CF-Auto Root updated for Android Lollipop on Nexus devices

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Want a quick way to root your Nexus device?

In the past, one such option has been CF-Auto Root — until now, that option hasn’t been available for Lollipop users.

But with a recent update by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, Nexus devices running Android 5.0 can join in on the fun. Hit the break for details:


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Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet information surfaces

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Sony is the first company to announce it is holding an event at CES 2015. There, it is expected that new devices will be introduced to the Xperia line. To be exact, new phones and a tablet are going to be unveiled. Sony could be opting with CES 2015 for announcements as it allows the company to get ahead of everyone else doing so at Mobile World Congress in February. You will not have to wait until January, though, to find out what Sony has up its sleeve. Why? Because someone decided to spill the beans on the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet.

Hit the break to find out what is to come from Sony next year.


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Helium Backup gets a Chrome app

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Helium Backup is probably the best way to back up your app data on your Android phone or tablet, especially if you’re not rooted, which is the majority of you. We featured it in our best ways to back up apps guide, but back then it was called Carbon.

The only issue with the app itself is that you need to initiate it through your desktop with a Windows application, then the mobile app will do the rest. That’s not the developer Koushik Dutta’s fault. It’s just how Android works in that it needs adb in order to save these backups, and the desktop app just streamlines it for you. Things are still the same, but if you’re a Chrome user, you can grab the Chrome app instead of using Windows. What makes this interesting is that you can now use a Chromebook since the Chrome OS now supports the connection of Android devices via the USB port. Of course you can still use the Chrome app on your Windows or Mac computer.


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NVIDIA SHIELD announces Android 5.0 Lollipop update and a whole lot more

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NVIDIA promised us a quick Lollipop update for the SHIELD tablet, and they have delivered. They just announced that it will start tolling on November 18, and it comes with more goodies.

First off, the update will include the Dabbler app, which is NVIDIA’s painting software that offers full support for layers. Now users can share live Dabbler sessions over Twitch.


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Google posts official Android 5.0 Lollipop images for several Nexus devices

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If you are the kind of person who does not like to wait for something like an OTA update to roll around to your mobile device in order to get the latest operating system update from Google, you may be glad to know that factory images for several Nexus devices have now been posted. If you own a Nexus 5, a WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013 version), or a Nexus 10, you can download the factory images from the Android Developers site.

If you go this route, you do need to know how to manually install the image on your device. That is not an overly complicated process, but it does require a few tools and the ability to do some research if you run into problems.

Updates to Android Lollipop for the 3G/4G LTE versions of the Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 4 are not yet available. Hopefully it will not be much longer for those to surface.

source: Android Developers

Verizon launches the Ellipsis 8: another low-end, self-branded tablet

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Last fall, Verizon brought us the Ellipsis 7. This fall, Verizon brings us the Ellipsis 8. The carrier is still aiming at the low-end of things with the tablet. The 8-inch display’s resolution is 1280×800, giving it 189 pixels per inch. The processor, while not officially named, is quad-core clocked at 1.5GHz. The battery capacity is 5000mAh. It only comes in black with 16GB of storage.

The cost and capability of the Ellipsis 8 is what will sell it. Without signing a contract it costs $249; however, signing away two years brings that down to $149. The monthly access fee for More Everything accounts is $10. The Ellipsis 8 is available today online and in the company’s stores.

Source: Verizon

Binaries for the Nexus 9 are being included in factory image build

google_nexus_9_color_fanGoogle recently released a factory image for the Nexus 9 tablet, but we were still waiting for binaries to be made officially available. Well, it turns out Google already released those binaries and most people didn’t even notice. The binaries for the Nexus 9 have been included on the LRX21L factory image on a separate vendor partition, which also explains why the factory image is a pretty large download.

Now that we’ve got everything cleared up for the Nexus 9, we’re just waiting on Lollipop images for other devices.

source: Android Police

HTC is planning their own line of premium tablets to launch in 2015

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If it wasn’t clear with the announcement of the Nexus 9, HTC is back in the tablet game, and their Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-lin had some details to share during the company’s recent earnings conference call. Planning a launch sometime next year, the Taiwanese company may be looking into co-branding to expand HTC’s brand appeal (similar to their former partnership with Beats). HTC North Asia President Jack Tong also revealed that HTC is aiming for the mid and high-tier tablet market, claiming the profit margin in the budget tablet sector is too slim.


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Nexus 9 factory image is now available with LRX21L build

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This week is Nexus week as the latest round of devices are shipping to consumers. To coincide with this, the factory images for such devices are being posted by Google. Right now, the Nexus 9 factory image is available on with the latest build of Android 5.0 Lollipop (LRX21L).

At the time of this post being published, the Nexus 9 is the only device with its factory image for Android 5.0 uploaded. We will let you know when others, like the Nexus 6 or Nexus 5, get their factory images added.

Source: Google