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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will probably not get Lollipop update

We knew it was too good to be true! Last December, rumors were floating around that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will receive a surprising Android 5.0 Lollipop update, despite the fact that it is almost 3 years old. However, months later, there is still no solid, technical evidence that there will ever be an update to the phablet that probably started it all. And if a Facebook post from Samsung Gulf is to be believed, it is actually never going to happen.

Special bootloaders from Sony to allow recovery access

If there’s probably just one thing you’d hate about owning a Sony Xperia device, it’s probably the bootloaders that prohibit booting into a recovery partition. Make no mistake about it, Sony Xperia devices are known for their aesthetic and chic minimalist design, and their premium hardware. But tweaking the software to run the custom ROM you want is always a huge headache.

Plastic variant of the HTC M9+ spotted at TENAA

If you're waiting for the HTC One M9 Plus to arrive in the United States, I can't assure you that the bigger sibling of the HTC One M9 is coming. The phone may only be available in Asia but a recent TENAA certification gives us hope that the model, or atleast, might have another variant which could be ready for its Western launch. Nothing is certain yet but now we have an idea that HTC has another unit under its sleeves.

LG wants you to compare G4 to iPhone 6, 6Plus

The LG G4 just launched a few days back, and as expected, people are relatively pleased with it. Among Android flagship phones, it will be competing with the very strong performing Samsung Galaxy S6, its edgy brother the Galaxy S6 Edge, the HTC One M9, and the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4. But in its detail web pages, it seems like LG really wants Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to compare their screens with the G4, as if the latest iPhones are the real competition.

Lenovo A3900 budget phone now official

There is very little room at the low niches of the smartphone market, a lot of brands are fighting for visibility in a market that is saturated by cheap phones made with cheap materials and poor specs. What stands out, it seems, are the ones who offer significantly more than others in this tier. The Lenovo A3900 is a phone that has recently been made official by the Taiwan-based outfit, and is looking to find buyers in the budget-friendly area.

Watch Samsung master the impossible with the Galaxy S6 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is a thing of beauty. It's the first smartphone in the world with a dual curved display screen, taking after last year's Galaxy Note Edge. Samsung has gained a lot of praises for the newest flagship phones and the South Korean company is even having a hard time keeping up with the demands that it opened up its new factory earlier than planned. All these are happening while Samsung is going on full force marketing the premium phones.

Android Community Weekly Digest: May 2, 2015

April might be over, but the month definitely went out with a bang. And although a lot of things did happen in those 30 long days, we cannot deny the commanding presence of the LG G4, which was finally officially revealed after half a dozen teasers, which actually didn't leave much to be surprised about. What was slightly surprising, however, was Microsoft's revelation that it would let Android apps be built for Windows 10 phones, to some extent. These and more in your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from April 27 to May 2, 2015.

LG G4 highlights stand-out features in first TV commercials

LG is wasting no time in promoting their freshly released new flagship, the LG G4. They have released four TV commercials, with 15 and 30 second versions for each, putting the spotlight on three of the major selling points of the new smartphone: the leather backing, the Quantum IPS display, and the 16MP f/1.8 camera. They've also launched the tag for their marketing campaign for their new baby, which is "See the great, fell the great". Okay, it's not exactly groundbreaking, but sounds pleasant enough right?

Vivo X5Pro teased with retina scanner, expect enhanced phone security

Fingerprint scanners are still not a standard in smartphones but some premium flagship phones and tablets already have them. The likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6/S6 edge, Note 4, Meizu MX4 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Pantech Vega Secret Up, and the HTC One Max have fingerprint scanners used for several security and authentication purposes. While the technology is still in its early stage, there is potential for biometrics to be bigger.

ASUS ZenFone 2 to be unveiled in the US this May 18

The ASUS ZenFone 2 has yet to arrive in the United States but we're no longer clueless as phone is set to arrive in the country this coming May 18. AT&T will be offering the latest ASUS flagship smartphone still bearing an Intel chipset. The ZenFone 2 will continue to impress with a 5.5-inch display screen, 13 megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and a 3000 mAh battery.