Google posts official Android 5.0 Lollipop images for several Nexus devices

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If you are the kind of person who does not like to wait for something like an OTA update to roll around to your mobile device in order to get the latest operating system update from Google, you may be glad to know that factory images for several Nexus devices have now been posted. If you own a Nexus 5, a WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013 version), or a Nexus 10, you can download the factory images from the Android Developers site.

If you go this route, you do need to know how to manually install the image on your device. That is not an overly complicated process, but it does require a few tools and the ability to do some research if you run into problems.

Updates to Android Lollipop for the 3G/4G LTE versions of the Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 4 are not yet available. Hopefully it will not be much longer for those to surface.

source: Android Developers

Google Messenger, with its beautiful design, is in the Play Store

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To add some more Material Design flavoring to your device, go ahead and download Google Messenger. It is a standalone app for sending/receiving SMS and MMS messages. It will replace your existing messaging app. What it will not replace is Hangouts as that remains the go-to for devices connected to a Google account. Google Messenger looks great and functions just as well. It clearly follows Lollipop guidelines.

Here are the key features of Messenger:

  • Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
  • Easy search: Search through contacts and conversations threads to find exactly what you are looking for.
  • Purposeful design: New, fluid, material design that is intuitive and delightful.
  • More features: audio messages, emoji support, colored text heads, message archiving and more.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to Nexus devices right now

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Owners of Nexus devices across the world are seeing Lollipop arrive. The company confirmed today that Android 5.0 is rolling out to Nexus devices. Millions are smiling right now after being previously disappointed as select non-Nexus devices received the software update to the latest version of Android. Google worked feverishly to get Lollipop out to its loyal base without any bugs or hiccups in the software.

“Dessert is served,” according to the official Twitter account of Android.

Source: @Android

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition coming in December

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Ready or not, here comes the Gear VR. The virtual reality headset from Samsung is going to be available in the United States early next month. Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 can purchase the Gear VR Innovator Edition to enjoy a fully immersive virtual reality experience. Samsung worked with Oculus to make the Gear VR possible. Software built into the Gear VR from Oculus includes Oculus Home, Oculus Store, Oculus Cinema, and Oculus 360 Videos and Photos. The name for each piece of software speaks for itself.

The Gear VR will also have exclusive content at launch through different partners. Marvel brought over Tony Stark’s lab from within the Avengers Tower. Cirque du Soleil Media produced an entire experience. And Temple Run is playable and makes users very interactive. Those are just some of the content partners for the Gear VR. Of course, there are many more and developers will (hopefully) support the platform so it can grow into something great.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Microsoft continues supporting outside platforms by opening its Android emulator

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After years of focusing on its own products and services, Microsoft is supporting the opposition. We have seen the company bring its most valuable assets over to Android and iOS. To really give more reach to developers, Microsoft has released a its Android emulator. Developers can use it to build their owns apps and see how they operate on Android. Microsoft included various Android functions to make the emulator operate as realistic as possible. This is part of the Visual Studio 2015 Preview.

Microsoft is also opening up software framework .NET, supporting OS X and inux platforms. In doing so, Satya Nadella & Co. are hoping to bring over a new audience of developers that would have otherwise stayed away from .NET.

Source: Microsoft Developer Blog (1) (2)
Via: The Verge

Verizon set to introduce “Connection Day” with a host of digital freebies in under two weeks

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Are you looking forward to Connection Day? What day? Connection Day. The day before Thanksgiving when Verizon will be giving away a bunch of free stuff, in an effort to make those long journey’s to families and friends a whole lot more exciting. You don’t have to be a Big Red customer to get in on the action, either. On Wednesday, November 26, anyone can head over to the official Connection Day webpage using a mobile device to receive a freebie.

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[APK Download] Google Keyboard offers light and dark themes with Material Design

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Google is treating its apps to Material Design following the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Now, you can give your keyboard a new look. Google Keyboard, with version 4.0.2, has light and dark themes to fulfill your taste. The APK download is below and only requires you to install it over the existing version of the Google Keyboard.

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