OnePlus released its first smartphone in 2014, the OnePlus One. The company is focusing on budget flagship smartphones since then. As the years pass and the company established its presence, the smartphones from OnePlus is getting better, and the price also got increased for the upcoming smartphones. This year the company launched OnePlus 7 Pro which is considered most powerful device OnePlus has launched ever, and it cost $100 more than its predecessor. However, the company is always looking to improve its hardware and software to improve its sales and ranking.
Recently, the OnePlus 7 Pro got the new OxygenOS 9.5.10 update. OnePlus 7 also received a new OxygenOS update. The OnePlus 7 Pro was supposed to updated with the latest OS but the company decided to halt the update due to a bug in tap-to-wake feature. The OxygenOS 9.4.10 update has been just rolled out with the bug fixed as well. At the same time, the OxygenOS 9.5.7 update comes to the OnePlus 7 not even a month after Oxygen 9.5.6 release. Due to this update, the phone will get many enhancements such as tune-up camera feature.
The image quality in the Pro has been improved significantly as well as the phone stitching in the Panorama mode. In addition to this, the autofocus got better and the mode switching has been sped up by OnePlus in the camera UI. When the screen is off the GPS's accuracy is better, the auto-brightness sensitivity has been improved, the wireless connectivity got faster. The OS just works amazing, the biometrics are fast and unobtrusive. The whole package of hardware and software come very nicely together. Sure the OnePlus 7 Pro has the gadgets and the polish but the OnePlus 7 is the all-rounder that is more than good in every feature. The update has been rolled out in batches so if you haven't got your update, you may have to wait for few days.
OnePlus has a reputation for mid-range smartphones but after years of keeping its budget-conscious consumers happy, the company is now moving to premium high-end flagships. OnePlus 8 Pro is its latest premium flagship smartphone starting at $899. It is one of the most expensive phones in the market right now even though it hasn't crossed the $1000 price line yet. OnePlus has been keen on its design, visual changes, and material choices. It even unveiled a concept phone that aims to showcase their evolving proficiency in colors, material, and final look and feel. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company decided to finally go for wireless charging, implementing its new 30-watt wireless warp charge, and finally adding rationality to their decision of using the fragile backing material.
Last year's model, the OnePlus 7 was considerably larger than what any user would consider comfortable. The OnePlus 8 Pro has similar weight and dimensions, but it's slightly narrow and taller. However, the display area is 6.67" diagonally to 6.68". The company opted for a punch hole at the top of the screen at its front side. This is interesting as compared to the last generation when OnePlus 7 Pro has a true full-screen display, free of instructions. Some users might find teardrop cutout in the top-center of the screen less intrusive than any hole punch.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also has new display features such as motion processing, adaptive display white balance, and SDR-to-HDR up-mapping. OnePlus partnered with a company called Pixelworks for these features, and there is a dedicated display processor in the OnePlus 8 Pro that handles them. You can read more about these features (as well as with a few others) in our separate OnePlus 8 display tech preview.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 12MP camera that results in very sharp edges, and the image processing favors aggressively high contrast and saturation. The front-facing camera is really good even in low-light conditions. However, the result may not come as the best as compared to the other rival's cameras. The handset comes with the latest OxygenOS addition with a new dark mode.
The Xiaomi Redmi K30 series was launched in the Chinese market in the first quarter of this year. The series comprises two flagship smartphones - Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom edition. Xiaomi is one of the most reliable mobile phone manufacturers and you can expect a quality product from them even when the price suddenly gets some cut. The Giztop, China's one of the most popular e-retailers, is offering Xiaomi Redmi K30 pro for a considerably lower price. The phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that was sold at $549, but you can get almost $100 discount at Giztop.
Another variant comes with 8GB RAM and offers the same 128GB internal storage. The phone comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with 1080x2400 pixels and weighs only 218g. The phone has a Gorilla Glass 5 front and back with an aluminum frame that gives it an elegant look. The device has support for Dual-SIM. The super AMOLED touchscreen can show 16M colors. The phone comes with an Android 10 operating system out of the box and powered by Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865.
The phone has a quad-camera system with a 64MP primary camera, a 5MP secondary telephoto macro camera, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP depth camera lens. For the front photography, a 20M pop-up camera capture self-portraits and video calling. The phone has a massive 4,700mAh battery and runs MIUI 11 based on Android 10. The phone is available in Neon Blue, Phantom white, electric purple, cyber gray.
