Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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    It may have taken a whopping six months, during which time the vast majority of Android users weren’t even allowed to dream of Marshmallow goodies, but at long last, it seems the newest OS iteration is making real headway. Stuck below the one-percent mark as recently as January, version 6.0 has managed to double its share in the past 30 days, according to official data collected in Google Play in the 7-day period ending on April 4. That week, it appears 4.6 percent of all Android devices dropping by the Play Store were running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, up from 2.3 percent in early March, ...

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    How many or rather how few Marshmallow-powered devices are there in use today, three whole months after the fresh OS iteration’s release? An exact number is impossible to calculate, but Android 6.0’s market share among only its forerunners remains worryingly low. Based on Google Play data harvested in the week leading up to January 4, a measly 0.7 percent of active Android phones and tablets run the newest flavor of the world’s most popular mobile platform. The figure is up from both December and November, but imperceptibly so, and it might still be a while until build M surpasses ...

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    Among the full dozen HTC devices already confirmed to get Marshmallow goodies down the line, a fairly popular mid-end phone was oddly still stuck on Android’s ancient 4.4 KitKat iteration, making us wonder if maybe it would skip both the 5.0 and 5.1 rollouts on its way to 6.0. But that doesn’t seem to be the case after all, and at long last, the Desire 820 gets with the Lollipop program. Only in India and Taiwan for now, apparently, though the Android 5.0 refreshed notification system, ART support, Project Volta battery life enhancements, and numerous other stability improvements ...

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    Ask anyone what they would improve about their smartphone and you'll probably come up with two answers very near the top: faster performance, and better battery life. Some argue that their phone or tablet is "faster" than another because of the operating system it runs. Other's swear that the batteries in devices from one manufacturer  outlast those of its competition. A lot of this comes down to comparing apples to oranges. For example, you can't easily compare a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz with a hex-core CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz - there are simply too many differences between the ...

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    How we wish smartphones cost double-oh-seven dollars. Tongue out of cheek, we now turn to the latest in mobile technology to fetch what could be called "a killing." Forget Vertu and Tag Heuer, this time we're talking about British luxury automaker and Aston Martin. And we're not talking about the first sucky phone it did, here: it's taking this year's $300 phone and bringing up the price twenty-fold. The Racing 808, actually made by Primo Mobile is a phone that appears to be all about the exterior: the $6,000 base model comes with a leather back, thick metal frame, a speaker surrounded by ...

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    Google just posted its last Android distribution report before 6.0 Marshmallow pops up on the radar, and despite their best efforts, the search giant and hardware-manufacturing partners have been unable to curtail fragmentation in the eleventh hour. Devices that visited the Play Store in the 7-day period ending on October 5 ran a grand total of nine OS iterations, as even 2.2 Froyo clings onto to a microscopic 0.2 percent market share more than five years after its initial rollout. Meanwhile, 5.x Lollipop continues its sluggish climb up the ranks, first hitting double digits back in June, ...

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    Elephone has been a Chinese OEM we've been tracking for a bit with some boundary-pushing devices. Included in its roster is the "Vowney," which came out in May of this year with a spectacular set of specs behind Android. We're talking about it once again, this time with even beefier specs and a change in operating system. Version A of the Vowney, the Android 5.0 phone, featured a 5.5-inch QHD display, 3GB RAM with 64GB flash storage, a 21-megapixel Sony sensor, a 3,850mAh battery and a MediaTek MT6795 processor (octa-core at 2.2GHz). There's also a rear fingerprint scanner. Version B of ...

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    Lollipop's troubles have been made very visible by the tech media to the national media. In the second case, it was with Android 5.0's Stagefright vulnerabilities that led to the pouring of vows to step up security updates. And while the move to Marshmallow is ongoing and might bring a whole new slew of scrutinizing eyes to the Android platform, some phones will have the dubious honor of carrying Lollipop as their mature version of the OS. That makes this security hole a must to watch for. Phones running 5.0-5.1.1 which have not been recently updated with the "LMY48M" 5.1.1 revision and ...

