Sunday, December 28, 2014

162 passengers feared dead after AirAsia flight QZ8501 goes missing

An AirAsia plane with 162 people aboard went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore on Sunday morning shortly after the pilots requested a change of flight plan because of weather, the third major aviation incident this year involving a Malaysian carrier.

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 with 155 people on board -- including one British, one Malaysian, one Singaporean, three Koreans, -- and seven crew members lost contact with air traffic control at 07.24 am local time Indonesia.

Sixteen children and one infant were among the passengers on board the AirAsia Airbus A320-200 that went missing on the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.

At a press conference this morning, Indonesian officials said the plane was several hours past the time when its fuel would have been exhausted.

There were unconfirmed media reports that a aircraft crashed in the waters of East Belitung, off the east coast of Sumatra.

The exact location of the crash site has not been identified, media reports said.

The aircraft was in the Indonesian flight information region, more than 200 nm southeast of the Singapore -- Jakarta FIR boundary, when contact was lost, civil aviation authority of Singapore said.

Contact with the plane was lost 42 minutes after takeoff. There were no Indian nationals on board.

The plane took off from Surabaya (Indonesia) at 5:20 am local time and was scheduled to land at Singapore's ChangiAirport at 8.30 am.

A statement on AirAsia's Facebook page said: "AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07.24 am."

"At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available," the Malaysia-based carrier said in a statement.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC.
"At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service," the statement said.

Indonesian Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact, local media reported.
Air Asia said the pilot had requested "deviation" from its flight plan because of bad weather.
"The aircraft... was requesting deviation due to en route weather," it said.
Indonesia's national search and rescue agency bangka belitung said it has dispatched one vessel to search for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
"We received information from Basarnas in Jakarta that contact had been lost with an AirAsia flight over Bangka Belitung waters...We then dispatched a vessel with a search and rescue team of 22 members to check the information," Febi Imam Saputra, an information official at Basarnas Bangka Belitung, was quoted as saying by the Indonesian Antara news agency.
"If we look at the map, these coordinates refer to an area around 20 nautical miles from East Belitung," said Febi.
Search and rescue operations have been activated by the Indonesian authorities from the Pangkal Pinang Search and Rescue office.

Indonesian authorities have mobilised search and rescue operation near BelitungIsland, deploying five ships and a surveillance aircraft carrying 15 Indonesian Air Force personnel.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has confirmed that it is linking up with Indonesian authorities to help locate the missing plane. Australia and Malaysia have also offered assistance.

A massive search is underway for the missing plane. The last detected position of the missing AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 is believed to be between Tanjung Pandan on BelitungIsland and Kalimantan, Indonesia, according to Indonesia's Director of Air Transport, Djoko Murjatmodjo.

"The position where contact was lost was between Tanjung Pandan and Pontianak, about 100 nautical miles south-east of Tanjung Pandan," said Djoko.

The pilot Captain Iriyanto has an experience of 6,100 flying hours.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has asked his company to stay strong. "Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We must stay strong," tweeted Fernandes, an ethnic Indian, who set up the budget airlines which now flies to several countries.

Fernandes has said that he is heading to Indonesia.

Malaysia has also offered assistance in the search operation.

AirAsia is popular in the region as a budget carrier. It has about 100 destinations, with subsidiaries in several Asian countries.

The loss of contact with the AirAsia plane comes nearly 10 months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing on March 8.

Searchers are yet to find any debris from Flight MH370, which officials believe crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Another Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July, killing all 298 on board. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Android 5.0 Lollipop has started rolling out to a number of devices already. If you're still yet to receive it, you may be asking yourself "when will my Android device get the Android 5.0 update?" It's a good question, so here's what we currently know about when you can expect the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

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Find out when your device will receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. / © Google
We've broken our list down by manufacturer, so just scroll down to find your OEM and look for your specific device. We'll let you know if it has been confirmed or suspected (and wherever possible, the expected date of arrival). In the meantime, check out the coolest Android 5.0 Lollipop features. If you need a little refresher, here's everything you need to know about Android 5.0 Lollipop. We've also got a video for you below.
  • Get up to speed on Android 5.0 battery life
  • What you need to know about Android 5.0 security