Yesterday US President Donald Trump made an announcement that comes as a great surprise to Huawei users. At the ongoing G20 summit Trump said that "U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei." This is a major relief to Huawei, which was suffering from the political tension between the USA and China. He further added, "We are talking about equipment where there's no great national security problem with it. I said that's O.K., that we will keep selling that product, these are American companies that make these products. That's very complex, by the way. I've agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product so that American companies will continue."
Somehow the President of the USA and China agreed to continue the trade between the two countries. As negotiations are expected to resume on this matter, Trump says he will allow Huawei to do business with US-based companies. The relief isn't going to remove the ban on the Huawei immediately but hopefully, both parties will conduct conversations on how to remove the company's presence on the entity list soon. Mr. Trump didn't get into any particular details regarding the scope of relief, so we have to wait for the further announcement.
Nonetheless, this news comes as a major relief for the company and its stakeholders. After Trump banned the company from buying and using any services or products from US-based companies including Google, Qualcomm, and many other suspended business with Huawei. It was granted a temporary general license for a few months to prepare for the permanent ban. Because of this ban, the future of the Chinese company was in the dark. The company's sale dropped as much as 40 percent as a result of the ban. With this relief, we can expect Huawei to resume the usual operation.
The pop-up camera has evolved and there is a dual-lens pop-up camera now to elevate the quality of the pictures taken by a smartphone. Vivo is one of the brands putting a great emphasis on the pictures taken by selfie cameras. The main sell-out pint for the new Vivo V17 Pro is a motorized dual-lens selfie camera and it looks great too. The phone falls into a midrange category which means it won't be costing you a lot to have this astonishing looking phone.
The phone as an unusual 20:9 aspect ratio with the 6.44-inch display on the front. This device is much smaller than the OnePlus 7T. The back of the phone is made from glass and may need a protector over the top. There is a quad-camera setup placed vertically at the top of the body. It uses a USB type-c charging connection. The phone is about 7 ounces and a bit heavier for 2019 devices.
The phone comes in a beautiful color crystal sky, which is similar to Huawei P30 Pro's breathing crystal color. It has a high-gloss finish which may attract more female users. Other colors include crystal black and midnight ocean. The pop-up camera allows Vivo to get rid of the notch, leaving the AMOLED screen with only thin borders around it. The selfie camera has a single 32-megapixel wide-angle lens, plus an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens. It takes good pictures, although the beauty mode is quite aggressive.
There are four lenses at the rear side- - a 48-megapixel primary lens, a second 8-megapixel ultrawide, a 13-megapixel telephoto, and a 2-megapixel depth lens. Along with wide-angle and bokeh mode, there is a macro mode, a slow-motion video mode, and a night mode to try. The edit features are also good, with changes to focus on the bokeh mode, different filers, and plenty more.
The Vivo v17 pro has received an official price cut of Rs. 2000 within a month after its launch in India. It was launched in late September this year, and the price was Rs 29,990. The Vivo v17 pro is available online and offline at the same price. You can also further reduce the price with the 5% cashback offer if you buy the device online using HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank credit and debit cards, This would give users up to Rs. 1,400 discount on the new retail price. If you are looking for a premium smartphone with a budget-friendly option, Vivo V17 is your device.
The Vivo V17 Pro is a mid-range smartphone that comes with many premium features, full-display notch-less design. For the selfie camera, it uses a pop-up housing. The rear camera setup uses a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide unit, a 13-megapixel telephoto unit offering 2x optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel telephoto unit with 2x optical zoom, a 20megapixel depth assistance unit with an f/2.4 lens. The Vivo V17 Pro can shoot videos on both 4K and Full HD at 30fp. The front camera is 32-megapixel with a f/2.0 lens, and an ultra-wide angle unit with 8-megapixel sensor.
The device has a gradient color on the cover and available in the crystal black, crystal sky, and midnight ocean finish. The Vivo V17 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm snapdragon 675 SoC, coupled with 8GB RAM and has 128GB storage. The display has a wider aspect ratio, with Full HD+ resolution. For connectivity, the device uses a USB-C 2.0 port for charging and tethering, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5. There is also an under-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. The phone has a solid 4,100mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
We already published the list of officially confirmed HTC devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Among those devices, the HTC One M8 which is the 2014 flagship, the device has already got Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update with Sense 6.0 UI.
