Google IO 2015 Coverage

Leaked apps for TouchWiz provide a glimpse of Samsung’s changes

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Someone over on the XDA Forums has posted what are allegedly Samsung applications that will be featured on the upcoming Galaxy S 6. The apps included by user Albe95 are Optical Reader, Geo News, Gear Manager, and Kids Mode. The layout and amount of text seems simplified while a wide amount of colors are still being used. Basically, TouchWiz looks like less of a circus while maintaining its flavor.

The Samsung Galaxy S 6 will be announced on Sunday, March 1, at MWC 2015.

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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop caught on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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In the coming weeks and months, Samsung will begin pushing software updates to its devices. We have already heard about various phones from the company preparing for Lollipop updates, but not much has been said regarding its tablets. The Galaxy Tab S, though, is a lock for the boost to the latest version of Android. The tablet has been spotted running Android 5.0.2 and a video published shows what there is to know in terms of changes.

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Android One Devices in India begin receiving Lollipop Update in weekly roll-out

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Android One users in India may have felt that they were being left out in the cold as of late. Android One launched in Indonesia and the Philippines with Android 5.1 Lollipop in tow, but it seems India has not been forgotten after all. According to a Google Plus post by Ceasar Sengupta, the Product Management Director at Google, Android One phones in India have already started receiving the Android 5.1 update.

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Android Studio v1.1 is released to the Stable Channel, primarily fixes bugs

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Android Studio left its beta status behind with the release of v1.0 in December of last year, and here we have version 1.1 being released to the stable channel with the primary purpose of fixing bugs. This new release of the Android Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment) does bring a few new functions with it though, as can be seen in the changelog below.

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HTC’s vice president of product management hints at new Android update in March

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We’ve seen some rumors on Android 5.1 already, and now we’re getting hints from Mo Versi, HTC’s vice president of product management, that the update is on its way.

After being prodded by a Twitter follower on when a bug in the Google Play Edition of the One M7 would be fixed, Versi responded by tweeting, “It’ll be tied to Google’s next MR, which is in March. Thanks.”

This could be hinting at the forthcoming Android 5.1, and it’s nice to have a bit more information from a more reliable source. Of course, the tweet’s content is open for debate and leaves room for interpretation, but this tidbit is what we’ve got to work with for now.

Source: @moversi

Nvidia’s Shield Tablet receives Update 2.2 with new GRID games and improved standby times

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The Nvidia Shield Tablet received its first taste of Android Lollipop back in December, and here it is getting a second helping with Tablet Software Update 2.2. Both the WiFi and LTE versions of the tablet are eligible to receive this latest update, which is based on Android 5.0.1. The update brings a few new PC games to play via its GRID cloud gaming service such as Grid 2 and PixelJunk Shooter amongst others. There are also compatibility tweaks and bugfixes present, as can be seen from the changelog below.

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Another Nexus 5 spotted on GeekBench, allegedly running Android 5.2

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It’s only a few hours ago that a Nexus 5 was spotted running Android 5.1 on GeekBench, which by itself is pretty exciting even though we have scant details about what improvements it brings. But that was a few hours ago. Today, we have another Nexus 5 being put through its paces on GeekBench, and this time it’s running Android 5.2. Allegedly, that is.

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HTC One (M8) for Verizon expected to receive Lollipop approval in two weeks

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A few weeks ago, Verizon shocked everyone when it became the first carrier in the United States to push Android 5.0 to the Galaxy S 5. Look back at Verizon’s history in updating its devices and you will find that the updates are either extremely slow or nonexistent. So it is great to see some changes at Big Red. Now, many people with the HTC One (M8) on Verizon are waiting to receive Lollipop. HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi, essentially the company’s spokesperson for software updates, took to Twitter to provide some information.

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