Russian Samsung Galaxy S4’s seeing Android 5.0.1 Lollipop updates

Looks like those Exynos sporting Samsung Galaxy S4 owners in Russia are starting to see a hefty update roll out to their devices. It is being reported that Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is starting its push in the country to the GT-I9500 variant of the device and is coming in at a rather enormous 1049MB. It […]

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Getting To Know Android Police: AP2 Edition

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Okay, so this isn’t the GTKA post you’ve been expecting – that one’s still in progress. This post, Getting to Know Android Police, will introduce you to something you’re already looking at – our full redesign, delivered after what has seemed like an eternity of teasing, hinting, and behind-the-scenes work. AP2 is really just the beginning. We have even more awesome bits, pieces, and optimizations planned, but there are already a lot of new things to see around here, so we thought a post like this one might help our readers get acquainted with the new site. Get your itshappening.gifs ready.

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Away from the television? Here’s how you can watch Super Bowl XLIX

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This year’s Super Bowl will be televised by NBC and the broadcaster has about eleven hours of coverage planned on the day of the game. On NBC at 1:00pm EST, the broadcast network will air Super Bowl XLIX Pregame with kickoff at 6:30pm EST. Then, NBCSN will carry a lengthier NBCSN Sunday Sports Report once the game completes and the Lombardi Trophy is raised. Now, all of this is aired on television and more than 100 million people will tune-in; however, some either cannot be in front of the television or prefer other means of viewing.

Hit the break for alternate viewing options.

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The go-to online viewing option for most is NBC Sports Live Extra. The service is available on the web and tablets. The NBC Sports Live Extra stream will begin an hour before the pregame show starts on NBC, so online viewers will have a bit of a jump. Worried about your television provider not being eligible or not having one at all? Breathe a sigh of relief. For the Super Bowl, NBC is waiving the requirement to sign in. By the way, I have had a pretty good experience streaming NBC Sports Live Extra on a tablet.

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Things are very complicated for people seeking to watch the Super Bowl on their phones. The NFL Mobile app will stream the game, but only for Verizon customers that have the More Everything plan. Verizon customers without it can pay $5 per month for streaming access. Don’t worry, we’re confused by that decision too.

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And, at the very least, you can Cast the NBC Sports Live Extra stream from your Chrome browser to a display with an HDMI port. Ideally, those with access to only a computer or Chromebook would do this. On the web and in its app, NBC Sports Live Extra does not have a dedicated Cast button. This option was almost required last year because FOX Sports Go did not (and still does not) have an app in the Play Store.

Not a fan of Katy Perry or Lenny Kravitz performing at half time? The alternative will be watching YouTube for its very own halftime show. Oh, and yes NBC has the rights to stream its halftime show online. For the 2012 game, NBC was not able to do so.

To recap, remember that NBC Sports Live Extra is for web and tablet viewers while the NFL Mobile app handles Verizon customers.

Who will win tomorrow — the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks? Lets us know in the comments!

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Samsung Gear VR is to blame for the Galaxy Note 4 not having Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 are probably wondering where the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is. The device is the newest to be released by Samsung and the software launched right around the same time as the Galaxy Note 4. Apparently, Oculus is to blame. More specifically, the company behind Samsung’s Gear VR is busy adjusting the kernel specifically for the headset. This is because the Gear VR and Galaxy Note 4 are dependent upon one another (for now). The Gear VR was developed by Oculus and the company has to make the adjustments rather than Samsung itself.

At this time, there is no word as to when the update can be expected. The safe bet is likely late February into early March.

Source: @Faryaab

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TUDIA case for HTC One (M9) could indicate what it looks like

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The HTC One (M9) will be introduced to the world on March 1 but we are learning about the device well before then. On Amazon, a TUDIA case for the upcoming handset was posted and customers can pre-order now. The case itself is obviously not what we are concerned with. Instead, attention is being given to the rendered handset encased.

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The rear of the handset shown here has dual LED flash next to the camera which its predecessor, the HTC One (M8), had as well. The Duo Camera setup is gone. HTC will be waving goodbye to its UltraPixel technology and welcome megapixels with a larger lens.

The problem here, though, is that it does not match the appearance of the One (M9) and One (M9) Plus that surfaced just a few days ago. The front camera is positioned to the far right rather than being centered like the Desire EYE. Also, the front speakers remain unchanged despite it being said that HTC would opt for a setup similar to the Nexus 9.

The Amazon listing says that the TUDIA case will be released on February 9; however, don’t expect to be putting an HTC One (M9) into it for a few weeks.

