Android One, Google’s answer to get low cost smartphones into the hands of the next billion, seems to be off to a slow start. Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice offered Android One handsets in India from mid September. According to IDC, 8 million smartphones were shipped into India, and only about 2.5% of them were Android One devices.
We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.
Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel.
Indian retailed Flipkart has started pre-orders of the Nexus 6. You can grab the 32 GB version for Rs. 43,999 ($713) or the 64 GB version for Rs. 48,999 ($794). You will of course still have your choice of either Cloud White or Midnight Blue. Shipping will take place in early December.
Are you ordering one or is the Nexus 6 too big for you?
It happens all the time. Manufacturers release a phone with one or a few color options, and later release more colors. It happened to the Nexus 5 last year. Remember that red option that came a few months later? It looks like the something similar will happen with the Nexus 6. According to a Google regional field rep, a sand color option is coming to the Nexus 6.
OmniVision has announced two new camera sensors for Android devices that boast some incredibly high megapixel counts. The two modules boast 23.8 megapixel and 21.4 megapixel counts, both of which are much higher than what we typically see on Android devices.
Fortunately, both sensors feature all of the other high end features that we’ve come to expect from flagship devices, including real-time HDR and 4k video recording, although the real-time HDR is exclusively for video capture, not photo stills.
In preparation for Wednesday, Nov. 19′s launch of the Nexus 6, it appears that T-Mobile has received a shipment of the new Google phablet. It’s said that select T-Mobile stores have display models out already and a number of XDA users have stated that they’ve been lucky enough to have T-Mobile sell them the 5.96-inch monster a few days early.
That being said, we’re still two days away from T-Mobile’s actual launch of the device. Of course you can test your luck and maybe snag on early. If not, you’ll maybe at least be able to touch and play with one in the mean time.
If you decide to order a OnePlus One, you should hope that you get a flawless device the first time around. According to some comments on Reddit and the OnePlus forums, customers that received defective devices have been ignored when they tried to file RMAs to get the devices replaced.
We saw the Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 4 (occam) land a couple of days ago, so we knew it was only a matter of time until the OTA Zip file was posted. Good news for this Sunday morning. It’s available right now for your downloading pleasure.
Updating via OTA route is preferred since you don’t have to worry about losing your data, assuming your device is locked. You should still backup your data however.
We have the download link below and be sure to check out our extensive guide on how to install this bad boy. You won’t find more detailed instructions anywhere else.
source: Nexus 4 (occam) From KTU84P to LRX21T
Want a quick way to root your Nexus device?
In the past, one such option has been CF-Auto Root — until now, that option hasn’t been available for Lollipop users.
But with a recent update by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, Nexus devices running Android 5.0 can join in on the fun. Hit the break for details:
The name Xiaomi is not well known in many Western markets, but on the strength of their fans in China, the company recently took over the number 3 spot for smartphone market share during the third quarter of 2014. To help keep those sales growing, the company is working on a new flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi5. Some new images have surfaced on Weibo allegedly showing the new device.