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    Android M is racing up the update chain and will be arriving before 2015 ends. Our slew of coverage about the software can be found here. But with the features being leaked and trickled every so often from Google, we're looking forward to the devices that will be updated or introduced with Android M. If you want to keep up with us, you can bookmark this post and check back every Monday evening Eastern Time. We'll keep it going up until the official launch of Android 5.2. Here are the confirmation status terms as we are using them: Native — The OEM will introduce the device with Android ...

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    If you've been rocking a Galaxy S5 on AT&T, you might be jealous at this point of the Android 5.1 updates hitting other carrier models of the smartphone – unfortunately for you, that update is indeed finished and rolling out, but not for your smartphone. We're sorry to disappoint, but today's AT&T Galaxy S5 software update isn't bringing that update either; this one's just for bug fixes. The update will take your S5 unit from the OC4 firmware to OF2. Unfortunately, AT&T hasn't posted up a software update changelog on its website quite yet, but given the fact that the update ...

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    Have you been looking for a stable custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM? If so, you're not the only one – there are undeniably a host of benefits that can be tapped into as a result of opting to use custom ROMs. The only issue is, given the lack of testing ROM builds receive, oftentimes the ROMs you install will end up without stable performance. That's why it's pleasing to hear today of the first CyanogenMod 12 snapshots becoming available for download. In case you aren't familiar with how CyanogenMod builds are labelled, here's a baseline understanding of it: usually, with a new release of ...

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    Motorola Droid Turbo users on Verizon have been a patient bunch, waiting as long as they have been for their smartphones to get a taste of Android Lollipop. We've been hearing for months now that the update could be out soon, but so far, nothing. A recent rumor even suggested that Lollipop distribution could begin earlier this week, but that just hasn't come to pass. There's still reason to be hopeful that a release is imminent, though, as Verizon updates its own Droid Turbo pages to indicate that the phone runs Lollipop. In its Droid Turbo product listing, Verizon now gives the phone's ...

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    If you own a first-gen Moto G, you've probably been waiting patiently for the Lollipop update to arrive for your phone ever since the second-gen G received the update way back in January. Your time has finally come today, as Motorola continues onward updating its lineup of smartphones, releasing today the first-gen Moto G Lollipop update for download. Now that Lollipop is basically a year old ("Android L" was announced at Google I/O last year, and this year's conference is less than a week away), you've had quite a while to familiarize yourself with all of its features. You'll get all of ...

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    HTC One E8 users on Sprint, you have a long-awaited treat headed your way! Mo Versi, a project manager for HTC, has confirmed that the Sprint HTC One E8 Lollipop update has been granted technical approval by the carrier – which means the rollout is just about to begin. According to Versi, the OTA will begin tomorrow (May 21), though it may be a while before your device is able to see the update. HTC has gone ahead and posted a changelog (linked in the source below) of what the update will bring; the four items you see below should be what to expect after the update: Android 5.0 ...

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    Dell has missed deadline after deadline in delivering the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Venue 8 7840 tablet, but it's finally pulled through today and delivered the update to Android 5.0.2. The Dell Venue 8 7840 Lollipop update brings all of the Material Design goodies Venue 8 7840 users have definitely been yearning for (for months, too, at this point). The Venue 8 7840 didn't have much of a Dell skin atop stock KitKat to begin with – it stuck to a very slightly modified version of vanilla KitKat, though it did feature a couple tweaks in the design. With Lollipop, it seems that ...

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    A new firmware version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is currently rolling out to applicable Xperia Z2 and Z3 smartphones, and while it doesn't bump the devices up to revision 5.1, it does bring some important changes to how the Xperia skin works on these smartphones. One of the biggest changes is the "close all" button in the task switcher, allowing you to kill all app processes with one button press. Have a look at the others below, should you be a Z2 or Z3 owner! – Ensured the lock screen / notification bar doesn’t indicate “no service” when the device has coverage – Added a Sony ...

