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2012 Nexus 7 WiFi users, your Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image is here

By Jonathan Feist

Nexus 7

Let us be very clear, this is a signed release of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the 2012 Nexus 7 WiFi tablet. It lives on Google’s servers and has a build number that is completely in line with other known Lollipop builds, however, we have no way of knowing with one hundred percent certainty that it is the same final release expected OTA for Google’s original Nexus tablet any day now. But it’s close enough for me.

That’s right, for those willing to flash a clean install factory image, Android 5.0 Lollipop is ready for download for your original Nexus 7 WiFi tablet.

The release clocks in as build number LRX21P and comes to us before Google has had the chance to update the Nexus Factory Image page, which is home to all the download links needed to flash stock Android onto any of your Nexus devices.


If you are unfamiliar with the process, let me just say that it will require you to have an unlocked bootloader, have the SDK installed on your connected computer and you’ll need to enter a few lines of code into the command line. We’ve explained the process before. Of course, there is little need to rush things, as we are expecting the normal OTA update any day now. Perhaps with the Nexus 6 dropping as early as tomorrow, and a number of non-Nexus devices just starting to see the Lollipop update, that wait could be shorter than we think.

The 2012 Nexus 7 WiFi will be one of the oldest Android devices to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and a great number of us have high hopes for what it will accomplish. A number of Nexus 7 users, myself included, have mentioned that their tablets have been feeling a little sluggish lately, Android 4.4.4 KitKat ran fairly smoothly at first, but a short while and a number of Google Play Services updates later, things just were not the same.

In particular, I have high hopes for what developers have done with Project Volta, allowing Android 5.0 Lollipop to stop the immense battery drain that my Nexus 7 has enjoyed of late.

For those interested in the Android 5.0 Lollipop release for their 2012 Nexus 7 tablet, download the required file here and be sure to carefully follow the instructions from Google to learn how to install. For the rest of us, any day now folks, any day.

Are you willing to flash the Android 5.0 Lollipop release onto your Nexus 7, or will you wait for the OTA update?

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Source:: android authority


18 best Android lock screen apps and lock screen replacement apps

By Joe Hindy

Get it on Google Play

The Android lock screen has received many evolutions over the years. There have been various slide-to-unlock methods and OEMs have always put their own spin on things. As it turns out, there are also a lot of lock screen apps in the Play Store that can do even more. If you’re getting tired of the lock screen on your device, check out these Android lock screen apps.

Alarm Anti Theft Screen Lock

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Alarm Anti Theft Screen Lock is a sort of hybrid between a security app and a lock screen app. When enabled, it puts an alarm on your device. Then those who try and fail to get passed the lock screen will be met with a loud, obnoxious alarm letting everyone around them know that the attempt to unlock the device has failed. It’s a little old school in terms of design which may clash with today’s more modern interfaces but it does help keep nosy people away.

C-Locker best android lock screen appsC-Locker

[Price: Free]
C-Locker’s claim to fame is its unusual unlock styles. You can get the classic slide-to-unlock or the swipe-up-to-unlock methods if you prefer or you can use the bubble unlock which makes you pop bubbles to unlock the screen by “slicing” them with your finger. You can also change the wallpaper and it is totally free to use without any in app purchases. It’s minimal and simple so those looking for something more feature heavy should probably look elsewhere. Otherwise, tap the button to check it out.
Get it on Google Play
C-Locker best android lock screen apps

cover lock screen best android lock screen appsCover Lock Screen (beta)

[Price: Free]
Cover Lock Screen is a contextual lock screen that tries to guess what you’ll need every time you turn on your device. It uses various data like your GPS location to see if you’re at home or at work along with the time of day to guess which apps you’ll need or want when you turn on your device. It’s still a work in progress (hence, beta) but it does have a few fun features like a unique app switching feature, a peek feature that lets you open apps from the lock screen, and smart settings based on your location and time of day. It’s also totally free.
Get it on Google Play

dashclock widget - best android lock screen appsDashclock Widget

[Price: Free]
Okay, so Dashclock Widget isn’t a lock screen replacement but it might as well be one. You can use Dashclock Widget as a widget on your home screen (on supported Android versions) to receive all sorts of data including time, weather, notifications, and a virtual ton of other things from Dashclock Widget extensions provided by other applications. It’s been long touted as a must-have application, especially if you’re on stock Android where the lock screen is a little bare by nature. It’s free so there’s no harm in trying it out.
Get it on Google Play
DashClock Widget - best android lock screen apps

