Good News, just few hours ago Samsung released the official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the T-Mobile Galaxy S5 variant (SM-G900T) with lots of new features and bug fixes. We got confirmation that the same update will start Rolling-out to Unlocked International Galaxy S5 variants (SM-G900x) in the next few weeks starting from July,2015.
The Lollipop 5.1.1 Update brings RAW support and new API to the Galaxy S5 camera, improved user interface, performance and stability enhancements along with various bug fixes. As always, the update will start rolling-out in waves region-by-region so it will take long time to be available to all variants, regions and carriers.
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Even though it's a bit early to be throwing around comparisons as both the phones are far from being unveiled or even cited at a benchmarking app or two, here are a few things we can intelligently guess about them.
It would be particularly hard to recommend someone a Samsung smartphone after the embarrassing episode that Samsung just had with the Note 7. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the number one name in the smartphone business will bounce back with the S8. Having said so, the iPhone 8 will still win in this respect as they do not have any proven cases of multiple exploding phones yet.
It is always hard to predict just how powerful Apple's next chip is going to be and in spite of having seemingly less resources on pen and paper, the Apple iPhone 7 did blow the S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 out of the water in benchmarking tests like AnTuTu and Geekbench. Therefore, the iPhone 8 might just have an edge here over the S8.
This is a tough one as both the manufacturers usually endow their flagship smartphones with awesome cameras. However, the S7 did sport a slightly better rear camera this year when compared to the iPhone 7, so we will give this one to the S8.
The iPhone 7 is a beautiful device and many Android smartphones have been and continue to be "inspired" by the Apple iPhones. Samsung flagship grade smartphones on the other hand have recently been producing beautiful smartphones with curved displays. The preference will depend largely on the individual, so we will refrain from a judgement on this one.
The carrier will start accepting Pre-orders for both devices starting from April,1st and will start shipping by late April.
Verizon hasn't announced pricing details just yet, but it's probably going to offer the S6 starting at $199.99 with a new two-year contract, and the S6 edge from $299.99 with the same arrangement. We'll surely find out more details pretty soon, since we're only about three weeks away from the starting point of the pre-orders.
HTC users are eagerly waiting for their Lollipop 5.1.1 Update, especially the HTC One M9 owners who bought the company's latest expensive flagship.
Luckily, HTC's VP Mo Versi shared on Twitter today that the official Android 5.1 Lollipop Update is coming to HTC One M9 starting with Sprint's variant.
HTC One (M9) Sprint Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/1!— Mo Versi (@moversi) June 29, 2015
The Lollipop 5.1.1 OTA update will bring better RAM management, some improvements to the camera, performance improvements along with various bug fixes and stability improvements to Sense 7.
Good News for M9 users, Mo Versi, HTC's VP of product management announced via his twitter account that AT&T HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update will start rolling-out OTA (Over-the-air) today.
HTC One (M9) AT&T Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/15!!— Mo Versi (@moversi) July 14, 2015
HTC's Android 5.1 update will pack data performance, call drop enhancements, various bug fixes and Battery life improvements.
Even more importantly, the camera of the HTC One M9 has received a number of optimizations with the update. The temperature management of the device has also been tweaked in order handle that Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset better.
Rumors about Nokia coming back to the smartphone market is confirmed. It's True, Nokia will make a strong return to the Market with a line-up of Android smartphones Next year (2016).
Nokia sold its device business to Microsoft a year ago and it signed a non-compete clause preventing the company from producing smartphones under the Nokia brand until December 31, 2015 and feature phones under the Nokia brand for a decade.
Nokia used wisely these non-compete clauses and outed the powerful Nokia N1 tablet early this year. The N1 is designed by Nokia, including its Z Launcher for Android, but the rights for the branding, manufacturing, marketing and distributions were licensed to Foxconn.
The President of Nokia China confirmed Nokia is working on Android powered smartphones, which will be probably manufactured in factories in Sichuan, China and will be launched in 2016. He also sheds some light on company's future the Nokia's R&D center will permanently relocate to Sichuan, China.
HTC promised to update its flagships within 90 days of receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop source code from Google, released November 3rd. That makes the beginning of February the self-imposed deadline for HTC to deliver, but it seems that the flagship One M8 will do one better even.
On a closed London event HTC has confirmed that it will start rolling-out the Lollipop update January 3rd, and several other sources have corroborated the claim, it seems, adding HTC One to the mix, too.
