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Verizon Moto X is Receiving Lollipop

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

SAMSUNG CSCMotorola’s popular Moto X is receiving the Android 5.0 update today on the Verizon network. With the update comes an improved design with more fluid animations and brighter colors, and more intuitive calendar features. You can also expect significantly improved notifications features, like lock screen notifications you can open by double tapping, notification priorities, and the ability to dismiss a notification from one Android device and have it dismissed on all your others.

The notifications and quick settings drag-down bar has been simplified, and the recent screen give more information about what you were last doing. Lastly, expect a battery saving mode, updated app icons, and the ability to add multiple accounts to your device, including a guest account.

Head to your settings, about phone, then software update to check for your update.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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South Korean LG G3 to get Lollipop update next week

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Following its successful rollout in Poland, LG has today announced that it’s planning to start pushing out the much-anticipated, eagerly awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all models of the G3 located in South Korea and is expected to hit the three major carriers as soon as next week.

All the changes you’d expect from Lollipop are bundled into this update, 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.

The full changelog can be seen below.

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.

Be sure to check back as we’ll let you know the minute the update starts rolling out.

Source: LG

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T-Mobile now pushing out Chinese compatibility update for Note 4 & S5

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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T-Mobile is pushing out an update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 located in the US. Weighing in at a hefty 128MB, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include Chinese language support, as well as a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break to view the full changelog for the “mandatory” update.

  • Chinese language support
  • Radio stability improvement
  • Camera stability
  • Security enhancements

To initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, then ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

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Note 4′s in Germany and Greece now receiving stability update

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Samsung is pushing out an update to all unlocked and carrier-branded variants of its current flagship smartphone, the Note 4, located in Germany and Greece. Weighing in at 137MB, this upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of added functionality, but it does include a handful of performance and stability improvements.

The full changelog for update, build number N910FXXU1ANK4, can be seen below:

System improvements:

  • Radio stability improvement

Application improvements:

  • Camera stability
  • FM Radio stability

To initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, then ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

 

 

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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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