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Mar 29, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to Receive New TouchWiz UI with Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was unveiled last year of IFA trade fair and made it to the market one month later. However, since Google did not released Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system a few months later, Samsung had to put a previous version of the platform on its flagship smartphone.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat was the newest version of Google's mobile operating system in September, so it made sense for Samsung launch the Galaxy Note 4 with this version. Obviously, the South Korean company confirmed it will release an Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for Galaxy Note 4 sometime this year. Even now, many Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners already have the new version of Android installed on their devices, but there are still some who don't. Nevertheless, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4 does not come with the latest version of TouchWiz user interface, which is now included in Galaxy S6.

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be the first to get Android 5.1 Lollipop
The good news is the new TouchWiz UI that is now getting into users' hands via Samsung Galaxy S6 will be rolled out to Galaxy Note 4 as well. Before getting too hyped about this possibility, keep in mind that the information comes from unconfirmed sources, so we recommend our readers to take it with a grain of salt. According to YouMobile.org, Samsung plans to release another Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4, which will also include the new TouchWiz UI that's now available on the Galaxy S6. The update is expected to arrive sometime in the second half of 2015, but an exact release date is not available yet.

In the same piece of news, the report also claims the first smartphones to receive the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update will be Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Home Screen
Image credits to SamMobile

HTC One E9+ with 5.5-Inch Quad HD Display Quietly Unveiled in China

Surprisingly, HTC has quietly unveiled its next high-end smartphone, the One E9+. The smartphone was supposed to be announced in China on April 8 along with the HTC One M9+, but it looks like the Taiwanese company has other plans for this particular handset.

Although HTC has yet to issue an official announcement, the One E9+ has just appeared on the company's Chinese website, which means it will probably be confirmed next week. There are no details on price tag or exact release date, but we expect the One E9+ to be available in two versions, one with 2GB of RAM and full HD (1080p) display and another one with 3GB of RAM and Quad HD screen. The smartphone posted on HTC's Chinese website is the improved version of the One E9+, which means it comes with a stunning 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) capacitive touchscreen display that features 534ppi (pixel per inch). In addition, the One E9+ packs 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card slot.

A low-specced version will be launched as well
The Chinese version of the smartphone also offer dual-SIM support (2x nanoSIMs). On the inside, HTC One E9+ is equipped with a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6795M processor clocked at 2GHz. On the back, the device boasts an impressive 20-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and video recording, while in the front there's a secondary 4-UltraPixel camera for video calls and selfies. The lower-specced version on the other hand is supposed to feature a 13-megapixel camera on the back, but we don't have any info on the front camera yet.

Other specs confirmed for the HTC One E9+ include BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers and a wide range of connectivity options including LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with AGPS, microUSB 2.0 and 3.5mm audio jack. Last but not least, HTC One E9+ is powered by a 2,800 mAh battery. It's also worth mentioning that the smartphone will be available in three color options: Meteor Gray, Classic Rose Gold and Gold Sepia.

HTC One E9+

HTC One E9+
Image credits to HTC China

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