Google adds Nexus 9 factory image for LRX21R update

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The Nexus 9 is getting another update (LRX21R), which should clean up some bugs. As usual, it will take at least a week to hit all devices, so the impatient types can download and install the factory image, which Google posted earlier today.

If you need help flashing it, you can check out our full instructions here. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the over-the-air (OTA) update, which will keep your data, assuming your Nexus 9 isn’t unlocked. Click here for those very extensive instructions.

source: Google Factory Images

Your dreams of a Nokia Android tablet have come true

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History in the making today folks. The first ever Nokia-branded Android tablet has been announced. The N1 features a one piece all aluminum body, a 7.9-inch 4:3 laminated display (2048×1536), a 2.4 GHz quad-core Atom 64-bit processor (Z3580), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 5,300 mAh battery, and it’s only 6.9 mm thick.

It even runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it won’t be stock. Nokia has installed its own Z launcher, but promises other changes will be kept to a minimum.

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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