Samsung’s Galaxy A8 gets manhandled in Quick Start video prior to its release

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We’ve heard rumours for a couple of months now that Samsung were in the process of readying its Galaxy A8 smartphone for launch, and this is surely the clearest hint yet. A quick start video has been released of the handset being manhandled by China’s TENAA (China’s version of the FCC), showing off its various features and specifications.

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Samsung sees bright future with Tizen

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Samsung plans to expand its line up of Tizen smartphones later this year thanks to the success of its launch in India. The success of the Z1, Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone, shows a promising future within certain markets and maybe even globally. Sales have been booming in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as well, even becoming number the one smartphone sold in Bangladesh during the first quarter of 2015.

Samsung plans on releasing several Tizen phones of different prices most likely to suit different budgets and needs. Which demonstrates some sort of success. This leak is directly sourced from inside Samsung so its credibility seems to be high. If all goes well, we should be seeing more Tizen phones in the future and maybe even in your pocket.

Source: Reuters

Google releases Android 5.1.1 build LMY48G for Nexus 7 (2013)

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Google certainly hasn’t forgotten the Nexus 7, more specifically the 2013 edition. The latest build now available is Android 5.1.1 (LMY48G). There isn’t an OTA yet, so your only option for now is manually flash via fastboot. If you you have done this before, which I am sure most of you have, then this should be a breeze. Remember to download the system images under the code name “razor”.

For those who don’t want to get their hands dirty, be sure to check your device every so often to see if the build is available via Settings > About Tablet > System Updates.

As always when performing updates of any kind, be sure to backup any data you don’t want to loose just incase things go haywire during the update.

Source: Google

HTC Desire Eye from AT&T gets Lollipop on June 30

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There may not be many Desire Eye owners roaming the country, but June 30 will be an exciting day for them. The device’s exclusive carrier, AT&T, will release a software update that bumps it up to Lollipop.

Mo Versi, the HTC employee who announced the update’s impending release, did not specify the exact version of Lollipop coming to the Desire Eye. So it could be Android 5.0 or 5.1, but we will know for which one tomorrow.

Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)

Sprint’s HTC One M9 to receive Android 5.1 Lollipop this week

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This week, Sprint will push a software update to its HTC One M9 that includes the latest version of Android. The flagship from HTC will receive Android 5.1 Lollipop in addition to some camera fixes on Wednesday. Being that the specifications of the One M9 have been underwhelming to some, providing timely software updates and a clean user interface is vital for HTC’s success. The company has issued multiple software updates to fix the camera’s quality as well.

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Google adding logo branding to app splash screens on Android

2015-06-29 22.10.29Google has added an interesting tweak to their current crop of Android apps; splash screens with the Google logo. If you’ve updated and used some of Google’s Android apps lately, you may have noticed a brief splash screen upon opening the apps. The screen is simple, displaying the app’s logo and Google’s brand logo at the bottom, but it definitely creates a slight delay when opening the app. That’s not a good thing.

Most of us want our apps to open as quickly as possible, but Google wants to give themselves and other developers a chance to push some brand recognition. They’ve even changed Android’s app developer guidelines to suggest making a brief splash screen while an app initializes, recommending a concise logo or tagline without flooding the screen with too much text. Read more

Federal Railroad Administration to partner with Google on grade-crossing data

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The Federal Railroad Administration and Google are entering into a new partnership to help make the roads just a little safer. As part of a project between the two organizations, Google will include grade crossing data in their Google Maps platform for all rail crossings in the country. More importantly, Google plans to add in audio and visual alerts for drivers using the navigation feature available on their smartphones. Read more