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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.

Xiaomi Mi 4 hit with ‘questionable security’ accusation again

Bluebox, a software security company that tests mobile devices for security and malware threat, got their hands on a Xiaomi Mi 4 for testing. The results were not good. Bluebox claims that there were malicious software installed on the device, with some of those even mimicking Google applications. Xiaomi has since replied to the accusation, but it still leaves questions on the security of the phone and the integrity of the brand itself.

Microsoft sues Kyocera for patent infringement

Lawsuits within the tech industry is not an uncommon thing, and the past few years we've seen legal battles among and between such big companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, etc. The latest one to join the circus is Microsoft, no stranger to this lawsuit issue of course, and this time, they're going after Japanese OEM Kyocera. They claim that the smartphone maker has infringed on some of their patents and is seeking financial damages but at the same time, hoping to find an amicable solution to the issue.

The Samsung Galaxy S6’s battery is removable, sort of

Android makers – especially Samsung – have hyped the “removable battery” feature of Android-based smartphones over the years, basically throwing potshots at Apple’s iPhones for not having this feature at all. That has mellowed down recently, as more and more Android manufacturers have discovered the beauty of the unibody design. When the MWC 2015 rolled in, fans of the Samsung Galaxy S6 were in for a rude surprise – the battery of the new flagship was non-removable, or was it?

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge pre-orders reach 20 million

Samsung Electronics has more reasons to celebrate as its latest flagship Android devices received a total of 20 million pre-orders. That's a record high for the South Korean tech giant who is hoping that the two new models will exceed the past smartphones particularly the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5. The first country to receive pre-orders of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge was the Netherlands.

HTC ONE E9 specs leaked

HTC may have launched the One M9 already (yes, without the parentheses) but it's not done launching new phones. Not that we're certain about the HTC One E9 but information from @upleaks are usually accurate. And honestly, most leaks and rumors about upcoming HTC mobile devices turn out to be true so....

New HTC videos shows off One M9 and how we’re all “One”

If you want to talk about what your brand is all about and give off a feel-good vibe that reminds us all of our humanity and how we are different and yet the same, who would you want to be the voice of that video? Of course immediately you'll think of The Avengers right? Well, that's what HTC has done, in a manner of speaking. Getting Iron Man to do the voice over of your latest brand video was a smart move, we think.

MWC 2015: Android Community Top Picks

And so the Mobile World Congress 2015 comes to a close and now we're left to pick up the pieces of a whirlwind week. We've been bombarded by a lot of annoucements, new and old products, and promises, and now it's time to weed out the winners from the not so winners. Because everyone's a winner, right? But there are really quite a few that really piqued our interest and earned our applause. Here are some of the most noteworthy products to come out of MWC 2015.