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Android 5.1.1 builds spotted for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 2013

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 01:00 PM PDT


With Android 5.1 out for most GPE and Nexus devices, attentions have moved on to the next version of Android and it looks like Google is getting ready to deliver. While not as exciting as the idea of Android 5.2 or 6.0, it looks like Google is readying 5.1.1, at least for two devices so far.

The Nexus 9 doesn't have 5.1 officially yet but it looks like Google has 5.1.1 testing on the tablet under build LMY47S. The WiFi Nexus 7 2013 is also testing a 5.1.1 build under LMY47W. The 5.1.1 build is present on Android.com so it will be interesting to see if this rolls out officially here soon. The builds are from Feb. 16, and we're not sure if we'll see a newer build officially drop.

We'll keep you posted if and when they do.

source: Android Police

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OnePlus announcing ‘something’ on April 20th

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 12:43 PM PDT

Alcatel OneTouch’s 5.5-inch Idol 3 now available for early pre-order for just $199.99

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 12:43 PM PDT

Google Play Services 7.3 Adds A New UI For Trusted Places And Finally Makes The Persistent Android Wear Notification Dismissible [APK Download]

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 12:42 PM PDT

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Google Play services made a rather lofty jump from 7.0 to 7.3 a couple days ago. While there don't appear to be any big API changes for developers, a couple of pretty obnoxious issues were cleared up for regular users. It looks like the Home address in Trusted Places is not only working again, but there's now an improved UI that makes it even easier to set up safe zones. Android Wear owners will also be pleased to say goodbye to the persistent notification.

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Evolution DRONE Bluetooth Controller Review: Brilliant Portable Design With Some Disappointing Usability Issues

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 12:42 PM PDT

Mobile electronics have to have compromises. You can't shove a 55-inch screen onto a phone no matter how hard you try, end eventually even the biggest battery will run out. It's all about balancing the desirable with the practical. A similar principle extends to the more niche world of mobile-focused gaming controllers: while we'd all like a console experience in a portable package, even the most generous pockets will be strained if you try to shove a Dual Shock into them.

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Android 5.1.1 references start showing up on Google’s site

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 12:04 PM PDT

android 5-1-1 sdk manager

It wasn't long ago we'd told you that Android 5.1.1 was a thing0,. If our server logs weren't believable enough, you could actually head into the Android Studio's SDK manager and download it. And now the new software is showing up on Google's Android developers site.

The goods exist on the page concerning audio latency, where Google lists the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 as having "Android 5.1.1″ as their latest builds. The former shows a build of LMY47W, while Nexus 9 is showing as LMY47S.

Does this mean we're nearing some sort of rollout? Its hard to say, though public flaunting of this new version would suggest Google is deep within testing and is working hard to get it out of the door.

It shouldn't be hard for you to contain excitement for its arrival. Incremental updates like these rarely bring any exciting new features and changes. Expect a lot of bug busting to go on under-the-hood, and not much more (though, depending on how you and your Lollipop devices have gotten along since its arrival, a bug fixing update might be as exciting as anything else).

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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone argument ends in stabbing

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 11:58 AM PDT

OnePlus teases an announcement for April 20

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 11:52 AM PDT

It looks like OnePlus is up to something, as the company has just teased an event or announcement of some sort for April 20.

OnePlus took to Google Plus today to post an image saying "You're Invited" to something on April 20, but we aren't quite sure what that something might be.

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18000mAh battery pack for an insanely low $30 at AndroidArea.com

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 11:34 AM PDT


18,000mAh of stored power, 2 devices charged simultaneously, and $80 cheaper than you can expect to pay elsewhere — the lightweight and compact Power Vault USB-enabled backup battery pack is available now from AndroidArea.com for 72% off.

The Power Vault is perfect in a pinch when an outlet is far away; it can charge even the highest capacity Android smartphones nearly six times over before needing a recharge itself. A sleek aluminum design is not much bigger than your average smartphone, making it easy to carry in your pocket or bag.

Normally priced at $109, you can pick up the Power Vault from AndroidArea.com now for only $29.99, effectively eliminating dead batteries from your life altogether.

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OnePlus teases April 20 as some kind of special date

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 11:17 AM PDT

Just two days after a report surfaced suggesting the OnePlus Two will launch in the third quarter of 2015, the company has posted an invitation on its Facebook page telling folks they're invited to a special something on April 20.

The image was recently uploaded to the official OnePlus Facebook page, and it's very limited in information. The image depicts a digital envelope and piece of paper, with the OnePlus logo and an invitation for April 20. The description of the image has OnePlus being just as vague as always, saying, "From here on out, anything could happen."

What that means, or what OnePlus could be gearing up to announce or show off is anyone's guess at this point. It's possible that the company could unveil the OnePlus Two this far in advance, but one would wager that the invitation for that event would be a bit more grandiose than this one.

What do you think OnePlus will announce?