DIY Locker best android lock screen appsDIY Locker

[Price: Free]
DIY Locker is a fun option because it allows you to design your own lock screen. You can use your own photos or images as well as those built into the app and you can change things like what goes on there, the colors, and the sizes. You can even design your own pattern or photo unlock which was actually pretty fun. It doesn’t have the diversity that something like GO Locker has but it’s still a solid option with good reviews and it’s free.
Get it on Google Play

dodol locker best android lock screen appsDodol Locker

[Price: Free]
Dodol Locker is another free lock screen replacement app and this one comes as part of a package of other apps in the Dodol collection (not unlike GO Locker). It’s known for its many themes that allow you to customize your lock screen as you see fit. There are plenty of customization options but it still supports the basic stuff like pattern and PIN unlock. It is very simple in terms of pure functionality so this is mostly for people who want to customize how their lock screens look rather than act.
Get it on Google Play
best android lock screen apps dodol locker

echo notifications lockscreen best android lock screen appsEcho Notification Lockscreen

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Echo Notification Lockscreen does pretty much what the title says it does. It’s a lock screen that focuses on delivering notifications to your lock screen not unlike Android Lollipop. It boasts a minimal and lightweight experience that shows you notifications, smart alerts, and security settings. It’s free to try and you can unlock the pro version for $1.99 as an in app purchase. It looks nice and aside from a few little things here and there, it’s generally well liked.
Get it on Google Play

go locker best android lock screen appsGO Locker

[Price: Free / $19.99]
GO Locker is by far the most popular lock screen replacement app on this list as it draws nearer and nearer to 100 million downloads. In the free version you get a huge number of themes that can mimic almost any device and plenty of unique ones, shortcuts to apps on the lock screen, and the ability to read messages from your lock screen. The paid version is a priced …read more

Source:: android authority


Soak test for the Moto G (2nd Generation) Lollipop update beginning to roll out

By Jimmy Westenberg

moto g soak test

In the past year or so, Motorola has shown a huge amount of effort when it comes to updating their devices quickly. Not long after the company started the Lollipop soak test for the Moto X, they’re now moving on to it’s less-expensive brother, the Moto G (2nd Generation).

For the most part, soak tests are a good sign that the software update will officially come to the device fairly quickly. What’s more, Motorola posted the release notes for the new update. After taking it down briefly, it’s back online, and ready to be scoured through. If you’d like to take a look at the full release document, head to this link.


Remember, this isn’t a full rollout quite yet, so don’t get too excited. For users who are unfamiliar, a soak test is a company’s way of testing the new software on real-world users, while gathering bug reports and feedback from the selected users. These tests are an important step in the software development process, and usually one of the last stages of development. The full rollout shouldn’t be too far off for the public, so we’ll be sure to update you whenever we get word about the release.

As for the update itself, it doesn’t come with many surprises. All of Moto’s software enhancements will stay put, and all of the expected Lollipop enhancements will be present. Are you excited for Lollipop on your Moto G?

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Source:: android authority


Lollipop’s Android Wear update shown off in leaked screenshots

By Jimmy Westenberg

android 5 lollipop

In the past few weeks Google has done a decent job at updating it’s wearable OS, Android Wear. Something still doesn’t seem quite finished, though. Maybe it’s the fact that users can basically only use stock watch faces without downloading an app from the Play Store. Or maybe it’s because there’s only one way to adjust the brightness, and it takes 3+ steps. Whatever the case may be, Wear could use a bit of work, and it looks like we may be seeing some improvements pretty soon.

Thanks to some leaked screenshots from Phandroid, we get an early look at Android Wear’s Lollipop upgrade. The update may be hitting devices as early as December, though nothing is final or official.

First and foremost, the Android Wear companion app should be seeing an update with a few enhancements. Most importantly, you’ll now be able to see battery statistics and storage information for your watch, directly from the Wear app. These pages are set up very similarly to the Settings menu you see on your Android device. This is a welcome change, especially with the new ability to store music files directly on your watch. Also, you can now change your watch face directly from the Wear app. Good going, Google! Now, let’s take a look at some of the new features!



Next up, we have some good news for you customization fanatics… Google’s watch face API is finally being released! Watch faces will have more customization options through a Settings menu on the watch. The watch faces will now also have the ability to display weather information directly on the face, eliminating the need for (sometimes bothersome) weather cards. Above are some of the new watch faces included in the Lollipop update, as well as some revamped weather icons.


Moving on, Google is introducing two new brightness modes to Wear. A consistent problem with Android Wear is that, on watches without an ambient light sensor, the watch can’t tell whether you’re inside, outside, or in a dark room. If you need to change the brightness level in a pinch, you’re left to scroll all the way down to the Settings menu, then select the brightness level you prefer. With the quick-access to Theater and Sunlight Mode, now you can adjust brightness much more easily. Once you swipe down from the top, where you usually see the battery percentage, you’ll be able to swipe left or right to switch modes.

