The last two years have been quite good for Cyanogen. The company saw its software ship on new hardware and quickly gain praise. All of this made investors eager to become involved with the software developer. Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and even Yahoo all were said to have expressed interest in Cyanogen almost six months ago. In October, Google joined those interested but Cyanogen declined what was reportedly an offer to acquire the entire company. Cyanogen wants to operate on its own and keep Android as open as it should be. Of all the companies interested in Cyanogen, it looks like Microsoft has made the most progress.
Google’s hardworking Chrome team has officially completed Chrome 41 Beta and is prepping it for release.
In just a few days, expect a software update to begin rolling out to the HTC One (M8) for AT&T. Mo Versi, the Vice President of Product Management at HTC, responded to one eager customer on Friday. Versi announced that a software update would land on the device “early next week” and include a slew of items.
Here is what Versi said will be in the update:
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- HTC Eye Experience software
- Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
Even though it is not Android 5.0 Lollipop, it is a welcome
It was reported by Talk Android’s Jeff Causey on the 12th of January (link here) that Google would no longer be providing security updates to WebView on devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and earlier. In fact, it is even deeper than that: Google will not be managing the entire WebKit for these versions any longer, from which WebView is derived.
In a post on Google+ today, Android Security’s lead engineer, Adrian Ludwig, provided clarification and guidance to those nearly 1 billion device owners running Jelly Bean or earlier Android versions.
This afternoon, LG posted the above image on its Twitter account, with the message: “Introducing Lollipop: a sweet treat for your #LGG3.”
Source: LG via Twitter
There’s been a bit of a delay for the much-awaited Android 5.0 update for the HTC One M7, but if you’re tired of waiting, you can grab the update on the XDA Forums, courtesy of LlabTooFeR.
A lot of people are still waiting for their phones to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. Owners of the 2014 Moto X on TELUS – your wait is over. According to user fortunerazor on Moto X’s Reddit page, the TELUS 2014 Moto X has begun receiving a hefty system update that is Android 5.0.
If you’re receiving the update, which is 575.7 MB, let us know how the process goes in the comments.
Google has just posted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Until now, the only images that were available were for the 2012 Nexus 7. The build number on today’s images is the same as last month’s LRX22G. Google hasn’t posted any change log, but we aren’t expecting big changes in the new firmware.
The images are available on Google’s developer site and should begin to rollout over-the-air soon. If you don’t want to wait, however, you can check out our guide on installing factory images here, and download the image via the source link below.
Source: Google Developers
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.”