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera tips and tricks

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 11:09 AM PDT

The Galaxy S6 has an amazing camera from the moment you first launch it, but there's always room to improve.

Just like every other camera, the Galaxy S6 has a learning curve — and while it's easy to pull out the phone and capture great shots with little effort, if you take the time to learn a few of its finer points you can really make the most of it. Whether it's switching over to the Pro mode for finer control or just browsing through the settings to make sure you're taking the right kinds of pictures and videos, these are the tips and tricks you need to know to get the most out of your Galaxy S6's camera.

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Groupon for Android updated with full Lollipop support, a new UI and more

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 10:37 AM PDT

Groupon has launched a major update to its Android app, with full Lollipop support along with a user interface revamp that reflects the look of the latest Android OS.

The app, which brings the version number up to 15.2, definitely looks like Groupon has taken many lessons from Google's Material Design ideas, along with brighter colors for the coupon and savings app.

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Little Worlds watch face makes clever use of the Moto 360’s flat tire bezel

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 10:35 AM PDT

little worlds watch face

Motorola's "flat tire" bezel on the Moto 360 has been the subject of many jokes, but instead of rejecting that component of the watch like a bastardized step child, why not put it to some interesting use? This "Minimal and Elegant" watch face by Studio eXtreme does just that with its cool Little Worlds feature.

What it does is simple: it uses the flat tire as the foundation for a silhouette of a city skyline, flowers on a hill or any other cool little thing you could think of (it's entirely customizable). The watch face itself is well-designed, to boot, so the $.99 you'll need to spend to get it seems well worth it.

Give it a download if you're tired of the flat tire being little more than an ugly blemish on an otherwise beautiful device. Oh, and Motorola: this is no excuse to keep the flat tire on your next round smart watch. We want this thing gone.

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Alcatel’s new OneTouch Idol 3 on sale for $199.99 for a limited time

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 10:23 AM PDT

The Idol 3 boasts a 5.5-inch Full HD display. Photo: Alcatel OneTouch Alcatel OneTouch is giving early adopters a nice discount on its new Idol 3 smartphone by pricing it at just $199.99 until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 20 — at which point its price will go up to $249.99. The Idol 3 is one of Alcatel OneTouch's high-end offerings; it's equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p

The post Alcatel's new OneTouch Idol 3 on sale for $199.99 for a limited time appeared first on Cult of Android.

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The HTC One M9 is now available from TELUS

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 10:22 AM PDT

The HTC One M9 is now available from Canadian carrier TELUS.

The HTC One M9 is available from TELUS for $200 with a two-year contract, though you can grab it without contract at its full price of $750.

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Lollipop rolls out to the Sprint Spark version of the Samsung Galaxy S4

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 09:37 AM PDT

An over-the-air update for Sprint Spark version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now rolling out that brings Android 5.0 Lollipop to the device.

The support page on Sprint's site does not indicate how big the download is, but it does show the new version number to be L720TVPUCOD1.

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Google+ update brings major redesign for Communities [APK Download]

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 09:35 AM PDT


Google is currently in the process pushing out an update for its official Google+ application. This upgrade doesn't deliver any new features, but it does transport a major redesign for the Communities section of the app and carries a handful of bug fixes, too.

Here's what the search engine giant had to say:

"Check out your favorite community on Android to see the new and improved look in this week's app update (currently rolling out). We hope you'll love it!"

To install the update, simply open up the Play Store on your device, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select 'My Apps' and click on 'Google+'. Next, hit the update button, and the upgrade will instantly start to download and install. Alternatively, you can download the APK by hitting the source link below.

Source: APK Mirror

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Chrome OS stable channel update brings Chrome Launcher 2.0 and more

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 09:28 AM PDT

Chrome 43 Beta released with new support for the musicians of the world

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 09:20 AM PDT


Google's Chrome team has released an update to the Beta channel, Chrome 43, with support for MIDI devices, a new Permissions API, and a host of other changes and improvements. The new Web MIDI API included in Chrome 43 means users can make use of connected MIDI devices when accessing an online resource. MIDI devices include things like synthesizers, keyboards, DJ decks and drum machines amongst others. With the update, once a user plugs one of these devices into their system, even an Android tablet or smartphone, the device will be able to communicate with web sites without any additional work by the user to load software or drivers.

The new Chrome 43 beta also tries to make it easier on users when they receive prompts about certain systems that require permission. An example would be sites that want to geolocate a user, a step that often triggered a prompt to let the site use their location. Unfortunately, these prompts often do not include any information for a user to determine the context or purpose. The new API applies to permission status checks for Geolocation, Push, Notifications and the new Web MIDI and will allow web site developers to ask for permission with some context for the end user.

Many of the other improvements involve under the hood changes intended to help web site developers use the browser more effectively. A few of these may be noticed by end users. For instance, Google is working on code to transition unmodifiable legacy web content to encrypted and authenticated content that can be delivered via HTTPS. This means users may see fewer warnings about mixed content on a site that they otherwise expect to me secured. Another change is the ability for the autocapitalize property to be used in input and textarea elements when users are entering information.

