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Android 5.0 Lollipop begins rolling out for Exynos-powered Galaxy S5

By Andrew Grush

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While Samsung isn’t known for being particularly fast when it comes to new OS updates, the Korean giant has been much more aggressive with its Lollipop rollout. We’ve already seen a number of devices start to receive the update in several markets across the globe, including the Galaxy S5. Up until now, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update only applied to the Snapdragon variant, but no longer. Earlier today the Exynos powered Galaxy S5 SM-G900H began to see the update as well, starting with Kazakhstan.

While the rollout is pretty limited at the moment, this just goes to show how dedicated Samsung is to getting Lollipop out to as many folks as possible. As for what is new? First, there’s plenty of under the hood changes that come with Lollipop, such as switching to ART, a number of bug fixes (though several new bugs have been introduced as well…) and more. When it comes to front-facing features, TouchWiz masks a lot of the Lollipop changes (Material Design) that you’d see in a stock Android build but there’s still several noticeable tweaks including brighter colors, an updated multitasking interface, a new lock screen and the priority system for Lollipop.

Again, right now the Exynos update is only available in one region, though it’s only a matter of time before the update becomes available to others either through Samsung Kies, an OTA or both methods. To check for the OTA, you can always head to Settings> System> About Device> Software Update.

So how about it, any Exynos-based Galaxy S5 owners see Android 5.0 on their devices yet? If so, what region are you in and what do you think of the experience so far?

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Source:: android authority


Teardown: take a look inside the Xiaomi Mi Note

By Rob Triggs

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Members over on the MIUI forum have taken apart the Xiaomi Mi Note, so that we may have a gander at how Xiaomi goes about cramming its high-end hardware into a package costing around only $370.

After pulling off the rear glass cover with some basic suction pads and unscrewing the metal protective cover, the Mi Note’s motherboard and other internal components can all be found within easy reach. The inside of the case is split into three parts, one housing the motherboard, the speakers at the bottom, and a space for the 2,900mAh 4.4V battery, which is provided by LG.

Turning to the motherboard, it’s here that you will find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB Samsung LPDDR3 RAM module, two power management chips for the smartphone, and the flash memory provided by Toshiba. Placed snugly near the 3mm audio jack you can also spot a high-end 32-bit ES9018K2M digital to analog converter, which features 127dB dynamic range and -120dB THD + noise characteristics, and TI OPA1612 and ADI ADA4896 op-amp chips for the audio signal path. Interestingly, there is a metal cover soldered to the back of the motherboard to offer additional protection.

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Nestled next to the main board are the front and rear cameras. The rear camera is a 13 megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor with optical image stabilization, while the front facing camera is a 4MP Ultrapixel camera developed by HTC, which contains pixels sized at 2-micron each, and is designed for superior low light capture. Lifting out the battery reveals a connection from the motherboard down to the microphone, USB port and vibration unit at the bottom of the smartphone.

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Overall, the tinkerers found the Xiaomi Mi Note rather easy to take apart, investigate and reassemble. For a low-cost device, Xiaomi has clearly taken the time to design and layout a well put together smartphone.

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Source:: android authority


OnePlus One Android 5.0 update teased on video

By Alex Wagner

OnePlus has been teasing its Android 5.0 update for the OnePlus One for the past few months, hinting that it’ll be free of bloatware and even offering an alpha version for preview. Today the teasing continued with a brief video.

OnePlus’s YouTube channel is now home to a 24-second video that shows Android 5.0 running on the OnePlus One, complete with the Android Flappy Bird Easter egg. OnePlus says that the update is “almost here.”

The software shown in this teaser video looks pretty stock, but it’s unclear exactly how much the final Android 5.0 update that’s released to the OnePlus One will resemble the software shown in this video. OnePlus has said that more details on OxygenOS will be shared on February 12, though, so it won’t be long before more is revealed.

How many of you are using the OnePlus One as your daily driver?

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Source:: androidandme


Android Lollipop rolling out to the HTC One M8 in Canada today

By Rob Triggs

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HTC may be a little behind with its 90 day Android Lollipop roll-out goal, but the company is still pushing out updates for its flagship smartphone. Android Lollipop will be heading out to Canadian HTC One M8 owners within the next 24 hours.

Answering questions via Twitter yesterday, HTC’s own Mo Versi confirmed that the company has received technical approval from Rogers and TELUS regarding updates for the M8 and that an over-the-air rollout would begin the following day (which is today).

