Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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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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    Well this is an unexpected treat: late last week, HTC fessed-up to missing its own 90-day promise on getting Lollipop updates out for the HTC One M7 and M8. We had already seen solid progress on bringing Lollipop to the One M8 in nations around the world, but the US was still waiting. For the One M7, the situation looked far worse, with little outward evidence of progress towards a public release. So while we were optimistic that the One M8 might complete its Lollipop roll-out soon, we were resigned to waiting a bit longer for the M7's update. So imagine our surprise with HTC's Mo Versi ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop went official all the way back in October – well, earlier even, if you count its days as “Android L” - before going public with the release of the Nexus 9 in early November. In the weeks since, manufacturers have been working to get their own Lollipop updates ready for their respective Android families. More often than not, that means delivering updates for flagship models first, and Samsung's work with the Galaxy S5 was no exception: following initial availability in December, we're already seeing the update spread to carriers in the US. And while that sounds ...

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    As you've probably seen by now (and if you haven't, take a look), the first images purporting to be from OnePlus's OxygenOS leaked overnight. Whether they're legitimate or not, we can't yet say, but with new information about OxygenOS promised for February 12, one week from Thursday, we'll know soon enough. In the meantime we've got some news about the other software option for the OnePlus One, as the company teases the phone's upcoming Lollipop release. Presumably we're looking at CyanogenMod 12S here, the release that Cyanogen itself had been teasing on social media as recently as late ...

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    Now that February is officially upon us, it's time for Google to release its latest Android platform distribution numbers showing just how diverse the vast pool of Android devices in the world is. As you may recall, the newest version of Android, Lollipop, didn't even make an appearance last month (that is to say, it hadn't yet even met the 0.1% distribution threshold). In the January 2015 Android distribution numbers, Lollipop is finally making its debut, as older versions of the mobile OS continue to fall in popularity. First of all, let's address the elephant in the room – Android 5.0 ...

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    When it comes to Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for flagship devices, the HTC One M8 had found itself getting most of our recent attention: the update spread to more nations in Europe, Canada over here on the other side of the Atlantic, and most recently we heard HTC talking about what was taking so long for the update to start coming down through carriers in the States. But maybe even more hotly anticipated than the One M8's Lollipop update has been the Android 5.0 update for Samsung's Galaxy S5. After getting started late last year, it's finally time for Lollipop to come to GS5 handsets in ...

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    HTC's been making big progress with Android Lollipop updates for the One M8 lately: this week we saw the release hit phones in Europe and Canada. And while that was great to see, that still represents just one portion of the M8's user base. Back on November 3, shortly after Android Lollipop went official, HTC assigned itself an ultimatum: it committed to delivering Lollipop updates to both the One M8 and 2013's One M7 within a 90-day span of time. For those of you keeping track, that means a February 1 deadline. Only problem is, that's just days away and HTC is behind schedule. This ...

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    Starting a couple weeks back, HTC's been pushing Android 5.0 Lollipop updates out to more and more of its One M8 handsets. Following initial availability for dev units and unlocked models, yesterday we learned that mass distribution was underway for the One M8 in Europe. That marked a huge number of new users who suddenly saw their One M8s gaining access to the update, and HTC's momentum isn't slowing down now. Less than 24 hours later, that update's starting to make its presence felt on North American shores, as we get word One M8 Lollipop updates are descending upon Canada. HTC Canada ...

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    Even as we ease into flagship season in 2015, one of 2014's best phones remains a great buy. Google's Nexus 6 made in collaboration with Motorola was quite a beast when it launched, and it remains one now, though availability has been limited. Should you be wanting to snag yourself one now – perhaps after the long delays faced trying to order from Google Play – there hasn't been a better time to do it yet. There's a new T-Mobile Nexus 6 deal available now, knocking down the phone's price pretty substantially. If you use the promotional code "NEXUS6DEAL" when purchasing the phone off ...

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    Here we are months after Google's official release of Lollipop code to the Android Open Source Project, and yet updates to the newest version of Android remain rare. HTC, however, has been at the forefront of the development that has occurred, updating its unlocked One M8 models within 90 days of the source code dropping as promised. Since then, updates have been slowly making it to other One M8 models, and today we've received word from multiple sources that the European HTC One M8 Lollipop update has also begun its official rollout. The news was first shared by HTC's Communications lead ...

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    With 2015 not only upon us, but nearly ready to move into its second month, it's understandable that Android users are starting to grow a little inpatient for their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. And while the majority of us may still be waiting, a growing number of phones are seeing their manufacturers bestow the gift of Lollipop upon them. A couple weeks back we started seeing HTC get the Android 5.0 ball rolling for last year's flagship One M8, and today we learn of the next phase of that roll-out, along with some good Lollipop news for owners of Samsung's old Galaxy Note 3. HTC's Jeff ...

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    Sony has proven to have a great track record with Android software updates, ever since the company said goodbye to the old Sony Ericsson brand. Even today, we've seen the company update legacy flagships like the first Xperia Z, and its timing for updates is also competitive. We've seen the company tease its Android 5.0 Lollipop launch in the past, but today we get more visuals. For better or for worse, Android 5.0 Lollipop brings changes to the visual aspect of the navigation keys. At the moment only a few OEMs have pushed their Lollipop updates to the masses, and those that use soft ...

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    Now that we've got the One M8 update out of the way – at least for unlocked models, that is – it's time to look over the rest of HTC's smartphone portfolio and check out when the juicy goodness of Android 5.0 will grace the models in question. A source out of Vietnam has posted what looks to be a legitimate look at the various HTC Lollipop update plans for a variety of the company's models, including the recently-launched Desire EYE and Desire 816, so let's have a look at when to expect your update. Naturally, the 2014 flagship One M8 is first up in the first quarter, followed ...

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