- Nexus 9 International Giveaway #4
- Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA hitting Samsung Galaxy S5 in Australia now
- CyanogenMod 12 nightlies return black background boot animation
- Google paying hackers to help secure your Android experience
- Carriers just torpedoed their strongest argument against net neutrality
- Report: Samsung Galaxy S4 receiving Lollipop 5.0.1 in Russia
- Motorola Moto G (2014) LTE model makes its way to Brazil
- Deal Alert: Grab an unlocked 32GB LG G Flex for $230 from Ebay
- Samsung Galaxy XCover 3 shown off in leaked photos
- HTC One M8 and M7 Lollipop update delayed
Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday. A big congratulations to last week's winner of the Nexus 6 giveaway: Ahmed from Tunisia. THIS WEEK WE ARE GIVING AWAY A NEW NEXUS 9 ANDROID TABLET! You can earn entry tickets into the giveaway by completing the following tasks in the RaffleCopter widget located below. * [1 TICKETS] Follow Android Authority on Twitter. * [1 TICKETS] Send a tweet about the giveaway. * [1 TICKETS] Subscribe to the Android Authority newsletter. * [10 TICKETS] REFER FRIENDS TO THE GIVEAWAY. You will be given a unique URL to share with your friends or social networks. You will receive 1 bonus entry (up to 10 max) for every person who you refer to the giveaway using your unique URL. JOIN NOW! a Rafflecopter giveaway RELATED LINKS * Nexus 9 official cases review * Nexus 9 unboxing * Nexus 9 gets rooted * Nexus 9 Teardown * Nexus 9 review * Nexus 9 vs ipad * Best Android tablets TERMS & CONDITIONS * The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.) * If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize. * We are not responsible for lost shipments. * You must be age of majority in your Country of residence. * We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur. * Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win. * We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway. Full terms & conditions and FAQ | Past giveaway winners [Gallery] Good luck everyone!
One of our lucky readers in Australia woke up this morning to a little surprise from Samsung, Android 5.0 Lollipop has landed on his Galaxy S5. We've seen the latest version of Android roll out to the same device in other markets around the globe. Starting in Poland it moved across Europe, but it is now time for the land down under to have their turn. Please keep in mind that we can't be sure if this is a full roll out for all Galaxy S5 users in Australia, but where there is one, there is sure to be more. If you have not been reading along the included upgrades to the Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 5.0 Lollipop, you have a few improvements and changes to look forward to. Aside from the new version of Android, with all of its Material Design visuals, and a handful of new Android Lollipop features, look for a change in your lock screen, borrowed from the Note 4. In addition, Samsung has updated the driver for the fingerprint sensor in your S5, the result, as confirmed by our reader, is drastically improved performance when scanning your fingerprint. Any other Australians out there seeing Android 5.0 Lollipop for their Samsung Galaxy S5 this morning? Thanks to Marcus for the tip.
Cyanogen Inc. heard your cries of pain over the white background on the new boot animation on the CyanogenMod 12 nightlies. No matter your opinion on the white background, CM 12 nightlies users can enjoy a new black background boot animation. The white boot animation has only been around for a short time, as has the availability of CM 12 nightlies itself. These are only growing pains toward the final release of CyanogenMod 12 stable. Keep in mind, of course, that Cyanogen is in works to change things up for their popular custom ROM, having recently sworn off of Google's Android stream. There is even word that Microsoft is working with Cyanogen. We've taken the time to discuss this all in our Friday Debate this past Friday, and stay tuned with us later today, we'll be headed to our new Friday Debate Podcast with the same topic. Which boot animation for CyanogenMod 12 nightlies did you prefer?
TheHackerNews It is no secret that Google has been offering huge bounties to researchers and hackers for finding bugs in the Chrome browser and other Google software. Indeed, Google has recently announced that over $4 million has been awarded in the last five years, and they are now opening things up to include the Google Play Store and more, in an effort to bring better security to the ecosystem surrounding Android. This sort of bug hunting usually makes the news around Black Hat conventions and other 'hacker' get-togethers, where teams of security minded users compete for awards as much as $1 million a piece to prove significant security vulnerabilities in software. We most often hear of these competitions focusing on the web browser, with Google Chrome usually coming out unscathed. Due to the success of these sorts of events, it is getting harder and harder for researchers to hit pay dirt for hacking, so Google is taking a new approach. Google will contact researchers that have discovered bugs in the past, instead of enticing them with awards, they will just be giving them cash. Each research case will be valued at up to $3133.70, paid in advance, with no need for a proven bug. Google's security team just wants a second opinion on aspects of the Google Play Store and more. Best of all, all Google built apps for Android and iOS are now included in the scope of the Vulnerability Reward Program. In the end, all of us Android users should be very happy with this move. As a small, yet significant, example, the Google Play Store has its own built-in antivirus tools, checking apps in the store and blocking them if needed. Outside researchers will now help make sure that the antivirus tools themselves are free of flaws. Google's head of product security group, Matt Moore, will be announcing more information on this new program soon. We're sure you'll hear all about any flaws that may be revealed with this initiative. Hopefully, this will keep Google off of the 2015 version of our list of biggest hacks for a year. Do you think using 'hackers' is the right way to go here, or should security remain an in-house thing?
