OS Update

Motorola prematurely posts information about Lollipop update for Moto X (2014), quickly pulls page

Motorola prematurely posts information about Lollipop update for Moto X (2014), quickly pulls page

Motorola has been on something of a hot streak with updates for their phones, bringing new meaning to the word Timely, at least when it comes to delivering software (Let’s not talk about delivering hardware). So it’s no surprise that Motorola is looking like they will be first to deliver the Android 5.0 update to their phones, with the Moto X (2014) looking like it will be first cab off the rank, with Motorola posting – and then quickly pulling – information about the Lollipop update for the Moto X (2014). Thankfully, this is the internet, so nothing is ever[Read More...]

by 5:46 PM on November 8, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Galaxy S4 shown off running an early build of Lollipop, with new TouchWiz UI

Galaxy S4 shown off running an early build of Lollipop, with new TouchWiz UI

We know that Samsung is working on Lollipop builds for the Galaxy S5 having seen video of a working build previously, but this time around it’s the Galaxy S4’s turn. Samsung’s previous flagship S series phone, the Galaxy S4, is also in line to receive the update to Android Lollipop, falling under the theoretical 18-month window that most OEMs provide updates to their phones in. The video, courtesy of the folks over at SamMobile shows an early build of Lollipop (LRX02E) and while it appears to be quite a smooth experience, it doesn’t seem ready to use daily, with Wi-Fi[Read More...]

by 9:59 PM on November 7, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Sony shows off AOSP build of Android 5.0 on the Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3

Sony shows off AOSP build of Android 5.0 on the Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3

Sony has established their commitment to developing AOSP ROMs for their phones over the last couple of years, building and maintaining repositories for the vast majority of their handsets on GitHub. With the push of the Android 5.0 code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), today, Sony has shown off AOSP builds on the Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3. The video is fairly basic, showing off Lollipop on the phones, and Sony is quick to point out via a written warning over the top of the video, that the AOSP builds are not supposed to be considered daily drivers.[Read More...]

by 2:22 AM on November 7, 2014 1 comment Android Development, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Leaked screens show LG is hard at work porting Android 5.0 to the G3

Leaked screens show LG is hard at work porting Android 5.0 to the G3

Last month, LG Germany announced that their current flagship, the G3, would receive an update to Android 5.0 at some point in the fourth quarter of this year. A set of leaked screenshots show that LG is hard at work on the update and it’s looking very ‘Lollipopy’. The push of code to AOSP this week, has enabled vendors to get to work on porting the final code to their devices, adding their own specific touches to the OS before pushing it out. It seems that LG will keep their custom soft keys, but will definitely bring the new notification[Read More...]

by 12:27 AM on November 7, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Google posts Nexus 9 Factory image – all others quiet

Google posts Nexus 9 Factory image – all others quiet

Those Nexus fans who have been constantly refreshing the Nexus Factory Images page since Google began pushing the Lollipop source code to AOSP yesterday, would have just seen movement on the page. Google has just posted the factory image for the Nexus 9. The image is for Android 5.0, Build LRX21L and weighs in at 805MB in size, so it’s by no means a lightweight image. The link to the full download you can find on the Factory Images page or down below. Factory Images “volantis” for Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi) Version Download MD5 Checksum SHA-1 Checksum 5.0 (LRX21L) Link ea31888fc19f830a90796670a8864a5f[Read More...]

by 8:06 AM on November 5, 2014 2 comments Android Development, Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
Android 4.4.4 rollout for Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet begins bringing with it PS4 Remote Play and more

Android 4.4.4 rollout for Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet begins bringing with it PS4 Remote Play and more

The Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet are about to get an update – to Android 4.4.4. Sony has announced the update overnight, after announcing recently that the phone and tablet would receive Android 5.0 Lollipop at some stage next year. The 4.4.4 update includes a few new features, notably compatability for the PS4 Remote Play feature that Sony launched with their latest Xperia Z3 range of devices just last week. Sony has tweaked audio for the devices, offering support for hi-res audio for PCM and DSD files through the 3.5mm jack, this is on top of the USB Hi-Res[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on November 5, 2014 6 comments Carriers, OS Update, Phones
Google talks a bit about the design behind Android Lollipop

