Items tagged with Android L

It’s no secret that Huawei is developing one of two new Nexus smartphones for Google. LG Electronics is the other OEM tapped with developing a second smartphone that will result in a one-two punch for Google’s debut of the Android L operating system. Over the past few months, various details surrounding Huawei’s Nexus device have leaked, including word from Evan Blass that the device would feature a 5.7-inch QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. That latter spec is becoming a bit more suspect considering that Qualcomm today said it products featuring the SoC wouldn’t ship until the first half of 2016.Huawei P8 Lite Another notorious leaker of details on unreleased mobile products,... Read more...
Motorola has announced the new Nexus 6 smartphone, which will be running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is the result of Motorola working in conjunction with Google’s Android team and it appears that Google is looking to directly compete with Apple on the phablet front with this new device. Just like prior reports have said, the Nexus 6 comes with a large 5.9-inch Quad HD display, which makes it bigger than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus by 0.4-inches. With a starting price of $649, the Nexus 6 will be sold unlocked and comes with a Motorola turbo charger that will provide six hours worth of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging. The Nexus 6, which will be available in Midnight Blue or... Read more...
Google is getting ready to unveil Android L (or Lemon Meringue Pie or Lollipop or Licorice or whatever tasty treat will serve as the next build's namesake), and one of the big features is that it will optionally support 64-bit processors. Of course, it will be up to smartphone and tablet makers to take advantage of the 64-bit opportunity that's about to be laid before them, and the good news they seem just as anxious as their customers. Citing those always-chatty "industry sources," Digitimes is reporting that Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up the migration to Android L's 64-bit architecture, thereby making 64-bit processors mainstream technology for handsets in the second half of... Read more...
There have been no shortage of rumors and speculation suggesting that Google is getting ready to unveil new hardware next month, and when there's this much smoke, you can typically expect to find fire. Or, in this case, you'll find the Nexus 9 with HTC likely in charge of manufacturing. As to when, mark your calendars for October 15th or 16th. Ah, but that's not all. First things first -- those dates come courtesy of Android Authority and the "two different sources familiar with Google's plans" that it spoke with. Incidentally, the sources say that in addition to the Nexus 9 tablet, Google may unveil new phone hardware (could be the Moto Nexus) and a "new software initiative," which probably... Read more...
Among all the different things Google is introducing in Android L, the next major version of Android, the one that will be of most interest to anyone concerned about privacy is the default setting for encryption. It will be the first version of Android to enable the setting by default, which means that a password will be required to view pictures, messages, and other data stored on the phone or tablet. Encryption has actually been an optional feature in Android since 2011, though it's not turned on by default. And since many users don't know how to enable it -- or that the setting even exists -- there are a lot of unsecured Android phones and tablets out there. That will change with Android L.... Read more...
Google's next major version of Android, currently called Android L and likely to be named Lemon Meringue Pie, isn't far off in the distance, at least not as a mobile operating system release. As for when it will drop on your Android smartphone or tablet, well, that's another story -- bear in mind that only a quarter of all Android devices are running KitKat, which was released a year ago. That said, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 (up for pre-order today) owners might not have to wait very long. Apparently some "insiders" told SamMobile that both the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 will receive the Android L system update by around the end of November or in early December. They also said it's... Read more...
For those of you rocking HTC's One M8 Developer Edition smartphone, be on the lookout for an Android 4.4.3 KitKit upgrade containing the company's custom Sense 6 User Interface (UI). After being teased in a Twitter post midway through July, HTC more recently tweeted an update confirming that the ROM has begun rolling out over the air (OTA). A related update for standard One M8 handsets shouldn't be too far behind. And in both cases, this is probably the last KitKit update before Android L strolls into view, as HTC plucked all the security updates from Android 4.4.4 and put it into the Android 4.4.3 firmware that's currently being beamed to users. Be warned that this is a fairly large file and... Read more...