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Verizon Galaxy S5 NOW getting Android Lollipop

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It is finally here! All the waiting is over! Android 5.0 Lollipop is now rolling out to those with Verizon Galaxy S5 units. If you had been wondering what was taking so long, you should stop scratching your head because the U.S. rollout of Android Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 is finally live! Since the rollout is done in stages, not every Verizon customer with a Galaxy S5 will see the update as we speak, but the OTA should appear in the next few days.

Galaxy S5 owners have been asking for Lollipop to be sent out to the U.S. for quite some time, as both Europe and Australia are well underway when it comes to the OTA rollout. We did get a tingly feeling this weekend when we heard about the Australian rollout, but we didn’t dare say anything as we hadn’t seen any U.S. Galaxy S5 devices getting Android 5.0 Lollipop at the time. Now, this beautiful Monday, greets people with a new update that should improve the way in which you interact with your phone.

Android Lollipop is all about Material Design and integration, although TouchWiz will add a bit to the sluggishness of the OS. Alas, we can’t help that at the moment. We can only hope that once the Galaxy S6 is launched, either TouchWiz will get a complete overhaul or we’ll get Iconic UX instead. Whichever the case may be, we are glad to hear that the U.S. owners of the Galaxy S5 on Verizon can finally enjoy the Lollipop treatment!

Verizon also updated their website with the new information about Android Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Check the changes out below:

  • Material Design – Android Lollipop brings the all-new material design offering fluid animations, vivid colored themes, and 3-D views for a more pleasurable experience
  • Basic Interaction – Bolder color and more fluid animation; The on/off toggle button style updated based on material design
  • Lock Screen – The shortcuts for both Phone and Camera are provided for convenience; Material design-inspired notifications; Ability to set priority and privacy for notifications on lock screen; Provide music control as a card to utilize the real estate of the lock screen UI; Brighter look and feel, bold colors, fluid animation inspired by material design.
  • TouchWiz – Floating action buttons provide easy access to the app’s most important features, such asadding a new contact or favorite, or composing a text message
  • Floating Action Button – Floating action buttons provide easy access to the app’s most important features, such as adding a new contact or favorite, or composing a text message.
  • Interruptions – Interruptions give you more advanced options to control your sound settings; Priority notifications such as events and reminders, phone calls, and messages can be set up to sound or vibrate while all other notifications are muted; Set downtime for specific days and times to control notification sounds automatically
  • Recents – Easy access to your Chrome tabs right from the Recent apps page; Multi-window icons for ease-of-use during multi-tasking

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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