Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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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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    We are on a Lollipop roll today, already hearing about updates for the Galaxy S5, getting an early look an an update for the LG G2, and checking in with Motorola for news of its latest progress. Now it's time to switch up manufacturers as we get word of a hotly-awaited Lollipop update that's landing today, with HTC announcing availability of Lollipop for both the unlocked and developer edition One M8. Google just gave the update the go-ahead, and while the official word from HTC is that it intends to get the ball rolling with OTA availability sometime tonight, we've already heard reports ...

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    Android devices get some flack for the extent to which they like to throw memory at a problem: Windows Phone or iOS handsets might encourage devs to code within smaller memory constraints, while Android sometimes seems to just add more RAM (we're up to 4GB at the moment) in response to any issues. But despite that reputation, there are some good reasons why Android uses as much memory as it does – most of the time, anyway. As some users upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop have noticed, however, not all of their RAM has been going to good use, and bug reports were quick to arise of ...

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    When a new version of Android rolls out, users everywhere start wondering about when they might hope to see the arrival of their updates. If you've got a relatively recent handset, odds are good that the update's coming at some point – even if that means waiting six months, if not the better part of a year. But as phones age, the likelihood of them receiving ongoing software support – well, at least from official sources – starts dwindling fast, and once they hit that two-year mark, you need to be very lucky if you hope to see many new updates land. We've already heard quite a bit ...

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    So far, it's almost a general consensus among the Pocketnow Team, that our favorite Android user interfaces are either HTC Sense or the stock Android experience. Matching these interfaces together is something we're all highly anticipating, and we've kept a close eye on some leaked screenshots a few weeks ago, in addition to some possible launch dates that might happen earlier than expected. HTC promised a launch within the next 90 days from the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and new leaks prove that things are close. Some new leaked screenshots of HTC Sense running on top of ...

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    The launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop has proven to be a complete contradiction among OEMs. Google is usually very timely at launching the update to its Nexus and Google Play lineup, but this time, even though Lollipop is probably one of the most dramatic overhauls we've seen come to Android, third party OEMs like Motorola and LG have done a better job at providing support for existing flagships. HTC is one of the companies that has done a fantastic job pushing newer versions of Android to its flagship smartphones, but this time, it seems the company is working at a faster pace. If you ...

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    Weeks ago, when Google officially dropped Android 5.0's source code into AOSP, LG was fast to claim the title of the first OEM to update a non-Nexus phone to the Lollipop build (though, technically speaking, Motorola had already begun soak testing the update for its Moto X "Pure Edition" at the time). At the time it was only available in Poland, and finally today we're learning of further progress, with the LG G3 Lollipop Europe release nearing completion as you read this. All across the many European countries, users of the international-oriented D855 G3 model are being alerted with the ...

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    Back in August, Google retired the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition. It had been one of only three phones to survive the big July GPe purge – the other two, the One M8 and Moto G, continue to be listed on Google Play to this day (though neither's currently available for purchase). But even with the GS4 GPe put out to pasture, support for the phone's far from over, and tonight we witness it join the growing ranks of Play edition models receiving their Lollipop updates. Models like Sony's Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One M8 may have beaten the Galaxy S4 to the Lollipop update table, but ...

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    While it may be late enough to get your pitchforks shaking, Google Play edition Moto G users, the Lollipop update is finally here. Yes, stock Lollipop, as vanilla as it can be, is on its way out to phones everywhere as part of this Moto G GPe Lollipop update wave, and we've even got a download link you can use to speed up the process in case the OTA isn't available to you specifically. The software version rolling out is the latest build of Android, version 5.0.1, and it's build number LRX21Z. We should point out that this build is seemingly slightly order than the 22Z build received by ...

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    Back in August, before we even knew that the Nexus 6 would be a Motorola handset, rumors were hotly debating what sort of features we might end up getting. One of these rumors married itself to the idea of an LG-made Nexus 6 based on the G3, and while that obviously didn't happen, the same source mentioned Google in discussions with component suppliers about possible fingerprinting-scanning hardware. As it turns out, that aspect of the rumor may have actually had some legs to it, and now we're being made aware of Lollipop code pointing to just such a Nexus 6 fingerprint scanner. The ...

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    The Nexus 6 is like no Google smartphone that's come before. Built to prodigious dimensions with the fortified heft that few but Motorola can manage, this newest Nexus debuted to a wave of demand – and discord. With a price tag nearly double that of last year's model and the footprint of a small tablet, the Nexus 6 comes as a significant shock to those who expected more of the same in 2014. The wonderful thing about shock, though, is that it wears off. And once it does, you start to remember that affordability has only occasionally been synonymous with the Nexus brand. You realize ...

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    Yesterday we saw Samsung finally get its Lollipop update ball rolling, beginning distribution of Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5. While initial availability was highly region-restricted, it was still a big step forward. But what does the existence of that update spell for updates designed for other Samsung hardware? At the time, we speculated a little about what yesterday's development could mean for future US carrier-specific GS5 Lollipop updates, but today we're looking at the rest of Samsung's device lineup, as word arrives of when we might hope to start seeing those release go out. The ...

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    Back in October, before even Nexus phones had Android 5.0 updates available, we heard rumors about Samsung's update timetable for its flagship models. Among the details mentioned there was the idea that the Galaxy S5's Lollipop release could be ready sometime in December. More recently, we've seen an Android 5.0 GS5 ROM leak, but still no official distribution. Well, we're only a few days into December at this point, and now it looks like those earlier rumors are already coming true, as Samsung's spotted releasing its GS5 Lollipop update in select markets. News of this update comes to us ...

