Although there hasn't yet been any official confirmation to this, reports suggest that the Galaxy J3 (2016) and the Galaxy S5 mini will receive their Android M updates sooner than later. In fact, the update has been due for a while now as the versions released in the US and South Korea were launched with Android Marshmallow 6.0 right out of the box.
The Galaxy S5 Mini was released way back in 2014 and back then, it was launched with Android KitKat 4.4.2 inside. It was upgraded to Lollipop 5.1.1 by Samsung in 2015 but there is one more major upgrade that the handset is entitled to. According to one of SamMobile's reports, the Marshmallow firmware for the S5 mini was seen at the Wi-Fi Alliance recently.
All its major smartphones from 2014 - 2016 have either been already updated to Android 6.0.1 by the Korean OEM or is in the process being updated, but one cannot help but feel that some of them are arriving a bit later than they should have. The Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A8 are some of the other models that are still awaiting an upgrade to Marshmallow and hopefully, that wait won't stretch much longer than it already has.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
If you have been following us then you probably already know that the release date of the upcoming Galaxy S8 has been a cause for much confusion recently. Initially, we were almost convinced that Samsung had no plans to deviate from its usual schedule of launching the S-series of smartphones at the Mobile World Congress, but a new report informed us that Samsung has decided to delay the date of revelation to April. The event will supposedly be a Samsung-exclusive event, held in New York on April 17. However, another report came in straight out of Korea which claimed that Samsung will indeed be showing off the Galaxy S8 at the MWC, albeit with a handful of units.
Amidst all this confusion, Korea has managed to produce yet another "report," which is now stating that Samsung will indeed be delaying the Galaxy S8 till April, but it will be launched on the 15th of April, rather than on the 17th. Which one do you think is the right date? Check out the links to read the individual reports and let us know what you think.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Locking and unlocking a smartphone is something we do almost subconsciously at this point. However, this doesn't mean the process doesn't feel tedious at times. The processors and sensors inside our handsets our so powerful, why can't they simply lock and unlock the device as we take it out of out pocket?! After all, if we're taking it out, it is dead obvious that 90% of the time we intend to use it, and the other 10% we may leave it on a table, or to charge, or whatever.
While smartphone manufacturers haven't worked in this automated functionality yet, Android developers have. Meet Pocket Lock, an app that's designed to do exactly what we described unlock your device when you take it out of your pocket, and lock it when you leave it in your pocket.
You can also have the app lock and unlock stuff as you wave your hand in front of it, or flip the phone upside down. Just Download the App and Switch "Pocket Mode" ON. Get the App from the Play Store link below, It's Free!
As the new year is almost upon us and Google has officially released Android Nougat 7.1.1, let us now take a quick look at when and if your device is going to get upgraded to the latest and greatest OS from Google.
Timeline: No confirmation yet, but the roll outs should start in early 2017.
Eligible devices: Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge +. More might be added later on.
Timeline: Q4, 2016
Eligible devices: HTC One A9, HTC One M9, HTC 10.
Timeline: Roll outs have already started for the LG G5 (South Korea) and will continue well into 2017.
Eligible devices: LG G4, LG G5, LG V20.
Timeline: The rollouts have already begun from December, 2016.
Eligible handsets: Sony Xperia Z3+, Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia X Compact, Sony Xperia XA, Sony Xperia XA Ultra, Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia XZ.
Timeline: Already out and rolling.
Eligible devices: Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P, Google Nexus Player, Google Pixel C, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL.
Timeline: Early to mid 2017
Eligible devices: Priv, DTEK50, DTEK60.
Timeline: Depending on your location and your handset, it could have already arrived back in November.
Eligible devices: Moto Droid Turbo 2, Moto Droid Maxx 2, Moto X Force, Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G 4th Generation, Moto G Plus 4th Generation, Moto G Play 4th Generation, Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play, Moto Z Play Droid.
Timeline: No confirmation, but it is expected to be in early 2016.
Eligible devices: Honor 8, Mate 8, Mate 9. P9-series.
Timeline: No confirmation yet.
Eligible devices: OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T.
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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
With all that's going on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's exploding batteries and the iPhone 7's somewhat disappointing unveiling, there is a perfect market for LG to introduce its flagship V20 smartphone to the consumers now. The chances of LG seeing a much better sales number with the V20 than it did with the V10 or the G5 is pretty high because at least a portion of the consumers looking to buy a new flagship device would be tempted to try out a premium device from a reputed company that has kept the 3.5mm jack and doesn't blow up while charging (hopefully!). Unfortunately, there is no definite news about the smartphone's availability, except the fact that it is expected to be released near the end of 2016.
This has been confirmed that the LG V20 will be the first smartphone in the world to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Have a look at some of its other prominent features and decide for yourself if you should hold on from upgrading for just a little while longer.
Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS panel
Dual rear cameras: 16mp sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 8mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.
Front camera: 5mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/1.9 aperture
Audio: Quad DAC technology for enhanced audio output via the speakers and the bundled Bang & Olufsen headphones
Battery: 3200 mAh Li-ion battery that's removable
Chipset and RAM: Qualcomm MSM8996 (SD 820) with 4GB of RAM
The only two things we did not like about the V20 so far are the 3200mAh battery which could have been slightly larger and the lack of water-resistance that both the Note 7 and the iPhone 7 has. Other than that, the LG V20 looks to be a solid smartphone and it might be a smart move if the Korean OEM pushed the device a little earlier than rumoured.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)