Nexus 4, Nexus 9 to miss out on some Android 5.0 Lollipop camera features

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As Android device makers continue to work on bringing Android Lollipop to legacy hardware, one of the issues we will see is the inability of older devices to take advantage of all features available in the new operating system. This is a result of some older hardware simply not being capable of supporting newer technologies that did not exist when originally produced. A good example of this is the Nexus 4 and the camera hardware that will not be able to support some features of the new Camera2 API. Read more

Google+ Auto Enhance expands its reach to videos

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When uploading photographs to Google+, you may know them a bit different about them. The social network will actually aim to make them better with a feature called Auto Enhance. It makes slight changes here and there, some of which may go unnoticed by the user. Auto Enhance is now capable of working with video uploads rather than just photos. Tim St. Clair, the Google employee that shared news, says it will “make your videos look and sound better.” Google+ will analyze the the picture and audio quality and provide users with a side-by-side comparison to see which one is preferred.

Hit the break for directions and the video demonstrating the feature.

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Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012) is available

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Have the 2012 model of the Nexus 7? Then go ahead and install the latest version of Android. On the Android Developers site, Google posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for people that like doing things themselves. The factory image posted, though, is only for the WiFi variant (“nakasi”) and Google has yet to post any Lollipop factory images for the mobile data-enabled variant (“nakasig”). The Android 5.0.2 factory image is build LRX22G.

New to the whole process of installing a factory image? We put together guide with plenty of details so you can do it easily.

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Android TV Launcher update brings much-needed bug fixes

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Google has today rolled out an update via the Play Store for its official Android TV Launcher application. The upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, in fact, it doesn’t bring anything at all, but it does transport a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations all aimed at eliminating the nasty experiences users have been reporting.

If you own either a Nexus Player or any other version of Android TV, you’re eligible for this upgrade. All you have to do is navigate to the Play Store on your device, head into My Apps, select Android TV Launcher and hit the green Update button, then you should be good to go.

Source: Google Play

 

Nexus 6 users can now enable the double tap to wake function without root access

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The ever active developer community over at the XDA forums found a way to enable the double tap to wake function on Nexus 6 smartphones after the feature was removed by Google at the very last minute. However, this feature was limited to customers who have root access on the device which meant that those without it were left in the dark. Read more