Google’s Nexus Devices Get Android Marshmallow Update

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Google has announced that it is starting to roll out the Android Marshmallow update for a number of its Nexus devices.

The list of devices that are getting the Android 6.0 update include the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player, the update has been released as an over the air update.

Today we’re starting to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus users. Of course, the new Nexus 5X and 6P will ship with Android 6.0, straight from the factory. Android Marshmallow is the sweetest, smartest Android version yet: Now on Tap serves up assistance when you need it, battery-smart features keep your device going longer, and new app permissions give you even more control.

So far those are the only devices that Google has announced the Android Marshmallow update for, as soon as we get some more details on any other devices, we will let you guys know.

These Sony Xperia Devices Will Get Android Marshmallow

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Sony is the latest company to reveal which of its Sony Xperia devices will be getting the Android Marshmallow update.

The company has now released a full list, which you can see below that will get the Android 6.0 software update.

Sony Xperia Android Marshmallow Update List:

  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia M5
  • Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Xperia C5

Sony has not given any details on when the various handsets will get the Android Marshmallow update. The company has said that the updates will be rolled out in phases and will vary depending on the country and carrier.

As soon as we get some more informatin on when the first Sony Xperia devices will get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, we will let you guys know.

Here’s a List of T-Mobile Devices Which Will Get Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow

Google has already revealed the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, alongside two new Nexus devices.

Several manufacturers have confirmed the list of devices which will get the new operating system, and now T-Mobile has revealed a list of devices which will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the coming months.

Here’s a list of devices which will get the update as soon as it’s ready:

  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M9
  • LG G3
  • LG G4
  • LG G Stylo
  • Google Nexus 5
  • Google Nexus 6
  • Google Nexus 7
  • Google Nexus 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

The magenta carrier even listed the steps which have to be taken before the operating system starts rolling out for the devices, which includes manufacturer development, T-Mobile testing and roll out. In the first step, the carrier and the manufacturer agree with each other to support a specific device. Next, the operating system is tested by T-Mobile to make sure it’s bug free and without any issues before it hits consumer devices.

We’ll update you as soon as the update starts rolling out.

Google’s Nexus Devices Get Android Marshmallow Update

Nexus

Google has announced that it is starting to roll out the Android Marshmallow update for a number of its Nexus devices.

The list of devices that are getting the Android 6.0 update include the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player, the update has been released as an over the air update.

Today we’re starting to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus users. Of course, the new Nexus 5X and 6P will ship with Android 6.0, straight from the factory. Android Marshmallow is the sweetest, smartest Android version yet: Now on Tap serves up assistance when you need it, battery-smart features keep your device going longer, and new app permissions give you even more control.

So far those are the only devices that Google has announced the Android Marshmallow update for, as soon as we get some more details on any other devices, we will let you guys know.

Android 5.1.1 Rolling Out for Ascend Mate7

Ascend Mate7

Huawei has started rolling out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Ascend Mate7, which brings a handful of new features and improvements, including the new EMUI 3.1.

The update brings the all-new Material design as well as improved notifications and multitasing, flashlight option in the quick settings and more.

Here’s the complete change log for the latest update:

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    — notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    –you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    — you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    — very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    — when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    — you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications. For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards. This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process. Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data. Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop. Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key. You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

The update is rolling out as we speak and should reach all devices in the coming days. You can also manually check for the update by going to Settings.

Spectre 007 Edition Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Gets Unboxed

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Sony recently announced that it would be releasing limited edition versions of its new Xperia Z5 range to coincide with the launch of the new James Bond Spectre Movie.

Now we get to have a look at one of these limited edition handsets, the Spectre 007 Edition Sony Xperia Z5 Compact in a new unboxing video.

These limited edition Xpera Z5 smartphones come with exclusive content from the Spectre movie which lands in the UK on the 26th of October.

The handset comes with a 4.6 inch display with a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, processing is provided by an octa core Snapdragon 810 processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 410 GPU.

Other specifications on the handset include 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot, plus front and rear cameras. The front camera on the device is a 5 megapixel camera and the rear camera is Sony’s new 23 megapixel Exmor RS camera.

Stagefright 2.0 Detected, Affects Almost Every Android Device Till Date

Less than two months after Google and several Android smartphone manufacturers released a security update to patch the Stagefright bug that affected about a billion Android-powered devices, security experts are warning about Stagefright 2.0. The newly discovered bug also affects all Android devices running 5.1 or below, including the devices that have had the original Stagefright bug patched.

