Showing posts with label Lollipop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lollipop. Show all posts

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Samsung releases Android 5.0.2 Lollipop (T800XXU1BOCC) for Galaxy Tab S 10.5: How to install

Samsung Galaxy Tab  S 10.5

After the Galaxy S series and Note series devices, Samsung has now released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for its Galaxy tablets.
The South Korean firm has released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update with build T800XXU1BOCC for Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Wi-Fi model (SM-T800) starting with users in France.
The Lollipop update would bring security related fixes for the Galaxy Tab S, which Google introduced in Android 5.0.2. If you are in the firmware supported region, connect your Galaxy Tab to the Samsung Kies server and check for the Android Lollipop build. Samsung will also release the update via OTA mechanism.
Follow the step-by-step installation guide below to install the Samsung's stock firmware manually on your Galaxy Tab.
Firmware details
  • Model: SM-T800
  • Model name: Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Wi-Fi
  • Country: France
  • Version: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
  • Changelist: 4403645
  • Build date: 17 March
  • Product code: XEF
  • CSC: T800OXA1BOC4
Important points
  • Ensure that you have installed proper USB drivers for Galaxy Tab S on the computer.
  • Create a back up of all important data of the tablet using custom recovery, before following the installation guide.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on your Android device to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Navigate to Settings>> Developer Options>> check the USB Debugging option.]
  • Ensure your tablet has at least 80% battery charge. The device might shut down during the process due to lack of battery, which in turn could brick the device.
  • You should be having an unlocked Galaxy Tab S 10.5 SM-T800 model.
  • The tablet will lose custom ROM once the stock update is installed. Also, the custom recovery will be replaced by the stock version.
  • Your tablet will no longer belong to a rooted version with the installation of the official firmware.
  • The stock Lollipop build T800XXU1BOCC works with Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Wi-Fi model. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number by navigating to Settings>> About tablet>> Model number and then install firmware based on the model number.
  • IBTimes UK will not be held liable for any damage to the device.
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Or, from here 
How to install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop T800XXU1BOCC stock firmware on Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (Wi-Fi)
Step-1: Extract the downloaded firmware zip using any extracting tool
Step-2: Extract the Odin zip
Step-3: Power off the Galaxy Tab S
Step-4: Enter into Download Mode by pressing and holding HomePower and Volume Down buttons together
Note: Ensure that you have installed proper USB drivers installed on your PC.
Step-5: Launch Odin as administrator on the computer. Click on the Odin tool then right-click and select Run as Administrator from the drop down menu
Step-6: Connect the tablet to the PC using USB cable while it is in Download mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. Upon the successful connection you should see Odin displaying an 'Added' message. This step might take some time
Step-7: In Odin click AP tab and select the firmware file extracted in step-1
Note: Leave everything as it is in Odin, do not press any button.
Step-9: Double check everything and click the Start button in Odin
Step-10: The installation should start now. It would take a few minutes to complete the installation. Once the process is completed, the tablet will restart automatically. When you see the home screen, unplug the USB cable from the tablet safely
Your Galaxy Tab S should now be ready with Android Lollipop features. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Install Latest CyanogenMod Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Custom ROM on OnePlus One [How to Update]

American mobile software developer Cyanogen has released the new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the 2014 flagship smartphone OnePlus One.

