Items tagged with Android 5.0

Relationships. Some go the distance. Others are of a more mercurial nature, such as the one between me and my iPhone. As much as I loved my iPhone, I've always found iOS to be somewhat immature and not quite serious (a problem that plagues most Apple-produced software), which probably explains why my eye has wandered towards Android phones from time to time. I resisted the urge to explore Android's potentially greener pastures for years, though, opting to stay in my comfort zone rather than navigating the travails of adopting a new OS and workflows, the exasperation of manufacturer-included... Read more...
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. We won’t blame you if you have a serious case of deja vu when you first lay your eyes upon the new Sony Xperia Z4, because it’s a dead ringer for its Xperia Z3 predecessor. If you think that HTC caught a lot of flak for its lazy (design wise) upgrade from the One M7 to One M8 to One M9, Sony won’t have it any easier this time around. At first glance the Xperia Z4 looks like a dead ringer for its Xperia Z3 predecessor, but Sony has actually thinned the device out by 0.4mm and it now has a metal frame. Oh, and the micro USB is exposed this time around instead... Read more...
It's been a long and sometimes contentious wait for OnePlus One owners eager to taste the sweetness of Lollipop, but the wait is now over -- Cyanogen OS 12 has begun rolling out to OnePlus One devices today, giving eager owners of the handset first lick. YU Yureka device owners will follow suit "very soon," Cyanogen announced in a blog post. Getting to this point was an adventure in and of itself. The OnePlus team made the mistake of telling users that a Lollipop update would arrive by the end of last month, though Cyanogen never offered up a time frame. As the promised... Read more...
It's been well over a month since OnePlus teased an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to OnePlus One owners. During that time, the latest version of Google's open-source mobile operating system has doubled in Android penetration, going from being installed on 1.6 percent of Android devices to 3.3 percent. So, when can you expect to see Lollipop unwrapped on OnePlus One handsets? The anticipated over-the-air (OTA) rollout for CyanogenMod 12S is on or before March 30, 2015, and for its own Lollipop-based OxygenOS, the updated ROM will push out on or before March 27, 2015.... Read more...
The number of Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop is comparatively low, as it's been a bit slow going for the latest version of Google's open-source operating system. That's typically the case when Google releases a major new version of Android, though for Lollipop, we're now at the point where upgrades are being announced at a steady clip. Enter Sony, which is starting to roll out Lollipop for its Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact handsets. Sony's over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 5.0 will reach devices in the Nordics and Baltics first. Other markets and more Xperia... Read more...
Encryption has been a feature of Android since 2011, though it's never been turned on by default. That was supposed to change with Android 5.0 Lollipop, as Google said in no uncertain terms back in September 2014 that users wouldn't have to give the feature a second thought. Unfortunately, it appears as though Google has backed down from its requirement that all Lollipop devices ship with encryption enabled by default. According to ArsTechnica, some new Lollipop phones from Google's partners are shipping without encryption turned on. One of them is the second-generation Moto E, and it's being reported... Read more...
There's good news today for those of you rocking a Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile's network. The spunky wireless carrier has begun pushing out an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 5.0 Lollipop , which is also available through Samsung Kies. That means you no longer have to give your Verizon brethren the stink-eye, who have been running Lollipop for a couple of weeks now.It's a roughly 900MB package, so do yourself a solid and make sure you're on a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection (having a charging cable handy wouldn't be a bad idea, either). If you're not seeing the update, you can try forcing... Read more...
At long last, LG G3 owners in the U.S. will get to taste Android 5.0 Lollipop, at least those who are AT&T customers. The wireless carrier has begun doling out the latest and greatest version of Google's open source operating system, a nearly 700MB download that bumps the OS to Android 5.0.1. Sprint will likely be next.It's taken a bit for wireless carriers in the U.S. to unwrap Lollipop. In this instance, LG's G3 handset was actually one of the first devices outside of Google's Nexus line to receive the new OS, though it mainly occurred in Europe and Asia while customers in the U.S. had to... Read more...
The wait for Android 5.0 will soon be over for T-Mobile customers that have HTC’s flagship One M8. HTC’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, reported via Twitter that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update would be pushed out over-the-air (OTA) starting tomorrow (February 9). HTC One (M8) T-Mobile owners! Lollipop OS Technical Approval has been received! OTA to start on Monday. #HTCAdvantage— Mo (@moversi) February 7, 2015 Lollipop updates have been dropping at a furious pace in recent days. Just in the past week, Verizon released the Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S5, while Sprint has sent... Read more...
Devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop now making up 1.6 percent of the entire Android install base. That’s still a far cry from the 39.7 percent running Android 4.4 KitKat or the combined 44.5 percent of users still on Jellybean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3). Lollipop’s numbers are about to get a nice boost now that U.S. carriers are starting to update their smartphones. We learned earlier this week that Verizon Wireless is pushing its Lollipop update to the Samsung Galaxy S5, and we’re learning today that Sprint is giving some Lollipop lovin’ to Galaxy S5 and HTC One M7 users. Sprint’s Galaxy S5 update weighs... Read more...
With all the news and rumors surrounding the upcoming launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S6, it’s easy to forget about the company’s current flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 may not have lived up to Samsung’s sales expectations, but there are still millions of the devices out in the wild. And a large subset of those smartphones can now access an upgrade that users have been craving for months: Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to Droid-Life, there are actually two updates to download. The first one is a small prerequisite update to prepare the phone for Lollipop. The second update is the... Read more...
If you own an HTC One M8 or M7 handset, don't bother continually mashing the "Check Now" button in the Software Updates menu, Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't coming to your phone today even though we're now at HTC's self-imposed 90-day deadline. In a blog post to customers, HTC VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, explains the holdup. "We've been working hard in the labs with Google and our carrier partners ever since the code release and are making great progress so far, but if you’ve been following the progress of this rollout you will know that Google has had to address... Read more...
Kudos are in order for LG Electronics. Why? LG last month began doling out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to G3 handset owners in Europe, and starting soon, the South Korean electronics company will extend the same courtesy to G3 owners in the U.S. That will put G3 owners in select company -- less than 0.1 percent of Android handsets have Android 5.0 installed. Android 5.0 came out nearly three months ago (early November of last year), yet it doesn't warrant an entry on Google's Android Developers Dashboard, as is the case with any version of the open source operating system will less than 0.1 percent... Read more...
Back in early November, HTC made its intentions known that it would begin updating its flagship One (M8) smartphone to Android 5.0 Lollipop by early February; further confirmation of that rollout schedule came last week. Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, confirmed last night via Twitter that some versions of the One (M8) are actually receiving Lollipop a little ahead of schedule, with the OTA updates already hitting Unlocked and Developer editions:HTC One (M8) Unlock and Dev Owners! We have received TA from Google on Lollipop + Sense 6. OTA will be out starting tonight. #HTCAdvantage—... Read more...
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