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Lollipop for HTC One (M8) getting close, leaked video shows it off

By Jonathan Feist

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If you needed a reminder that the HTC One (M8) does not yet have Android Lollipop, an unofficial video leak has popped up, showing off what the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop release and Sense 6 look like on the HTC One (M8).

The leak comes out of Vietnam and appears to be pre-release software, but things look fairly similar to the leaked screenshots we had a few weeks back. For all it is worth, we can say that this is what you should expect to see when the official OTA hits your One, soon.

Things are looking fairly snappy, which should be no surprise as the One packs the Snapdragon 801 SoC and 2GB of RAM. Also evident in the video is how fast you can fill up the new Recents interface. With the option to turn each open web browser tab into an individual tile in the Recents list, things can build up quickly. Don’t forget also that your Recents list will now survive a device reboot, like it or not.

Lollipop HTC One M8

You are obviously wondering when exactly the OTA of Android Lollipop will hit for the One (M8), and we can only again reference HTC’s original promise to push out to your device by the end of January. As we are coming up on half way through the month, that really could mean you’ll see the update any day now. Be sure to hit HTC’s update page to keep track, or just hang out with us, we’ll let you know the moment we have confirmed news.

HTC is on track to do fairly well in getting the Android Lollipop update to users. Not to say that they’ve kept up with manufacturers. Motorola, for example, has already had Lollipop on their major release phones for several weeks now, and aim to have the release out to all of their 2013 and 2014 phones “very soon”. Still, HTC pushing out within 90 days from the official code release is fairly good, at least their transparency on the process is appreciated.

We asked this last time, but again, are you liking what you are seeing of Android Lollipop and Sense 6 for your HTC One (M8)?

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Source:: android authority

    

Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in the UK

By Gary Sims

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Towards the end of December, Samsung started a wider roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) in Europe. A limited roll out actually started in Poland at the beginning of December, and then moved to Spain. Now the firmware update has arrived in the UK.

Since the initial deployment in Poland, Samsung has tweaked the firmware a couple of times to squash some last minute bugs. It now seems that the upgrade is ready for mass consumption.

Samsung’s new firmware does more than just upgrade the underlying operating system. The fingerprint sensor has also been improved because of a new driver, and the Note 4’s lock screen has also been brought over to the Galaxy S5.

An upgrade to Android 5.0 for Galaxy S5 devices in Europe was expected, however it seems that Samsung is a little behind schedule. Data gleaned from France’s second largest carrier, SFR, indicated that the S5 would get Android 5.0 during December. However it looks like a January general roll out is well under way.

Once the roll out is underway, it is expected that Samsung will turn its attentions to the Galaxy Note 4. Have you received Android 5.0 Lollipop for your Galaxy S5? If so, please let us know.

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Source:: android authority

    

Some Moto G devices starting to receive Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

By Gary Sims

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Hot on the heels of the news that Lollipop will be coming soon to various Motorola 2013 and 2014 devices, it now seems that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop has started to roll out on some 2nd generation Moto G handsets.

According to Jose G. from the USA, his 2nd generation Moto G has received an update. Previously he was running 5.0.1 which was build 22.21.25, but now after the over-the-air update he is running Android 5.0.2, which is build 22.21.28.

The roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop seems to have been quite slow. In my house we have a Nexus 7 (2012) and a first generation Moto G. Neither have received the update from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0.x.

The apparent slowness of the roll out could be to do with a huge memory leak in Android 5.0, which many users are saying causes big problems. According to comments left here on the Android Authority web site, some users aren’t having any issues at all, however some are being hit quite bad. coryisakson wrote, “I was wondering why Lollipop was closing apps and behaving badly. I was wishing I could go back to 4.4.4. That release was so much smoother.” While Oktar added, “I have to reboot my Nexus 5 every 4-5 days!!! It’s awful!!!”

Until now the only device to get Android 5.0.2 was the Nexus 7 (2012). All other devices were on Android 5.0.1. Let’s hope that the new Android 5.0.2 that is starting to roll out is smoother than 5.0.1!

