T-Mobile’s Galaxy S6 Edge receiving Android 5.1.1 OTA update

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_Front_Top_Samsung_Logo_TASamsung usually isn’t the quickest when it comes to Android update, but it looks like they’ve worked some magic with T-Mobile, as the Galaxy S6 Edge is now receiving the Android 5.1.1 update over the air. Only the Edge variant on T-Mobile specifically is seeing the update, but that might just mean that the normal S6 (and other carrier models) will join the party soon. Read more

HTC posts $11 million profit in Q1 of 2015, expects higher revenue in Q2

HTC_One_M9_Back_HTC_Logo_TAHTC has posted their quarterly earnings for Q1 2015, and things look decent for the company. Revenue sat around $1.36 billion, up from $1.08 billion last year, and HTC actually managed to turn a profit instead of a loss like they did in the first quarter of 2014.

They only pulled in $11 million in profit, which isn’t massively successful, but anything is better than their $66 million loss from their previous first quarter. Read more

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 5.1.1 factory images are live

121029043755-google-nexus-monsterGoogle has released factory images for the latest version of Android for both (WiFi only) versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The image brings the tablets up to Android 5.1.1, bringing a few bug fixes and performance enhancements, but no new features, unfortunately. The OTA updates for these tablets should start hitting devices relatively soon. Read more

Samsung takes back the lead in worldwide smartphone shipments

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Edge_Front_Samsung_Logo_TASamsung has had a rough past few months with declining marketshare, thanks to some serious competition from Apple and cheaper smartphone vendors. 2015 looks like the year they turn it around, though, as the company has reclaimed the top spot for smartphone manufacturer in the first quarter of 2015.

Global smartphone shipments grew about 21 percent, up to 345 million devices shipped in the first three months of the year. Samsung accounted for 24% of that, or about 83.2 million of those devices. Apple held onto second place, shipping 61.2 million devices with 18% of the market. Read more

LG’s G4 is now official, complete with leather back and sharpshooting camera

lg_g4_back_cover_varietyAfter all the teasing LG has been doing lately, they’ve finally taken the wraps off of the G4. There aren’t many surprises here, between the official videos that LG has put out and the numerous leaks we’ve seen over the past few weeks, but that doesn’t take away from what’s looking like a fantastic flagship for 2015.

The design of the device hasn’t changed much from the G3, which is either good or bad, depending on how much you liked last year’s model. This time around, LG is releasing the phone with several different leather-backed options, which LG says takes three months per back to make. Seems a little excessive for something that’s only a removable back, but hey, as long they’re high quality parts, no one should complain. Read more

Don’t expect to see the ASUS ZenWatch 2 before 2016

asus-zenwatch-official_01ASUSĀ is preparing their highly anticipated ZenWatch 2 for release sometime “soon,” but “soon” to ASUS doesn’t mean by the end of 2015. According to CEO Jerry Shen, the watch won’t be ready for debut until 2016 at the earliest. No word on what part of 2016 he’s expecting, but I would imagine we should see it within the first few months of the year, with that being over 3/4 of a year away. Read more

Facebook Messenger takes on Skype and Hangouts with video calling feature

facebook messenger video callingFacebook is rolling out a new feature to their Messenger platform to take on the likes of Skype and other video chatting services. You’ll now be able to make video calls to your friends through Messenger, offering a completely platform agnostic way to keep in touch with friends and family.

Sure, Hangouts and Skype both offer easy ways to video chat with people on other operating systems, but it involves swapping usernames and sometimes downloading appropriate apps. Facebook has its foot in the door, as a vast majority of its users have Facebook already installed, and a good chunk of them are using its Messenger service. Read more