Getting OTA updates out the door is no easy task, especially with carriers standing between the OEM and users. That's why Motorola has long used soak tests with small groups of users to hammer out out bugs before the final certification. HTC has just posted details of its own Preview program called "HTC Elevate" that does essentially the same thing.
The information was posted in HTC Elevate, which is HTC's private community where it works with users to promote its devices and services. Members of Elevate also get the occasional freebie for participating in the community.
HTC Elevate FAQ
Q. What do I need to do after completing the registration?
A. At this time, just sit back and relax. As soon as we are able to match you to an upcoming user trial, we will reach out to you directly.
Q. Will I need to sign an NDA?
A. If you are invited to participate in a user trial, you will be required to sign an NDA before starting.
Q. I have a friend/relative/co-worker who would be great for this program. Can I ask them to register?
A. At this time, we are only making this registration open to select groups, one which is Elevate US users. Please do not share the details of this program with anyone else at this time. When the program launches publicly in the future, you'll be more than welcome to invite them.
Q. Will I be using my own device or will one be provided during a user trial?
A. It depends on the user trial. In some cases, we will provide loaner devices and in other cases, you will use your own. This will be communicated up-front when we invite potential candidates.
Q. What happens if my device requires warranty services during the user trial?
A. Your device may encounter an issue which will require warranty service in such cases, please contact HTC Care for immediate attention. You may encounter problems going through your carrier due to the unofficial software loaded on your device.
Note: This is only for warranty service, that is, if the device has any physical damage you would need to file an insurance claim (if applicable).
Q. What if I want to leave the user trial before it ends?
A. If you choose to leave a user trial early and are using your own device, you will need to send your device in to HTC Care to have it flashed back to the latest commercial SW. If you are using a loaner device, you will just need to return the device (a prepaid shipping label will be provided).
Q. What type of user trials would be conducted? Would it just cover maintenance release (MR) or new products as well?
A. Most of the user trials will be of the software nature (i.e. MR updates and HTC app Play store updates) but there will also be user trials for hardware when we launch new products as well.
Q. How long does a user trial run?
A. This depends on the purpose of the user trial and again, this will be communicated up-front when we invite potential candidates. Generally, user trials last between 6 - 10 weeks, with some ending earlier and others getting extended beyond that.
Q. I have more questions about this program. Who can I contact?
A. Feel free to sound off in the thread below.
Zauba has once again listed another of Samsung's mysterious smartphones entering India for testing purposes. This time, it is the C7 Pro with the model number SM-C7010 that was seen in the two listings. Unfortunately, the listing did not provide too much information on the internals of the handset. The only thing we know for sure is that it will have a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel. Although the price per unit is mentioned as Rs 13,645 ($205), we are positive that it isn't the final price tag that we are going to see on the C7 Pro, given that the regular C7 itself costs around $435.
The C-series is one of the new entrants in the market, introduced in 2016 by Samsung and it looks like that the entire series is going to get a reboot by the end of 2016. However, unlike the "2017" moniker which the company is using to distinguish its upcoming range of new J-series smartphones from the old ones, they are using "Pro" in this case to do the same. We are more interested in seeing Samsung's first 6GB RAM smartphone, the Galaxy C9 Pro than any others in the C-series though.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 is quite new to the market, rumours have already started floating around the web about the S7 variant. As per a usually reliable leakster @evleaks, the Galaxy S7 is already getting tested in the USA. He specifically said that currently AT&T is testing two variants of the handset: SM-G930A and SM-G935A which would be known as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge respectively.
According to other rumours, there might be a release for the Galaxy S7 in the first quarter of 2016. As Mobile World Congress is going to be held at the end of February in 2016, there is a high probability that Samsung might choose this event to launch its Galaxy S7. It would take some time to get a sneak peek into the specs - probably near to the date of launch.
Although not much is not known right now, there have been speculations that the device would get a magnesium build, feature a USB Type-C port, and sport 3D Touch-like pressure sensitive display. The Korean company's next gen chipset Exynos 8890 will be powering half of the Galaxy S7 units and the rest of the devices will be powered by Snapdragon 820.
A new UI is being tested on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in China and Korea. So far, it's known just as the "New Note UX." Although it is still too early to comment on any aspect of the interface yet, a few things did come in light. Perhaps the most obvious and significant change that Samsung will bring onto their smartphones with the new UI is the absence of the app drawer. Additionally, we can also see that the app icons resemble those seen on the iOS, with their uniform shape and size. There is also the revamped Settings and apparently, descriptive texts are being replaced in favor of indicative icons, throughout the New Note UX.
