Following the, uh, runaway success that was the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S6 (or whatever they call it) at MWC next month in two trims: curved and not curved. At least, that's what Bloomberg is saying.
They're probably right. We've read a handful of pretty reliable reports to date that at least one version of the Galaxy S6 would have a Note Edge-style curved display, so Bloomberg is just piling on to confirm that here - it's not new information in and of itself. Bloomberg has also corroborated rumors that the curved S6 will have not one, but two edge displays.
In his review of the original SHIELD a year and a half ago, Jeremiah Rice noted that NVIDIA's gaming gadget was amazingly well-suited to game emulators. Combined with a robust emulation scene on Android, especially for older game consoles, it's possible to play a ton of great games on the SHIELD without ever stopping by the Play Store. This morning NVIDIA issued a software update specifically to improve performance for game emulator apps.
Update 101 is tiny, just over 3 megabytes, and in fact NVIDIA's release notes say that the OTA is "optional" (something you don't often hear from manufacturers). Even if you're not an emulation fan yourself, the nature of Android upgrades means it's probably easier to download and apply it than to ignore it (and the SHIELD's unlocked bootloader means that root users aren't inconvenienced).
While Motorola, LG, and HTC have been relatively quick to update their flagship devices to Lollipop, Samsung owners have been (not so) patiently tapping their feet in anticipation for the news of their Galaxy phones receiving the same treatment. But the wait is almost over for Galaxy Note 4 users, as the 5.0.1 update has started rolling out in Poland, according to SamMobile.
The update weighs a little less than 1GB, as XDA user thiagoribeirorj reports, and is available OTA to the SM-910C (Exynos) variant. It brings most of Lollipop's features, such as the carousel Recents and notifications on the lockscreen, along with Samsung's re-interpretation of TouchWiz, in a more modern and slightly less intrusive way.
If you're wondering what NVIDIA has been working on for the last few months, you'll only have to wait a few more weeks to find out. The gaming and graphics company has sent invitations to technology press, including Android Police, for a presentation on March 3rd in San Francisco. According to the email, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang will be demonstrating something "5 years in the making" that will "redefine the future of gaming."
Android fans are obviously looking for something centered around the new Tegra X1 chipset, which NVIDIA demonstrated last month at the Consumer Electronics Show. That particular event did not include any new consumer-grade hardware, instead focusing on the X1's impressive specifications and applications for embedded electronics in the auto segment.
As the newly-announced start date for Google I/O 2015 approaches, we're sure to see plenty of easter eggs and hidden messages around Google's web properties, but one easter egg has already made itself known.
Google's I/O 2015 page links to an awesome Chrome experiment that lets users jam to (and edit) a catchy electronic loop with five unique instruments. Inside the experiment's source hides a dance partner - left shark.
Just hit F12 to open the dev console, run experiment.consoleDance() and enjoy an ASCII shark who's doing his best to keep up with the experiment's beat.
AT&T G3 owners are getting the update they've been looking for today, as Android 5.0.1 finally has begun rolling out for the device. The new software version is D85020f, with an Android build number of LRX21Y (dated October 21, 2014).
The OTA should come down in the form of a 689MB package, which will take you approximately an eon to download from AT&T's decrepitly slow update server. Once you have it, the 5-minute or so install process will complete, and presto amazo: you've got Lollipop. What's new? Well, a lot - LG's revamped its notification shade and lock screen to be a bit more in line with Android's current layout on Nexus devices (though it's still not exactly what I'd call similar), and of course you'll notice the new software navigation button icons.
HTC missed its 90-day goal to deliver Android 5.0 upgrades to all owners of the One M8 and One M7. They're very sorry about that. But to give credit where it's due, it does seem like the company is genuinely trying to get its hardware updated as soon as possible. Sprint's One M8and M7 have both been given the update, European M8 owners got it in late January, and owners of the unlocked, developer edition, and Google Play Edition of both phones should all have the update by now.
Sony's smartphones and tablets have had a nearly universal aesthetic over the last few years, focusing on hard angles and monochromatic designs. It's a good look, but the company seems to be shaking things up a bit with the low-end Xperia E4. This budget device translates Sony's industrial design into a softer, curvier plastic body. The white version is two-toned, Nexus-style, with a white housing and black screen bezel. Other touches, like the middle-mounted power button, are more familiar.
The phone uses a five-inch screen and a qHD LCD panel - that's a little q, 960x540, not the other QHD.
As OnePlus One owners wait (im)patiently for a Lollipop update, there's still work to be done on KitKat for this device. OnePlus has completed work on a CM11 system update, and it's pushing to devices later today. The update is release 05Q (based on Android 4.4.4) and contains a hefty list of fixes and improvements.