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    As Sony gets ready to bring Android Lollipop to the original Xperia Z, we've got updates for classic phones on our mind. As smartphones age, there's less and less chance of them continuing to receive official updates, and once a couple years pass, ongoing updates seem to be the exception rather than the rule. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, there's been hope that Lollipop could still arrive, and late last year we saw one of Samsung's regional offices mention the possibility. But in the months that have followed, evidence of work towards such a release has been hard to come by. ...

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    Sony is neck deep in Lollipop updates right now, and when it's not seeding the latest Android builds for its flagship Xperia Z-series models, it's making a few available for lesser-ranked Xperia handsets. But really, it's the Z devices that are the stars of Sony's Lollipop show, and it's been working its way back through the family's history as it brings Lollipop to more and more phones and tablets. The first-gen Xperia Z is a solid two years old at this point, but it's still got Lollipop on the menu, and the only question has been when Sony would release the update. Now it looks like that ...

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    A little under a month ago, back at the tail end of March, Sony offered some very important news about its Lollipop update plans. While earlier it had only affirmed its intent to make Lollipop available for the various phones and tablets making up the flagship Z-series of Xperia models, the situation was far less clear for other Xperia devices. At one point Sony was saying outright “no” to such updates, but it quickly backed away from that hard-line stance. And as we learned at the end of March, at least two non-Z models were very much in line for Lollipop: the Xperia T2 Ultra and ...

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    Slowly but surely, Lollipop its making its way to the flagships of yore. The latest device to be blessed with Google's revamped take on the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, specifically the variant that's available on Verizon (the one that came out in 2013, making this an impressive Samsung turnaround). The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out today. The update changes the build number from KitKat's N900VVRUDNK1 to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6, and SamMobile reports that it took upwards of two hours to install it, likely meaning that this is a bit of a ...

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    Even with all the rumors surrounding Sony's intention to sell its Xperia division, that hasn't pulled the company back from being one of the best at timely software updates. The company may have taken a little too long to update the Xperia Z3 a few weeks ago, but it seems that a broader plan behind the update was designed to compensate to other customers for the lost time. Today Sony has announced that users off the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra should receive Android Lollipop today. Those of you using the Xperia T2 Ultra and the Xperia C3 (both variants) ...

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners on Verizon have been a patient bunch. The first Android Lollipop updates for the Note 4 descended a couple months ago, and even carrier-branded editions in the US saw their Lollipop updates arriving last month: Sprint saw its going out over three weeks ago, and AT&T's made its presence felt early last week. But over at Verizon, silence. That's finally changing, as the carrier gets April started with an overdue taste of Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4. Don't let the “4-4-2” in the filename for the update's release notes (source link below) fool you: this ...

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    What's going on with Sony's Lollipop update efforts? The manufacturer has confirmed Android Lollipop for its Xperia Z family of devices, and while we've already seen the start of those, when will more devices get access? And what's the fate going to be for all those non-Z models? While we've checked out evidence that at least some appear to have Lollipop updates in the works, some formal confirmation that Sony intends to release such updates would be lovely. As luck would have it, we've got new progress on both fronts. Let's start with the Z models, and how a couple weeks back Sony got ...

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    Samsung's latest smartphone's like to do things in pairs: last year we saw the Galaxy Note 4 arrive alongside the Galaxy Note Edge, and just the other week the Galaxy S6 debuted arm-in-arm with the Galaxy S6 Edge. But it's not just product launches that have Samsung phones following the buddy system, as Samsung users on AT&T are learning today. Just a few hours back we heard about the arrival of Samsung's Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T, and now the same is happening for the phablet's predecessor, as the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 scores a Lollipop update of its own. This ...

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    The first build of Android 5.0 Lollipop may be months-old at this point, but that has not by any means translated to every phone receiving updates to the latest build of the software quite yet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop build could be getting updated for AT&T-branded units; here are the supposed changes. This new version of Android 5.0 would bring with it the removal of the widely-criticized "Interruptions" mode (it had previously on earlier builds replaced the "Mute" mode). In addition to the update to Lollipop itself – which will certainly bring improvements such as the ...

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