Items tagged with Lollipop

Comparatively speaking, there aren't a lot of Android devices in the wild running Android 6.0, otherwise known as Marshmallow. That's typically true of any snapshot of Android—the latest and greatest version finds its way onto just a small number of handsets while versions a generation or two old rule the roost. As of right now, pole position belongs to Android 5.x Lollipop.It took Lollipop more than a year—16 months, to be exact—to leapfrog Android 4.4 KitKat for the top spot. But there it now sits, at least if combining the number of devices running Android 5.0 (16.9 percent) and Android 5.1 (19.2 percent). If you add the two together, Lollilop's share of the Android market is 36.1 percent,... Read more...
Tis the season for hardware refreshes, and with new hardware on the horizon from big names in the tech business, there are plenty of deals to be had on current generation products. Google is doing a bit of inventory clearing of its own and has given the go ahead for retailers to slash the price of its highly-capable Nexus Player. Best Buy is taking the lead with a 50 percent discount, which drops the Nexus Player’s price from $99.99 to a very attractive $49.99. The Nexus Player, which is built by ASUS, is a set-top box that is capable of handling not only all of your streaming demands, but can also gaming. To show its commitment to gaming (unlike, say, Apple) Google launched a dedicated gamepad... Read more...
UpdatedThe lock screen on your phone might not be foolproof as you thought. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin released a demonstration this week of what they say is a vulnerability in mobile devices running Android 5.x. Also known as Lollipop, it is the latest version of Android and is run by many modern phones, but the attack may not affect all phones running Lollipop. Researchers used a Nexus 4 in the proof-of-concept attack. Also, phones running the latest version of Android (5.5.1 build LMY48M) are not vulnerable. The attack involves copying and pasting multiple characters, starting with characters generated in the Emergency Dial section. The “Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability... Read more...
It's been just over 10 months since Android 5.0 Lollipop was first made available to the general public, and in that time, it's found its way onto one out of every five Android devices. If you'd prefer to take the glass half empty approach, you can point out that four out of five Android devices are still waiting for Lollipop, Marshmallow be damned.According to the data by Android Developers, Android 5.0 is installed on 15.9 percent of Android devices, while Android 5.1 (also Lollipop) adds another 5.1 percent. That comes out to an even 21 percent.The majority of Android devices these days are rocking Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat. It holds a 39.2 percent share of the Android device... Read more...
Samsung reportedly has two upcoming tablets in the works, and they are aimed at wildly different markets. The first tablet features a huge 18.4-inch display, and apparently carries the internal designation of SM-T670. Despite the massive screen size, don’t expect to see some crazy-high resolution with this tablet — this will strictly be a 1920x1080 device. Powering the tablet with all be an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 processor with 2GB of RAM. Other features include 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot which supports up to 128GB and a 5,700 mAh battery. Interestingly enough, the tablet is said to include an 8MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. I’m trying to get a mental image... Read more...
OK, so Motorola didn’t launch a second generation Moto 360 smartwatch today as we expected, but what the company did unveil is still likely to amaze you. The Lenovo-owned company today launched three new Android smartphones and as you’ll see, they strike a fine balance between performance, features, and affordability. First up is the range-topping Moto X Style, which inherits the torch that was proudly carried by its similarly-styled predecessors. Front in center, of course, is a large 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) TFT LCD display (that’s right, there’s no AMOLED this time around), which is covered in Gorilla Glass. Under the hood, you won’t find either version (the original toasty SKU, or the cooler... Read more...
There good news for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners who are anxious to receive the latest build of Android. There's an over-the-air (OTA) update for Android 5.1.1, the newest build of Lollipop, currently being pushed out to Samsung's flagship handsets through T-Mobile in the U.S. While that doesn't help much if you're on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, we suspect that updates through the other major wireless carriers in the U.S. can't be all that far behind. Android 5.1.1's been on the market for just a little shy of two months, though devices makers and wireless carriers have been a bit slow in adding their own bits and then pushing out qualified releases. Only a lucky... Read more...
The rate at which the industry is pumping out smartphones these days is staggering. Even more impressive is the rate at which truly outstanding phones are shipping, even from names that weren't significant just a few years ago. BLU, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and ASUS (just to name a few) have all produced handsets in recent months that rival the best offerings from Apple, LG, Samsung, and other historical greats. It signals a shift in the industry where we've reached a certain level of market maturity at the hardware, software and ecosystem level. It's just that much easier to launch a smartphone in market than it was a few years ago.The ASUS ZenFone 2 is one of the more interesting devices to hit the... Read more...
