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Six licks of Google's Android Lollipop

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Google's new Android 5.0, Lollipop is ready to come out of its wrapper for developers with the release of its SDK. While ordinary users shouldn't try installing it on their Nexus 5 phones or Nexus 7 (2013) tablets, experts and programmers can download and install Lollipop now.

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Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

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Android 5.0 "Lollipop" won't ship to the public for a couple more weeks, but Google has tossed developers a bone by releasing the final SDK and system images for select Nexus devices ahead of launch.

The new Lollipop SDK that posted on Friday replaces the earlier Android L Developer Preview that the Chocolate Factory offered up at its annual Google I/O conference in June.

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Edward Snowden suggests you use Silent Circle

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  • Edward Snowden suggests you use Silent Circle

    The NSA leaker, speaking by live video feed to the New Yorker, rattled off a short list of more secure alternatives to standard-issue iPhone texting. His suggestions: RedPhone (or any other service from security researcher Moxie MarlinSpike and Open WhisperSystems) and Silent Circle, which offers voice, text and data encryption as well as its own privacy-centric handset, the Blackphone.

  • Android L 5.0 Lollipop Update by Google: All You Need to Know

    Google first caught the attention of many die-hard Android fans at their summer developers’ conference by announcing their newest operating system, Android L 5.0. They certainly kept everything regarding the software well hidden, dropping a few hints here and there that it was coming, but were fairly silent for the most part.

  • Tor Browser gets updated to version 4.0

Android 5.0 L Developer Preview and Android 5.0 SDK for Google Nexus 5 and 7 Now Live for Download

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Google has released the official Android 5.0 SDK and the Android 5.0 Developer Preview final build. Check them if you’re a developer and you wish to start working on optimizing your applications for the full Android 5.0 Lollipop release that should take place early November.

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All current Nexuses, including Nexus 4 and 2012 Nexus 7, will get Lollipop

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Google's official Android Lollipop announcement this morning originally didn't mention some older Nexus devices—namely, the Nexus 4 and the 2012 Nexus 7. However, Google has confirmed to us that those older devices will indeed be getting Android 5.0, as will the Nexus 5, 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the Google Play Edition devices.

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Will Android and Chrome marry?

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The WSJ reported that "Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of engineering for its Android mobile-operating system, is now also overseeing the engineering team behind Google’s Chrome operating system." The paper believes that is a sign that Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president in charge of Android, Chrome and Apps since 2013, plans on merging the two operating systems sooner rather than later.

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Mobile pico projector does surround sound too

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A mobile, Android A/V robot on Kickstarter called the “Keecker” offers surround sound, a pico projector, a panoramic camera, sensors, and 1TB of storage.

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Android Exec Says Google Will Loosen Reins on Watches, TVs and Cars Over Time

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“It’s not some Google-way-or-the-highway kind of thing,” the company’s vice president of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer said in an interview on Tuesday. His comments came as Google rolled out Android 5.0, a.k.a. Lollipop, which is designed to power a wide range of other devices beyond the usual phones and tablets.

Lockheimer acknowledged that hardware makers have less flexibility to customize Android for use on watches, TVs or in cars, but said that is not necessarily a permanent situation. He said Google wanted a bit of time to make sure it had the basics right in these new areas before allowing deeper customization of the software experience.

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Android 5.0 debuts on phone, tablet, and Nexus Player

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Google unveiled a Motorola-made Nexus 6 phone, an HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet, and an Asus-made $99 “Nexus Player” Android TV device, all with Android 5.0.

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  • Android users get ready to taste the sweetest lollipop of all

    Android users have been waiting patiently for the next version of their favorite mobile operating system and today Google announced the final release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 will appear on new Nexus devices such as the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player console. It will also be available in the next few weeks for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10.

  • Google Android 5.0 Lollipop released

    The moment Android fans have been eagerly awaiting for months finally arrived on Wednesday as Google finally announced release details for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android L’s most obvious new feature is the inclusion of Material Design, a new design interface that is notable for its flatter icons and its physics-based animations that will give both Android apps and the platform itself a smoother and more consistent user experience.

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8 comparison preview | Android L vs iOS 8

    Apple and Google have both recently unveiled their upcoming mobile operating system updates, both set to be released this autumn. Google's offering is Android Lollipop, while Apple's is iOS 8. Here, we compare the two in our Android Lollipop vs iOS 8 comparison preview, to determine what's in store for iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and Android tablets later this year.

Sony Z1 and Z2 added to Xperia open-source project with unified kernels

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The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 are now a part of Sony's open source efforts, and unifies them with a common kernel based on the Qualcomm MSM8974 platform. This won't mean much for everyday users, since applying the software to either device means you won't be able to take pictures or make phone calls, but it will make life easier for folks who tinker with custom ROMs.

The kernel unification means developers will be able to cook something up for both devices at once, rather than needing separate ROMs for each. This is a great start, but there are plenty of Z variant models that could benefit from this AOSP treatment as well.

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