Dedicated gadget geeks will be aware of Xiaomi, a huge player in the Chinese smartphone market. In fact the company has become so big (and become big so quickly) that it's now the third-largest smartphone maker in the world by volume, more or less on the strength of the expanding userbase in China alone. But most other people in the west, even those who know the major players of the smartphone market, might not even know the company exists. Read More
A few hours ago, we spotted no less than five mentions of "Android 5.1" on Google's Indonesian Android One page. Considering that 5.1 is quite a jump from 5.0.2, and something like 5.0.3 seemed more likely as the next bug fixer, we were cautious to suggest it may have been a mistake or a very persistent typo.
But as it turns out, Android 5.1 is real, and it's indeed shipping on Android One phones in Indonesia.
Here, take a look:
As it's still very early, we don't yet have a changelog for this update, but it should arrive soon enough. Read More
This deal isn't for everyone, but if it is for you, it's a really good one. The device in question is a carrier locked AT&T LG G3 in either of its color schemes and 32 GB of storage. No matter how you choose to buy it - without a contract, on-contract, or via the Next program - you'll get a $100 Amazon gift card after your purchase.
What's the catch? Well, there aren't too many, beyond the fact you basically need to use AT&T. If that's what you were looking for in the first place, you've found yourself a great deal. Read More
HTC America's marketing department have apparently all been given pink slips, because I can't think of any other good reason for the following, uh, multimedia experience to exist. Namely, a rap video... about HTC. Featuring someone called Doc G. And this guy.
I don't know why HTC did it. I don't know what they hoped to gain. I don't know who Doc G. is or exactly what kind of doctor he is. I do know that it's possible he practices in the burn unit, because of the following severe conflagration he laid down on Samsung:
More than a few clowns stole what we originated
We own the universe, your Galaxy is overrated
SIZZLE. Read More
While we are just starting to see the first hints of Lollipop on the HTC One M8 in the US, the rollout is already underway in other parts of the world. As is customary, HTC is now posting the open source bits of these updates on its developer page. If you want to get a look at the kernel source for the international M8 variants, this is your chance.
If you have an AT&T Galaxy S5, you should be getting an OTA notification shortly for a nearly-500MB update, which includes exciting new features like not Lollipop. The software brings an upgrade to Android 4.4.4 (from 4.4.2), AT&T voice over LTE (AKA HD Voice), and some new bloatware that AT&T would like you to please use.
Here's the full changelog.
AT&T released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 5 (SM-G900A) on February 3, 2015. The update is available to customers to download via Firmware Over The Air (FOTA). Wi-Fi is required for the update and the file size is 487MB.
The information you get from Google searches isn't always as reliable as it sounds, but when it comes to simple math, you can bet the search engine is giving you more accurate information. Now Google is turning things up a notch by tossing a calculator widget into your search results to help plan out your mortgage and other loans.
To get the loan widget to appear, search for terms along the lines of "interest," "loan," or "mortgage" calculator. The resulting widget lets you key in a total amount, an interest rate, and a length of time. Google will then give you the total cost you can expect to pay when everything is said and done. The widget works on desktops and mobile devices alike. Read More
It's been four months since the Nexus 6 went on sale in the US Google Play Store, complete with radio support for all five major US carriers. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular all sell the phone in one fashion or another, but Verizon has been interestingly silent on a subsidized carrier release. (Verizon Wireless doesn't play well with others.) But according to the latest promotional image on Verizon's website, it might be coming soon.
Droid-Life spotted the advertisement below earlier today. It's pretty self-explanatory, but all you can do at the moment is sign up for Verizon's promotional email. Read More
On November 3, 2014, I published our review of the Nexus 9. It wasn't especially pretty, if I'm honest. But as with all things Nexus, time and software updates (mostly software updates) can smooth out rough edges and straighten up quirks, so a revisit seemed necessary. Now, three months on, have things really changed with Google's flagship tablet? Or is it still the HTC-made misfit I wanted to love, but just couldn't?
The end of a review is nothing to spoil, so I'll just be out with it: the Nexus 9 feels like basically the same kind-of-OK-but-not-great tablet today as it did the morning it arrived on my doorstep. Read More