Android 5.0 Lollipop has a very cool new feature that will make it so much easier to setup a new phone or tablet. You can now restore all or some of the apps from a particular device. No more will you have to type and search for every app that you want to download and install because Google will automatically download and install all the apps that were installed on your older phone or tablet.
When HTC announced their new EYE Experience, a bundle of improvements to their camera features, they indicated a variety of devices would receive the update over the coming months. Owners of the unlocked version of the HTC One (M8) were probably glad to see they were near the top of the line when the update started rolling out last week along with an update to Android 4.4.4. Now owners of the device on the T-Mobile network will be joining in on the fun as the carrier has given their technical approval for the update.
Users can expect to see an OTA update appear on their devices starting as soon as Tuesday, October 21st. This was announced by Mo Versi, HTC’s vice president for Product Management, via a tweet earlier today.
Although Motorola continues to languish behind bigger companies like Samsung and Apple in terms of market share for smartphones and tablets, that has not stopped them from producing some noteworthy devices. The latest such device is the new Nexus 6 smartphone from Google and Motorola has a new Droid device, the DROID TURBO, ready to be released by Verizon. The company also made a big point about last year’s Moto X being produced in the U.S., although the company is now bracing for ownership by China-based Lenovo. With so much change and activity, Motorola wants to make sure job seekers do not forget them and have release a video to highlight the company and what it is like working there. Read more
In the weeks preceding the launch of a new version of Android, it is inevitable that developers try to take apps from the new builds and get them to work on older builds. This is a welcome practice for impatient users and those of us with outdated phones that may not receive the newest Android update. We recently posted downloads for the newest versions of Play Movies & TV and Play Games, and today we have a download for the stock Android 5.0 Lollipop messenger app. Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has made its appearance in Thailand and is now set to hit American shores, launching on AT&T later this week. The budget phablet features a 6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.5GB of RAM, a quad-core processor and a 2800mAh battery. On the software side of things it runs Android 4.4 and features Samsung’s popular dual-window feature with the added ability to run two instances of the same app simultaneously. The phone goes for $149.99 with a new two-year contract or $474.99 outright. Any AT&T subscribers out there interested in picking one of these up on the 24th? Let us know in the comments below.
HTC has already confirmed that they’re planning on getting the Android 5.0 update out to the HTC One M7 and M8 within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. However, they haven’t clarified anything about other devices, but fortunately a leaked roadmap has shed some light on what devices will receive the update, and when that will happen.
The M7 and M8 are still slated for what will probably be a January/February release. The Google Play Editions of those devices are probably going to see an update much earlier, though, with a release date pegged for late November or early December. Read more
Google’s new Material design has been popping up in updates for many of their apps, and the Gmail app has finally joined the party, bringing other email services with it. While the apk isn’t (officially) available yet, we do have Google’s onboarding video which you can watch after the break. Read more
Earlier this month, OnePlus tested out a pre-order system instead of the extremely difficult invite system that they’ve used to sell the OnePlus One so far. The pre-orders were also sent out as “invitations,” however, so not everyone had a chance to put an order in. Fortunately, the company is opening up their pre-0rder system again next week, but this time it will be open to anyone that wants to put an order in.
Starting today, you can add a OnePlus One and accessories to your shopping cart and get everything ready to be ordered. Then, for 24 hours on October 27th, those orders will process and you’ll immediately get a date for when your device will ship. It’s not clear on just how far back those shipping dates will be, but I guess we’ll know next week. Read more
As we edge closer to the Nov. 3 release of Android 5.0 Lollipop for WiFi devices, we’re going to start seeing more and more Google apps go Material Design. One app, everyone’s been hoping to see in material is Google Play Music. Over the weekend, a port of the developer preview for the Nexus 4 was created and in it, came material-designed Play Music. Well the gents over at Droid-Life were able to take a look at it, this past weekend.
Google has finally added a much needed option to finding apps in the Play Store: filtering apps by ratings.
Normally if you’re looking for a new app, you’d have to scroll through every app on the Play Store. If any of you have done that for more than five minutes, you probably know there’s just as much junk and spam as actual apps. Fortunately, most of those apps get poor ratings and it’s easy to see bad apps from a distance, but with this new filter, you won’t even have to see those apps. Read more