You won't be left too far behind without it, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a worthy update that brings improved voice search, notifications, and sharing.
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At an event in San Francisco, Google today unveiled the next version of Android, and while it doesn't appear to be a major departure from the last, it does bring its share of improvements, including mult-user restricted profiles.
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Android 4.4 KitKat brings Android to the masses, introduces a minimal design, and puts Google search in your dialer.
Android 4.1-3, or Jelly Bean, holds a dominant share in the Android space, besting the latest version, KitKat.
At the same time, KitKat's bite has reached almost 2 percent, while Gingerbread is eating up a 20 percent share.
With voice and text input options and Google Now, the Google Search app is the best way to conduct a search on Android.
Frequent travelers, rejoice! A new feature on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick called "captive portal access" is now live and works great, allowing easier-than-ever connections to tricky Internet services that require an extra layer of authentication.
For the first time in years, the most widely used version of Android also happens to be the newest. That's good news for developers, but Android is more complicated than one bar chart.
Over half of all currently active Android devices are running the up-to-date Jelly Bean operating system, according to Google. It isn't all good news, though, with a quarter of all devices still stuck on Gingerbread.