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5
Jul

Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 allegedly coming in the next few months






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The LG G2 is by now a 2 year old flagship that most people have forgotten about. Fortunately those who do still remember – most probably owners of the device – Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 is allegedly going to be released for the device in the coming months. This marks about a 6 month gap between Android 5.0 and Android 5.1.1 being released on the device, and is great news for existing and prospective LG owners who are wondering whether the Korean manufacturer is going to keep supporting their aging devices.

Unfortunately for LG G3 owners, there’s still no news of their update to Android 5.1.1, with the only news being rumours that it won’t be getting Android 5.1.1 in favour of Android M. This actually marks the second update to the LG G2 that the LG G3 hasn’t received with the first being Android 5.0.2 and now Android 5.1.1 – as an owner of the LG G3, that really grinds my gears. But really, this should be a celebration for LG G2 owners whose device is getting a much needed breath of fresh air in a smartphone market that waits for nobody. Based on the rumour, the update is going to be rolled out in the next two months – but remember that carrier variants will take some time after that to “appropriate” the update for your device.


What do you think about Android 5.1.1 for the LG G2 being released in the near future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: AndroidPit via Phone Arena

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5
Jul

Report says that the LG G Pro 3 will be announced by the end of the year




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LG has been known to release a larger device in the latter half of the year, and the latest report details the alleged hardware of this so-called LG G Pro 3. We’ve also heard rumours about a LG G4 Pro, and we’re pretty sure that these two rumoured devices are one and the same due to their very similar specifications: the latest report details the G Pro 3 as a device with a 6-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage and a microSD slot, 20.7MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. That’s remarkably similar to the previous rumour which said the device had instead a 5.8-inch display and a 27MP rear camera.

The report goes on to say that the G Pro 3 would likely have a fingerprint scanner – because it’s all the rage right now – and will ship with Android 5.1. The price has also detailed as around $790 USD, though we’re most cautious about the pricing because it always varies greatly region to region. All the same, if the device detailed here comes to life, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 might have a serious contender in the phablet space, a space that has seen few challengers for the perennial phablet star.


What do you think about the LG G Pro3/LG G4 Pro? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: MobiPicker via TalkAndroid

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4
Jul

YotaPhone drops Android for Sailfish OS


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You may not have heard of them but Yota is a Russian company who dared to be different with their YotaPhone 2 smartphone. While most manufacturers tend to stick to tried-and-tested designs, Yota took a risk with the YotaPhone 2 and if you somehow haven’t heard of it, the dual-screen smartphone was one of the most unique Android devices ever made.

The main feature of the YotaPhone 2 is the E-Paper Display (EPD) on its rear; a 4.7-inch 960×540 pixel E-Ink panel dominates the rear cover of the smartphone and using features like YotaPanel and YotaCovers, Yota made the EPD pretty useful. One benefit of the EPD was the ability to run any Android application on the display (instead of on the main display) but if you were hoping for the next version to also run Android, it looks like you might be out of luck.

In a bid to retain its “being different” tag, Yota has announced plans to drop Android from future smartphones in favour of a switch to Sailfish OS, a Finnish platform that has its roots in Nokia’s abandoned MeeGo OS. According to Yahoo News, Yota was deciding between Sailfish and Samsung’s Tizen OS and opted for the former, representing a huge win for the Finnish company.

While Sailfish has slowly grown in popularity, Yota’s decision to switch from Android may prove to be a blessing or a curse; on the one hand, a partnership with Jolla would mean Yota can customise Sailfish to suit the YotaPhone more than they have been able to with Android but on the other, a lack of Android would mean less applications – although you can sideload Android apps – and less commercial appeal to customers.

The EPD on the YotaPhone 2 is designed to offer a grayscale experience with up to 16 levels of gray and an interface that includes dedicated widgets for stocks, weather and social networks. One of the key benefits of the EPD is the ability to use it as an e-reader and another is the potential battery life, with the EPD able to offer up to 100 hours of use from a single charge.

The other specs of the YotaPhone 2 include a 5-inch main AMOLED Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera with Full HD video and a plethora of connectivity options. The 2500mAh non-removable battery isn’t the largest but the benefit of the EPD is that it can be used for battery-intensive applications such as maps and e-readers, which might use a lot of battery with a full colour display but consume much less battery on the EPD.

