NVIDIA Shield Portable update brings latest Hub App, battery improvements and more!

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NVIDIA is currently rolling out a rather weighty over-the-air update to all variants of its high-end Android-powered handheld gaming system — the Shield Portable. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the newest version of the Shield Hub App, battery improvements and a fix for a rather annoying bug that users found prevented videos from being played within Facebook, Chrome and YouTube.


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Nexus Player factory image and binaries now available

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I know nobody has a Nexus Player (fugu) yet, but the factory image and binaries are already available for it. If you’re a tinkerer, you just might need them some day to restore your device so make sure to bookmark this page.

I wish we could say the same for the other Nexus devices like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, but unfortunately the Lollipop update has been delayed until November 12. I know that’s a complete disaster for many of you, but I think we can just sit back and relax. Before you know it, next Wednesday will be here and the world will be restored again.

sources: Factory Image / Binaries

 

Android Lollipop delayed until November 12 for most Nexus devices

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The Nexus 9 and Nexus Player already have Android Lollipop, but when will it drop for other devices like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7? According to Artem Russakovskii of Android Police, it has been delayed until November 12 because of a few bugs.

I know it’s disappointing, but you would have to agree that it’s better to get rid of the bugs before releasing it to the masses right? I can only assume that the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player willl get a newer update as well.

source: +Artem Russakovskii

Pocket for Android gets Material Design update and Google Now integration

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Pocket, previously entitled Read It Later, is currently pushing out a much-anticipated compatibility update for its official Android application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings a completely revamped user interface that conforms with Lollipop’s Material Design guidelines, adds support for Google Now and transports a handful of bug fixes and speed optimizations.


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NVIDIA Shield Tablet set to receive Lollipop update before the end of November

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Just over two weeks ago, NVIDIA announced that its Shield Tablet would be one of the first devices on the market to receive the much-anticipated Lollipop update. Earlier today, the Californian company took to its official YouTube page to share a video of the new operating system in action on the 7-inch slate, and declared it would start rolling out the over-the-air upgrade before the end of this month.

Hit the break below to view the full demo video.


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Let the countdown begin for Lollipop on the HTC One (M8) and (M7)

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Last summer when HTC announced the new HTC One (M8) smartphone, part of their big news was a commitment to rolling out updates to Android on the device in a more timely fashion. This was obviously in response to criticism from the market that HTC lagged, if they even got around it, at updating their devices. Thus the HTC Advantage program was born to not only get updates out more quickly, but to keep devices current for at least a couple years.
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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

Samsung confirms Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Galaxy S4

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Samsung has been teasing the Lollipop update for some of their most recent devices with videos and cryptic tweets, but today users of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can breath a sigh of release as the Korean manufacturer has promised an update for last year’s flagship. The international Exynos-powered variant (GT-I9500) will likely receive the update early next year with the carrier models to follow. Any Galaxy S4 users out there getting excited? Discuss in the comments below!

Source: SamMobile

New video shows Android 5.0 running on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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If you cast your mind back to September, you may remember that the folks over at SamMobile managed to get their mitts on an exclusive preview of Lollipop running on a Galaxy S5, but as Samsung was still working on a strategy to make TouchWiz compatible with Google’s Material Design guidelines, the firmware was rather buggy and a number of inconsistencies could be spotted throughout the user interface.

Now, however, the online publication is in possession of a new internal Android Lollipop preview. This time it’s the latest build of Android 5.0 (LRX02E) and at first glance it looks to be miles better than the version previously demoed. It’s a lot smoother for starters, and there’s a truckload of additional features. Us naming the changes is all well and good, but wouldn’t you rather see them in action?

If your answer to the question is yes — hit the break to watch the new leaked Android 5.0 firmware running on a Galaxy S5.


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