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The Nexus 5 has returned to the Play Store

By Nick Sarafolean

The Nexus 5 has returned to the Play Store and both the 16GB and 32GB models are in stock. Production of the Nexus 5 ceased in December and the red and white models were pulled from the Play Store. Google stated that the remaining stock of the black model would be sold through Q1 2015, but wouldn’t be consistently available. The stock has been out for some time now, but it appears to have been replenished, with both storage sizes of the Nexus 5 showing as “In Stock.”

The Nexus 5 is still priced the same way, with a $349 pricetag for the 16GB model and a $399 price for the 32GB model. There’s no telling how long the Nexus 5 will remain in stock, so it’s best to purchase one now if you’re interested. The Nexus 5 is still a great phone, with specs such as a 5-inch 1080p display and 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It makes for an excellent backup phone or even a good option for those with a tighter budget.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Nexus 5 back in stock, 16 and 32GB models

By Andrew Grush

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Find yourself craving a handset with stock Android onboard, but not keen on the Nexus 6’s size or price, and not exactly convinced by alternative options like the OnePlus One either? Right now you’re in luck, as the Nexus 5 is back in stock on Google Play!

The black Nexus 5 is currently showing as in stock in 16 and 32GB iterations, priced at the same $349.99 and $399.99 as always. At this point we can’t confirm if other countries that were out of stock are also seeing more units today, but there’s a good chance this only applies to those of us in the states. For those that order, the Nexus 5 should ship out within 1 to 2 business days. Just like with the other times it has been restocked, we imagine that only a limited number of handsets are available, so you’d better move soon if you are at all interested!

Now that it is a year old, is the Nexus 5 still worth buying? Considering the Snapdragon 800 has held up pretty well, I’d say so. It is currently my own personal daily driver, and I absolutely love this phone (camera and battery qualms aside). For those interested in learning more, be sure to check out our Nexus 5 ‘revisited’ post as well as our original review.

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Source:: android authority

    

Latest Android distribution numbers in, Lollipop on 1.6% of devices

By Andrew Grush

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The latest Android distribution numbers are in, and the biggest change from last month is that Android Lollipop has now reached enough users to register on the list, where it has made its way to 1.6 percent of the Android devices.

As for the dominant version of Android? Jelly Bean still holds the lead with a collective 44.5 percent between 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3. That said, KitKat isn’t far behind with 39.7 percent of Android devices running Android 4.4.x, up from 39.1% last month. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread both saw minor declines, going down from 6.7% to 6.4% and 7.8% to 7.4%, respectively. Froyo, on the other hand, didn’t budge at all staying at the same .4% as last month.

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While its discouraging to see any devices stuck on pre-Jelly Bean builds, the good news is that these versions continue to shrink as KitKat and Lollipop rise. We expect even more changes to hit the numbers next month, as a number of devices prepare for Lollipop updates including (hopefully) the One M8, M7 and a number of devices from LG and Samsung.

Now I know what some folks might be thinking when they look at the above numbers, “Android is a fragmented mess”, and there is some truth to this. Taking a look at Apple, for example, you’ll find that Cupertino is much more aggressive at pushing devices to newer OS versions. That said, with many Google and even OEM apps/services coming to Google Play, the version of an OS your device contains is arguably less important than it was in the past. After all, most folks with a decent spec’d device, and Jelly Bean or higher, shouldn’t have trouble running the majority of apps found on Google Play.

What do you think of the latest distribution numbers? For those stuck on older versions of Android, do you find your overall experience suffers significantly as a result or do you feel you simply have upgrade envy more than anything? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Source:: android authority

    

February Android distribution stats finally includes Lollipop with 1.6 percent

By Evan Selleck

In January, Google released its monthly Android distribution numbers, which showcased yet another big month of growth for Android 4.4 KitKat. While that trend continues into February with the latest numbers released from the search giant, the growth is much smaller. More important than that, though, is that a newcomer has finally made an appearance.

Google has just posted its February Android distribution numbers, which as usual consists of a 7-day period of time that ended today. The numbers are generated from devices that contact the Google Play Store, and showcase which version of the mobile operating system they are running as they do. As a result, the February numbers show a small growth from January’s numbers to February’s from Android 4.4 KitKat, with January’s totals at 39.1 percent, while February showcases 39.7 percent.

Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean actually saw decline from one month to the next, down from 46 percent to 44.5 percent. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also fell from 6.7 percent to 6.4 percent.

As the older versions of Android start to fade out into the sunset, and while KitKat continues to hold its own, Android 5.0 Lollipop has officially made its debut into the charts at 1.6 percent. While it’s obviously not a huge number by any means, it’s a good move in the right direction for Android’s latest version, and that number will surely only continue to climb as new devices see their way into the market this year.

Which version of Android is your daily driver running?

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Source:: androidandme

    

Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop update

By Evan Selleck

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 in Russia may have already got a taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop recently, but for Verizon subscribers with a Galaxy S5 at their disposal, the latest version of Android is now headed your way.

Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it has begun an over the air update for Android 5.0 Lollipop to its branded variant of the Galaxy S5. The software build number is LRX21T.G900VVRUBNLC. As is par for the course with the Lollipop update, the Galaxy S5 will begin rocking Google’s new Material Design look along with new features like a new Recent Apps menu, interactive lock screen notifications and more. There are new TouchWiz apps with a “brighter look and feel,” too.

With Verizon Wireless pushing the Android 5.0 update to its Galaxy S5, it wouldn’t be an unreasonable expectation to see the other carriers doing the same soon. Are you still waiting for Android 5.0?

MATERIAL DESIGN

Android Lollipop brings the all-new material design offering fluid animations, vivid colored- themes, and 3-D views for a more pleasurable experience
BASIC INTERACTION

Bolder color and more fluid animations
The on/off toggle button style updated based on material design
LOCK SCREEN

The shortcuts for both Phone and Camera are provided for convenience
Material design-inspired notifications
Ability to set priority and privacy for notifications on lock screen
Provide music control as a card to utilize the real estate of the lock screen UI
TOUCHWIZ

Brighter look and feel, bold colors, fluid animation inspired by material design.
FLOATING ACTION BUTTON

Floating action buttons provide easy access to the app’s most important features, such as adding a new contact or favorite, or composing a text message.
INTERRUPTIONS

Interruptions give you more advanced options to control your sound settings
Priority notifications such as events and reminders, phone calls, and messages can be set up to sound or vibrate while all other notifications are muted.
Set downtime for specific days and times to control notification sounds automatically
RECENTS

Easy access to your Chrome tabs right from the Recent apps page
Multi-window icons for ease-of-use during multi-tasking

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Source:: androidandme

    

Humble Cartoon Network Mobile Bundle is live, it’s a regular adventure

By Jonathan Feist

Humble Cartoon Network Bundle

The folks over at Humble Bundle are at it again, launching a new mobile bundle packed full of games. This time out, they have teamed with the Cartoon Network to bring you more than a dozen games for as little as $8. This is the Humble Cartoon Network Mobile Bundle.

The Humble Bundle sales model began fairly simply, it worked in two parts – first, you paid whatever you wanted to gain access to a selection of games, books, and more, but if you paid more than the average price, you would get access to even more media. As the project moved forward, and the bundles of media got better, the team introduced a third aspect to the pay model, setting a minimum price that grants access to even more media in the bundle.

The best part, of course, is that Humble Bundle offers a portion of what they receive to charity, having now given over $51 million to charity, based on the generosity of users.

The latest bundle, the Humble Cartoon Network Mobile Bundle, packs 11 games, with the promise of more games to come soon. The games are based around shows like Adventure Time, Regular Show and more. Let’s see just what’s on deck.

Pay what you will to receive:

  • Adventure Time: Treasure Fetch
  • Regular Show: Best Park in the Universe
  • Regular Show: Ghost Toasters
  • Regular Show: Ride ‘em Rigby

Pay more than the current average to receive:

  • Adventure Time: Jumping Finn Turbo
  • CN Superstar Soccer
  • Regular Show: The Great Prank War
  • Ski Safari: Adventure Time

If you pay more than $8, you will also receive:

  • Adventure Time: Time Tangle
  • Monsters ate my Birthday Cake
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville

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Finally, don’t forget that there will be, at the very least, one more game added to the bundle at a later date. Usually that happens about a week into the campaign.

Humble Cartoon Network Mobile Bundle is active now and runs for the next two weeks. Head on over to the Mobile tab of the Humble Bundle website for more details.

