Leaked screenshots show what HTC Sense looks like with Lollipop


Earlier today, four leaked screenshots appeared online showcasing what’s believed to be an unreleased version of HTC Sense 6.0 user interface running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to the source, the images were snapped on a standard One M8 primarily used for internal testing and should be pretty similar to the update the Happy Telephone Company is planning to roll out to all International variants of the handset.

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T-Mobile makes it easier and cheaper to talk to family and friends abroad


T-Mobile introduced an updated Stateside International Talk plan today. Simple Choice customers can add unlimited calls from the U.S. to landlines in more than 70 countries worldwide for just $5 per month. That’s not per individual, it covers the entire family for up to 10 lines.

If you need to call mobile phones, you can opt for the $10 per month plan. This gives the entire family unlimited calling to mobile phones in more than 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico. Plus you still get the unlimited calls to landlines that comes with the $5 per month deal.

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Chainfire’s latest beta SuperSU app fixes Lollipop root bugs

supersu_app_iconRoot access was achieved on Lollipop not long after its official release, but there have been many issues with root apps on Lollipop not working like they did on KitKat and below. Much of this has to do with Android 5.0′s implementation of SELinux for additional security.

Fortunately, Chainfire has been working on potentially fixing many of those broken root apps, and his latest SuperSU beta claims to resolve many of the issues. This SuperSU beta version 2.23 is freely available for download on Chainfire’s website in the form of a flashable zip, and he’s opened a thread on XDA to track which apps are now working correctly and what still needs to be addressed.
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Samsung will offer a smartphone with a foldable display by next year


Samsung might be committed to releasing a lower amount of smartphone models next year, but that isn’t going to stop innovation. We have heard about foldable and flexible displays for a while now, but all we have seen are curved displays. Samsung seems to be gearing up for the first ever smartphone with a display that can be folded in half.

According to Lee Chang-hoon of Samsung Display, they are securing  a production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 flexible display units be the end of next year. They feel they will be the only manufacturer with that kind of capacity, but it’s still pretty low in terms of the amount of smartphones Samsung sells on a yearly basis.

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Galaxy Note 4 beats five competitors for most true-to-life color reproduction award


Many people criticized the Note 4’s display for not changing size and assumed it to be a minor upgrade from its predecessor, but nothing could be further from the truth. Today, video diagnostic company DisplayMate issued the results for its “Display Color Accuracy Shoot-Out” study and awarded Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note the “best of the best” title.

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Android One phones to get Lollipop by the end of January


Android One smartphones might be off to a slow start in terms of sales, but it also appears they are also off to a slow start in terms of updates. According to one of the manufacturers, Spice Mobility, the Dream Uno will receive the Lollipop update by the end of January 2015. More than likely, the Micromax A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V will also get the update around the same time.

Since all Android One phones sport hardware specified by Google and updates come directly from them, you would think the update would be a little quicker. According to sources within Google, the update is ready, so it’s possible that it could start rolling in December. I guess only time will tell.

source: India Today

Meizu unveils the MX4 Pro


The Meizu MX4 Pro was finally unveiled this morning after months of speculation. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1536) display at 546 ppi, an octa-core Exynos 5430 processor consisting of four Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0 GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores at 1.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, a 20.7 Sony Exmor RS camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and 4K video recording, 5 MP front facing camera, and 3,350mAh battery. It’s running their own UI skin called Flyme OS on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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Moto 360 leads Android Wear market share


Smartwatches and wearables are still at its infancy, but now that Android Wear is in full swing, it’s a good time to see how the different manufacturers are doing. Since Android Wear launched at the end of June, the third quarter results are a pretty good indicator. According to Canalys, nearly 5 million smartwatches and fitness bands were shipped during the third quarter. That is a 37 percent increase from the previous quarter, which can’t be surprising.

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Starbucks goes with Power Matters Alliance as its wireless charging standard


The folks over at Powermat Technologies are really happy these days. Why? Because Starbucks announced that it will adopt the developer’s Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard for wireless charging. The coffeehouse chain is launching 1,500 wireless charging stations at two hundred stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. Starbucks is rolling out these wireless charging stations to cities over time rather than doing it nationwide. Starbucks does not exactly say which cities or countries are ahead, but does clarify more will follow in 2015. This approach allows any problems to be identified and fixed before proceeding to the next city.

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