Motorola's David Schuster took to Google Plus today to confirm that the Lollipop update for the 2013 Moto X is currently in testing and should see a wider rollout "in a few weeks."
If you're still holding on to that 2013 Moto X and eagerly awaiting your Lollipop update, you shouldn't have too much longer to wait. In a Google Plus post earlier today, Motorola's Senior Director of Software Product Management, David Schuster, confirmed that the update is currently being tested, with a full deployment due "in a few weeks."
The LG G4 will soon be hitting Western markets. We've already published our full review of the phone, with all the information you could possibly want on LG's new flagship phone. If you prefer moving pictures, though, you'll want to check out our complete G4 video walkthrough, which packs the good, the bad and the ugly into a little under eight minutes. You'll find it embedded right after the break.
In a surprising but welcome turn of events, the LG G4 now officially supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, the technology that helps Snapdragon-powered smartphones juice up faster. The G4 is now officially showing on Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 pages, and we've received confirmation from the smartphone's manufacturer as well.
The apparent lack of the Quick Charge feature — explicitly told to us at the launch in New York as not being on board the LG — was tempered slightly be the fact that you can swap out the G4's 3,000 mAh battery for a fresh one at your leisure. But it still was an odd omission. If we had to guess, it's probably just a matter of timing — the G4 is the first phone to use the Snapdragon 808 processor, and sometimes engineering readiness and launch dates don't always match up. It wouldn't be the first time. And we're still a number of weeks away from retail availability of the G4 here in the United States and elsewhere.
OnePlus One owners in India now have the option to keep receiving updates to the smartphone if it has the Cyanogen OS installed.
The Indian office of OnePlus announced today that the company's previous legal issues with Micromax have been resolved, allowing OnePlus One owners in that country to keep getting over-the-air updates to the Cyanogen OS.
Motorola officially announced that it has started rolling out Android 5.1 update to the second-gen Moto X as a soak test for users in Brazil today.
In a blog post this evening, Motorola officially announced the rollout of Android 5.1 Lollipop update to the 2014 Moto X as a soak test for users that bought their devices from retail partners in Brazil, signaling that a wider rollout can't be too far off. Additionally, Motorola announced that the update will bring a new "chop twice for flashlight" Moto Action as well.
Verizon Wireless will pre-load the Lyft app on some of its Android smartphones in a new partnership with the car-sharing company.
Verizon Wireless announced today a new agreement with Lyft, the car-sharing company, that will not only see the Lyft app pre-loaded on some Verizon Android smartphones but will also give Lyft drivers discounts on Verizon's devices.
Looking at the G4 next to the Nexus 5 shows just how much LG has changed without leaving the basics.
Everyone knows that Nexus phones are made with Google as the guiding hand, but you always see the basic design language from the manufacturer acting as partner for that release. You see this with each version in the Nexus line, but especially with the LG Nexus 5 and Motorola Nexus 6. Those who didn't upgrade from the Nexus 5 to the Nexus 6 this year are probably starting to look at the other options out there, and it's starting to look like the G4 is going to be high on the list of devices worth considering.
Here's a quick look at the G4 and Nexus 5 side by side.
Some things on your phone are for your eyes only — let Private Mode on the Galaxy S6 help with that.
There are several different methods and apps for keeping some content on your phone safer than the rest, and on the Galaxy S6 Samsung has a built-in option called Private Mode. With a tap of a quick setting toggle and authentication you can unlock data from a variety of Samsung's apps that you've previously marked as private, keeping it away from anyone who happens to have your phone. It isn't comprehensive and won't fit everyone's needs, but it's worth knowing about for occasional use.
Samsung partnered with Marvel on Avengers themes for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and now the manufacturer is extending the love to the Galaxy Note 4 by giving away a set of four Avengers-themed cases.
Anyone purchasing the Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S. between May 4 and June 1 will receive the Avengers case bundle for free, which Samsung says is worth $200.
Samsung's latest video is all about how the Galaxy S6 edge was "engineered to the height of precision and performance."
In the video, Samsung talks about how it manufactured the 14nm 64-bit Exynos octa-core processor that is used in the Galaxy S6 edge, and incorporated the circuitry for signal reception into the frame of the device, making it possible to integrate the wireless charging module into the back of the device.
ZTE will offer the bezel-less Nubia Z9 in two editions: an Elite version that has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and a Classic version that offers 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
After rolling out the Nubia Z9 Max and Nubia Z9 mini in the month of March, ZTE has now unveiled its flagship Nubia Z9. The highlight of the device is the display, which has bezels of just 0.8mm. The phone features ZTE's Frame Interaction Technology (FiT), through which users will be able to swipe the edges of the frame to launch apps, access settings and set gesture-based shortcuts.
LG and OnePlus share a lot of basic design principles in their latest phones, but software is the great divider in comparing their flagships.
If there's one thing LG and OnePlus fans have in common, it's a deep appreciation for the general form factor chosen to encase the chips that make their favorite smartphones go. LG owners pick up something that isn't their device and awkwardly poke around in an attempt to find power and volume keys that aren't on the back of the phone, while OnePlus owners watch as some other phone slips out of their hand and try to keep a straight face as they hand the device back. With the launch of the G4, LG has given their fans a powerhouse with no shortage of impressive replaceable backs, and that combination is going to cause users from every group to give this new device a passing glance.
How does the OnePlus One hold up side by side with the G4? Glad you asked. Lets take a look.
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