After looking at the screenshots and going through the available info, we cannot help but notice that all the changes point to an UI that's quite similar to the ones found on popular Chinese smartphones. It would make sense if this was something that the Korean OEM was developing to cater specifically to their customers in the Asian market, but reports suggest otherwise. There is a chance that Samsung will be using this UI (post development) in all its future devices and in all markets around the world. What do you think? Do you like what you see?
According to reports from multiple sources, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are being tested in China and Taiwan by the OEM. While that is pretty much expected at this stage, another fact that has been unveiled is that both the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ will have dual-SIM capacity, with one of the slots likely acting as a hybrid micro-SD card slot as well. The FCC and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) websites has both the devices listed on them. The tests that are being conducted are meant for certification purposes, as you can probably guess.
Since the highlight of this revelation is the likelihood of Samsung launching dual-SIM variants in all regions this year, it should be noted that this news is particularly interesting because unlike the S8 and S8+, the S9 and S9+ could very well be rocking LTE support on both SIM slots. This feature is now possible to have on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip so that can be expected. However, let's hope that the Exynos variant which Samsung will launch to power the international version of the S9-series outside US and China will also have the same capability. If it doesn't, it would be a real surprise and disappointment.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A New Galaxy flagship is coming along with a new set of leaks roo. Some leaked documents from Samsung HQ in Korea showed that the company is currently in the middle testing stages of the Galaxy S7.
Codenamed "Jungfrau" the Galaxy S7 might see a month or two faster development schedule than the Galaxy S6, courtesy of an improved project management process, dubbed "Agile." This could very well jibe with the previous rumors that Galaxy S7 will be ready in the second half of the year, though it might not exactly hit the shelves in time for Christmas, but rather be announced earlier than usual when 2016 hits.
Samsung Galaxy S7 will be packing the latest Snapdragon 820 and running Google's upcoming Android M release. However, The Korean giant is still developing a firmware build with Android M v5.2 for the S7 based on the latest developer previews (Google didn't release the final M version, yet).
More leaks are coming our way, So stay tuned and follow our News!
A hint about Google's future plans was given a while back when the search engine giant introduced the Destination feature via Google Search on smartphones. The simplistic feature was designed to help users while planning a vacation and apparently it was only a precursor to the Smart Travel application that the company is beta testing right now. Since it is not available on the Play Store yet, users will have to sign up for the Google Maps Local Guides Program to have access to it.
From what we know so far, the app will gather, store and organize all your travelling details such as hotels, dinner reservations, destinations and flights. Therefore, it will make every necessary detail accessible from the app itself, even without an active internet connection. Additionally, it will also offer suggestions based on the data it collects about your trips. Tap on a previously saved destination to see options like Saved places, Food & drink, Reservations, Things to do, Getting around and Need to know. Travellers and tourists will even see options for public transport in the area, as well as best travelling routes to the destination.
Even if you do not put in your travelling details manually from the FAB tab found at the bottom right corner of the app, it can do a lot on its own by collecting data automatically from your Gmail inbox. If you are not using Gmail as your primary e-mail service however, you will probably need to log in the data manually. In case you are interested in trying out the beta software, sign up for Local Guides and you might just get a chance to be a beta tester yourself!
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
We have something awesome for you on this Friday morning: Instagram is actually testing the support for multiple account in a single Android device and some lucky folks have already got this feature in their app. What sets us back is that there is no such support in iOS devices. If you are thinking who would this feature, think about small and medium-sized business owners, community managers and social media marketing professional constantly managing multiple accounts. This feature will essentially diminish the need for mods like Instwogram.
News about this feature was released by our tipster on version 7.12.0 of the app. If this is not available in your device, all you need to do is to join the Official Play Store Beta testing program or download from APK Mirror. Go to settings and scroll down to the bottom of the list and you'll see "Add Account" option below Clear Search History. Tap it to open the option to sign in with another account or create a new one from beginning. After that, a selector next to the account nickname will appear on the top of the profile page. That's the place for switching both accounts (with a green toast message to visually show the change). In the settings, there is option to logout from individual accounts or all account at one go.
Facebook is currently testing the Material Design UI on its official Android App. Starting from version 28 and version 29, Facebook added few Material Design elements (Icons, Animation, floating action button, spinner... etc) in a way to enhance the overall look and feel of the App. we got some screenshots.
