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  • Verizon Rolls Out Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: Samsung TouchWiz, VoLTE Support, And More

    Verizon has just announced that it is rolling out an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to users of Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The latest software version, N910VVRU1BOAF, is said to have everything that Lollipop can offer.

  • You can now pre-order the best Android TV device from Amazon

    Android TV devices have left a lot to be desired so far. Back at CES Razer showed off a device that should finally do justice to Android TV. The Razer Forge TV is a beast of a set-top box, and you can pre-order it right now from Amazon. Razer is typically known for their gaming products, which is precisely what makes this device so great.

  • LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems Frustrate Users

    The much anticipated LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is finally here and slowly arriving for more and more owners, but the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is also causing problems for many. The update initially started outside of the US for unlocked devices, and then earlier this month the LG G2 in the US finally received Android 5.0 Lollipop, starting with Verizon.

  • Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Review

    Google’s Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update has been rolling out slowly for several and we’re finally starting to see Google make a big push with the roll out. With that in mind, we want to take a look at how the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 update has been performing on Google’s aging former flagship. This is our Nexus 5 Android 5.1 review.

  • U.S. Celluar Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update
  • Android 5.1 OTA Update Now Rolling Out To The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

    Before you ask, yes, this article is basically just another excuse for me to use Android Police's favorite device abbreviation, LGGP83GPE. (That's the short-lived Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, from way back in 2013.) According to at least one Twitter user and, hey, my own tablet, the LGGP83GPE is getting its Android 5.1 update right about now. If you're running stock software, head to the usual spot (Settings>About tablet>System updates) to check for yours.

  • Is Google bringing Android and Chrome OS together?

    The speculation about Google merging Chrome OS and Android has been a constant over the last few years. Why does Google have two separate systems when everyone else is merging? Why doesn’t Chrome just get folded into Android? Google has to kill one of them off. It’s odd that the tech world insists on Highlander rules – there can be only one. But the truth is that Google can bring them closer and closer together, and create a seamless experience for us, and it doesn’t need one to assimilate the other in order to do that.

  • AT&T finally approves Android 5.0 Lollipop for the HTC One M8, rollout expected shortly

    It’s been a long wait, but we promise you — it’s worth it. HTC One M8 owners on AT&T had to sit back and watch as the other “Big 4″ carriers in the US pushed out Android Lollipop to the device.

  • Android Lollipop to flavor AT&T's HTC One M8 starting Tuesday

    Owners of the HTC One M8 phone on AT&T should be on the lookout for a shot of Android Lollipop as of Tuesday.

  • Android 5.1 is on its way; here's what's inside for work

    Good news if you have an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition tablet: The Android 5.1 software update is in the air, waiting to be installed on your device. Android Police notes that the new version became available for the slate on Monday. Google updated and posted the software for many of its own Nexus devices a few weeks ago. If you have one of those, you can download and install the Android 5.1 factory image directly from Google here.

  • Google just demolished Tim Cook's case against Android

    Last week, Google published its comeback. The company's "Android Security 2014 Year in Review" report shows that less than 1% of Android devices have any malware. Google scans Active Android devices with a product called "Verify Apps," which seeks out viruses, ransomware, or other "potentially harmful applications" (PHAs).

  • Android apps to run on Windows, Macs and Linux with ‘Arc Welder’

    Google has launched a tool that lets Android apps run on any machine that can run its Chrome browser.

    The software, called Arc Welder, acts as a wrapper around Android apps so they can run on Windows, OSX and Linux machines.

  • ​HTC Rumored To Be Testing A System To Take On Android Auto

    Phone maker HTC has been apparently working on a new system codenamed "Cello" that links up with everything from navigation to night vision in a bid to provide a much more robust alternative to Google's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

  • Moto G Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Released

    In October when Google announced the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop update many manufacturers promised quick updates, and that included Motorola. Google’s been busy pushing updates to Nexus users, as well as a new Android 5.0.2 and Android 5.1 update to fix some bugs, and today we’ve learned the Moto G is getting Android 5.1 Lollipop for some.