HTC will bring the Sense 7.0 UI with the Marshmallow 6.0 update to the One M8. It looks like the One M8 could get the update a bit sooner given as the update for the handset has been certified by Bluetooth SIG. As you can see in the screenshot above, the certification was issued on October,28th.
Keep in mind that we're just speculating an early arrival of the update as the Bluetooth SIG filing doesn't contains any specific date related to the roll out.
iQOO has come up with probably the cheapest 5G smartphone by the company today. The Chinese manufacturer also unveiled another smartphone called iQOO U1 but this one is 4G and has a pricing of $171. You can say that it is the most affordable phone in the company. The smartphone may sound cheap but has some great specs. For example, the phone has a punch-hole display, a massive battery, and fast-charging support.
The iQOO UI has a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a 1080x 2340 resolution. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 2.3GHz processor. You can purchase the phone with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. It comes with three rear cameras, including a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera lens, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter lens. For the front camera, it features an 8MP lens for selfies and video calling. The device is using a side-facing fingerprint scanner for security.
The iQOO UI is available in three variants in terms of memory and storage. You can purchase the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage for CNY 1,198, 6GB memory and 128GB internal storage for CNY 1,398, 8GB memory and 128GB internal storage for CNY 1,598. The phone has standard connectivity options and measures 162.05mm x 76.61mm x 8.46mm and weighs 190 grams. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port for charging. The phone is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging and OTG reverse charging. The device has three color options - secret black, star blue, and sunny forest white. The phone will go on sale in China starting July 23.
At various times this year, we told you about a tablet that is rumored to be under production by HTC. Various code names have been bandied about for this tablet, including HTC Flounder, and Volantis. But the most important name that this slate could be called, is the Nexus 9. What is interesting, is that the tablet has received its Wi-Fi certification, and according to the certificate, the operating system on the slab will be Android L.
In addition, the certificate shows that the filing was made in the "Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)" section as opposed to the Wi-Fi Only section. That would seem to indicate that HTC will be offering both a Wi-Fi only model, and a model with LTE connectivity.
The HTC tablet rumored to be the Nexus 9, is believed to have an 8.9 inch screen with resolution of 2048 x 1440. The pixel density at that combination works out to be 281ppi. A 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU is under the hood, with 2GB of RAM inside. Buyers will have the option of purchasing the model with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, with pricing at $399 and $499, respectively. This would explain the pair of SKU numbers listed on the certificate.
The rumored unannounced "HTC One M8 Eye" just got certified through the TENAA. The device is supposed to be the HTC One M8 successor.
As you can see in the images above, the HTC One M8 Eye will feature the same design as the version we already know. The only difference between the specs of the two is the 13MP rear Duo-camera that the newcomer will bring it is bound to be a significant improvement over the 4MP unit of the currently available on the Original HTC M8.
Physical measures of the upcoming device are 146 × 70.6 × 9.4 mm, while its weight tips the scale at 157 grams. Like its design, the waistline of the HTC M8 Eye matches that of the original.
Better Late than Never... Verizon's HTC One (M8) users has just received their official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update, it's still Sense 6 UI but packs a lot of performance improvements to the device. Sprint and T-mobile already got their update.
The update is available over-the-air. It brings a host of improvements to the HTC One (M8) headed by brand new ART runtime and Material Design update for the device's native applications.
Samsung's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea has been raided by the country's national prosecutors yesterday. The raid was part of the investigation that was put into place after Samsung Electronics was accused of transferring money to Choi Soon-sil via her daughter. Choi Soon-sil is a close associate/friend of President Park Geun-hye, in addition to being a religious/cult leader. She is accused of using her connection to the President to both influence politics, as well as seeking business "donations" from different organizations.
The accusation against Samsung dictates that a business which is co-owned by Choi Soon-sil and her daughter Jeong Yu-ra had received over €2.8 million/$3.1 million/£2.5 million from Samsung Electronics to fund Ms Choi's horse riding courses in Germany. Although Samsung did confirm the raid, on being prodded further regarding the matter, they opted to state "no further comment."
