The notion of product placement is a common one within movies, TV shows and music videos, while sponsors can be seen plastering their logos over everything from football stadia to taxi cabs. That a commercial enterprise should lend its name to an operating system, however, is a distinct novelty. You maybe surprised to hear that a range of KitKat bars will be produced bearing the Android robot and offering a range of freebies such as a free Nexus 7 of Gargle Play credit. Surprising but not quite ‘choc horror’.
Android, in fact, has just passed a noted one billion activations. As such the OS has never been so popular. Slated bra release in late October or early November 2013, the latest iteration of the new operating system may prove to be the wisest move that Google has or, indeed, hasn’t made for some time. That is, it has resisted releasing version 5.0 of Android (widely assumed to have been called Key time Pie). Why? Because 5.0 would, we can predict, have included ructions within the Android fraternity, triggering major overhauls of the entire operating system. The effect would have been to leave older and less powerful devices even further behind while certain Android-based brands would take a long time to get around to updating their hardware. The dreaded fragmentation issue would thus be further exacerbated.
As Todd McKinnon, CEO and founder of Okta, a startup that helps corporations manage log-ins and identity, confirmed with some measure of frustration and exasperation: You have, first of all. about six major versions of the platform. Then you have, beyond that, minor versions that are forks and configurations… You have different resolution devices, small screens, massive screens?
Instead, if this new iteration is any indication, Google has decided to give Android hardware outfits more time to catch up with the rest by only improving those aspects of the Android operating system that are already currently present within the OS. Enhancing what is already there. To back up this move, Google has just published fragmentation figures that do appear to add strength to the argument. For example, almost half of activated Android devices now run Google’s most recent Android version, Jelly Bean. 43.1 per cent, Ti fact, are on the Jelly Bean OS. significantly up from last month’s 37.9 per cent. Of the rest, 30.7 per cent are on Gingerbread, down from 34.1 per cent last month and the older Ice Cream Sandwich Is down to 21.7 per cent.
And none too soon, it appears. According to a recent study based on data by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Android devices are more at nsk of getting malware, putting official government agencies using that system in a vulnerable position. In fact, the test came up with some intriguing numbers: 79 per cent of attacks of this kind observed during the study happened on Android devices. This was in conjunction with a very small 0.7 per cent for iOS phones and 0.3 per cent for both Windows Mobile and BlackBeny.
The much-maligned fragmentation issue across such a wide array of Android devices is, therefore, an important issue which version 4A of Android should go some way to diminish.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE EXITED ABOUT ANDROID 4.4 ?
- Reports say that the KitKat upgrade will use the Linux 3.8 kernel instead of the current 3.4 issue. This will mean that the new operating system varLant should provide a lower memory footprint with improved multitasking support to boot.
- The latest Android OS should appear within the new Nexus mobile phone, the Nexus 5. Expect to see announcements of eider Nexus OS upgrades to follow, shortly after. The Nexus phones a hvays receive the Android OS upgrades first
- Low-powered devices should be able to run Android 4.4, which will he good for older phones and tablets. This will also
mean that Google is putting effort into helping correct Android’s fragmentation problems.
- Don’t expect to see mind-blowing features within 4.4. Do expect to see upgraded and enhanced features to your current OS though, Targets will include an improved battery life and the usability of the Ul, as well as other associated services.
- Google has been hinting about users tieing left ‘up in the cloud’. One possible improvement in how Android handles the increasingly popular and important cloud integration could be an easier and more straightforvrard way of backing up information, and enhanced security features.
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