Google talks a bit about the design behind Android Lollipop

With the official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop yesterday, Google has taken to the Official Android Blog to talk a little bit about the design that went in to the latest release. As we all know, Material Design has been talked about a lot since Google I/O earlier this year, but now with Google’s apps being updated to support the new design language, we’re starting to see, touch and feel the new design, and it’s kind of pretty. For those of you hungry for news, there’s not much here, but for those wanting a bit of an understanding of how and[Read More...]

by 7:29 AM on November 4, 2014 3 comments Apps, News, OS Update
Samsung springs another Lollipop leak

Samsung springs another Lollipop leak

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 last week were treated to the knowledge their phones would, according to a source, begin seeing the Android Lollipop update for their phone around December, last month, they were treated to an 8 minute video from the folks at SamMobile, showing off Samsung’s current progress of bringing the latest version of Android to the phone with their own Touchwiz based flair on top. Today, yet another video has surfaced showing off an updated version of the Lollipop version of Touchwiz. The well connected folk over at SamMobile have put up another (shorter) video of[Read More...]

by 7:46 PM on November 1, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Is this HTC Sense 7 with Material Design?

Is this HTC Sense 7 with Material Design?

We’ve all been drooling over the release of Lollipop, Material Design and all the latest Nexus devices over the last few weeks, but now it’s time to turn our attention to HTC‘s Sense Android customisations, and how it’ll look with a Material Design-based UI overhaul. Sense 6 saw a “flatter” design over competitors like Samsung and LG‘s UI layers, so the company was already closer – in a ‘sense’, at least – to the flat design that everyone loved and Google wanted. With Sense 7, HTC seems to want to continue this trend, making their UI blend with the OS’[Read More...]

by 10:28 AM on October 29, 2014 4 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Android Lollipop to begin hitting Samsung Galaxy S5 later this year.

Android Lollipop to begin hitting Samsung Galaxy S5 later this year.

Earlier this month we were given a look at a Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android L, or Lollipop as we now know it to be called. It looks like the development is running well, because rumours are circulating that the phone will start receiving the Lollipop update fairly soon. SamMobile has been advised by one of their sources, possibly the same source who provided the hands-on video of the Lollipop build, that Samsung may be ready to begin rollouts to at least some handsets by late November or early December. This won’t be to all handsets, with carrier testing being[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on October 25, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Motorola oulines the features coming for the Moto 360 in Android Wear update 4.4W.2

Motorola oulines the features coming for the Moto 360 in Android Wear update 4.4W.2

As we reported last night, Google and LG at least are apparently rolling out Android Wear v4.4W.2 to the LG G Watch, but it’s on its way to other smartwatches, and Motorola has advised that the update will hit the Moto 360. Not only has Motorola confirmed the update, they’ve even gone into further detail on what’s included in the release, at least for the Moto 360. On their blog, Motorola has announced the list of changes, which generally matches what other Android Wear watches will receive – of course with no GPS, that part of the update isn’t mentioned,[Read More...]

by 9:35 PM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, OS Update
New update rolling out to LG G Watch bringing updated music cards and Bluetooth headset support

New update rolling out to LG G Watch bringing updated music cards and Bluetooth headset support

Google announced back in September that they would be rolling out a new update to the Android Wear platform that would bring some brand new features. According to reddit users, an update has begun hitting the LG G Watch, which brings at least a couple of the features promised. The new update, 4.4W.2 (Build KNX01Q) updates the G Watch from 4.4W.1 (Build KGW42Q). The update brings a new set of Music cards, as well as a new control interface and ability to Play Music from the menu, which you can see in the pictures below. Users who’ve received the update[Read More...]

by 8:14 PM on October 21, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

We’ve written a lot about what’s new in Android L from an end-user’s perspective, and there’s an awful lot. However, there’s a lot of changes behind the scenes as well, and while a lot of them aren’t really very interesting, this one certainly is a breath of fresh air. Google has unhooked quite a bit from the actual operating system itself, and one of the best examples of this over time has been the Play Services being removed from the core OS, and being moved into an updatable application, meaning faster updates to core Google services without needing an OS[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments OS Update