The HTC One M7 just might get the Android 5.1 update after all…

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It’s just a couple of days ago that we reported that the stock variant of the HTC One M7 would be marooned on Android 5.0.2 while the GPE M7 would be updated to Android 5.1. Understandably, this news upset some M7 owners who were confused about how the 5.1 update could be classed as a major update to the Android operating system as it consists mainly of tweaks and bug fixes. There may be some cause for hope though.

Android 5.1 with VoLTE rolling out now to T-Mobile’s Nexus 6

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Purchased the carrier variant of the Nexus 6 through T-Mobile? Then prepare for a software update to appear any minute. On Twitter, T-Mobile’s Desmond Smith announced that the rollout of Android 5.1 for the Nexus 6 has begun. Included with this software update is the activation of VoLTE for high quality calls.

Let us know in the comments how you’re liking the update.

Source: @AskDes (Twitter)

Google Docs for Android update hides the editing icons to allow full page review

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If you’ve ever used the Google Docs app, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of seeing the editing tools getting in the way of viewing a document whilst scrolling through, making it difficult to view everything you need to without those pesky icons obscuring information. Luckily, the Google Docs app is receiving an update that will solve this irksome problem. More info and the Apk download link after the break.

Google updates the Chromecast to Play and Pause content via your TV Remote

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It’s great being able to stream the latest episode of House of Cards on your TV via your Chromecast isn’t it? Although it can be really frustrating having to grab your smartphone when you want to pause the program in a hurry, sometimes it’s just quicker pressing a physical button on the TV remote. Thankfully, Google has updated the Chromecast to allow you to pause and unpause videos with the infra-red remote that came with your TV.

Google is working on an open API for Google Now that developers can bake in to their apps

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So, Google Now is a pretty handy app, isn’t it? With its ability to turn our search and location data into useful facts, bringing us the latest scores from our favourite sports teams (or not), reminding us of appointments and even showing us gas stations on the route you are driving, it’s getting more difficult to imagine life before Google Now. With that, we have news that Google Now is set to become even more useful thanks to the planned release of an open API that any app developer will be able to bake into their apps. More details after the break.

Google releases reference sample to show how apps can work on multiple devices

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Since last summer, we have seen Android makes its way to new form factors. The operating system now works with phones, tablets, wearables, and vehicles. With so many form factors now supported, it makes sense that Google wants apps to have seamless experiences. The company has introduced a sample multi-device application called Universal Music Player that offers a continuous experience across Android, Android Wear, Android Auto, and Google Cast devices.

Hit the break for looks at the mult-device approach in action.

Stock Android could be getting its own mult-window feature

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Various Samsung and LG devices have a feature that allow two applications to run simultaneously on the same screen. It eliminates the need to jump between apps, something that is especially tedious when the two apps are needed at the same time. Samsung calls the feature Multi Window while LG uses the term Dual Window. Soon, Google could be getting into the enhanced multitasking game. The term “multiwindows” was listed within the code for stock Android.

There were not any details included with the term, but it does show that Google’s attention to what the hardware manufacturers are doing. We should find out more later this year at Google I/O 2015.

Source: Google
Via: Phone Arena