What do you say, are you up for a little Adventure time, or is this bundle a little too, well, childish, for your tastes?

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Source:: android authority

    

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to Verizon Galaxy S5

By Andrew Grush

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When Lollipop first became official, Motorola was pretty much the first player out of the gate, even beating out the majority of Nexus devices. Many other OEMs talked a big game too, such as HTC and LG, who promised quite updates to Lollipop. Samsung on the other hand kept quiet about its plans, leading many of us to believe they would once again drag their feet.

Fast-forwarding to today, we’ve seen HTC announce it will miss its 90 day Lollipop rollout deadline, and while LG has been good about bringing the update to LG G3 users, the same can’t be said for US owners of the device. Seemingly out of nowhere, Samsung has now beat nearly every other OEM to the game by releasing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Verizon Galaxy S5 in the United States.

It’s hard not to applaud Samsung for pushing the update out in a reasonably quick matter, and it is even more impressive that they got it out to Verizon.

Similar to the LG G3 Lollipop update rolling out, a lot of Lollipop’s biggest changes (Material Design) are almost nowhere to be seen here due to the OEM UI taking precedence. That said, there are still changes including brighter colors, an updated multitasking interface, ART by default, a new lock screen and the priority system for Lollipop. Regardless, it’s hard not to applaud Samsung for pushing the update out in a reasonably quick matter, and it is even more impressive that they got it out to Verizon, a carrier known for slow updates. It is worth noting this isn’t the first Samsung device to receive an update to Lollipop, just the first Samsung device to receive it in the United States, at least officially.

Don’t be surprised if it still takes a few days or longer for the update to reach your device, though you can always try checking for the update by heading into Settings>System Updates. For those that have received the OTA, what do you think so far? For more details, be sure to check out Verizon’s GS5 Lollipop update PDF.

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Source:: android authority

    

Reminder: You can now register for Motorola promo coupon to save up to $140

By Andrew Grush

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Last week Motorola announced its plans to offer a big discount in celebration of Valentine’s Day for those buying from its website. At the time it was revealed that the promo would begin on February 2nd, well that day has arrived.

For those looking to save up $140 on your purchase of $499 or higher or $50 on purchases of $249 or higher, you’ll need to sign up for a special coupon code, though only a limited number of codes will be given out. To register for a code, you’ll want to head to Motorola’s registration page. Once you get your code, you’ll have until February 14th to use it.

For those that miss out on getting a coupon code, between February 2nd and February 14th you can still get $100 off if they spend $499.99 or $35 off on purchases of $249.99 and up without any promotion code needed. Just remember, there are a few exclusions to this latest sale, such as you need to have a US shipping address and select devices like the Nexus 6 are exempt from the offer. For all the promo details, you’ll want to head here.

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Source:: android authority

    

“Taken” star Liam Neeson features in latest Clash of Clans ad

By Andrew Grush

The Superbowl experience is about more than just the game itself, the ads playing during that timeframe have become just as big of deal for many out there. This year there were quite a few good ones, including a Clash of Clans advert starring Liam Neeson — the star best known for the Taken series (as well as Star Wars Episode I and many others). If you didn’t catch the ad, you can see it for yourself above.

The ad shows Neeson being defeated by “BigBuffetBoy85”, and from there Neeson breaks into a rage that seems straight out of the Taken series, promising swift revenge against BuffetBoy. The whole scene takes place in a coffee shop with a barista that apparently can’t pronounce Liam’s name right. Not a bad ad at all, though a very pricey one for developer SuperCell, considering 30 seconds of airtime during the championship game runs about $4.5 million, and the ad was a minute long.

Anyhow, enough words — go watch it. If you haven’t tried Clash of Clans for whatever reason, you can grab it through Google Play.

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Source:: android authority

    

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch) review

By Jimmy Westenberg

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PROS
  • A unique design that stands out (literally) from the crowd
  • High quality front-facing speakers
  • Solid graphics performance
CONS
  • Oddly placed rear cam with less-than-great image quality
  • The lack of an application drawer will be a turn-off for some users
7.4

. The Tablet 2 8-inch doesn’t offer the best specifications, build quality or software experience on the market, but for the price, this tablet offers a unique design, a great screen, and a decent gaming experience.