Have you got a Motorola device? Any updates? Please let me know in the comments below.

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Source:: android authority

    

Lollipop coming soon to Motorola 2013 and 2014 devices

By Jonathan Feist

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Owners of Motorola devices made in 2013 and 2014 have reason to be excited, a software engineer for the company has confirmed that Android Lollipop will be rolling out to your hardware ‘soon.’

First of all: peace! 🙂 There is so much anger floating around this topic, I just want to reassure we’re working really hard on it, and, as promised, our Moto products from 2014 and 2013 will be updated to Lollipop really soon.

– Luciano Carvalho Google+

We can’t be sure what version number of Android Lollipop will roll out to which devices. Motorola has a great track record with Android updates and they already have the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop out to their flagship devices, including the Moto X (2014) and back to the Moto G (2013) GPe.

Nexus 4 to get Android Lollipop

While there is no exact time frame for the release, the same announcement recommends that all 1st generation device owners check for an update to the Motorola Update Services app, free from the Google Play Store. If the update does not show, or shows as not available for your unit, don’t worry, it’ll be there soon.

Perhaps the most interesting tidbit is a reference to a Motorola Android 5.0.2 Lollipop soak test, available to only certain devices in a short list of locations around the globe. So far, we’ve only really seen a 5.0.2 reference for the 2012 WiFi Nexus 7, which still has not received an OTA Lollipop itself.

Time for you to sound off, what Motorola device do you have on hand, anxiously awaiting Android Lollipop?

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Source:: android authority

    

Xiaomi teases flagship that is ‘as thin as paper’

By Nick Sarafolean

Xiaomi is a company that’s recently taken off in a way that’s caught many off guard. The Chinese company is now teasing its latest flagship, which is slated to be announced in three days on January 15. The teasers are fill in the blank puzzles, which are easy enough. They say: “As (thin) as paper”, “The (bigger) the better”, and “As (clear) as a bell”. Or at least, that’s the logical conclusion from the blank spaces.

What we’re expecting seems like fairly standard flagship fare. A device that’s large, thin, and equipped with a high-res display. It’ll also likely be stuffed with plenty of high-end specs, likely a quad or octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and a battery big enough to keep the juice flowing all day long. A good camera is also a safe bet. Long story short, Xiaomi has a powerful new flagship on the way that likely won’t grab our attention for long.

Have you used a Xiaomi product?

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Source:: androidandme

    

Google no longer patching WebView on Android versions older than KitKat

By Dima Aryeh

Android’s WebView is used to render pages and is a critical part of the operating system. For better security, Google changed the version of WebView with a newer one in Android 4.4 KitKat, and Google has said it will no longer support the old versions. This is a big blow for the older operating systems, which still power 60 percent of all Android devices.

Many new exploits have been found in the version of WebView that Jelly Bean and older devices use, and Google uses to patch them fairly quickly. But now, Google is saying that these versions of Android will no longer be patched. Or at least Google will not be working on patches, but may consider a patch from a third-party to be sent out.

Considering how a majority of all Android devices run old operating systems, this is a bold move for Google. It would be far more understandable if most devices ran a new, supported version of Android. But in this case, Google is abandoning a massive amount of Android devices that aren’t even very old. What are your thoughts on the issue? Leave a comment!

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Source:: androidandme

    

Facebook and Xiaomi explored investment opportunities without yielding any results

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Facebook has tried on multiple occasions to branch out in the mobile world, moving past a simple mobile application. Over three years ago, we saw the social network try to make its way into the mobile scene by partnering with HTC for the HTC Status, which gave users a Blackberry-like experience that offered a simple status update button that was only one touch away. Then in 2013, Facebook came out with the HTC First, which ran the new Facebook Home application that not many users were fond of. After AT&T sold off their remaining stock of the HTC handset because of poor sales, one could assume that Facebook would give up trying to breach the mobile device world.