  • Nexus 4 - available now - all thing Nexus 4 update related
  • Nexus 5 - available now - all things Nexus 5 update related
  • Nexus 6 - Android Lollipop out of the box
  • Nexus 7 (2013) - available now - all things Nexus 7 (2013) update related
  • Nexus 7 - available now - all things Nexus 7 update related
  • Nexus 9 - Android Lollipop out of the box
  • Nexus 10 - available now

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When will Android Lollipop come to your device? / © ANDROIDPIT


  • Moto E - Confirmed by Motorola, expected very soon (by end of 2014)
  • Moto G - rolling out in India - all things Moto G update related
  • Moto G LTE edition - Confirmed by Motorola, expected very soon (by end of 2014)
  • Moto X - Confirmed by Motorola, expected very soon (by end of 2014)
  • Moto G (2014) - Available now - all things Moto G (2014) update related
  • Moto X (2014) - Available now - all things Moto X (2014) update related
  • Droid Turbo - Confirmed by Motorola, expected very soon (by end of 2014)
Motorola has now made it even easier to determine if and when your device will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update thanks to a dedicated page on the official Motorola website. As of yet, Motorola device owners are unable to see an exact date of the update, only that it will or will not arrive on their device. Hopefully more info will be added in the near future.

Given Motorola's partnership with Google, its devices should be first to receive Android Lollipop! / © ANDROIDPIT


  • HTC One - within 90 days of receiving the Android Lollipop source code (which happened November 3rd)
  • HTC One M8 - as above (by February 3rd, 2015) - all things HTC One (M8) update related
  • HTC One mini - promised for update, no hard schedule
  • HTC One mini 2 - promised for update, no hard schedule
  • HTC One Max - promised for update, no hard schedule
  • HTC One GPE - rolling out
  • HTC One M8 GPE - rolling out - all things HTC One (M8) GPE related
  • Other HTC devices expected to make the update include the Butterfly 2, Desire 816 and Desire 820, Desire Eye, One (E8) and possibly the Desire S.

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Just a sneak-peek of what you will be getting on your device. © ANDROIDPIT


  • Galaxy S4 GPE - pending, expected very soon 
  • Galaxy Note 4 - by the end of December 2014 - all things Galaxy Note 4 update related
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy S5 - available now - all things Galaxy S5 update related
  • Galaxy S5 Mini
  • Galaxy Alpha
  • Galaxy S4 - by the end of December 2014 - all things Galaxy S4 update related
  • Galaxy Note 3 - expected in January 2015 - all things Galaxy Note 3 update related
  • Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 12.2 Pro
  • Galaxy Tab S 8.4 
  • Galaxy Tab S 10.5
  • Galaxy S3 - not official, but you can get a working Galaxy S3 update already

There are many Samsung fans out there eagerly awaiting Android Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT


  • LG G Pad 8.3 GPE - pending, expected very soon 
  • LG G3 - Available now (for international models) - all things LG G3 update related
  • LG G3 Stylus
  • LG G2
  • LG G Pad 8.3
  • LG G2 Mini
  • LG G Flex

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Android 5.0 Lollipop: the latest version of Google's open-source software. / © ANDROIDPIT


  • Xperia Z Ultra GPE - pending, expected very soon 
  • Xperia Z3 - ''beginning of 2015'' - all things Xperia Z3 update related
  • Xperia Z3 Compact - ''beginning of 2015''
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact - ''beginning of 2015''
  • Xperia Z Ultra
  • Xperia Z1
  • Xperia Z2 - ''beginning of 2015''
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet - ''beginning of 2015''
  • Xperia ZL
  • Xperia ZR
  • Xperia Z1S
  • Xperia Z3v


  • ZenFone4 - April 2015
  • ZenFone5 - April 2015
  • ZenFone6 - April 2015
  • ZenFone 5 LTE - April 2015
  • PadfoneS - April 2015
  • The new PadFone Infinity - April 2015
The Android Lollipop SDK was made available to 3rd party developers on October 17th, so if those "90-day" manufacturers stick to their word, you could see be seeing Android Lollipop on your device before the end of January. The final code was delivered to OEMs on November 3rd. For everything else relating to Android Lollipop, head over to our what you need to know about Android 5.0 Lollipop page.

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