Google’s Lollipop is the best version of Android to date, one that many users have yet to receive on their Android devices. But there’s already excitement in the air surrounding Google’s upcoming plans for the popular mobile operating system. With Google I/O conference closing in, some Android fans are already imagining ways to improve their favorite OS when it comes to design and features. That’s what designer Miroslav Vitula did in a short video posted on YouTube some time ago, and it was recently discovered by Phone Arena. More →
One of the best built-in features of Android 5.0 Lollipop focuses on security and privacy, even though it comes with one unwelcome side effect: a hit to overall performance. However, in its most recent Lollipop update, Google has disabled the feature – default device encryption – in order to increase the speed of smartphones and tablets already running Android 5.x.
While that move may please users who aren’t interested in having all their data protected by 128-bit AES encryption (it also definitely pleases the government), other Android users may want to reenable it if privacy and security are concerns. More →
There is plenty to like in Google’s latest major Android release, Lollipop. It’s faster, lighter and more battery efficient than ever before. The biggest in-your-face change found in Android 5.0 was the new look of the operating system, which Google calls “Material Design.”
Material Design brings a sleek and sophisticated look to Android, modernizing the user interface and unifying it at the same time. Developers are still hard at work updating their apps to conform to the principles of Material Design, so it’s still a bit difficult to find the best new apps.
At least, it was difficult until now. More →
Even though some Android device makers have already rolled out devices with embedded fingerprint sensors that offer users added security features, Google has yet to make it a core security feature for Android. But Google is still working on its own interesting solutions for temporarily killing the need for a PIN on smartphones, as the company has just added new functionality to Android 5.0 Lollipop that’s not only cool, but also very useful. More →
Finally? Too little too late? The smartphone market has never been as crowded as it is right now, but it will soon have one more new entrant that will be a familiar name to just about everyone in the developed (and developing) world: Nokia. When then-CEO Stephen Elop made the decision to adopt Windows Phone instead of Android, enthusiasts let out a collective sigh. Right up until Nokia sold off its devices business to Microsoft, they continued to wonder what might have been if Nokia had instead adopted Android.
And soon, it looks like we may finally find out. More →
According to Google’s own Android version distribution data, Android 5.0 Lollipop is only on 1.6% of Android devices that are currently in use. The actual figure is undoubtedly much smaller, as it doesn’t take into account the millions upon millions of off-brand Android devices that don’t ship with Google’s apps and services installed.
While most of the world waits to enjoy all of the great new features Lollipop will bring when their phones are finally updated, a mysterious new version of Lollipop just emerged for the first time. More →
Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S6 during a special media event set for March 1st in Barcelona, Spain. It also looks like the company might launch the handset a lot sooner than anticipated, with a recent report offering an alleged internal Samsung memo revealing a potential Galaxy S6 launch window for mid-March.
Now, a new report from Polish publication KomputerSwiat seems to confirm that detail and provide an additional bit of information about the Galaxy S6 family, which should generate even more excitement. More →