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    Google may not be the best company around when it comes to selling hardware (how many of you are still trying to buy a Nexus 6 through the Play Store?), but it does a pretty solid job when it comes to customer support. Google's rarely a company to be satisfied resting on its laurels, and today releases a new app designed to make accessing support easier than ever, while also offering some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Android hardware. The app's called Device Assist, and it's compatible with Nexus, Google Play edition, and Android One smartphones and tablets (though no ...

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    This year, when Motorola gave us its new Moto G, we found ourselves doing a bit of a double-take with its spec sheet; hadn't we seen most of this before? Because the new five-inch screen and a slightly tweaked camera notwithstanding, the new phone sure looked a hell of a lot like its first-gen predecessor, packing the same Snapdragon 400 SoC, same 1GB of RAM, and same low-capacity storage options. While that made the idea of upgrading a tougher sell, might there not be benefits to having two so-very-similar Moto G handsets? With the hardware having so much in common, surely Motorola would ...

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    Samsung hasn't necessarily won much love lately with its speed at adopting new versions of Android. The company was last to serve KitKat to some of its flagships this year, and even then, the company chose not to upgrade its TouchWiz UI to resemble the newer Galaxy smartphones. Today things change a little as we find that LG is already serving Lollipop to some, so it's only logical that its worse rival does something about it. We've seen leaks of the Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 already, and we also know details of the platform running on the Galaxy Note 3. ...

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    It all sounded so simple at first: Android 5.0 Lollipop had just emerged as updates hitting Google's Nexus series of devices (as well as a few other early birds). HTC wanted to get in on this Lollipop update publicity, too, and took to Twitter to proclaim that updates for the Google Play edition One M7 and One M8 would be arriving early the next week – that would have been two weeks ago. Not only did that update fail to land, but HTC's next status update dropped mention an ETA altogether – the update would be ready when it's ready. Which is fine, but also probably not the best fit for ...

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    Need something to be thankful about this Thanksgiving? If you've bought an NVIDIA product recently, the sweet treat you may be about to receive will fit the bill. A first for LTE tablets, the SHIELD Tablet LTE Lollipop update has begun its rollout right before Turkey Day. In case you don't recall, the SHIELD Tablet runs a nearly-stock build of Android, with a few NVIDIA improvements sprinkled in here and there. The update brings with it an enhanced version of the Dabbler drawing application, and there's still NVIDIA's GRID, free for the device until June 30, 2015. As far as we can tell, ...

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    OEMs are still hard at work to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to existing flagship handsets. We already know that HTC is a few weeks away from sharing some love with us all, and we've already seen OEMs like Motorola beat Google to the punch in some cases. That said, we know that the Android space is full of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and if you're sporting a Galaxy S5, you might be in luck. An early build of Android 5.0 Lollipop was recently leaked at XDA-Developers, and the ROM is actually fully flashable if you don't mind voiding your warranty and exploring bugs here and there. Sadly the ...

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    A couple weeks back, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update explosion began, with both OEMs and Google beginning to make the new software for their own phones (or for their Nexus models) available. Motorola even beat Google with confirmation of updates for the new Moto G and Moto X, but not without a major limitation: that 2014 Moto X Lollipop update was only for the unlocked Pure Edition, meaning that if you picked the phone up through a carrier you were out of luck. Well, “temporarily inconvenienced” might be more like it, but now even that “temporary” bit flies out the window, with ...

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    The only thing better than getting timely updates for your Android smartphone is also having a manufacturer that's very open about its own progress towards those updates; sure, we could just keep ourselves in the dark and learn about the updates once they're ready, but we're the sort of users who crave information, and we want to know about testing, ETAs, and all the steps on the road to release. HTC's been doing a great job about sharing its Lollipop update plans for the Google Play edition One M7 and One M8 this past week or so – well, it's doing fine so far as the sharing goes, but ...

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    One of the big success stories for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus phones is how the Nexus 4 got its official update from Google – especially considering how the previous year's Galaxy Nexus didn't even make it to KitKat. Of course, we were eager to check this out for ourselves, and as soon as the update became available, we were quick to flash it and show you how the new software performed. But while this continued Google support is great, it doesn't come without a price – one that might not matter to everyone, but it's an issue we've been dealing with for awhile: LTE support. Luckily, ...

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    In software, very rarely is an operation “free.” Want that menu to have a cute scroll-down animation when you tap it? Sure, but that's going to take up processor time: you can have a system without it that runs slightly faster, or keep the animation and suffer a tiny performance hit. Our desire for attractive, rich software is often compensated for by the arrival of increasingly powerful SoCs, but that still doesn't change the fact that the more we ask our phone to do, the slower the same hardware's going to run. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google is making its platform's full-disk ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a lot of new features and functionality, and it just looks nicer - but that's not my favorite part. My favorite feature of Android Lollipop, believe it or not, is the setup process! The first thing you'll see when you power on your Lollipop-powered smartphone or tablet is the welcome screen. The screen itself looks beautiful. After you select your language and locale you're asked if you want to connect to your WiFi network to download all the settings and apps using that network rather than your cellular data plan. Once you connect you'll be asked if ...

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