Android L running on the Galaxy S5. Video: SamMobile

Lollipop running on the Galaxy S5. Video: SamMobile

Samsung could be rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop updates by December, say sources familiar with the company’s plans — and the flagship Galaxy S5 will be the first to get one. The release will feature a revamped TouchWiz interface that will better suit Google’s new Material Design guidelines.

The Xperia Z3v is essentially a regular Z3 with some Verizon logos. Photo: Sony

The Xperia Z3v in all its waterproof glory. Photo: Sony

Unlike every other major smartphone company, Apple launches new flagship iPhones just once a year, meaning that whenever a customer buys a new iPhone around release time they can rest safe in the knowledge that their device is going to remain current for a whole twelve months.

Seeing the kind of success Apple has had with this model, Song Mobile has reportedly gone back to the Xerox machine drawing board, and decided to scrap their own twice-yearly policy of refreshing its flagship Xperia phone in favor an Apple-style annual overhaul.

Photo: Amazon

Have you seen a Fire Phone in the wild yet? Photo: Amazon

During its earnings call yesterday Amazon gave some clues about just how spectacularly its Fire Phone business is tanking — making it seem one of the worst tech ideas since the RMS Titanic shipped without lifeboats.

How bad are we talking? At the end of its disappointing third-quarter the company still has a massive $83 million worth of unsold inventory sitting around.

It’s now taking a $170 million charge “primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs.”

Who will you wind up sitting with? Photo: James Vaughan/Flickr CC

Who will you wind up sitting with? Photo: James Vaughan/Flickr CC

Have you ever wished for an app that lets you know exactly who you’ll be sitting next to on a flight — right down to perusing your would-be neighbor’s Facebook profile to see what you have in common?

A new social check-in feature for airline app Quicket lets you choose a seat on an airplane, then immediately check who you’ll be paired with, complete with an optional link to their social media page.

Yes, it’s possibly the year’s creepiest app feature, and one that’s not even trying to hide its reason for existing. Check out this excerpt from its press release:

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If you haven’t already entered our Choose Your Own Android giveaway to win a brand new smartphone of your choice, then here’s a huge reason to do so right away: In addition to the five flagship handsets you already had to choose from, we just added Google’s awesome new Nexus 6.

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