Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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    The only thing better than getting timely updates for your Android smartphone is also having a manufacturer that's very open about its own progress towards those updates; sure, we could just keep ourselves in the dark and learn about the updates once they're ready, but we're the sort of users who crave information, and we want to know about testing, ETAs, and all the steps on the road to release. HTC's been doing a great job about sharing its Lollipop update plans for the Google Play edition One M7 and One M8 this past week or so – well, it's doing fine so far as the sharing goes, but ...

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    One of the big success stories for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus phones is how the Nexus 4 got its official update from Google – especially considering how the previous year's Galaxy Nexus didn't even make it to KitKat. Of course, we were eager to check this out for ourselves, and as soon as the update became available, we were quick to flash it and show you how the new software performed. But while this continued Google support is great, it doesn't come without a price – one that might not matter to everyone, but it's an issue we've been dealing with for awhile: LTE support. Luckily, ...

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    In software, very rarely is an operation “free.” Want that menu to have a cute scroll-down animation when you tap it? Sure, but that's going to take up processor time: you can have a system without it that runs slightly faster, or keep the animation and suffer a tiny performance hit. Our desire for attractive, rich software is often compensated for by the arrival of increasingly powerful SoCs, but that still doesn't change the fact that the more we ask our phone to do, the slower the same hardware's going to run. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google is making its platform's full-disk ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a lot of new features and functionality, and it just looks nicer - but that's not my favorite part. My favorite feature of Android Lollipop, believe it or not, is the setup process! The first thing you'll see when you power on your Lollipop-powered smartphone or tablet is the welcome screen. The screen itself looks beautiful. After you select your language and locale you're asked if you want to connect to your WiFi network to download all the settings and apps using that network rather than your cellular data plan. Once you connect you'll be asked if ...

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    Getting your hands on Android 5.0 Lollipop right now is kind of a mess. Most applicable Nexus devices have already received it, some NVIDIA Shield products have also gotten some action, and we should see it rolling to the Google Play edition devices very soon as well. We also know that OEMs like HTC have already committed to pushing Android 5.0 to existing flagship smartphones in the next few months, but if you want an early glimpse of what it'll look like, let's all thank the Internet. We have some leaked photos of what seems to be HTC Sense 6 running on top Android 5.0 Lollipop. We say ...

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    “Where the hell did I leave that phone? I could call it – I think the ringer might be on. Wait... what's my number, anyway?” Sound familiar? If you count yourself among the absent-minded, you're in good company, as plenty of us regularly find ourselves losing track of our smartphones. Online tracking services help to a degree, but if you're sure the phone is somewhere inside your house, a local solution can sure help speed things up. To that end, Motorola has just launched its latest mobile accessory, the Motorola Keylink Bluetooth fob. Keylink works with the Motorola Connect app for ...

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    It's been about six months now since Google announced its Android One project at Google I/O, an effort to streamline handset development and empower manufacturers to quickly and easily get cheap, versatile hardware into the hands of customers. If you're a smartphone user in the West, you may not be up on all the Android One developments since, but shoppers in India have already had the opportunity to get on board the Android One train for a couple months now. One of the many selling points of Android One has been the level of control Google has over software, with promises of speedy system ...

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    The Nexus 9 has its fair share of quirks, as we noted and expounded upon in our full review, but it doesn't stop there. Many users of Google's stock Android tablet have begun reporting issues with the "OK Google" voice recognition features, and their failure to operate under certain circumstances. Is this Nexus 9 OK Google bug serious? Let's examine it. To be clear, not everyone's unit is facing the issue, but here's the gist of it. OK Google functionality works as you'd expect it to on the home screen, but despite toggling any number of settings from "on" to "off" and back again, the ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop updates started arriving for Nexus phones right around the middle of last week. We saw factory images, OTAs, and everything we needed to start using the latest Android system software on our favorite Nexus models. With that hurdle out of the way, our attention starts turning to Google Play edition models, which while they aren't privy to quite the same super-fast updates as Nexus devices (even if some other companies did give Google a run for its money this time around), are often right behind with update of their own. HTC looked like it was going to be the first OEM ...

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    With the Motorola-made Nexus 6 starting to arrive in customer's hands, the Nexus 4 is hardly noteworthy anymore. It's screen was a measly 720p and measured 4.7-inches with a pixel density of less than 320. With a quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU, LG's Nexus 4 was a powerhouse - back in its day. It shipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but got fairly timely updates all the way up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Then tragedy struck. Google's support window on devices follows the industry standard of about 18-months. The Nexus 4 was announced in October ...

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    Android Lollipop update momentum has hit a (temporary) lull. After those heady early hours of distribution for Nexus devices (to say nothing of efforts by Motorola or LG), the feverish pace at which update news arrived has slowed to a trickle; while last night brought us hope that the Nexus 4's update would be arriving at any moment, as of now it's still yet to surface. But even as we wait for that release to drop, we're already looking forward to who's getting Lollipop next, and new confirmation has just arrived that some Google Play edition models should see their own Android 5.0 updates ...

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    As we're sure many of you are aware, the major design language shift in Android Lollipop has inevitably spurred a mass outbreak of updates. We sure aren't complaining, and the next app to join in on the fun is Chrome, which now finally has its Chrome 39 for Android update out of beta and pushed to the stable channel. Here's what's new. You'll of course only be able to take advantage of the main tweaks if you are running Android 5.0, but you're not entirely out in the cold if not. There's now a colored status bar that can be defined by web developers (we've got it working it with Pocketnow; ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    In a couple days, this Lollipop update madness will calm down, and we can start turning our attention back to all the other smartphone and tablet news under the sun, but for the moment, Google's distribution of its latest platform update – and specifically, to Nexus devices – remains a hot topic on the minds of many users. We've already seen progress on a few big Nexus models, like the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7, but what about the Nexus 4? The two-year-old handset is very much on tap to get Lollipop, but its factory image didn't arrive yesterday alongside its brethren, and we ...