As you can see on the screenshots, a big blue floating action button is present. Once you tap that a few options show up, which were previously available to you through a floating blue bar at the bottom of the screen. This bundled the "Take a photo" and "Upload a photo" items together, while "Where I am" used to be known as "Check in". The old "Status" option from the floating bar is now replaced with "Write a post".
Facebook routinely tests many small improvements such as these, and sometimes they appear to some users and not to others because, more often than not, such things are switched on at the server level.
This new Material UI is probably a server-side change, so there's no APK you can download to enable it immediately. Still, if you participate in Facebook's beta testing program for Android, you may have a few more chances of getting lucky and seeing this new design. Anyway, here's the APK for Facebook v184.108.40.206.0 to download below and you might get lucky!
Despite the fact that the Snapdragon 810 SoC was officially announced several months ago, the chipset at hand is not expected to become commercially available before 2015. Until that moment comes however, Qualcomm has plenty of time to further tweak and improve its SoC, and judging by the latest happenings it appears that the SD 810 is already undergoing testing.
A new test machine that seems to draw its processing power from the Snapdragon 810 popped-up in AnTuTu database, revealing some of the chipset's characteristics.
Some of the carriers around the workd has just starte offering 4G services in their regions. Well, Japanese carrier NTT DocoMo is already developing the 5th Generation Mobile Network (5G), Samsung and Nokia will participate in the Test of this 5G Network. Samsung announced that 5G would be ready for the public by 2020 and we will starting to see 5G devices in the market by 2021.
The testing will involve the usefulness of running 5G speeds on high frequency bands above 6GHz. 5G involves data-transmission at a high-speed of 10Gbps, which is 1000 times the capacity of current 4G LTE. The test will determine how well this frequency will support 10Gbps, even if a large number of devices are trying to connect to the network at the same time, in a small area.
NTT Docomo will be testing the 5G Netwrok through this year, inside at its R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Outdoor trials will begin by next year.
We've all heard the stories and the explanations, promises and let downs surrounding the Snapdragon 810. The whole overheating saga has entirely engulfed the existence of the beastly SoC and has rendered it a major market failure. The drama still rages on, especially since a few unlucky upcoming devices, like the OnePlus 2 are still set to incorporate the troublesome chip, but Qualcomm seems to be cutting its losses and moving forward.
The next major step, of course, is the Snapdragon 820, which initially got announced at MWC 2015. It promises cutting edge performance and far better handling of overheating and throttling, a lesson which the manufacturer had to learn the hard way. Since then, news has mostly died out and the chip sunk into the realm of rumors. There were even talks of a sibling, dubbed the Snapdragon 815, but that was quickly denied.
The Snapdragon 820, however, is still on its way and a new report shows that it might be closer to consumer markets than ever. According to industry sources, an initial batch of chips has already been sent to a customer for testing. If everything pans out, we might start seeing the chipset in various devices shortly after.
Most of us are using 4G LTE devices now, However, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is working on setting the standard and defining the specifications for the Next Generation 5G (5th Generation) Network with the help of Samsung Mobile in Korea.
Last month, 12 delegates debated on the specifications to be established for the upcoming 5G network standard. After testing, Samsung annouced that 5G Networks will have a peak speed of 20Gbps, or 20x times the peak speed specification of 4G LTE networks, which stands at 1Gbps.
One thing to bear in mind is that these are theoretical max speeds, and that the first 5G networks will likely reach much lower peak speeds. At the moment, the fastest LTE standard is LTE Cat 9, which provides peak speeds of up to 300Mbps, well below the 1Gbps speed specification of 4G networks. What this means is that while crazy transfer speeds are to be expected, 5G subscribers will not be able to download an ultra high-definition movie in just a second, which is what a download speed of 20Gbps would mean if put into practice.
5G networks will also be built with internet-of-things (IoT) devices in mind, as the ITU has established that 5G networks will be able to cater to more than 1 million IoT devices inside a 1 square kilometre radius at an average speed of above 100Mbps. The ITU expects the first commercial 5G Networks to start opening for business in 2020, although a working example is being prepared for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.
iOS 8 has been in wide release for just under one week, which means it is time to start looking ahead to Apple's first bug fix update for the software. And, as usual, the first update will be aiming at smaller troubles rather than trying to fix the larger issues that have been found in the new iOS. We've heard about Wi-Fi issues with iOS 8, and there is also the new study claiming that iOS 8 is less stable than iOS 7.
However, as is the way Apple works, we should probably expect fixes for those issues with iOS 8.1 and with subsequent updates to the various third-party apps that are likely part of iOS 8's crash problems. The iOS 8.0.1 Change-log is the following:
- Phone: Addresses bugs with call forwarding and freezing when accessing visual voicemail
- Keyboard: Fixes an issue with keypad not appearing to enter - iCloud Keychain verification codes
- Safari: Fixes a problem with videos occasionally not playing
- Sharing: Fixes AirDrop support for Passbook passes
- VPN: Addresses an issue with installing VPN profiles
Windows 10 may arrive earlier than expected. Previous info had us marking July,29th on our calendars, but Microsoft is testing candidate builds for both computers and phones. Now, Microsoft may go through a number of candidates before ironing out all issues, but the builds currently in testing reportedly look promising.
They are undergoing the review process and a decision should be made soon. There was an impression that Windows 10 Mobile, the smartphone version, will launch later than its computer twin, but now it sounds like both versions are going hand in hand.
The Mobile version has been available as a Technical Preview since mid-February. Since then it has become clear that all WP8-running Lumia phones (and non-Lumia ones) will get Windows 10 though those with 512MB RAM will have some limitations.
In the past 4 years, Samsung released 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12-inch tablets. Compared to every other tablet out there, they are positively huge.
According to leaked shipments documents, The Korean giant is currently testing an 18.4-inch Galaxy Tab Prototype slate. What you see in the image above is the fact that such a huge tablet has entered India for testing and evaluation purposes. After it's gone through those tests and finished its evaluations and then it is going to be destroyed.
That's a big if, though. With such a huge screen, this would be very much into niche territory, and a rather small niche at that. Still, for some commercial settings even this size could work. Which might be the reason for Samsung to think about releasing it. Let's wait and see.
Video is nothing new on Facebook, but it could be a dedicated feature in the future. Facebook's testing a special feed to help users see only the videos posted from friends, viral videos or those from liked pages. It's like a personalized YouTube without leaving Facebook.
Some users are seeing a dedicated video tab in the normal Messenger shortcut. The tab isn't available in Android, but Facebook has stated the new suggested videos feature already on iOS should hit Android soon.
It's obvious Facebook is serious about videos and competing with YouTube. They've already rolled out features such as celebrity live streaming, 360 degree VR videos and more advanced creator tools. The new push for videos is just Facebook's way to make it your one stop destination while online. Of course, spending more time on the site equals more revenue from ads for them.
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After pushing the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Moto X (2014), Motorola is currently testing Google's latest Android 5.1 Lollipop for the same device. The company is known for its fast stable updates.
The Lollipop version 23.1.28 is being tested out with several improvements such as reducing the noise in low-light shots of the rear camera and front-facing camera too. The Moto X (2014) Lollipop 5.1 update is expected to roll-out Over-the-air (OTA) next Month (April).
Device Protection is one important feature that keeps the lost or stolen devices locked even if the factory settings reset is tried and functions only when signed in with actual Google account. Apart from these improvements, there are several under the hood tweaks arriving with this update.
Google has already officially revealed that Android 5.1 Lollipop exists just a few days ago. We got a change-log and some details about this version but no release date so far. A leaked image of a Moto G 2nd generation running Android version 5.1 has appeared online (photo below).
The Moto G on the photo is running a build that is dated on 2nd Feb and Motorola is still testing it. Android 5.1 Lollipop is expected to arrive by the end of this month (February), starting with nexus factory images followed by OTA package updates.
Last May, Samsung Denmark announced that the Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) is planned on getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, However, the company didn't put a timeframe or ETA (Estimated time of arrival) for the update and it has reached the "In-development" stage about 3 months ago.
After receiving some reports we reached out for more info regarding the update and... Sadly, we got a confirmation today that the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 2 has been Canceled, the decision was made after due to the device has failed to pass the final testing stage that performed before the final release.
Samsung always includes its popular TouchWiz UI on top of every new Android release to all its devices, running both "Lollipop + Touchwiz UI" will cause performance issues and lag which will affect the user experience on daily usage.
This is not the first time that Samsung canceled an update for a flagship device, same thing happened to the Galaxy S3, S4 mini, Ace 4, Tab Active, K zoom and tab 3.
UPDATE September,10th !
In other hands, SamsungDenmark and SamsungMobileUK confirmed the news on their official twitter accounts too, admiting that there won't be any Lollipop updates for the Galaxy Note 2 at all.
