Kodak’s first smartphone is here. The Kodak IM5 has been released today in the Netherlands after its’ announcement at CES 2015 in January. Available for $315 off contract, or free on contract with various carriers, this marks the Kodak’s entry into the smartphone market.
The UI of the Kodak IM5 is a bit different, as while it runs Android KitKat, the Kodak UI is simplified, aimed at consumers who are looking for “a smartphone that is easier to use than what they are currently using.” You could compare the default UI of Kodak’s IM5 to the simplified modes found on more and more Android devices across the smartphone market.
Kodak did mention that while the IM5 was released with Android KitKat, the device should see an update to Lollipop, however did not mention when users could see that update come to their devices. As for the specs, here’s the good ole’ list for you to check out:
- 5 Inch 720×1280 display
- 5MP front-facing camera
- 13 MP rear-facing camera with a unique image management software
- 1.7 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of expandable storage
- 2100 mAh battery
These aren’t the most impressive specs, however, it’s not probable that Kodak was trying to fly high with the big boys with the IM5. The IM5 seems to be designed for the middle of the road or even lower end consumers that are looking for some type of entry device with a decent camera. The simplified UI could definitely appeal to some users out there who don’t want the “fancy” phones.
While released in the Netherlands today, Kodak did mention that the IM5 would become available across the globe, however it’s unknown when that statement will come to fruition. Let us know your thoughts on the Kodak UI and the Kodak IM5 in the comment section below.
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The Chinese tech giant has just taken the wraps off the Neo 5 and its sibling Neo 5s. These handsets will target the mid-ranged marked and will compete alongside Xiaomi and Huawei. The all new 2015 Neo 5 offers a minimal upgrade over last year’s Neo 5. On the other hand, the Neo 5s offers pretty decent specifications for a budget-oriented smartphone.
Both the Neo 5 (2015) and Neo 5s have almost identical specifications. The Neo 5 (2015) and Neo 5s both have a 4.5 inch screen with a density of 218ppi. Both phones have 1GB of RAM and a 2000 mAh battery which should be sufficient enough to get a day’s usage.
Now the main difference between these two is the different processor. The Neo 5 (2015) is powered by Mediatek’s quad-core MT6582 SoC along with dual-core Mali-400MP2 GPU. While the Neo 5s is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 410 SoC along with an Adreno 306 GPU. Now the presence of Mediatek’s chipset makes the Neo 5 (2015) incompatible with LTE support. On the other hand, the Neo 5s is LTE compatible thanks to the Snapdragon chipset. Both the phones have 8GB of internal storage and can be further expanded with the help of a micro-SD slot. But here is the catch, even with the presence of micro-SD slot, the memory of the Neo 5 (2015) can only be expanded up to 32GB while, on the other hand, the memory of Neo 5s can be expanded up to 128GB. Thought the added memory support comes at the cost of a higher price.
Now in the optics department, both phones include 8-megapixel rear facing cameras with an aperture of f/2.2 and 5-megapixel front facing cameras for all selfie lovers out there.
In the software department, the smartphones are both running Android Kitkat 4.4.2 with Color-OS with no official word on an Android lollipop update. Oppo also cares for the health of its users and that’s why the company is also including an eye-protection feature embedded into Color-OS, which filters out all the harmful blue light that will allow you to use your phone for a longer period of time.
These two handsets have only just been announced by the company with no official word on release dates or prices yet. But it’s safe to assume that Neo 5s will cost a bit more than the Neo 5 (2015). In my opinion, the specs for both handsets are outdated, even for the mid-range category. If Oppo aims to be in the competition, it has to learn from other companies, which are doing great in the tech industry.
Are you willing to buy an Oppo device? Let us know in the comment section down below!
Android 5.1.1 may have only been released to the Nexus devices a few weeks ago but Google is already rolling the update out to non-Nexus smartphones. We’ve already given you the Android 5.1.1 OTA links for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 and now, the update is available for a range of Google’s Android One devices.
