Bloatware wasn’t invented with the Android phone, but Android phone manufacturers and cell phone carriers have really taken advantage of it. Bloatware is all of the extra software applications that come pre-installed on your Android (in addition to vanilla Android)–it can include any kind of application but some of the most notable examples are carrier apps and/or trial apps that you have to pay for after a certain time to keep using it. At best these apps can simply be taking up space on your phone, or at worst it can be running in the background without your knowledge and drain your battery. »
Bloatware: What is it?
Samsung just announced its latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, to much acclaim at World Mobile Congress 2015. In a change of pace, Samsung seems to have put design first for the new Galaxy line – continuing its use of premium materials like metal and glass form its Galaxy Alpha series. The S6 features an aluminum chassis with Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and the back. Along with its streamlining of physical features, they have also cut down on its customization of TouchWiz. Samsung have commented on the new Lollipop TouchWiz as being cut down and lighter on system resources – claiming that there are 40 precent less features on the S6 than there was on the S5. Overall, TouchWiz looks much the same, since most people would just hide the unwanted bloatware in the app drawer anyway, but hopefully the trimming down of features will help with battery life and improve lag. The new TouchWiz is based on Android Lollipop and retains the notifications and crisp ani... »
Google announced on Feb 4 that the Android One program is expanding to a 5th country – Indonesia – after successful launches in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Google’s partnership with local manufacturers to build optimized devices that are able to run Android has seen a fairly warm reception so far. However, arguably the bigger news is that these newer devices will be shipping with Android 5.1 Lollipop, coming after Android 5.0 launched in November 2014. It is not known exactly when Google will start pushing the update to current devices, but it does not look like a major release, so it might be over the next few weeks. The unofficial changelog from Android Pit lists the following improvements: Silent mode added General improvements for system stability Improved RAM management Improved battery management Fixes for crashing apps Fixed issues with wireless connections Fixed problems with OK Google functions Fixed problems with Notifications Fixed sounds proble... »
Cyanogen, the popular developer of Android ROMS, has announced official support for Android One devices. The budget handsets now have official support for CM 11 builds based on Android KitKat 4.4 with an official update to Lollipop based CM12 being actively developed. There have been unofficial ports of CM11 for Android One devices since October 2014, but the ports often had some major bugs, some of which prevented users from using cellular data and the dual-SIM slots. Those issues have since been fixed, but it is always a welcome sign to have official support. This CM11 release should work for all Android One devices, since they all use very similar hardware, Cyanogen has released a unified ROM for all devices. The Cyanogen team mentioned this in their release: This release represents a few firsts for us. Not only are these the first Android One devices and first official release of CM for these devices, the Android One device is the first ever officially supported Mediatek device. Me... »
Android Lollipop has been out for just under 2 months now and we’ve already seen it be adapted by LG for its LG G3 (although in limited numbers at the time of writing). HTC made a promise that their phones would get the Android L update within 90 days of launch. It hasn’t been 9 days yet, but back in November we saw a few screenshots of an HTC One M8 running Sense 6 and Android 5.0 with its material design. This time, we have more images of an updated Sense 6 running Android 5.0. The interface is not far removed from that HTC users are used to seeing. It does seem to have a bunch of new animations from the new version of Android and the new quick-access screen to see notifications and multitasking interface. There are also a few screenshots showing a new “easy mode” that seems likely to be a mode for new or less tech-savvy users. Overall, Sense 6 looks like an a welcome update and is treated with a nice dose of Material Design and animations. HTC’s... »
There was some confusion last week when there were supposed leaks of an AT&T Nexus 6 with an AT&T logo on the body. No one was quite sure what to make of it since Nexus devices have traditionally come without any carrier branding. The purpose of a Nexus device was to give the user an unmolested experience of Android. That may be changing with the Nexus 6. Some XDA-Developer forum members have reported that they received their AT&T Nexus 6’s with carrier branding on the back panel along with a modified boot animation that shows AT&T’s logo. The rest of the device and its packaging was similar to other Nexus 6 un-boxings. This could be a turning point in the Nexus lineup of devices, since there is only one Nexus device that works across all five major U.S carriers and, as mentioned before, previous iterations of the Nexus Devices usually came with no carrier branding and factory unlocked. This new trend could mean that the Nexus devices follow other brands int... »
If you’ve been keeping up with the OnePlus One news over the last year, then you’d know that it is next to impossible to get your hands on one. Between their “invite-only” purchase policy to a server crippling per-order window MONTHS after its official launch, frustrated buyers have been left looking at other phones. If you are one of those buyers, you have another chance to get your hands on of next week. OnePlus is holding another order event for their flagship on November 17th. As with the last event, the per-order window is only open for 1 hr and will begin at 11 am EST. However, interested buyers can pre-fill all their billing and shipping info ahead of time so that you will simply have to click the pre-order button on the day. Hopefully this will ease the load on servers and will not be a repeat of their last attempt at pre-order. OnePlus One says” “If we have the items in stock, we’ll ship immediately. If we don’t, your order will ... »