Finally, Samsung broke its silent about it's biggest announcement this year. An official Samsung's Senior Executive has been quoted in Korean media, confirming that the company's next flagship, Galaxy S6, will indeed be announced at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona on March,2nd.
The Korean giant will be releasing the Galaxy S6 in two variants, Regular and Edge. The MWC 2015 event will gather all the big names in the Android market and will see a lot of flagships revealing.
Stay tuned for our MWC 2015 full coverage on the Samsung event.
Great News for M8 users... HTC UK has just officially confirmed that the company's previous flagship device, HTC One M8, will get the Official Android 5.1 Lollipop Update with Sense 7.0 UI in August,2015 which is only 4 months away.
@JKMcCloskey Hey James, the HTC One M8 will have a Software Update for Android Version 5.1 and Sense 7 in August 2015 :)— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) April 29, 2015
HTC UK made this announcement regarding the unlocked variant of the HTC One (M8) via its official twitter account.
After this update the device will pack the same exact HTC One (M9) User Interface which includes major improvements is that you can change the grip app switcher to stock Lollipop style. App reshuffling, some new widgets, BlinkFeed updates and other changes are also part of the update.
I heard you all on M7 5.1 for Carrier versions. Many of the fixes are already in our current SW, but understand your concerns. Stay tuned.— Mo Versi (@moversi) March 20, 2015
In other hands, HTC product manager "Mo Versi" has also confirmed via his own twitter account that Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the company's first one flagship, HTC One (M7) too. It's not clear if the 3-years old device will get Sense 7.0 UI along with the new Lollipop build or not.
HTC annouced that it will release Sense 7.0 UI for the One M8 with Android M update instead of Lollipop 5.1.1 Update - More Info Here
HTC has already confirmed that its latest flagship, HTC One M9 and One M9+ will get official Android M update later this year.
Today, HTC's VP of product Mo Versi, has confirmed via its twitter account that the HTC One M8 will get the upcoming official Android M update.
@sonsonnetwork @HTCUSA Thanks Pierrette! Appreciate your support. Yes, the M8 will receive the M OS update.— Mo Versi (@moversi) June 30, 2015
Whatever the new version gets called Marshmallow, Muffin, or M&Ms last year's HTC flagship will be basking in its under-the-hood and over the top improvements at some point, after Google releases the source code to manufacturers in the fall.
Toy Story is coming back for another installment "Toy Story 4", and original film director John Lasseter is on board to direct. The film will be released on June 16th, 2017. This is exciting, if trepidatious news for fans of Pixar and the series: Pixar has increasingly relied on sequels for big hits, while creating great new properties has been put on the back burner.
It's likely that Pixar's move toward sequels is in part a result of being owned by Disney, which would rather see Pixar continue to mine its most successful properties of which Toy Story is perhaps the most loved.
Lasseter tells the LA Times that Toy Story 4 will be a love story that picks up where the previous film left off with Andy giving his toys to a young girl named Bonnie. The story is being created by Lasseter alongside Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Story 3, Pete Docter, the director of Up, and Andrew Stanton, the director of Finding Nemo so this is truly coming from a team of Pixar all stars. They have also all worked on prior Toy Story films.
The Wall Street Journal today is reporting that Google will launch a 5.9-inch Nexus smartphone sometime later this month. Of course, this is what we've been hearing for quite a while now, so the report is far from being surprising but it's still good to see more reliable sources confirming the arrival of a new Nexus.
As mentioned many times before, the upcoming device codenamed Shamu is manufactured by Motorola, and will be the most advanced Nexus handset yet.
Its 5.9-inch display will have 1440 x 2560 pixels, while other features should include a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB RAM, 12 MP rear camera, and a 3200 mAh battery.
Inside source on Google officially confirmed to Forbes that Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9 will launch via a Blog post today (October 15th) using the company's official Android Blog. According to the Source, Google decided not to make a big revealing event because Android L is still not ready for release. Both devices will will be available for purchase on November,3rd.