When Android One first made its debut, one of the biggest promises was that it would provide timely access to newer versions of Android, as Google itself controls software updates for the devices. Rather than leave the development of software to OEM partners, Android One brings stock Android and a software release program that allows Google to roll out the latest versions of Android quickly.
Android One may have been delayed in finally jumping from KitKat to Lollipop but Google isn’t stopping there and thanks to a tip, we have now gathered up the OTA Build links for the following Android One devices:
Like all images, installing these updates is something you do at your own risk but the process is relatively easy. First, place the zip file on your Android One device, then boot into recovery, select the zip file and flash it to your device. The update will install, your phone will reboot and it’s ready to use. If you’d rather wait for it to show up on your device, you can wait for a prompt or manually check for it by going into Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
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The Android 5.1.1 is mainly a bug-fix update, bringing solutions to a range of user-reported problems, including the Nexus 5 camera issues that affected some users after the original Android 5.1 update. As always, Google hasn’t published a changelog but the update may also include the long-awaited fix for the memory leak issues that have affected devices running on Lollipop.
While Google itself hasn’t added new features to Android 5.1.1 for stock Android devices – like Android One devices – other OEMs have used the update to add new features to their respective devices. The update leaked for the Galaxy S6 a few days ago and the biggest changes are the ability to shoot pictures in RAW, manual exposure and user interface tweaks.
Have you installed Android 5.1.1 on your Android One device? What improvements, fixes or new features have you found? Let us know your views guys!
The relationship between Google and Nestlé remains as strong as its ever been. Google released Android 4.4 in 2013 and applied the KitKat name, a product that Nestlé owns and licenses to Hershey in the United States. Now the two are back together to replace the KitKat name with YouTube’s on more than 600,000 packages in the United Kingdom. It is all part of Nestlé’s ‘Celebreate the Breakers Break’ campaign. Also, searching “YouTube my break” on a mobile device will return results with the top four videos trending from around the world. Google and Nestlé want people to make the most of their unused time.
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If we tell you that YouTube is going to replace KitKat and not Lollipop, would you say that we’ve gone nuts? Well, fret not as Google is joining forces with Nestlé to launch ‘YouTube Break’ that will replace classic KitKat logo on over 600,000 limited edition packs.
This is the biggest redesign of the KitKat wrapper since the brand came to market 80 years ago. The popular chunky bars will come with 72 different types of advertisement designs and 100 million bars will be produced over the course of the campaign. Additionally, 400 limited edition bars will be produced.
As part of their joint venture, searching “KitKat YouTube my break” on phones will lead users to a KitKat video followed by a playlist of the latest top four trending YouTube videos.
“With half of YouTube views now on mobile devices, ‘YouTube my break’ is a fun way for more people to interact on the channel and enjoy the best videos available. With up to 300 hours of video content uploaded to YouTube every minute, the top trending videos are likely to be changing all the time, making each new search as exciting as the last,” said David Black, MD Branding & Consumer Markets, Google UK said.
It is notable that the KitKat Youtube break initiative comes after Google named its Android operating system 4.4 update ‘KitKat’ after the well-known Nestlé brand.
Ah, that famous jingle, “Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that… YouTube Break?” Wait… that’s not right, or is it? Apparently, Nestle and Google are teaming up for a new partnership that will see the standard KitKat bar re-branded as the “YouTube Break” for a run of 600,000 candy bars in the UK and Ireland. This marks the second time Nestle and Google collaborated on such a project, the first time obviously being when Android 4.4 arrived as KitKat instead of the oft-rumored Key Lime Pie.
This time around, the re-branding is in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of YouTube and the 80th anniversary of the KitKat bar. So we know it’s too celebrate two anniversaries, but what exactly is the connection between YouTube and KitKat? At least according to Google UK’s David Black:
It’s great to see KitKat consumers are huge fans of YouTube and, along with our 1 billion users, regard YouTube as a favourite source of entertainment. With half of YouTube views now on mobile devices, ‘YouTube my break’ is a fun way for more people to interact on the channel and enjoy the best videos available. With up to 300 hours of video content uploaded to YouTube every minute, the top trending videos are likely to be changing all the time, making each new search as exciting as the last.
