Samsung has been teasing the Lollipop update for some of their most recent devices with videos and cryptic tweets, but today users of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can breath a sigh of release as the Korean manufacturer has promised an update for last year’s flagship. The international Exynos-powered variant (GT-I9500) will likely receive the update early next year with the carrier models to follow. Any Galaxy S4 users out there getting excited? Discuss in the comments below!
If you cast your mind back to September, you may remember that the folks over at SamMobile managed to get their mitts on an exclusive preview of Lollipop running on a Galaxy S5, but as Samsung was still working on a strategy to make TouchWiz compatible with Google’s Material Design guidelines, the firmware was rather buggy and a number of inconsistencies could be spotted throughout the user interface.
Now, however, the online publication is in possession of a new internal Android Lollipop preview. This time it’s the latest build of Android 5.0 (LRX02E) and at first glance it looks to be miles better than the version previously demoed. It’s a lot smoother for starters, and there’s a truckload of additional features. Us naming the changes is all well and good, but wouldn’t you rather see them in action?
If your answer to the question is yes — hit the break to watch the new leaked Android 5.0 firmware running on a Galaxy S5.
Cameras for Android devices have come a long way. Some remain hit-or-miss while others perform exceptionally well. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, expect all devices to receive improvements. Changes have been made by Google for Android to support raw image files.
In addition to expanding its enhanced 4G LTE service today, Sprint has also started rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update to all its carrier-branded variants of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8), currently located in the United States.
Weighing in at 250MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s recently-announced Eye Experience camera software, together with a bunch of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break to see the full changelog.
Motorola has just launched a new webpage that notifies owners of the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini and Droid Ultra of the status of their much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade.
A few hours ago, a couple of screenshots appeared online allegedly showcasing HTC’s upcoming Sense 7 user interface that’s expected to roll out alongside the Taiwanese company’s release of Android 5.0 next month.
Word is trickling in regarding when the flagship phones of 2014 will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the devices we have been waiting to hear about is the G3. There has been next to nothing stated about when it would get a taste of Lollipop. Luckily, an LG representative went ahead and gave a general expectation. The representative said that the G3 would receive Android 5.0 by the end of this year.
This is for the international version of the G3; therefore, owners of carrier versions in the United States should expect it in early 2015 just like everyone else owning another device.
A software update has arrived for Verizon customers with the HTC One (M8). It brings the Eye Experience software introduced a few weeks ago as well as Android 4.4.4 in a file totaling just over 210MB. The carrier estimates that the update will take six minutes and that is about what I experienced. The device cycles through some restarts with installations once the download is complete and then the device is ready to go. Of course, Android 4.4.4 is primarily unnoticed changes; however, the Eye Experience gives new features to the Camera app.
Update: HTC threw an extra application into this software update. The HTC One (M8) now has a pre-installed flashlight app.
Most of Google’s apps will be receiving a design update within the next month to match up with Lollipop’s general look and feel called material design.
Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.
Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:
HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage
Source: @moversi (Twitter)