Android 4.4 KitKat may have just been announced, but the more delicious sounding Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) on more than 50% of devices. Just three months ago, it was barely scratching at 40%.
Google has also unveiled that the total number of activated Android devices has finally surpassed one billion devices, quite the amazing milestone. Jelly Bean being on more than 50% of devices is a great thing, as it's finally bringing the Android OS fragmentation issues to an end, something that KitKat should really nail down.
Gingerbread is now on 26.3% of devices, Honeycomb barely exists with 0.1%, Ice Cream Sandwich is still sticking around with 19.8% of the Android OS share and Froyo is still hanging on with 1.7%.
All About Samsung has a new video that shows off Samsung's Z9005 smartphone, which is running the Samsung/Intel-developed Tizen OS. We get to have an in-depth look at the smartphone, which is the best look at it yet.
Tizen is running on Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone, with the South Korean giant rumored to be preparing Tizen as an alternative to the unstoppable Android OS. Tizen looks like it heavily borrows from Android, which should keep Samsung's customers happy if it does indeed push Tizen onto its smart devices in the near future.
If there's one thing Microsoft needs right now, it's the perfect storm of marketing campaigns to push Windows and Surface onto millions of more customers to combat the increased onslaught from rivals Apple, Google and Samsung.
The Redmond-based software giant is looking to spend around $405 million this year on marketing, compared to $241 million last year. Splitting this up, we'll see $131 million or so in offers and incentive-related spending, while $274 million will be spent on marketing and operating expenses. Microsoft wants to see Windows-based slates in stores, and will spend heavily to see its dreams come true.
The company is pushing to have 16 million tablet sales over the holiday season, with the extra marketing push helping to convince customers they want a Windows tablet. It shouldn't be hard, because Microsoft has some great devices out there with its OS on them, but it's not really a fight of devices anymore, but services.
Western Digital is warning owners of its hard drives that upgrading to Apple's OS X Mavericks might not be a good idea right now, warning of data loss when upgrading to Apple's freshly released operating system.
It affects WD's Drive Manager, Raid Manager or SmartWare applications are installed. The company e-mailed its customers after it had noticed its support forum go crazy with users reporting data loss after upgrading to Mavericks with the aforementioned applications installed. WD says if users uninstall the applications, then they are safe to upgrade to Mavericks, without losing their data.
If you've already made the jump and suited up for Mavericks, then you should remove those applications immediately to ensure your data is safe. There's a fix on the way, but it's not here yet.
The single killer point of the Nexus 5 is its awesome price: $349. For this price, you're getting an awesome kit, at under half the price of the competition from Samsung and Apple.
But, there's always going to be a way to make money from something that is so cheap, with Best Buy stepping in with the best tech deal of 2013*. You can grab the $349 Nexus 5 for only $799, which sounds like a crazy deal if you ask me! But don't worry, the retailer was quick to change its deal once it hit tech sites and blogs, reducing it from $799 to $449.99.
*is sarcasm in its most pure form.
Microsoft has just pushed out an update for its Surface Pro 2 device, where the company claims to have increased battery life thanks to allowing the baked-in Marvell-based Wi-Fi chip to achieve an even lower power state which results in overall improved battery life.
AnandTech did some testing with the latest firmware on the Surface Pro 2, noting an overall 16% increase in their video playback. Pre-firmware update numbers were sitting at 6.65 hours, but after the firmware update those numbers increased to 7.73 hours, something you cannot complain about when its given to you for free through a firmware update.
Oh the days of flip phones were glorious - you felt like a king. You whipped your phone out, flipped it open and started being the cool person on a flip phone. Not anymore, though.
Well, Samsung is going backwards with the new SCH-W2014 smartphone, which is the most powerful flip phone on the market. It features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC - a 2.3GHz quad-core part, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 2-megapixel front-facer, with dual-SIM connectivity. Storage-wise, we have 32GB of on-board flash backed up by microSD expandability.
The screen itself is lacklustre, at just 3.7 inches it features an 800x480 resolution. It does win some brownie points back by being a Super AMOLED display, though. We have a removeable 1900mAh battery, and Android 4.3 as its OS. All of this comes in at 173.5g. Where it'll hurt you is the price: $1640 or so. This is absolutely insane, but there'll be some people who will cough up this money to own it.
Netflix has just added a bunch of 4K videos to their online catalog for your Ultra HD viewing pleasure. Netflix is expected to do a full 4K rollout in 2014, which should be exciting times!
Netflix added seven 4K videos in the past week, one of which shows off an example of 4K at 24 frames per second and is called El Fuente: 24 MP. The video is just some stock footage, nothing overly exciting, but it'll show off the power of 4K video that's for sure. Netflix will continue to pump its 4K video, and I for one cannot wait.
It looks like Activision is going after those testosterone-filled, Pepsi-drinking, Dorito-eating teens with its latest live-action trailer of Call of Duty: Ghosts: it stars Megan Fox of Transformers fame.
The live-action trailer is based in Las Vegas, but also shows off some snow action and some space action. I'm guessing we can expect levels within Ghosts to be based in those locations. The trailer really does nothing for me, as it shows off the action to be epic, but the destruction and physics just cannot compete with Battlefield for me unfortunately.
And Megan Fox? Really? How much did they pay her for that 5-second part?
Battlefield 4 is here, and while I've played an hour or so at the moment, I'm far from a veteran of the game. Well, Battlefield 4's 'Second Assault' DLC is coming, and it will be made up of some of the best BF3 maps re-envisioned in the refreshed Frostbite engine.
These maps include Caspian Border, Operation Metro, Operation Firestorm and Gulf of Oman. Each map will be repainted, including the new "levolution" feature. Second Assault drops on the Xbox One on November 22 as a timed exclusive, and will soon after arrive on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC.