Samsung has released a stability update for the Galaxy S 5 in Poland, which is the second Android 5.0 that particular variant has seen. Since it’s already been updated to Lollipop, this update doesn’t include much except for some performance enhancements, but it does mean that a bigger rollout is likely going to happen in the near future.
This update’s not going out over-the-air just yet, so if you want this update you’ll have to snag it from Samsung Kies 3 on your computer. Hopefully we’ll hear more about this update making its way to other countries soon.
When it comes to internet shopping, Amazon is sitting at the top of the heap. Tons of sites include Amazon integration, and there are very few things you can’t find to buy on the site. Of course, online shopping is a pretty competitive area, and Google is looking to add some new features to Google Shopping to position it better against the likes of Amazon.
Google is working on creating a “Buy Now” button for products listed on Google Shopping with the intention of keeping users on one of Google’s sites instead of sending them off to the retailer’s site. Right now, if you look up computer speakers on Google Shopping, it will list tons of other merchants that sell it along with links to their website, which means less potential for Google to dish up ads to potential viewers.
If you’ve been waiting around for the latest Android build to hit the Nexus 5, you’re in luck. Android 5.0.1 has finally been released for the Nexus 5, joining most other Nexus devices.
You can grab the download below, and if you need help getting it installed, check our guide to manually install the update.
Best Buy is running a limited time promotion with Sprint to give customers a free one-month trial of Sprint’s prepaid network when they buy certain phones. This move should hopefully help Sprint boost their subscriber numbers after falling to second place to T-Mobile.
To qualify, all a customer has to do is purchase any eligible phone and have it activated at Best Buy. There are plenty of options, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 5, the LG Tribute and LG Volt, and the Sharp Crystal. After the trial month, users can pick between three different tiers of plans to move onto, starting at $35 per month for unlimited talk and text with 1 GB of data, and capping out at $55 per month for 6 GB of data.
We’re all very impatiently waiting on Qualcomm to release their Snapdragon 810 SoC early next year, but until then we’re just going to have to drool over what it’s going to bring to high-end Android phones in 2015. The latest improvement to their flagship chipset will come in the form of faster network access thanks to Qualcomm incorporating Cat 9 LTE support.
Supporting Cat 9 LTE means the chipset should be able to hit theoretical download speeds of about 450 Mbps, which is insanely fast. Much faster than your typical carrier’s network, unfortunately, but the potential is there. Qualcomm claims they’ve extensively tested the download speeds commercial network and equipment partners, and everything is working just as fast as Qualcomm claims.
With 2014 winding to a close, Google is recapping everything that’s happened on Google Play over the year. They’ve posted up an infographic detailing the top apps, games, and media that we’ve been downloading for the past 12 months, and some of the info might surprise you.
It’s not hard to guess that Facebook was the most downloaded social app on the Play Store, and it makes sense that health and fitness apps saw the most growth thanks to the surge in wearable fitness trackers and software from major OEMs promoting an active lifestyle. Some things might surprise you, though. For the full graphic, hit the link below and let us know what you think about what we were downloading in 2014.
source: Official Android Blog
Facebook has updated their Trending feature on mobile devices to make it easier for users to find popular topics in their social circles. Trending was already available on the desktop site, but now it’s making its debut on mobile.
The Chromecast is a great tool for slinging your media to a bigger screen from your phone. We’ve already covered ways to get the local content on your devices to a Chromecast, but many users still play media from a local network so they don’t have to worry about cluttering up device storage with music and videos. It’s convenient to store all of your large files on a bigger hard drive instead of keeping them split up across multiple SD cards.
This guide is going to go over the easiest ways to start casting your networked music, photos, and videos to go along with all of your local pictures and internet subscriptions.
Google updated their Hangouts app today with a handful of tweaks and a Material Design look. It looks like there were a few more new features included in the update that fell under the radar, though.
The Galaxy S6′s specs have already been leaked thanks to a previous AnTuTu benchmark, but like with all rumors, things change as we closer to an actual announcement date. The latest benchmark confirms some of the hardware that we saw in the previous score, but a few things are a little different.
Most of the major hardware, like the QHD screen, octa-core CPU that will likely end up being Samsung’s Exynos 7420, and Android 5.0 are the same as last time around. However, the megapixel count on the camera has dipped from 20 megapixels down to 16 megapixels. It’s not a huge difference, and Samsung will obviously be toying around with different hardware combinations until they find one that works, but it’s interested either way.