Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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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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    Back at the start of the month, Sony dropped a bombshell for many of its Android users: if you weren't rocking an Xperia Z-series phone, you weren't going to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. No sooner had we started panicking than Sony looked like it might be reconsidering things, backing away from its hard “no,” and instead taking a “no comment” approach. We weren't quite sure what to make of that, but now we've got some additional evidence to check out, with signs of a Lollipop update for a non-Z model arriving via official source. We're talking about the Bluetooth SIG, which posts ...

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    With the release of Android Lollipop Google introduced its Smart Lock feature, a mode that lets users control when their phones and tablets will require PINs or passwords, and when they'll automatically stay unlocked. Right now that can be tied to objects, using the presence of a trusted Bluetooth device or NFC tag to trigger this unlocked mode, tied to a specific area with the help of location services, or even tied to your own body, taking advantage of facial recognition. Now users are reporting that Google's in the process of adding a new option for when to keep your phone unlocked, ...

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    Even though many of us have waited for Android 5.0 Lollipop to reach our existing devices, there's also a significant amount of people that would rather stick with KitKat while Google fixes the memory leak that's plagued devices with app crashes. We were all expecting Android 5.1 to fix the problem, but it seems Google completely forgot to address the issue with the recent launch to some Nexus devices. The good news is that it seems you won't have to wait for Google to launch Android 5.2 for these issues to be fixed, but then again, that's no guarantee that you won't have to wait. Sources ...

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    There's a lot of confusion and uncertainty right now regarding Sony's intentions to make Android 5.0 Lollipop updates available for many of its second-tier smartphones, but owners of Xperia Z-class devices have been able to rest a lot easier: they're getting Lollipop, and it's just a question of when. For the freshest of the batch we've been expecting to see those releases come quite soon; just last week Sony told users to look forward to Lollipop for the Xperia Z3 sometime this week. Sure enough, no sooner is Monday here than Sony's going official with its Lollipop news, confirming the ...

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    Our first real sign of Android 5.1 appeared just over a month ago, as the release apparently started showing up on new Android One handsets being sold in India. But when we would see distribution really go wide? And when would Nexus handsets start getting their updates – you know, the ones we expect these new Android builds to debut on in the first place? Well, a tweet from HTC a few weeks back hinted that Google might be preparing its release for sometime in March, and today Google makes that official, announcing Android 5.1. What's new in Android 5.1? Google's only mentioned a few ...

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    Late last week we got what sounded like awful news for the owners of many Sony Xperia models: the manufacturer had been going around on Twitter telling users that it was only going to release Lollipop updates for phones part of the Xperia Z lineage of devices: no E3, no E4, no M2 – nothing. Understandably, a lot of you were upset. But could Sony already be reversing course on its position on Android 5.0 updates? We're still not sure, but a couple new developments have us thinking that something has changed. First up is what the company's saying on Twitter. Last week it shared numerous ...

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    Sony's bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to a bunch of its phones. The company confirmed its update intentions for a number of specific models all the way back in October, ranging from the original Xperia Z all the way up to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. In fact, it's said that every single Xperia Z-series models will eventually be getting Lollipop. And while that's good to know for owners of those phones, what about all the other Xperia Androids under the sun? Sony's been less forthcoming about update details for those guys, and we could understand how its silence may be making you a little ...

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    Late last summer, before Android L was even formally Android Lollipop, we heard from Google about the bold step it was taking in making full-disk encryption the default for pure Lollipop devices. Such encryption had previously been a user-triggered option, but with phones and tablets that would ship with Android Lollipop, Google intended to require manufacturers to enable the feature. And indeed, short of some some bootloader hacking, you were stuck with mandatory encryption starting with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. But now new Lollipop-out-of-the-gate devices are emerging, and not all are ...

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    Right now in OnePlus One circles, there are two big questions on everyone's mind: when's OxygenOS getting here, and when can we expect the release of CyanogenMod 12S with all its Lollipop goodness? We've been checking out progress towards both, but when revealing the OxygenOS team the other week, OnePlus didn't have a lot to say about just when any of this might arrive, instead deferring towards promises that (at least in the case of Oxygen OS) it intended to release a fully-stable build which would “take some time” to get right. Now OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is shedding a bit of ...

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    Have you ever wondered which is the more "stable" mobile OS, Android or iOS? This sort of question usually starts flame wars, brings out fanboys on both sides of the isle, and ultimately comes down to a matter of perception and opinion. What if there were some hard data to "prove", once and for all, which was more stable? Thanks to a report from Crittercism, we've got just that - but what the data shows isn't what the headlines make it out to be. Let's dig into the claim and see if Android is more stable than iOS. The Report First and foremost, the headlines are absolutely correct - and ...

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    For the better part of a year now, we've been looking forward to a world where Android would let users control phone settings with the sound of their voices. After all, considering how good Google's voice recognition is at performing searches or helping us send text messages, it didn't seem like a very tall order to be able to tell our phones to adjust screen brightness or turn on Bluetooth. Last May we looked at some early progress, where speaking commands about such system settings would bring up links to the appropriate controls, but stop short of actually changing those settings – it ...