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    Android Lollipop is slowly making its presence felt this week, as updates start hitting existing devices. Maybe you've already downloaded one of the OTAs for your Nexus phone or tablet and have installed it over ADB. Maybe you've been lucky and your device has just directly received its OTA the old fashioned way. But however you got it, you're finally on the very latest version of Android. Right? Well, maybe not so much, because at a dev event in the Netherlands, some Google guys just gave a presentation that included references to Android Lollipop MR1 running on a Nexus 5. What's MR1? ...

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    Yesterday, after a lot of will-they-won't-they confusion, we saw Google go ahead with initial distribution of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for existing Nexus models. We got word of updates on their way down for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and both generations of WiFi Nexus 7, as well as some smaller updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Shortly thereafter, Google made available factory images for these models, enabling you to flash your device with Lollipop at the expense of losing all your data. For many users, that's just not an option they want to embrace, and the ...

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    It's a big day for Android 5.0 Lollipop, and following Motorola's confirmation that this year's Moto X and Moto G were seeing their Lollipop updates go public, we got word from Sprint that we should be on the lookout for an update to the Nexus 5. As we mentioned in an update to that story, Google has since tweeted that “the rollout has started,” but we were careful to not read too much into what it meant there without getting some further confirmation. Based on a growing number of reports from end users, we can confirm that OTA Lollipop updates are headed out for certain Nexus models. ...

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    Sorry, Google: you weren't first to the Android update race with your Nexus devices this year. But surely, even if Google wasn't the leader out of the gate, those Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for Nexus phones and tablets must be nearly ready to go by now, right? Last week we heard a rumor that Google's Nexus update plans had hit an unexpected delay, but that they'd be getting started soon, with today, November 12, mentioned as a possible release date. We've yet to get confirmation of updates hitting actual phones, but Sprint sure thinks that one's about to arrive for the Nexus 5, updating ...

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    Motorola is not wasting any time when it comes to making Android 5.0 Lollipop updates available for its might-as-well-be-stock-Android smartphones. Last week we first got word that updates for certain of the manufacturer's handsets were already coming out – and specifically the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition. Moments later we learned of Lollipop release notes on the company's site for the 2014 Moto G, but all this excitement quickly hit a wall when it started looking like this was all just a limited-availability soak test. Fast-forward to this week, and overnight we started hearing reports ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop has managed to get a lot of users excited, and, sadly, the longer you have to wait for something you want, the more you want it. OEMs are doing their best (but so far only a select few have managed to succeed) to offer timely updates to Google's latest and greatest, and if you have an original Nexus 7 tablet (2012), you'll be happy to know that Nexus 7 Android Lollipop factory images are now leaked and available for you to try out. The build number is LRX21P, and, according to reports, these have a great chance of being final versions of the firmware. However, since ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop is bringing a lot of important changes to smartphones and tablets, but this year has seen wearables also emerge as an important part of the Android ecosystem. What does the new software hold for Google's smartwatch lineup? Yesterday we got a preview of some Material Design changes coming to the Android Wear app for phones, and today this early look continues, with a leak continuing to reveal new features, including some on the watch side of things. Some of those changes to the Android Wear software on smartwatches appear to include the arrival of new accessibility ...

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    Google just can't seem to catch a break. After Motorola dropped a bombshell last night by beginning Lollipop soak tests for the 2014 Moto X, even LG has beaten out Google's Nexus line in getting the update to the latest version of Android, as it has just announced the beginning of the LG G3 Lollipop update. The update will begin rolling out this week in Poland, followed shortly by other key markets. Of course, we're expecting a lengthy wait for United States carrier-branded devices to get in on the fun, but still... even with that ultra-thick software skin, LG was able to bounce back with ...

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    Holy crap. We know that Motorola, with the pared-down, close-to-pure-Android experience it's been delivering for its latest smartphones has been one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to getting out Android system updates, but this... this? Overnight we shared with you news that a rather polished-looking Android 5.0 build for the 2014 Moto X had leaked, suggesting that Motorola wasn't too far off from formally releasing an update to the public. That might have had you thinking that you could expect the software to land sometime in the next few weeks, but Motorola has managed to ...

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    The leaked Lollipop builds are coming in fast and hard. Just yesterday we were oohing and aahing over a couple of leaked screenshots of the LG G3's update, and now we're given a full hands-on tour of 2013's Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update with enough pictures and video to tide even the pickiest people over. In the update, the Galaxy S4 is updated to Nature UX 3.0 (at least the I9500 model), but there's no word on the I9505 at this time. Surprisingly, TouchWiz and Lollipop apparently mesh quite well as far as fluidity, stability, and some parts of the overall aesthetic go ...

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    In 2014, an important part of an OEM's job is keeping its flagship phones up to date, especially with major Android releases. With the final code drop of the Android 5.0 Lollipop release, it's time that OEMs get cracking at updating their respective devices. Motorola, HTC, and Samsung look to be hard at work, and now it's about time that we get an LG G3 Lollipop leak as well. That's exactly what we've received today, in the form of an early screenshot tour of a test build of the update. Of course, as you'd expect, this build looks to be still in very early stages of development. There's ...

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