One of the biggest issues with the YotaPhone 2 is its €599 price tag in Europe, which hasn’t been subsidised by any carriers. With many customers opting to buy their phones as part of a contract instead of outright, the lack of carrier support has proven to be a challenge for Yota. Whether a switch to Sailfish will attract carriers remains to be seen but of course, we’ll bring you the information as soon as we have it.

4
Jul

HTC One M9 Developer Edition receiving OTA update for Android 5.1.1


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Fans of HTC’s latest flagship will be pleased to know that Android 5.1 is now rolling out to the Developer Edition of the M9 handset. The file size is approximately 794.32MB in size, so a Wi-Fi connection would be the ideal download method-of-choice. According to the firmware update notification box, this FOTA will bring with it the following changes:

  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Data Performance Improvements
  • Call Drop Improvements
  • Battery Life Enhancements
  • Temperature Management Optimization
  • Camera Enhancements

While the camera improvements will no doubt be a welcomed addition, the presence of “Temperature Management Optimization” only furthers the ongoing saga with the Snapdragon 810 CPU. HTC has continued to refine the One M9’s software in an attempt to better manage the heat generated by the powerful mobile chipset, a potential problem that is only exacerbated by the liberal use of metal in the handset’s construction.

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For those still on-the fence about the HTC One M9, feel free to peruse any of our various features on the device. For those with the Developer Edition, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the post-update experience and let us know how these changes have (or have not) improved your experience.

4
Jul

Amazon USA now carrying the unlocked Sony Xperia Z3+


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The Sony Xperia Z3+ (or Z4, as it’s known in Japan) has been the subject of much attention for a few weeks now, as many felt the device to be anything but the handset they were expecting. While the global roll-out formally began last week, customers in the USA looking for the device are limited to the Verizon variant which, admittedly, has more than a few improvements. Those Americans looking for the standard Z3+ can now do so at Amazon, where a few individual sellers are now listing the unlocked device, both Single and Dual SIM variants, for around $670.

It should be noted that as orders for this item are not fulfilled by Amazon, the device may (or may not) ship from within the USA, and returns are handled by the seller as opposed to Amazon. Those interested should make sure to read about buying from marketplace sellers as well as ask any relevant questions before purchasing. The model number is listed as E6553, and works with GSM carriers only, so Verizon and Sprint customers will need to look elsewhere.

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Those seeking to buy a carrier-subsidized Z3+ must seek out the Verizon Sony Xperia Z4v.

The Amazon product description lists the following specifications:

  • 5.2-inch 1080p FHD (1920×1080), IPS display sRGB 130% TRILUMINOS 700cd brightness X-Reality for Mobile
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz & Quad-core 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit CPU; Adreno 430
  • 32 GB Internal Storage, 3 GB RAM, supports microSD up to 128GB
  • Camera (Main): 1/2.3″ 20.7 MP Exmor RS, ISO12800 Photo/ 3200 Video, 4K video capture and output Steadyshot with Intelligent active mode; Front: 5 MP, Exmor R, 22 mm wide angle, Steadyshot with Intelligent active mode
  • Nano-SIM, works with GSM carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile etc.), 4G works in US

The Japanese model has already seen notifications about heat problems with the device due to the inclusion of the Snapdragon 810. Sony itself made a public statement about the issue, and supposedly it has already begun to update the Z3+ to address the potential problem. Still, the Xperia Z3+ is a solid, premium phone with an absolutely fantastic camera and is well-worth considering if you’re in the market for a new device.

 

4
Jul

Report: LG G2 to receive Android Lollipop 5.1.1 in the next two months


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For reasons beyond our control, and at times in defiance of logic, flagships of the past are often doomed to live out their days with antiquated OS builds. Tech-savvy consumers have become progressively more upset as time has passed, and indeed several OEMs are now (mostly) listening. LG has been one of the most receptive, and users of its 2013 flagship, the G2, were no doubt thrilled when Lollipop arrived on their device’s digital doors. Now it seems, it’s time to move up, as a new report alleges the G2 will be receiving Android 5.1.1 in the near future.

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The source of the story claims that an unnamed insider working inside LG’s software development division has supplied this information, along with an expected roll-out within the next couple of months. Along with the new version number, the update is also said to bring with it a new user interface along with some other features seen in the G4.