While Lenovo hasn’t been the the most prominent hardware manufacturer in the United States, the company has been making great strides to change that. From joining forces with Ashton Kutcher to to creating a growing line of Android and Windows tablets, Lenovo is showing the rest of the world that they have something to offer. Just in the later half of 2014, we’ve seen the company launch high-end yet affordable tablets like the Yoga 10 HD+, the TAB S8, the Yoga Tablet 2 Plus, as well as 8 and 10-inch variants of the Yoga Tablet 2.

We’ve recently reviewed the Yoga Tablet 2 10.1-inch, and now we’re taking a look at its little brother, the Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch. How does this tablet compare to the company’s other high-end offerings? We find that out, and more, in our comprehensive review of the Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch review.

Design

Much like its larger counterpart, the Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch is extremely sleek and smooth. It strays away from the slab-of-glass devices we’re used to seeing in the tablet space, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The tablet is smooth and thin around the top, left and right sides, then bulks out at the bottom thanks to the built-in kickstand.

A nice silver trim surrounds the tablet, which fades into relatively large bezels. It may not give the tablet the same futuristic look as the new Dell Venue 8 7000, but the large bezels make this tablet extremely comfortable to hold. The camera is featured on the left side of the device if you’re holding it in landscape, which is sort of an odd placement for the camera module. Covering the bottom bezel are the front-facing large-chamber studio speakers we’ve heard so much about.

Around back, the first thing you’ll notice is the built-in kickstand towards the bottom of the device, which sports four different “Modes”: Stand, Hold, Tilt, and Hang. Moving to the right side, we see the 8MP rear-facing camera module. The right bezel features the volume rocker, MicroUSB port and power button. The top of the device is completely blank, and the left side holds the microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack. All of the buttons feature the brushed-aluminum feel, which helps the buttons stand out from the edges of the device. They’re also very clicky and tactile, which we always like to see.

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Overall, the design of the device is sleek, but odd. The design isn’t for everybody, but sometimes it’s good to stand out from the crowd.

Display

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The Yoga Tablet 2 features an 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a pixel density of 283ppi. This is a great resolution for this screen size. Images and text pop, and color reproduction and saturation both look great. The Yoga Tablet’s screen does a nice job at providing punchy highlights, extremely dark blacks and an overall great viewing experience.

Much like the 10.1-inch variant, outdoor visibility is good, but not great. To help with this problem, the screen can be switched to a matte color profile, though it tends to alter colors a bit when switched to this mode.

Hardware

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Straying away from the very common Snapdragon processors that tend to make their way into most Android tablets, Lenovo partnered with Intel this time around. The Yoga Tablet 2 has a quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745 backed by 2GB of RAM, which actually performs quite nicely. It also has 16GB of internal storage, with MicroSD expansion up to 64GB. Just like in all devices, we would have liked to see the tablet come with a base of 32GB, but the option for external memory expansion definitely helps out in that regard.

Around the front of the device, the two front-facing Dolby Audio speakers pack quite the punch. While they’re no HTC Boomsound speakers, they still offer clear, prominent bass and clear high tones. And much like the 10.1-inch model, we’re really happy with the speaker quality.

The majority of the chassis is made of plastic, though it doesn’t really look like it. Thanks to the plastic materials that make up the device, it tends to bend a little more than we’d like it to. This tablet is pretty thin, measuring only 210 x 149 x 7 mm. It’s definitely not the most structurally-sound tablet we’ve held, but it could be much worse. If Lenovo went with an aluminum chassis or something a little stronger, perhaps the tablet wouldn’t bend as much as it does now. Now, we’re not telling you to go out and bend your tablet on purpose, but just be careful if you decide to pick one up for yourself.

Performance

In our review of the 10.1-inch model, we told you that thanks to the device’s premium specifications, the majority of the lag we experienced on the tablet was largely due to the software. These two tablets have almost the exact same specifications when it comes to processing power, so we assumed that these tablets would perform similarly to one another. However, that’s not the case.

Almost all of the lag we saw in the 10.1-inch is gone. The 8-inch Tablet 2 gave us no trouble when opening applications, flipping between screens, performing multi-tasking functions, and using multi-window applications. It’s not as smooth as the Nexus 7 (2013), but it’s still better than average. The software does bog down the fluidity of the device a bit, but nothing that should change your mind about the device.

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Source:: android authority