Google may replace your smashed Nexus 6


You’re walking down the sidewalk with your brand new Nexus 6 in toe, then bam! The handset falls from your hand or pocket face-down. The device is completely wrecked. Unusable. Aside from feeling pretty embarrassed and maybe muttering or shouting a few obscenities, what do you do? Well, according to one user on Reddit, you simply give Google a call and they’ll replace it for you completely free of charge the very next day.

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New video shows Android 5.0 running on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4


On Monday, a collection of leaked screenshots appeared online supposedly showcasing the latest beta build of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on a Galaxy Note 4 and the Google Play Edition of a Galaxy S4. Now, today, SamMobile has posted a video on YouTube airing the alleged ROM for Samsung’s latest flagship phablet.

At first glance the software does look much smoother and more fluid than the previous version and there’s a truckload of additional features on board, too. If you’d like to see the ROM in action — hit the break to watch the new leaked Android 5.0 firmware running on a Galaxy Note 4.

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Google, Target work together for Bullseye’s Playground with Project Tango


Google had Winter Wonderland experiences constructed in select malls across the United States during the holidays last year. This year, the company is partnering with Target for Bullseye’s Playground. Who is Bullseye? The Bull Terrier that is Target’s official mascot. The experience allows Target guests to play interactive games from the mobile site while giving to charity. For each and every game played, Target will donate $1 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All you have to do is play. And stores will have unique codes throughout for new levels and characters to be discovered.

In four Target stores in the United States, people can try the Project Tango tablet. In Sunnyvale (CA), Chicago, Dallas, and Roseville (MN), Project Tango tablets will be alter the shopping experience to create a winter wonderland. Characters will appear and activities such as snowball fights can take place. There are specified dates and times for these stores, so be sure not to wait very long.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 gets certified in China


There are no signs to indicate that Samsung is slowing down. In China, the Galaxy A7 just received certification and this means that the handset is likely to be released rather soon. The most noteworthy item about the Galaxy A7 is that it measures 6.3mm in thickness. Samsung has never released a phone that thin. The body of the Galaxy A7 is metal, a step in the right direction after Samsung’s long years of using plastic and faux leather.

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Upcoming DROID device to have 5.9-inch display and Snapdragon 810 processor


The DROID Turbo has been on the market for just over one month, but Verizon is not allowing Motorola to slow down production. Sometime next year, likely around the summer, Motorola will release a DROID device that matches and surpasses the Nexus 6 and its specifications. There is a chance, though, that the device ditches DROID branding and joins the Moto line.

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Android 5.0.1 fixes a factory reset bug for Nexus devices and a video playback issue on the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi)


Android 5.0.1 was pushed to AOSP last night with factory images posted for the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi), Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 10. We are sure this update fixes a slew of bugs, but a couple of notable ones include a factory reset bug as well as a video playback issue on the Nexus 7.

The factory reset bug involves the lock screen in that it could automatically trigger a factory reset. As you might know, if you have a security lock screen, you can configure it to wipe the device after a certain amount of failed attempts. The initial Lollipop update had a bug in that just tapping the device was recorded as a failure when utilizing the Pattern unlock method. This is an unlikely situation for most people, but nobody wants to reset their device accidentally.

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Nova Launcher gets updated to version 3.3 with Lollipop-style app drawer


Nova Launcher is one of the best launcher replacements available on Android. Not only does it feature an experience similar to stock Android, but it’s loaded with tons of extra features and it stays updated to keep up with whatever Google adds to the vanilla Android launcher.

The latest update brings one of the best new features of Lollipop to Nova Launcher: the app drawer. Lollipop shows apps in the drawer as cards, sticking to Google’s favored interface design, and now Nova will let you do the same. The option is tucked away in the settings, but in the Drawer section of Nova you can check the new Show Pages As Cards options to get that Android 5.0 feel. It’s not identical to what ships on stock Lollipop devices, but it’s close and a little more customizable. Read more

Google Play Edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra gets Android 5.0 update


If you own a Google Play Edition of Sony’s extremely large Xperia Z Ultra, keep an eye out for an OTA update. The Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been released for the device, making it the second GPE device to get updated, behind the LG G Pad 8.3.

The update comes in at a pretty small 397 MB, and it includes several features specific to the Xperia Z Ultra including a battery saving mode and some tweaks to take advantage of the speedy Snapdragon 800 processor. Plus, you’ll still get all the visual and functional improvements that come with Lollipop, anyway. Read more

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 gets incremental update to Android 4.4.4


Verizon is pushing out an update to its variant of the Galaxy Note 3, and while it’s not Lollipop, it does bump up the Android version slightly to 4.4.4. Plus, there a handful of fixes and improvements on the device, so it’s a worthwhile update.

In addition to the improvements from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, you’ll also get a handful of tweaks on Verizon’s end, including changing Isis Wallet to Softcard, plus updates to Verizon Support and Protection and Caller Name ID. As far as apps go, you can expect Knox 2.0 to be on board, plus Find My Mobile, Samsung’s Kids Mode, and the Virtual Camera Tour feature. If you use Samsung Side Sync with a newer tablet or PC, you’ll also finally be able to take advantage of call forwarding with this update. Read more