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[Weekend Poll] Will You Buy A Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Or Neither?

This weekend's poll is a flagship battle bonanza: with both the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 set to launch in many countries in a mere matter of days, we want to know which one you'll be buying. I know, most of you will be purchasing neither, but we want to hear from those that are, too, to see how the chips land here at Android Police.

The Galaxy S6 is the most appealing phone from the Korean smartphone king in as many years as they've been making them, if you ask me, while HTC'S latest effort seems like a bit of a rehash.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge Pre-Orders Are Already Being Delivered To Some Lucky Folks

The official availability date for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is April 10th, but T-Mobile cares not for the workings of the calendar. Pre-orders made on Friday with overnight shipping are currently on-track for Monday deliveries, and a few Edge devices have already shown up for those who selected Saturday delivery.

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T-Mobile Versions Of The Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge Get Their First OTA Update

We're getting a few reports that some T-Mobile customers who preordered the Galaxy S6 and its edgier brother are already receiving their phones. When they turn them on, they might just be greeted by an over-the-air update right away. The new builds are actually dated March 22nd, so it's probable that every S6 and S6 Edge in T-Mobile's initial batch will need this update. The build is Android 5.0.2, labeled G920TUVU1AOCG and G925TUVU1AOCG for the S6 and S6 Edge, respectively.

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There aren't any new features in either update, just a handful of fixes from Samsung:

  • Fingerprint scanner improvements
  • 'Failed to reboot' error message
  • Clock drift fix
  • Audio quality improvements
  • Calendar event fix
  • Exchange Global Address Lookup fix

Given T-Mobile's usual staged rollout, it may take several days or even a week or so for the OTA to get to your phone.

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Verizon Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update Is Rolling Out (For Real This Time)

Good news, Galaxy S5 owners on Verizon, your phone is finally getting... wait a second. Didn't we already post this story? Hang on a moment, I'll be right back.


This is what happens when you search for "samsung update" on Android Police.

Still here? Good, because I found this story from back in early February, which clearly stated that Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 was already being updated to Android 5.0. Which is also happening today, nearly two months later. Apparently Verizon pulled the original update, software version G900VVRU1BNLC, though the reason isn't clear. The new version starting its rollout today is G900VVRU1BOC4.

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[Roundup] The HTC One M9 And Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge Can Be Pre-Ordered From Most US Carriers, Here's How

The announcements have happened and the reactions have been vented. For many, now is decision-making time when it comes to their next Android phone. We're happy to report that the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge are available for pre-order on nearly all US carriers. If you're ready to make your choice, you can probably make it official right now.

Let's break it down by phone and carrier. You may want to use the table of contents to navigate to the phone/carrier of interest to you. Explanations of what different payment plans mean are included in the M9 section.

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T-Mobile's Netflix Promotion For The Galaxy S6 Goes Live, Applies To Devices Bought Between Now And April 12th

Word got out earlier this week that T-Mobile would offer anyone who buys a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge from them a free year of Netflix. That's a savings of over $100 and a pretty good deal, especially if you're already a Netflix customer.

Now the promotional page has gone live. If you head over to Samsung's website, you can sign up for the offer, though it says you must actually have the phone in hand before following the process through to completion. That's something you can't actually do until either model goes on sale.


Note, pre-orders will count, and the promotion includes devices purchased between now and April 12th.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Up For Pre-Order March 27th In The US, Available In Stores April 10th

Samsung has announced official US availability dates for the Galaxy S6, and they might sound rather familiar. Just like the HTC One M9, you can pre-order the new Galaxy tomorrow (March 27th) and pick one up on April 10th. The exact details will vary by carrier, but already both AT&T and T-Mobile have announced pre-orders for tomorrow. Other carriers haven't announced official details yet, but I expect it won't be long.


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AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Is Also Getting Its Lollipop Update Today

What's this? A current-generation AT&T phone and its year-old sibling getting updated on the same day? We have an embarrassment of riches, folks. Just a few hours after the Lollipop over-the-air update for the Galaxy Note 4 started on Ma Bell, the Galaxy Note 3 (from 2013) is getting the same treatment. AT&T's support page says that this is Android 5.0, build number N900AUCUEOC1.

As AT&T does with all their updates, the OTA will only start on Wi-Fi (and not that mobile connection that you're paying them to provide). The OTA file is a massive 1.2 gigabytes, and whatever server AT&T uses for these things probably has some tiny Flintstones dinosaur manually pushing data packets down a CAT-5 cable.

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AT&T's Galaxy Note 4 Is Getting The Android 5.0 Lollipop Update


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Lollipop Update Rolling Out In The US, Canada, And France

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is one of the best all-around tablets on the market right now, if you don't mind a steep asking price and Samsung's rather heavy-handed software. The tablet launched with Android KitKat, but now it's getting an update to Android 5.0.2! ...just in time for owners to be miffed that they're not getting the bleeding-edge 5.1 release. Oh well, if wishes were horses we'd all be eating steak.

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Android Police reader David Tarling sent us the above screenshot showing the rollout to his Wi-Fi Tab S 10.5 in the United States. SamMobile's ever-increasing repository of Samsung firmware is also hosting builds for the US Wi-Fi version (under "Cellular south," for some reason, but the download page is labeled for Wi-Fi), the Canadian Wi-Fi version, and the French Wi-Fi version.

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