Compact Cortex-A9 SBC expands on its inner Udoo

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Seco has released a commercial SBC spun from the original i.MX6-based open spec Udoo hacker SBC, adding eMMC flash and subtracting Arduino compatibility.

Seco oversees the popular, community-backed Udoo SBC project, but also sells more commercial single board computers under its own name, such as the SECOpITX-GX. While that board was equipped with an AMD G-Series SoC and adopted the 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX form factor, Seco’s new “SECOSBC-A62″ SBC features a Freescale i.MX6 SoC, and uses a 110 x 86.5mm form factor borrowed from the original Udoo SBC on which it’s based.

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The 78 essential tricks Google thinks every Android user should know

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If you own an Android phone, that also means you have a Google account. Google would like you to know that this account isn’t just there for show — it’s there to unlock a bunch of cool services on your smartphone. To help out Android newbies, Google has created a whole page dedicated to “78 things you didn’t know you could do with Google” to provide users with the basics they need to help them get the most out of Google’s services.

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How I use Android: Android Wear Engineering Director David Singleton

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Google's own director of engineering for Android Wear gives us a glimpse at what devices he carries, how he sets up his home screens, and what apps he can't live without.

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Tiny wireless-rich COM runs Android on 2.7GHz Snapdragon

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Inforce unveiled a tiny “6501 Micro SoM” that runs Android on a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 SoC, and offers A/V, camera, USB, serial, and wireless I/O.

Inforce Computing’s 6501 Micro SoM taps the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC used by its Inforce 6540 Pico-ITX SBC, but in computer-on-module form. The 50 x 28mm module, which is supported with an Inforce 6501 Development Kit, is claimed to be the “world’s smallest Snapdragon module for embedded applications.” Last September, Intrinsyc announced an 82 x 35mm, SODIMM-style COM based on the Snapdragon 805 called the Open-Q 8084 SOM, which is similarly supported with a carrier board.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Android 5.0: How to fix issues and problems on Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note 3, Galaxy S5 and S4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTE to get Android 5.0 Lollipop update next

    Android 5.0 Lollipop has so far been rolling out for smartphones but it seems that Samsung is expanding that now to tablets.

    Samsung has apparently started seeding the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS to Samsung Galaxy Tab S10.5 LTE units though it may be for a select number of regions only.

  • 10 free and incredibly useful Android apps that you can't get on the iPhone

    But since Android lets app makers do certain things that Apple prohibits, there are a few exclusive options that stand out.

  • AutoMate Turns Your Phone into an Android Auto-Style Dashboard

    Android: The rollout of Android Auto is one of Google’s slowest, and unless you have a Lollipop phone and an expensive aftermarket head unit, you can’t use it. If you’d rather skip the expensive car modifications, AutoMate can give you a similar dashboard experience with just your phone.

    Inexplicably, Android Auto has not officially been released in a simple app form that any old phone in landscape mode could use. While AutoMate is not official in any way, it does many of the same things, including controlling your music player, getting directions, and reading your texts aloud.

  • (Unofficial) Xposed Framework Alpha released for Android 5.1

    Up until recently, Xposed only supported devices running Android 4.4 or earlier, but in February Xposed developer Rovo89 released Xposed Framework for Android 5.0. Now there’s an unofficial build that works with (some) devices running Android 5.1.

  • OnePlus releases OxygenOS based on Android Lollipop

    OnePlus launched the OnePlus One last year, a high end smartphone that offered an excellent value to the consumer. A couple of days ago OnePlus announced OxygenOS, an operating system based on Android Lollipop 5.0.2, available for OnePlus One owners.

  • Android Security Improved in 2014, yet Risks Remain

    Google made strides in 2014 to improve Android security, but a large number of legacy users might not see the full benefit.