This new CM12 custom firmware is a nightly version of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) 5.0.2 Lollipop and it brings along some of the key features of new v5.0 firmware like refurbished 'Material Design', colourful graphics, animation and it also boosts the device's performance, extend battery life and many more enhancements.
But, we like to advise our readers that this nightly version is a bit unstable and has a few un-tested bugs in it and some features are missing such as:
  1. Theme Engine
  2. Quick Settings reorganisation and customisation
  3. Quick Settings Ribbon mode
  4. Navigation bar reorganisation and customisation
  5. Sound panel customisation
  6. Lock-screen quick unlock
It has been learnt that Cyanogen are on the verge of completing the fully stable firmware and would soon release by this month end. Until then users can upgrade their device with the nightly update.
Prerequisites (Things to remember before installing the CyanogenMod CM12 Nightly):
  1. Users are advised to update their third party add-ons to ensure compatibility
  2. The CM in recovery will ignore and remove incompatible applications from your system partition (these are usually non-CM apps that users have opted to install). You must install a compatible app (or app pack) to regain that functionality
  3. You can flash CM12 nightlies directly from CM11 M12 or CM 11 nightlies (no need to wipe), provided you read and followed items 1 and 2
  4. Once on CM12 nightlies, you cannot downgrade back to CM11 without wiping – if you are thinking of just exploring the release, then take a backup of your existing installation if you want to go back to it.
  5. Users must install Lollipop OS compatible recovery before installing the new CM12 custom ROM.
  6. Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation
  7. This new CyanogenMod CM12 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware has to be installed on the OnePlus One model only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  8. Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
  9. Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (OnePlus One) will not be recognised by the computer.
  10. Make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is a chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted mid-way.
[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]
Tutorial: Step-by-step installation procedure of CyanogenMod Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Custom ROM Installation on OnePlus One model:
Step 1: Download latest CyanogenMod Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Nightly Custom ROM (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE) in to your PC.
Step 2: Connect OnePlus to PC via USB cord.
[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]
Step 3: Place Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Custom ROM zip file into the phone's SD card memory.
Step 4: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.
Step 5: Perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (Down)' and 'Power' buttons.
Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by selecting 'wipe data/factory reset'
[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]
Step 7: Clear the cache memory by choosing 'wipe cache partition'
Step 8: Go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]
Step 9: Come back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'
Step 10: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure to install Google Apps [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]
Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.
Now, your device (OnePlus One) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.
Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of CyanogenMod Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom ROM.
[Credits: CyanogenMod.Org]

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Android Lollipop-based OxygenOS and CyanogenMod updates are coming to OnePlus One phones before end this month

OnePlus has confirmed in a forum post that its Android Lollipop-based updates are coming to its flagship One smartphone by the end of March.
The OnePlus One currently ships with CyanogenMod (CM). The latest build, CM 12S, will arrive on or before March 30 as an over-the-air (OTA) update.
OnePlus will release its own Lollipop-based ROM, dubbed OxygenOS, by March 27. The company said its updates were delayed by an unforeseen OS signing issue, as well as an unstable camera module.
It’ll be interesting to see how OnePlus’ own ROM is received. It may not be available as an OTA update when it launches, so there’s a chance that many users won’t try it.
However, if OnePlus’ forums are anything to go by, its fans are a savvy, loyal bunch who will definitely want to get a taste of the company’s new offering — even if that means flashing a new ROM manually.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Android 5.1 is rolling out today with multiple SIM support, HD voice and more

Google today confirmed on its blog that it is rolling out Android 5.1, an update to Lollipop, to compatible phones today.
The update comes with a number of bug fixes and minor new features like ‘Device Protection’ integration which helps manage or track lost or stolen devices remotely. Google has also added High Definition calling support for compatible devices like the Nexus 6.
There are a number of smaller tweaks onboard too, such as faster ways to join Wi-Fi or pair with Bluetooth devices. Lollipop is also now compatible with devices that have multiple SIM slots.
If you’re on a Nexus 6 you should see the update available soon, with other devices getting it as the company rolls out the update.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Google falters on promise to encrypt Android Lollipop devices by default

When Android Lollipop was announced last year, Google said it would require full-disk encryption by default. However, new devices shipping with Android 5.0 don’t include it as a standard feature, Ars Technica discovered.
Last October, Google published a blog post that said: “Full device encryption occurs at first boot, using a unique key that never leaves the device.”
While its own Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices are encrypted by default, the same can’t be said for other devices, including ones that have received Lollipop updates, such as older Nexus phones and tablets and the 2014 Moto G.
The new second generation Moto E also runs Lollipop without default encryption, and Ars Technica found that Samsung Galaxy S6 demo units at Mobile World Congress were not encrypted either

Google’s latest guidelines for manufacturers building Lollipop-based devices (PDF) includes a subtle change in policy: new devices must support encryption, but it’s up to OEMs to enable it. That’s similar to the company’s policy for Android KitKat and other older versions of its OS.
One reason for relaxing the rules could be the effect full-disk encryption can have on performance. Without proper memory, chipset and file system optimization, it can cause devices to run much slower.
We’ve contacted Google for comment and will update this post when we hear more.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sony launches €299 Xperia M4 Aqua with Android Lollipop and octa-core processor

Sony has today launched a new mid-range smartphone dubbed the Xperia M4 Aqua, and yes, it’s fully waterproof, as you might expect with a name like that.
Aside from its water-repellent capabilities, the device comes with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (with F2.0 aperture lens), octa-core processor, 5-megapixel selfie snapper and a claimed two-day battery life.

