Android 5.0

CM12 now out for Samsung Galaxy Note 4, N910F variant only

CyanogenMod is still – arguably – one of the best at applying the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) flavor of Android to after-market software and making them so fiiiiiine. And they haven’t stopped. Today, they officially released nightly builds of CM12 – that is, CyanogenMod 12, the Android 5.0 variant of their famous ROMs – for the European variants of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s flagship phablet.

Sony not upgrading non-Xperia Z phones to Lollipop

Bad news for non-Xperia Z smartphone owners: you won't be getting a taste of Android Lollipop. Sony has not fully rolled out the new Android 5.0 version to Xperia Z series owners yet but we know it's coming. Those who own other and older non-Xperia phones like the T2 Ultra, T3, M2 Aqua, M2, E1, E3, and C3 will not get the much-awaited software update. Sony Mobile announced on its official Twitter channel that the sweet Lollipop is only exclusive to Xperia Z. This means nothing for 2014 non-Xperia Z series owners.

T-Mobile’s HTC One (M7) finally receiving the sweet Lollipop

Mo Versi took to Twitter his excitement about the T-Mobile HTC One (M7)'s getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop technical approval recently. HTC's Vice-President for Product Management added that over-the-air update for the particular HTC phone will begin on Tuesday, March 10. Those who own the One(M7) from T-Mobile can now have peace of mind that the new Android platform is coming to their units after we announced that Lollipop rollout for the One M7 and M8 will be delayed a bit. Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC was honest enough to admit that they wouldn't be able meet the 90-day deadline they self-imposed for bring the Lollipop update.

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.
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