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Screenshots showing Android 5.0.1 on the HTC One (M8) surface

Posted by wicked December - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Hardware manufacturers are scurrying to update devices to the latest version of Android. Doing so as quickly as possible makes for some great publicity. HTC imposed a 90-day guarantee for Lollipop on the One (M8); however, where there is time, there are leaks. Screenshots taken from the handset running Android 5.0.1 (behind Sense 6.0) were published online by developer LlabTooFeR.

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While HTC’s Sense 6.0 software overlay is front and center, Lollipop is still noticeable. The home screen, widgets, and BlinkFeed remain untouched. The notification shade, though, is all about Material Design. Individual notifications are separated into their own card-like sections. The Quick Settings panel is flat with icons laying on top of it.

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Above is what the multitasking experience will be like once the One (M8) gets Lollipop. Clearly, it mirrors the way Google intends multitasking to be on Android. Apps get their own unique tabs just like a web browser. While sliding between cards, the Google Search field appears at the top with an option for voice commands.

Another minor, yet important, item that HTC is including is a search bar that can return results for anything on the handset. This includes directions for using certain features or labeled photos lost in the mix.

Source: LlabTooFeR

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Moto X (2014) now receiving Lollipop update in the UK

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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If you own a Moto X (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

If you own a 2104 Moto X and you’re situated in the United Kingdom, why not drop us a line in the comments section below letting us know when you receive the update?

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Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012) is available

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Have the 2012 model of the Nexus 7? Then go ahead and install the latest version of Android. On the Android Developers site, Google posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for people that like doing things themselves. The factory image posted, though, is only for the WiFi variant (“nakasi”) and Google has yet to post any Lollipop factory images for the mobile data-enabled variant (“nakasig”). The Android 5.0.2 factory image is build LRX22G.

New to the whole process of installing a factory image? We put together guide with plenty of details so you can do it easily.

[Factory Image Link]

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Android 5.1 to roll out in February, 2015

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

 

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The final version of Lollipop (5.0) was unveiled back in October and manufacturers have only just begun rolling out the upgrade to unlocked variants of their flagship smartphones. However, it appears that an Android update with Silent Mode, changes to the Material Design color palette, improved RAM management and much, much more on board is on its way.

According to AndroidPIT and a couple of its trusted individual sources, Google is preparing to release a rather large Android 5.1 update in February, 2015, which is set to bring many interesting new features.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0
  • General improvements in system stability
  • Improved RAM management
  • Fixes for sudden app closures
  • Improved battery management
  • Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed
  • Issues with wireless connections fixed
  • Problems with Okay Google function solved
  • Notifications problems solved
  • Some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed
  • Other improvements and changes
  • Changes in the Material Design color palette (after users complaints, possibly for a higher version though)

Source: AndroidPIT

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HTC to roll out Lollipop update for One M7 and M8 Saturday, January 3

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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When Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop source code back in November, the 3rd to be precise, HTC promised to update its flagship smartphone to the latest build of the open-source operating system within 90 days. This makes February HTC’s self-imposed deadline, but if a recent report is anything to go by, it looks like we could be seeing the update 29 days sooner than expected.

At a private press event in London, HTC allegedly announced that it will start rolling out the eagerly-awaited Lollipop over-the-air update to all unlocked variants of the One (M8) and the original One (M7) located in Europe on Saturday, January 3, 2015.

All the changes you anticipate to find in Lollipop are presumed to be bundled into this update, including Google’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. HTC has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications too.

As with all leaks, rumors and speculation we have to take this information with a pinch of salt, at least until HTC provides us with some solid evidence with regards to when exactly it will be rolling out the update,  but thankfully we don’t have too much longer to wait to find out.

Source: TechTastic

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OnePlus One to get a ‘truly amazing sound experience’ this January

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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OnePlus One owners will receive a major update in January that will be pretty significant for many reasons, but a another one announced today is from a partnership with MaxxAudio.

MaxxAudio is a “suite of psychoacoustic sound enhancement technologies which enable production of deeper bass, clearer highs, louder volume levels and more immersive sound from speakers, headphones and connected Bluetooth devices.” In other words, it should provide a much more pleasing sound experience.

MazzAudio will be custom tuned for the OnePlus One speakers, as well as the Silver Bullet and JBL E1+ headphones. Audiophiles will love the 10 different equalizer presets as well as the ability to fine tune the bass, treble, and headphone spaciousness.

Look for the update to land on your OnePlus One this January.

source: OnePlus

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 getting a second Lollipop update in Poland

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

galaxy-s5-samsung-signSamsung has released a stability update for the Galaxy S 5 in Poland, which is the second Android 5.0 that particular variant has seen. Since it’s already been updated to Lollipop, this update doesn’t include much except for some performance enhancements, but it does mean that a bigger rollout is likely going to happen in the near future.

This update’s not going out over-the-air just yet, so if you want this update you’ll have to snag it from Samsung Kies 3 on your computer. Hopefully we’ll hear more about this update making its way to other countries soon.

source: SamMobile

 

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Android 5.0.1 now available for download for Nexus 5

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Red_White_Nexus_5_Google_PlayIf you’ve been waiting around for the latest Android build to hit the Nexus 5, you’re in luck. Android 5.0.1 has finally been released for the Nexus 5, joining most other Nexus devices.

You can grab the download below, and if you need help getting it installed, check our guide to manually install the update.

Android 5.0.1 Download Link for Nexus 5

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Sprint’s Nexus 5 now receiving Android 5.0.1

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Sprint Nexus 5 users, start spamming your check update buttons now. Of course I kid, that does little to speed up the process, but it appears that Sprint has green-lighted the Android 5.0.1 update for the Nexus 5 and is in the process of pushing the update to last year’s Nexus flagship. An expected bug fix, Android 5.0.1 fixes issues with factory resetting the device along with video playback issues the Nexus 7 (2013) was having.

Lollipop update LRX22C comes with — as Sprint calls it — miscellaneous Android updates. According to Sprint the update will roll out within the next few days but if you’re in a hurry you can go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check for Update. Otherwise you can wait patiently as Google has yet to update its factory image page with links for 5.0.1 on the Nexus 5. We’ll update you when they do.

source: Sprint

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Vodafone UK now rolling out Lollipop update for LG G3

Posted by wicked December - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Vodafone is the first operator in the UK to begin the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update roll out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 currently located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. LG has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications too.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.

Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.

Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:

  • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
  • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
  • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
  • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
  • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
  • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).

New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.

Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.

Ambient Display: While your phone’s display is off, Ambient Display can show notifications without turning on the full display. This will be triggered when a notification arrives. You will see notifications similar to that shown on the lock screen.  You can turn this feature on in the Display menu in Settings, and note that it will increase the power consumption of your device.

Motorola Assist and Downtime: Motorola Assist integrates the new Downtime settings to control when you don’t want to be disturbed.  Motorola Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.

Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).

Share your Device: You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone.  Guest mode is enabled by default.  You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings. Note that the personalized Motorola experiences (Motorola Assist, Motorola Connect)  are for the owner account only. The Motorola Camera, Motorola Gallery, and Motorola FM Radio applications support multiple user accounts.

Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.

Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.

Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.

Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.

Smart Lock (Trusted Devices): Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.).  Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone.  Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.

Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

If you have not yet received a push notification prompting you to download and install the update, simply head into ‘Settings’, ‘About Device’, then tap ‘Check for Updates’ to manually scan for it.

 

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