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Android Authority this week

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

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Night is engulfing the northern hemisphere, but the world of Android is never truly sleeping. This week Google pushed big updates to some of its core apps, we’ve got a peek inside the relationship between Cyanogen and OnePlus, Micromax launched its first Cyanogen OS device, Huawei introduced the camera-centric Honor 6 Plus, Android 5.0.1 rolled out, Android 5.0.2 broke surface, and news emerged about Android M integrating deeper into car dashboards everywhere.

Welcome to Android Authority this week!

Inside AA HQ

We’re moving forward with our plans to get back to podcasting, and in a big way. In early 2015, we may have not one, but two weekly podcasts, one focused on apps, with the great Joe Hindy, and the other on general Android happenings, with the equally great Josh Vergara. We haven’t ironed out the details yet, but know that we’re working hard to bring you even more Android goodness to your eyes and ears.

Other ongoing projects we’re working on these days are the revamped app, that will finally include comment support, and the product database. The database was on the backburner for a while, but Derek is again working on some really cool features for it. Specifically, we’re building a strong user review component, because we believe genuine user feedback is extremely valuable for informing purchase decisions. Hopefully, we’ll get some good news on this front soon.

As always, keep an eye out for our customary Sunday Giveaway. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or anything else you like to celebrate, on behalf of everyone at Android Authority, happy holidays!

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The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here are some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:

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Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

Google apps updates

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus                                                         

Huawei Honor 6 Plus

Android 5.0.1 rollout (and 5.0.2 surprise appearance)

Android M auto integration

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Happy Sunday!

Nexus 4, Nexus 9 to miss out on some Android 5.0 Lollipop camera features

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

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As Android device makers continue to work on bringing Android Lollipop to legacy hardware, one of the issues we will see is the inability of older devices to take advantage of all features available in the new operating system. This is a result of some older hardware simply not being capable of supporting newer technologies that did not exist when originally produced. A good example of this is the Nexus 4 and the camera hardware that will not be able to support some features of the new Camera2 API.

According to a posting in the Google Code Issue tracker, the Nexus 4 will not be able to access full manual controls or full RAW output in DNG format. Along with the limitations placed on the Nexus 4, the Nexus 9 will also be limited a bit in not getting support for DNG output.

Google says adding support for these newer features to older hardware will be up to device manufacturers, but they warn it is not an easy process. The retrofit usually requires a complete rewrite of the camera HAL module, which is basically the driver for the camera. Even if that is done, some hardware may not be capable of supporting some features.

source: Google Issue Tracker
via: Ausdroid

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Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi: Android 5.0.2 update now available to download

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

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When it rains, it pours, and such is the collection of confectionery confetti that is flowing down from the Mountain View candy land. Released in October, Android 5.0 landed with the Nexus 9, yet just a few weeks later 5.0.1 was already on its way, a small update to address bugs, but which also included fast and slow-motion video recording.

LRX22G has just been released by Google, which brings the hard candy’s teeth-talking tally to 5.0.2. The update is currently only available for the Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi version. Google has since pulled the device’s 5.0.1 patch.

According to XDA Developers, the 5.0.2 update addresses “issues with MountService which should now start before performBootDexOpt [and] changes related to NAND have also been pushed. Fstrim, introduced in Android 4.3, caused some serious issues on Lollipop… devices with slow NAND should now have a noticeable performance boost.”

Lollipop is definitely shaping up to be the most unusual of all Android releases so far. Google released an unprecedented Developer Preview (Android L) earlier this year, and has now pushed out two patches within a very short span of time. Additionally many users have reported major problems with their older hardware upon updating, especially when it comes to poor power management.

The existence of yet another update will also mean that OEMs desperately scrambling to get their Lollipop builds in order have yet another new version to test when conceivably the original 5.0 still hasn’t been given the green light to push OTA.

If any of our readers feel compelled to manually update, please feel free to share your comments below and let us know if there is any noticeable improvement in the software experience.

The factory image can be found here, and is officially signed by Google. Please note that the Android SDK is required to install it, as is a more advanced understanding of sideloading.

