Samsung has released a stability update for the Galaxy S 5 in Poland, which is the second Android 5.0 that particular variant has seen. Since it’s already been updated to Lollipop, this update doesn’t include much except for some performance enhancements, but it does mean that a bigger rollout is likely going to happen in the near future.
This update’s not going out over-the-air just yet, so if you want this update you’ll have to snag it from Samsung Kies 3 on your computer. Hopefully we’ll hear more about this update making its way to other countries soon.
When it comes to internet shopping, Amazon is sitting at the top of the heap. Tons of sites include Amazon integration, and there are very few things you can’t find to buy on the site. Of course, online shopping is a pretty competitive area, and Google is looking to add some new features to Google Shopping to position it better against the likes of Amazon.
Google is working on creating a “Buy Now” button for products listed on Google Shopping with the intention of keeping users on one of Google’s sites instead of sending them off to the retailer’s site. Right now, if you look up computer speakers on Google Shopping, it will list tons of other merchants that sell it along with links to their website, which means less potential for Google to dish up ads to potential viewers. Read more
If you’ve been waiting around for the latest Android build to hit the Nexus 5, you’re in luck. Android 5.0.1 has finally been released for the Nexus 5, joining most other Nexus devices.
You can grab the download below, and if you need help getting it installed, check our guide to manually install the update. Read more
The Android 5.0.1 update for a variety of Nexus devices has been rolling out to several devices since earlier this month. As is par for the course, Google’s developers have also posted factory images for different devices that can be used by those unwilling to wait for the OTA or who may need to restore their device to a factory condition. Joining the list of devices with a downloadable image available is the Nexus 5.
If you need to grab the image, you can hit the source link below and find the appropriate file for your Nexus 5 device. If the instructions provided by the Google developers seem a little daunting, you may want to check out TalkAndroid’s guide to installing a Lollipop factory image on your device without losing your data.
source: Google Developers
NVIDIA has just brought Half Life 2 Episode One to the Google Play Store as an exclusive for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. The title will set you back by a hefty $7.99, but that shouldn’t be much for die hard fans of Valve’s cult favorite game. The game will also require a SHIELD controller to function as well which costs $60, so make sure you’re covered before buying the game.
For the first time in forever, SwiftKey is offering branded keyboard themes. And based on market research that must have demonstrated that the bulk of SwiftKey users are young girls, the first themes to hit the market will be for Disney’s animated juggernaut Frozen. (Or it’s also likely that Disney Consumer Products dangled the metaphorical carrot in front of SwiftKey product developers.)
The dedicated Nest Thermostat apps on Android and iOS are now getting an update which officially brings Google Now support. This essentially means that users of Nest can shoot up Google Now and ask Nest to adjust the temperature levels in the house just by voice commands. Read more
Verizon Wireless hasn’t always been a heavy player when it comes to government clients. Rival AT&T has a longstanding stranglehold on much of Washington, which is aided by its use of GSM technology as opposed to Verizon’s CDMA. But as LTE networks remove some of the historic boundaries between the two radio types, it opens up possibilities for competition.
In a partnership with wireless encryption firm Cellcrypt, Verizon is taking a new service to market called Voice Cypher that will offer enterprise and government users end-to-end encryption of voice calls on Android, iOS, or erstwhile go-to platform for government, Blackberry.
The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a similar intelligence agency to the United States National Security Agency (NSA), has recently released an exclusive Android tablet app geared towards teaching the public some basics in cryptography and a spot of history involving cryptography. The app is mainly geared towards children, but the GCHQ states that it can be fun for people of all ages. Read more
Motorola is reporting on its forums that the Coral software update, which is the name for the 360’s Lollipop 5.0.1 version, is being pushed out to the devices as of today. This will bring the build version to LWX48P. Read more