Gingerbread Optimus Prime: Dessert in disguise

Nothing will impress Santa more than replacing his traditional cookie plate with a giant edible Autobot.

Caroline Eriksson crafted this giant gingerbread Optimus Prime and entered it in a Norwegian Gingerbread House Contest, where she was selected as a finalist.

While the Autobot might even make director Michael Bay think twice before blowing it up, it does make us wonder why more Transformers don't change into food instead of vehicles. … Read more

This gingerbread AT-AT reindeer rules them all

Why make a boring gingerbread house when you can attack Hoth and hunger with this delightful dessert worthy of the Empire itself?

Chef Aaron Lawrence from the Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar at Victoria, British Columbia's Magnolia Hotel & Spa created the gingerbread AT-AT for the fifth annual Canada's National Gingerbread Showcase. Professional and amateur chefs alike are invited to the showcase to build and decorate their own one-of-a-kind gingerbread creations in support of Habitat for Humanity Victoria.

Since the theme this year is transportation, Chef Lawrence decided to pay homage to both "Star Wars" and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. … Read more

Jelly Bean swallows up 45 percent of Android devices

Almost half of Android users are now taking a bite out of Jelly Bean, according to Google's Android developer dashboard.

Looking at all Android devices that visited Google Play during the seven days ending September 4, the dashboard pegged Jelly Bean's share at 45.1 percent. Version 4.1.x alone snagged 36.6 percent, leaving version 4.2.x with 8.5 percent.

As Jelly Bean's slice of the market jumps higher, past Android versions are seeing their action melt away. Ice Cream Sandwich accounted for just 21.7 percent of Google Play visits this past … Read more

Jelly Bean takes 40 percent share of Android devices in July

Jelly Bean is on the rise -- while Gingerbread continues its steady, slow decline.

Jelly Bean is now on 40.5 percent of all active Android devices, according to Google's Android developer dashboard page, which shows July numbers.

That compares with 37.9 percent in June.

Gingerbread, which has stubbornly maintained share since its introduction in December of 2010, had a 33.1 percent share, down from 34.1 percent in June.

As Phandroid points out, these percentages aren't representative of every Android device, particularly in markets like China where older versions of Android have been popular. The … Read more

Android fragmentation surges, but is that a bad thing?

The fragmentation of the Android market is both a strength and a weakness for users and developers, according to a new report by Open Signal.

On the one hand, it can be difficult to find and make apps that function across the entire Android ecosystem, while on the other hand there are literally thousands of options to choose from. Not only is the Android ecosystem fragmented by operating system -- such as Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Gingerbread -- it's also chock full of different devices made by dozens of brands.

"For consumers, extreme fragmentation means that … Read more

Is Android fragmentation over with Jelly Bean's rise? Nope

Programmers and fanboys fixated on the thorny problem of Android fragmentation had reason to pay attention to Google statistics that this week showed the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, surpassing the two-and-a-half-year-old Gingerbread as the most-used version of Android.

It's a notable achievement for Google, which has been trying to push the Android world toward the modernized features and interfaces of Android 4.x for years. It introduced Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, in late 2011, then refined it with 4.1 and 4.2, aka Jelly Bean, starting in May 2012.

The operating system variety … Read more

Android's Jelly Bean surpasses Gingerbread for the first time

Android's Jelly Bean operating system has finally toppled the older and uber-popular Gingerbread. According to Android usage data that Google released Monday, Jelly Bean now has 37.9 percent adoption and Gingerbread has 34.1 percent.

This is an increase of 4.9 percentage points for Jelly Bean since last month. In June, Jelly Bean had 33 percent usage and Gingerbread had 36.5 percent. The new data reflects usage from the 14-day period ending on July 8.

While Jelly Bean is now the most popular OS for Android, users are still split between versions 4.1 and 4.… Read more

Jelly Bean overtakes Ice Cream Sandwich in Android rankings

Android users are flocking to the latest version of Google's mobile operating system in droves.

The number of active devices running Jelly Bean -- Android 4.1 and 4.2, combined -- rose 3.4 points to 28.4 percent in April, surpassing Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), which fell 1.8 points to 27.5 percent, according to monthly user numbers published by Google on Wednesday. Jelly Bean's growing adoption rate was not enough to overtake the declining Gingerbread (Android 2.3), which slid 1.7 points to 38.5 percent.

The numbers, which are derived … Read more

Android Jelly Bean on the rise, thanks to Google's new math

More Android devices are gobbling up Jelly Bean, but it's largely because of a tweak in how Google calculates the adoption of its mobile operating system.

Jelly Bean, or Android 4.1 to 4.2, made up a quarter of all Android devices, according to data captured during two weeks that ended on April 2. That's an increase from 16 percent a month ago. Droid Life first spotted the data on the Android developer blog site.

Google, however, noted that for the most recent data, it used a different method of tallying up the devices. Previously, the device … Read more

Android 4.0 and above eat away at Gingerbread

Android's Gingerbread operating system has sticking power, but it's finally starting to loosen its hold.

New numbers from Google show that nearly half of all Android devices are running versions of 4.0 and above -- surpassing Gingerbread's individual installed base.

Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0, and Jelly Bean, 4.1 and 4.2, combined run on 45.1 percent of Android devices, according to numbers from the two week period ending on March 4. This is a 2.5 percent increase over last month.

However, individually, Gingerbread 2.3 still holds the majority of the market. … Read more