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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Lollipop update finally rolls out

That was quite a mouthful, but the goodies that SHIELD Tablet owners will be receiving in today's update will definitely be a handful as well. NVIDIA has started the release of its major update to the gaming device and, as promised, the update not only brings in Android 5.0 to the tablet but a whole host of new features, not least among them the new GRID on-demand game rental system that brings triple-A PC games to mobile.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Nov. 16, 2014 Edition

Lollipop, Lollipop, Lollipop! That is this week's battle cry as Google unleashed the full fury of sweetness unto the Android world. And following closely are device makers who are already starting to roll out the update for their lucky smartphones. Of course, that's not all that happened this week, so let us take a very short stroll down memory lane in this edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from November 10 to November 16, 2014.

Aviary releases updated Photo Editor, now under Adobe

When Adobe bought Aviary a few months ago, fans of their photo editing app were a bit excited to see what it would mean for their products moving forward. Well, the wait is over as the updated Photo Editor has finally been released on Android. It brings with it syncing capability with Adobe's Creative Cloud, as well as a hose of initial offer freebies and tools that should make mobile photo editing enthusiasts ahappy.

Google Search app just got smarter

The Google app has just received a special update in time for the arrival of the Android Lollipop. One of the most notable changes in design is the search results page. It’s more Material Design-ish now with a simpler layout, fluid animations, and bolder colors. This will be more obvious on Android Lollipop-powered smartphones and tablets.

YouTube now brings easier music search, subscription service

If you're one of those who leaves a YouTube playlist streaming on your device or desktop while working or studying or reading, then the newest update from the video network might make you dance like Taylor Swift in Shake It Off (Hi Spotify). The app will now make it easier for you to look for your favorite songs (and even albums) from your favorite artists, and will now even offer a streaming subscription service. Just think of it as Google Play Music but with videos.

Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G gets Android 5.0 Lollipop

Just a day after we found out that Motorola has sweetly unleashed the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop on the 2014 edition of their Moto G, the OEM has also confirmed that their Moto X Pure Edition has also started rolling out the latest major Google upgrade to the platform. Everyone was surprised that the Moto G was the first device to officially get Lollipop-ized, even ahead of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, or the LG G3 which previously announced it was rolling out in Poland this week.

HTC BlinkFeed update: more social and personalized

While Android apps are generally "OEM agnostic", which means any smartphone running on the platform will be able to install and use them (with a few exceptions of course), lately we've been seeing a mini-trend of some brands bringing their proprietary apps to the Google Play Store. Motorola and Sony have brought their apps to that marketplace, although their target is still their own users. HTC is another manufacturer that has brought some exclusive apps to GPS, all the better to update it faster of course.

Android Wear companion app gets an Android Lollipop update

The past weeks have seen Google rapidly moving many of its apps into the age of Lollipop. Many Android Wear owners, however, might have been left wondering if and when they will benefit from such changes. Well, wonder no more, as the awaited update for smartwatch companion app seems to be on its way. And the best part is that the update will bring more than just a pretty Material face.

Motorola Connect update brings new watchfaces for Moto 360

Owners of the round-face Android Wear smartwatch Moto 360 will feel like they have a new wearable as the Motorola Connect update brings a whole slew of new features and options. For starters, you get new watchfaces including winners from a design competition and pretty deep customization options. A "mystery' accessory called Keylink will also now be supported by the app while a health and wellness app for the wearable has also been included in the latest version of the Connect app.
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