  • Despite Enterprise Concerns, Android is an Ultra-Safe Platform

    The fact is, though, hard data now shows that Android is not a target of hackers, and even in the case of the security vulnerability that PaloAlto Networks identified, no reports of actual hacks arrived. In a new report released by Google, the remarkable news has emerged that fewer than one percent of Android devices had a potentially harmful application installed last year.

  • Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 gets Android 5.0 Lollipop with VoLTE

    Verizon has begun rolling out the latest Android 5.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and in addition to all of the features and improvements you would expect to get with a Lollipop upgrade, it also adds support for VoLTE.

    This Lollipop upgrade includes Samsung’s latest TouchWiz software for the Note 4, which has been redesigned slightly to better match Google’s Material Design guidelines.

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video finally supports Android tablets

    Amazon Prime Instant Video finally supports Android-powered tablets, almost 7 months after making its Android debut. The service, which offers thousands of movies and TV shows to Prime subscribers, is available through the Amazon Appstore.

  • Run Android 5.1 Lollipop on Your Raspberry Pi 2 with RaspAnd

    Arne Exton, the creator of numerous distributions of Linux that are available for download on Softpedia, was happy to inform us about his latest creation, RaspAnd, a custom OS that allows you to run the Android 5.1 Lollipop mobile operating system on a Raspberry Pi 2 computer board.

  • 20 best Android apps and games this week

    Welcome to this week’s best Android apps roundup. As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, and (Free + IAP) means the app is freemium and uses in-app purchases.

  • iOS 8 hate

    The problems with iOS 8 have stretched on for months. Come on, Apple!

  • Sony Xperia Z3 and Z2: Android 5.0 Lollipop to release worldwide 'soon'

    Sony Mobile already started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3 series in the Baltic and Nordic regions mid-March, but the mobile manufacturer has not sent out the updates to other countries yet.

  • Best new Android widgets (April 2015)

    Although iOS scored widget support last year, Android is still the undisputed king of widgets. Naturally, those who swear by Google and Android have tinkered with these; in the meantime, those heavily investing into customization are certainly always searching high and low for a new widget that will give a whole new flavor to their Android screens.

  • OnePlus launches its own OxygenOS version of Android Lollipop

    We knew it was coming, and over the weekend it finally arrived: OnePlus has officially released the custom-made OxygenOS flavour of Android that will be powering the company's handsets and devices in the future.

12 reasons to buy the best Android Wear smartwatch you’ve never heard of

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The unexpected Huawei Watch appears to be the best Android Wear device ever made. To further build up hype around the device ahead the Apple Watch launch, the company published 12 things “you need to know” about the Huawei Watch on its community pages.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop: Everything You Need To Know

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When Android 5.0 Lollipop was released last year, it was filled with bugs and customer complaints started to pour in. Google rolled out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to try to fix the issues, but those were not enough.

Google started rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop in March, as a bigger maintenance update that looks to address the several issues that plagued the initial release of Google's latest mobile operating system.

Android 5.1 Lollipop improves the overall stability, battery life and performance of Android devices compared to the previous release. Most of these changes are under the hood, but there are also several new features that Android 5.1 Lollipop brings.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Getting To Know Android: Lollipop Edition

    Android 5.0 Lollipop (known previously as just Loser was the biggest change to Android since Ice Cream Sandwich. Frankly, I’d rank it as the biggest change to Android ever, for a variety of reasons.

  • OnePlus releases its own version of Android as a replacement for Cyanogen

    Last year, Chinese phone maker OnePlus tried to take on Samsung and HTC with a flagship-style phone at half the price. That device, the OnePlus One, ran a customized version of Android developed by Cyanogen, but now the company is ready to unveil its own software. After a couple of delays, OxygenOS is now available for OnePlus One owners to download and flash onto their smartphones.