The source also reaffirms many of the rumoured specifications for the new Nexus tablet. Including the 8.9 inch 2048×1440 display, a 64-bit NVidia processor and Kepler GPU, and 8MP rear facing and 3MP front facing cameras. The new tablet will also benefit from HTC's work with Boomsound, as it will feature two front facing speakers. There is also mention of a brushed aluminium frame, rather than a solid metal design.
The 16GB HTC Nexus 9 is expected to retail for $399, while the 32GB variant, which also has LTE, will cost $499. Google is also reportedly going to sell a magnetic stand-case as an accessory for the tablet.
The Moto Nexus 6 is said to go up for pre-order on the 17th of October, and will be available for purchase on November 3rd. While this seems like a large delay, it would give Google time to put some extra polish on Android L. No price annouced yet for the Nexus 6.
LG announced its plans on Updating its Latest flagship LG G3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop. LG German Facebook account has revealed that they will be looking to get the update out at some point in the fourth quarter, which is just another way to say by the End of 2014, which hints to a late December release.
Of course, that doesn't mean anyone and everyone will have the upgrade by then. This is likely the estimate for unlocked versions of the handset. Carrier-specific models will no doubt be subject to a bit of a delay and might stretch the timeline for many of you into 2015.
LG also confirmed plans to bring the upgrade to the LG G2, though they didn't have a solid date or window of time to commit to you'll simply be getting it "later" than the G3 crowd. We haven't gotten a taste of what Lollipop life on LG's handsets would be like but we imagine we'll have a better look as we inch toward the end of the calendar year.
After too many rumors and teasers, LG Korea confirmed that its upcoming flagship, LG G4 will hit the stores on May,31st or at least in the company's home market.
LG also announced it will offer free screen replacement and free 64GB microSD card for all those who pre-order the G4 in Korea. As you might know LG is also running a LG G4 trial program in few countries to let a select group of people try out the phone before it officially launches.
LG G4 is set to arrive with a 5.5-inch True HD IPS display of QHD resolution and made from Corning Gorilla Glass 4, sporting the Snapdragon 808 chipset, it will pack 3GB of RAM with 32GB on-board storage. The company has been harping about the 16MP rear snapper with f/1.8 aperture for clicking wide-angle images.
We all still waiting for the final version of the Android 5.0 Lollipop to be released, so that manufactures can start preparing for their OTA updates.
Today, Google officially announced that "Android Lollipop Day" is November,3rd... This day will be the day we see the official Final version of the Android 5.0 Lollipop Images. Google announced that via an Email to Google developers:
Starting November 3rd, Nexus 9 will be the first device available to consumers that will run Android 5.0. Therefore, it is a great time to publish on Google Play, once you've updated and tested your app. Even if your apps target earlier versions of Android, take a few moments to test them on the Android 5.0 system images, and publish any updates needed in advance of the Android 5.0 rollout.
Samsung is currently rolling-out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 3. Today, we got even more good news for their older brother, Samsung Poland has officially confirmed that the Galaxy Note 2 will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update via a tweet from their official account.
Samsung Poland that their official exec. confirmed this info, but currently there is no info about the release date of the Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update yet. Hopefully, it will start rolling-out as soon as next month (March), and will pack the same features as the Note 3 update.
@immichal Yes, our spokesman confirmed today at #GZR, that the Galaxy Note 2 will receive the update. But we have no further information.— Samsung Polska (@SamsungPolska) February 11, 2015
Stay tuned and keep watching our official Updates page Here for latest news.
Samsung has already rolled-out its Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S4 I9500 and some of it variants. We were awaiting for the Galaxy S4 mini I9515 Lollipop update confirmation for more than 2 months now, Today we've got some bad news for all S4 mini users. UK Carrier, Three, has just officially received a confirmation from Samsung that the Android 5.0 Lollipop Update for the Galaxy S4 mini has been Canceled due to Memory Limitation.
@barbs_paul Sorry for the delay in replying Paul. There's no plans for Lollipop for the S4 mini due to memory limitation. >DD— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) April 24, 2015
YouMobile team reached out to ThreeUKSupport via twitter and they confirmed that non of the S4 mini variants will get the Lollipop update. Just to remind you, the S4 mini packs a 8GB internal memory (only 5 GB available for the user) along with 1.5 GB RAM (Only 768-900MB available for the user).
