Seemingly ages after its successor got an update to Lollipop, the original Moto X is poised to do the same with a soak test under way right now.
The soak test — a selection of users that receive the update to give it a proper spin before a wider release, just to make sure everything's okay — would bring the 2013 Moto X up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. This comes months after the newer 2014 Moto X, even including carrier editions, received its own update to Lollipop.
While Android 5.1 doesn't make any sweeping changes to the way Android looks and behaves, it's still an important update, especially for Nexus owners. That's because it's a maintenance release — the first major one for Lollipop — in which Google fixes bugs, makes things run a bit more smoothly, and adds a smattering of new features that perhaps didn't make it into the 5.0 release. Now we want to know how you're getting on with it.
Android 5.1 Lollipop brings new 'interruptions' options that make it easier to silence your phone while you're sleeping.
It's a long-running complaint with many Android Lollipop phones — you want to mute your phone, but that option's just not there anymore. Instead you have to deal with the slightly confusing interruptions system and decide whether you want to mute absolutely everything — including alarms — or set up "priority" mode and decide what you want to let through.
Now, thankfully, in the new Android 5.1 release, there's there's an easier way.
Believe it or not, the LG G3 was one of the first — OK, technically the first, because Poland — to get an Android 5.0 update out the door. Europe flourished first, then other regions. North America has finally started to see some sweet L drop onto its carrier-branded phones. (Verizon, however, remains pokey as usual.)
For the most part, it's business as usual with LG's software. But you do get a splash of Material Design — always a good thing — in a few places. Plus the new notifications and interruptions (for better or worse). And, yes, possibly a headache or two.
And so we ask you, fair user of LG's finest: How's the Android 5.0 Lollipop update been for you on the LG G3? Performance? Battery life? Other gremlins? Let's hear it.
Samsung has taken the guesswork and nonsensical accessories out of wireless charging, saving you from a fight no one cares about.
I love wireless charging, and have been using it in one form or other since the Nexus One when we had to use this hideous backplate replacement to get the job done. While the nerdy parts of me couldn't wait for wireless charging to catch on, the rest of my brain knew it wasn't going to happen anytime soon.
Even now, years later with dozens of devices supporting the technology, wireless charging is still very much a fringe thing that hasn't gained even close to the momentum it deserves. When a post in the forums popped up asking why Samsung's dual wireless charging implementation on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge was a big deal, and whether or not there was anything to be concerned about, it seemed like a more thorough explanation of what is happening on these new phones was necessary.
VAIO has finally launched its first smartphone since being sold off by Sony last year. The company has announced that the VAIO Phone, which is essentially the Panasonic Eluga U2, will launch on one of Japan's smaller carriers b-mobile. While it's not necessarily new hardware, it's a start for the company.
Samsung has a new entry-level smartphone for Brazil: the Galaxy Win 2. It's not a barn-burner by any means, but it does at least offer LTE and a 64-bit processor.
There was a time not long ago where a 64-bit processor was considered the mark of a high-end phone. But with chips like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 around, 64 bits are the domain of the flagship anymore. In fact, they're hitting the entry level, as evidenced by the Samsung Galaxy Win 2. The new low-end Samsung smartphone isn't a high-powered device, but it offers decent-enough specs and looks to be a worthy follow-up to the original Galaxy Win.
USB-C arrived in Google-land with the new Chromebook Pixel, but it's not going to stop there. Google says the new all-in-one connector's coming to more devices soon.
The reversible USB-C connector has made quite the splash this week, arriving in the new Apple MacBook and the just-updated Google Chromebook Pixel, but that's just the beginning of the all-in-one port and cable that can handle power, accessories, and even 4K displays.
If you've been waiting for a EDM-backed video to get you pumped up for the ASUS ZenFone 2's release later this month, then this video is for you.
The ASUS ZenFone 2 is due out later this month, and in case you'd forgotten everything that we'd gone over in our initial hands-on at CES 2015, ASUS has put together a little video going over all of the phone's features, big and small, as a reminder.
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