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    Android smartphone manufacturers are still struggling to bring all their hardware up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but Google's not been sitting idly by as they prep those updates. Instead, we've seen it deliver a number of further releases, from 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 to the mysterious 5.1 that's yet to even grace the Nexus lineup. Now we're wondering what might be next as HTC's Mo Versi makes reference to a forthcoming Android maintenance release scheduled for next month. Versi mentions the release in regards to HTC's plans for a GPe One M7 bugfix update, but we're less interested in that particular ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop first began making its presence felt on the Galaxy S5 in the US back at the start of the month, as Verizon users welcomed the update's arrival. A couple days later, Sprint joined its fellow CDMA carrier with an update of its own, but so far the GSM boys haven't been ready to follow suit. AT&T's still a no-show, but today there's motion over at T-Mobile, with report of users seeing their own OTAs arrive. That's confirmed by T-Mobile itself, which reports that system software G900TUVU1EOB3 is available today both as an over-the-air update and one for manual ...

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    The Android Lollipop rollout hasn't been the fastest thing we've ever seen – the first code drop of the Material Design-inclusive update arrived months ago – but it's been chugging along nonetheless. Given that it just recently started rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it was only a matter of time before the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update began making its way to users, and it's done just that today. Just like all good things (read: product launches), this update will begin rolling out first in Australia. Australians will be treated to a whopping 1.02 GB download of ...

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    With HTC finally admitting that yes, it intends to unveil its next flagship One handset on March 1, it's easier than ever before to develop a case of tunnel vision, focused without distraction on the One M9. But for millions of HTC One M8 owners, they're still quite interested in HTC's ongoing efforts to support their existing handsets. Although many of those users abroad have already made the journey to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the update's been slow to arrive on carriers in the US – a situation HTC's been apologetic about. T-Mobile already saw its Lollipop update land last week, and now ...

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    ASUS has been skirting the line between tablets and phones for years now with its Fonepad line of tablets, which unlike your run-of-the-mill slates, come equipped to handle traditional cellular voice calls. We've seen the company deliver Fonepad models in multiple sizes and with different hardware configurations, and this week we get to check out the latest addition to the family, upgrading the Fonepad 7 with some slightly more capable hardware. The new Fonepad 7 sports a 1280 x 800 seven-inch display, and like previous models, there's an Intel Atom SoC powering things, this time a 1.3GHz ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop updates first started showing up for LG G3 handsets in the US just about one week ago, as AT&T got the ball rolling for its subscribers. Who would be next? While we hadn't heard anything official from the other big carriers, a leak out of Sprint a few days prior had managed to offer a tentative date: February 16. That document was clear that this wasn't set in stone, and Sprint might end up rescheduling things, but it at least gave us a starting point. With February 16 now upon us, it's clear that Sprint didn't have to change its plans after all, and Lollipop for ...

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    For years the debate between Android and iOS has hinged on few important factors, including stability. Fans of iOS have been quick to call out the shortcomings in Android's offerings in the past, while Android lovers haven't shied away from doing the same for iOS. But we've never really reached a definitive answer – in perspective, which really is the more stable platform? If a report today from Crittercism is accurate, it looks like Android finally takes the cake, with Android Lollipop stability edging out iOS 8 to claim victory. With the release of so many new features for both ...

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    Android Lollipop updates are finally starting to hit their stride, and while there are dozens and dozens of recent models that are still waiting, some of the heavy-hitters are seeing their updates arrive. Those have included phones like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and LG G3. Now Samsung is hooking owners of its flagship phablet up with some Lollipop of their own, as the first reports start arriving of OTA distribution in Europe. Once again, it's those lucky smartphone users in Poland who appear to be getting first crack at this release, as they see their Note 4s being updated to ...

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    As we were rounding-out January, LG dropped a little teaser for G3 owners in the US: Android Lollipop would be coming soon. By that point, we had already seen distribution of the G3's Android 5.0 update pass across Europe, so we were understandably eager to learn the details for its spread over on this continent. But all LG had to say was “soon.” In the weeks since there's been no further official confirmation of when to expect any OTA action – the most interesting development was a Sprint leak that talked about its own G3 update starting on February 16, though even that document ...

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    Motorola was unsurprisingly quick to jump on the Android 5.0 Lollipop bandwagon last fall, and just days after posting its initial Lollipop update tracker, updates were ready for the 2014 Moto G and 2014 Moto X Pure Edition. But despite that early start, Motorola update releases have hit a few snags, and last month we saw the company take to social media to address those delays, blaming particularly buggy Android 5.0 code from Google. As we still wait for many of these updates to land, Motorola has another reason for what's taking so long, placing blame on its own custom chipset. When ...

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    Android Lollipop is slowly making its way to Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets in the US. Earlier this week we learned that Verizon was about to see its update hit, and yesterday evening we found out that Sprint was expecting to see its own GS5 Lollipop update begin distribution today. But what if you haven't received your OTA notification just yet? What if you're on a different carrier? Well, you can be patient and wait for your update to naturally arrive, or you may be able to get a head start on things with a little help from Samsung itself, as we learn about a potential method for upgrading ...

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    Who's the best provider to be on in the United States if you're interested in timely access to Android updates? Sure, the manufacturer in question matters just as much as which carrier you're on, but this afternoon there seems to be one clear winner for scoring the latest Android Lollipop updates for big-name flagship phones: following word that the HTC One M7 is about to make its Lollipop debut with Sprint tomorrow, confirmation has arrived that another high-profile Android model will similarly be making the journey to Android 5.0 Lollipop, as Samsung reveals plans to release a Lollipop ...

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