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Feb 11, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S4 Now Receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop Update

Samsung confirmed back in December that Android 5.0 Lollipop will arrive on older Galaxy smartphones like the S4 sometime in early 2015. The South Korean company did not provided an exact release date for the rollout, but that shouldn't be surprising since it never happened in the past.

The good news is Android 5.0 Lollipop is now live for Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones and users in India are the first to get it. The update can be downloaded OTA (over the air) or through Samsung Kies desktop software. As shown on XDA Forum, the update nets in at a little below 1GB (990MB), so make sure you have enough storage on your smarpthone before attempting to upgrade. If you live in India, the update will bring your Galaxy S4 to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and with it, the whole range of new features and improvements by Google. The update is rolled out in stages, so if it doesn't show on your smartphone right away, you should check for it in a few days by going to Settings / About Phone / System Updates.

The important improvements are underneath, TouchWiz UI looks the same
Moving on to actual change the Android 5.0 Lollipop brings to Galaxy S4, those who upgraded confirm they got slightly better battery life and a bit more speed when it comes to navigating the menus. However, the TouchWiz UI has remain the same to the point that you won't be able to tell the difference between the previous version and Lollipop. In fact, you shouldn't expect to many visual changes when upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop from a previous version, as Samsung did not redux its TouchWiz UI instead it only applied a few tweaks to make it work with the new OS.

Hopefully, the big changes will come with the Galaxy S6 that will be announced in early March, though many would prefer Samsung would drop TouchWiz UI entirely. Have you downloaded Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Galaxy S4? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Galaxy S4
Image credits to XDA-Developers forum

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Finally Getting Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update, in Poland

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners, it seems your week is about to get a lot better. After months of waiting and hoping, your favorite tech manufacturer appears to have finally started rolling out the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update for your new handset.

According to Sam Mobile, the new build is hitting users in Poland, so if you’re located in Europe, it shouldn't be that long before you received the much-hoped-for notification. As we mentioned before, the new build is based on Android 5.0.1 which is not the latest version available given the fact that Android 5.0.2 has made its way to a slew of Nexus devices. But taking into the consideration that Google has quietly made Android 5.1 official through a bunch of postings on its Indonesian Android One page, Samsung’s next update for the Galaxy Note 4 might skip the 5.0.2 version.

Android 5.0.1 finally arrives on the Galaxy Note 4
Anyway, going back to the current update, Android 5.0.1 for the Galaxy Note 4 brings a new look and feel, faster performance, lockscreen notifications, improved battery life and other specific Lollipop-goodies you have been craving for all of these months. The update is yet to be made available on Kies, so for the time being the only way to get the official Lollipop on your Galaxy Note 4 is to wait for the OTA to reach you. Or if you feel like taking the pro-active route, you can go ahead and go to Settings > About phone > Software updates menu and tapping on the Check now button.

Samsung might not have been among the first manufacturers to pick up the Android 5.0 Lollipop update as companies like Motorola and LG beat it to the punch. However, the Korean tech giant seems to be doing everything in its power to catch up. The device maker has rolled out similar updates for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and now the Galaxy Note 4. We expect that more Samsung handsets will be updated in the near feature. Moreover, the latest hearsay claims Samsung is also working on a Lollipop update for its premium AMOLED tablet duo, the Galaxy Tab S.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Lock Screen

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Apps

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, About device

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 , Device info

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 , Settings

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 , more Settings

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 , soft version
Images credits to Sam Mobile

ASUS 4 GB GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix Graphics Card

A new graphics card has been released by ASUS, one that bears a brand name often associated with gaming-grade hardware.

Which is somewhat intriguing because the new video card is not really what you would call gaming-grade. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti may not be as “mediocre” as the GTX 750, but it is still a mid-range video card. On the other hand, CPUs and APUs with integrated graphics did away with the real low end a while ago, which turned the former mid-range into the new low end, and by extension, the performance segment into the mid range. Basically that means that the GTX 750 Ti is a pretty strong video card despite being the (second) weakest Maxwell-based board.

As good as it was, however, ASUS decided to give it twice the memory capacity, leading to the release of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix 4GB. This card has the GM107 GPU (640 CUDA cores) clocked at 1,124 MHz / 1,202 MHz Boost, and the VRAM at 5.4 GHz. Sadly, the price is unknown. But since the 2 GB board is priced at $160 / €160, the 4 GB one should at least get close to the two hundred mark. GDDR5 memory isn't cheap.

ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix 4GB

ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix 4GB full view

ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix 4GB side view

ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix 4GB video port view
Images credits to ASUS

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