Verizon has been known as an enemy of timely software updates for many years—centuries maybe, I haven't been keeping track. That makes today quite unusual. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon is getting an update... to Android 5.0 Lollipop. It's the first US variant to see the update. Weird!
As winter slowly loosens its grip on the northern hemisphere, gadget nerds everywhere poke their noses above ground, looking to see if we'll soon have new hardware to drool over or six more weeks of relatively stale news. Easily the most anticipated springtime hardware announcement of the last few years has been Samsung's annual flagship refresh, and it looks like that will be coming on March 1st. Read More
Despite all the acrimony between Cyanogen and OnePlus, most of the phones that shipped with CyanogenMod 11S are still going to receive updates for the foreseeable future. The firmware update to 12S, which is Lollipop-based, is now in its final quality assurance testing with Cyanogen and third parties to meet standards set by Google to retain Play Services. Remember, this is an OEM ROM, not just a run-of-the-mill build going from nightly to stable. Read More
Yesterday ComputerWorld writer JR Raphael found that the Motorola Keylink, the Bluetooth phone/key finder accessory that was released a couple of months ago, had suddenly vanished from Motorola's online store. This caused a certain amount of confusion and speculation that Motorola had discontinued the gadget, even so quickly after its launch. We reached out to our press contact at Motorola for some clarification.
No worries, absent-minded Motorola phone owners. Read More
Project Tango, also known as "that Google thing that isn't Project Ara," is growing up. The 3D motion and mapping hardware has been moved out of the Advanced Technology And Products Group (basically Google's version of Lockheed Skunkworks) after two years of development and the not-quite-release of a developer's kit. Now, like all recent graduates in this economy, it's moving back in with its parents at Google. So... right down the hall in Mountain View, I suppose? Read More
HTC promised to get Android 5.0 Lollipop through the approval process and out to the HTC One M7 and M8 in the US no later than 90 days after release. US product manager Mo Versi even officially started the timer when Lollipop was delivered by Google. Now Versi says that won't happen after all.
It was just yesterday evening that we complained about Google's apparent inability to get updates rolled out to the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7s with cellular data, and now here we are. Google has posted sytem images based on Android 5.0.2 for both devices. How about that? Read More
Google, in a post to its Inside Search blog, has just announced that third-party Google Now cards are on the way. Something users (and developers) have been curious about since the predictive assistant's inception is finally getting some exploration, as Google teams up with "30+ developers" to bring users cards covering everything from Pandora suggestions to Lyft ride prices.
Google says the new cards will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and provides a bunch of examples on the Google Now landing page. Read More
Owners of the Sony Xperia L have something to celebrate today. No, it's not actually all of their birthdays on the same day, possibly because of a breach in the space-time continuum. TWRP is now officially available on the Sony Xperia L.
OnePlus And Cyanogen Inc. ended their relationship on a sour note last year, leaving the former in a position to start producing its own software. After putting a team together, it began developing ROMs for the OnePlus One independently. Of course, these builds needed a name. So as the company is want to do, it held a contest. The winning name is, without further ado, OxygenOS.
Why this name? OnePlus finds oxygen, the element, to be highly inspirational. Read More