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[What year is it?!] Google is ending support for the Android Market on Android 2.1 and earlier

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:18:32 +0000

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It has been more than five years since we said goodbye to the Android Market and hello to Google Play. You may have long since adjusted to the change, but there's been a version of the Android Market out there all this time. Google's putting an end to that soon, though. On June 30th 2017, the Android Market client on Android 2.1 and earlier will stop working.

The original Google Play rollout in 2012 included Android 2.2 and later.

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[What year is it?!] Google is ending support for the Android Market on Android 2.1 and earlier was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




The Big Android Chart™: A Definitive History of Android Version Adoption

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:49:00 +0000

(image) Pop quiz: How long does it take for a new version of Android to be widely adopted? A new version of Android comes out, AOSP updates, OEMs adapt it to a myriad of devices, and carriers test the updates. That process. How long does it take?

It's a tough question to answer, mostly because Google doesn't provide data like that. The official site shows a 6 month version history, and that's it.

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The Big Android Chart™: A Definitive History of Android Version Adoption was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




[Update: Now With ICS Source] Gold For Android Developers: Add AOSP Source Code To Eclipse With The "Android Sources" Plugin

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 21:16:00 +0000

(image) As an Android developer, the first thing I do when I set up Eclipse with ADT on a new machine is hunt down the Android source for the API level I'm working on.

Earlier this month, I added a request for Android 4.0 source to be added to the plugin, and I'm pleased to report that the plugin maintainer just added it to the latest version.

Honeycomb sources are being worked on.

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[Update: Now With ICS Source] Gold For Android Developers: Add AOSP Source Code To Eclipse With The "Android Sources" Plugin was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Gingerbread Now Running On 50% Of Android Devices, Just In Time For Ice Cream Sandwich

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 02:13:00 +0000

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Google has released the latest of its monthly Android version distribution charts, and for the first time Android 2.3 Gingerbread is present on over half of all Android devices. A milestone, to be sure.

We also get a look at the end success rate of Honeycomb (a tablet-only version of Android), which achieved a mere 2.5% piece of the Android pie since the first Honeycomb device release back in February. Android 1.5 and 1.6 (Cupcake and Donut) have continued their march toward extinction, commanding only 2.1% of the Android population total.

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Gingerbread Now Running On 50% Of Android Devices, Just In Time For Ice Cream Sandwich was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




3 Years Of Android: A Look At Android's Home Screens - From Cupcake To Ice Cream Sandwich

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:27:00 +0000

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Oh, Android. How far you've come since the days of the G1. Actually, tomorrow, October 22nd, will mark 3 years to the day that Android has been available on consumer handsets in the United States, and the G1 on T-Mobile was concepción.

With Ice Cream Sandwich finally revealed, Android has gone through its seventh major iteration. How has Android changed? What better way to illustrate Android's evolution than its home screen, the hub of user interaction.

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3 Years Of Android: A Look At Android's Home Screens - From Cupcake To Ice Cream Sandwich was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




AT&T Sony Ericsson X10 Android 2.1 Update Is Available Now... Welcome To Two Years Ago

Tue, 31 May 2011 16:52:35 +0000

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In this line of work, I get the chance to write about things that are new and exciting. Other times, however, that's just not the case. There are times when writing about certain subjects just makes me sad... and this is one of those times. Sure, it may be good news in a sense, but the fact that I am sitting here, on May 31, 2011, reporting an update to Android 2.1...

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AT&T Sony Ericsson X10 Android 2.1 Update Is Available Now... Welcome To Two Years Ago was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Sony Ericsson's Indonesian Office Announces The W8 - First Android Walkman Phone

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:42:25 +0000

(image) Sony Ericsson Indonesia has quietly announced to the world that they will be putting out the first Android-based Walkman device, the W8. This is by no means a power house, though, with a 600MHz processor, 168MB of RAM, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a 3" 320x480 screen; clearly, this phone is aimed at the budget market.

This device will run Android 2.1 and the same version of Timescape as the X10 mini, with some tweaks to the Mediascape music interface to give users the Walkman experience.