@YouMobile Hi there. Yes we've received confirmation from Samsung that this is due to a memory limitation with this device...— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) April 24, 2015
Samsung considered this specifications as "limited" and won't be able to provide a smooth Lollipop experience for the users of the S4 mini. However, Samsung France has already confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop update is coming to Galaxy S5 mini variant during the Q2,2015 period (April - May - June). Stay tuned for more Info!
ThreeIreland just announced via its official Twitter (replying to a user query) that its Galaxy S4 mini official Android 5.0 Lollipop update is Approved and on its way, the Carrier explained that its UK firm updates is different from theirs and they have "Approved" the update version they got from Samsung after testing.
@debbiebabes Hi Debbie, good news, that update has been approved and has started to roll out so you should receive it in the coming weeks.— Three Ireland Online (@ThreeCare) April 24, 2015
You can also check the Official Samsung updates Page for the latest Lollipop updates status and Firmwares.
Samsung already released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Tab S family last month and also the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 today. What about the Galaxy Tab 4 family ?
Well, T-Mobile's official website has just confirmed that Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Update is currently in under Manufacturer Development which means the update hits the "In-Development" stage.
This confirms that Samsung is currently working on developing the Lollipop update for the Galaxy Tab 4 family, this is good news for the Tab 4 users. We currently have no info which of the Tab 4 family will get the update first (Tab 4 7.0 - Tab 4 8.0 - Tab 4 10.1) but they all will receive the same update.
The Update will be very similar to the one on the Galaxy Tab S, including a New TouchWiz UI for tablets with Material Design, New Notifications panels, New lock-screen, improved muti-tasking mode along with various bug fixes and performance improvements.
Stay tuned and Follow our Samsung Official Updates Page for Latest Info.
Galaxy Tab 4 Lollipop Firmwares
We have posted few days ago that SamsungSpain and SamsungDenmark has confirmed the Galaxy Note 2 official Android 5.0 Lollipop Update, few days back SamsungGulf denied it on twitter... so which is right ?
Today, SamsungGulf has confirmed and clarified on its official twitter account that the Middle-eastern variant of the Galaxy Note 2 will NOT be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the Arab Gulf Region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE.. etc). Other regions won't be affected by this.
@KamilSabry أهلاً بك ، نأسف لن يتم إصدار تحديث Lollipop للجهاز Note 2 في دول الخليج شكراً لك— Samsung Gulf (@SamsungGulf) May 6, 2015
Tweet Translation from Arabic to English:
"Welcome, we will not be issuing the Lollipop update for the Note 2 devices in the Gulf States, thank you"
This means that not all regions will get the Note 2 Lollipop 5.0 update, this is bad news for Galaxy Note 2 users in the Middle-east. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated with the latest news on this.
Samsung is already rolling-out the Latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S6 , Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S5. Now, it's the ALPHA's turn. We got reports indicates that the Korean giant is preparing to release the same update for various mid-range devices and high-end devices too, as we reported before.
Further more, Samsung France has confirmed through its official twitter that the Samsung Galaxy ALPHA (SM-G850) official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is "Ready for Deployment", which means that the update status is "Pending" and will start rolling-out in the upcoming weeks.
@Vito4503 Deployment is underway on #GalaxyAlpha, it now depends on your operator!— Samsung FR (@SamsungFR) June 18, 2015
@Vito4503 Absolutely! This must be imminent for yours, thank you for your patience :)— Samsung FR (@SamsungFR) June 19, 2015
SamsungFR said that the Galaxy ALPHA 5.1 update imminent and it will depend on the user's carrier, as the all the OTA updates are rolled-out in waves region-by-region.
Samsung Galaxy ALPHA Lollipop 5.1.1 Update will pack RAW support for Camera API, better connectivity (4G and WI-Fi), performance enhancements and various bug fixes to increase the overall stability of TouchWiz UI.
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