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Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

One of the areas in which the “stock” AOSP Android platform has fallen behind OEMs’ customisations in recent years is in preserving your battery. Google has been seeking to tackle battery life across the board in Android 5.0, but for those times when you’re running low on power and just need your phone to last that little bit longer, there’s now a Battery Saver mode that claims to eke out an extra 90 minutes of battery life. The Battery Saver screen gives you the option to turn the feature on directly, or set a rule for when it will kick[Read More...]

by and 12:26 PM on October 18, 2014 5 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Restoring apps during device setup is finally smarter

Android 5.0 Tour: Restoring apps during device setup is finally smarter

One of the biggest complaints in Android’s new device setup process over the last few years has finally been addressed – Android Lollipop has a new way to restore apps and purchases from old devices. The updated and redesigned setup process allows you to choose the device from which you’d like to restore apps, rather than restoring everything you’ve ever purchased from the Play store. If you’ve another Android device, you can use the new NFC-based Tap-and-Go feature to restore from that particular device: Update We thought it would be Lollipop-only, but Tap and Go works between KitKat and Lollipop[Read More...]

by and 11:40 AM on October 18, 2014 8 comments Google Play, News, OS Update
Updated Android Lollipop Developer Previews for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) now available

Updated Android Lollipop Developer Previews for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) now available

With Android Lollipop now official, Google has released the updated developer builds for the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 5 on their developer preview site. The new build is LPX13D, updated from the previous latest build of LPV81C. The dowloads clock in at over 300MB each, and there’s been some hit and miss on the downloads as the servers are obviously under load right now. You can find the download links below (they’re directly from Google). Device Download Checksum Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE) “hammerhead” hammerhead-lpx13d-preview-f7596f51.tgz MD5: 8d92596aa038203fc6c8ff40a0e8b560 SHA-1: f7596f518a8a429f03de5bf8152fa90e738228dd Nexus 7 (WiFi) “Razor” razor-lpx13d-preview-ae4f461f.tgz MD5: b2c567518d203b487cb2ac28d25b0a54 SHA-1: ae4f461fabae5ff92eae0c252c34bb26d877e528 Download, unpack[Read More...]

by 5:40 AM on October 18, 2014 11 comments Android Development, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Rumour: Lollipop OTA for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to arrive November 3rd – other Nexus devices ‘later’

Rumour: Lollipop OTA for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to arrive November 3rd – other Nexus devices ‘later’

There’s a fervour building for Lollipop now that it’s been announced, but when Nexus devices will receive the latest update hasn’t yet been announced. Google expects to drop updated Lollipop Developer preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) tomorrow, but when a full push of finallised OTA’s will begin to all the Nexus devices hasn’t been officially announced. But there’s always rumours. Android Police is reporting they have two sources advising that the OTA updates for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi model (2012 AND 2013) and Nexus 10, will begin pushing out on November 3rd. Why? because there’s[Read More...]

by 3:54 PM on October 17, 2014 3 comments OS Update
Sony announces plans for which Xperia devices will get Lollipop update

Sony announces plans for which Xperia devices will get Lollipop update

After Google announced Android 5.0 – Lollipop, the first questions heard were: When is my device going to be updated? In these modern times, most of the OEMs have begun answering that question fairly quickly and this morning Sony has advised which of their phones will be receiving the update. Sony has advised that their ‘entire premium Z series’ line will see the Lollipop update. Sony specifically named : Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact[Read More...]

by 5:12 AM on October 17, 2014 15 comments OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Nvidia promises Shield Tablet will receive Android Lollipop

Nvidia promises Shield Tablet will receive Android Lollipop

Manufacturers are beginning to announce plans for their handsets, tablets and other devices now that Google has officially launched Android Lollipop. HTC and Motorola were quick to announce their plans and now Nvidia has announced that the newly announced Shield Tablet will receive the update as well. It’s not terribly surprising given the tablet is less than 2 months old, and the average life span for updates on an Android device is 18 months. Still, many Nvidia Shield owners will celebrate this tweet: Android 5.0 Lollipop and more is coming to NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. pic.twitter.com/yOGKRuOoRk — NVIDIA (@nvidia) October 16,[Read More...]

by 12:17 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
New Messaging app in Android Lollipop is not a Hangouts replacement

