Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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    Back near the start of the month, before Google launched its latest Nexus models and confirmed the name Lollipop for its Android 5.0 release, we took a look at an early video previewing Samsung's work towards bringing what was then known only as Android L to its Galaxy S5. It was great to get an advance glimpse of how TouchWiz would make the transition to Android 5.0, but previews are one thing – when can we expect a public release? We don't yet have a specific date, but new rumors seek to narrow-down the timeframe in which the update might be likely to arrive. Last month, SamMobile had ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop is just about to graduate from its time as a developer preview release and get ready to take the spotlight as the latest public version of Google's mobile OS. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will run Lollipop right out of the box, updates for existing Nexus models are sure to follow shortly, and other OEMs are already expressing their interest in bringing speedy 5.0 updates to their own families of handsets. So when is this new era of Lollipop going to get underway? Google has just shared the official start date for the consumer release of Android 5.0, but is it telling us ...

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    Apple users may be getting their first taste of NFC this week, as Apple Pay service goes live in the US, but the Android smartphone club has been reaping the benefits of NFC for years now. Beyond payments, one of the things NFC has helped streamline is file sharing, and Android Beam gave users an easy way to share certain media with any NFC-equipped Android within reach. One of its biggest limitations concerned just which files it would let you share, and while you could Beam things like images from phone to phone with ease, you were out of luck if you wanted to pass along general-purpose ...

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    One of the cooler (not to mention most useful) features Motorola brought to the Moto X was the phone's Active Display mode, showing you important notifications without having to first wake the phone. Since then we've seen the feature expand to other Motorola models, and with last week's launch of the Nexus 6, it sure looked like a similar mode was coming along for the ride. At least, the official Nexus 6 specs mention different standby times for whether or not “Ambient Display” is engaged. Now, thanks to a leaked ROM, we're beginning to get the details on how all this works. The ...

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    Google has been gradually rolling out updates to its existing services over the last couple of weeks. We're still a few weeks away from the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop to the world, but we've already seen what Material Design looks like in apps like the Google Play Store. There are some updates that Google seems to be holding off for the final build, and Gmail 5.0 seems to be among them. We've just come across an interesting teaser of what to expect for Gmail 5.0, and even though most of the changes are very nice, not every need is being addressed with the update. The positive ...

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    Earlier this week, Google announced the next version of its mobile operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop. The new software development kit (SDK) should be released sometime later today (October 17th), and ROMs for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Google Play edition devices should start to roll out "in the coming weeks". What about Android Wear? Why weren't wearables powered by Android mentioned, and what will Android Lollipop do for smartwatches? Watch Face API Searching the Play Store for watch faces for Android Wear will bring up dozens of results. Some look great, others, ...

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    Some of you may not remember this, but a lot of us where confused by Google’s announcement of the Nexus One so many years ago. We eventually understood that at a time when Android was beginning to dilute itself in a sea of custom skins and lackluster specifications, Google needed push OEMs to dare the odds of the spec sheet with more powerful hardware, and it also needed to show the world what Android was truly like under all the existing bloat. Google succeeded in this endeavor, and even if the Nexus One wasn’t a hot seller in numbers because of its price, it was my first Android ...

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    A few hours back, when we shared with you Google's official Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement, we mentioned how the company had confirmed plans to deliver updates for the Nexus 5, 7, 10, and the various GPe models. That was well and good, but what about older entries in the Nexus family? We'd been wondering for months now what the update situation might look like for the Nexus 4 and first-gen Nexus 7, and Google's words there, declining to mention the Nexus 4 and making no explicit effort to distinguish between the two Nexus 7 models, had us fearing the worst. Fortunately, it looks like ...

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    There was no huge release party. We didn't even get a live-stream event. Instead, Google quietly announced the new Nexus devices and Android 5.0 Lollipop on its blog. Based on the hardware we're seeing, Google didn't need any hyped up fanfare, the devices speak for themselves. Let's take a look at the Nexus 6, and see how it just killed most of the competition. Nexus 6 Finally, after months of speculation, we know that Google's new smartphone is called the Nexus 6, not the Nexus X or anything else. We know that it's more of a phablet than a smartphone (some would even argue that it's a ...

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    It's easy to get excited about new mobile hardware, making the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 launches the real attention-grabbers of the day. But we've been almost just as interested in seeing what today's launches meant for the future of Android as platform. Since this past summer, we've been experimenting with the Android L dev preview release, but now Google's finally ready to move it up into the mainstream, announcing Android 5.0 Lollipop. It took us a while to get there, but the L-name is now official (and thankfully not anything gross, like licorice). But the name is just window dressing; ...

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    As expected, a powerful new tablet has gone official today in the form of Google's HTC-made Nexus 9. The tablet represents an affordable stock Android offering, one that doesn't compromise on the specs front either. Let's take a look at it, shall we? The Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (with a Kepler GPU), and an 8MP/1.6MP camera combination. There's also 2GB of RAM, a 6700mAh battery, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The tablet will feature BoomSound speakers, along with brushed metal sides. Like the new Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 ships with ...

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    The months of high-spirited anticipation are over, Nexus lovers. After a rumor was dropped yesterday by Forbes that stated a new Nexus phone and tablet were to launch today, the phone has gone official: say hello to the Motorola Nexus 6. First of all, the Nexus 6 really is a full-on phablet. At 5.96 inches, you can't call this phone anything but a beast – we're sure that's a turn-off for many of you, but the trade-off is that a good amount of monster specs can fit into the phone as a result of the size. Speaking of specs, we're looking at a 5.96-inch QHD (quad, not quarter) display, a ...

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    The onslaught of Nexus rumors today means only one thing to us, and that is the fact that a launch is looking pretty imminent. To further add to that, we now have a product listing on AT&T's website for a Motorola Nexus 6 – is there really any doubt now? The listing itself isn't quite live, but curiously enough, if you visit AT&T's LG G3 Vigor listing (the first source link below), it shows on the right-hand column a link to the "Motorola Nexus 6," revealing a link to the product and also an on-contract price. While this could just be a placeholder, the $49.99 price isn't far ...

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    In the road leading up to Google I/O we were a little uncertain about whether or not we'd be seeing the premiere of a new version of Android. After all, 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 are both still very new, and Google hasn't seemed to be in any particular hurry to move things up to 4.5, or even the 5.0 we've been wondering about for far too long. But then yesterday we heard Sundar Pichai apparently confirm his intent to at least preview this new Android version at I/O this week (and presumably, we're looking at today), even if a release would still be a little further down the line. So with this new ...

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    Android head Sundar Pichai has been talking to the press in advance of Google I/O, which officially gets started tomorrow, and we recently shared with you some of his thoughts concerning Android, Apple, and their approaches to mobile devices. That lengthy Bloomberg interview touched on a lot more about Google, Android, and the I/O conference, and right at the end another tantalizing detail has managed to sneak out: an apparent confirmation of plans to announce the next major release of Android. Bloomberg reports that Pichai intends to preview this release at Google I/O, even if it won't be ...

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