Like it does at the beginning of every month, Google this afternoon updated its Android distribution numbers to reflect a 7 day period ending today, July 7th. The most recent version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, saw a modest increase from 13.6 percent to 17.9 percent. Jelly Bean, for the first time ever, saw a decline as a whole in usage by 1.9 percent.
Sprint has issued a software update for the LG G Flex that enables voice calls over Wi-Fi networks and a trio of other enhancements and fixes. As per the official release notes (via Android Central), the latest version also comes with a HD Voice icon, security and SMS patch from Google and an update to email signatures. The new software version, codenamed ZV7, will be rolling out in batches from today through July 16th. Read more
Smartphones built around gimmicks haven’t been that well received, but that won’t stop companies from producing them. Today, on its official Xperia Twitter profile, Sony posted a tweet saying “See your #selfies in a whole new light.” This cryptic message also included the hashtags “#GetTheFullPicture #Tomorrow.” Almost in tandem, a post from ePrice hit Chinese microblogging site Weibo revealing pictures of a smartphone referred to as the Sony Xperia C3.
We told you late last week that Android Wear devices had started leaving the warehouse, and this week is seeing many of those orders reach their destinations. And with the devices now in more and more developers hands, countless apps have started appearing on the Play Store. It will soon get to the point where there are too many to keep track, but in the meantime we’re watching the Play Store closely for great (and not so great) new apps. Read more
AT&T announced today that it will begin accepting pre-orders for the LG G3 and G Watch tomorrow and that both devices will be available to purchase on July 11th. The South Korean electronics manufacture’s first Android Wear-powered smartwatch will cost $230, while the G3 will be available for no money down through AT&T Next 18 for $24.17 per month and $29 per month via Next 12. You can also buy the handset for $200 on a two year service agreement if you’re not fond of financing a phone.