Every month, Google gives us look at the various Android platform versions accessing the Play store. This kind of information is crucial to developers looking to ensure support where support is needed and also gives us an idea of how fast devices are or aren’t being updated. Surprisingly, every month, good old Cupcake shows up with a proud 0.1% distribution, reminding us that Cupcakes never say die. However, I am sad to report, for the first time ever — Cupcake is missing.
The AOKP team welcomed the new year with a bit of a surprise for ROMers. After making a tough decision to start over, the team has gone ahead and built their 4.2.1 ROM from the ground up and releasing it as JB-MR1 Build 1. Most features have been forward-ported to the new build, however, there’s still a bit missing and currently features limited support.
Today, Canonical threw us Android users a bit of a curve ball by announcing Ubuntu for phones. Ubuntu for phones is different than Ubuntu for Android in that it acts as a mobile OS on your phone as well as a desktop OS when docked. This is a bold move considering Canonical doesn’t seem to have the backing of any OEM or carrier, never mind a viable ecosystem to sustain such a move. Being able to launch Ubuntu when docking your Android device is one thing, but erasing Android from the equation entirely is, well… just another hobby for Neckbeards.