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Sony on Thursday confirmed that it's about to begin rolling out Google's incremental Android 5.1 update to each of its Xperia devices that were previously upgraded to Android 5.0 (Lollipop). That's good news to owners of the more than half a dozen handsets and tablets that will see the update, though it's also a veiled way of leaving many other devices behind.We'll start with the good. Devices that will see an update to Android 5.1 include the Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia C3. In addition, Sony says it will bump up the Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Aqua direction to Android 5.1, which will roll out "a little after we've... Read more...
There's a lot to like in Lollipop, the latest major version of Google's open source mobile operating system, though if you installed the Android 5.1 update on your Nexus device last week, you may have cursed the OS's loosey-goosey ways with system RAM. Following the update, several Nexus owners complained of a major memory leak that, in severe cases, would deplete RAM after only a few days of use. Starting with the good news, Google is not only aware of the issue, but has come up with a fix. Unfortunately, there's no timeline for public release, which is the latest update an Android team member provided to frustrated Nexus owners five days ago. Google also neglected to provided any details about... Read more...
Google first announced the Nexus 6 back in October and the smartphone began shipping in November. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint quickly embraced the flagship smartphone, but there was one carrier that was surprisingly missing in action: Verizon. Here we are four month later and Verizon is officially adding the Nexus 6 to its smartphone lineup. Verizon won’t say what took it so long to launch the Nexus 6 and only gives this subtle apology: “To all Nexus fans, thank you for your patience.” Verizon customer looking to lay their hands upon the Nexus 6 will be glad to hear that it comes out of the box with Android 5.1, which was announced yesterday. That means that you’ll have all the latest stability... Read more...
The vast majority of Android devices are running either Jelly Bean (4.1.x to 4.3) or KitKat (4.4.x), but even so, Google continues to develop its open source baby. So while most of you are waiting on an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has already unwrapped the next incremental upgrade, Android 5.1 (still Lollipop). The update includes the usual round of stability and performance enhancements, though it also offers some new features, such as support for multiple SIM cards (handy for international travelers), Device Protection, and high definition (HD) voice, assuming you have a compatible handset. What Device Protection brings to the table is an added layer of security. The way it works... Read more...
Google announced its Android One initiative in mid-2014 in an effort to put another billion smartphones in the hands of people across the globe. While consumers in developed nations have flocked to pricey smartphones from the likes of Apple, Samsung, and HTC, Google’s aim with Android One is to cater to developing markets with devices that are priced at around $100 and below.  Google partnered with Karbonn, Spice, and Micromax to provide Android One smartphones for the Indian market, and the company today announced that Indonesia is the next stop on the low-cost train. While that news in and of itself isn’t exactly earth shattering, what is interesting is the fact that new Android One phones... Read more...