Like some of the other Xperia models, it has cap-free waterproofing, meaning you don’t need to remember to close off your microUSB connector and the device should still be fine if it takes an accidental short dip.
Under the bonnet, the device will arrive running Android Lollipop out of the box, and supports 4G LTE connectivity, as well as the expected slower data standards. This isn’t always a given on a mid-range device.

Sony said the M4 Aqua will go on sale in white, black, coral and silver in Spring in more than 80 countries. It’ll be available SIM-free or via carriers in these markets, the company added.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Problems after Android Lollipop update? Try this to fix them

Android Lollipop was formally announced in the first half of November and since then it is slowly reaching smartphones. The Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 have already been updated. It is also available for several Android tablets. A few Motorola phones too have got it while many other smartphone companies are working on early versions of the Lollipop update for their phones.

While there is no doubt that Android Lollipop is pretty much an awesome update, a lot of users have reported issues with it. There are reports of poorer battery life, app crashes, random reboots and occasionally slow performance. The odd bit about this update is that not all users have reported these issues. For many the Android Lollipop update has been pretty good. So what is happening?

While we don't exactly have an insight into what is causing problems in some phones after Lollipop update -- there could be thousands of issues -- we do have a theory.

Android Lollipop is a huge change from the earlier versions of the Android. The changes are not limited to the visible ones in the user interface but also part of the under-the-hood revamp. For example, Android Lollipop adds ART, which is a completely new way of how apps are run and memory is managed. Then the Android Lollipop has different way of handing user interface elements like translucency and layers.

It also comes with a new camera API and new way of handling graphics.

To summarise, the Android Lollipop such a big departure from the earlier version of Android that it is bound to have rough edges and bugs. But what really exaggerate the problem, we believe, is over the air update. When people use a phone they collect apps and data in their devices. When you update your phone to something as radically different as Lollipop and make it work with the older data, configuration, settings and apps it is possible to run into glitches.

Incompatibility, even when the compatibility is guaranteed by the OS maker, is one of the reasons why geeks often prefer to install OS updates from the scratch. This was especially true for something like Windows and we believe it is possible that the same approach has to be taken with Android, especially when moving to something that has too many under-the-hood changes.

Now, that we have established the theory, here are the fixes we suggest if you are running into issues after Lollipop update:

-- If your apps are crashing a lot, create a list of these apps. Update them if the update is available.

-- If update doesn't solve the issue, then go to Settings > Apps > The App That Is Crashing > Clear Cache > Force Stop > Restart the phone.

-- If this doesn't solve the issue follow the same process again but this time also CLEAR the app data. Though this will also delete local data, for example Facebook photos you may have downloaded, from your phone. Also, you will have to login again into the app after deleting its data.

-- If this doesn't solve the issue, uninstall the apps that are crashing and reinstall them.

-- If this doesn't solve the issue, do a factory reset of the phone. before doing the factory reset copy any data that you want to save. Copying data from Android is easy so you shouldn't have much problem in saving important photos or music from your phone into a computer.

-- Factory reset will solve the issue. If it doesn't, wipe the phone clean and manually install the Android Lollipop. We had earlier provided a method to manually install the official Android Lollipop update on the Nexus 5. For the Nexus 4 and other devices the process is same. Only the files and drivers change.

Most of the problems with the Android Lollipop are because of issues with the over the air update (OTA) and possibly older data/apps. Ideally, Google should have taken care of it or should have offered to do a clean install through OTA, without keeping the older data intact on the phone, but may be it went with the option that was easiest and most convenient for consumers. Sadly, it looks like this method also caused several issues and glitches.

Read More - 5 Google apps that will give Lollipop look to your phone

5 Google apps that will give Lollipop look to your phone

Google launched Android 5 aka Lollipop back in October, but so far only a handful of smartphones have been updated to it. Apart from the Google Nexus 6, only a handful of phones have appeared in the last few months running Lollipop right out-of-the-box and fewer have actually received an update to the OS.

However, the good news is that you don't actually need Lollipop on your phone to get the best features of Google's brand new operating system.

