HTC One (M8) Developer and Unlocked Edition now receiving Lollipop update




HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, has taken to Twitter to announce that the Taiwanese company has just received approval from Google and is now rolling out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all Developer and Unlocked variants of the One (M8).

We have a full changelog for you after the break.

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Motorola starts distributing Android 5.0.1 update for second-generation Moto G to kill some bugs


Back in December, Motorola started rolling out the Lollipop update for the second-generation Moto G, but like most major upgrades, it had some rather frustrating issues which made using the device somewhat tiresome, but now that’s all set to change.

Earlier today, the manufacturer announced that it’s in the process of pushing out the Android 5.0.2 update, which it claims will rectify a lot of Lollipop’s initial bugs in order to deliver a smoother, more responsive and stable user experience.

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Samsung Tizen-powered Z1 smartphone will have access to many Android apps


If you ask Microsoft, they can tell you that smartphone applications can make or break a new entry into the smart device ecosystem. With the imminent launch of Samsung’s Z1a Tizen-powered smartphonein India possibly as early as today, Samsung will instantly feel the pressure of consumers needing apps for their device.

Samsung has promised that many of our favorite Android apps will appear in the Tizen store in a native Tizen OS format, but if the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store is any indication of what one might expect from the Korean tech behemoth, the Tizen store could have quite a rocky start. Enter Open Mobile’s emulator app: Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which harbors a sizable database of thousands of Android apps. Read more

You can now get the Nexus 9 in ‘Sand Gold’ from the Play Store


The HTC Nexus 9 was originally announced in three color configurations – Lunar White, Indigo Black and Sand. While the first two color variants have been extensively available for purchase, the third one has eluded the market for quite some time now. However, that changes today with the Play Store finally listing the Sand version of the Nexus 9. Read more

Was Google the best of CES 2015 without actually being there?


When January rolls around, thousands of people flock to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Consumer Electronics Show. The trade show allows the press (and the world from afar) to observe what new technology will arrive throughout the year and launch in the future. Even though many companies host their own events for major announcements, CES provides good exposure. It can be a make-or-break time for some while being another platform with the spotlight for others.

There were phones, tablets, televisions, set-top boxes, speakers, and much more all showcased at CES. Something has to power these things, right? Enter Google and more importantly Android. The company did not have a formal presence at this year’s CES; however, devices powered by or connected to Android in some way were seen everywhere. Google might have been the best of CES 2015 and they didn’t have to show up.

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How to shoot RAW or .DNG pictures on your Nexus 6 or Nexus 5


Google introduced support for some neat photography tricks with the new Camera API shown off with Android 5.0 Lollipop. This has allowed developers to leverage its potential by allowing several new camera features for devices that don’t support it by default. One of those features is the enabling of RAW image capture with the stock camera. If you own a Nexus 5 or the Nexus 6, there’s now a way to enable this feature on your device. We’ll show you how. Read more

Galaxy S5 Receives Android 5.0 Lollipop Update in the UK


Back in early December, Poland was the first country to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5. That was followed in quick succession by South Korea and Spain. Since then, Malaysia and Russia have also received the update.

Now, with the anglophone world’s patience being tested, the S5 finally looks to be receiving the Lollipop update in the United Kingdom. We choose to blame the delay on Prince Harry.

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TouchWiz to Become Less … Wizzy, More Nexus-Like?


Perhaps bowing to immense pressure and boatloads of frustrated user reviews, Samsung appears to be stripping down its TouchWiz overlay of Android for the upcoming Galaxy S6, bringing it closer in line with stock Android. As one industry source stated, “We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google’s Nexus 6.”

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