Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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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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    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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