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Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop OTA for the Galaxy S5 in Brazil

Posted by wicked April - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Samsung has at last started pushing out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of its former flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, located in Brazil. As for 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.

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Android Wear gets major update with Wi-Fi support, always-on apps, emojis and more

Posted by wicked April - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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All Android Wear watches will be receiving a major update over the next few weeks, and there are a lot of goodies.

The first one, which was already expected is the support for Wi-Fi. There are often times when you might forget your phone at home or you walk too far away from it within your own house. Now with Wi-Fi support, your watch will always have a connection so you don’t have to worry about missing any notifications.

With many watches offering an always-on display for watch faces, Google is adding support for always-on apps as well. There might be times in which you need to see an app for a longer period of time and that’s exactly where this new feature will come in handy. You even get full color as long as you’re looking at it. I am not sure exactly what Google is adding to the code because there are already apps that stay on all the time until I close it. Examples of such apps include Wear Codes and Coffee Time.

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Next up seems Apple-watch like with the ability to draw emojis that you can send via message or text.

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One of the biggest complaints with Android Wear has been the process in starting an app without voice. Google has added an adjustment in that when you tap on the watch face, you will get a list of apps that you can open right away. Swipe to the left and you will see favorite contacts, and swipe one more time, and you will see the familiar “Speak Now” screen that you get now.

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Last but not least, if your other hand is busy doing something else, you can still flick through your notifications by simply flick your wrist to scroll through your stream.

All in all, this looks like a pretty good update. As I mentioned already, the update will roll out to all seven watches in the next few weeks. The LG Watch Urbane will be the first to get the update though.

source: Google

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Sprint starts pushing out Lollipop update for Spark-branded Galaxy S4’s

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Sprint has finally started pushing out the much-anticipated and long-awaited Lollipop update for all Sprint Spark-branded variants of the Galaxy S4 located in the United States. In terms of 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 can 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”

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Samsung starts rolling out Android 5.0.1 update for the Galaxy S6 Edge in Australia

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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If your the proud owner of a Galaxy s6 Edge and reside in Australia, you may want to listen up as Samsung has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region.

Bundled into this upgrade, is support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

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 yours handset, you can search for the update manually.

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Android 5.0.1 update for the Galaxy S4 now rolling out in Canada

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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If you own a Galaxy S4 and reside in Canada, it’s your luck day as Bell, Virgin Mobile, Telus, Koodo and Sasktel has just begun pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

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, you can 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”

 

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AT&T Samsung Galaxies Alpha and S5 Active get Lollipop

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Samsung has been trying its best to get updates out to all of its devices this update cycle, and the next on the sweet software upgrade list is the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy S5 Active. If you recall, the Galaxy Alpha was the metal-based answer from Samsung to its metal-composed rivals released last year, and the Galaxy S5 Active is the rougher, tougher version of Samsung’s 2014 flagship. Both devices will be receiving Lollipop over the next few days, along with all of the aesthetic and efficiency features that come with Android 5.0.

For all of the specific details about the builds, follow the link below named after your device.

Alpha: Upgrade Details

Active: Upgrade Details

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Download and manually install the Android 5.1 OTA update for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2013)

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Android 5.1 factory image for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2013) was posted earlier, so it’s no surprise the official over-the-air (OTA) update is now ready for your downloading pleasure.

It’s fairly easy to flash and you don’t have to lose your data. Check out our extensive guide, which will help you each and every step of the way.

If you happen to already know what you’re doing, then we have the download link (directly from Google) below.

Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LRX22G to LMY47O (5.1)

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Android 5.1 factory images now available for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, And Nexus 7 LTE 2013

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Android 5.1 is slowly making the rounds and next up is the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 7 LTE 2013. Factory images were posted for all three, and the actual OTA update was captured for the Nexus 4.

Flashing a factory image is really easy, so be sure to check out our extensive guide which will guide you every step of the way. If you happen to have an unlocked bootloader, you don’t even have to lose your data. We show you how to do that as well.

source: Google Developers

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T-Mobile’s release of Lollipop for the LG G2 starts today

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Starting today, T-Mobile customers with the LG G2 will begin to receive a software update. It unsurprisingly is for Lollipop. The carrier says that the update will take place between April 14 and May 22, but we assume everyone will be updated fairly quick. The changelog issued by T-Mobile only states that Android 5.0 Lollipop is among the new features.

Let us know in the comments when you receive the over-the-air (OTA) update.

Source: T-Mobile

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Android News, Rumours, and Updates 2015-04-14 12:24:02

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Cyanogen 12

Owners of OnePlus One handsets might want to start tapping the Software Update button on their devices because Cyanogen’s 12S Lollipop update is busy rolling out after passing certification a few days ago. That’s right, the wait is (finally) over, and now you can choose whether to continue using Cyanogen’s firmware or the OxygenOS ROM developed by OnePlus. We have more details and the OTA link after the break.

Cyanogen’s 12S update sports material design cues, and you can customize your experience thanks to the inclusion of a new feature called App Themer. The Boxer powered email client is also included, bringing premium features to all cyanogen OS users such as Exchange support, multiple accounts and canned responses for quick replies. The email app also includes customization options and gestures.

The Cyanogen 12S update is an over-the-air update, although some quick thinking by Google Plus user, Haider Ali Tariq, has ensured that the OTA is available to download here. Let us know if you chose to continue with Cyanogen or if you installed the OxygenOS firmware.

 

Source: Cyanogen

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