The anticipation of receiving (or manually installing) a new Android update is mind blowing. Not only can’t you wait to see the new interface, but your also hoping the performance will dramatically improve. Unfortunately that’s not the case for a lot of Nexus 7 (2012) owners.
Many users are reporting that their tablet has become so slow and buggy with restarts that it’s “unusable.” One of the Google product experts suggested clearing the recovery cache partition, but unfortunately that hasn’t helped.
Earlier today, four leaked screenshots appeared online showcasing what’s believed to be an unreleased version of HTC Sense 6.0 user interface running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to the source, the images were snapped on a standard One M8 primarily used for internal testing and should be pretty similar to the update the Happy Telephone Company is planning to roll out to all International variants of the handset.
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
You can’t expect a major update to be free of bugs, and Lollipop is no exception. A new bug has been found in that after adding a widget the launcher freezes followed by a transparent widget drawer and transparent launcher.
Tapping the Home or Back buttons does nothing, but supposedly you can tap somewhere between the home and app drawer icon to stop it. We have a video after the break.
Yesterday, Google announced Google Play Services 6.5 with a slew of new features, but it looks like there is at least one more hidden gem. Smart Lock is a new feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop that already allows you to set certain Bluetooth devices (Trusted Devices), NFC stickers, or even your face as a way to bypass the security lock screen. So for example, if you set your Bluetooth headset as a trusted device, you won’t need to enter your security PIN if your phone is connected to it. That’s all good stuff, but Google didn’t include locations or WiFi networks with the initial launch of Lollipop. That’s changing with Play Services 6.5.
Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new camera API that allows the capture of RAW photos. Many people have noticed the change with the Nexus 5, but those with a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 haven’t. The reason is that it’s hardware based. Devices that use a processor for image processing that is not part of the SoC (external ISP) will not be able to take advantage of it. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 7′s fall into that category.
We saw the Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 4 (occam) land a couple of days ago, so we knew it was only a matter of time until the OTA Zip file was posted. Good news for this Sunday morning. It’s available right now for your downloading pleasure.
Updating via OTA route is preferred since you don’t have to worry about losing your data, assuming your device is locked. You should still backup your data however.
We have the download link below and be sure to check out our extensive guide on how to install this bad boy. You won’t find more detailed instructions anywhere else.
source: Nexus 4 (occam) From KTU84P to LRX21T
When Google first announced Android L last summer with a developer’s preview edition and then in October made the official announcement sans a final version being available, it was clear Google had all hands on deck to try to wrap up all the details that go into a major operating system overhaul. So it should be no surprise that some things may have been overlooked. At least, we hope this one is an oversight and not something intentional on the part of Google. Android Lollipop users have discovered that silent mode has been removed when running on a smartphone and other volume and notification management choices are just not well thought out.
The Nexus 4 will get the latest version of Android in a software update, but the rollout for Android 5.0 has yet to take place. Fortunately, today, Google posted the factory image of Lollipop for the Nexus phone of 2012. The software version listed on the Android Developers site is LRX21T. So now Nexus 4 owners can join the fun even two years after launch.
Not sure how to install a Lollipop factory image on your Nexus device? Then check out the TalkAndroid guide explaining exactly how to do so.
Source: Android Developers
Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, has today tweeted that the Taiwanese company is preparing to roll out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Google Play edition models of the One M8 and M7 located in the United States as soon as next week.
All the changes you’d expect from Lollipop are bundled into this update, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. HTC has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications.
Hit the break for the full changelog.