Download: Leaked build of Android 5.0 for Galaxy Note 3 (N9005)

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If you’re a Galaxy Note 3 owner who’s hankering for the official Android 5.0 Lollipop over-the-air update to start rolling out, you’re destined for a rather long wait as Samsung is currently focusing its attention on bringing the update to more recent devices first. However, if you can’t wait, your handset carries the model number N9005, and you want to get your hands on it early, you can now download and install a leaked beta build.


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Samsung may begin rolling out Android 5.0 to devices starting next month

samsung_logo_with_peopleAccording to a leaked email from a Samsung employee, the company is looking at starting their Android Lollipop rollout as early as next month. So far there have only been a few very specific models that have gotten the update, so this wave of updates should be pretty widespread.

The email suggests that the Galaxy S 5 will be first on the list, with the Note 4 and Note Edge right behind it. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 shouldn’t be far behind that. No info on what other phones will be getting the update, but Samsung will supposedly begin working on their tablets after their current crop of phones is updated.
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Android 5.0.2 update for Nexus 7 WiFi (2012) now available to download and install

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With the factory image posted for the Android 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 7 WiFi (2012) a few days ago, it’s no surprise the OTA update has been captured. This means that you can download it and manually install it instead of waiting what could be two to three weeks until you win the lottery and receive it automatically.

We have the link below, and if you’re not sure of what to do, make sure to hit up our extensive guide on how to install OTA updates to Nexus devices.

Download - Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (nakasi) From LRX21P to LRX22G (5.0.2)

Nvidia Shield Tablet now receiving Android 5.0.1 update

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Nvidia has begun rolling out a relatively important stability update to all variants of its Shield Tablet. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table, it merely transports “improvements for the general user interface and application responsiveness”, but we’re not complaining as it shows that the manufacturer is committed to making its device the best it can possibly be.


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Screenshots showing Android 5.0.1 on the HTC One (M8) surface

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Hardware manufacturers are scurrying to update devices to the latest version of Android. Doing so as quickly as possible makes for some great publicity. HTC imposed a 90-day guarantee for Lollipop on the One (M8); however, where there is time, there are leaks. Screenshots taken from the handset running Android 5.0.1 (behind Sense 6.0) were published online by developer LlabTooFeR.


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Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012) is available

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Have the 2012 model of the Nexus 7? Then go ahead and install the latest version of Android. On the Android Developers site, Google posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for people that like doing things themselves. The factory image posted, though, is only for the WiFi variant (“nakasi”) and Google has yet to post any Lollipop factory images for the mobile data-enabled variant (“nakasig”). The Android 5.0.2 factory image is build LRX22G.

New to the whole process of installing a factory image? We put together guide with plenty of details so you can do it easily.

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Android 5.1 to roll out in February, 2015

 

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The final version of Lollipop (5.0) was unveiled back in October and manufacturers have only just begun rolling out the upgrade to unlocked variants of their flagship smartphones. However, it appears that an Android update with Silent Mode, changes to the Material Design color palette, improved RAM management and much, much more on board is on its way.

According to AndroidPIT and a couple of its trusted individual sources, Google is preparing to release a rather large Android 5.1 update in February, 2015, which is set to bring many interesting new features.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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HTC to start rolling out Lollipop update for One M8 and M7 on Saturday, January 3

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When Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop source code back in November, the 3rd to be precise, HTC promised to update its flagship smartphone to the latest build of the open-source operating system within 90 days. This makes February HTC’s self-imposed deadline, but if a recent report is anything to go by, it looks like we could be seeing the update 29 days sooner than expected.


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OnePlus One to get a ‘truly amazing sound experience’ this January

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OnePlus One owners will receive a major update in January that will be pretty significant for many reasons, but a another one announced today is from a partnership with MaxxAudio.

MaxxAudio is a “suite of psychoacoustic sound enhancement technologies which enable production of deeper bass, clearer highs, louder volume levels and more immersive sound from speakers, headphones and connected Bluetooth devices.” In other words, it should provide a much more pleasing sound experience.


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