Messenger application will not replace Hangouts on Nexus 6

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On many of the press shots of the Nexus 6, there’s a new application in the phone’s dock next to the phone icon. The app is called Messenger, and at first glance, it makes sense to think it’s something that could replace Hangouts and finally merge everything into one single application. However, according to Google, that’s not the case. Not yet, at least.
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Android Lollipop features “Factory Reset Protection” to stop thieves from wiping stolen phones

Android-5.0-LollipopSecurity and device encryption are hot topics lately, and Google is staying ahead of the game by building a ton of useful new features into the latest version of Android. We already know that Lollipop will feature device encryption by default, but it looks like Google is taking an extra step towards making sure that a stolen phone can’t be wiped and re-used.
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HTC Dot View app gets third-party notifications, music controls, and holiday surprises

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Today, HTC brings some of the most-requested features to its companion application for the Dot View case. The Dot View case will now show third-party notifications from any app. Previously, developers had to take advantage of the technology and do it themselves. In addition to having a third-party app icon appear on the display with the case closed, a user can swipe up for quick launch. Then the app will appear when opening the case. HTC also brought music controls so you do not have to open the case and hop around just to pause or skip a song.

In the changelog for the app, HTC says that it has included “new secret features.” It seems that the company is going to celebrate some holidays starting with Halloween. The app’s Google Play page shows a screenshot of a carved pumpkin. We expect that more holidays and seasons will be included over time.

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Plex announces its support for Android TV and the upcoming Nexus Player

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Plex, the service that serves already-owned user content to a multitude of devices, announced today that it will have a home on Android TV. More specifically, the company expressed excitement that it would be available on the new Nexus Player. Plex has been working with Google since April to get the service up and running in time for the launch of Android TV.

Here is what Plex said in a blog post:

We’re really enjoying the fresh take that Android TV brings to the table: bold, clean UI designed from the ground up for “lean back” viewing from your couch, and custom home screen recommendations based on your viewing habits are right up our alley, and they mean that Plex and Android TV are a perfect fit.

We would have to assume this means that Plex is going to be available at launch. The Nexus Player goes up for pre-order on October 17.

Source: Plex

Androidify update overhauls with new design, GIFs, and new items

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When Google introduces something new, it seems like everything happens at once. One of the lesser known but certainly fun announcements from today’s Nexus extravaganza is the update to Androidify. The app allows users to create themselves (or anyone else) in the form of an Android-like character. Google has brought a ton of exciting new features to Androidify including character animations, GIFs, new items, and additional language support. Of course, you will notice a new user design with the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Finally, Google encourages everyone to share characters on the Androidify website for use in a television commercial or YouTube video.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop statue arrives at Google headquarters in Mountain View

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There is your first look at the statue representing the latest version of Android. Google has put a statue representing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the lawn of its Mountain View campus. It is the Android bug holding a lollipop that towers over him while giving the peace sign to onlookers. His placement does seem to be a little distanced from the other statues. This could be to represent the next phase for Android.

Source: +Alex Ruiz

Google shows us what the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have to offer in a couple of new promotional videos

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Google took the wraps off its latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet a short while ago, and it’s pretty safe to say that there’s a huge amount of excitement running through the Android community right now.

Unfortunately, we can’t actually get our hands on either of these devices until the end of October, but just to make sure we’re suitably teased for their release, Google has posted a promotional video for each unit on its YouTube channel.

Each short movie explains the design choices for the featured handset, highlights key specs, focuses on dimensions and shows some exclusive previews of Lollipop in an effort to entice us to get our mitts on the device as soon as possible.

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LG aims to improve camera in next flagship device

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LG certainly made a mark during 2014 with the release of the LG G3, solidly placing it in front of smartphone buyers as a legitimate high-end manufacturer. As the company looks forward to 2015, the bar will be raised. In one area, the camera, LG revealed at the Korea Electronics Show today that it is ready to step up with an improved unit that will include 20.7 MP resolution sensor and an improved optical image stabilization system.

LG Innotek, the group that is producing the new camera hardware, indicates the image stabilization correction angle will increase to 0.7 compared to the 0.5 angle in the LG G3 unit. The larger correction angle means better adjustments can be made for unwanted movement like shaking when users try to capture video or images.

source: Naver
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Google posts video showing how Lollipop name was decided on

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Google’s Android team has posted a new video describing “The sweet search for L” that takes a humorous approach to all the possible names they could have gone with in naming Android L, which we now know is Lollipop. The video shows several options that may have been considered or perhaps Google just figured out there was some buzz around the name, like Lemon Meringue Pie.
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Nexus 6 to be available on all major U.S. carriers

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With Google’s official release of the Nexus 6 earlier today, buyers may be trying to figure out whether it will be available on their network. The good news for customers on the five major U.S. carriers is that Google is going to make the Nexus 6 available on all of those networks with the initial release. The networks include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. This is a welcome change in strategy from Google as they try to get the latest Nexus smartphone into the hands of as many users as possible. The biggest impediment could end up being the price, which at $649 off-contract, puts it right up there with other high-end devices. By not backing off on specs and the corresponding cost of the unit, Google is also employing a new strategy compared to previous releases.

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