We will update this story in the event any new information is leaked within the next few weeks. Judging by the lead-up to Lollipop on the G3, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a video leak on YouTube, or some additional specifics. Please keep in mind that even if the unlocked G2 receives the update, there is no telling when – or if – your carrier will make the update happen, so please take this report with not only a pinch of salt, but also a dose of reality. Now if only another Korean company could decide what to do with its’ former flagship…

 

4
Jul

Report: LG G2 to receive Android Lollipop 5.1.1 in the next two months


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For reasons beyond our control, and at times in defiance of logic, flagships of the past are often doomed to live out their days with antiquated OS builds. Tech-savvy consumers have become progressively more upset as time has passed, and indeed several OEMs are now (mostly) listening. LG has been one of the most receptive, and users of its 2013 flagship, the G2, were no doubt thrilled when Lollipop arrived on their device’s digital doors. Now it seems, it’s time to move up, as a new report alleges the G2 will be receiving Android 5.1.1 in the near future.

LG-G2-Android-5-1-1-w782 Android PIT

The source of the story claims that an unnamed insider working inside LG’s software development division has supplied this information, along with an expected roll-out within the next couple of months. Along with the new version number, the update is also said to bring with it a new user interface along with some other features seen in the G4.

We will update this story in the event any new information is leaked within the next few weeks. Judging by the lead-up to Lollipop on the G3, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a video leak on YouTube, or some additional specifics. Please keep in mind that even if the unlocked G2 receives the update, there is no telling when – or if – your carrier will make the update happen, so please take this report with not only a pinch of salt, but also a dose of reality. Now if only another Korean company could decide what to do with its’ former flagship…

 

4
Jul

Yet another render shows more of the Blackberry Venice






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It seems @evleaks wasn’t done with leaking the rumoured Android-powered Blackberry device, the Blackberry Venice. One more render image popped up on evleaks’ Twitter account, this time showing the whole device from head to toe. We’re a bit confused as to how the device picture here fits in with the other image he leaked earlier in the day, as that device shows a physical keyboard whereas today’s has no hide nor hair of a keyboard. It’s possible though that evleaks has been leaking two different Blackberry devices at the same time, the first being a new separate Blackberry device with physical keyboard and the Blackberry Venice pictured here. We’re inclined to go with that understanding.

If that turns out to be true, the Blackberry Venice is going to be quite the looker as it incorporates nicely curved display – not quite to the degree of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but nice nonetheless. The speaker at the bottom of the device looks a bit unusual given that it’s not the same thickness as the display, but we’ll have to see if this is actually the case. And of course, the device appears to be very obviously running Android Lollipop, which is why we’re talking about this at all.


What do you think about the Blackberry Venice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via Phone Arena

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4
Jul

Rumour: LG Nexus 5 2015 won’t be based off the LG G4






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The rumoured LG Nexus 5 2015 is getting its fair share of news lately, and the latest one deals with the expected design of the device. While previous Nexus devices made by LG have been wholly or loosely based on equivalent LG devices – LG Optimus G became the LG Nexus 4, the LG G2 became the LG Nexus 5 – it’s expected that the Nexus 5 2015 is going to be built from the ground up as a new device and won’t be based on this year’s LG G4 at all.

This is the same strategy that Google and Motorola took with the Nexus 6, with mixed success – the device itself was breathtaking, but its premium price tag and size was just a little too much for some to swallow. Only time will tell whether this all-new Nexus 5 2015 (name is only indicative at this point) is going to be like the Nexus 6 or more of a budget offering that people are clearly a fan of.


What do you think about the LG Nexus 5 2015 not being based on the LG G4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: AndroidPit.de via Phone Arena

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4
Jul

CPU Spy Reloaded: Your Material Design CPU monitor has arrived






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It can be so transfixing to debug devices sometimes – investigating pretty looking graphs that tell you whether your device is performing optimally or sub-optimally. No, just me? Either way, there are uses for apps like this on Android, namely CPU monitors which can help you tell whether your CPU is busy performing actions when you’re not expecting it to. One of these apps is CPU Spy Reloaded, and brings all of this functionality, but adds Material Design too. Check out how it looks in action:

It’s a very simple app, but manages to tell you quite a lot, including your CPU stats and details. There are two versions of CPU Spy Reloaded available: there’s a free version and a pro version, with the only difference between the two is that the pro version gives you the added option of choosing a light theme while the free version only has the dark theme. If the app sounds like it takes your fancy, you can hit the Play Store links below to pick it up:


What do you think about CPU Spy Reloaded? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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