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.
Note: Every year, OpenSignal publishes an Android Fragmentation Report, detailing a few conceptions about the relationship between how many different devices there are on the market to how this makes developing for Android more difficult. Everything from OS fragmentation to screen size fragmentation is measured, but in actuality, Google has released countless tools for developers to minimize any hardship there is to get an app working on any and all supported Android devices. Long story short, we enjoy these reports for the pretty graphs detailing all of the phones, not the misleading talk on how Android is a fragmented mess and is scaring developers away. Enjoy.
Fragmentation is an interesting word to Android users. It used to represent how bad Android was with regard to OS updates and app development, but it’s really just the nature of having a free OS available to any OEM that wants to use it. Yes, Google does its best at making updates readily available for OEMs who want to implement them, and powering developers with tools to create the best apps they can regardless of a device’s screen size, but according to the latest Android Fragmentation Report posted by OpenSignal, there is still a long ways to go. (more…)
This week, a new device is available from ZTE on Boost Mobile, called the Boost Max+. The Max+ features a 5.7″ HD IPS display, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Available on Boost Mobile’s website for $200 off-contract, the phone also features a 8MP rear-facing camera, 16GB of onboard storage, LTE connectivity, 3,400mAh battery, and Android 5.1 out of the box. (more…)
ZTE announced a new smartphone called Axon this afternoon, scheduled to hit the US market very soon. Now, brace yourselves, as this phone may leave you somewhat breathless once you hear what specifications it is packing. For starters, it features a 5.5″ WQHD display (2560 x 1440), Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, Android 5.1, dual rear-facing cameras (13MP + 2MP and 4K shooting capability), and a 3,000mAh battery. And yes, this phone actually exists, unlike those “dream phones” you see on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. (more…)
Welcome to 2015, where your brand new phone will probably look like that guy’s brand new phone and your mom’s brand new phone and your co-worker’s new phone and the bus driver’s new phone and the homeless guy’s new phone, all of which are made by different manufacturers.
Good job, OEMs. (more…)
The ZTE-made SPro 2 Smart Projector, which was showcased at this year’s CES, is hitting AT&T’s network on April 24. Potential buyers can pick it up for $399 on-contract or $499 with no agreement.
Being the neat little machine that it is, the SPro2 is a portable projector with auto keystone correction, WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices, and can also stream media via a full-size HDMI port. Coming with its own built-in storage, you an also expand your space with a built-in SD card slot. (more…)
AT&T announced this morning that it plans to carry ZTE’s new SPro2, a product that has a handful of uses, but is classified as a smart projector with a touch screen that is powered by Android. No pricing or launch info was announced, but ZTE told us that it expects the device to hit store shelves of a “tier 1” carrier this quarter – that could be AT&T. (more…)
ZTE, the China-based manufacturer known for its budget phablets more than anything else, debuted an upgraded version of the Grand X Max it released last October. Appropriately dubbed the Grand X Max+, it’s a 6-inch, 1080p handset that will be exclusively available to new and existing Cricket Wireless customers. (more…)