@KraljDario1 Hej igen. Det er nu bekræftet, at Note 2 ikke opdateres til Lollipop. Desværre.— Samsung Danmark (@SamsungDK) October 8, 2015
@siyahzambak35 We don't like to be the bearer of bad news but the Note 2 will not be getting Lollipop in the UK. ^CT— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) September 22, 2015
@bot_csaba Hej Csaba. Bekræftelsen er kommet, og den lyder desværre på, at Lollipop ikke kommer til Note 2.— Samsung Danmark (@SamsungDK) October 8, 2015
The Samsung-made Exynos chipset turned out to be the best SoC that came out this year. It is indeed better than the competitors. Earlier it was used primarily in Samsung's high-end devices and Meizu's Pro 5 was also powered by this. Although, Blackberry's very first Android smartphone - the Priv featured Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 808 chipset, Blackberry is now testing its devices with the Exynos keeping in mind the Android phones to be released in the future.
We're saying this because a BlackBerry handset running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and featuring Samsung's Exynos 7420 SoC has been spotted in the GFXBench database. It is using the Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz. But, take this news with a pinch of salt, as the credibility of the source is has not been confirmed till now. It is quite easy to edit the build.prop file to make it look a Blackberry device.
There is a possibility that Blackberry might be actually testing its devices with Exynos, which also powers the S6. The handset has a 5.1-inch QHD touch screen, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 16 MP camera in the back and a 5 MP selfie camera.
As expected, Samsung has decided to follow the same strategy as it did last year with the Galaxy S6-series. What this means is that just like the S6 range of smartphones had the option to download and beta test Android 6.0 Marshmallow on them, the S7-series will also enjoy the same beta-testing option this year with Android 7.0 Nougat. In fact, the beta version of the Nougat OS could be going live in the UK as you read this. Even though the source only reports the S7 Edge having the option, the S7 is also on the same list in all likelihood.
In order to sign up for the program, you will need to download and install the Galaxy Beta Program application from the Galaxy Apps Store and onto your S7/S7 Edge. Now you should see an option to enrol for the Nougat beta-testing in the app, but it isn't live yet and will probably go live only after Samsung makes it official. When the registration becomes available and you complete it, keep your fingers crossed because they will definitely not select everyone.
As we had reported earlier, Samsung will allow a limited number of S7 and S7 Edge users to experience Android Nougat 7.0 as beta testers before its official release on the two smartphones. Today we have official confirmation about the news and we have even been given an exact date. The beta testing will be available for eligible users to download, install and use from November 9. The testing will go on till the middle of the next month (mid-December), at the end of which, the final build of the OS might become ready for official release.
If you have not already, download the Galaxy Beta Programme application from Samsung's own Galaxy Apps Store. Fill out the application form necessary to apply as a beta tester for the OS and keep your fingers crossed! After this, the beta version will become available for you to download from November 9 as OTA updates, provided you are selected for the testing. If you are indeed selected, Samsung will accept suggestions and feedback from you in regard to your experience in using the build.
As of now, reports suggest that the beta testing in the UK is only available to the unlocked versions, while in the US, the option is available to the versions sold by T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint only. Strangely enough, the Olympic Edition and the Injustice Edition units of the S7 Edge will be left out of the programme.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After Samsung announced that both Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update will be put "On-Hold" to fix some major Bugs and issues in the update. AT&T tweeted on it's official twitter regarding the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update.
AT&T said that they are "rigorously testing" the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update, trying to find Bugs and issues to report back to Samsung in order to fix them before the official release to grantee a "smooth transition" from KitKat to Lollipop for all S5 users.
@HardcorFitz We are rigorously testing this update to avoid any bugs and create a smooth transition for all. Thank you for your patience.— AT&T (@ATT) March 10, 2015
According to our sources, It will take 1-2 weeks at least to fix the bugs reported on the initial Samsung Lollipop 5.0 firmware, test it and then push the final update Over-the-air (OTA) to the end users.
T-Mobile U.S. published its Samsung's devices Android Lollipop update status. The Carrier has already released the update to the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 but T-Mobile's Note 4 and Note Edge users are still waiting for their Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update.
According to the carrier's official website, T-Mobile's Galaxy Note Edge Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update status is "In-development", which means that Samsung is still working on developing the Firmware for the device variant. It will take few weeks until it goes Live.
T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update status is "Testing..." which means the update is currently under testing by the carrier to determine any bugs or issues. It will take 1-2 weeks for the update to start Rolling-out, if everything in the testing process went smooth.
Stay Tuned with us and keep an Eye-out on Our Samsung Official Updates Status Page.