@Enea77 @HTCCanada Alessandro, we’ve received technical approval from Rogers this afternoon on M8! OTA will also start tomorrow! Thanks.

— Mo (@moversi) February 2, 2015

Furthermore, HTC Canada’s Twitter account also confirmed that a similar update would be making its way to the HTC One M7 “soon”, although a more specific time frame wasn’t given. Hopefully, we should see news about the update appear in the near future.

@ohhwhen Thanks for asking. The HTC One (M7) update is also on it’s way soon, please stay tuned for updates on our social channels.

— HTC Canada (@HTCCanada) February 3, 2015

Keep your eyes peeled for that OTA update notification later today.

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Source:: android authority


Android 5.0.1 Lollipop leaked for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

By Rob Triggs

Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Beta

After many leaks and teasers, Samsung has been gradually rolling out Android Lollipop updates for its Galaxy S5, S4, and Note 3 smartphones. Now, a leaked Android 5.0.1 build, complete with Touchwiz features, has appeared for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, courtesy of folks over at the XDA Forum.

The build, labelled XXU1BOA2, appears to have come from a beta version of a stock Touchwiz, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop that was created on January 29th, which suggests that it’s probably as up to date as Samsung is with the ROM right now. As it stands, the firmware is reported to work with the SM-N915FY (for Europe) and the SM-N915F models of the Galaxy Note Edge. As we’ve seen before with Samsung’s Touchwiz tweaked Lollipop, the theme and new menu layouts take on a slightly new look than before. See the image below:

Those interesting in flashing the build can do so through ODIN without tripping Knox and can also go back to Android 4.4.4 without too much hassle. Which is probably a good thing, as the beta build probably has a few bugs left to work out. One important bug to note is that you have to manually set the minimum CPU frequency to 300MHz using some third party software.

There are the usual instructions over on XDA link below for those looking to install the ROM, so read them carefully and, as always, make a backup before you start.

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Source:: android authority


Kovdev’s excellent icon packs are 50% off

By Bogdan Petrovan

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If you’re into Android customization, or if you just like to freshen up your device every now and then, you’ve likely heard about the icon packs made by Dave Kover, a.k.a Kovdev.

Normally going for $2/set, Kovdev’s twelve icon packs each include more than 2100 unique icons, for everything from system functions to hundreds of the most popular apps, including Android Authority. Each pack features a unique style – for instance, Nox features the popular long shadow style, Audax is for fans of circular designs, while Omne and Stark are for minimalists. Besides the icons, each packs comes with a set of matching wallpapers.

Kovdev’s icons are compatible with all the major custom launchers (Nova, Apex, Action, etc.), as well as the CM11 Theme Engine.

All Kovdev icon packs (both new and old) are now on sale for $0.99 each. Check them out in the Play Store.

For more great icon packs, check out our 8 best developers of icon packs for Android top, where Kovdev is at #2.

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Source:: android authority


The FCC will reportedly classify ISP’s under Title II

By William Neilson Jr



According to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will propose to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISP) as a public utility under the classification of Title II. This classification would give the FCC the actual power to punish ISP’s if they tried putting forward corporate-friendly “fast lanes.” At the moment, the FCC’s power is minimal at best.

The proposal is expected to be introduced by the FCC on Thursday. Following the introduction, the FCC is expected to hold a vote at an open meeting on February 26 where a majority of the FCC’s five commissioners must approve the rules for them to take effect.

In October of last year, it looked like Chairman Wheeler would stay away from Title II classification and would instead push forward a complicated hybrid plan that tried (and would have failed) to satisfy either net neutrality side. But since that time, President Obama has pushed Wheeler to classify ISP’s under Title II.

It should be noted that even if ISP’s are classified under Title II, the FCC would not automatically ban paid-peering deals. The FCC would simply have the power to review such deals on a case-by-case basis.

As I have written about previously, broadband officials have indicated that they will sue the FCC if they classify the ISP’s under Title II. According to broadband lobbyists and corporations, Title II classification would slow down investment in upgrading networks. Apparently, the lobbyists want us to forget that Verizon’s CFO has admitted that no such slowdown would occur under Title II while wireless carriers just spent close to $45 billion in the latest spectrum auction, a new record.

At the end of the day, consumers want their internet given to them without absurd and arbitrary restrictions. Consumers are even willing to overpay to have such freedom on the internet.