In addition to creating the re-branded candy bars, searching YouTube for “YouTube my Break” will also bring up the top four trending videos of the day, alongside a KitKat ad. As far as we can tell, the candy bar side of the promotion will not be seen in other markets like the United States, though we’ll be sure to update you if that changes.
Remember when Google teamed up with Nestle and went and named a flavor of Android after a four-fingered chocolate bar? Turns out it wasn’t the last we’d see from this unlikely partnership. To celebrate 80 years since the KitKat went on sale, the two companies announced today that 600,000 “limited edition” packs will feature the name “YouTube Break” instead of the familiar KitKat logo in the UK. According to Nestle, it’ll form just one of 72 different “breaks” that will feature on more than 400 wrapper designs. The plan is to produce 100 million packs, with the search giant only playing a small role. That said, YouTube will get involved, allowing smartphone owners to watch the day’s top trending videos with a “OK Google, YouTube my break” voice search. If you didn’t think things could get more sickly sweet, Google and Nestle just proved you wrong.
The latest distribution of Android was published earlier today and it shows that Lollipop has reached 3.3% of devices with Google’s operating system. This is an increase from January when Lollipop was not able to be registered, so it took the current version of Android about 3-4 months to become noteworthy. The most commonly found version is still Android 4.4 KitKat with 40.9% of the distribution. All of the other versions, with the exception of Android 2.2 Froyo, are continuing to fall.
Source: Android Developers
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Ever had the feeling that certain phone operating systems are more likely to crash your apps than others? It’s not just you. Crittercism has posted its latest breakdown of crash reports from about 20,000 apps, and it’s clear that certain operating systems aren’t as friendly as others. On Android, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) is most likely to wreck your day; KitKat (4.4) is close behind, while Lollipop’s early reputation for glitches apparently doesn’t affect apps. With Apple devices, however, the tables turn. While iOS’ app crash rate is lower overall, iOS 8 is a bit more problematic than its predecessor. That’s not surprising given that Apple hasn’t had as much time to tackle issues in 8, but you may feel better if you’re still holding on to 7.
Don’t be too quick to brag about your choice of platform. The stats say a lot about app stability, but they don’t tell the story of your operating system. A rock-solid social networking client doesn’t matter much if basic Android or iOS features are breaking down. Also, the info may be skewed by the number of active users. It’s hard to know how reliable Lollipop will be in the long run when only a small slice of Android devices are running it, after all. If nothing else, Crittercism’s figures show that stability doesn’t consistently improve or deteriorate — sometimes, it varies from release to release.
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We have been informing you of update after update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 around the globe, and now it is time for AT&T customers to have their turn. The OTA is rolling out now, but you are not to enjoy Android 5.x Lollipop, welcome folks to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
In addition to the bump in KitKat version, going from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, AT&T Galaxy S5 users will now have HD Voice capability, which the rest of us just call VoLTE. If that is not enough for you, you are now the proud owner of some new apps, whether you like it or not.
The changelog on this nearly 500MB official OTA update is as follows:
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- – Miscellaneous improvements, bug fixes and security updates
- HD Voice Capability (VoLTE)
- AT&T Service additions:
- – Mail – ATT Mail (att.net mail)
- – AT&T Live
- – Uber
- – Remote Support
If you are a root user, please remember that this KitKat update will more than likely patch up your exploited version of Android. You’ll need to hang off for a new exploit before you can enjoy root functionality again.
Watch for the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OTA update on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 coming soon, if it hasn’t landed already. Those we have heard from report that the update indeed is an improvement on device performance, even if it isn’t the Lollipop you were hoping for.
Are you excited for Android 4.4.4 KitKat on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5?