Lollipop ‘Smart Lock’ now works with locations after Google Play Services 6.5


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.

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Google Play Services version 6.5 updates Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit [Updated with APK Download]


An update is rolling out now to Google Play Services, bringing new features to a slew of the company’s products. Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit are all involved in the version 6.5 update. On top of all of this, developers are being handed more control over the APIs utilized by an app.

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Your dreams of a Nokia Android tablet have come true


History in the making today folks. The first ever Nokia-branded Android tablet has been announced. The N1 features a one piece all aluminum body, a 7.9-inch 4:3 laminated display (2048×1536), a 2.4 GHz quad-core Atom 64-bit processor (Z3580), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 5,300 mAh battery, and it’s only 6.9 mm thick.

It even runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it won’t be stock. Nokia has installed its own Z launcher, but promises other changes will be kept to a minimum.

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LinkNYC network will bring futuristic payphones to The Big Apple


Things are about to change in New York City. Traditional payphones are being ushered out in favor of a modern technology. The LinkNYC network brings calling and a wireless connection to sidewalks throughout the city. The physical pillar to represent the LinkNYC network is called a Link. There will be up to 10,000 Links placed in the five boroughs of New York City with construction starting early next year.

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Google Keep gets new Material Design facelift and note sharing capabilities


Google is currently in the process of pushing out an update for its official Keep application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the ability to share notes with others, together with a makeover that falls in line with the search engine giant’s Material Design guidelines.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Kwikset launches Kevo beta app on Android


The incredibly-popular Smart Lock startup, Kwikset Kevo, which is powered by Unikey, has finally brought its mobile app to Android. Customers in the United States can now register for an invite to join the “Kevo Beta Program for Lollipop.” Once installed, users will be able to remotely open and lock doors in their homes and offices from their smartphone and/or tablet.

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HTC Desire Eye review: The selfie lover’s dream phone


There is no question that we live in a self-indulged generation that is in love with capturing pictures of themselves and sharing them online. We have seen a number of manufacturers try to capitalize on that trend this year, but HTC’s Desire Eye might be the best attempt. By offering a 13 megapixel front-facing camera with dual LED flash, it has to be a selfie lover’s dream. It’s not all about selfies however. Even the most narcissistic person has to do something else with their phone at some point right? In other words, is the Desire Eye good for only one thing or is it that perfect all around phone that selfie lovers have been craving?

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