Back in early January, during our coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show, we gave you all a first glimpse of the Asus ZenFone 2. For those unfamiliar with the ZenFone 2, it is an Intel-powered smartphone, rocking Android Lollipop, that’s compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, and other cellular networks that utilize GSM technology, like Straight Talk, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless among others.Asus Offers The ZenFone 2 In A Handful Of Different ColorsA couple of days ago, Asus held an event to officially launch the ZenFone 2 and announce availability in the U.S., and we left with one of the flagship versions of the phone in-hand. The ZenFone 2 pictured here is packing a quad-core Intel Atom... Read more...
Owners of the first-gen Moto X who've been salivating for a taste of the super sweet Android 'Lollipop' have no doubt been a frustrated in recent months given the lack of concrete updates. This is made worse by the fact that the OS has been hitting many other devices. Even the lowly Moto G was treated to Lollipop a couple of months ago, or even as far back as November if we're talking unlocked devices. Well, a new Google+ post made by Motorola's David Schuster gives Moto X owners some new hope: Lollipop could land in a couple of weeks. Pardon the pun, but Schuster doesn't sugar coat what's been the problem up to this point: "It has been a struggle due to the lack of support from some of our partners."... Read more...
The tablet market may have seen better days, but fresh entries will soon be making their way to the market. We talked this morning about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and the rumors persist about a 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro. But AT&T today announced its first self-branded tablet: the Trek HD. The Trek HD is about as basic the come with regards to entry-level tablets, and includes a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8-inch HD display (AT&T doesn’t specify, but we’re assuming 1280x720), 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, 2MP front- and 5MP rear-facing cameras, and a 4060 mAh battery that is good for eight hours of battery life. And of course, the Trek HD comes... Read more...
Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, really stuck a knife into Google’s stomach yesterday at the Microsoft Ignite conference. More specifically, Myerson took issue with Google’s reluctance to prod its carrier partners into delivering timely OS updates for devices that run Android. "Google ships a big pile of… code, with no commitment to update your device," Myerson said yesterday when referencing the current state of Android fragmentation. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device." Myerson... Read more...
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...
When it comes to 2015’s flagship Android smartphones, HTC struck the first blow with its One M9. The smartphone has largely been overlooked as a warmed over refresh of its predecessor (both in terms of specs and its design, which dates back to 2013). Samsung then stepped into the fray with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and has already opened up a third manufacturing facility to keep up with Galaxy S6 Edge demand. And now, it’s LG’s turn to show us what it has in store for Android fans. Unfortunately for LG, many of the details of its next generation G4 (including pictures) have already leaked to the web. So today’s announcement just makes things official. LG’s tagline for the G4 is “See the... 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...
Cyanogen and Microsoft have struck a deal after all, it just doesn't entail a $70 million investment from the latter into the former as discussed earlier this year. Microsoft ultimately decided against trading a cash infusion in exchange for a stake in Cyanogen, though the two have now come to terms on a deal that will see Microsoft's service integrated across Cyanogen OS. As part of this newly formed partnership, Cyanogen will integrate and distribute Microsoft's consumer apps and services across core categories -- these include productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services. Or more specifically, look for Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office to... 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...
If you’re a fan of Dell’s uber-thin and beautifully crafted Venue 8 7000 tablet, then you’re probably going to love what the tech company has in store for you with the Venue 10 7000. The Venue 10 7000 features most of what made its smaller brother appealing and adds a few twists of its own to make it stand out even more. For starters, the Venue 10 7000 brings with it many of the same hardware features that we saw with the Venue 8 7000 including the quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 2560x1600 display (stretched to 10.5-inches in this application instead of 8.4-inches). You’ll also find a microSD slot that supports up to 512GB of additional storage,... Read more...
While Cyanogen’s CEO is sick and tired of OnePlus One owners complaining about the lengthy gestation period for CyanogenMod 12S, telling customers to “Calm the f**k down,” OnePlus at least delivering on its promise to release OxygenOS. We first heard about the OxygenOS ROM back in late January, with OnePlus explaining, “As an element, Oxygen is the epitome of simplicity, yet it’s also extraordinarily powerful… By itself, it’s simple and pure—a fundamental building block. But, as a part of something greater, it can do amazing things. Just like us.” OxygenOS is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and brings with it a “back to basics” approach to standing out compared to other custom ROMs on the market.... 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...
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...
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