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 "bloatware" (Samsung's TouchWiz, for example, was said to be particularly headache-inducing), and... 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 of being hidden beneath a moveable door (you still get IP65/68 water/dust resistance). But that’s... 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 dates came and went without an update, OnePlus One owners got a little antsy, prompting Cyanogen co-founder... 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. That's a bit later than OnePlus was original shooting for, which is the result of a few unexpected issues;... 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 Z Series products will follow suit beginning around two weeks from now. Which ones? Sony had previously... 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 that Samsung's demo units of its just-announced Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress also don't... 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 the issue by navigating to Settings > About phone > Software updates. Once you get it, expect... 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 stand by patiently.AT&T is pushing the update over Wi-Fi connections only, so make sure you're... 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 out OTA updates for the Galaxy S5 and One M7. Sprint also plans to released Lollipop updates for... 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 in a 898.44MB and carries the version number G900PVPU1AOA6. The update for the HTC One M7 is 702.52MB... 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 actual VRU1BNLC build of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The changelog from Verizon points out the following... 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 several issues with this release," Versi explains. "We’ve been diligently working to fix some of... 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 distribution. That will change as the year goes on, but for now, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x-4.3)... 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— Mo (@moversi) January 13, 2015 The Lollipop update weighs in a 584MB, and HTC’s official... Read more...
If you’re an HTC One (M8) owner, you will soon be receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. Back in early November, HTC promised that both the One (M7) and One (M8) would be updated within 90 days in the following tweet: We have the Android Lollipop code. We'll be updating the HTC One (M8) & (M7) within 90 days from today. #HTCAdvantage pic.twitter.com/VJ0wB1jQbm— HTC (@htc) November 4, 2014 We are now getting confirmation that the Lollipop release for the One (M8) — internal build 4.16.401.x — will be completed within the next one to two weeks.  The person responsible for leaking this information, a developer that goes by the name LlabTooFeR, has an excellent track record in regards to HTC information... Read more...
The successor to the HTC One (M8) will soon be upon us, and if these latest images are anything to go by, the new flagship smartphone is definitely a looker. Specifications for the Hima (or One M9, depending on what HTC decides naming the device) have been leaking since early October, but this is the first glimpse we’ve gotten of the smartphone.  The images don’t show a dramatic departure from what One (M7) or One (M8), but styling has never been a sore-point for HTC’s flagship smartphone so why mess up a good thing? When it comes to dimensions, the length and width of the device are slightly smaller by 1mm, while thickness has increased ever so slightly from 9.4mm to 9.56mm.  Unfortunately,... Read more...
Android 5.0 Lollipop was officially rolled out in early October and smartphone OEMs are already pushing out the major operating system update to their newest smartphones. Google’s Nexus devices have been graced with Lollipop goodness and Motorola, which had close ties to Google before being bought by Lenovo, has updated a number of its devices to Lollipop.  We already knew that Samsung has plans in place to bring Lollipop to its 2014-model smartphones like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, but what is extremely surprising is that the South Korean electronics giant is going all the way back to 2012 to support the Galaxy Note 2. GSM Arena first noticed the revelation courtesy of Samsung’s Finnish... Read more...
Last week, Google announced that a fresh update for Android Wear was on its way. The new software upgrades the base operating system of Android Wear from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop and brings with its faster navigation, new operating modes, and support for new watch faces built with the new Watch Face API. Motorola began rolling out the Lollipop update to Moto 360 users on December 10 to a limited number of users (roughly 5 percent). By December 13, the update should have been available to 50 percent of Moto 360 users, and everyone with the device should have the update by the end of today. The Lollipop update is officially based on Android 5.0.1, and carries the build number... Read more...
Large screen smartphones, a.k.a. phablets, are expected to account for nearly 25% of all smartphone shipments this year. Given the popularity and prevalence of these large-screen devices which includes LG’s G3, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, and HTC’s One Max, it’s not surprising that Google is also going big with its latest flagship phone, the Nexus 6. Even before the Nexus 6 was announced, its codename of Shamu (named after the whale at SeaWorld) pretty much gave away the fact that this flagship smartphone was going to be a large-screen device. The Nexus 6 has the largest screen we’ve seen from Google yet at 5.96-inches. This screen is also larger than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus... Read more...
If you’re one of many people out there that has already bought into Android Wear with devices like LG G Watch R, Samsung Gear Live, Sony SmartWatch 3 and Motorola Moto 360, you’ll be glad to know that Google is in the process of pushing out a rather big update for he platform in the coming week. The base operating system that powers Android Wear is getting an upgrade from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Lollipop update implements API 21 and will roll out to users in an over-the-air (OTA) update. As for what’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop for Android Wear, here’s the changelog from Google: Easier Navigation: Quickly bring a card back if you’ve accidentally dismissed itWhen you tap... Read more...
KitKat was a delicious upgrade, there's no disputing that, but Lollipop is even better. We're of course talking about flavors of Android, the newest being Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is a major update to Google's mobile operating system. It's also begun rolling out to Nexus devices, with Google promising robust coverage in short order. The announcement came via a Twitter post by Google's Android team. As expected, Nexus devices will be among the first to receive the over-the-air (OTA) update, though in a surprise move, unlocked second generation Moto G owners beat them to the punch. That's also notable because the handset only costs $180 outright -- no 2-year service agreement or payment plan... Read more...
One of the few ways to feast your eyes on Android 5.0 Lollipop is to pick up a Google's Nexus 6 device, which unfortunately is still out of stock on Google Play (Protip: AT&T is accepting pre-orders online and in-store for the Nexus 6 today). Otherwise, it's mostly a waiting game, though if you own an unlocked Moto G handset, the wait is over. This under-appreciated phone is one of the best deals around, even though it doesn't make many headlines. It only costs $180 outright (no 2-year service agreement or payment plans), the specs are decent (for the money), and it's the first handset to fully unwrap Android 5.0 Lollipop. Of course, it won't be the last, but if you must have Lollipop right... Read more...
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