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Source:: android authority


OnePlus gives us a very brief glimpse at the stock-like OxygenOS

By Bogdan Petrovan

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OnePlus is teasing its new Android ROM before its official unveiling on February 12.

OnePlus first talked about its ROM plans late last year, and held a community contest to name it. The winning name, OxygenOS, was announced last week, but OnePlus revealed no other details about the ROM, save for the February 12 official launch. Now the company is lifting the veil in a brief video, revealing a ROM that is very close to its stock Lollipop roots.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that OnePlus is keeping it close to stock, at least for now. The bootstrapped company can’t afford to invest in making deep customization and its target customers likely appreciate the simplicity of Google’s version of Android.

The video casts doubt over a set of screenshots that surfaced last night allegedly showing OxygenOS. The screenshots show a custom lockscreen and a heavily modified app drawer, none of which appear in the video.

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It’s possible that the screenshots actually show a version of Color OS (the OS developed by OnePlus’ sister company Oppo) or something else altogether.

It’s been heavily speculated that OxygenOS is meant to replace Cyanogen OS as the default ROM for OnePlus’ next smartphone. OnePlus and Cyanogen publicly quarreled over the latter’s decision to give Micromax exclusive rights over Cyanogen OS in India. As a result, OnePlus was left scrambling for an alternative.

How would you feel about a very stock like experience for OxygenOS?

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Source:: android authority


Motorola sales doubled year on year, more than 10 million phones sold in Q4

By Bogdan Petrovan

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Lenovo announced results for the first quarter with Motorola in the house, and everything seems to be going according to plan so far.

Lenovo completed the acquisition of Motorola from Google on October 30, following the announcement of the $2.9 billion deal in January 2014.

Lenovo’s plan to make Motorola profitable within six quarters is on track.

In the quarter that ended December, Motorola sold more than 10 million smartphones, a 118 percent increase over the same period last year. Motorola revenue was $1.9 billion, out of the total of $3.4 billion generated by Lenovo’s mobile unit, which includes Lenovo-branded smartphone, tablets, and TVs. However, the mobile unit ended in the red, with a loss of $89 million for the quarter.

According to IDC research, thanks to Motorola and its own brand devices, Lenovo grabbed 6.6 percent of the global smartphone market, behind only Samsung and Apple. That’s a 78 percent increase year on year.

Lenovo said that its plan to make Motorola profitable within six quarters is on track.

Lenovo highlighted its global reach (67 countries and counting) and slipped in a jab at Chinese mobile rivals (read Xiaomi) that make the bulk of their profits in China. That’s opposed to Lenovo, which sold 60 percent of its phones outside of China.

Overall, Lenovo beat analyst margins by a long shot, with net profit of $253 million, compared to the $184.6 million consensus of analysts consulted by Bloomberg. The Chinese giant even increased its PC sales by 5 percent, which is quite a performance given the general weakness of the market.

Lenovo is just getting started with Motorola, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the venerable phone maker. Motorola cost Google hundreds of millions each quarter, but Lenovo is confident it can turn it around relatively quickly. Lenovo just re-introduced the Motorola brand in China, while in the fast-growing Indian market, Motorola is already thriving, having sold three million units in 2014.

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Source:: android authority


OnePlus 2014 report card – tons of facts, little information

By Jonathan Feist

OnePlus 2014 Revenue

OnePlus has released a huge infographic packed full of all the stats they are proud of for the last year. The OnePlus Annual Report Card 2014 is live, and the company has a few things to be proud of.

The report is a long list of functional stats and a great number of fun numbers, such as the number of pizzas ordered to the office and their social rankings as compared to Kim Kardashian.

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Let’s look at a few of the key numbers: in 2014, OnePlus pulled in a little over $300 million in revenue, shipped 1,055 tons of merchandise, grew by almost a half million forum users, and shipped said merchandise across the globe with 39% of customers living in East Asia, 32% in Europe, 22% in North America and 7% in India.

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OnePlus is using the report card infographic to show off their efforts and commitments to growth, quality and customer service. More important, they report a dramatic growth in their own employees, growing from just 6 staff in December of 2013 up to 88 global employees by December 2014. If you are concerned about diversity, the company represents 13 nationalities, with 6% more women on staff than men.

If you needed a reminder that OnePlus is a young company, the average age of their employees clocks in at just under 26 years of age.

Head on over to the Annual Report Card 2014 on the OnePlus forums to get all the details.

Are you surprised by any of these numbers, or is OnePlus right on track for your expectations of the flagship killer?

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Source:: android authority