NVIDIA SHIELD announces Android 5.0 Lollipop update and a whole lot more

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NVIDIA promised us a quick Lollipop update for the SHIELD tablet, and they have delivered. They just announced that it will start tolling on November 18, and it comes with more goodies.

First off, the update will include the Dabbler app, which is NVIDIA’s painting software that offers full support for layers. Now users can share live Dabbler sessions over Twitch.

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Humble Bundle app removed from Google Play as new features are planned

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To donate to charity and receive an impressive set of games, you will to go exclusively to the Humble Bundle site for the time being. The official app has been removed from Google Play following the group’s plan to implement new features. For people that have the app installed on their devices, everything will remain to operate in the way it does currently; however, there are no future updates to come. When the app does return, Humble Bundle will do so through its own installer and not Google Play.

Source: Humble Bundle

Adidas’ #miZXFLUX app slaps a photograph on your shoe for purchase

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Have you ever taken a picture and appreciated it so much that you wanted it on your shoes? Believe it or not, you can make that happen. Adidas has released the #miZXFLUX app, hashtag included, in the Play Store. It does the unthinkable! It allows a user to take a photograph, position it on the ZX FLUX shoe, and have it printed and shipped to the doorstep.

The availability of this feature is limited to European countries for now. People in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom can go ahead and make a purchase. Also, the amount of supported devices is limited. There is an odd mix of devices supporting the app, many of which are from last year.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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Sprint adds more value to its Family Share Pack Plans

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The holidays are coming and it is easily the busiest time for carriers. There are promotional offers to be found everywhere to encourage new lines and upgrades. On November 14, Sprint will be adding value to its Family Share Pack Plans. The plans, which come in $80 (12GB) and $90 (16GB) price points, will lower the cost of a line to $15 per month. This is down from $25. Families will definitely rejoice over that. Furthermore, a tablet will cost $10 per month. Sprint is leaving some money in your pocket with the hope that it will be spent on new devices.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Prepare for bloatware with a Nexus 6 from AT&T

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Purchasing a device through a carrier comes with one major downside: the bloatware. Any device, no matter the hardware manufacturer, will ship with software that just takes up space and will never be used. It has gotten better over time but bloatware is still an issue. Nexus devices always remained the exception to the rule as Google kept the experience pure and the way Android is meant to be seen. This year, the Nexus 6 will be available through select carriers. And at least the Nexus 6 sold through AT&T will be packed with bloatware. Most of them are AT&T’s, covering things like account information and navigation. Fortunately, it can all be removed (which at one point was not possible).

So maybe it is indeed a good thing that Verizon is not selling the Nexus 6 itself at this time.

Via: Gizmodo

[APK Download] Google introduces some UI changes for Android Wear users on Lollipop

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An update is being rolled out to the Android Wear app, but it is not the full-scale version we recently learned of. This is primarily for users of Android Wear on Lollipop. And it is all design related for the most part. Things have been rearranged just for easier navigation. The update does include media playback notifications. That is something missing prior to today. But again, you will not notice much of anything if you are running the app pre-Lollipop.

Hit the break for download links to both the Play Store Play Store downloads.

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New Android commercials feature a bunch of Androidify characters

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Four new commercials have been released by Google demonstrating Android’s seamless experience across multiple form factors. After all, the platform’s tagline is “Be together. Not the same.” The commercials are fun due to the Androidify characters present in each. The music is interesting and the characters are full of life and Android goodness. These are commercials you will definitely watch when airing on television rather than skipping over with a DVR.

Hit the break to watch the videos.

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Samsung Flow initiative to make movement between devices easier

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Over the last several years, as computers became more powerful and take increasingly different form factors, the landscape changed so that it is no longer unusual for users to have several devices at their disposal. With all these devices, it is not uncommon for a user to find themselves working on something on one device and needing to transition to another device. Apple recently introduced Continuity features as part of iOS and OS X Yosemite to address this need. Not to be outdone by one of their major rivals, Samsung announced at their developer conference that they too are working on a system called Flow intended to address similar consumer needs. Read more

How to install the Lollipop factory image on your Nexus device [and keep your data]

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The Lollipop update is rolling to Nexus devices as we speak, but it could take up to a week till your device receives it. If you’re the impatient type, we have all the instructions to get Lollipop up and running in no time. You can download and flash the appropriate factory image for your device.

Now there are a couple of caveats. The first is that your bootloader must be unlocked. It’s not a big deal to unlock it, but the only issue with that is that your device will be wiped clean as in you will lose all your data. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the OTA update, which keeps your data. If you happen to already have an unlocked bootloader, you can  flash the factory image without wiping your data. Depending on your situation, we have two sets of instructions for you right after the break.

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