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Android 5.0 Lollipop brought a new feature called Smart Lock, which allows you to set certain locations or Bluetooth devices as trusted so that you don’t have to constantly enter your security PIN, Password, or pattern to unlock your phone or tablet. Third party apps such as Delayed Lock, SkipLock and Secure Settings have already been giving users this ability for a couple of years now. Unfortunately, these apps will not work in Lollipop due to the fact that Google has changed the security in that third party apps can no longer unlock the device.

Now you might say these apps are no longer necessary since Lollipop already offers Smart Lock, but at present, they do offer more functionality such as setting trusted WiFi networks. Let’s also not forget that the developers could continue to develop these apps with more features.

This is a tough pill to swallow for these developers, but the good news is that the majority of people will be on KitKat and lower for a while. If you fall into that category, then check out my full guide on how to bring the same Lollipop Smart Lock features (and then some) to your device. It will be the best thing you do today, trust me.

 

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Lollipop update for HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition delayed

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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HTC promised the One (M8) Google Play Edition would receive the Lollipop update today, but unfortunately it’s being held back due to the need to “re-spin” it. That can only mean that there was a bug that Google felt was big enough to stop it. I know this is bad news, but the fact that a major bug was caught is actually good news right? No word on exactly when we can expect the update to hit, but my guess is next week.

source: @moversi

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Wireless Nexus 7 tablets to get Android Lollipop starting in December

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The list of devices already getting Android Lollipop or about to get the update increased a little bit today when an ASUS spokesperson confirmed the “update will roll out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.” Of course we knew the update was coming to the Nexus 7 tablets, especially with the roll out for the WiFi-only versions getting underway last week. Now we know users of the tablets that carry the wireless chip in them will not have much longer to wait. According to ASUS, both the 2012 and 2013 models will get Lollipop.

The Nexus 7 tablets join the WiFi-only versions along with the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 10 tablets in getting an update. We still wait for word on an update for the Nexus 4. Meanwhile, Motorola is rolling out Lollipop to several of their devices and LG is on an aggressive schedule for the LG G3.

source: The Inquirer

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Android 5.0 Lollipop spotted on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We can expect a fair amount of Samsung devices to receive a software update to Lollipop. The latest round of devices, such as the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4, are locked-in to get the update. Today, we are learning that the Galaxy Note 3 is en route to do so as well. A video posted by SamMobile shows Android 5.0 running on the Galaxy Note from 2013. Even with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, Lollipop is noticeable. The source claims that animations are smoother and blue fills in for Lollipop’s green.

Hit the break to see the video of Android 5.0 in action on a Galaxy Note 3.

Click here to view the embedded video.

And if you have a Nexus device, go right ahead to installing the Lollipop factory image.

Source: SamMobile

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Google adds Nexus 9 factory image for LRX21R update

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Nexus 9 is getting another update (LRX21R), which should clean up some bugs. As usual, it will take at least a week to hit all devices, so the impatient types can download and install the factory image, which Google posted earlier today.

If you need help flashing it, you can check out our full instructions here. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the over-the-air (OTA) update, which will keep your data, assuming your Nexus 9 isn’t unlocked. Click here for those very extensive instructions.

source: Google Factory Images

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[Lollipop Bug] Adding a widget could freeze the launcher

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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You can’t expect a major update to be free of bugs, and Lollipop is no exception. A new bug has been found in that after adding a widget the launcher freezes followed by a transparent widget drawer and transparent launcher.

Tapping the Home or Back buttons does nothing, but supposedly you can tap somewhere between the home and app drawer icon to stop it. We have a video after the break.

Click here to view the embedded video.

I haven’t been able to duplicate this bug so I am wondering if anyone else has noticed it?

source: Reddit

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Lollipop ‘Smart Lock’ now works with locations after Google Play Services 6.5

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Yesterday, Google announced Google Play Services 6.5 with a slew of new features, but it looks like there is at least one more hidden gem. Smart Lock is a new feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop that already allows you to set certain Bluetooth devices (Trusted Devices), NFC stickers, or even your face as a way to bypass the security lock screen. So for example, if you set your Bluetooth headset as a trusted device, you won’t need to enter your security PIN if your phone is connected to it. That’s all good stuff, but Google didn’t include locations or WiFi networks with the initial launch of Lollipop. That’s changing with Play Services 6.5.

