I’m fully on board with fingerprint scanners in phones. They make sense. Security is as important as ever, so if implemented correctly, they not only add a layer of protection, but they do so in a way that doesn’t really change much of the user experience. That’s how good tech works. It shouldn’t just be there for the sake of being there, it should be there to enhance an experience without getting in the way. Think the opposite approach of smartwatches.
Companies like Samsung and Apple certainly did it right out of the gate through home buttons that double as fingerprint readers. Since users of their phones often turn to home buttons to wake them, it makes perfect sense to included fingerprint scanners in those buttons, so that with one click of a button, you are waking your phone and also securely unlocking it. But what about some of the new placements we are seeing, like in power buttons (new Sony phones) or on the backs of phones (new Nexus, LG V10, etc.)? I think both have great potential and are actually better implementations than the home button solutions that have dominated early. (more…)
LG G4 owners on Verizon are being treated to an OTA update this morning, weighing in at over 400MB. With a size like that, it appears folks were hoping for something of significance, but according to Verizon’s changelog, it’s just a security patch update. (more…)
According to a handful of our readers, the LG G3 on Verizon is receiving a 353MB update to Android 5.1.1. The software version is VS98535B and the Android build is LMY47V.
We are still waiting for Verizon to post a changelog, but the update appears to be live for almost everyone. Feel free to try and pull it by heading into Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates. (more…)
Lost in yesterday’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow bag of Nexus glory was a subtle announcement from T-Mobile as to which of its devices will receive the update to Google’s latest tasty treat. Via their software update status page, we can see a list of devices that have all entered the early development stage for the upgrade to Android 6.0.
Outside of the Nexus devices they support, which are about to receive the update, the rest are all still in stage 1, which is “Manufacturer Development.” In other words, T-Mobile is waiting for each individual OEM to get them updates for testing before being able to push it to your phone. It’ll be a while on some of these, unfortunately. (more…)
Hey, it’s the LG V10 in house! LG’s new flagship phone full of “stuff and things” has arrived and we are ready to put it to work. Even though a number of you probably believe that we have already written this phone off and won’t give it a fair shake, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are actually quite interested in this phone and whether or not its “stuff and things” make it stand out from a crowded high-end Android tier.
As a recap, the LG V10 sports a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, secondary ticker-like display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (with microSD support), 16MP camera with OIS, dual front-facing 5MP cameras, Snapdragon 808 processor, removable 3000mAh battery, and all sorts of droptest-worthy protection, like a steel frame on its sides. (more…)
Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.
Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.
So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.
In early August, when Stagefright had many Android owners worried about malicious MMS messages, Google, Samsung, and LG announced fast tracked security updates that would roll out monthly for device owners. With the announcement of these updates, Samsung and LG both stated that thanks to help from carriers and partners, device owners would be able to receive the security updates in a timely manner. The only reason stating that is important is because we all know the damper effect carriers have on OTA updates for Android.
Over the weekend, HTC America’s president, Jason Mackenzie, was asked if his company would also be providing monthly security updates for device owners. On Twitter, Mackenzie stated that commitment such as that, “is not realistic.” (more…)
The LG V10, a new line of flagship smartphones from LG, is coming to the US at some point in the near future. We don’t have exact dates or pricing, because that’s how this industry often rolls, but we do know that when it does, it will be available at AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. (more…)