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Almost No One Has Downloaded Android Jelly Bean

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Less than 2% of all Android devices are running Google’s latest operating system – almost three months after it was launched.

Phone manufacturers have long been criticised for not bringing Android updates to their devices in a timely manner.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was unveiled in July, but is installed on 1.8% of Android devices, according to Google’s stats.

More than 55% are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, just under two years after its launch.

The stats are based on the devices which accessed Google’s Play store over the last 14 days.

Several key Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy SIII, are yet to receive upgrades to Jelly Bean.

Samsung has promised to roll out Jelly Bean to the UK at the start of October, and availability is expected imminently.


Why You Should Buy An iPhone Not Android…

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For about five years now, the question for smartphone buyers has been a classic either/or: “Android or iPhone?” Answering that question is more difficult than ever, thanks to large advances in Android, as well as the emergence of a third viable option: Microsoft’s beautiful Windows Phone OS.

This week, we’ll attempt to break down your three options, looking at each operating system’s greatest strengths and weaknesses. Which one you choose should depend largely on how you use your phone.

For the first part of this comparison, let’s look at the iPhone and the iOS operating system. The most oft-repeated (and spot-on) description of the iPhone and its operating system is that Apple knows what you want and gives it to you and doesn’t let you change it; you can’t really alter or customize the experience because — well, why would you want to?


New Twitter Apps Released For iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet

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New versions of Twitter’s mobile apps are coming in to land on a device near you.

On Tuesday, the official Twitter Blog announcedupgrades for the microblog’s apps for Android devices, including the Kindle Fire and certain Nook tablets, as well as on Apple’s iOS devices.

The iPhone and Android apps will both feature a swipe shortcut that lets the user view a profile and reply, retweet, favorite or share a tweet without having to leave her home timeline.

Both apps will also get a “find friends” notification, which explicitly warns the user that she’ll be uploading her mobile contacts to Twitter’s servers. This is likely a response to the controversy that erupted last week when the blogosphere discovered that Twitter and other popular apps like Facebook and Instagram were swiping users’ address books without notifying the users.


Android Apps Of Year 2011

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On Monday, Nielsen released the results of a study on the most popular smartphone apps in the Android market.The rankings were based on how many people had used the app during the previous 30 days. The data was collected through proprietary device meters that had already been installed on the participants’ phones as part of an ongoing smartphone study. The results were broken down by age groups: 18 – 24, 25 – 34 and 35 – 44. Several of the apps were similarly popular across all three groups. Facebook and Gmail, for example, had been used by at least 70 percent of all participants, regardless of age. Other apps showed more surprising results. Angry Birds was most popular among the oldest group, (35 percent of 35 – 44-year-olds had used it) and least popular in the younger demographic (22 percent of 18 – 24-year olds had used it).

When compared to the top free iPhone apps, the results indicate that Android users are somewhat less creative than iPhone users when it comes to their application choices. Six of the top seven most-used Android apps come pre-installed on Android phones, while none of the top seven iPhone apps come preloaded. Check out  below to see the most used Android apps for people aged 25 – 34. 


Twitter’s 9 Biggest New Features

Twitter on Thursday introduced a dramatic overhaul of its website and mobile apps.

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The redesign focuses on simplicity and encourages participation from both established users and newbies who might not be familiar with the site’s modus operandi. A new emphasis on organization will streamline the site’s features. Bringing hashtags (#), @mentions and personalization into the foreground, Twitter has broken the site’s layout into four separate sections. A customized feeds will help users easily discover and interact with new content. Twitter has also created unique pages just for brands.