With a brand new, 64-bit Lollipop should come a brand new Material Design-inspired HTC Sense interface. Right, said HTC, and rolled up its sleeves. What you are seeing above, are purported screenshots from a test HTC One M8 running a Lollipop build, with the eventual new HTC Sense interface. All that jazz, together with the improved notification system and other new Lollipop features will be hitting your HTC flagship less than a month from now, if this report holds water.
Before the faulty batteries in some of them started to explode, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a much loved handset that was definitely one of the top contenders for being the phone of the year. However, as Samsung has managed to locate and address the issue in their new batch of Note 7 smartphones, they will resume with the sales from September 28 in South Korea. The company hopes to replace/refund a large percentage of the older models by that time and is confident that in time, all of the old devices will be safely recalled back to the manufacturer.
The date on which the Note 7 will be made available for purchase in other nations around the world has not exactly been pointed out by Samsung yet, but it shouldn't take much longer now that the replacements are almost ready to be shipped. What remains to be seen is the impact that this incident will have on the sales figure of the new Notes. Even though Samsung has vouched that the new smartphones are completely safe, will enough customers believe them in a market filled with powerful flagship grade options from various competing manufacturers? We will soon find out.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Foldable displays were showcased by Samsung earlier but smartphones based on that technology never really hit the market in 2016 as many expected them to. The famous Samsung Project Valley is supposedly a development that involves the task of building a foldable smartphone. Rumors surrounding it suggested in 2015 that Samsung will launch their first foldable smartphone in January, 2016. As that did not happen, the rumors had come down a few notches since.
New life was breathed into the rumors when a fresh report from South Korea came in a while ago. It suggested that Samsung will start the production of foldable displays on an industrial scale by the end of 2016 itself. It also adds that these displays are for a device that will be powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 or 820, along with 3GB of RAM. Apparently, the 7-inch tablet-sized display of the device will turn into a more manageable 5-inch one when necessary and vice-versa.
There are quite a few leaked pictures from Project Valley that gives us a an impression of what this device might look like when it comes out, but the originality of those snaps are not beyond doubt. Nonetheless, we will hopefully know what exactly is going on in a few months time.
Samsung announced earlier today it has began mass producing its latest 6Gb LPDDR3 Mobile DRAM chips. They're made using the 20nm manufacturing process and are designed with high performance smartphones and tablets in mind by achieving data transfer rates of up to 2,133Mbps.
A 3GB LPDDR3 package can now be made using four 6Gb LPDDR3 chips is 20% smaller and consumes 10% less energy than existing 3GB packages such as the one found in the Galaxy Note 4. The 20nm process also results in 30% productivity gain compared to the 30nm process.
"Our new 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 DRAM provides the most advanced mobile memory solution for the rapidly expanding high-performance mobile DRAM market," - Jeeho Baek, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics.
If there's something even the greatest critique of Samsung will admit, then that would be the fact that the Korean company simply makes the best display panels in the mobile industry. In fact its display department is so strong that it is literally making billions from the competition (read Apple) by selling them their OLED panels! In a recent news post by The Investor, Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is about to become another OLED customer for Samsung Display. This doesn't really come as surprise given the monopoly that Samsung holds in the mobile OLED panel manufacturing industry.
If the report is true then the Xiaomi Mi 7 will feature a 6.01-inch OLED panel supplied by Samsung, but whether or not it will be a QHD display is something that is unclear at this time. The shipment order at the moment stands at 3.2 (1 million in the first month, followed by the rest in the next) million units approximately, which should start reaching Xiaomi's manufacturing units by December 2017 -January 2018. This agreement is reportedly a result of the deal between Xiaomi and LG for 5.49-inch OLED panels breaking due to operational delays on LG's part.
Via: The Investor
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
One thing commonly associated with airports and holidays abroad are delays. Everyone has heard or been involved in a holiday nightmare where they or someone they know has been stuck in major queues at the airport as they get set to jet off to warmer climes. What people really want is to get to the airport and breeze through quickly, without delay, so that they can start their holiday stress free. This could become a realistic possibility thanks to a revolutionary new mobile app available for smartphones and tablets.
A new mobile passport app that has received official authorisation by US Customs and Borders protection is the first of its kind and is said to simplify the whole travelling process thanks to how it works. The app, known as Mobile Passport Control, is available to users of both iOS and Android based devices and has so far been downloaded over 1 million times by holidaymakers looking to get their vacation off to a great start thanks to less time spent waiting in airports.
