How to manually install the Lollipop OTA on your Nexus device, download links included

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There are two methods for manually updating your Nexus device to Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can flash the factory image, but if your bootloader isn’t unlocked, it means you have to do a factory reset. The good news is that there is another method and that is to install the actual Over-The-Air (OTA) update. Even better news….you won’t lose your data!! Oh wait, there’s even better news…..we have all the instructions on how to do it right after the break.


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Waze update adds Places! information

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Waze has rolled out an update to their application adding some new features. Extending their user-submitted data model, Waze now lets users submit information on local places. Users can add or edit information related to businesses or residential locations. This could include information about parking options or whether a location has drive-thru services available. Users can also submit photos to help other Waze users recognize a location when they arrive.
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What to expect in this week’s Google Glass updates

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In this week’s Google Glass update, you can expect several new features to be added. You will now be able to automatically backup your photos and videos when you’re plugged into Wi-Fi, rather than wasting your bandwidth on the go. You’ll also be able to clear all photos and videos from your timeline in one simple step, which was apparently a much desired feature from Glass users. Last but not least, Google has taken steps with Glass to be a little smarter about answering your phone calls.

For a little more info and a better description of the updates, check out the source link below!

source: Glass Google+

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

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During the HTC One (M8) launch event today, HTC announced the next version of their UI overlay to Sense 6, which they are calling Sixth Sense. The new HTC One (M8) will come with Sixth Sense straight out of the box. To help support current owners of HTC One devices, including last year’s model along with the HTC One Mini and the HTC One Max, the company will be rolling out Sixth Sense to owners of those devices some time this spring.

HTC also announced during the event their HTC Advantage program, which is their commitment to ensuring their devices receive updates in a timely fashion. This commitment is to roll out major updates to Sense or Android within weeks after they are made official for up to two years after they put a new device on market.

Samsung skips over international version of Galaxy S III for KitKat update

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A couple days ago Samsung announced the devices in their portfolio for which they will provide an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the U.S. However, Samsung did not say anything at the time about international devices. New information was released today indicating the list of international devices will largely mirror the U.S. list. The notable exception is the Samsung Galaxy S III, which did not make the cut.
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Box app improves picture navigation and UI polish in latest update

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Box, one of the top cloud-storage services, has written up a blog post about what they’re doing to make their Android app experience top-notch. They’ve discussed how they’re working to make the Android app a great experience, utilizing Project Butter and several optimization tricks to make everything fast, fluid, and easy to use.

Box discussed how the most commonly uploaded types of files are image files. In fact, they’re uploaded five times more than the next most common file type, which is PDFs. Since that means that a majority of users are only using box to store and browse photos, image browsing was at the top of their priority list. They’ve overhauled how image thumbnails are loaded and viewed so everything is buttery smooth and completely functional, which should make current users happy and draw more new users into the service.
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Dead Trigger gets game balancing update, includes new environments and gameplay

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Dead Trigger 2 has received an update today that includes a few new features, tweaks, and gameplay balancing. The new gameplay is focused on giving players more environments to grind through, since many of the upgrades and equipment are still fairly tedious to get in the game.

There are also a handful of issues that have been balanced, including some zombie difficulty. Hit the break below for the full changelog and download link.
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Google Drive app gets updated with lighter Holo UI and several new features

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Google’s Drive app is starting to see an update (in the form of staged rollouts, of course) with “bug fixes and improvements.” Fortunately, those improvements actually mean something more than a bunch of under-the-hood tweaks that you may or may not notice.

First up is a tweaked Holo interface. It’s nothing major, but several aspects of the UI in the application have been made lighter to fit in with Google’s card-styled interface. The slide out navigation drawer is the most apparent aspect of the design to get this tweaked treatment. There are also a handful of new features, such as being able to pull down the list of your files to refresh it, a create bar at the bottom of the app for quickly creating new documents or uploading files, and a bunch of new tools for viewing and editing spreadsheets. Google has added in a Pause button to replace the Stop button when syncing files and a new filter to use when scanning in images specifically for colored drawings. If you’re the artistic type and like storing your work on Drive, that should be a handy feature for you.
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Latest Google Chrome beta includes new gestures and nifty image search features

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Good news for you Chrome Beta users out there as the fine browser’s development team has announced a major overhaul of the popular browser, which should make more than a few of you out there very happy. Right off the bat, Google has included some new image search functionality— users can now press on an image and then have the option to search for that particular image within the default search provider (presumably Google). Additionally, the Chrome team went ahead and included some pretty slick gestures that allow the switching of tabs to be even more seamless and smooth. Users will now have the option of swiping horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs or drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view. So yes friends— it appears that life just gotten a little better for us Chrome users, right?

The new features are available in the latest beta now, though there’s no word on when a full rollout will hit the masses just yet. Here’s hoping we’ll see everything available for the rest of the Android world sooner than later.

source: Chrome Blog