The post-2013 commoditisation of Android phones and the future

The post-2013 commoditisation of Android phones and the future

The climb in terms of size and specification was bound to plateau, of course. Long time Android watchers will remember giddy excitement this time four years ago, in 2011, over the appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S II, with enormous 4.3” WVGA screen, an astonishing 8MP camera and a dual core processor. At the time (I was there) it was almost the Second Coming. Yet in 2015, this same set of specs would be derided on all but the most budget of budget handsets. Huge progress was made in the next two years, but I contend that these were followed by two years of commoditisation.

How to enable the hidden permission manager ‘Access Lock’ on LG G3

How to enable the hidden permission manager ‘Access Lock’ on LG G3

Google accidentally shipped a permission manager in Android 4.3 that allowed users to revoke access to individual permissions required by the apps installed on their phone. While hidden by default, it was pretty easy to enable the permission manager as it did not even require root access in Android 4.3.

WhatsApp presumably starts rolling out its voice calling feature

WhatsApp presumably starts rolling out its voice calling feature

WhatsApp seems to have started a staged roll out of their highly anticipated voice calling feature. A WhatsApp user from India has posted some screenshots of the new UI on Reddit and explained how the whole procedure works. 

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 receiving the Lollipop update in Russia

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 receiving the Lollipop update in Russia

Hot on the heels of the Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S4 in Russia as well. For now, the update is only being rolled out to the Exynos variant (I9500) of the handset. 

HTC confirms some One (M7) and One (M8) variants will miss the 90-day Android 5.0 update window

HTC confirms some One (M7) and One (M8) variants will miss the 90-day Android 5.0 update window

In June of 2014, following the announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Google, HTC came forward and announced that it planned on updating all of its One (M7) and One (M8) to the newest version of the software within 90 days of Google releasing it.

Download Android 5.0.2 factory images for cellular Nexus 7 models

Download Android 5.0.2 factory images for cellular Nexus 7 models

Earlier in January, Google officially released the Android 5.0.2 factory image for the 2013 Nexus 7, after releasing the same image for the 2012 Nexus 7 a month before.

Google Now is gaining third-party app support

Google Now is gaining third-party app support

Google Now has become one of the greatest strengths in the mobile space for the company, working as both a digital personal assistant and a bastion of knowledge all at the same time.

Samsung Galaxy S6’s alleged design details and dimensions leak

Samsung Galaxy S6’s alleged design details and dimensions leak

While the HTC One M9 leaks are making their way to the Internet every other day, the Galaxy S6 has been pretty camera shy with absolutely no key design detail of the device being leak. 

Google Chromecast is the number one streaming device in the U.S.

Google Chromecast is the number one streaming device in the U.S.

Google’s Chromecast dongle has been so popular since it made its debut that it is now the number one streaming device in the U.S., the company confirmed this week. In just 18 months, the device has been used to “cast” media to a TV more than 1 billion times.

Google confirms Nexus 6 supply issues

Google confirms Nexus 6 supply issues

At Google’s Q4 earnings call earlier today, CFO Patrick Pichette confirmed what we all have suspected for so long: the company has been unable to keep up with the demand for the Nexus 6.