On Monday, many people looked to the sky assuming that a giant meteor was set to hit the Earth at any moment. This was in reaction to Samsung and Verizon pushing out a Lollipop update to the Galaxy S5. However, the world did not end, and unsurprisingly, an update is now available for Galaxy S5 owners on AT&T. But sadly, it’s just Android 4.4.4, not Lollipop. (more…)
Yesterday, during my tour of Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, I mentioned that Samsung may have left out Smart Lock, which is one of our favorite features included in Android 5.0. For those not familiar, Smart Lock is like Motorola’s Trusted Devices feature, in that it allows you to bypass secure lock screens if you have a trusted Bluetooth device attached and nearby. It’s incredibly handy and one of the more useful features introduced by Google in Lollipop.
To see it missing was disappointing, to say the least, except, well, it was actually there all along. That’s right, Smart Lock is included with Lollipop on Samsung devices, it’s just hidden by default and semi-difficult to find unless you know where you need to look. Since we now know where to find it, thanks to a handful of readers who pointed it out, we wanted to share the good news. (more…)
I still almost can’t believe it, but Verizon is the first US carrier to push the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” update to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The update started rolling out to all this morning, so naturally, we grabbed it and took it for a spin to see what Samsung has done with TouchWiz, Material Design, and Lollipop in a single package. We have seen previews of Lollipop running on international variants, but this is the first we are seeing it here in the States and in our own hands. (more…)
The update drops in as build VRU1BNLC and is of course, a big one. After updating, users will find Material Design hints throughout, bolder color and more fluid animations, updated on/off toggles, notifications on the lock screen, a brighter TouchWiz, floating action buttons, and a whole bunch of other Android 5.0 goodies. (more…)
Target (via eBay) is hosting a deal that can land you a brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 (unlocked) for just $429. Since the device is unlocked, it should work just fine at either AT&T or T-Mobile. They appear to be selling through them quite quickly, so only the blue and gold versions are still available.
Talk about a solid deal to spend today’s paycheck on.
2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.
We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.
We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?
What is the Android Phone of the Year?
- Moto X (2nd gen) (20%, 3,011 Votes)
- Nexus 6 (17%, 2,545 Votes)
- Galaxy Note 4 (14%, 2,134 Votes)
- DROID Turbo (13%, 1,993 Votes)
- G3 (12%, 1,760 Votes)
- OnePlus One (9%, 1,282 Votes)
- One (M8) (7%, 1,104 Votes)
- Galaxy S5 (4%, 575 Votes)
- Xperia Z3 (3%, 405 Votes)
- Other (2%, 268 Votes)
Total Voters: 15,077