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Android in the news this week (new Google Play / Android console / New Tumblr / Android 5.0 / Android sales)

Android in the news this week (new Google Play / Android console / New Tumblr / Android 5.0 / Android sales)

New Google Play update
Google announced it has begun to roll out a new look for the mobile version of Google Play. Currently, the mobile store is text heavy, but the redesign will emphasize the use of large images. Also the black color is being replaced with a lighter set of colors, like the ones found when accessing Google Play through the Web. This should make Google Play for Android easier on users’ eyes. source
The Android console is delayed until June
The Android based games console Gamestick won’t start shipping until June, two months after the expected April date. The pocket sized games console has been a victim of its own success. The firm has had too much interest and too many orders to be able to ship the console when promised. source
Tumblr Android App is much better after the Facelift
Blogging platform Tumblr rolled out a new version of its Android app, bringing a revamped user interface and some other goodies. The new user interface includes a small menu button on the bottom right-hand side of the app. Clicking this button pops out all the different options, letting you quickly add a video, link, quote, photo, text, or chat. source

samsung-galaxy-s3No Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie to US version of Samsung Galaxy S3
Variants of five Samsung devices are slated to receive updates to Android 5.0 upon its release, including the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 8.0, and Galaxy Note 10.1; however, the U.S. version of the Galaxy S3 will now likely be left out of the mix due to its lack of a quad-core processor. source

Android is the leader in U.S
Android has grabbed the lead over iOS in the battle for U.S. smartphone buyers, according to a report out from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. From mid-November through mid-February, Android increased its share of U.S. smartphone sales to 51.2 percent, up from 45 percent during the same three-month period in 2012. Over the same time, Apple’s iOS dropped to second place as its share of U.S. sales fell to 43.5 percent from 47 percent. source

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