Have you ever swiped away a card when you didn’t mean to? (It’s definitely a bad feeling, if you haven’t done it). If you didn’t mean to swipe a notification away, you can now quickly swipe up from the bottom and select the “undo” option. This will save a lot of people from headaches in the near future.


Google is adding some nice accessibility features to the Settings menu as well. You can now use the familiar large text, color inversion, and magnification gestures if need be. All of these can be accessed through the Settings menu.


You’re familiar with that super long action menu, right? You know, the one you’re forced to use when you don’t want to voice search for everything? It turns out, it’s going to get smarter with the new update. If you frequent the Settings menu, for instance, the Settings option will float towards the top of the menu so you don’t have to scroll all the way down to the bottom anymore. Personally, I rarely use voice search on my watch, so this is going to come in handy.

We’re sure these are welcome changes to most Android Wear users, as Google is clearly working hard to make Wear a better experience. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when we know a release date for the new update. Are you excited for the new update? If not mentioned above, do you have any other important features you think Google should include? We’d love to hear from you!

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Source:: android authority


T-Mobile delays Nexus 6 launch until November 19th

By Jimmy Westenberg

nexus 6 first impressions (6 of 21)

As if it weren’t hard enough to get your hands on Google‘s new Nexus 6, T-Mobile is making it even harder. The original launch date for the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile was supposed to be tomorrow (11/12), but it turns out they’re now postponing the launch date to November 19th.

Here’s what the carrier posted earlier today on Google+:

To give T-Mobile customers the best experience possible, we’re moving our #Nexus6 launch out one week to 11/19.

T-Mobile was rumored to have very limited N6 stock at the time of launch, so it isn’t too surprising that they pushed the date back. Sure, there could be another reason for the launch date being pushed back, but we really don’t think that’s likely. This may not be T-Mo’s fault, or it may be. Either way, try to stay calm and collected for this next super long week, okay?

Whatever the reasoning, we’re glad T-Mobile is trying to make the launch go as smoothly as possible, as opposed to running out of stock right away come tomorrow. Did you have plans to buy a Nexus 6 from T-Mobile tomorrow? Will this change in date make you consider picking it up from another carrier instead?

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Source:: android authority


HTC camera available for download on Google Play

By Eric McBride

HTC Camera

HTC’s camera app is the latest core application to be made separately available for download, making it easier for existing HTC owners to update their camera without the need of a firmware update.

The release notes on the Google Play listing state that HTC Eye Experience is also included, but that it’s availability would depend on which device the camera is installed on. The Play Store description also says that the update supports Android devices with “4.4 and up” , but doesn’t mention any specific model numbers.

Even though most of the core apps from HTC are available for HTC devices only, I headed over to the Play Store to try my luck downloading it for my Galaxy Note 3 (a man can dream, can’t he?). My hopes of HTC doing something similar to what Google did with the Google camera (working across multiple devices regardless of manufacturer) were however quickly lost, as it showed as incompatible.

While HTC didn’t mention specifically which devices would support the Eye Experience feature (or which HTC models the camera supports at all for that matter), it does seem that this application may only work for HTC devices running newer versions of Sense. If you have an HTC phone running Android 4.4, you can head on over to Google Play via the source link below to see if your phone’s compatible.

Is the camera working on your device? Did installing it bring your phone the Eye Experience feature? Let us know in the comments below!

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Source:: android authority


Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Truedialer, GEL

By Steve Raycraft

Stamped White Icons

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 5 most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the Top 5 list more than 3 times.

1. Stamped White Icons

App info: Simple, flat icons built using the android color guide. Stamped White Icons uses icon from my “Stamped” icon pack set, which includes 10 free icon packs and 1 paid.

2. Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney Movies Anywhere

App info: With Disney Movies Anywhere, you can enjoy your Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go. It’s free to join — no subscription needed. And when you sign up and connect your digital movie accounts, you get a FREE movie on us!

3. GEL – Icon Pack

GEL - Icon Pack

App info: An Android KitKat theme! 1000+ icons. 6 Cloud wallpapers (Muzei support). Dynamic Calendar

4. Truedialer by Truecaller


App info: Truedialer is a smart phone dialer unlike any other! Replace your old, slow and boring dialer for the quickest and most convenient way to find your contacts.

5. Min – Icon Pack

Min - Icon Pack

App info: Min is an icon set for various launchers, it is designed to be small. It either works by itself or as a compliment to other icon packs.

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 and will place it in our Android and Me App Hall of Fame. We will post this Hall of Fame list in a dedicated series. Any app with * next to the title indicates it will now be added to our Hall of Fame list and will no longer be listed in this article.

