Sony Xperia Z3, Z2, and Z3 get AOSP version of Lollipop

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In the image above, you are looking at a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on select Sony devices. It is the AOSP version of the operating system’s latest version shown on a Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and even the Xperia Z1. Owners of those devices (unlocked) can go ahead and check it out.

The Xperia Z Series is scheduled to receive an official version of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Sony in early 2015. In Sweden, though, Sony has the 3Beta program that allows Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners to test drive Sony’s Lollipop software ahead of everyone else. This allows the company to understand how its software is performing in reality.


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Google adds Android 5.0 Lollipop to the AOSP

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The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is on its way to to run the latest version of Android. Google is updating the AOSP with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The repositories for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player are available alongside previous Nexus devices like the Nexus 7 (2013). If a Nexus device is missing, it is either because Google has yet to successfully upload the repositories for it or it is not going to get Lollipop.

This will give developers a chance to start working with the operating system for custom ROMs.

Source: Google

LG G3 scheduled to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop by end of year

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Word is trickling in regarding when the flagship phones of 2014 will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the devices we have been waiting to hear about is the G3. There has been next to nothing stated about when it would get a taste of Lollipop. Luckily, an LG representative went ahead and gave a general expectation. The representative said that the G3 would receive Android 5.0 by the end of this year.

This is for the international version of the G3; therefore, owners of carrier versions in the United States should expect it in early 2015 just like everyone else owning another device.

Via: GSMArena

HTC One (M8) for Verizon now receiving software update with Eye Experience, Android 4.4.4

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A software update has arrived for Verizon customers with the HTC One (M8). It brings the Eye Experience software introduced a few weeks ago as well as Android 4.4.4 in a file totaling just over 210MB. The carrier estimates that the update will take six minutes and that is about what I experienced. The device cycles through some restarts with installations once the download is complete and then the device is ready to go. Of course, Android 4.4.4 is primarily unnoticed changes; however, the Eye Experience gives new features to the Camera app.

Update: HTC threw an extra application into this software update. The HTC One (M8) now has a pre-installed flashlight app.

Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday

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Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:

HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

Google updates Material Design guidelines with new resources

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With the Android 5.0 SDK being available, Google had to put finishing touches on its design. The Material Design guidelines have been updated with new resources. This what what helps developers ensure their applications follow what Google expects Android to look like today. The most notable inclusion for this update is the sticker sheet. They are available in a few formats so more developers can get a hold of and apply them with ease.

Here is everything included in the update to the Material Design guidelines:

  • Updated sticker sheets in PSD, AI and Sketch formats
  • A new icon library ZIP download
  • Updated color swatch downloads
  • Updated whiteframe downloads, including better baseline grid text alignment and other miscellaneous fixes

Source: Google Developers Blog