While Android 5.0 Lollipop introduced Guest Mode for phones, Samsung chose not to include the feature when implementing the software. The next software update to hit Samsung devices, Android 5.1, will mark the return of Guest Mode and users will be able to create dedicated spaces for multiple profiles. Each profile gets their own choice of apps to install, homescreen design, and stored fingerprint.
It is unknown how many devices will receive Android 5.1 from Samsung; however, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are guaranteed to be among the first.
If you are the proud owner of a new Chromebook Pixel, you’ll be glad to hear of a new, experimental feature called Lucid Sleep. Whilst it sounds like some sort of hush-hush project at Lockheed’s SkunkWorks facility, Lucid Sleep is actually a way of ensuring that your new Pixel Chromebook keeps up to date with push notifications while it is sleeping, much like your smartphone does.
LG might be on the verge of announcing its latest flagship smartphone, the G4, in just a couple of hours, but that doesn’t mean that the G2 has been abandoned. Indeed, the venerable G2 has seen some carrier versions updated to Android 5.0 in recent times, and now it is the turn of Sprint’s G2 variant to receive some Lollipop goodness via OTA. We have the changelog below.
As is customary with every new flagship smartphone that Samsung releases, Galaxy S6 (reviewed here) and S6 Edge owners can look forward to getting their hands on some premium apps, services and content free-of-charge courtesy of its Galaxy Gifts app. We have the full list after the break.
Two of the world’s most popular devices were not able to work with Android Auto prior to today. An update to Google Play Services, which is rolling out right now, bring’s support for Google’s automobile-focused platform to the Galaxy S6 (which we reviewed) and Galaxy S6 Edge. Other devices were (and still are) left out from Android Auto support, but Google did the right thing by adding two Samsung devices that millions of consumers will purchase this year and next.
If you own a 1st generation Moto X, you will be pleased to find out that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update has begun rolling out. In Brazil. I know, it isn’t good news if you don’t actually live in Brazil, but hey, at least it’s a start, and a sign that it’s on the way. We have the changelog after the break.
Remember the Nexus Player? We won’t fault you if you don’t. To many, Google’s first entry into the digital media player space is an exercise in futility, with similarly-priced competitors sporting stronger specs and better UIs. Like many Nexus devices, the Player hasn’t quite made the splash Google (and Asus) might have intended, but how many Nexus devices go mainstream, anyway? The closest we’ve really come to that is the Nexus 6 and (maybe) the (subjectively superior) Nexus 5.
But now, the Nexus Player is also the first device to receive the Android 5.1.1 update. Yes, what is arguably the least-used of all Nexus devices (we’ve got our eye on you, Nexus 10) is now leading the pack in software updates. The now-passé Android 5.1 has been rolling out to a handful of devices over the past number of weeks, but now that progress has been torn asunder by proof that there is more to be had from Lollipop than mere single-decimal nomenclature.
YouTube is an app that many of us take for granted, it seems to be available on virtually every electronic device from smartphones and tablets to gaming consoles and smart televisions. According to an updated support document, though, the range of supported devices will shrink a little from the end of April thanks to the retirement of YouTube’s old Data API.
Samsung might be expecting to sell over 70 million of its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones in its attempt to return to maximum profitability, but the Korean company is pretty active in its charity work as well. This is evidenced by it’s What If I Can charity campaign that started earlier this year, aiming to build Solar Powered Internet Schools (SPIS) in Africa. You can take part simply by downloading the What If I Can app from the Google Play Store and taking part in the global walkathon. Read more
There’s no such thing as having too many apps on your smartphone, am I right? And sure, while you’ll always have your favourite apps, there’s so many others to try out, perhaps you are bored of your current game or you are looking at trying our a new fitness tracker. Whatever your needs, Amazon have probably got you covered with its latest collection of free apps worth a combined $105.