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Source:: androidandme


Taylor Swift has an Android game, and it’s a BIG deal

By Eric McBride

Taylor Swift game

From the title of this article, one might assume that I’m being sarcastic or simply having a go at an artist so popular that her dental floss would probably sell for a few grand via a hard fought auction on eBay. But I can assure you I’m not. What I am about to say can be perceived in many ways, but I for one am very serious when I announce this: Taylor Swift has a new music video that just hit the web. That’s a big deal folks. That music video also arrived with a Taylor Swift interactive Android game, which automatically makes the game a big deal. How big of a deal you might add? You have absolutely no idea.

Taylor Swift having a new video (and game) in this day and age is in fact such a huge deal that this story popped up in my breaking news feed on my phone. I am not even joking. After seeing it and having a brief “huh??” moment, I realized that the worlds biggest news outlets were ALL literally letting the news go on this. I’m talking your CNN’s and BBC’s folks….top tier journalists and popular bloggers…Twitter, Facebook, Google+…you name it and it was there.

So let’s talk about the game. Amex UNSTAGED: Taylor Swift is an interactive video experience where you move around a house (from her new video “Blank Space”) that contains lots of objects and characters that you can interact with (including Swift herself, and the guy from her video that’s forced to dodge flower vases… Neo style). But this is no cheaply done “find the hidden object” type of game. The app is a whopping 456MB, and reportedly contains an “immersive journey with intertwined storylines, multiple rooms and dozens of hidden interactive features waiting to be unlocked and explored”. If this is some kind of Taylor Swift meets The Longest Journey/Syberia cooab, then COUNT…ME…IN.

The application itself was made possible by way of a joint effort from RadicalMedia and Taylor Swift as a part of the American Express Unstaged Series. What’s interesting is that Hex camera’s were used during the shooting of the video, allowing parts of the app and the video to come to life at the same time. The application also contains Easter Eggs from the video (if you haven’t watched the video by now, then “We are never ever getting back together”…which you should know is the name of another Taylor Swift song), collectible items, and a lot more to explore.

Regardless of how you may or may not feel about Taylor Swift, the world has spoken and informed me via pretty much every media outlet on the planet that this is a pretty big deal. Be sure to hit up the Google Play source link below if you’re curious about the app, and let me hear your opinions of it in the comments below.

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Source:: android authority


Android switcher taking Apple to court over undelivered text messages

By Andrew Grush

iphone 6 plus vs samsung galaxy note 3 quick look aa (11 of 20)

Back in May, former Apple user, turned Samsung owner, Adrienne Moore filed a lawsuit against Apple over lost text messages. After ditching the iPhone, Moore found that she was having issues receiving messages due to a known bug in the iMessage service that was essentially blocking messages after she switched platforms.

After years of ignoring the issue, Apple finally introduced a new tool yesterday that allows folks to de-register from the iMessage database after switching to Android. Of course, that doesn’t mean the lawsuit on hand will simply be forgotten. In fact, Judge Lucy Koh (yes, the same judge from the Samsung vs Apple trials) has now officially decided that Apple will have to face a U.S. Federal lawsuit over the matter.

Moore’s lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages, says that blocking messages interfered with the plantiff’s Verizon wireless contract and violated a California unfair competition law. Furthermore she says that Apple should have informed customers that switching to an Android device (without de-activating iMessage) could interfere with sending and receiving messages.

Of course, failed messages can happen with any wireless provider on any phone, but as Koh puts it:

Plaintiff does not have to allege an absolute right to receive every text message in order to allege that Apple’s intentional acts have caused an actual breach or disruption of the contractual relationship.

As far as Apple is concerned, they say that they never claimed that iMessage service would recognize when iPhone users switched to rivals and they seem to suggest that it was the consumer’s responsibility to ensure they deactivated from the service manually before switching. What do you think of the lawsuit? Let us know in the comments.

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Source:: android authority


Nexus 6 will now launch at T-Mobile on November 19

By Alex Wagner

Bad news, Nexus fans: you’ll have to wait a week longer than anticipated to buy a Nexus 6 from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile originally planned to begin sales of the Nexus 6 tomorrow, November 12, but today Ol’ Magenta announced today that it will be pushing back that launch to November 19. T-Mo says that it’s doing this so that it can provide its customers with “the best experience possible.”

To give @TMobile customers the best experience possible, we’re moving our #Nexus6 launch out one week to 11/19.

— T-Mobile (@TMobile) November 11, 2014

Obviously this news is kind of a bummer, especially considering how hard the Nexus 6 has been to buy so far. Rumors have suggested that T-Mobile’s N6 launch inventory was going to be constrained, though, so it may be better to just wait one more week than get a bunch of folks upset because T-Mobile’s stock was so low.

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Source:: androidandme