This Week In Android: Jan 1st-6th

It’s a New Year and after a holiday hiatus, it’s time for another instalment of This Week in Android. With CES starting tomorrow, there wasn’t an awful lot of groundbreaking news in the world of Android but, even as we look forward to next week’s influx of news from the show, things were still happening.

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Gingerbread Out, Jellybean In

Google updated its platform versions page to reflect more recent statistics of the current state of the Android platform. The statistics have revealed that phones running Gingerbread have dropped below a 50% share of the platform for the first time in a long while. They’re now estimated at 47.6%.

Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean are showing their worth through increasing adoption, with the latter holding just over 10% share. Ice Cream Sandwich, arguably Android’s biggest revision to date now holds just less than 30% at 29.1%.

The current Android platform shares.

“Free for Print Subscribers” on Google Play

Google expanded its subscription model for publications on Google Play this week to offer a free option when the user verifies their print subscription (subject to the publisher’s desire to offer this service, of course).

The move signals an increasing effort to bring print mediums to digital platforms, hopefully introducing print subscribers to the digital counterpart and potentially changing their choice of platform when it comes to renewing their term.

Security Fix for UK SIII Users Rolls Out

A security fix to address an uncovered exploit in certain models of the Galaxy SIII has reportedly started rolling out to users in the UK.

The exploit, confirmed last month, left Samsung users running an Exynos 4210 or 4412 processor vulnerable to malicious apps accessing user data and root functions of the phone.

The Galaxy S III.

Notable App Updates

A few apps got some significant version updates this week. First, Falcon Pro, a popular new Twitter client, added YouTube API integration, making it easier to display videos inside the app. Amongst a slew of other new features, you can also now report spam users.

Nova Launcher, a current favorite amongst replacement home screen launchers, got bumped to version 2.0, bringing icon resizing, swipe icon gestures, and more importantly custom wallpaper cropping. This should be a very welcome feature for tablet users who have trouble cropping their wallpaper correctly.

And lastly, Facebook Messenger received a small version update to 2.2.4 with a nifty little feature in tow: voice messages.

Looking Forward to CES

This coming week sees the Consumer Electronics Show take place in Las Vegas, a trade show traditionally used in recent years to launch new Android handsets, tablets and other devices. Just as in previous years, we’ll bring you roundups of all the new announcements made at the show and see you next Sunday for a special CES edition of This Week in Android.