Android 5.0

HTC One M8, One M7 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop next month

We already know that HTC is planning to roll out Android Lollipop updates for some HTC phones. We saw some leaked photos last month of an HTC One M8 running Lollipop and Sense 6.0. HTC said the update would arrive once the final build of the platform is ready. That should be sometime in February but looks like the update is coming earlier in January. This is good news for HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 owners who've only been waiting for the sweet Lollipop update. The Taiwan-based phone manufacturer was actually the first companies to outline their Android 5.0 plans so this is really good news.

Yatse remote for XBMC/Kodi gets Material Design love

For you to be familiar with Yatse, you have to first be acquainted with XBMC – recently renamed to “Kodi” for copyright and legal reasons. Kodi is one of the most complete media player suites out there, bar none. That is the reason for its popularity in the media enthusiast community, but it’s about time that you get to know it as well. Yatse is the remote app that brings it all together, and it just got recently updated with some Material Design aesthetics.

Functional Android 5.0 build arrives for Samsung Galaxy S Plus

Is there any Android build out there that the venerable Samsung Galaxy S Plus can’t run? You’ll be hard pressed to find one that will not run in one form or another for one of Samsung’s first Galaxy smartphones launched in 2011 (that’s almost 3 years ago kids) and ended up officially only with Android 2.3 – this is because all of the aftermarket attention it got. Evidence of this came this week, with a highly functional build of Android 5.0 arriving for the Galaxy S Plus.

Android 5.0.1 lands on Nexus 5, T-Mobile pushes to Nexus 6 too

The circle seems to be complete and Google has finally uploaded the rather mysterious Android 5.0.1 to the Nexus 5 as well. This practically finishes the release of this rather unexpected Lollipop update, which first began with the Nexus tablets and then the Nexus smartphones, sans the Nexus 5, at least until now. In the meantime, T-Mobile has also received the update and has started pushing it to both the Nexus 5 as well as the more current Nexus 6.

LG G3 receives Android Lollipop in Europe

Owners of LG G3 in Europe must be relieved to know that their phones will finally get a taste of Lollipop. Yep, Android 5.0 software is coming to the LG G3 D855 via the D885520e update. LG has started to push the Android Lollipop update to the phones. (Maybe slowly but definitely surely this time.) LG has rolled out the Android Lollipop update just last Friday, December 12 so I'm guessing a lot of LG G3 users already know what Lollipop tastes like on the LG Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition finally gets Android Lollipop

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition is finally getting the much-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop. This means the smartphone will be a lot sweeter as the software update has started to roll out. Last year's flagship phone from the South Korean giant was the first GPE device but is now among the last ones to get a taste of the sweet Lollipop. This brings new platform features to the bestselling Galaxy S4 but it will only be the Android 5.0.0 and not the 5.0.1 update recently released. The preview we saw earlier this month was true after all.

Android 5.0 Lollipop software for Moto G updated in India

A special update for the Android 5.0 Lollipop of Moto G in India has just been released to bring more features and enhancements. Motorola noted that once you update your Moto G to Android 5.0 Lollipop, you wouldn’t be able to downgrade to the previous software version. I’m sure you wouldn’t think of doing that because this version brings a lot of improvements to the smartphone. Most notable changes are in areas of how you interact with the mobile device and visual style.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Dec. 7, 2014

With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday far behind us, it's time to take stock of the spoils of war. This week, we got bombarded with a lot of sales and promos, particularly on the entertainment side of things. A lot of new games have also entered Google Play Store and that is what we're turning our attention to in this latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from December 1 to December 7, 2014. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right Android is certainly not lacking in JRPGs, both old school and totally new. Kemco is one of the more popular names when it comes to flooding Google Play Store with new titles, and their latest Revenant Saga puts a slight twist by introducing 3D battles in an otherwise purely 2D game. When it comes to old school though, Square Enix is right up there and it has just bestowed Android with yet another Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest III. Unfortunately, it comes with the notorious Square Enix price tag. Games of high visual caliber aren't exactly that many on our mobile platform, so when games like Godfire: Rise of Prometheus arrives, we take notice. It's like God of War, but on a smartphone. And without physical controls. On the other hand, button mashing and heavy swiping shouldn't be a problem for Shadowrun: Dragonfall, as its turn-based battles and deep story plot makes this cyberpunk-meets-fantasy RPG a refreshing change. If you haven't been able to decide on what game you'll want to spend your time on, check out Google's own pick for the top games this year. Be sure to also check out our Gaming tag portal for our own selection of new, updated, and sometimes weird games in the market. [youtube 8X92EKqM0ZY] Nexus and Android Lollipop Google and OEMs continue to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop to devices around the world, but things hit a bit of a snag this week. Though it doesn't really change the status quo, Google updated its support pages to explicitly mention that they are not to blame for delays in releases. While the Nexus promise of two weeks for Android releases still stand, Google passes the buck to carriers for any delays in rolling those out. Of course, that only applies to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices purchased from carriers, while those sold through Google Play Store remain favored. This week also saw the surprising appearance of Android 5.0.1, a maintenance release seemingly targeted at Nexus tablets, including the Nexus 9, the 2013 Nexus 7 (WiFi), and the Nexus 10. On the other hand, Android 5.0 has started its descent on the Samsung Galaxy S5, starting in Poland, and finally arrives on the GPE variants of the HTC One (M7) and M8. Cyanogen, OnePlus, and India A drama that was unfolding a week ago finally came to ahead this week. After several leaks and rumors, both Cyanogen, Inc. and OnePlus confirmed and announced their respective thrusts to take the Indian market. For Cyanogen, however, this was revealed to be an exclusive deal with local OEM Micromax. Shocked and dismayed, OnePlus announced that they would continue to support the OnePlus One in India, even without Cyanogen's help. Cyanogen later clarified that its exclusive partnership with Micromax doesn't mean that it has abandoned the OnePlus One in India and that owners would continue to receive OTA updates. That said OnePlus' plans to develop a non-Cyanogen Android OS of their own seems to remain still on track. Apps [youtube DZs4BMc1CBw] This week was not without its interesting apps. Mixing humor with mobile devices, McDonalds Canada released a Fry Defender app that would protect your golden brown sticks from would be thieves. AirDroid releases version 3 of its app that lets you control your smartphone from a desktop or laptop, and with it new standalone Windows and Mac clients that will free AidDroid from the shackles of a browser. Cannibal Open Touch joins the custom Android recovery party by offering a fully touch-optimized and themable tool based on the popular ClockworkMod Recovery. A new app from Digital Turbine called Ignite was discovered to bypass Android's security safeguards and install apps without your knowledge or permission, all for the sake of carrier or OEM bloatware. And last but by no means least, Google releases its selection of the best Android apps for 2014.
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