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Samsung has issued a list of smartphones that it plans to upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and unfortunately for Galaxy S5 owners, their device isn't on it. That doesn't mean that the Galaxy S5 is destined to live out the rest of its days with Lollipop, but for now, the previous generation flagship handset isn't on the roadmap.As you might expect, Samsung's Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are all on the list. Other devices Samsung plans to upgrade include the Galaxy S6 Duos, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 Duos, Galaxy Tab A, and Galaxy Alpha.We can only assume that... Read more...
It might have taken just short of "forever", but Verizon has finally opened up its arms to unlocked iPhone and Nexus 6 owners who want to activate their device on the carrier's network. It seems the fact that the company was effectively pushing customers away got to be too much, so it's reversed course. Flickr: Robert Scoble In order for someone to bring their iPhone or Nexus 6 in to Verizon and activate it successfully, it has to be unlocked. If you've never gone through the process of unlocking your device before and are not sure whether it actually is locked, you can use Verizon's activation... Read more...
In less than a week, you'll be able to waltz into an AT&T store and purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, if that's what you're after. Unveiled back in July, the Galaxy Tab S2 is Samsung's newest generation Android tablet with a slim and light profile. In fact, Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size. More specifically, the 9.7-inch tablet features a slender 5.6mm profile and checks in at just 389 grams. Compare those figures to Apple's iPad Air 2, which measures 6.1mm thick and weighs 437 grams. Granted, we're splitting hairs here, but as... Read more...
Samsung may have goofed up when designing its Galaxy Note 5, depending on your perspective. How so? If you accidentally insert the S Pen backwards into the Galaxy Note 5, you could permanently damage your handset. And unlike previous Galaxy Note devices, there's no mechanism in place to prevent you from pushing a backwards oriented S Pen into place.The folks at Android Police decided to test the design flaw with a review sample by inserting their S Pen the wrong way. What they confirmed is that once the S Pen is far enough into the slot, it gets stuck -- in their case, permanently so. It's not... Read more...
It appears that the launch of Google's Android Pay service could be a lot closer than we anticipated, and we have none other than McDonald's to thank for the information. There's little that's quite so satisfying as a hot and juicy McLeak. The information came forth through a message presented on an employee computer terminal. It mentions that Samsung Pay is due to launch on the 21st, which you might notice is a date that's already passed. As we learned just a couple of weeks ago, the actual launch date for Samsung's service is September 28, although a beta period is available for some testers... Read more...
Google is going to launch another a Nexus smartphone, and if the rumors and leaked information up to this point are true, both LG and Huawei will be involved. The former is rumored to be in charge of the 5.2-inch model, a supposed picture of which was posted online a week ago, while the latter is said to be making the 5.7-inch version. Some photos of Huawei's model have now also appeared online on a Chinese-language website. What stands out more than anything else in the pictures is the bulging camera, though it's not a circular bulge like LG's model. Instead, the device takes on a periscope-like... Read more...
LG Electronics is getting ready to officially launch its G Pad II tablet at IFA 2015 in Berlin, after which the 10.1-inch slate with a WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution will become available in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, the company announced today. Both LTE and Wi-Fi only versions will be available. The sleek looking tablet will feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor from yesteryear with a clockspeed of 2.26GHz and, presumably, an Adreno 330 GPU. Interestingly, LG didn't opt for a more modern System-on-Chip (SoC) foundation, such as a Snapdragon 808 or 810, both... Read more...
As we discovered back in June, ASUS has delivered an impressive smartphone with its ZenFone 2. It looks good, boasts a bunch of premium features (1080p display, dual-SIM, 4GB of RAM), and best of all, is priced right. That led us to call the phone an "Excellent Android Value". With the launch phone being so affordable, ASUS has had a lot of room to work with in beefing it up for special editions. Soon, the company will be releasing the "Laser" variant, which reduces the screen resolution to 720p but boosts the max storage option to 128GB and replaces the Intel Atom SoC with Qualcomm's Snapdragon... Read more...
One of the first things we all do when firing up a new smartphone for the first time is to see which unwanted apps we're allowed to uninstall. It's not just wireless carriers and smartphone manufactures that are guilty of pre-loading their software on our phones, but also Google, which doesn't let phone makers cherry pick its apps. The good news is, Google's trimming the selection of apps that are required.At this point you might be wondering, "Isn't Android open source and free?" True and true, and any manufacturer or individual can do pretty much anything they please with the platform. That's... Read more...
At least one market research firm believes that China, the biggest country for smartphone sales, has reached saturation. As a result, worldwide smartphone sales grew 13.5 percent year-over-year, the slowest growth rate since 2013, with units totaling 330 million in the second quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. That's despite new smartphone launches from both Apple and Samsung. China accounted for nearly a third -- 30 percent -- of all smartphone sales in the second quarter. However, the market in China is largely driven by replacement handsets rather than first-time buyers, Gartner says. With... Read more...
Famed phone leaker Evan Blass (you might know him better by his Twitter handle, @evleaks) is at it again, this time with a few more shots of BlackBerry's forthcoming Venice handset. According to Blass, Venice has been "confirmed" to launch in November on all four national U.S. wireless carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Venice is a slider phone that sports a large touchscreen display. It slides up to reveal a physical QWERTY keyboard, giving owners of the device the best of both worlds, or so BlackBerry hopes. The Canadian outfit has been struggling for the past several years,... Read more...
Sprint's big pitch to consumers is that it offers truly unlimited data (in addition to unlimited talk and texting). However, it was Sprint's previous CEO, Dan Hesse, that pushed unlimited data as a point of focus. His replacement, Marcelo Claure, indicated earlier this summer that "there will be a time when it might not be economically viable" to offer unlimited data to consumers, and if that's the case, Sprint will have to find a way to stand out from the crown.Right now it looks like Sprint is settling for parity. The nation's fourth largest wireless carrier is planning to eliminate two-year... Read more...
Considering that Android is installed on around eight out 10 smartphones around the world, it was pretty scary to find out about Stagefright, a vulnerability that's present on almost all of them. Even more frightening is that in many cases, the exploit could be triggered with a simple text message. In theory, an attacker could text your handset while you're sleeping, take control of your phone, and wipe any trace of something nefarious taking place so that you'd never be the wiser. That got the attention of Google, which patched the MMS exploit and sent the code to wireless carriers. One by one,... Read more...
The challenge of raising a child starts the moment you realize you're going to be a parent and must pick out a name. Sounds easy, but it really isn't. You inevitably find yourself looking up baby names, either in a book or on the web, and eventually you land on something you like. However, it's a process, and it's where Google finds itself right now in regards to Android. There's an added challenge to the process for Google since, historically, major Android builds have been named after delicious treats. Not without purpose, Google maintains that "since these devices make our lives so sweet, each... Read more...
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