It seems like Samsung just can't catch a break in 2016. After the international Note 7 disaster, this political scandal will only hamper the already tarnished reputation of Samsung even further. Nevertheless, it is being investigated to see if Samsung was "victimized" through political pressure.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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We live busy lives. There's rarely a chance to properly relax. But when you find you've got ten minutes spare, and you're sick of checking Twitter and Facebook, try a quick game on your smartphone. Here's a selection of fun games including strategy, sport and puzzles that you can play when you haven't got a lot of time spare.
You'll know the classic game, no doubt, but this is a re-imagination of it for the smartphone generation. Some things haven't changed - random blocks drop down the screen and you have to align them to form solid blocks that then disappear scoring you points. But in Tetris Blitz, you've only got two minutes per game to score as many points as possible. This is a fun and fast-paced twist on the original classic and can be played when your spare time is limited.
Flick Soccer is a simple and addictive game that sees players race against the clock to kick goals, hit targets or score points in other ways. The smart and effective swipe recognition offers great functionality, allowing the user to control trajectory and giving the player a more immersive experience.
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Feeling like a quick ten-minute puzzle? Then, look no further than Dots, a game you're likely to become engrossed in as you try to quickly line up identically-colored dots. Draw a line through your dots to gather them all up, and earn bonuses by closing the loops. Each round is decided by either time or a number of moves, with your gathered dots used to gain power-ups for future games. If you've got a friend, you can challenge them to pass-and-play.
Okay, you might think it takes hours to win the big money in poker and that's probably true. But you can play for free via countless apps, some geared around real-money gambling, some made for those who just want to play for fun. With play-money apps like Appeak Poker, you can play a quick game of sit and go Texas hold'em without worrying about risking your hard-earned cash or clock-watching. There are also games like Politaire - a combination of poker and solitaire - which you can play in ten minutes too.
Not only are slot games fun, but you can also pocket some handy cash too. There are plenty of slots available on mobile devices that are easily accessible and convenient when you've only got a short space of time to play. Reliable operators also offer new customers bonus money with Android and iOS users able to access hundreds of different slots games to ensure there's often something new to enjoy.
In today's fast-moving world, our lives are so busy we get little time to relax. So if you get a few minutes to yourself, make sure you use them wisely. These great smartphone games are a good way to switch off for a few minutes when you're tired of scrolling through your social media channels.
Yesterday the European variant of the HTC One M8 got the Android 4.4.3 update with a minor GPS fix, and the Android 4.4.3 seeding continues on the Indian flavor of the HTC One M8. In addition to the new OS version, the One M8 for India gets support for 4G LTE networks, connectivity optimizations, and updates over default Sense apps Camera, Gallery, Settings and Sync Manager.
The update also improves on the BoomSond, Motion Launch and Extreme Power Saving Mode. If you are using the HTC One M8 for India, your update should be waiting for you already. It s size is about 660MB, so it will probably take a while before the download process finishes.
The Nexus rumors is increasing day after day. Today, what appears to be the Moto Nexus 6 has just gone through FCC regulations and got certified.
The FCC filing is for a 6-inch Motorola device with the model number XT1254 with support for LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, and 17, and GSM and WCDMA frequencies at 850MHz, 1700MHz, and 1900MHz. Those bands match up with AT&T and T-Mobile, which are the carriers that tend to be targeted by unlocked devices like the Nexus line.
It is also possible that this is a variant of the Moto S, which is said to be almost identical to the Nexus physically, but will carry the usual Motorola software enhancements. We're less convinced that this is the Moto S though, because the rumors have said that Verizon would get the Moto S first.
We had already seen an issue with the Nexus Player having its preorders pulled from the Google Play Store because the Android TV device hadn't passed through the FCC. But, we won't be having the same problems with the Nexus 6, because it has just gotten FCC approval, with plenty of time to spare before preorders start this Wednesday, October 29th.
There are two different models that have passed the FCC labeled with ID IHDT56QD2 and IHDT56QD1, but we can assume that they are the XT1100, which is the international variant, and the XT1103, which is the North American model, respectively.
The filings aren't labeled as Nexus devices, but come from Motorola and have the same dimensions (159.4mm x 83mm) as the Nexus 6, so it's pretty easy to make the leap. The device also shows the other wireless tech that you would expect, like Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0, NFC, and Qi wireless charging.
Last week Android 5.1 was made official and naturally made available for Google's Nexus devices. It brought many improvements over previous Lollipop builds, including a few new features, like HD voice calls and silent mode.
