Sony is the first company to announce it is holding an event at CES 2015. There, it is expected that new devices will be introduced to the Xperia line. To be exact, new phones and a tablet are going to be unveiled. Sony could be opting with CES 2015 for announcements as it allows the company to get ahead of everyone else doing so at Mobile World Congress in February. You will not have to wait until January, though, to find out what Sony has up its sleeve. Why? Because someone decided to spill the beans on the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet.
Hit the break to find out what is to come from Sony next year.
Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, has today tweeted that the Taiwanese company is preparing to roll out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Google Play edition models of the One M8 and M7 located in the United States as soon as next week.
All the changes you’d expect from Lollipop are bundled into this update, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. HTC has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge is a weird device. The curved screen on the side of the device definitely puts a unique spin on a smartphone, but some people might be put off by how unorthodox the screen is. Samsung knows that, so they’ve released a brief article going over some of the finer details of the Edge’s screen to try and sway buyers that might be on the fence about it.
Helium Backup is probably the best way to back up your app data on your Android phone or tablet, especially if you’re not rooted, which is the majority of you. We featured it in our best ways to back up apps guide, but back then it was called Carbon.
The only issue with the app itself is that you need to initiate it through your desktop with a Windows application, then the mobile app will do the rest. That’s not the developer Koushik Dutta’s fault. It’s just how Android works in that it needs adb in order to save these backups, and the desktop app just streamlines it for you. Things are still the same, but if you’re a Chrome user, you can grab the Chrome app instead of using Windows. What makes this interesting is that you can now use a Chromebook since the Chrome OS now supports the connection of Android devices via the USB port. Of course you can still use the Chrome app on your Windows or Mac computer.
Although Samsung’s S Pen may seem like a simple piece of hardware that helps make the company’s Note devices a bit more useful, that doesn’t mean Samsung hasn’t been looking for ways to make it even more powerful. At their ongoing developer conference, Samsung has announced the new Advanced S Pen and a special SDK that developers can use to tap into the new features.
Today, Samsung confirmed in a statement it sent to The Inquirer that the curved variant of its flagship phablet of 2014, the Galaxy Note Edge, is en route to the United Kingdom.
According to a spokesperson for the South Korean company, the handset will be available to purchase from selected retailers from Friday, November 28, with the option to pre-order from Samsung’s eStore and The Carphone Warehouse starting tomorrow, November 14.
The MX4 Pro is expected to be announced formally on November 19. Although there is about one week until that time, a lot can happen. In the mobile industry, more time means more leaks. That is what happened here. The handset from Meizu showed up online in one lucky person’s hand. It certainly shows its size, a measurement said to be around the 5.4- or 5.5-inch mark. The back panel is pretty simple. It has just a circular camera lens cutout and below that is the flash. The front side will not be much different, but a fingerprint sensor is expected.
When Vsenn announced they were working on a modular smartphone platform to compete with Google’s Project Ara, more than a few eyebrows were raised that a start-up would want to take on Google, especially in a brand new market. To help set itself apart from its much larger competitor, Vsenn has announced plans for an Approved ROM Partner (ARP) program. The ARP is intended to give customers the flexibility to flash a new ROM onto their device while still maintaining their warranty and factory support for their device. Along with the announcement of this new program Vsenn also announced that Paranoid Android would be the first ROM approved for use.
Sure, Christmas hasn’t happened yet, but that’s not going to stop manufacturers from preparing the launches of their new devices for next year. Sony has already scheduled a CES 2015 conference for January 5th, although they haven’t specified exactly what’s going to be announced.
The Moto G (2014) 2nd gen is already enjoying Lollipop, and now it’s time for the 1st gen model. It looks like the dual SIM variant (XT1033) will start its soak test tomorrow in India. We are not sure about other 1st gen Moto G’s, but I can’t imagine they will be too far behind.
As to the Moto X, we can only assume the 1st Gen model will start the soak test soon, but it’s likely to only be for the unlocked version. As you know, the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition model is getting Lollipop, but unfortunately all the carrier versions will likely be delayed until further testing is completed. Hopefully most of the carrier versions will get updated by the end of the year.