Just a couple of days ago my first gen Nexus 7 received the new version of Jelly Bean (4.3). I did see some improvement. I had just received it back from ASUS last week. It didn’t want to boot anymore, but when I got it back, holy cow the speed was different. Then the update came, and I was happy again because it’s supposed to help the Nexus 7 even more. Well other devices are now adopting Jelly Bean. Soon Android users will have the ability to do something that will help with security of your phone.
Jelly Bean on the Rise
Android Jelly Bean adoption continues to grow after recently surpassing Gingerbread for the first time. According to stats published Friday, Jelly Bean (versions 4.1.x and 4.2.x) was running on 40.5 percent of Android devices as of Aug. 1. Gingerbread landed at 33.1 percent, followed by Ice Cream Sandwich at 22.5 percent.
Jelly Bean first topped Gingerbread in June, according to last month’s stats. At that time, approximately 37.9 percent of Android users were on Jelly Bean, while 34.1 percent were on Gingerbread, and 23.3 percent were still running Ice Cream Sandwich. At this point, very few Android devices are still running the earliest versions of the mobile OS. Around 2.5 percent are on Froyo, while 1.2 percent have Éclair, and just 0.1 percent are running Donut (as well as the tablet-centric Honeycomb).
Google just yesterday unveiled the much-anticipated Moto X phone, which will run Android 4.2.2 at launch. Spokespeople did not have any timetables on a possible bump to Android 4.3, which launched last month on the new Nexus 7. For more, see PCMag’s Hands On With Motorola’s Moto X. The next major update to Android, codenamed Key Lime Pie, is expected in October, though Google has made no announcements. This will likely contribute more to the phenomenon known as Android fragmentation, though a recent report argued that fragmentation actually has its benefits.
Meanwhile, the Android platform overall is still going strong, with a 65 percent lead over all other mobile operating systems, according to new stats from Strategy Analytics. The report tipped a growing global smartphone market, up 47 percent year over year for a total 230 million units shipped in the second quarter. Android was the greatest benefactor of the uptick, having captured a record 80 percent share of the global smartphone OS market.
Lost Device Remote Wipe
Apple users have long been able to use iOS’s built-in device locator and remote wiping features, but Android users had to resort to third-party applications. That’s changing soon. Google today announced that it’ll launch a new Android Device Manager later this month that will allow you to locate and ring your misplaced (or stolen) device and perform a remote wipe so your data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
Android product manager Benjamin Poiesz explained in a blog post on Friday how it works in a nutshell: If you ended up dropping your phone between those couch cushions, Android Device Manager lets you quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even it’s been silenced. And in the event that your phone or tablet is out of earshot (say, at that restaurant you left it at last night), you can locate it on a map in real time.
The service, Google says, will be available on devices running Android 2.2 or up and judging from today’s announcement, the Android Device Manager site will feature a dedicated area for pinging your lost device. It’s not clear what else users will be able to do on the new Device Manager site, however.
It’s only been years for the security wipe to come along, and I for one can’t wait to use it. Okay, maybe not entirely. I do want my tablet like it is. For a phone, it’s a good thing, but when you don’t have a smart phone (Yep that’s me, I know I’m not with the time. Truly, I hate to talk on the phone, especially when I’m in the car because I don’t want to be one of Those people.), it really isn’t necessary because there is nothing on the phone that is important. I have memorized the most important phone numbers.