The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones were announced last week to varying degrees of excitement, depending on if the device you want is launching in your region. Not everyone wants to upgrade to a new handset, though, which means that many Samsung fans are wondering what new features the eventual Android M firmware update will bring to eligible devices. Read more
Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop are all tasty treats. They are also names of versions of Android launched in previous years. Each year, Google chooses a new treat to act as the symbol of Android. This year, with Android M, the options are vast. So YouTube’s Nat & Lo, who often explore Google’s mysteries, created a musical number on potential Android M names while hinting at their next episode.
A new version of Google Play Services was silently introduced on Thursday. Google Play Services 7.8 brings two new APIs that are currently available to developers using the Android SDK Manager.
The Nearby Messages cross-platform API is purposed to enable communication between devices and people through Bluetooth, WiFi, and an ultrasonic modem. The Mobile Vision API analyzes surroundings in real-time and detects facial features in images and videos.
OnePlus recently announced that it is slowing down the rate at which it issues invites for its 2016 flagship killer, the OnePlus 2, which isn’t great news for its fans. But, on the other hand, it has also just announced that it’s released a firmware update for the OnePlus One to deal with the marauding StageFright exploit. And that is good.
Wondering when your HTC One (M8) will get the latest version of the company’s Sense 7 software? The wait will be at least a few more months.
On Twitter, HTC’s Mo Versi commented on the status of Sense 7 for the 2014 flagship.
Cyanogen posted great news on Instagram. Adnan B., a Cyanogen employee, spoke at Seattle Code Rush, saying the company now has more active users than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry together. This is an amazing accomplishment for the company, and they seem to be very proud of it.
Sometime next week, Alcatel OneTouch will push a security update to its flagship device. The Idol 3 will receive a software update “on or around August 10″ to address Android’s Stagefright vulnerability. Alcatel OneTouch is following Google’s lead in issuing a fix for the vulnerability.
Owners of the Idol 3 located in the United States will be first to receive the security update.
Amid the concerns of Android’s Stagefright vulnerability, Google has commented on the protection of its own devices. Nexus devices ranging from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 6 will now be covered by monthly security updates. The company pointed out that Android being open source means that potential security risks can be identified and addressed by anyone to strengthen the platform.
Many have been waiting for the release of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the HTC One M9 and it looks like for some of you the wait is over. Starting tomorrow the 5.1 update will be rolling out to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (or the “EMEA” for short).
Source: Graham Wheeler (Twitter)
Google usually list the Android distribution numbers, but decided to skip July’s. However, now it’s August and Google has updated them again. Lollipop is now installed on 18.1% of Android devices which is up from 12.4% in June.