A few weeks ago, Poland was the first country to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The rollout was also reported in South Korea and hinted at in France, but we’ve yet to see much more action in Europe.
Now, after a simple hop over the Alps and Pyrenees, Spain appears to be the next European country in line to receive the Lollipop update on the S5 SM-900F variant. The OTA brings the software version to G900FXXu1BNl9.
The HTC Hima is making its rounds through the rumor mill today, including showing up in some AnTuTu benchmarks. The benchmark was run by a device with the model HTC6535LVW, which may end up being the Verizon version of the variant if the last two letters of the model are anything to go by.
Hardware for the Hima is exactly what we’d expect from a 2015 flagship caliber device: there’s a Snapdragon 810 on board, 3 GB of RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p screen. Personally, I’m glad HTC isn’t racing to shove a ridiculously high resolution screen in their device instead of a fantastic 1080p display, if these benchmarks end up being accurate. Read more
We know the OnePlus Two is coming in the next few months, so we should expect a handful of leaks and rumors about the device in the coming weeks. This time, we have a Chinese retailer that has prematurely listed the handset for presale, complete with a relatively high price tag and a full set of specs.
According to the listing, the OnePlus Two will sport a 5.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of non-expandable internal storage, and Color OS based on Android 4.4. The rear camera is a 16 megapixel shooter with a 5 megapixel front camera. The asking price for the flagship is set at about $538, which is much higher than what the original OnePlus One was priced at, and it will supposedly ship on February 10th. Read more
A new round of flagship handsets will arrive by March to carry companies through 2015. We have heard about the next handset from HTC, codenamed “Hima,” for the last few weeks. Steve Hemmerstoffer of NoWhereElse.fr has published a press render, debut date, and specifications for what will presumably be known as the HTC One (M9). The debut for the handset is said to be at CES 2015; therefore, the actual release date would be somewhere around late February or early March. It would be a departure from HTC’s typical March/April releases.
A new variant of Samsung’s hit phablet line, the Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE, is set to launch in South Korea by mid-January. It’ll have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC and a large 5.7-inch display to go along with a downlink of up to 300Mbps , and will be made available for major Korean carriers in SK Telecom (SM-N916S) and Olleh (SM-N916K).
This is the third variant to the device, along with the Exynos (7 Octa) and Snapdragon (805) versions. This release is only in Korea, at least for now.
There’s some more good post-holiday news for Google. Amazon’s latest report shows that the top three spots in laptop sales on their website are all taken by Chromebooks.The top seller was the 11.6-inch Acer C720, followed by the 13.3-inch ASUS C300 Chromebook, and the second-generation HP Chromebook 11. The figures cover the period of November 1 and December 19, 2014.
That’s not all. Google’s Chromecast was the second best selling item on Amazon, placing second to Amazon’s own Fire TV stick, which has become Amazon’s fastest selling device of all time.
Source: OMG Chrome!
Phablets with styluses haven’t really been popular, aside from Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. That’s not stopping LG from reportedly trying their hand at it. According to sources in Asia, the LG G4 will adopt a phablet format and also include a stylus. Everything’s not completely clear, as this could be instead a new G Pro or a new G Stylus.
According to previous information, the G4 will have a 5.3 inch screen, with a Quad HD resolution, an ultra narrow frame design and a Snapdragon 810 64 bit processor, as well as 32 or 64 GB of storage. In addition, LG will include 4 GB of RAM and a 20.7 megapixel camera, as well as a 3500 mAh battery. Stay tuned for more information.
Source: GSM Dome
While Android device manufacturers continue to push out official builds of Android 5.0 Lollipop for their newer devices, users with older devices continue to wait their turn. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can hasten the process if they are willing to flash their device to install the update manually after a copy leaked. Read more
If you happen to have a Verizon LTE device and want to get hooked up with a prepaid plan from Straight Talk, you are in luck as the carrier is starting to take SIM card orders for Verizon devices. The addition of Verizon LTE devices as an option for Straight Talk customers should not be too big a surprise since Straight Talk is a Verizon MVNO.
SIM cards for Verizon devices run only $6.99. Straight Talk will not be shipping the new SIM cards for at least a couple weeks while they wait for them to be delivered before they can ship them to their customers. Straight Talk’s primary plan for smartphones runs $45 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and 3 GB of data. Straight Talk does throttle data speeds once customers hit 3 GB of data, bringing the speed down to only 64 kbps.
source: Straight Talk
Thanks to the Zauba site tracking imports into India, including devices for testing purposes like in this case, new information has been gleaned about Samsung’s work on their tablet devices for 2015. The Zauba site listed a couple Samsung tablets entering the country on December 22nd and 23rd, the Samsung SM-T555 and the SM-T1116 respectively. The former is believed to be a 10-inch version of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 while the latter is thought to be a budget model tablet. Read more