Verizon’s Xperia Z3v and Xperia Z2 Tablet Both Get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Owners of the Sony Xperia Z3v and Xperia Z2 Tablet should be on the lookout for an update over the coming days. Verizon posted changelogs of updates for each device, stating that they should each be receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Honestly, I haven’t kept up with either, but a couple of quick searches on the Google machine suggest that the Xperia Z3v is just now receiving Lollipop with this update and never did see 5.0, 5.0.1, or 5.0.2. Is that correct? If so, woof.  (more…)

Yikes: DROID Ultra, Maxx, and Mini Won’t Even Get Lollipop Now

In July of 2013, days before Motorola was set to announce the original Moto X, the company was somehow persuaded by Verizon to announce a brand new DROID line. That line of phones included the DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini, all of which were very similar to the Moto X, only they came with the typical DROID experience of over-the-top branding and marketing. They were, by all means, flagship phones for their time that most figured would see the typical two years worth of updates. For the most part, that happened.

Motorola and Verizon issued update after update to each for a solid year before Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop. Shortly after Google made Lollipop official, Motorola was quick to announce which of its phones would be updated to it. That list, as you can imagine, included the Ultra, MAXX, and Mini and was posted in October 2014. Months went by and Motorola failed to release the 5.0 update to its DROID line, but said in January of 2015 that it was all happening “soon.”

Fast forward to today and owners of those DROID phones from 2013 still do not have Lollipop. According to Motorola’s David Schuster, they’ll never see it.  (more…)

I Love Google for Removing the “Saving Screenshot” Animation in Stock Android

If you watch the animation above and are addicted to the little details of Android (read: crazy, batsh*t anal), you should see something wonderful – the lack of a “Saving screenshot…” animation in between screenshots, which I’m pretty sure Google did away with when they introduced Lollipop. Either way, I can’t thank them enough for it.

Sure, it’s a small detail that most wouldn’t notice, but if you have ever taken a series of screenshots, you will know how much of a nuisance that little animation can be, especially if you like them to be as clean as is possible. You either have to wait for the animation to disappear between shots (breaking: impatient people hate waiting), or it often forces you to re-take a screenshot because you snapped one too quickly and are blessed with the message of “Saving screenshot…” at the top.  (more…)

Verizon’s HTC One M7 Gets Lollipop Starting Today, Full Changelog Available

Verizon’s HTC One M7 is getting its Android 5.0 Lollipop update today, at least according to a full changelog posted to the company’s support site. The update arrives in two parts, but finishes on 6.21.605.3 when all is said and done.

After the update, users will see Lollipop’s fun, including new notification panel behaviors, an all-new quick settings pull-down, notifications on the lock screen, more control over which apps can send you notifications, new Rolodex-styled recent apps, more power with Android Beam, and more. HTC also tossed their HTC EYE experience into the camera.  (more…)

AT&T’s Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy S5 Active are Getting Lollipop

AT&T is on a roll this week with the Lollipop updates. Just yesterday, they began pushing Android 5.0 to the LG G2, and are now following that up with Lollipop updates for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy S5 Active.

The Galaxy Alpha is seeing one of the most recent versions of Lollipop, with an upgrade to Android 5.0.2. The Galaxy S5 Active, on the other hand, seems to only be getting Android 5.0.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Gets Lollipop Today

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 is the next in line to receive the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. That gives Big Red seven devices that have now been bumped up to the newest version of Android, just don’t mention that to DROID Turbo owners.

The update, which is rolling out as version VRUEOB6, is a big one. Users can expect to see Material Design changes throughout, especially in Samsung’s stock apps. That means bolder colors, fluid animations, and floating action buttons everywhere. Outside of the shiny new looks, notifications will be more powerful (more control and on the lock screen), the app switcher turns into a stack of cards, and there are hidden features like Smart Lock.  (more…)