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Week 6 in review: Galaxy S6, HTC One (M9) and Android 5.1

Another week has passed and its time again to take a look back at what the mobile world excited us with during the past few days. Announcements have been rather slow and justifiably so as everybody seems to be gearing up for MWC 2015. The venue is set for Barcelona and all eyes seem to be on Samsung, with their event scheduled for March 1.

The next S flagship has been gathering so much attention lately that leaks and bits of information have basically been flooding the news section. To be fair most of what we have seen so far from the Galaxy S6 are leaked panels, along with renderings of the device, based on preliminary information.

One such leak may have just confirmed the existence of a double-sided curved display variant of the Galaxy S6, presumably the future Galaxy S Edge. The new metal frame of the device was also showcased along with the port, camera and flash layout.

But rumors extend beyond Samsung land. Android fans seems to be just as excited about HTC’s next flagship phone. Pickens have been rather slim for the HTC One (M9), but word has come out that it might just be equipped with a 20MP main camera.

Other than that LG and Sony are still not completely out of the ball park and hopes are up that at least one of them will announce a flagship device at MWC. The Android update craze has also been running ramped the past week with updates flying all over the place. Google even made the next major OS version official so we now have Android 5.1 to look forward to.

If you think you might have missed anything from the past week here is a quick rundown of the post popular news articles in no particular order.

Cyanogen branding disappears from OnePlus One

OnePlus one no longer ships with Cyanogen branding on its back cover. The Chinese manufacturer quietly dropped the logo of the ROM developer from its flagship killer. When announced a year ago, the OnePlus One proudly sported a Cyanogen stamp on its back. However, due to the tiff between…


Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update delayed due to Gear VR

With the Lollipop craze in full steam and the Galaxy Note 3 already up for a soak test in Russia it is only natural to expect that Samsung will give an equal share of attention to the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. We already saw a leaked manual for Android 5 with the device model on it so…


Sony Xperia Z4 to sport slim bezels and new speaker design

The Sony Xperia Z4 is one of the less likely announcements expected to be seen at the MWC a few weeks from now, judging by the lack of tangible info on the device. A recent leak on Chinese social network Weibo, however, might force us to rethink that position. A couple of front panels have…


HTC One (M9) leaks out dressed in gold

Live photos of the upcoming HTC One (M9) made the rounds online yet again. This time around, the upcoming flagship from the Taiwanese manufacturer posed for the camera in gold color scheme. Right in line with past leaks, the live photos once again allow us to catch a glimpse of the large…


Samsung Galaxy S6 dimensions confirmed, port layout too

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 hasn’t yet surfaced in live images, but based on numerous leaks, we can now paint a pretty accurate picture. Yet it seems that case manufacturers have precise details ahead of launch. After two rounds of case renderings of yesterday and the day before, now we’re being…


Samsung Galaxy S6 metal frame revealed in photos

The first photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 metal frame have surfaced. Moreover, the new photos portray the frame from all angles and show the layout of its ports and buttons. Leaked schematics of the phone suggest it’ll measure just 7.2mm thick and the sides look have a carved design. At the top,…


Android 5.1 Lollipop is now official, changelog coming soon

Android 5.1 Lollipop name has been creating quite a buzz over the social networks through the last few hours. The new version has appeared on various screenshots and its name and build numbers popped up through various logs. Google has already confirmed the next Android iteration – 5.1 Lollipop…


The upcoming LG G4 might feature a 3K display

The yet to be announced LG G4 might pack a 3K display. A screenshot of a user agent profile revealed the possible bump in screen resolution over LG G3. The leaked document reveals an LG handset with the model number LG-VS999, sporting the eye-popping screen resolution of 2880 x 1620 pixels….


Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S Edge to debut on March 1

It’s official – Samsung is holding its Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on March 1. The company’s press event is going to focus primarily on its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6. In the teaser image below, however, you can see the company will also introduce a product with a distinctive curve…


HTC One (M9) to pack dual 20MP cams at the back, 4MP UP at front

A trustworthy LaptopMedia insider close to HTC has spilled the beans on the camera department of the upcoming HTC One (M9). He says with certainty the new One (M9) will feature two 20MP camera sensors at the back, a dual setup similar to the one introduced with the previous One (M8) flagship. The…


Some HTC One versions will get Android 5.0 later than expected

Some carrier versions of HTC One (M8) and One (M7) will get updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop a bit later than expected. HTC initially promised to update all versions of its 2013 and 2014 flagship smartphone within 90 days of receiving the Android 5.0 code. Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of…


HTC A55 Desire series phone with flagship-level specs leaks

HTC has another high-end device in the making, that should be announced with the M9 at MWC. The A55, as it is known for now, will be a Desire series device, but still packs some amazing specifications. According to upleaks, the A55 has a 5.5-inch, QHD display, MediaTek MT6795 octa-core…


Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9500) getting Lollipop in Russia

Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9500) is making the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop in Russia. The update weighs in at a hefty 1.05GB and has restrictions for the internal storage. The Android 5.0 Lollipop update is over 1GB First off, you’ll need…


Coolpad Ivvi K1 Mini becomes the world's thinnest smartphone

The Coolpad Ivvi K1 Mini has now become official, and it’s the new world’s thinnest smartphone. The device was teased once back in January, when we first heard it would dare to take that crown away from the Vivo X5 Max, the previous holder of the “world’s slimmest” title. And now it has. The…


Galaxy S6 case leak confirm a double-edged S Edge exists

With MWC 2015 right around the corner the hype is on for new handset releases all over the place. Naturally Samsung is in the spotlight and the rumor mill has been overflowing with bits and pieces of the new Galaxy S6 flagship. Stories have been ranging all the way from hardware specs, like a…


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