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Via: Phone Arena

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Latest CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies Bring The Boot Animation Back In Black

cmWere you upset that CyanogenMod changed its boot animation for CM12 (based on Lollipop) to a blinding white flash of branding brilliance? Then you really need to find better things to be upset about. Even so, it looks like the nightly builds released just a few days later have adjusted the boot animation once again, bringing it back to a more sober black. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure:

And here’s the slightly older one, just for the sake of comparison.

Latest CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies Bring The Boot Animation Back In Black was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Motorola’s Keylink Accessory Is Gone From The Online Store, But It Will Be Back In A Few Weeks

keylinkYesterday ComputerWorld writer JR Raphael that the Motorola Keylink, the Bluetooth phone/key finder accessory that was released a couple of months ago, had suddenly vanished from Motorola’s online store. This caused a certain amount of confusion and speculation that Motorola had discontinued the gadget, even so quickly after its launch. We reached out to our press contact at Motorola for some clarification.

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No worries, absent-minded Motorola phone owners. According to a company representative, they’re just out of stock, and will be for the next few weeks.

Motorola’s Keylink Accessory Is Gone From The Online Store, But It Will Be Back In A Few Weeks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[APK Download] Titanium Backup Updated To v7.0.0 With Better Lollipop And CM12 Support

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Not long after some test builds were found in the wild, Titanium Backup has started pushing version 7.0.0 via the Play Store. The big jump in version number from 6.2.0.3 is not all that indicative of the changes, as most users won’t notice much in the way of updates. Still, there are some improvements, which are always welcome.

What’s New?

Here’s the full changelog:

  • Added support for storing backups into any DocumentsProvider (eg: on external SD card) on Android 5.0+.

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Odd Bot Out Is An Adorable Little Platformer-Physics Puzzle Game Starring A Robot Reject

unnamed (6)Physics games are thick on the ground on mobile platforms. And to be honest, Off Bot Out from developer Martin Magni doesn’t seem to offer much in the way of new ideas… at least at the start. But building on the basic tools introduced in the first few levels and expanding on them with a surprisingly rich physics engine, the game gets much more complex very quickly. Before long Odd Bot Out becomes something that is, if not wholly unique, then certainly special.

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Help! My Android has malware!

What to do if you think you’ve got an infected Android phone or tablet

We’ve talked about antivirus apps for Android a little, specifically if you really need to use one at all. It’s a good thing to talk about and sort through all the FUD and nonsense about malware on our smartphones and tablets.

Today, we’re going to talk about what to do if you think you might be infected by malware. There’s always plenty of discussion (and sometimes a bit of fear-mongering) about how to prevent malware on Android, but very little about what to do if it happens to you. Prevention is still the best idea, whether it’s from careful monitoring of the things you do or by using an app to monitor for you, but you can survive a malware attack.



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Top free antivirus apps for Android

There are a ton of options when it comes to antivirus apps on your Android phone or tablet — but there are only a handful of truly free ones. Many offer free features, with more robust features available as at a premium or subscription basis. You can get just as many great features from an unrestricted free app however. And in this case we’re talking all-the-way free.

So while we still contend that you don’t necessarily need a virus scanner on Android, it’s still a conversation we’re going to have, and we’re going to look at some of the apps that are currently available.

All of these apps offer the basics like virus and malware scanning, but a few also have features that go beyond, like app managers, app locks, privacy controls, phone finder, remote wipe and more. So if you’re looking for a great free antivirus app for Android, look no further than these apps.



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HTC’s Lollipop update won’t reach every One phone on time

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HTC hasn’t always had success upgrading One users to the latest version of Android within its promised 90-day window, and history is unfortunately repeating itself with Android 5.0 Lollipop on the way. The phone maker is now warning that “some carrier versions” of the One M8 and M7 won’t get Lollipop by the expected February 1st deadline. Reportedly, Google’s rush to fix Lollipop (which emerged, shall we say, less than polished) gave HTC little time to both finish its own update and put it through the usual provider testing routine.

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Casio’s new iOS app turns your whistling into full-length tunes

Apps have done wonders for music creation, and now there’s mobile software from Casio that aims to make it even easier. The Chordana Composer app for iPhone creates a track basked on a melody that you create by singing or whistling two bars of a tune. Casio’s handiwork records you, and then automatically builds the rest of the song based on your input. This means that anyone can construct a hit without in-depth music knowledge or the ability to play an instrument. After the base of the song is captured, there’s five genres and three melodic settings for the tweaking before hitting the Auto Compose button and putting the app to work.