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Sony Ericsson's Indonesian Office Announces The W8 - First Android Walkman Phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Line Will Not Receive Android 2.2 Froyo Update

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 19:43:30 +0000

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Sony Ericsson has confirmed that it will not be updating its Xperia X10 line of smartphones to Android 2.2 Froyo. So, owners of the Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro will be stuck on Android 2.1 Éclair for the foreseeable future. However, Sony Ericsson has promised to provide some minor software updates, with features such as multitouch, later this year.

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If you were looking for another reason to buy Google's Nexus S, here it is.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Line Will Not Receive Android 2.2 Froyo Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android Platform Version Chart Updated: Froyo Dominates, Éclair Still Strong, Cupcake And Donut On The Way Out

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 01:23:00 +0000

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As per usual, Google has updated their Android Platform Version Chart, which gives us a clear indication of how many devices are running each version of Android, based on Market usage. The results won't shock anybody, but they do say good things about the current state of fragmentation in Android. Froyo continues it dominance, taking over half of the chart, while Android 2.1 still remains strong with 35%, likely due in large part to the massive number of Galaxy S phones still running it.

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Android Platform Version Chart Updated: Froyo Dominates, Éclair Still Strong, Cupcake And Donut On The Way Out was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android Platform Version Stats Updated Again, Froyo Now Dominant

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 04:07:00 +0000

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If you love devouring Android stats, Google's Android Platform Versions sub-site, which is updated about once a month, just got refreshed with the latest batch of data. Last month, Froyo ate up some 36% of the pie, while Éclair was found to be running on about 41% of devices, with the remaining 23% being taken up by Cupcake and Donut.

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As you can see for yourself in the graph above, this month was quite a turn-around - Froyo (at 43.4%) finally stole the throne from Éclair, which was left with 39.6%.

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Android Platform Version Stats Updated Again, Froyo Now Dominant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android 2.1 Update For AT&T's Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Delayed Yet Again

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:22:34 +0000

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Despite the fact that Gingerbread is set to be released in the next few weeks, some of us are still waiting for an update to a version of Android two decimal places behind - Android 2.1, aka Éclair. Such is life for owners of AT&T's Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 who, after jealously watching as Scandinavian X10 owners received the update on Halloween night, are being told that 2.1 has been delayed yet again for their devices.

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Android 2.1 Update For AT&T's Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Delayed Yet Again was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android 2.1 Update For T-Mobile Garminfone Available For Manual Installation; All 10 Owners Ecstatic

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 21:58:47 +0000

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Granted, this particular bit of news is only valuable to the (very) small crowd of people who purchased the T-Mobile Garminfone, but it's nice to hear nonetheless. The good news: Garmin has released an update to Android 2.1 (Éclair). The bad: it's a manual update.

The update process isn't complicated per se - but it's definitely more work than an OTA:

1. Download the software update package for your Garminfone which can be found here: http://www.garminasus.com/en_US/support/software/006-B1130-00.update

2.

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Android 2.1 Update For T-Mobile Garminfone Available For Manual Installation; All 10 Owners Ecstatic was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Motorola Backflip Finally Officially Hits Android 2.1

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 03:56:00 +0000

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It's hardly the latest and greatest, but it's a hell of a lot better than what users of the AT&T Backflip were stuck on previously - that's right, a manual update to Android 2.1 Éclair for the much ballyhooed device is now up on both AT&T's and Motorola's servers.

It's not an OTA (over the air), and it comes with an installation guide worthy of a novel, just like the Cliq yesterday.

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Motorola Backflip Finally Officially Hits Android 2.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Motorola CLIQ 2.1 Éclair Update Now Officially Available, Complete With The Longest Installation Instructions EVER

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 08:40:17 +0000

(image) Motorola CLIQ owners have been waiting for this day for a very-very-very long time, but, believe it or not, it's finally here. Following the leaked version from 3 weeks ago, the official Éclair for you phones (but not CLIQ XT just yet) is now available from Motorola - not as an OTA, but as a downloadable .zip.

Why Motorola put together the longest update instructions I've ever seen, with more warnings than a prescription drug, is beyond me - it seems to me like the same effect could have been achieved via the existing OTA (over-the-air) update mechanism Android already supports.