After receiving the Play Services 6.5 update, you should see an additional option called Trusted Places. As you can see in the screenshot below, you will even be able to set different locations such as work, home, or any other custom place such as a friend’s house.

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You will need Google Play Services 6.5 for this new feature. It’s rolling out over the next few days, but you can grab the APK (download link below) if you’re impatient.

Smart Lock is probably my favorite new feature of Lollipop because it allows people to properly secure their devices, and at the same time, not find it a constant nuisance to enter codes all the time. For those of you that don’t have Lollipop, don’t be jealous because you can always use Delayed Lock, which I have been using for years.

APK Download Link

source: Reddit

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Nexus 4 Lollipop OTA Zip file now available to download and install

Posted by wicked November - 16 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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We saw the Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 4 (occam) land a couple of days ago, so we knew it was only a matter of time until the OTA Zip file was posted. Good news for this Sunday morning. It’s available right now for your downloading pleasure.

Updating via OTA route is preferred since you don’t have to worry about losing your data, assuming your device is locked. You should still backup your data however.

We have the download link below and be sure to check out our extensive guide on how to install this bad boy. You won’t find more detailed instructions anywhere else.

source: Nexus 4 (occam) From KTU84P to LRX21T

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Shhhh – Google removes silent mode from phones with Lollipop

Posted by wicked November - 15 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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When Google first announced Android L last summer with a developer’s preview edition and then in October made the official announcement sans a final version being available, it was clear Google had all hands on deck to try to wrap up all the details that go into a major operating system overhaul. So it should be no surprise that some things may have been overlooked. At least, we hope this one is an oversight and not something intentional on the part of Google. Android Lollipop users have discovered that silent mode has been removed when running on a smartphone and other volume and notification management choices are just not well thought out.

As it stands now, users have a choice of volume that goes all the way down to “1″ and then to vibrate. Normally users could then hit the volume down key one more time and put their smartphone into silent mode where it won’t even vibrate. That last option is no longer available. Users have determined that on a tablet device, like the Nexus 9, users can go down to vibrate and if they tap the volume key back up they can get to “0″ volume. The only way to replicate this on a smartphone is for a user to go down to vibrate, then back up to “1″, then reboot their smartphone . The device will come back on at volume “0″.

There are other oddities that exist with the notification system as it relates to volume. Google tried to bake in a “sleep mode” type function in Lollipop where users could set notifications to be silent except for “Priority” sources. Unlike the function that appears in some manufacturers’ overlays, Google does not let you set a time of day for this to recur, relying instead on the user to manually set it for a specific length of time. That may be useful for on the fly needs for silence, like when attending a meeting or a movie. If a user sets the notification screening function to “None”, they will discover another problem. The “None” setting on smartphones will also silence alarms, rendering them useless.

Finally, Google makes the menu for changing notifications from “All” to “Priority” to “None” available from the lock screen, bypassing normal security like PIN codes. If you need your competition to miss a meeting because their alarm didn’t go off, all you need to do is get to their smartphone, set notifications to “None” and hope they don’t check it.

For more on how this works, you can check out a video Motorola put together showing these functions.

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source: Android Police

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Factory image of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Nexus 4 is available

Posted by wicked November - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The Nexus 4 will get the latest version of Android in a software update, but the rollout for Android 5.0 has yet to take place. Fortunately, today, Google posted the factory image of Lollipop for the Nexus phone of 2012. The software version listed on the Android Developers site is LRX21T. So now Nexus 4 owners can join the fun even two years after launch.

Not sure how to install a Lollipop factory image on your Nexus device? Then check out the TalkAndroid guide explaining exactly how to do so.

Source: Android Developers

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