The free app works by allowing the user to create a basic profile. The profile includes details such as the traveller's full name, date of birth, address, phot identification and passport information. This is all secured by a pin number that will ensure that no details can be stolen or misused at any point by a third party. A receipt is created by the application which is then used to show at border control, to save waiting time and queuing. The Mobile Passport Control app also means that the days of filling out customs forms are well and truly over as the app itself is enough to verify the traveller's identity and details. It's a truly revolutionary new way to travel; as long as it used in conjunction with advice from an experienced immigration lawyer, to ensure that all procedures have been covered.
The ease of use of the app and the fact that is can shave hours off of waiting times in some cases means it's extremely likely to appeal to the mass market who just want to get on their way as quickly as possible. Another method by which it saves holidaymakers plenty of time is getting from the plane and out of the airport too. Four questions are posed to the traveller about the journey that they are on, once all four are answered correctly they have four hours to get from the plane and out of the airport.
Airports around the world are fully aware of the delays that happen on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. With the Mobile Passport Control app already proving to be a huge hit in America, it's extremely likely that it will be adopted on a global scale, with the UK likely to be very keen on the idea. It's been over 10 years since Britain brought in the e-passport and these further advances in technology will not only benefit airports but also those travelling too. It's a sure fire way to ensure a great start to the holidays.
Samsung has already released the Official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE and Wi-Fi variants earlier this month.
Today, we have confirmed reports that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 will get official Lollipop 5.1.1 Updates starting from early next month (July,2015). This means we will see the first Lollipop firmware for these two devices in few weeks by the end of Q3,2015.
However, the update is a stage roll-out and will take long time to reach all regions/carriers but you can flash the first firmware released to your variant right away.
Galaxy Tab 4 update packs Android build 5.1.1 Lollipop, 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.
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July 8th,2015 - As we reported Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 got its first Official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Firmware update More Details and Download HERE.
July 20th 2015 - Currently the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Updates are still "In-Development".
August 10th 2015 - Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 updates reached Final Testing stages.
September 24th 2015 - Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 updates are Rolling-out.
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A Virtual Private Network or VPN is typically a service to hide the original IP address of the user from hackers, trackers and everyone else, including the ISP itself. It makes for a more secure and private browsing experience that cannot be traced back to the user. Taking a closer look at the reasons why everyone should start using a VPN is often an eye-opener, so here are four of them everyone should know.
As mentioned earlier, a virtual private network protects the user from being traced by anybody on the Internet, as it hides the original IP address of the user. This means that no one, including your internet service provider, can possibly see your browsing history, as you will essentially become untraceable and invisible to everyone on the Internet.
Geoblocking is a concept that allows websites and search engines to filter content, based on a user's geographical location. This is the reason why you can't watch certain Netflix US shows from most of the Asian countries, as Netflix filters out some of the content based on the region. Google will do the same to your search result pages, so you will never be able to see unrestricted results.
If you want to access blocked sites, shows and SERPs, VPN Service by VeePN will let you do exactly that. As you will be able to set your IP address to any location in the world, it will essentially open up your computer to every site, search engine result page, and streaming service in the whole world.
Use Public Wi-Fi Safely
You probably already know that it isn't safe to use public Wi-Fi in a café, or anywhere else for that matter. But did you know that a VPN can actually protect you against hacking attacks, a common threat for public Wi-Fi users? Well, it can really do that, so if you love using Wi-Fi in your favorite café, you really need to start using a VPN!
Download Torrents Anonymously
Do we recommend downloading pirated material with a P2P torrent client? Absolutely not! Can you protect your identity with the help of a VPN if you do download torrents? You certainly can.
While a VPN is rapidly becoming a necessity because of its wide implementation possibilities, there are a few things that even the best VPNs can't help you with, and they should be noted as well.
• They are not antivirus replacements, and you will need a good antivirus to protect your computer on the Internet
• You will still have to pay for Netflix, Prime Video and other streaming services to access the content
• A VPN service provider will mask your IP, but you will still need your ISP for the Internet connection
The Apple Watch is arriving early 2015 in three versions Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition. The Watch Sport is going to cost $349 as Apple announced last week, but according to long-time Apple analyst John Gruber, the Gold Watch Edition version could retail for as much as $4,999.
