts file. But that would become tiresome if you have more than a couple of computers, and would not work at all if your computers use dynamic IPs.
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