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Motorola CLIQ 2.1 Éclair Update Now Officially Available, Complete With The Longest Installation Instructions EVER was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android 2.1 Now Rolling Out For Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 23:03:45 +0000

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Right on time, Sony Ericsson's begun rolling out the update to Android 2.1 Eclair (build number 2.0.A.0.504) for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, and X10 Mini Pro. Judging by what we're seeing on Twitter and from what our tipster told us, it's only available in Scandinavia for now, so we can only hope that other regions will get to join in on the fun soon enough.

Our tipster also mentioned that Universal Androot does not work, although a bit of digging through the forums revealed that SuperOneClick does indeed root the phones, even after the update.

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Android 2.1 Now Rolling Out For Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 Mini, And X10 Mini Pro To Start Receiving Update To Android 2.1 In November

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:22:36 +0000

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Try to contain your excitement, here: Sony-Ericsson will begin rolling out an the update to Android 2.1 (Éclair) for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, and X10 Mini Pro devices starting November 1. As sarcastic as we are about being updated to an already out-of-date version, it's still a huge step up from the current Android 1.6. Major features of the updates:

Xperia X10:
• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
• New backup and restore application with extended content back up
• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

Android 2.1 brings a slew of benefits on its own, so their "Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1" entails an awful lot of changes on its own.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 Mini, And X10 Mini Pro To Start Receiving Update To Android 2.1 In November was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




New Sony Ericsson Video Suggests X10 To Get 2.1 Very Shortly

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:28:00 +0000

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This morning Sony Ericsson posted a teaser video on YouTube explaining to X10 users the differences they will find in the update from Android 1.6 to 2.1. As painful as it is to watch a video of someone demonstrating five homescreens, slide-to-unlock  and live wallpapers like they're brand new features, the video underscores the growing expectation that an update will be released for the X10 within the next few days.

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According to the Sony Ericsson blog:

(Note – It does have some wording on getting the update now – that is not yet really valid and it wasn’t scheduled to be released until the update is out there.

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New Sony Ericsson Video Suggests X10 To Get 2.1 Very Shortly was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




[Updated With Mirror] Motorola Cliq Gets Manual Update To Android 2.1 Éclair

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 23:17:00 +0000

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It's been a long and difficult journey for Cliq owners, but it looks like the finish line may just be around the corner – Motorola is now allowing a limited number of users to test out the update to Android 2.1 Eclair.

Jealous? Don't be - thanks to the folks over at Android Central, the rest of us get to join in on the fun too. Unfortunately, the process isn't exactly as simple as an OTA, so here's how to do it:

  1. Download the update file (it should be called "Blur_Version.2.1.5.MB200.T-Mobile.en.US.zip") from here.
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[Updated With Mirror] Motorola Cliq Gets Manual Update To Android 2.1 Éclair was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Sony Ericsson LiveView Priced And Dated For Europe, X10s To Get OS Update In November?

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 17:58:01 +0000

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The lucky folks over at French tech blog JournalDuGeek got themselves some on-wrist time with Sony Ericsson's OLED Bluetooth watch/remote/alert terminal. If you're not familiar with the device, check out our coverage of its official announcement in September: Sony Ericsson Outs The LiveView Remote For Android Devices...

JDG posted some rather blurry pics of the device, whilst also disclosing a price and rough release date: €59 in November. Considering Sony are known for "aspirational" pricing, this is very pleasing if true.

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Sony Ericsson LiveView Priced And Dated For Europe, X10s To Get OS Update In November? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




US Cellular Joins The Galaxy S Party - Samsung Mesmerize Official, Launching October 27 For $199

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 20:57:40 +0000

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If you've got a good memory (I don't), you may recall that back when the Samsung Epic 4G, the Fascinate, and the Vibrant were announced, there was also an unnamed version of the Galaxy S headed to US Cellular.

Well today, over three months later (and also about a month after Verizon became the last major US carrier to receive an incarnation of Samsung's flagship device), US Cellular has finally announced that the Samsung Mesmerize, aka their version of the Galaxy S, will be available starting October 27 for $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate.

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US Cellular Joins The Galaxy S Party - Samsung Mesmerize Official, Launching October 27 For $199 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.