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Lollipop images out for Nexus 7, both 3G and LTE versions [UPDATE]

For those of you who are still using your venerable Nexus 7 – be it the 2012 3G only version or the more recent 2013 LTE version – this is probably good news for you. Google has released Android 5.0.2 Lollipop images for your devices – this is no joke. The mothership has finally decided that it’s probably time to bring you up to speed as you’ve been languishing in KitKat loneliness all this time.

Smart Lock allows Android to unlock your Chromebook

We've featured something similar but the Smart Lock for Chrome is an official one from Google. This special unlocking feature works on a Chromebook with just an Android phone or tablet nearby. Simply sign in to unlock Chromebook without having to click anything on the keyboard or entering a passcode. All you need to do is access your Android phone.

Low supply and delay of Nexus 6 caused Google’s Q4 slow growth

It's that time of the year when big companies are releasing their earnings reports for the previous quarter. Yesterday, we learned about Qualcomm's positive numbers for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. And a few hours ago, it was Google's turn to make an earnings call and show off how the search giant is doing the past quarter. Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette shared the highs and lows and noted that Google didn't hit the goals because of the low Nexus 6 supply and the exchange rate between international consumers and the United States.

Microsoft invested in Cyanogen’s anti-Google war chest, says tip

According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has invested in Cyanogen, Inc., making a small contribution in the $70 million of the $100 million that the startup claims to have been able to raise. The startup has so far only accounted for the $30 million of the total. More than just a magnanimous donation, however, this move is seen to be Redmond's play to wrest control of Android away from Google, a sentiment that it shares with Cyanogen. Of course, this rumor is likely to raise many mixed emotions over the future of the platform and Microsoft's involvement.

LG G3 discovered to have hidden App Ops feature

Remember App Ops? Maybe not, especially after the heyday of Android Lollipop. It popped up, accidentally according to Google, around Android 4.3 as a way to let users make fine-grained changes to each app's permissions, without requiring root. Google eventually closed off access to App Ops in subsequent updates and we've never heard from it since. Until now. Apparently, LG has the same functionality hidden in the G3, which some have now been able to access, much to the rejoicing of power users.

Google Search movie results updated, now shows Material Design elements

Most people don't care much about how search results look on their  mobile devices. What matters most is that results shown are relevant and helpful. But it would be nice if all results are displayed nicely like the refreshed Google Search results for movies. An update was recently released for the Android app as announced on Google's official G+ page. Actually, not much information have been posted but the GIF image below showcases the nice user interface of the updated Android app.

Sheriffs ask Google to take down police feature on Waze

More and more people are relying on traffic reporting app Waze to navigate their way around the city because of its real-time and crowd-sourcing nature. People update it regularly to report on traffic jams, car-congested areas so that drivers (and even commuters) know which roads to avoid. But another feature of the Google-powered app is causing unease among the law enforcement community as some officers believe this can be used to "stalk" their police officers.

Apple may have bitten off Nexus 6’s ‘missing’ fingerprint sensor

It turns out that Apple may have been responsible not just for the seeming current downturn in innovating its own products, but contributing to some "missing" parts in the competition as well. Notice that cute "dimple" behind Google's Nexus 6 -- manufactured by Motorola hence the dimple has Motorola's logo? Well, news has come out that it should have been a tappy fingerprint sensor. But circumstances have been so that Motorola wasn't able to include that in that final design.
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