Was Google the best of CES 2015 without actually being there?


When January rolls around, thousands of people flock to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Consumer Electronics Show. The trade show allows the press (and the world from afar) to observe what new technology will arrive throughout the year and launch in the future. Even though many companies host their own events for major announcements, CES provides good exposure. It can be a make-or-break time for some while being another platform with the spotlight for others.

There were phones, tablets, televisions, set-top boxes, speakers, and much more all showcased at CES. Something has to power these things, right? Enter Google and more importantly Android. The company did not have a formal presence at this year’s CES; however, devices powered by or connected to Android in some way were seen everywhere. Google might have been the best of CES 2015 and they didn’t have to show up.

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Galaxy S5 Receives Android 5.0 Lollipop Update in the UK


Back in early December, Poland was the first country to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5. That was followed in quick succession by South Korea and Spain. Since then, Malaysia and Russia have also received the update.

Now, with the anglophone world’s patience being tested, the S5 finally looks to be receiving the Lollipop update in the United Kingdom. We choose to blame the delay on Prince Harry.

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TouchWiz to Become Less … Wizzy, More Nexus-Like?


Perhaps bowing to immense pressure and boatloads of frustrated user reviews, Samsung appears to be stripping down its TouchWiz overlay of Android for the upcoming Galaxy S6, bringing it closer in line with stock Android. As one industry source stated, “We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google’s Nexus 6.”

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Carl Pei talks about the rise of OnePlus in 2014 and the launch of their next phone

OnePlus_One_Official_01Carl Pei, the founder of OnePlus, sat down for an interview with PC World discussing the turbulent year the company had since launching their “flagship killer” device. He talks about the unprecedented demand for the device, especially in the US, and struggling to keep the supply of the OnePlus One up to meet that demand.

Pei likes to compare his company to other tech startups that build a huge install base before trying to monetize, and that’s a fairly accurate comparison, considering OnePlus sells the One fairly close to cost. Since the company employs about 600 people, there’s obviously not much margin leftover for profit.
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Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 2 on January 15th

RedMi NoteWe’re hearing tons of rumors about what’s pegged for Xiaomi’s event on the 15th, and it looks like a Redmi Note successor will be making an official appearance. The company released a teaser puzzle for a new device that confirms a Redmi Note 2.

The puzzle mentions several new features on the device, including a thinner and lighter design, better sound speakers, and a bigger screen, among other things. Xiaomi is playing up the fact that the Redmi Note 2 will feature an all-glass construction, which may end up showcasing a curved design, too.
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Not one but two Galaxy S 6 phones to be announced in March along with a circular smartwatch


The Galaxy S phone usually gets announced around February or March, so it’s no surprise that the plan remains the same this year. Reports indicate a March release at Mobile World Congress, but what might be different this time is that we could see two variants of the Galaxy S 6 get announced this year.

It’s been rumored before, but it looks like Samsung will release a curved edge display version of the Galaxy S 6 along with the “regular” version. Whether it will be one curved edge, like the Galaxy Note Edge or be a double curved edge remains to be seen, but I suspect with LG showing off a dual curved edge prototype at CES, Samsung is likely going to try their best at being the first to market.

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