New Messaging app in Android Lollipop is not a Hangouts replacement

With Android 5.0 now out in the wild, there’s finally high-resolution shots of the new Android Lollipop interface. We’ve seen an initial build via the Android L developer previews, but there’s a fair bit of buzz about something not included in those builds but present front and centre in the dock on the new Android home screen: the Messaging app. Since Google began allowing their all-in-one messaging app Hangouts to handle SMS, there’s been a lot of chatter about the default SMS app being removed. This chatter was confused somewhat by the appearance of this new message app in screenshots[Read More...]

by 5:34 PM on October 16, 2014 10 comments OS Update
HTC advises Android Lollipop will be coming to the HTC One M7 and M8

HTC advises Android Lollipop will be coming to the HTC One M7 and M8

HTC has been generally pretty good with their updates for flagship phones, and that trend seems set to continue with HTC (US at least) advising that the Android Lollipop build will be heading out to the HTC One M7 and M8 within 90 days. It’s not gospel, as these accounts are generally run by PR/Marketing staff, but we retain hopes that perhaps HTC got this information to their Social Media team ahead of the announcement. We will of course have to wait for HTC and the Australian carriers to get the update to our handsets and we hope to see[Read More...]

by 8:05 AM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Motorola advises which of their phones will receive Android Lollipop

Motorola advises which of their phones will receive Android Lollipop

With the announcement of Android 5.0 – Lollipop barely made, Motorola quickly announced which of their devices will receive this latest version of Android. The good news is, if you’ve purchased a Motorola device in the last year, you will be happy. As expected, Motorola will of course update their latest handsets, the second generation Moto X (2014) and Moto G (2014). The original Moto X, Moto G (including the Moto G with 4G LTE) and the Moto E will also get the Android 5.0 update. A couple of US-only Motorola phones, the Motorola Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid[Read More...]

by 4:34 AM on October 16, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Google Announces Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ – new features galore

Google Announces Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ – new features galore

Google has just announced the new version of Android, confirming the next version of Android will be version 5.0 and will be named Lollipop. They’ve also announced that there will be three new pieces of hardware that run the new version of Android and announced the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player – an Android TV device. Click here to check out our coverage of the new Nexus family. Android 5.0 Lollipop Announced back at Google I/O as ‘Android L’ and previewed over the last couple of months on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) in a[Read More...]

by 4:19 AM on October 16, 2014 9 comments OS Update
Google teases Android 5.0 in a video showing off potential dessert names

Google teases Android 5.0 in a video showing off potential dessert names

We’re oh so close. Android L is rumoured to be launched tomorrow morning, and it seems like even Google doesn’t know what the L version of Android will be called (Lemon Meringue Pie? Lava Cake? Lady Finger? Lemon Drop?….Lollipop?). In this video shared by Sundar Pichai on Google+ this morning the casting call for the dessert to front the next version of Android is on. There’s all those desserts in there, including an Oreo (no seriously, watch the video). With the maker of the Android Lawn statues currently at the Googleplex, we’re surely going to know what the next version[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on October 15, 2014 9 comments OS Update
Google will launch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 with Android L tomorrow – pre-orders on October 17th

Google will launch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 with Android L tomorrow – pre-orders on October 17th

Tis the season and we’re apparently on the eve of the announcement of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L (Lollipop? Lemon Meringue Pie?). Forbes has this morning chimed in with their own take on the release, citing a source close to Google, who has let them in on a few details of the launch. According to Forbes, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be announced with Android L tomorrow, via a blog post, as has been the case for the past couple of years. According to their source, an event was planned, but was cancelled because Google[Read More...]

by 4:27 AM on October 15, 2014 15 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
New evidence surfaces pointing at Android Lollipop for the next version of Android

New evidence surfaces pointing at Android Lollipop for the next version of Android

As recently as this week we’ve seen suggestions, well mostly trolling, that the next version of Android could be Liquorice. But a new screenshot surfaced today has pointed at Android Lollipop being the current favourite, at least with internal developers who create debug icons for test builds of Android. Though previously we’ve heard that Googlers were using Lemon Meringue Pie as the Debug icon, as well as referencing LMP in their commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), it appears the trend may have changed. MyCE noticed a new screenshot attached to an issue logged in the Chromium Issue[Read More...]

by 3:39 AM on October 15, 2014 3 comments Android Development, OS Update