  • OnePlus releases OxygenOS, its custom take on Android

    After a pretty sizable delay, OnePlus has at last released OxygenOS, its in-house version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. As promised back near the start of the year, this Cyanogen replacement is all about a "back to basics" approach that keeps things stock unless the startup thinks a new feature would be genuinely useful. Right now, that's largely limited to features you already had on your One: you can draw Oppo-style gestures to trigger functions when the screen is off, switch between hardware and software navigation keys and customize your quick-access settings. OxygenOS isn't for the faint of heart at this stage, since you'll have to be comfortable with installing ROMs (and likely put up with early bugs), but it's worth a shot if you want to catch a glimpse of OnePlus' software future.

  • OnePlus’s Android Lollipop-based ROM, OxygenOS, is available to download now

    The China-based mobile phone manufacturer has been teasing OxygenOS since last year, after the company encountered issues when launching its One phone in India. It learned that Cyanogen, the organization behind CyanogenMod, had granted exclusivity to another manufacturer in the country, which ultimately expedited OnePlus’s development of OxygenOS.

  • Top Android news of the week: Samsung not working on update, unified mailbox, Asus on fire

    Asus has raised its sales expectations for smartphones to 30 million for this year. The company is on the rise in this category, given it only shipped 10,000 units in early 2014.

  • ASUS raises sales expectations to 30 million smartphones in 2015

    ASUS has been ramping up its mobile strategy in the past few months, announcing cost effective products in both the smartphone and wearables markets. As the new Zenfone 2 range makes its way out around the world, ASUS has just updated its sales expectations to 30 million units for 2015.

  • Android 5.1 L Update Release Date for Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 4, Note Edge

    The Android 5.0 update (also known as Android L or Lollipop) has been very slow to roll out on Samsung flagship phones. Ever since it was announced in June of last year and officially launched in November of that year, its trickling down has been very slow, especially for those who are users of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S4, the Note 4, the Note 3, and the Note Edge. There have been reports that Android 5.1 might be just as delayed as Android 5.0.

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Supports Android Tablets

    Amazon doesn't seem to particularly want Android users to enjoy its video streaming service. First it took its sweet time expanding the offering out from Fire and iOS devices. Then when it did finally bring the app to Android, it required installing the standard Amazon app, which then prompted you to install a dedicated Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore (Google Play, what's that?). After that, it only ran on phones. Tablets, for the most part, were inexplicably left out.

  • Mailbox for Android version 2.0.1 update brings a Material Design refresh

    If you’re a fan of the “inbox zero” mentality when it comes to managing email, odds are you’ve tried Mailbox for Android. The app, which was an iOS exclusive for some time, makes it easier than ever to delete, snooze and archive emails with just a few swipes. When the application launched on Android, there were few differences between the iOS and Android versions, at least aesthetically speaking. But today that changes, as Mailbox is receiving quite the update to version 2.0.1 which brings a Material Design refresh to the app.

  • Why Android could kill Google's struggling standalone Chrome apps

    But that positive news carries a darker undertone. Google’s “Chrome app” platform was already underperforming, and now developers have even less incentive to write Chrome apps when they can reuse their existing Android apps.

  • Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 tablet get Android 5.0 Lollipop update

    The Sony Xperia line will finally get the much awaited Android Lollipop 5.0 OS update after the company formally announced the rollout through Twitter.

  • Android 5.1 certified for Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact?

    Sony might have taken a lot of heat for being so late to update its current flagship phone. But the manufacturer apparently isn't taking any chances when it comes to Android 5.1. New firmware has been certified for both the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The new firmware version is 23.2.A.0.278.

  • Sony Xperia Z Android 5.0 Lollipop update: Teaser image hints at imminent release

    Sony has shared a teaser on its Sony Xperia Google+ page showing the Xperia Z with Android 5.0 Lollipop's lock-screen notification feature and the tag "Coming Soon", indicating that the Japanese company could release the new update to the first generation Xperia smartphone, ahead of the newer Z1 and Z Ultra models.

Here’s how to unlock four secret Easter eggs in Android

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Happy Easter!

From wild pranks on April Fools Day to hidden tricks in its search engine, the Google team loves creating surprises for users. Here’s how to find Google’s Easter eggs, for the four latest versions of its Android operating system.

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