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Android Community Weekly Digest: May 17, 2015

One "Never Settle" Plus does settle, at least in India. The legendary Snake game makes a comeback on todays mobile devices. Major game studios hunkering down on mobile. Android Lollipop continues to roll out but with a hitch for Dell Venue 8 owners. The world's first 10-core mobile processor. And Huawei and LG fighting over the next Nexus title. These and a whole lot more are just some of the things you've missed these past days. So buckle up and join us for a very short trip down memory lane in this latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from May 11 to 17, 2015.

Huawei to unlock maybe a new product during press event on June 2

Huawei will be unveiling, or rather, unlocking something this coming June 2, according to the press invites that they've recently sent out. But as to what this thing will be is still up for speculation, as of course they do not reveal much in the invite. All that they're saying is an invitation to "see what we're unlocking next". Given that the event will be the week after the Google I/O, speculation is rife that it may have something to do with the tech giant.

Huawei tipped to manufacture the next Nexus phone

I know a lot of Google Nexus fans who are waiting for the next Nexus model. Rumor has it the next one will be a Huawei model. If true, it will be the first time Huawei will be offering a Nexus device to be powered by Google. The tech giant's next flagship phone could be a Huawei Nexus but we're leaving this as a rumor for now until more hints, leaked images, and eventually official teasers are published.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop almost ready for Nexus 9, WiFi Nexus 7

You may be excited that your device is finally getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update but others are already getting Android 5.0.1 (Moto E, and Moto 4 with 4G LTE, Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4) and Android 5.0.2 (LG G2 from T-Mobile and AT&T, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Nexus 7, original Moto X). Several mobile devices have even received Android 5.1 already like the Nexus 5Nexus Player, HTC One (M7), Moto G GPE,  LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, and the Sony Z Ultra GPE. And to further burst your bubble, sorry, but Android 5.1.1 is almost ready.

Nexus 6 runs on full quad-core after Android 5.1 update

Android programmer and Kernel hacker Francisco Franco has shared on his Google+ page that the device now runs on full quad-core mode all the time. This change has resulted to a faster and smooth operation of the Google Nexus 6 on Android 5.1. This is apart from the various Framework optimizations, code being cleaned, and the several ART improvements. This also means the unit will no longer 'hang' because according to Franco, the Kernel task scheduler now distributes workload through all the cores.

Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 10 now ready for Android 5.1 OTA update

While other smartphones are still waiting to be upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.0, some Nexus smartphone and tablet owners will be able to receive another early gift. The OTA (over the air) update of Android 5.1 will be ready for rollout for the Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 10 devices over the next few weeks. The good folks from Android Beat very nicely posted the OTA update so you can have it even before the official updating begins.

Google confirms Android Pay framework, MVNO network

Google announcements at major tech events are always worth noting, and at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, they made some major announcements that may not have been the "sexiest" but will definitely have a major impact on not just users but OEMs and their future partners as well. Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed several things, including the setting up of an Android Pay framework as well as the possibility of their own MVNO network.

Nexus 6 with VoLTE rumored to be coming to Verizon

While we're still waiting for the fulfillment of the promise that the Nexus 6 is "coming soon" to Verizon but a new rumor has already started that it's not just the latest Google-powered Motorola-made phone that will be available to the carrier's subscribers. Yes, the Nexus 6 will still be coming, but it will be with a brand new Android 5.1, which means it will be the first device to have the latest update to Lollipop, if the rumors are to be believed.
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