Google IO 2015 Coverage

The 1st and 2nd generation Moto X should be receiving Android 5.1 soon

Motorola_Moto_E_Back_Slanted_TAMotorola has released some support documents that seem to indicate that both the older and newer versions of the Moto X should be seeing the Android 5.1 update pretty soon. The original Moto X is currently on Android 4.4, so this update should leapfrog Google’s initial Lollipop update.

The documents show feature changes for the Moto X 2nd Gen, and the T-Mobile version of the same device. Another document does specifically mention the 1st generation device, and it obviously is seeing the bigger jump since it’s coming from KitKat. Read more

Download and manually install Android 5.1.1 on the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi, and Nexus 10

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Google began pushing the Android 5.1.1 update to the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi, and Nexus 10 about a week or so ago. We know that it takes a while for the update to hit all devices, and you’re probably waiting patiently tapping on “Check for Updates.” I mean impatiently!!

There is no reason to wait any longer because you can download the actual over-the-air update straight from Google and manually install it yourself. If you already know what you’re doing, just grab your download(s) from one of the links below. If not, be sure to hit up our very extensive guide on how to do it. You will be surprised at how easy it is to do, and you there is no need to lose your data.

Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LMY47O to LMY47V (5.1.1)

Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (nakasi) From LMY47D to LMY47V (5.1.1)

Nexus 10 (mantaray) from LMY47D to LRY47V (5.1.1)

Galaxy Note Edge on T-Mobile getting updated to Android 5.0

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Edge_Main_03_TAT-Mobile has been on a roll with software updates lately. The carrier version of the Galaxy Note Edge is now officially seeing the Lollipop update OTA from T-Mobile, bringing a few features and the revamped Android software that Google introduced last year.

Unfortunately, it’s only 5.0, and not 5.1, but that’s still better than KitKat. You’ll need about 3 GB of space free for the update, but hopefully you haven’t crammed enough stuff onto your 32 GB device for that to be a problem. Read more

Android distribution numbers show Lollipop nearly breaking the 10% barrier

android distribution april 2015The latest Android distribution numbers for the month are in, and it looks like Lollipop has taken a massive jump thanks to the release of some high profile devices running 5.0 right out of the box. Android 5.0 captured 9% of the market share, although Android 5.1 only snagged 0.7%, a side effect of how many phones shipped with older software over the past month.

KitKat and Jelly Bean are still pretty dominant, with 4.4 making up 39.8% of Android devices and the multitude of Jelly Bean versions capturing a similar 39.2%. These numbers are down only a few percentage points from last month. Read more