Unlike the first Stagefright bug that allows an attacker to take over an Android device by sending an MMS message, the two Stagefright 2.0 vulnerabilities uncovered allow an attacker to cripple the device using mp3 (audio) or mp4 (video) files.

If a user visits a website that hosts an infected song or video file and previews the said media content, the vulnerability in Android operating system allows an attacker to gain access to the device and run remote code. An attacker could attain full access to a victim’s device, and install malicious programs as well as glean personal information from it.

“The first vulnerability (in libutils) impacts almost every Android device since version 1.0 released in 2008. We found methods to trigger that vulnerability in devices running version 5.0 and up using the second vulnerability (in libstagefright),” wrote Zimperium, the security firm which had also discovered the original Stagefright vulnerability.

The new bug is even more alarming as it doesn’t require a lot information to take over an Android device. The first version of Stagefright required an attacker to know your mobile number of the victim, as a text was needed to be sent your device. Due to its nature, the new bug doesn’t need an attacker to know your mobile number.

Google was notified about the bug in August, and the company flagged it as a critical vulnerability. “This issue is rated as a critical severity due to the possibility of remote code execution as the privileged mediaserver service. The mediaserver service has access to audio and video streams as well as access to privileges that third party apps cannot normally access,” it said.

Google is yet to offer a patch to Nexus smartphones. The company’s partnered smartphone manufacturers are also yet to offer an update to squash the bug. Samsung and Google in August hadpromised to offer monthly security updates. Until the patch arrives on your device, you’re advised not to preview an audio or video file on an untrusted website.

AT&T Rolling Out Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Not too long ago, AT&T released the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and it seems the carrier is working on more devices.

The carrier is now rolling out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 as well. The tablet upgraded directly from Android KitKat so the proud owners of the device will get all the new features, enhancements and interface which was introduced with Android Lollipop.

The firmware version is bumped to P907AUCU1BOH3 with the update being sized at over a 1GB so make sure you’re connected to a WiFi network before you commence downloading. The update also removes three apps, including Beats Music, WatchON and Famigo kids, while Amazon Shopping is added to the list of apps.

The update is rolling out as we speak over-the-air, but it may take some time to reach all devices. So, don’t panic if you don’t get it right away. Alternatively, you can check for the update manually if you don’t want to wait for the OTA.

Let us know if you’ve received the update as well as your opinion about the update.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow To Hit Nexus Devices Next Week

Android Marshmallow

Yesterday, Google unveiled their latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system along with a couple of new Nexus devices.

If you’re in possession of existing Nexus devices, you be glad to know that Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow starting next week.

Previous rumors suggest that existing Nexus devices will get the latest update starting October 5th, even Telus has the date listed on their website.

The update will roll out for the devices over-the-air, and should reach existing devices in the coming weeks. Do note the process is gradual so you may not see them right away, it may take some time to reach all devices. Those of you who cannot wait, you can flash your devices through factory images which will be available next week also.

It may take some time for other manufacturers who have customized the operating system for their devices. A leak already revealed a list of HTC devices which will get the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, but we’ll have to wait for an official word about it.

We’ll update you as soon as other manufacturers reveal details about the roll out of the new operating system.

LG Nexus 5X Gets Official, Full details

Nexus 5X

The new LG Nexus 5X was made official at Google’s press event yesterday, the handset comes with a 5.2 inch IPS Full HD display with a resolution of 120 x 1080 pixels and 423 ppi.

Processing on the handset comes in the form of a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and there is also 2GB of RAM.

“We are excited to be able to work with Google again on developing Nexus 5X, our best Nexus yet,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications. “This time, we wanted to deliver the best hardware for Google’s most advanced software and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished together.”

Nexus 5X

For storage there are two options on the new LG Nexus 5X, 16GB or 32GB, there is no microSD card slot on the handset.

Connectivity comes in the form of 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and USB Type-C and the handset also comes with front and rear facing cameras.

On the front of the device there is a 5 megapixel camera with a F2.0 aperture and on the back of the handset there is a 12.3 megapixel camera with an F2.0 aperture, the device also come with a 2700 mAh non removable battery.

The Nexus 5X will be available in three colors, Carbon, Quartz and Ice and the device is available to pre-order in the Google Store in the US, UK, Korea, Ireland and Japan, it will ship next month and will also be made available to pre-order in 40 more countries on the 19th of October.

The handset comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it also features a fingerprint sensor, prices for the device will start at $379.