Samsung Galaxy Note Edge users in Australia will be getting Android 5.0.1 Lollipop rolled out for their devices very soon, with the brand already having made the update available for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 in various markets.
The OTA update has a huge file size of 1018.12 MB, which is much enormous compared to the Android 4.4.4 update which weighed in at 487 MB. Android 5.0 brings Material Design to the user interface as well as a handful of new features and improvements to existing ones like heads-up notifications, a better notification system, brand new multitasking UI, Android Smart Lock and multiple user accounts are among the features that users will be getting. On top of that the update should bring improvements to battery life, security and overall performance of the device.
We don’t know when we would get this update locally but if you’re in Australia you can check for the update manually by going to Settings >>About phone >> Software update menu or get the firmware directly from Sammobile.
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HTC has begun teasing about their latest flagship smartphone as MWC draws closer. HTC initially didn’t officially mention what their event would be focusing on when the brand sent out their invites but based on all the rumours and speculation it’s a no brainer that HTC was going to reveal another HTC One smartphone. And now we have this teaser from HTC UK.
To recap all the information that we know of the new HTC One M9, is that it will have a similar all aluminium unibody, an updated boomsound speak grill as well as camera and it will have a radically different design from it’s predecessor the M8. However there has been some discrepancy between leaks so it’s quite likely that dummy decoys might have been released to thwart early leaks.
Spec-wise, the HTC One M9 is rumoured to run on Qualcomm’s Octa-Core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM while the front display retains the similar 5″ screen with Full HD resolution. It will be juiced up with a slightly bigger 2,840mAh capacity battery and for imaging it will get a 20.7MP shooter at the back while selfies are taken with an Ultrapixel camera (presumably 4MP effective with 2.0 micron pixel size). Out of the box, you can count on them to be running on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with a newer Sense 7.0 interface.
There’s also rumours that HTC is planning to reveal a wearable as well, so there might be a chance we might get to see it at MWC this year.
However the update is still based on Android 4.4 KitKat rather than Lollipop so Xiaomi users might still have to wait a bit more to get their hands on Android’s latest OS.
MIUI version 6 is basically a flatter UI that’s similar to that of the newer Mi 4 and Mi Note, complete with fancy icons and animations which is said to be somewhat reminiscent of iOS 7 but is generally more simplified. The RedMi Note 4G is also getting an update to version 6 but it’s a bit strange that they’re not building a version based on Lollipop yet when many other devices are already getting the OS rolled out.
Thanks to @Azharbinismail for the tip!
Looks like BenQ is coming to MWC 2015 to show off a new flagship device, the BenQ F52. It will be on display at Chinese carrier Cheetah Mobile’s display at the convention, with the smartphone featuring a 5.2 inch screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution as well as a 64 bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU.
Graphics will be sorted by a Adreno 430 GPU and will include 3GB of RAM alongside 16GB of expandable internal storage. As for the camera, the rear will feature a 13MP snapper with a Sony IMX214 sensor and a 8MP ‘super selfie’ camera will be on the front. The smartphone will also have 4G LTE Cat 9 connectivity at 450Mbps, alongside Android 5.0 and pre-installed apps produced by Cheetah Mobile like Clean Master, CM Security and Battery Doctor.
Looking at the specs, the BenQ F52 looks like it might stand with the big boys in terms of overall specs, which is saying something since the Taiwanese and Chinese smartphones are already set on conquering the market. But how will the BenQ F52 fare with the Snapdragon 810 is anyone’s guess, as the chip’s rather controversial performance is still at debate.
Pricing and availability will likely be announced at MWC itself so stay tuned for more info.