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Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 Active in Nordic countries

Posted by wicked March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Samsung has now started pushing out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the Galaxy S5 Active located in Nordic countries. The 1.4GB upgrade is being distributed over-the-air and carries the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

For those in need of a refresh, the Lollipop upgrade transports support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience, Ambient Display, smarter internet connections and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

To start the update, 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’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

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Sprint’s Galaxy Note 4 is Getting Lollipop Today

Posted by Kellex March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

According to Sprint support, owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on its network should begin receiving the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop as early as today. The update will rollout as build N910PVPU1BOB7. 

Sprint doesn’t say much in terms of new features or what you can expect, but I would imagine it will be the same Lollipop-TouchWiz experience seen on the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3. We went hands-on with Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5, so you may want to check out that video to familiarize yourself.

Let us know if you get it!

Via:  Sprint

Sprint’s Galaxy Note 4 is Getting Lollipop Today is a post from: Droid Life

Google update spree: Play Store, Hangouts, Drive

Posted by wicked March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

MWC 2015 isn’t enough to keep Google from doing its weekly update duties and this week, we’re getting a taste of quite a few big ones. And now, this time it isn’t just about Material Design, but the changes do improve on the overall user experience as well as the user interface of some apps. Play Store gets a new and better landscape layout, Hangouts gets a new contact card format, and Drive adds drag and drop organization on mobile.

Google Play Store 5.3.5 (APK)

Up until recently, Google Play Store wasn’t really the prettiest. The Material Design makeover took care of that except for one glaring error: landscape orientation. Content used to stretch from edge to edge of the available space. Not exactly Material Design-like. Well, that’s now fixed.

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Another Material Design transgression is the action bar, which remained visible even while scrolling through content. Now That piece of user interface automatically gets out of your way while reading and returns once you scroll up again.

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Notifications are another thing that has changed. Now it has its own section in the Settings page, where you can choose to be notified both by available updates as well as when automatically updated apps have been updated. And speaking of notifications, you will also be able to Update or Update All apps right from the notification entry without having to go into Play Store.

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Hangouts 3.0 (APK)

Despite the big jump in version number, from 2.5 to 3.0, the changes in Hangouts are more minimal and more subtle compared to Google Play Store. While there are small stylistic changes left and right, the most substantial one has to do with the contact information. Whereas before, the information displayed in contact cards are quite basic, now they include more, including the person’s conversation history with you as well as other contacts you have in common. This mirrors the recent changes Google introduced into its web browser Contacts page.

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Drive 2.2 (APK)

Last, but definitely not the least, is Google Drive, which goes from version 2.1 to 2.2. This time there is almost no change in appearance, except for a subtle Material Design correction, but there is definitely one big change in behavior. Like on its web browser counterpart, Google Drive now allows moving files into folders using a drag and drop gesture. That might not make much sense on a touchscreen, but Google does try to make it a bit easier, also by including a short tutorial once your app has been updated. You basically tap and hold on a file or folder in order to add it to a queue of selected items. You do that for each and every file you want to move to the same place. Once you’ve had your fill, you then simply drag and drop the files where they belong.

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The updates to these apps have started rolling out to some users. As with other updates, it might take some time before it reaches you. Or if you really can’t wait to get the latest, simply click on the APK downloads for each app above.

Sonos Controller for Android updated to version 5.3

Posted by wicked March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Upon weeks of beta testing the update, Sonos is officially updated to version 5.3 and is now live on the Google Play Store. The update fixes what was wrong with the previous version and improves upon it. Room control should be a lot easier, moving back and forth between screens is now easier, and the design of tablets has also been updated/improved. Here’s a couple easy tips for you to get used to the update:

  1. Three taps to party mode. Put the finishing touches on your party prep with a playlist to set the mood throughout the house. Use the new drop-down at the top center of our app to easily group or ungroup rooms in just a few taps.
  2. Retrace your steps. Change your mind on what you want to play? Swipe down to instantly go from Now Playing to browsing. To go back one step further to the menu, swipe right from the far left to view all of your music sources.
  3. Distractions welcome. If you want to go back to listen to a part you missed, the track progression bar is now more prominently displayed in your Now Playing screen, just below the album art. Drag it to whatever point in the song you want to play.

QR code and download link below.

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Google drops update for Google Drive in Play Store [APK Download]

Posted by wicked March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Google has started rolling out an update to the Google Drive Android app that brings drag and drop functionality for moving files around. Previously users had to rely on drop-down menus. Once the new app is installed, users should be greeted by a new pop-up screen that explains how it works.

