When Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop source code back in November, the 3rd to be precise, HTC promised to update its flagship smartphone to the latest build of the open-source operating system within 90 days. This makes February HTC’s self-imposed deadline, but if a recent report is anything to go by, it looks like we could be seeing the update 29 days sooner than expected.
Every year around this time, Google lets us know what the most searched terms were for the year and releases a nice recap video highlighting it all. 2014 was a year that was dominated by ALS, Ebola, Robin Williams, and yes, Flappy Bird. Here’s the top 10 topics in order….
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.
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
Sprint Nexus 5 users, start spamming your check update buttons now. Of course I kid, that does little to speed up the process, but it appears that Sprint has green-lighted the Android 5.0.1 update for the Nexus 5 and is in the process of pushing the update to last year’s Nexus flagship. An expected bug fix, Android 5.0.1 fixes issues with factory resetting the device along with video playback issues the Nexus 7 (2013) was having.
Google and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, have announced a new collaboration to work on technologies to bring Project Loon to France. Although details have not been revealed, Google is looking for expertise from CNES in balloon technology, something the agency has been studying for several decades. Google’s contribution will include some long-duration campaigns to help CNES studies of the stratosphere and ozone.
The Google Maps team has certainly been busy with new features finally reaching users the past few weeks. The most recent update involves an update that ties in with another Google service, Google Drive. Google is making access to My Maps available through Drive and eventually maps created by users will be available through Drive as well.
Several Google Wallet users have started to report that they are finding $5 “treats” in the app when they open it. The surprises consist of gift cards to various vendors for “being a loyal Wallet user.” It is not clear how Google is selecting the users to receive the gifts as some indicate they have not been using Wallet and others are heavy users, even participating in a current promo to get a gift when you buy a gift.
With the LTE Nexus 9 going official yesterday, Google has now posted factory images of Android 5.0.1 for the device. This should mean that an OTA update is on the horizon if you bought the device yesterday from T-Mobile. You can also get the tablet through the Google Play Store, although the device was only available from T-Mobile for a while.