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Android Lollipop headed for the Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro soon enough

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Android Lollipop isn’t just reserved for well-known international flagships, but we haven’t been reminded of that very often lately. Yet, there is some good news for those of you who recognize the value behind some Chinese smartphones, like the Meizu MX4 and the Meizu MX4 Pro. New information has come up suggesting that both these cheap phablets will end up running a new version of Flyme OS, based on none other than Android Lollipop.

Flyme OS is Meizu’s own UI built upon Android and it reflects the same design elements their Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro do: looking a bit like an iPhone. There aren’t many people out there complaining about Meizu copying iPhone design and iOS UI, but there is a feeling of cheapness behind an iPhone-wannabe. Anyhow, we are far from saying that these two flagships are cheap clones, they are in fact very powerful devices with very affordable prices compared to other flagships you might find out there.

It seems that Meizu has buckled up and started working on a new Flyme OS based on Android Lollipop, our sources telling us that it will be as flat as stock and as beautiful as Material Design can get. We suspect that since the Chinese manufacturer is gaining momentum in the face of increasingly fierce competition from Xiaomi and Huawei, they will embrace their uniqueness and try to design something that is representative entirely of Meizu.

The Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro are set to receive Android Lollipop and implicitly the revamped UI sometime in March, according to our tipsters. Many might be hoping that the release date for the update would be pushed up sooner, but at this point, we don’t even know if we should trust this information. Regardless, we’re looking forward to seeing the revamped UI and curious about how much Material Design and Android Lollipop feel it will come with. Until Meizu comes forward and issues a press release about sending out Android Lollipop to their latest flagship devices, take this information with a grain of salt, as per the recipe.

What do you think about the Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro? Do you think this Chinese company is headed for the top or do they need a design overhaul in order to make it in the big bad smartphone market? Would you be interested in buying one of these if it came with Android Lollipop? FYI: you can get the Meizu MX4 for around $340, while the MX4 Pro price is set at $600. Pretty cheap huh? The first device comes with a 5.36 inch display with a 1152*1920 resolution, quad core MediaTek MT6595 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 20.7 MP rear cam, 2 MP front cam and hopefully Android Lollipop. The Pro version gets a larger 5.5 inch display with a 1536*2560 resolution, quad core Exynos 5 Octa 5430 CPU, 3 GB RAM, 20.7 MP rear cam, 5 MP front cam and once again, Android Lollipop coming up.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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