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Apr 13, 2015

Android 5.0 Lollipop Now Rolling Out to Sony Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra

As promised last week, Sony has just kicked off the rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for a handful of Xperia Z smartphones.

The Japanese company confirmed several days ago that Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra will be getting the Lollipop update this week. Well, it looks like beginning today, Sony fans who own one of the smartphones mentioned earlier should start checking them for the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Sony also confirmed that from next week, it will start pushing the same update to Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3. The Japanese handset maker announced earlier this month that these two smartphones will be among the few non-Xperia Z devices that will receive an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.

Last but not least, the Xperia Z series, including Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z will start receiving the Lollipop update in a few weeks time. A certain release date for the update hasn't been confirmed yet, by Sony stated that it will announce the rollout launch when it happens.
No other smartphone will be update to Lollipop beside those announced today With the original Xperia Z series, Sony will finish the deployment of Android 5.0 Lollipop for its smartphones that are now available on the market.

We don't expect additional smartphones, other than those that have already mentioned in the article, to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. Keep in mind that if you own one of the smartphones that are eligible for the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade beginning today, you should manually check for it by heading to Settings / About phone / Software update. Since this is staged rollout, it may take a while until it reaches in all countries, so you may have to wait a few days for Android 5.0 Lollipop to arrive on your smartphone.

Android 5.0 Lollipop
Image credits to Google

Samsung Galaxy A8 Specs Leak Ahead of Official Release

Samsung Galaxy A, the first metal-clad smartphone released by the South Korean company, have been successful enough to worth not one, but several sequels.

Last month we reported that Samsung filed for Galaxy A6, Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A9 names, and judging from previous experiences new devices bearing these names will most likely be launched on the market during the year. The first one to be launched seems to be Samsung Galaxy A8, which has just leaked online along with its specs. According to SamMobile, the Galaxy A8 is a mid-range smartphone that will most likely feature a premium look, just like its predecessors. Source close to the matter confirmed Samsung is indeed working to bring the Galaxy A8 to the market and some of the phone's specs have just emerged.

No news on microSD or removable battery
It appears that the next Galaxy A smartphone will be equipped with a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 2GB of RAM. Samsung's Galaxy A8 will be packed with 16GB of internal memory, but there's no mention of microSD card for storage expansion. Although the device is currently powered by Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, Samsung Galaxy A8 may ship with a new version of the operating system. Furthermore, the smartphone will boast a large 5.7-inch full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. Even with that big screen, the Galaxy A8 will be thinner than Samsung's flagship smarpthone, the Galaxy S6.

Rumors has it Samsung Galaxy A8 will be only 5.9mm thin and it will weigh around 140g (battery included). We also know that the handset will be powered by a large 3,050 mAh battery, but it's unclear whether or not it will be removable. Last but not least, the next Galaxy A handset will be packed with LTE support and TouchWiz UX, the same that's been included in Samsung Galaxy S6. For the time being, the smartphone is expected to be launched in China, but we expect it to be released worldwide soon aftrwards.

 Alleged Samsung Galaxy A8
Image credits to SamMobile

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