The Nexus 6 was one of the handsets that benefited most from the new OS version, which brought about performance improvements and fixes to the handset. That version was distributed to users in the form of an OTA, but a quick look at Google's Factory Images page, reveals that there is now another Android 5.1 build for the same device.
According to the change log, this new software does not bring any significant changes, which is also evident from its identical version number. Instead the LMY47E build comes with a new version of the radio drivers, which signifies some tweaks and changes were made in connectivity cellular, Wi-Fi or otherwise.
Today, Sprint's LG G3 is now getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop, this is definitely good news for eager US users who are waiting for it. LG is known for its speed updates as Lollipop has been around for the G3 in Europe since December last year.
The OTA Update package is already being seeded and here's its Full change-log accroding to Sprint:
- Material Design for fluid animation, multicolored themes and 3D views
- More efficient battery use
- AndroidTM TV support
- Notifications on the lock screen and customizable options with prioritized notifications for events, reminders, messages and calls
- Updated Lock Screen features allow users to quickly access notifications and active apps
- Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities for added Accessibility
- Integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities
- Enhanced Messaging with Google Hangouts support for SMS and MMS and a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons
- Upgraded Google Mobile ServiceTM apps automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files
Reports online suggests that Sony's upcoming flagship smartphone, Sony Xperia Z4 might have been certified by the FCC in the US. It turns out that a unknown Sony smartphone has just visited the agency wearing very little identification. FCC papers show that the device supports LTE bands 2, 5 and 7, which gives away nothing special about the handset.
The latest rumored specs for the Sony Xperia Z4 include two different variations of the phone. A model carrying a 5.2-inch screen with resolution of 1440 x 2560 features a pixel density of 565ppi. Another model with a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 resolution screen offers a pixel density of 424ppi. Both models are equipped with a 64-bit octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor.
In the states, the device will come with 4GB of RAM; in Europe and Asia, the phone will feature 3GB of the stuff. A 20.7MP snapper adorns the back of the handset, while a 5MP "selfie" camera will be found in the front. The 3400mAh battery will keep the lights on, and Android 5.0 will be pre-installed. IP68 certification means that the phone can survive contact with dust and water. The device will be offered in white, black, blue and silver.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available on only some parts of Asia. The device International launch should happen during this month. However, this doesn't stop the Android developer community from Rooting it... Yes, the Note 4 Root is Now Available from Chainfire.
The root method currently works on the following Galaxy Note 4 variants SM-N910C and SM-N910U with Exynos 5433 and the SM-N9106W launched in China with the Snapdragon 805 chipset. The root package is the classic Cf Auto Root method known for a while.
Another piece of good news is that Chainfire promised that as more firmware versions of the Note 4 get available, they'll get rooted. However, Verizon and AT&T variants of the phablet will be harder to root, as carriers have incorporated various methods that are hard to work around.
Motorola finally release a system update for it's latest Android-Wear Smartwatch, A number of Moto 360 owners have received a system update that leaves the version number the same. The update fix some bugs along with some Bluetooth connectivity enhancements (this is very important for smartphone pairing) and simply tweaks a few things that don't apply to other watches.
Here the change-log of What's new in the Moto 360 [KGW42R Firmware Update]:
- Bluetooth connectivity: Improved Bluetooth connectivity between the watch and phone to reduce momentary disconnects experienced by some users.
- Charging notification: Added a message to confirm that Moto 360 is charging in cases when its battery is fully depleted.
- Bug fixes: Implemented bug fixes and other system optimizations.
Motorola is definitely working on a successor to its last year's Moto 360 rounded smartwatch. The new wearable may even be offered in two different sizes, just like what Apple did. Today a few images have been leaked showing the new model in the wild, on people's wrists actually.
Although it bears quite a resemblance to its predecessor, including that 'flat tire' for the screen, this is the next generation Moto 360 and you can tell because of the position of its button. On the original this was placed at the 3 o'clock mark, while this time around Motorola's moved it to 2 o'clock for whatever reason.
These shots allegedly come from around Chicago, an area in which Motorola has its US headquarters. So these may be company employees testing the device.
As before, it looks like Motorola will bet big on customization. These pictures show two different versions of the 360, an all-black one with leather strap, and another with a Rose Gold casing and Cognac band.
