[Lollipop Bug] Camera stops working when flashlight times out

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Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is out and public, the bugs will pop up. The newest one deals with an issue between the new flashlight toggle in the quick settings, and the camera. Apparently, if you turn on the flashlight in quick settings and leave it on until it times out, you will not be able to use either the flashlight, or the camera until you reboot. This bug has been spotted on the Nexus 5, but it’s unclear whether it’ll pop up on other devices as well.

This will surely be fixed in the next OTA update, but until then, it’s worth noting to remember to turn off the flashlight when you’re done using it.

Source: Android Police

Motorola Spotlight announces new “Duet” short

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Motorola Spotlight has been one of the phone manufacture’s most under utilized apps. Until now, the animation viewer that lets you control the camera only had one new story, but they’re soon coming out with a new “Duet” short. It’s based on the Oscar-nominated short of the same name, after the company teamed up with director Glen Keane., who is a former Disney animator. 

The Spotlight story will follow Mia and Tosh as they grow from babies to adults, and (obviously) fall in love. It’s not available quite yet, as its hyped as coming soon, but download the update via the link below and check it out when it’s released. Also check out the preview video past the break.


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YouTube Android app updated with new music tab [Updated with APK download]

youtube-logo_9339Google’s YouTube app for Android has been updated, coinciding with the launch of their new music streaming service. The new update adds a new tab to the interface labeled “Music,” which gives you mixes based on your listening history and preferences. There are also playlist recommendations, ranging from pre-made playlists to personalized playlists based on your history. 

You can check out the updated app by downloading from the link past the break.


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Robinson Cano partners with HTC to be brand ambassador

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Robinson Cano has signed with a new team – but not in the field you think. The Seattle Mariners 2nd baseman has signed a multi-year partnership with HTC America to be a brand ambassador for the tech company. According to Cano, “HTC is a natural fit for me because they always want to be the best at what they do,” Cano said. “Their products are great for me because I’m always on the road and I need my phone to work as hard as I do.”

His duties as a brand ambassador will be to promote the HTC brand, but no specifics on his role have been given just yet.

Source: PR Newswire

HTC Camera app now in Play Store

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HTC’s Camera app is the company’s latest to appear in the Play Store, following HTC Weather, HTC Lock Screen, and HTC Scribble. Being in the Play Store makes it a ton easier to update the app for Sense 6 devices, as it won’t require an entire firmware update. The EYE Experience will be available for supported devices, however the features you’re able to use will depend on which specific phone you own.

You can check out the full app details via the Play Store link in the source below.

Source: Play Store

AT&T announces November 12 pre-orders for Nexus 6

Nexus-6-splashAT&T has finally announced when they will begin selling the new Nexus 6 with Android 5. Lollipop. The big day for pre-orders will be tomorrow, November 12. The device will run $249 on new 2-year contract or $682.99 without a contract.Alternatively, there are three AT&T Next (device payment plan) plans to choose from, all of which require $0 down: Next 24 at $22.77 per month, Next 18 at $28.46 per month, or Next 12 at $34.15 per month.

The device will be available to order in only Midnight Blue, as the press release does not mention the Cloud White version.

Source: AT&T

SCR Screen Recorder updated to 5.0 to allow capture without root

SCR-Screen-Recorder-ProOne of the low-key new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop is the ability to screen record without the need to root. Since Android 5.0 has been released for developers, only a few took advantage of this feature in new apps, but now one of the most popular screen recorder apps, which used to require a rooted device to function, has updated their app to take advantage of the new API. SCR Screen Recorder has released a 5.0 version of their app, which allows you to record up to 3 minutes for free for a watermarked video, or pay for the $1 Pro version for unlimited recording.

Check out download links past the break.


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You can play classic PlayStation games on Android Wear

croc_android_wearLast month we showed you a Gameboy emulator that runs on Android Wear smartwatches, and today we have some more exciting news for classic game enthusiasts. A two minute clip from Youtube user “EpicLPer” shows an Android Wear smartwatch running a PlayStation emulator playing the game Croc. The emulator is called ePSXe, and seems to play pretty well on LG G Watch’s Snapdragon 400 processor.

It’s a pretty small screen to be playing a game that was meant for televisions, but it’s an incredibly portable way to play your favorite games if you’re feeling nostalgic. You can check out EpicLPer’s video past the break.

Source: Cult of Android


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Samsung releases Smart Home videos to elaborate on its purpose

Samsung_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014At 2014′s IFA, Samsung chief executive BK Yoon said, “The biggest change, the biggest transformation, it will happen in our Homes, at a speed we can barely imagine.” Samsung wants to explain what they mean by that, and have released six new videos showing how Smart Home will make your life easier through their automation. The videos show how the company can make everything from powering your home appliances to watching movies a lot simplified.

You can check out all of the new videos past the break.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow


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Pushbullet update allows you to send texts from your computer

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There’s already quite a few options if you want to send SMS’s through your computer, but Pushbullet is adding another. You could already reply to texts through their Chrome extension, but now you can send new text messages as well. All you have to do once you have the app and Chrome extension is click on the SMS tab, enter the number or name of the recipient, and type your message and send. The text is sent via your Android phone, which means it will come from your real phone number and appear in the conversations on your phone. 

Source: Pushbullet Blog