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Week 12 in review: Xperia Z4 rumors and Lollipop updates

Another week has passed and, naturally, it’s time to look back and see what excited the mobile world during the past seven days. It seems MWC 2015 had something to offer most every fan out there. Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, HTC showcased the new One M9, but there is still a certain manufacturer that seemed to miss the venue almost completely, leaving fans wanting.

Sony, did not manage to bring the eagerly-anticipated Xperia Z4 to Barcelona and fans are really getting impatient. Naturally, this has resulted in a tidal wave of rumors about the upcoming handset. We have seen renders, alleged specs and even a few images slip through the cracks. This is elevating hype even more, which will hopefully turn out to be in Sony’s best interest once the phone finally sees the light of day.

The Android scene, as a whole has been very active during the week. Most manufacturers are still knee deep in the Lollipop update frenzy and we are constantly hearing news of various flagships and even some popular midrangers, like the LG L90, getting an Android OTA.

In other news, a few new devices surfaced during the week. Rumors are hinting at a new Sony camera-centric phone, as well as a lager HTC One M9, dubbed the M9+. On the Samsung front, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are fast on their way to consumer markets after piling up a record number of preorders and both should be hitting shelves around the middle of April in the US and UK. Other areas are sure to follow close.

If you think you might have missed something from the busy week, here is a list of our most popular stories.

More official renders of Sony Xperia Z4 make the rounds online

The successor of Sony Xperia Z3 is expected to make its debut at some point this summer.

Alleged Sony Xperia Z4 official image leaked

The Japanese flagship sports a blend of previous designs for an unmistakable Xperia look.

Upcoming LG G4 will reportedly feature a 5.6” display

The upcoming successor of LG G3 is expected to make its debut at some point this spring.

Sony pushes Android 5.0 Lollipop for Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact

The Lollipop update will first arrive for Nordic and Baltic regions, following that to other countries in two weeks.

Xperia Z4 LCD panel pictured, specs revealed

A repair shop has received intel from a display panel supplier – 5.2 inches it is, once more.

Sony Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and Z3 Tablet Compact receiving Lollipop

The early 2014 flagship and two Sony two tablets are moving up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

LG L90 gets Android 5 Lollipop update

LG begins seeding the latest Android Lollipop OS on the LG L90, available in India now.

Selfie-centric Sony Xperia Cosmos leaks out in live photos

The large front-facing camera with LED flash hints at a successor of last year’s Sony Xperia C3 mid-ranger

New rumor talks about the HTC One M9+

The rumor talks about the alleged M9 Plus QHD smartphone and it might be coming soon.

Galaxy Note edge gets Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OTA in India

Packaged in a 1.04 GB file via OTA, the Lollipop update brings flatter design and system-wide tweaks.

Google reportedly boosted Nexus 6 performance with 5.1 update

Meanwhile, one of the clock speed boosting feature has been disabled to conserve battery power.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 updates reach the UK

Most versions of the former flagship phones are already getting Lollipop in Europe.

Purported live photos of Sony Xperia Z4 case emerge

The successor of Sony Xperia Z3 is expected to make its official debut at some point this summer.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to get more powerful hardware in China

The China version of the handset will have a quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM.

Xiaomi Mi 4 to support Windows 10 Technical Preview

It is unclear how and when the users will be able to install the Windows 10 on their Mi4 devices.

Nexus 5 is getting Android 5.1 Lollipop as an OTA update

Measuring 220.7 MB, the Lollipop OTA update brings Device Protection, Wi-Fi enhancements and other tweaks.

Motorola Droid Turbo will be updated directly to Android 5.1

The handset that’s exclusive to Verizon is thus going to skip the Android 5.0 release entirely.

Galaxy S6 to reportedly go on sale in the US on April 11

All four major carriers in the country will start offering the device on the same day.

OnePlus promises OxygenOS, Lollipop update by March 30

The company will give away 5 OnePlus One 64GB units if it misses the deadline for either of the updates.

Microsoft Lumia 430 is now official, costs just $  70

The new dual SIM, entry-level device will most likely hit big in emerging markets.

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge UK pre-orders kick off March 20

Samsung confirms the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge UK pre-order campaign starts this Friday, available on April 9.

Google rumored of working with LG for next Nexus smartphone

Google engineers visited LG’s R&D facility, and units for display, wireless charging, and OIS camera.


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