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    Google's Android L release so far has differed from the norm in as many ways as possible -- for one, an early developer preview version has been made available for non-public consumption until the general release comes around this fall. Now, an AOSP push has begun for the Android L developer preview source code for most Nexus devices. To be clear, as Googler Bill Yi puts it (in the source link below), this is "not a full platform update and only for reference." That means, yes, custom ROMs based off of this code won't be possible quite yet. For the devs among you, we're sure you want ...

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    Google recently released a Developer Preview of its latest version of Android: Android L. Though it's not final code by any stretch of the imagination, we wanted to see how it compares to Android 4.4.4 KitKat - the latest official release of the operating system. We headed over to Google's "L Developer Preview" page, downloaded, and installed Android L build LPV79 to our Nexus 5 (there is also a build for the 2013 Nexus 7, though only for the WiFi version). From there we spent half a day using it as our daily driver, hunting through the various screens to try and find differences and ...

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    Google introduced us to the next version of Android at Google I/O 2014 yesterday: Android L. Unfortunately, we won't have an official release of until "later this Fall", but we were promised a Developer Preview. This morning that preview landed, and we decided to go hands-on. We loaded it up on our Nexus 5, booted up, and took it for a spin. Click play to see what we found, and what you can expect from Android L. Make sure you watch all the way to the end to get a good look at the new boot animation.   If you'd like to give Android L a go on your own device you'll need to be running ...

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    Google said it was coming: yesterday at the I/O keynote Google introduced us to all the new features arriving with its introduction of Android L, and while the formal public release (and updates for existing devices) won't be arriving until the fall, Google told us that a developer preview would be coming out today. A little earlier the Android L SDK went live, and now it's followed up by Android L system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. If you've got a Nexus 5, you're good to go, but the Nexus 7 build is only for the WiFi version of its 2013 refresh. Once downloading your respective ...

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    Back in the chilly days of January, we were thinking quite a bit about Nexus 5 color options. The Android smartphone was already available in black and white, and it was looking like some new colors were just about to arrive. There was one “leak” pointing to a rainbow of different shades, but critics were quick to call it a fake. But shortly thereafter we checked out a pic of the Nexus 5 in red, and sure enough, just about a week later, that red option was official. But alongside that red pic, a source claimed that a yellow Nexus 5 would also be launching – an option we've yet to ...

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    We're fresh off of the launch of Android L, and we were told a developer preview would be launching tomorrow. We're now hearing more about when exactly this developer preview will be launching, and which devices will be initially able to get in on the fun. The preview will be available as factory images, presumably on Google's usual site (linked in the source below). This site has never been restricted to developers only in the past, so we're not sure if a developer account will be required to download and install this Android L developer preview. Installation should be a cinch with some ...

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    Google's in-house Nexus brand of affordable developer smartphones has garnered a small, dedicated group of enthusiasts since the first handset, the HTC-made Nexus One, launched in early 2010. Since then, Google has partnered with Samsung and LG two times each to make the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5, all of which have been fan favorite Android handsets each year. The venture was never about making money or inflating profits. Instead, it was about sticking it to the U.S. wireless providers and letting consumers choose their phone first, then choose a provider – something ...

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    Android 4.4.3 is still brand new, with only certain Nexus, Google Play Edition, and Motorola devices having received it at this point (and even within this select group, there are issues). In an incredibly odd move, however, Google has released factory images for Android 4.4.4 (build number KTU84P). At first glance, there isn't much difference, but there of course is that little something that caused Google to release the update so soon after 4.4.3. Both factory images and binaries have been posted for KTU84P, with only certain Nexus devices seeing the love at this time -- there's ...

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    Nokia's not the only player in town with Android launcher news today, and while its new Z Launcher may be grabbing all the headlines, we've also just picked up on word of another new launcher, nearly ready to head out. And like Nokia, with its Symbian roots and move to Windows Phone, we're looking at a release from another company more traditionally associated with a platform other than Android: Jolla. While work on Sailfish OS continues, Jolla's releasing what it calls its Jolla Launcher in an effort to give Android users a preview of how Sailfish looks and feels. Alpha testing of the ...

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    One question I get asked more than all the others is "what do you have on your phone?" Sure, people wonder what phone I have, who my carrier is, how much I pay for my plan every month, what my favorite accessory is, and a whole slew of other things, but eventually it all comes back to that singular question: what does Joe the Android Guy have on his phone? Over the last month I've switched between the Nexus 5, the Asus PadFone X, HTC Desire 816, HTC One mini 2, HTC One M8 harman kardon edition, and even the Moto X - and that doesn't include tablets and wearables! Each of those devices has ...

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    It feels like Android 4.4.3's been hanging just out of reach for months now. It's not that we're expecting any kind of game-changer, and it seems we'll be getting what by all accounts is mostly a bug-fix update, but we're still quite curious to learn when it will ultimately arrive. Will we be waiting until Google I/O later this month? It turns out that 4.4.3 may arrive significantly before then, as today T-Mobile posts notice that updates are on their way for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. This isn't the first time we've seen a carrier tell us that 4.4.3 was on its way, with Sprint pulling ...

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    Despite the fact that there are many amazing third-party case options for LG's Nexus 5 smartphone, we know a lot of you prefer to have official accessories. An official Nexus 5 snap case has made its way over to Google Play, bearing a price tag just shy of $30. The case itself is very minimalistic and sleek, following a trademark Google design. It is lightweight, yet still looks to be durable, and boasts a low profile look. At the bottom rear side of the case, there is a Google logo, though Nexus aficionados may be disappointed that there is no Nexus logo (unless you opt for the Clear ...

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    Google's in the midst of preparing for a wide-reaching overhaul of its Android apps, and a number of disparate leaks have revealed the same sort of UI changes: flat design, circular icons, and bold color. We shared with you the latest development along these lines earlier this week, after it was discovered that Google itself shared a screengrab from such an updated version of its Android dialer app. Today we're back to take a second look, with a new screenshot appearing to reveal even more of the dialer's new makeover. There might not be any of those circular icons here, but the design is ...

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    Last year certainly helped change and shape the future of the wireless industry – more so than years past. Android, for one, transgressed beyond the false pretense that specifications are the be-all and end-all of great smartphones. Before, it was always about bigger, better, more impressive specifications – optimization be damned. OEMs were more worried about packing smartphones with 1080p screens, high-res cameras, faster CPUs with more cores, etc. All the while, prices of most the viable smartphones remained the same. Nearly all the affordable smartphones of yore offered a terrible ...

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    We started the week off with Sprint posting an update to its Nexus 5 software version page, advising users that a new release was incoming. While the initial build number of KTU48F it gave was confusing, that turned out to be a typo, later corrected to KTU84F. We had already associated recent builds like this with Android 4.4.3, and the carrier sure seemed to be confirming that a release was imminent. But then Tuesday came with no update... as did Wednesday and Thursday. With the week winding down, is KTU84F still on the horizon? Not according to Sprint, which has reverted its Nexus 5 ...

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