We show you how.

The Google Now Launcher

The Google Now launcher is central to the Lollipop like experience. Google has updated its launcher, which debuted back in 2013 when the company launched Android KitKat. The new launcher now adds the material design look and feel that can be found on Google's Nexus devices running Lollipop. The Google Now launcher also ensures that the Google Now contextual assistant is just a swipe away on the home screen. The launcher also adds an element of touch-less control, as users can operate many functions of the device using the 'Okay Google' hot command using speech. To use the launcher, you should at a minimum have a device with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Google Keyboard

Google has even updated its stock Android keyboard on the Play Store. The Google Keyboard now adds two themes called 'Material Dark' and 'Material Light'. When you start the keyboard, by default the keyboard will use the old 'Holo' theme, but you can change the theme of the keyboard to either of the new material design themes. Swift Key users can also use new material design themes, but they will need to buy the themes. 

Google Camera 

Google's Camera app is available on the Play Store and it provides a basic and simple camera interface for shooting photos. While it is not very comprehensive, you may prefer it over a feature-heavy camera app that most manufacturers use in the phones. Basically, it is the design thing. Otherwise, the third-party camera apps are better.  


Gmail was one of the first applications Google updated with material design. The Gmail app is pre-installed on most Android phones, though to get the new material design look, you may need to update the app from the Play Store. The new Gmail app also adds support for Exchange mail, which is very popular amongst corporate users. 


The Messenger app is one of Google's newest apps. On Android Lollipop, the Messenger app replaces the stock Android SMS app. Chances are that your phone already comes with a SMS application, which is better than the old SMS app that Google provided, but still the Messenger app is a handy addition, which is aesthetically beautiful as it uses Material Design and is incredibly functional. Just make sure you don't mix up Google's Messenger app with the one Facebook makes as both have identical names. 

Google Calender

Google Calender is a staple of Google's suite of apps. It is one of the best calendar apps available on Android. With Lollipop, it too has been updated with the Material Design language, which makes it an aesthetically pleasing calendar option for most users.

Some core applications found on Android Lollipop running on Nexus smartphone are not available on the Google Play Store. These include the calculator, the clock and the Lock screen. While Google does not offer these apps, there some good options that even incorporate the Material Design language heralded in the new version of the OS.

The L-Locker

The L-Locker app mimics the look and feel of the new lock-screen that Google has added in Android 5.0. It even adds supports for Lollipop style notifications. Other than this, the app adds many new features, which are even missing in Android Lollipop.

Calculator L

Calculator L adds a Lollipop style calculator, which uses Material Design like principles in its user interface design. The app is pretty straightforward and simple to use. 

Clock L

Like Calculator L, Clock L strives to provide a third party clock that looks like the one Google has added in Android Lollipop on its Nexus smartphones. It is compatible with Android Ice Cream Sandwich plus smartphones and tablets and is also highly customisable.

Other than this, like in the case of the Gmail app, you should update all your preloaded Google Apps, which include Google Search, Google Maps, Google+, Photos,  YouTube, Hangouts, and Google Play Music and Google Drive. Some of these apps will need an update to Google Play Services. Once updated all the apps will add the new look and feel that one gets on a Nexus smartphone running Android Lollipop.

Read More - 9 tips to get better battery life out of your smartphone

Monday, February 23, 2015

LG aims for the mid-range smartphone segment with four new Android Lollipop devices

 LG has announced a new line of mid-range smartphones running Android Lollipop that will be showcased at this year’s Mobile World Congresstrade show in Barcelona. The company aims to offer a balance of style and performance with its latest range, and it looks like it might get things right in 2015.
The LG Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy will be available in 3G and 4G LTE variants, with metallic back covers to distinguish the latter models.

The Magna features a 5-inch 720p display, and includes an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. It’s powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz chipset with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. That should be enough for most common tasks and light gaming.
The other models are similarly specced, but differ in screen size. The Spirit is a 4.7-inch affair, while the Leon is slightly smaller with its 4.5-inch display, and the Joy features a diminutive (by today’s standards) 4-inch screen.
The range includes signature LG features like hand gesture-activated selfies, and Glance View, which displays time, recent messages and missed calls with a swipe even while the display is off.
There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet, but LG says that it will begin to roll out these models across the globe in select markets this week.