Although dated, the Galaxy Note Edge is the only available Note smartphone in the market right now to sport a curved display or an Edge screen. It isn't curved on both the sides unlike the Note 7, but it does sport some of the same functionalities, the S-Pen and a gorgeous 5.6-inch 1600p Super AMOLED panel nevertheless. Therefore, we are happy that Samsung has decided to launch a maintenance update for the device, loaded with the October SMR update as well. As usual, it is only available to the unlocked versions of the smartphone in the Europe. Check out some of the key improvements which the 364MB update will bring to the Note Edge, below.
Improvements in stability, battery performance and better memory management
Multiple bug fixes and introduction of brand new features
Android's October Security Maintenance Release update from Google
Although this is good news for the owners of the Galaxy Note Edge, we feel that this one might also be the last official update that we will see from Samsung for both the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Note 4, given that these two aged devices have now come to an end of their two year software support timeline that Samsung usually offers to its products.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is about to make its international debut and already the company is issuing the first software update for the device. The firmware number of the latest update is XXU1ANJ4 and at 36MB it is quite small.
That's because it's quite specific and aims at improving battery performance as well as overall stability. Galaxy Note 4's battery does excellently with an endurance rating of 87 hours. With the latest update though, you should expect the Galaxy Note 4 to do even better than that.
Samsung is already distributing the update to all Galaxy Note 4 units and expect it to become instantly available as soon as the phone launches in its respective markets. In the UK, Samsung recently announced the phone will be delayed until October,17th and it will cost £575 off-contract.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners in Germany and Greece boasted about receiving a 137MB update for the phablet. While the file size seems substantial, this is a minor update that doesn't have a change log and only comes with the promise of stability and improved performance.
The build is numbered N910FXXU1ANK4 and it should be spreading across the rest of Europe as we speak. The software build is dated November 17, 2014. Here are the firmware details, in case you're curious:
- Model: SM-N910F
- Model name: GALAXY Note 4
- Country: Germany
- Version: Android 4.4.4
- Changelist: 3311829
- Build date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:21:39 +0000
- Product Code: DBT
- PDA: N910FXXU1ANK4
- CSC: N910FOXA1ANK4
- MODEM: N910FXXU1ANK4
For one reason or another Poland has been chosen as the Lollipop testing ground and the Galaxy S5 is receiving its 2nd Lollipop update. This one patches up issues found in the first version which includes Stability and Performance Enhancements along with some reported bug fixes for the most part.
You can update over the air (Settings > About > Software update) or you can use Samsung Kies. Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) owners can also download the firmware and flash it themselves, though at this point it will probably be smarter to wait for the official rollout.
The new update weighs in at 371MB and has the following PDA number G900FXXU1BNL7. An official changelog is not available.
Good News for our UK fans, Samsung's Official Samsung Galaxy S5 official Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now Rolling-out in the United Kingdom. Currently, only Unlocked users got the update but other major UK carriers (O2, Three, Vodafone) will get the same update pretty soon.
The update is based on Android 5.0 (LRX21T), not Android 5.0.2 (LRX22G). Samsung already pushed the new Android build to devices in Poland, Spain, and South Korea.
Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a host of improvements to Samsung Galaxy S5. The OS is TouchWiz-ed, so the user experience will not be dramatically different from the one in version 4.4. However, thanks to the brand new ART runtime, users will feel a noticeable improvement in the responsiveness of the device.
• Model: SM-G900F
• Model name: GALAXY S5
• Country: United Kingdom
• Version: Android 5.0 [LRX21T]
• Changelist: 3624618
• Build date: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:18:56 +0000
• Product Code: BTU
• PDA: G900FXXU1BOA3
• CSC: G900FOXA1BOA4
• MODEM: G900FXXU1BOA3
After a long wait, Verizon is now Rolling-out the Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update for it's Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910V) users in the all across the US.
The Update is available Over-the-air (OTA) and it will be a staged roll-out, which means you will have to wait few days get the update notifications. If you don't want to wait, you can try to manually check by going to Settings > About phone > Software updates.
Android 5.0.1 Lollipop brings many new features and lots of User Interface changes to the Note 4. Your battery will need to be at least half full to initiate the procedure, and you are required to have at least 1.7GB of free space available. After applying the update, you'll be on build [LRX22C . N910VVRU1BOAF].
Surprisingly, T-Mobile's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925T) got an Over-the-air (OTA) update to the recently released Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Google published the Android 5.1.1 factory image only a week ago, this could be the fastest OTA update for Samsung in the records so far!
