With Google all but confirming the announcement of Android M at Google I/O later this month, it’s time to decide what we think Google will call it when it goes stable. The “M,” assuming Google sticks with the long-standing Android naming scheme, should stand for some sort of sweet treat. It could end up being a big branded piece of candy (KitKat) or a more general term for a category of sweets (Ice Cream Sandwich). Google typically attempts to surprise or trick us by keeping the name guarded up until the last minute, so guessing is always fun.
Assuming the mention of “Android M” wasn’t just a typo – and we don’t believe that it was – we may not know the official name until some time later this year. Our guess is that Google will announce Android M in the form of a preview at I/O, then try and release a stable version, along with the name, at some point in the fall, like they did with Lollipop.
Now is the time to place your bets on a sweet name. (Please be Mike and Ike!)
Like with any flagship, I get the feeling that the DL community is torn on the LG G4. Some love it, others don’t. Some are buying it the minute it becomes available (27% of you), and others will keep their current phone or wait for something in the future that is more appealing to them. And you know what? That’s the way it should be. Not every phone is built for everyone, well except the iPhone. (Hah!) In all seriousness, choices are what makes Android so great. The LG G4 is another of those choices. (more…)
Have you seen enough of the LG G4 after today’s festivities to know whether or not you are going to buy one? I would imagine that many of you have, thanks to this full list of specs, a comparison to the Galaxy S6 and One M9, our hands-on gallery, and Tim’s first impressions. We’ve tried to give you everything we can, outside of price, because LG and its carrier partners have yet to reveal that important bit of information. Still, we know it will probably drop in at $199 on contract and anywhere from $600 to $700 without one. There are few secrets left.
Tell us, did LG impress you with all of its Quantum IPS display and f/1.8 camera talk? Did they convince you that you need a leather back and removable battery? Or are you disappointed that the phone looks a lot like the G3, is using a Snapdragon 808, doesn’t have the premium materials of the Galaxy S6 or One M9, and skipped on the fingerprint sensor?
Let us know!
Google’s Project Fi is about all we can think about on an Android front at the moment. Even though it’s invite-only and only works with the Nexus 6, we can’t wait to grab a Project Fi SIM card and take it for a spin. The thought of being a part of a network that is constantly attempting to find you the strongest, fastest connection is a pretty interesting idea. We also like the fact that Google refunds you for unused data and doesn’t appear to be including any carrier-related gimmicks.
But that’s us. We want to know what you think about Project Fi. Assuming you live in an area that can participate and receive an invite, are you thinking about joining? Is Project Fi worth dropping your current carrier for?
If you don’t know and still need to learn more about Project Fi, check out this post of ours.
Shortly after writing up news of WhatsApp’s new Material Design update and admitting that I’ve never used the app in my life because I live in the US, a number of our US readers chimed in to say that they actually prefer WhatsApp and that everyone they know uses it as well. The rest of the world also can’t fathom the idea that I’ve never used the app, yet run an Android site, and has lambasted me for it. It’s been fun! WhatsApp users sure love their WhatsApp.
So, that means we need to find out if WhatsApp really is making its way to our shores or not and if I need to start convincing every person I know to adopt it into their lives, even though I finally convinced most of them to use Hangouts after years of work.
Let us know, are you using WhatsApp?
You are a full weekend in. You have had time to familiarize yourself. You watched our tips and tricks videos. You are becoming one with your new smartphone, that being an HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6, or Galaxy S6 Edge. What do you love about it?
I know it seems early in the relationship to be asking such personal questions, but come on, everyone has first impressions after a first date. We want to know yours. After all, there has to be something you love or else you probably already returned it and re-activated your PhoneMatch.com profile.
Are you loving the display in the Galaxy S6? Maybe it’s the camera? How is the Edge treating your hand? Band-aids on it yet? Do you love the 2013 design of your HTC One
M7 M8 M9? I kid, I kid. Seriously, though, we would love to hear those first impressions.
Lollipop has been a controversial update, if I’m being honest. It was originally introduced as a preview at Google I/O last year, then went live for the world to use in early November. The rollout of it in update form has been odd, to say the least, with Nexus devices even receiving it at different times and under different builds. Manufacturers and carriers are struggling to push updates out, thanks to at least three different bug fixing releases from Google since it was first introduced. No one knows which version they should put their money on, but what we do know is that anything pre-5.1 is likely to have at least a couple of critical bugs on board.
Still, companies are pushing out Lollipop updates as they can. Some good, some not so good. Many device owners thought they would have it by now and are getting frustrated, but those of us who have experienced Lollipop aren’t so sure that’s a good idea unless again, it’s 5.1.
It’s been an interesting story to watch unfold. Clearly, this is a much bigger update than I think anyone anticipated. It’s going to be a while before this becomes incredibly stable. Unfortunately, that means it’s also going to be a while before your non-Nexus device is mostly bug free.
With all that said, we just want to know something simple today – has your phone been updated to Lollipop? If so, which version?
Tomorrow, pre-orders go up for the all-new HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. There is a lot of hype surrounding each device, so it is only natural that we would want to find out which way you are all leaning.
Pre-orders for each device will take place through numerous carriers and retailers (One M9 details, GS6 and GS6 Edge details), so getting your hands on these phones should not be too difficult. The only question is, which one should you get?
Samsung introduced a revamped TouchWiz experience and hardware design for the Galaxy S6 Edge, while also incorporating glass and metal into the standard Galaxy S6. As for the One M9, HTC stuck to its guns on the overall design, but threw in a 20MP rear-facing camera, updated Sense UI with custom themes, and the device still features HTC’s beloved BoomSound speakers. Needless to say, you can’t really go wrong with any choice.
So, which flagship are you ordering?