The reason for the high price tag is that Apple is manufacturing the Watch Edition with solid 18-karat gold. It's not plated or coated. This kind of affair in watchmaking comes at a cost.
According to Gruber, at the very least, the Watch Edition is going to retail at $1,999. However, that's as optimistic as he's willing to go. He even goes on to compare the Apple Watch Edition to the more "affordable" Rolex watches stating that the $5,000 price tag isn't as ridiculous as it might initially appear.
Apple wants to catch up with Google, so the company started secretly working on an electric vehicle. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that the Cupertino-based company is planning to begin production of the vehicle by the year 2020. That's an aggressive timeframe given that experienced automobile companies typically spend 5-7 years developing a car.
As per the report, Apple's car team consists of 200+ people, which is inline with an earlier report that said hundreds of employees are working on the project. In the past couple of months, the iPhone maker has been hiring experts in technologies for batteries and robotics recently, electric-car battery maker A123 Systems sued Apple for poaching its top engineers.
A 2020 deadline would put Apple in direct competition with Google, as well as other automakers, like Nissan, Tesla, and GM, who are also planning to launch their self-driving or next-gen electric cars in the next five years.
Google has officially released the final version of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company is currently working on developing Marshmallow factory images for its Nexus lineup.
The official Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates will be rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) by early October. Here's a list of the devices that will get the update and an ETA (estimated time of arrival) for each device.
ETA List of Official Marshmallow 6.0 OTA for Nexus devices :
• Huawei Nexus 6P (angler) - Pre-installed
• LG Nexus 5x (bullhead) - Pre-installed
• HTC Nexus 9 (volantis, volantisg) - October,2015
• ASUS Nexus 7  (razor,razorg) - October,2015
• Moto Nexus 6 (shamu) - October,2015
• LG Nexus 5 (hammerhead) - October,2015
• Google Nexus Player (fugu) - October,2015
Please Note: Factory Images will be available for these devices on the first week of October, if you don't like manually flashing the update wait for the OTA to hit your device.
Google has ended the support of older devices like Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 as they will stay with Lollipop 5.1.1 but they will keep getting critical security fixes. Keep your eyes up for future updates.
Google and Motorola unveiled the Nexus 6 phablet last week. During the blog post announcement, we were told that pre-orders for the device would start on October,29th.
And this date has just been confirmed by none other than the phone's listing in the Google Play Store. The Nexus 6 is in there, but you'll only be able to pre-order one starting on October,29th next Wednesday, to be precise.
By now you probably know the pricing: the Nexus 6 will cost if you want the base 32GB model, or $699 if you need 64GB storage amount.
The Nexus 6 will become available at T-Mobile on November 12, though whether this will be its release date across carriers and retailers in the US is still a mystery. The phablet will also be sold by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular.
The long awaited Marshmallow update is finally on its way to the LG G3 smartphones that are under T-Mobile and AT&T contracts. This news was confirmed after several reports from users on the two networks started to come in. While this is indeed good news for T-Mobile users, the catch is that it cannot be downloaded over-the-air at this moment. In order to run Android M on T-Mobile's version of the LG G3, you will first need to connect it to a computer where LG's desktop client for smartphones is pre-installed. The entire upgrade process from there onwards must also be completed with the help of the desktop client.
AT&T's version of the G3 does not have any such bindings as users can download and install the update via OTA, which will change the software version to D85030k. Unfortunately, there is no telling when the update will arrive for your particular handset on either network. One detail that is curious about the package is that it updates the base OS to Android 6.0 instead of 6.0.1, which has been out since November, 2015. Security patches till March are included in the upgrade package, but it making you wonder about what happened to the security patch for April?
It is a bit disappointing to see leading companies still in the process of updating their high-end smartphones to Marshmallow, when Android N (Beta) is already being tested by Google. Then again, it's better late than never.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Yes, The day we've been taking about for months is now here "Android Lollipop Day". Google has just officially announced through its official blog that Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA Updates will start Rolling-out today.
We can expect to see the new OTA updates rolling-out for Wi-Fi only Nexus devices (Nexus 10, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi). Other devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013 3G) will get the same update during this Month.
To check to see if your Nexus device has the Android 5.0 Lollipop update make sure your phone is charged, then go to "Settings --> About --> Phone Software updates --> Check Now". You only need to check once a day and you should probably get a notification anyway so don't go crazy.
Enjoy and Let's know when you get the update!