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Source: Casio (PRNewswire), iTunes

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FileThis Automatically Fetches Paperwork From Hundreds Of Sources And Saves Them To The Cloud

unnamed (1)Bank statements. Insurance policies. Credit card bills. All of these are things that you should hang on to, and you might not. FileThis is a service that hopes to make proper filing as easy and painless as possible by automatically fetching those documents and dropping them right into your cloud storage service of choice. It’s kind of like having one of those automatic scanners… without all that, you know, tedious scanning.

FileThis Automatically Fetches Paperwork From Hundreds Of Sources And Saves Them To The Cloud was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Casio’s new iOS app turns your whistling into full-length tunes

Apps have done wonders for music creation, and now there’s mobile software from Casio that aims to make it even easier. The Chordana Composer app for iPhone creates a track basked on a melody that you create by singing or whistling two bars of a tune. Casio’s handiwork records you, and then automatically builds the rest of the song based on your input. This means that anyone can construct a hit without in-depth music knowledge or the ability to play an instrument. After the base of the song is captured, there’s five genres and three melodic settings for the tweaking before hitting the Auto Compose button and putting the app to work.

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Can’t watch the Super Bowl? Use these Android apps instead

Whether you’re just “in it for the commercials” or you’re cheering on a team, you can watch from mobile if you have to

We can’t all be comfortably seated in the best spot in the living room with a huge plate of wings and a threatening glare toward anyone who dares to even think about touching the remote control this Sunday night. For reasons passing understanding, Super Bowl Sunday is not a national holiday yet. As a result, you may have obligations that put you somewhere that doesn’t have the big game playing. The good news is there are mobile options if you’re able to watch. The bad news is, if you want to watch live, there’s not a lot of them.



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Grab a skin case for your Galaxy S4 today for only $2.95

The Mobi S-Line Case is a slim, form-fitting TPU cover that wraps around your Galaxy S4 to protect against drops and scratches while providing an enhanced grip. It adds very little bulk and is completely flexible, making installing and removing the case very easy. Comes in 8 colors, too!



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iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount review

Hold me tender with this smartphone car kit

The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount is quite a mouthful. It’s also quite a handful when you pick it up, as it resembles some sort of unholy union between a medieval torture device and a siege engine. Don’t get me wrong, the iOttie is a wonderful mount with a lot of bells, whistles, and especially a lot of moving parts. It’s also sporting a budget friendly price, but do all those moving parts add up to a stand that’s worthy of your dashboard or a massive mechanical migraine?

Stick around.



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The world seems to be ending in Mophie’s first Super Bowl ad

Smartphone battery case company Mophie has decided to join the Super Bowl TV commercial train for the first time this year, and they have already posted their 30-second commercial online. The ad shows the entire world on the brink of destruction.



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Verizon Wireless Will Let Customers Opt Out Of ‘Supercookie’ Tracking After Privacy Backlash

nexus2cee_nexusae0_verizon-horns_thumbSorry, class, you don’t get any extra credit for predicting this one. After some heated responses from consumers following the reveal of a controversial “supercookie” web traffic monitoring system, Verizon Wireless has announced that it will allow its customers to opt out of the lucrative and potentially dangerous advertising practice. Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Debi Lewis told The New York Times, “We have begun working to expand the opt-out to include the identifier referred to as the UIDH, and expect that to be available soon.”

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The system isn’t technically using a “cookie” in the conventional browsing sense; UIDH stands for “unique identification header,” a customized version of a standard HTTP header, in this case tailored specifically for Verizon.

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[I Know What You Did Last Tuesday] Blinq Overlays Your Contacts’ Social Updates On Top Of Your Messaging Conversations

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Oh my. This is creepy. And cool. Very cool. It has stalker-like potential and unequivocal convenience. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Imagine you get a message from a contact, through SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or other apps. You start talking to said contact and they go on blabbering about some very important event that happened in their life. You haven’t the faintest idea what that is because, let’s face it, you do not have the luxury of spending your entire day checking Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Don’t Miss These Android Stories: January 31, 2015

I know that the only thing on your mind right now is how many melt-your-brain-hot wings you will consume on Sunday after an 18-pack of Busch Light, but there were actually a ton of major Android stories from the past week that you should catch up on. From a potentially real first look at the new HTC flagship, to all sorts of Galaxy S6 rumors, to big changes in Google Now, to the network-switching-awesomeness that could be Google’s wireless service, we talked about it all. Oh, we also sat down for a DL Show on Friday.

To catch up, run through the quick-hitter list below! 

Do the right thing this weekend, cheer for the Patrihawks.