Android 5.1.1 Update
The Update was posted in XDA forums by a member who got the update and installed it on his device, only to find out its the Android build 5.1.1. After the update the device feels a lot faster and snappier as the member described. The update hasn't rolled-out to any other Galaxy S6 Edge variant yet.
This Firmware build was only a 2 days ago (April,28th 2015), this means this might be a test release. The same update will also come to the Samsung Galaxy S6 too, there is no ETA yet but it looks like it won't take long. The Update also carry the fix for the Memory Leak bug that was reported before to Google.
Samsung Guest Mode
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Lollipop 5.1.1 update enables the "Guest Mode" for the device. This feature will allow any of your friends or family members to use your phone without access to your personal files and social accounts (Facebook, Google, Twitter.. etc). This is a new major feature that was added to the Lollipop firmware, we hope it will be available to all other Lollipop-running Samsung devices very soon.
The XDA member also uploaded a video showing his Galaxy S6 edge booting up with the kernel version and Android version 5.1.1 appearing, which confirms this is a legitimate build. We will upload the official Galaxy S6 Edge 5.1.1 Lollipop Firmware in our YouFirmware section Here. The Video showing te update is below!
Samsung Galaxy A3 (SM-A300F) has already got an official update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop few days ago in Russia but that was only a Test release.
Today, Samsung is rolling-out a New Lollipop 5.0.2 firmware build for the Galaxy A3 Russian variant (SER). The New Lollipop Firmware version is "A300FXXU1BOD9" and weights 838.73 MB in size which is freshly build as its build date is "29th,April 2015".
(OLD Firmware version was A300FXXU1BOD5 and weights about 852.88 MB which hints for a lighter update)
This is the final Lollipop release for the Galaxy A3 (SM-A300F) which contains various bug fixes, performance enhancements, stability improvements and better Network connection. Currently the Update has started rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) and via KIES in Russia, Other regions will get the same firmware update in the upcoming weeks.
If you don't want to wait you can manually download the official Lollipop 5.0.2 Firmware for the Galaxy A3 from our YouFirmware section below.
NEW! Galaxy A3 Lollipop Firmware Details:
- Model Name: Galaxy A3
- Model: SM-A300F
- Country: Russia (SER)
- Firmware Version: A300FXXU1BOD9
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.0.2
- Build Date: April 29, 2015
- Changelist: 518724
- PDA: A300FXXU1BOD9
- CSC: A300FOXY1BOD9
Samsung Galaxy A3 (SM-A300F) has already got a New official update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop build few days ago in Russia. Now, Samsung is rolling-out the same Lollipop 5.0.2 update in Malaysia. The update is Available Over-the-air and via KIES, the OTA update size is about 850 MB.
This is the final Lollipop release for the Galaxy A3 (SM-A300F) which contains various bug fixes, performance enhancements, stability improvements and better Network connection.
If you don't want to wait you can manually download the official Lollipop 5.0.2 Firmware for the Galaxy A3 from our YouFirmware section below.
Galaxy A3 Lollipop Firmware Details:
- Model Name: Galaxy A3
- Model: SM-A300F
- Country: Malaysia (XME)
- Firmware Version: A300FXXU1BOED
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.0.2
- Build Date: June 01, 2015
- Changelist: 512684
- PDA: A300FXXU1BOED
- CSC: A300FOLB1BOF1
Don't forget to use our ODIN3 Tutorial to learn how to manually flash the Firmware above into your Samsung device safely and easily.
The Galaxy A5 may not be the most premium smartphone on Samsung's roster, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from rolling out this month's patch to the model. It is really nice to see Samsung sending out the December patch so early for a change, but at the same time, we were surprised to know that the Galaxy A5 (2016) was the device to get it before every other model. Not that Samsung always maintains a hierarchical list when sending security patches though, because that's reserved mostly for major updates like OS upgrades.
The security patch comes in with firmware version A510FXXU4CQL1 and at roughly 200MB, so be sure to hook it up to your Wi-Fi before trying to download the OTA package. In addition to the fixes which every December update carries for all Android powered smartphones, it will reportedly also bring improved charging stability and smoother performance. If you are one of the users who have been experiencing Wi-Fi related issues with their A5 (2016) since the October update, do let us know if this fixes anything. Although the news reports are currently coming in from Netherlands only, we are sure that more regions will be getting the same update soon.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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