Waiting for the Lollipop update to hit your Android device, Here's something you can ready while reading. Google has put out an official Quick Start Guide for Android 5.0 Lollipop at the Google Play Store.
This book for prospective Android Lollipop users will be a boon to those not familiar with the ecosystem and the environment yet, although that should be a very small population. Still, it will be a good read for those wanting to see beforehand or at least before their Nexus 6 device arrives how Android 5.0 works.
This isn't the first time Google has published something like this you might be interested to know that Android 4.4 has a similar quick start guide published in different languages. This new one is only available in English at the moment.
Android L official launch date is this Month. You might be wondering when Samsung will update it's latest flagship devices for this year like the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge... well, the latest reports indicates that Samsung will bring the Android L Update to its flagships devices by the end of this year, probably in late December this year.
Samsung, HTC, LG and many Other companies already building their firmwares on the current Android L developer preview image, by the time Google release the official Android L image, these companies will be almost ready to release an OTA update based on the latest Android L image build.
Android L update for Samsung devices will bring New TouchWiz UI tweaks, performance enhancements, security improvements and new features too. Samsung Galaxy S5 will get a Note4-like UI with the Android L update, which takes multi-tasking to a whole New level.
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We had already reported last week that Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Wi-Fi variant (SM-T700) has started getting its Official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and the update. Today, we got confirmed reports indicates that the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE variant (SM-T705) will start receiving the same Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update by Early May.
The reason behind the delay for the LTE update is because the 4G connectivity of the tablet and especially the carrier variants always requires more testing than regular Wi-Fi variant. So, if you own an LTE-variant of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 you can expect to get the update OTA in the next 2 weeks.
As you may know the update will be staged roll-out which means it will take long time to reach all regions but you can still get it by flashing the official Lollipop Firmware. So Keep your eyes on our Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (LTE) section on YouFirmware, we updated daily with Samsung's latest official Lollipop Firmwares.
We have reported before that T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S6 got an official Android 5.1.1 OTA test release update with lots of improvements onboard.
Today, According to the Canadian carrier Roger's OS Upgrade schedule, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update will be Available Next Month (June).
The Update will bring various Bug fixes and Performance improvements that makes the device snappier, Android 5.1.1 will also enable "Guest Mode" in the both S6 variants which is one of the major feature on the updates. You can check the video below to take a look at the Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update.
The Galaxy J7 (2016) just started to receive the Android security patch for the month of April in India. The OTA package is quite slim at only 25.78MB and has the build number MMB29K.J710FXXU3AQD4. Along with the 49 CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) fixes included in all Android SMR releases for the month of April, Samsung also includes 16 of its own fixes that are unique to the manufacturer's smartphones only. If you own a J7 (2016) in India, you should be prompted for the update anytime now.
The S7 and the S7 Edge has also started to receive the same Android SMR update but this report is apparently coming in from Europe instead of Asia. The OTA update includes the same fixes from Google and Samsung as the ones mentioned above. It might be a while though before you get to see the update pop up on your phone. How much you will need to wait will depend largely on your location.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
UK was the first region to see Oreo ship out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge back in May, but now other regions are also joining the list. India has just joined in as one of the regions that are getting the Android 8.0 update for the S7 and S7 Edge in June, alongside UAE. If you live in Europe or South Korea however, you probably already have the update installed, but that's to be expected.
The firmware version carrying the Android Oreo upgrade is G930FXXU2EREM for the Galaxy S7 and G935FXXU2EREM for the Galaxy S7 Edge. Both updates are around the 1.4 GB mark, with firmware version G935FXXU2EREM being slightly larger in size than G930FXXU2EREM. The update patch included with the package is from April though and that's a bit disappointing, given that we are already into the second week of June! Feel free to check for the update manually from the Settings menu, but it you will be prompted once it lands on your smartphone via OTA anyway.
Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ users on T-Mobile have not had a good experience this year as the carrier was not left with any other option but to stop rolling out the month's security update back in April. Unfortunately, it has now been two months or more ever since the rollout was stopped, yet they have not yet sent out any security updates from that day onwards, that is until now of course!
T-Mobile has just started pushing out a new update for their customers and we are happy to report that it is indeed the security update of the month, that is June 2018, as is evident from the screenshot. In case you own any of the two smartphones on AT&T or Sprint, some reports are suggesting that the two carriers are also pushing out the same update for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on their networks.
Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.