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: January 31, 2015 is a post from: Droid Life

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Motorola Still Loves the Keylink, Will Bring It Back Once They Have Appropriate Inventory

Yesterday, a concerned number of you noticed that Motorola removed the Keylink, a $25 lost key/smartphone finder key fob-like thingy, from their accessory site. The move was a bit troubling for those who were hoping to acquire one at some point because moments after it was introduced back in November, it sold out and has yet to be re-stocked. Seeing it disappear might have led you to believe that it was gone for good. 

We reached out to Motorola to check on the status of the Keylink and actually have good news to report back. According to Motorola, the Keylink is still a current product, but has been temporarily removed because they won’t have appropriate inventory for several weeks. Once they do, they will post it up again for sale.

This is a link to what used to be the previous Keylink page. If and when it does come back, I would imagine it will re-appear right there.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Android Wallpaper: Good Night

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It’s funny how many different things the phrase “goodnight” can mean. You can use it to say “goodbye” at the end of the day, or to wish someone a good night’s sleep. It can also be used to simply say “this was a good night.” For our wallpapers this week we’re all about good nights and the beautiful night sky.

This week we have 6 HD wallpapers that feature the night sky. To get one of these wallpapers on your phone, tablet, or even PC, simply tap or click on the image to see it at full resolution. Let us know which one is your favorite, and be sure to share a screenshot if you use one of these wallpapers!

Push new Android Wallpaper to your Android device with our Pushbullet channel.

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Project Tango Graduates From ATAP, Moves Back In With Google

unnamed2Project Tango, also known as “that Google thing that isn’t Project Ara,” is growing up. The 3D motion and mapping hardware has been moved out of the Advanced Technology And Products Group (basically Google’s version of Lockheed Skunkworks) after two years of development and the not-quite-release of a developer’s kit. Now, like all recent graduates in this economy, it’s moving back in with its parents at Google. So… right down the hall in Mountain View, I suppose?

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WhatsApp’s Calling Feature Starts Making A Shy Appearance For A Few Users

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You know the WhatsApp calling feature that has been rumored for almost a year and supposed to roll out by the end of 2014? Well, it seems to be here, a few months late, and with a major caveat for now.

Reddit user pradnesh07 has come across the feature by receiving a WhatsApp call from a friend. That’s how the option is presumably activated for each user, in an invite-like system where you have to get called by someone who already has it enabled.

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Flipboard Topics Are Live For Readers In The UK And India

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Oh Flipboard, you had me at “Indian Food.” Then you lost me at “Royal Baby.” Then I liked you again when you mentioned “Fish and Chips.” But I hate you now because you only want to be friends with British and Indian people. I’ll have you know, some subjects are international. But you, dear reader, don’t have to stand next to me in this feud, especially if you live in one of these two countries since you should be able to benefit from Flipboard’s new Topics feature.

Flipboard Topics Are Live For Readers In The UK And India was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google releases Project Tango from ATAP

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Google recently moved their Google Glass project from the Google[x] lab to a new home with the Nest team. Now they are graduating another project from its development home. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, or ATAP, has announced that they are “transitioning” Project Tango out of their group, although it is unclear where Project Tango is going to end up within the Google organization.

Project Tango launched a couple years and ATAP indicated that was long enough for a project to exist within ATAP. Project Tango is an attempt to bring technology that can build a virtual 3D map based on sensors detecting a device’s position in space. As an example, the team used their technology to build some self-propelled SPHERES for NASA to use in space.

Google indicates they are “committed to moving the technology forward” but no other details were available about how that is going to pan out.

source: +Google ATAP

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HTC to miss Android Lollipop update for flagship devices

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This weekend was supposed to be the deadline for HTC to update the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) with Android Lollipop. However, Mo Versi with HTC has issued a statement via the HTC web site to let owners of carrier versions of those devices know the update is not going to happen. Versi indicates HTC decided to opt for ensuring the “rollout is right” even if it means missing the target date of 90 days after Google released the code.

In the statement, Versi indicates part of the problem has been on Google’s end as they work to “address several issues with this release” referring to Lollipop. HTC points out that the Google Play, Unlocked, and Developer Edition of the HTC One (M8) have received the Lollipop update already. However, other versions such as those sold by the carriers are still not ready. Versi says that if the update does not “result in an even better experience with your device” it would defeat the purpose of the update.

HTC has not issued a revised timeline for the update to be available for the affected versions. They invite owners of the impacted devices to continue to watch their Software Updates page and their @HTCUSA Twitter account for updates.

source: HTC

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Moto G (2014) with LTE goes up for sale in Brazil

After first rearing its head roughly a month ago, the new LTE version of Motorola‘s second generation Moto G is now available for sale in Brazil.



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