Keeping the promise it made back in October and to entice new customers, Xolo announced earlier today that it will begin pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of its first budget-friendly smartphone, the One, starting Friday, January 16.
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.
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.
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.”
Motorola is working on putting the finishing touches on the Moto X Lollipop update.
Because keeping single-letter naming conventions makes sense to our Korean overlords (S, A, E), Samsung is set to release its J series of Galaxy phones, starting with the Galaxy J1. The J series will be a budget line of phones ready to take aim at the likes of the Moto G and others.
Following LG’s unveiling of its flagship phablet of 2015, the G Flex 2, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week, the 2nd generation G Flex is now available to pre-order from Amazon Germany for €599 ($708).
Carl 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.
We’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.
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.