Users can select one or multiple files to move. A little bubble will appear near the bottom of the screen showing how many files have been selected. While the bubble is visible, you can move around your Drive to other folders as the bubble is floating above the Drive app. When ready to move the files, you just drag this bubble into the folder where you want the files. You can also perform some other actions like starring the files or pinning them.

The update includes some slight tweaks to the navigation menu, making the header image more consistent with other Google apps in the way it presents account information. The update brings the new change to Incoming making it Shared with me that many have noted in the desktop browser when accessing Drive.

If you do not want to wait for the update to rollout to your account, you can download and install the APK using the link below.

Current Google Drive

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Updated Google Drive

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 receiving Android Lollipop update

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_3_TA_BackT-Mobile has started pushing out the Android Lollipop update to their version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The upgrade includes all of the normal features and enhancements that Google introduced with 5.0, plus a few carrier specific fixes just for T-Mobile including enhancements to WiFi calling.

If you have a Note 3 on T-Mobile’s network, start checking for the update.

source: Samsung

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 is Getting Lollipop Today (Updated: This Week)

Posted by Kellex March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile is receiving its update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, today. The update will rollout as build N900TUVUFOB5.

In the update, users will find all sorts of TouchWiz still. In our time with Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, we didn’t find much different from Kit Kat to Android 5.0, other than the notifications on the lock screen, subtle Material Design changes to stock apps, and Smart Lock buried where no normal person would find it.

I don’t have a T-Mobile Note 3 on hand to test out Lollipop, but I would imagine it will end up just like the build that is already on the Galaxy S5. To see that version in action, check out our tour.

Let us know if it shows up!

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Update:  T-Mobile’s Des says it’s rolling out this week.

Via:  Samsung

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Google releases preview of Contacts update

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

While other Google products like Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, have been constantly updated with new features or even just bug fixes, some like Google Contacts have been sorely neglected. It’s funny because it’s one of the most basic things that we use, whether you’re on an Android device or you’re highly reliant on the whole Google eco-system. Well, they’ve finally heard our gripes as Google has released a preview of what the Contacts update will now look like.

First of all, it has a brand new look and feel, of course in keeping with the Material Design the tech giant has been espousing. With its card-like design, click on a contact and it also now shows you the most recent correspondence you’ve had with your colleague or friend, whether it’s an email or a Hangouts chat. So if you’ve kinda forgotten when was the last time you had any form of contact with a friend, Google will be there to remind you. They will also be updated with any changes they make on their public profile, so no need to manually change your friend’s email address when they’ve added a new one for the nth time.

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Your Contacts can be kind of messy since it automatically adds anyone you’ve ever emailed (and if you’ve been spamming a lot of random contacts, that can be a problem) with your actual friends and colleagues. And if you’ve merged it with other sources, it becomes a hodgepodge of duplicates. Finally, Contacts has rebuilt their “Find duplicates” from the ground up so you don’t have to go through each of your gazillion contacts one by one.

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The new Contacts is only available for Gmail users, hopefully just for now. Google Apps users will still see the same ole boring Contacts page, but they did assure us they are still working on it. To see the preview, just head on over to http://contacts.google.com/preview.

SOURCE: Google

HTC One M8 on Verizon Gets Its Android 5.0 Lollipop Update

Posted by Kellex March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Last night, just as we signed off, Verizon began pushing Android 5.0 Lollipop to its variant of the HTC One M8. HTC said that they were expecting it by the first week of March, so I’d say they nailed that timeline. Good job, HTC. By our tally, the AT&T variant is the only One M8 that still has not received Lollipop. 

In the update, users will see a re-done notification panel, including notifications on the lock screen. The app switcher now comes in two formats, Android Beam has been improved and added to the share menu, and a search function has been added to settings. Other than that, not much has changed. This still looks like Sense 6, because it is Sense 6.

To check for the update, head into Settings>Phone Update>Check for updates>Download now.

Be sure to watch our HTC One M8 Lollipop tour if you haven’t already.

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Google Inbox updated; Adds minor UI tweaks and more functionality [APK Download]

Posted by wicked March - 3 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google has updated their Inbox app and provides some nice UI changes along with a couple new features. First off, Android 5.0 Lollipop users will now see their status bar change to the color of their action bar. More importantly, different notification sounds can now be attached to different accounts in Inbox which enables you to decipher which account your notification came from. Other additions include shortcuts to features like composing a new message and now you can switch through your several accounts swiftly by swiping left or right.

An APK file is available for download after the break!

Download: Inbox 1.3

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