Android 5.0

Google issues statement on Android encryption by default

Yesterday, we learned that Google is no longer requiring full-disk encryption on Lollipop despite being so excited about telling the world that Android L (Android 5.0) would have it by default last year. However, some smartphones experienced storage performance issues with the Android 5.0 encryption according to tech website AnandTech after running a benchmark test. It was an unfortunate move but Google had to back away from its earlier decision for the benefit of most Android users.

Google no longer requires full-disk encryption on Lollipop by default

We were certain that Google would be adding encryption as default to the then upcoming Android L (now Android 5.0). A few months later, we discovered through a benchmark test by tech website AnandTech that Android 5.0 encryption was bringing storage performance issues to most smartphones already running Lollipop. Google seemed to be serious about requiring full-disk encryption on new phones but right now, the Internet giant is quietly backing away from its decision.

Android Lollipop catches up in latest distribution chart

We complained before how long it took for Android 5.0 to make it to Google's Android Distribution chart. But ever since it landed last month, it seems to be making strides. As of March 2, 2015, just at the beginning of MWC 2015, Android 5.0 Lollipop has climbed up to 3.3 percent of the pie. While still an extremely small number, it's already twice than it's number last month. If this is the start of a trend, Lollipop may very well quickly rise up to take a larger portion in the months to come.

Lollipops rain on some HTC One M7, LG G3, Moto G, Moto X

There's a saying that goes "when it rains, it pours", but this is one rain that mobile users are unlikely to complain about. After some delays and silence on the rollout of Android 5.0, we're now seeing a flood of incoming updates to some smartphones. Sadly, not all models and not all regions are covered by this joyful news. Hopefully, though, it's just the opening salvo that opens the floodgates of Android 5.0 updates everywhere.

Samsung Galaxy S3 gets Lollipop with Paranoid Android ROM

This is a testament to how well Samsung built the Galaxy S3, that it is still alive and kicking – and custom Lollipop ROMs are still being built for it today. We have to remember that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was once king of the smartphone world, and a lot of units are still being used even to this day. With this Paranoid Android build, the Galaxy S3 can start experiencing some Lollipop goodness – with a few bugs here and there.

SoundHUD brings ‘true’ silent mode back to Lollipop

Seems like there’s a big issue with Lollipop users about Google tweaking the usually generic “silent mode” in Android 5.0. With Lollipop, you get a “no notifications whatsoever” mode and you get what is called “Priority mode”. After all the discussions (you should see the reddit thread via the source link), some people would just really want one “silent mode” on their phones. That’s what SoundHUD tries to bring.

Android One devices in India to get Lollipop

Android One devices are the line of smartphones that Google has produced that are aimed at developing nations where buyers often can’t spend the hundreds of dollars that people in developed nations throw at mobile devices. Google's Android One initiative has met with mixed success so far.

CM12S arriving for OnePlus One in March, maybe OxygenOS too

Carl Pei, co-founder of China-based phone manufacturer OnePlus, let it be known through Twitter today that CM12S – that is, the Lollipop version of Cyanogen’s proprietary software for the OnePlus One – may be arriving mid to late March. And with a view to the quite public separation of Cyanogen and OnePlus, he also said that OxygenOS – the company’s self-developed version of Android – may arrive within the same timeline.

T-Mobile lists units ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop

T-Mobile is busier than ever especially these few days leading to the Mobile World Congress 2015. Because new smartphones and tablets will be unveiled in Barcelona, it's only right that the mobile carrier release software updates to current mobile devices par of its lineup before they become overshadowed by the yet-to-be-announced units. We're certain though that T-Mobile will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S6, thanks to a teaser recently shown off.
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