TimeDotCom Several months ago, AT&T threatened the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they were thinking of withdrawing from the upcoming spectrum auction if the FCC imposed rules that didn't allow carriers like AT&T to purchase and hoard significant chunks of spectrum. According to AT&T, these restrictions "might" not allow them to purchase enough spectrum to make the investment worthwhile. As AT&T has warned us on multiple occasions the last few months, the issues of net neutrality and Title II classification were going to "lead companies to stop investing in new network capacity." Additionally, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has made it a point to tell everyone that classifying broadband access under Title II would be "an extreme and risky path that will jeopardize our investment and the development of innovation in broadband Internet and related services." So, let's see how correct both AT&T and Verizon were when it came to the recent spectrum auction:
_The FCC’s AWS-3 auction really brought in the cash… After 341 rounds of bidding closed yesterday, the total price tag apparently came to $44.899B, nearly four and a half times the reserve price and twice what observers had been expecting. - TelecomRamblings_The auction was the first major sale of spectrum by the FCC in over six years. * AT&T spent $18.2 billion for 251 licenses * Verizon spent $10.4 billion for 181 licenses * T-Mobile US spent $1.8 billion for 151 licenses * Sprint didn’t participate So, essentially, AT&T and Verizon are full of it whenever they complain to the FCC about net neutrality and its effect on network investment. In fact, as the Wall Street Journal notes, AT&T paid the most for a single license by spending $2.8 billion for one license in New York City. The bottom line is that there is no reason that these companies will stop investing in network expansions. Net neutrality has proved no deterrent to network investment.
As we now progress into the second month of 2015, word has it that Samsung is providing a Lollipop update to the Galaxy S4 in Russia. While it is neither the first Galaxy phone to receive Android 5.0, nor the first Galaxy S4 variant, it stands as an achievement for the fact that Samsung has brought the new OS build to hardware that is approaching the two year mark. The device in question is the GT-I9500, Exynos-variant, and it is receiving 5.0.1 to be precise. The update is so large that several Google Applications (Books, Play Movies and others) need to be removed in order to facilitate the 1049.17MB download file. The Software Update screen also indicates that the OS will take up an additional 950MB beyond what was previously allocated to the OS, thus ensuring that users have less on-board storage space to work with. Now with Lollipop, the S4 joins the Russian Galaxy Note 3 to round out 2013's flagship updates. With this out of the way, it's possible Samsung will begin working on its rumored Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update, as well as disseminating the Note 3 and S4 OTA to other territories.
One can only wonder when Samsung will release Lollipop on any of its tablets.While owners of _handsets_ might be breathing a sigh of relief, the same can't be said for anyone who owns a Samsung _tablet_, of which there were almost a dozen variants released last year _alone_, though not a single one has received an update to the new OS build. The most likely candidates are the two Galaxy Tab S variants given their flagship status, however it's now going on a third month since the release of Lollipop and Samsung is still mum on any details. To be sure there is significantly more work to be done in updating the tablet OS given its unique Magazine UX scheme, although at the very least a timeline would be appreciated.
Towards the end of 2014, we reported that mention of the Motorola Moto G (2014) LTE surfaced on Motorola Brazil's website. In addition to 4G connectivity, the new phone was set to bring a bigger 2390mAh battery, as opposed to the smaller 2070mAh battery we've seen in the past. The device has now officially launched, and can now be purchased on Motorola Brazil's website. Since this version is a higher-end model, you'll have to shell out a bit more for it. The new model is now being sold for R$ 899, which is roughly $335 USD. Other than those two changes, the device still keeps the same 5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, MicroSD expansion up to 32GB, an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. For more information on the Moto G (2014), check out our full review. Motorola definitely made a smart decision to release a 4G variant of one of their most popular handsets. The original Moto G has already sold really well in Brazil thanks to its cheap price point. And with the addition of LTE capabilities and a bigger battery, we wouldn't doubt it if this variant sold better than the first one. This release comes soon after Motorola announced that the Moto G (1st and 2nd Gen.) in India would get the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as the 2nd Generation Moto G in the US. If you live in Brazil and are thinking about picking up this new model, it will likely be running Lollipop out of the box. If you're still on KitKat, however, you'll need to head to _Settings>About phone>System updates_ to update manually. If you're looking to pick one up, head to the Motorola link below to grab your very own Moto G (2014) LTE. Anyone out there interested in this handset? Let us know in the comments!
