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Verizon rolls out the DROID Turbo 5.1 Lollipop update tomorrow

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Motorola first announced the update was coming soon, but it looks like Verizon is rolling out the 5.1 Lollipop update tomorrow to all. Verizon told Droid Life that the “actual push will begin tomorrow afternoon.” Do not expect to receive it right away as with most updates it rolls out in phases.

If you do not see the update tomorrow be sure to manually go into your settings and check to see if anything is available.

The full Verizon changelog can be seen below

Source: Droid Life

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Sprint starts rolling out Android 5.1 update for the Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Sprint has finally started rolling out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge located in the United States. As for the added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

If you own a Sprint-branded Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, why not drop us a line in the comments section below to let us know when you receive/received the update?

 

 

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Google releases Android 5.1.1 build LMY48G for Nexus 7 (2013)

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google certainly hasn’t forgotten the Nexus 7, more specifically the 2013 edition. The latest build now available is Android 5.1.1 (LMY48G). There isn’t an OTA yet, so your only option for now is manually flash via fastboot. If you you have done this before, which I am sure most of you have, then this should be a breeze. Remember to download the system images under the code name “razor”.

For those who don’t want to get their hands dirty, be sure to check your device every so often to see if the build is available via Settings > About Tablet > System Updates.

As always when performing updates of any kind, be sure to backup any data you don’t want to loose just incase things go haywire during the update.

Source: Google

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Motorola preparing Android 5.1 Lollipop for the DROID Turbo

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Tonight, Motorola announced that Android 5.1 Lollipop is “coming to a #DroidTurbo near you.” The company issued a tweet on Monday evening that thanked everyone for their patience, likely meaning that a software update with Lollipop is imminent for the Verizon-exclusive device.

Since its launch in October 2013, the DROID turbo has remained stuck on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. People have been waiting more than six months just to see a current version of Android reach the DROID Turbo. We all know that Verizon takes its sweet time with software updates but this long of a wait seems really unfair for consumers.

A soak test for the software update with the DROID Turbo has already begun as select owners are reporting its arrival.

Source: Motorola (Twitter)

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HTC Desire Eye from AT&T gets Lollipop on June 30

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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There may not be many Desire Eye owners roaming the country, but June 30 will be an exciting day for them. The device’s exclusive carrier, AT&T, will release a software update that bumps it up to Lollipop.

Mo Versi, the HTC employee who announced the update’s impending release, did not specify the exact version of Lollipop coming to the Desire Eye. So it could be Android 5.0 or 5.1, but we will know for which one tomorrow.

Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)

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Sprint’s HTC One M9 to receive Android 5.1 Lollipop this week

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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This week, Sprint will push a software update to its HTC One M9 that includes the latest version of Android. The flagship from HTC will receive Android 5.1 Lollipop in addition to some camera fixes on Wednesday. Being that the specifications of the One M9 have been underwhelming to some, providing timely software updates and a clean user interface is vital for HTC’s success. The company has issued multiple software updates to fix the camera’s quality as well.

Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, tweeted the following:

“HTC One (M9) Sprint Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/1!”

Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)

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Android 5.1 OTA is rolling out to the Moto X (2014) Pure Edition in the US

Posted by wicked June - 26 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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If you are the owner of a Moto X (2014) Pure Edition, you may want to check your phone to see if it has received the OTA notification for its Android 5.1 update. Motorola’s David Schuster announced that the update would be rolling out to Moto X (2014) Pure Edition handsets in the US.

The Android 5.1 OTA is around 440MB in size, and besides the improvements in performance and added features, the update also fixes some bugs. Something to keep an eye for is the Chop Twice feature that turns the flashlight on when you make a chopping gesture with the phone.Click the Motorola link below to access to the full change log of the update. Be sure to let us know if you find any bugs in the OTA.

 

Source: David Schuster (Google+); Motorola

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Samsung UK say’s the Galaxy Ace 4 won’t be updated to Lollipop

Posted by wicked June - 26 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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It’s something that many of us with flagship smartphones take for granted – firmware updates to the latest version of Android. Granted, we still complain when they don’t arrive as soon as we would like them to, but we do expect the update to arrive, at some point. But what about the lower budget smartphones? Sadly, handset makers aren’t quite as diligent in updating their cheaper phones to newer versions of Android. Today we have news that one of Samsung’s more budget-conscious offerings, the Galaxy Ace 4, might not be receiving a helping of lollipop goodness.

Twitter user, @reubenupstone got in touch with Samsung UK’s Twitter team to ask when the 1GB version of the Galaxy Ace 4 would be receiving the Lollipop update because of issues with how KitKat handles the phone’s MicroSD card. Samsung UK simply replied that the Galaxy Ace 4 will not be updated to Android 5.0. There were no further details or explanations, it’s unknown if it’s just that the Ace 4’s specifications aren’t up to the job of handling Lollipop and Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, as the S4 mini before it.

At the time of writing Samsung France, Russia and Poland have all given non-committal answers as to whether the Galaxy Ace 4 will indeed receive a lollipop update, so there is still some room for hope, but not much I fear.

 

Source: YouMobile

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LG will skip the Android 5.1.1 update for the G4

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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LG Hellas and O2 UK have both taken to their Facebook accounts to confirm rumors that L is not planning to roll out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the G4. The handset will, instead, remain on Android 5.1.

Unfortunately, the South Korean company hasn’t provided a reason for its decision, but we assume it’s because it could be planning for the G4 to jump straight to Android M upon its official release later this year.

What do you think of LG’s decision to skip Android 5.1.1 for the G4? Let us know your thoughts down below.

Source: O2 UK (Facebook)

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Samsung France confirms that it will roll out the Lollipop update for the Galaxy Alpha

Posted by wicked June - 24 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Earlier this week, Samsung France took to its official Twitter account to confirm that it will begin pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy Alpha in Europe next month.

The South Korean company announced that carriers are able to get their hands on the firmware now too, but it may take them significantly longer to start rolling out the OTA as the software will have to undergo operator testing before despatch.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

Be sure to check back as we’ll let you know as and when this update starts its roll out .

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