Google+ Auto Enhance expands its reach to videos

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

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When uploading photographs to Google+, you may know them a bit different about them. The social network will actually aim to make them better with a feature called Auto Enhance. It makes slight changes here and there, some of which may go unnoticed by the user. Auto Enhance is now capable of working with video uploads rather than just photos. Tim St. Clair, the Google employee that shared news, says it will “make your videos look and sound better.” Google+ will analyze the the picture and audio quality and provide users with a side-by-side comparison to see which one is preferred.

Hit the break for directions and the video demonstrating the feature.

From Google+ on the web:

  1. Open a video
  2. Click “More”
  3. Select “Auto Enhance”

From the Google+ Photos app:

  1. Open a video
  2. Tap the overflow menu button
  3. Select “Auto Enhance”

Pretty simple, right? Go ahead and enjoy your revitalized videos!

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: +Tim St. Clair

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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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Google’s new holiday ad features an Androidified Santa

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Google‘s new ad campaign featuring Androidified characters has been growing in popularity as of late. Around the launch of the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, the search giant coined the phrase “Be together, not the same,” as their new slogan. We’ve seen countless commercials showing off all of Google’s new hardware and software, and they’ve even gone as far as taking out a giant LED billboard in New York City the size of a football field.

To make your holiday a bit brighter, Google has launched a short ad with an Androidified Santa character distributing smartwatches, phones and tablets. It’s a short, festive ad that definitely helps us get in the mood for the holidays! What do you think of Google’s recent ad campaign? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Android 5.0.2 LRX22G Factory Image for Nexus 7 (WiFi) Randomly Shows Up

Posted by Kellex December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Don’t bother getting comfortable with Android 5.0.1. Google just posted a factory image of Android 5.0.2 (LRX22G) for the Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (“nakasi”).  Yep, they did.

This should mean that an OTA update is on the way for this device, but it could also mean that the rest of the Nexus family could see a jump to 5.0.2 as well. As always, we will be on the lookout for OTA .zips and will pass those along as they come in. 

Download Link

For instructions on flashing factory images, hit up this tutorial.

Via:  Google

Android 5.0.2 LRX22G Factory Image for Nexus 7 (WiFi) Randomly Shows Up is a post from: Droid Life

Androidify Santa appears in new Google ‘Be Together Not The Same’ commercial

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Google continues their “Be Together Not The Same’ campaign with a little Christmas love. In this short spot, Santa delivers a round Android Wear smartwatch, what could be a Nexus 6, and a tablet to some lucky children (or adults). There’s only one problem. He has a hard time getting the tablet in the stocking. Check it out after the break.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Google Inbox users can now invite ten friends to use the service

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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If you’re lucky enough to be using Google’s new Inbox application, you’ll be glad to hear that you now have ten golden tickets to send to family and/or friends requesting them to join you in the beta testing action this holiday season.

Inviting someone to use Inbox is extremely simple. All you have to do is open the Inbox mobile app, hit the compose button and locate the ‘golden ticket’ icon. Tap it, and an ‘Invite to Inbox’ email will be created. All that’s left to do then is choose a recipient, and you’re good to go.

If you aren’t already part of the beta testing action and have just received an invitation to the join in on the fun, we’d love to know your thoughts — so be sure to drop us a comment in the section below.

Source: Twitter

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Android TV Launcher now on Google Play

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Android TV Launcher has arrived on Google Play. A lot of people have been pushing for the program to come to Google Play and finally it’s being published there. This is a response to the need to simplify apps more by unbundling related software. Instead of packing all sorts of functionality and variety in just one software, developers are now trying to simplify their stuff. The simpler, the better. People don’t want to be too saturated now with other features they don’t really use.

We’ve seen this happen to Google Drive for Android and the Google Now Launcher. And now, Android TV Launcher on Google Play will be simpler than ever. By bringing the Android TV to the Play Store, Google can update the app even with a system update. This makes things easier for everyone. This also means Android TV will get more updates when needed.

Android TV Launcher is where Android TV entertainment and activities start. All content are placed at the center from movies to TV shows to games and more.  Android TV is still in its early stages so we can expect more changes and fixes to be released soon.

Android TV Launcher is already available for download from the Google Play Store.

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VIA: XDAdevelopers