LG has recently released the G Flex 2, the company's second generation smartphone with a curved screen. Even though the second generation has already launched, that doesn't diminish the quality of the original G Flex at all. If you're looking to get your hands on the first generation device without breaking the bank, Ebay is currently selling a 32GB G Flex in Titan Silver for $229.99. This particular device is AT&T unlocked and carries the model number D950, so it will work on either AT&T or T-Mobile's network. If you take advantage of this deal, the seller is throwing in free shipping with your order. Considering the price of the original 32GB G Flex is somewhere upwards of $300, this is quite a steal. The LG G Flex has a 6-inch curved P-OLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution, a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The G Flex was one of the first LG devices to feature a rear-mounted volume rocker and power/standby key. For those who are nervous about trying out the button layout, don't be. Most users who come in contact with this device for more than a few days get used to the button layout very quickly. What's more, the curved screen allows for a great in-hand feel and sits perfectly to your face while talking on the phone. If you'd like some more info on this device, check out our full review. This deal likely won't last long, so head to the Ebay link below to pick one up for yourself! BUY THE UNLOCKED 32GB LG G FLEX FOR $230 FROM EBAY
We have yet to see Samsung's followup to the rugged Galaxy XCover 2, which we reviewed back in May 2013. That all may change soon, if this new leak proves correct. In a couple of new leaked photos, GSM Arena seems to have scored a sneak peak at the followup device, the Galaxy XCover 3. Not only do we see photos of the device from the leak, we're getting a handful of rumored specs to go along with it. The phone's model number is SM-G388F, and will come with a Marvell Armada PXA1908 chipset, a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and 1GB of RAM. Additionally, it will come with a 4.8-inch screen with 800 x 480 resolution, 8GB of internal storage, MicroSD support up to 32GB, as well as a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. The phone will also launch with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The photos released show a close, and surprisingly not so blurry, shot of the front and back of the device. The front definitely borrows design cues from the Galaxy S5 Active, with a physical home, back and recent apps key. The corners seem chunky and extremely rugged, which will come in handy if you're using the device in a rough environment. The back of the device doesn't really offer anything new when it comes to design. We're seeing a flash, camera and a speaker towards the top edge of the device. The back cover has a few indented lines running horizontally, which definitely give the phone a more rugged look. Other than that, we don't have much information on the device. But remember, these are just rumors so far, so take these with a grain of salt. Pricing information and a release date has yet to surface, so we'll have to wait and see what Samsung has in store for us in the coming months.
When Google first rolled out the Android L developer's preview back at I/O 2014, HTC announced that they would bring the the new update to One M8 and M7 owners within 90 days of the source code being posted. The promise for timely updates is part of the HTC Advantage, a program that assures customers will get timely updates, cracked screen replacements, and free cloud storage. Once Google released the source code for Android 5.0 Lollipop back in November, HTC's Mo Versi took to Twitter to announce that the 90-day countdown has started, and that M8 and M7 owners would soon receive their Lollipop updates. 90 days from that announcement falls on February 1st, and with that date rapidly approaching, HTC has announced that they won't make their 90-day deadline.
We're making good progress on our #AndroidLollipop, but unfortunately missing our 90-day goal. For more info visit: http://t.co/n8sWz1Wwe6 — Mo (@moversi) January 30, 2015HTC says that the 90-day deadline has helped them move along with the update quite rapidly thus far. However, since Google has been constantly updating the code ever since its release, HTC has had a hard time keeping up.
We've been working hard in the labs with Google and our carrier partners ever since the code release and are making great progress so far, but if you’ve been following the progress of this rollout you will know that Google has had to address several issues with this release. We’ve been diligently working to fix some of them on our end and incorporating Google’s fixes as quickly as possible, but despite everyone’s best efforts some carrier versions of the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) will not meet our 90 day goal, which is February 1st. While we are committed to delivering within this time period, we are even more committed to ensuring these updates result in an even better experience with your device because that is what the updates are intended to do.HTC explains that they are taking every necessary precaution to ensure that their users will get the smoothest experience possible. While this news is disappointing, many would argue that HTC taking their time is a good thing. We've heard many reports from Moto X (2nd Gen.) owners that are unhappy with the update, and that Motorola should have waited until Lollipop was significantly less-buggy. No matter the case, we know HTC is working hard to get the update pushed out as soon as they can. We've seen the Lollipop update come to Google Play, Unlocked, and Developer Editions of the One M8, and HTC ensures us that other variants aren't too far behind.