However, in a new report from Reuters, Facebook discussed investment opportunities in Xiaomi in October 2014. When Mark Zuckerberg visited China late last year, he met up with Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun for dinner. The two met to discuss Facebook investing in Xiaomi, the Chinese-based smartphone manufacturer, which is currently estimated to be worth 45 billion dollars. During the discussion, the two CEOs talked about the political and commercial ramifications that go along with partnering with the social networking giant. Facebook has been banned in China since 2009, so if the deal had warranted any results, the entire situation would have been extremely controversial. Xiaomi has been on the rise in the Chinese market for quite some time, and given the manufacturer’s good relations with Google and China, the company decided to pass on the investment opportunity.

Though the deal fell through, we now know that Facebook is actively trying to break into the Chinese market to expand their social networking site around the world. Xiaomi has been trying to expand their global marketshare for quite some time, and Facebook obviously wants to expand to China. It’s clear that both companies would benefit from working with one another, though in the end, the potential political issues outweighed expanding global marketshare for Xiaomi.

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Source:: android authority

    

Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Crossy Road, Unclouded

By Steve Raycraft

Crossy Road

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Crossy Road

App info: Collect over 50 retro-styled, pop art-inspired characters with more added. Cross roads, train tracks, and rivers — endlessly hop forever. Dodge traffic in a candy wonderland with the Android Robot.

2. Bluenote

Bluenote

App info: Bluenote is a minimalist yet powerful notepad app for your Android device. With Bluenote you can quickly write notes, to-do lists and write down all your ideas and reminders.

3. N.O.V.A. 3: Freedom Edition

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App info: Four months after Kal Wardin defeated the Volterites, President Folsom is assassinated and the beleaguered colonies surrender to the Volterite Protectorate. Since then, Kal has been lying low, but a desperate plea from Yelena calls him back to save Earth and humankind…

4. Looney Tunes Dash!

Looney Tunes Dash!

App info: Run, jump, smash, and slide into new levels and adventures with Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Tweety Bird, and other Looney Tunes favorites! Complete level objectives to unlock new Looney Tunes characters and zones based on iconic Looney Tunes landscapes.

5. Unclouded

Unclouded

App info: The revolutionary tool to explore, analyse and clean your cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and BOX).

Note: To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Amazon is currently offering the Nexus 9 for $50 off

By Jimmy Westenberg

Nexus 9 deal

Many users tend to think that Google’s Nexus 9 is too expensive. If you’ve been waiting for the next promotion to arise so you can get your hands on one, now may be your chance. Amazon has the Nexus 9 in both storage options and both colors at a $50 discount. That means the 16GB model is only $349.99, and the 32GB model is $429.99. Both colors and both storage options are currently available, so you may want to act fast before they sell out. Additionally, the Nexus 9 is eligible for free shipping, sweetening the deal a bit more.

If you’re in the market for a new Android tablet, this may be the one for you. The Nexus 9 is fast, has a nice sharp screen, loud front-facing speakers and has a battery that can get you through multiple days on a single charge. If you’d like some more information on the tablet, head to our full Nexus 9 review.

We’re not quite sure how long this deal will last, but you better hurry before the deal is over!

Buy now on Amazon

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Source:: android authority

    

Update to Google Translate reportedly bringing automatic voice translation

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Google Translate is quite handy when you’re in a pinch, but the app doesn’t come without its woes. When translating, it’s a bit slow and doesn’t really provide a natural conversation experience if you’re trying to communicate with someone that speaks a different language. According to The New York Times, the Translate app is getting an update that should fix those problems. The app will reportedly be able to recognize detected speech then translate it to text in real time to any language you’d like. This will offer a much more fluent experience for users who need something translated at a moment’s notice.

Also according to the report, Google is looking into releasing an app that can read text through the camera and translate it to multiple different languages. In case you forgot, Google purchased Quest Visual, the folks behind Word Lens, about eight months ago. Thanks to that acquisition, we knew something like this would eventually be released. But since this is a very difficult technology to develop, it is obviously taking a bit of time to launch.

No information has been disclosed on when the application will get the update, but we’ll be sure to let you know when updates start rolling out.

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Source:: android authority