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UK users are still waiting for their official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. UK carrier, Three, posted some news about the Lollipop updates status for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S4 devices.
UK Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Update
TheeUK confirmed on April,21st via its twitter account that the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop 5.0.1 update has finished Testing and will start Rolling-out very soon. The Update brings updated TouchWiz with Material Design and lots of bug fixes and performance improvements.
@_Abbyyxo Hi Abby, testing has finished on the Lollipop update and so we're hoping it will be released to Note 4 users very soon. We don't— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) April 21, 2015
UK Samsung Galaxy S4 Update
Also, ThreeUK, also confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update will enter the final testing Phase by the carrier by the end of this month (April,2015). The testing usually takes 1-4 weeks.
@bigfeders customers. We should have the Lollipop update in for testing by the end of the month so we hope to have it ready for release in— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) April 9, 2015
Follow Our official Samsung updates page for more info.
We have published before a list of Mid-range devices that are confirmed to get the Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop Update. Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is included on this list, the device has been reported to receive the Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Today, we received reports from our sources confirms that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Grand Prime is on "Final Testing" process and it should start rolling-out anytime soon in the upcoming few weeks, we still have no exact release date yet. The Update will bring an update TouchWiz UI with Material Design, new notification panel, new lockscreen, guest mode and lots of other features along with various bug fixes and performance improvements.
Its not the first Samsung device to get Android 5.1 build, the T-Mobile's Galaxy S6 Edge variant got the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update OTA few days ago.
Keep checking the Samsung Official Android Lollipop updates page for latest updates.
We here at YouMobile are always looking for bringing you the latest confirmed News and reports. Samsung has previously confirmed the official Lollipop update for the Galaxy S4 mini before, but this looks like is about to change... We reached our to our sources and samsung officials and we received a reply.
Sadly, the final decision of Samsung that the Galaxy S4 mini will NOT get the Official Android 5.0 Lollipop update, this is bad news for S4 mini users which were waiting for the update to hit the In-development status.
According to Samsung the Update was "Canceled" because the device didn't pass the Testing process as it has to be done before a major update released for any device. Here's the Email we got from Samsung regarding this matter (we can't disclose some information mentioned on the email due to legal issues/disclosure agreement).
"...the Galaxy S4 mini will not be getting the update to the latest Android version (lollipop). We decided that the update will not deliver the optimal user experience for our users, after comprehensive testing process..." - Samsung Mobile UK
Samsung's official regional branches and Three carrier also announced that the S4 mini update is canceled and won't be released. Here's some of the official posts by samsung denying the update release.
@AsimDemir_ Hi Asim, according to our latest information the S4 mini will not be receiving the Lollipop update. ^LS— Samsung Nederland (@Samsung_NL) May 11, 2015
@sanayp We can confirm the S4 mini will not be receiving Lollipop, Sanay— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) May 18, 2015
@LegendFlameMC I'm afraid the Galaxy S4 Mini will not be getting the Lollipop update.— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) May 18, 2015
@debbiebabes Sorry to say, Debbie but we have it from Samsung that the S4 Mini won't be updated to Lollipop :-( Are you due an upgrade...— ThreeUKSupport (@ThreeUKSupport) May 8, 2015
@MooSilvano2014 Hi Moon. Apologies for previous tweet. S4 will have lollipop update not the S4 mini. Thanks, Steve— Three Ireland Online (@ThreeCare) May 18, 2015
We apologize for all S4 mini users for this confusion but Samsung cares more the user experience of its devices and the update will affect your experience with the device, However, Samsung may change its decision again after hearing your demands.
As a reminder, the Galaxy S5 mini variant is getting its official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is the next couple of weeks.
Earlier this month, we reported that Samsung is working on micro-updates to fix the issues caused by the Lollipop update on various of devices based on users reports. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was already updated to Android build 5.0 Lollipop at first, and some other variants of the device, like Galaxy S5 LTE-A (G901F) got Android 5.0.2 update.
Now, Samsung is currently Testing a minor update for the Original Galaxy S5 (G900) with Android Build 5.0.2 Lollipop, the test is also being carried out with the Australian Carrier "Optus". Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update will pack various bug fixes and performance improvements.
According to Optus schedule, the 5.0.2 update should start rolling-out by Early June. Still, there is no confirmation if any of the other Samsung device which are already updated to Lollipop (Galaxy S4, Note 3, Note 4 or Note Edge.. etc) will get the same build 5.0.2 update.