Hit the source link below for the full list of changes included in Chrome 43 Beta as well as further info on installing the beta channel if you do not already have it.

source: Chromium Blog

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Roommates stab each other in iPhone versus Android debate

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 09:04 AM PDT


It's a debate almost as old as time. OK, it's really not but it's been a debate since the modern incursion of smartphones pit the iPhone and iOS versus Google's Android platform. Fanboys on each side, spend announcement days bashing the other company's newest device while offering quips about how their favorite OS is better. Well it looks like two roommates are paying the price for their ultimate fanboyism as the the men stabbed each other during an iPhone versus Android debate.

In what could be taken away from a bar brawl movie scene, two roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma, took the argument to the next level after stabbing each other with broken beer bottles.

Tusla station KTUL reports, "Tulsa police say a woman found a man covered in blood, stumbling around the parking lot of the Evergreen Apartments around 1 a.m."

When the police arrived, they found the roommates had been drinking a bit and arguing about smartphones. Before stabbing each other, the pair broke their beer bottles with one of the men smashing a bottle over the other's head. The roommates have been treated for their injuries but charges have yet to be filed.

While the debate has always been silly, this takes the cake and should hopefully shed some light on how ridiculous the argument really is.

source: KTUL

via: Cult of Android

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5.5-inch Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 priced at $199.99 for a limited time in early pre-sale

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 08:52 AM PDT

Alcatel OneTouch is holding an early pre-sale of its 5.5-inch Idol 3 smartphone for just $199.99 from now until the end of the day on Monday, April 20.

After 11:59 pm PDT on April 20, the price of the Idol 3 will go up to $249.99. Any pre-orders for the phone will start shipping in mid-May.

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Adobe promises better Creative Cloud support for Android is coming this summer

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 08:34 AM PDT

adobe creative cloud

There comes a day in every company's life where they just have to bite the bullet and admit they haven't put their best foot forward. For Adobe, that day is today. While Adobe has released a number of great apps on Android already, the latest advances in their suite of multimedia editing tools under the Creative Cloud banner have largely been confined to iOS.

Namely, the Creative Profile and Creative Profile SDK that gives you access to all your image profiles, presets, brushes and colors have yet to find a home on Android. Adobe says that doesn't mean they aren't in the works, though, and tells us to expect the first of these apps to arrive in the Summer of 2015.Android users have cause to be upset, for sure. After all, they pay just as much for their Creative Cloud subscriptions as iOS users and aren't getting nearly the same level of support. We're not sure what Adobe has to do to make sure Android doesn't fall behind again — perhaps adding a team of software engineers dedicated to Android is in order — but we're hopeful this first step is a sign that they're finally getting serious about the world's leading smartphone platform.[via Adobe]

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 pre-order price lowered to $199 through April 20

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 08:31 AM PDT


This spring, Alcatel OneTouch is preparing to release their Idol 3 handset that offers respectable specifications at an affordable price. The Idol 3 has a 5.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution, front-facing speakers from JBL, Android 5.0 Lollipop, and a 13MP rear camera. All of this is packaged together for $279 seems like a fair price, right? Sure, but you can pre-order the Idol 3 for even less through April 20.

Alcatel OneTouch is hosting a pre-sale that lowers the Idol 3's price to $199 that ends on Monday. The pre-order price then increases a still-discounted $249. It is an unlocked device working on GSM networks including AT&T and T-Mobile, so giving the Idol 3 a look isn't such a bad idea.

[Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3] [Amazon]

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How to use Easy Mode on the Galaxy S6

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 08:22 AM PDT

If the Samsung Galaxy S6 is simply too much phone, you can scale things back (and make them bigger!) with Easy Mode.

Not everyone wants a zillion features on their phone. And even though Samsung has sort of streamlined TouchWiz in the Galaxy S6 (mostly by rearranging things or removing some options altogether), there's still a lot going on here. Maybe too much for you.

So if the default user experience is overwhelming, there are options. And one is the built-in Easy Mode. Here's how to use it:

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Subway Surfers 1.38.0 APK

Posted: 17 Apr 2015 08:18 AM PDT

Subway Surfers has been updated to version 1.38.0. By now you should be familiar with the flying carpet, and today we're being taken across to Arabia. With the latest release installed, you will be able to spin in the mystical Middle East. As always, we have the latest APK for you to download directly and install it on your Android phone and tablet.

Here's the full list of changes in the latest version:

• Travel to magical Arabia with the Subway Surfers World Tour

• Take Amira, the beautiful dancer, for a spin in the mystical Middle East

• Run and spell with the Surfer crew during the Wordy Weekend event

• Jump on the Old Dusty board and soar through the majestic Subway

• Collect hidden magic lamps in the Weekly Hunts to unlock sweet prizes

You can grab the newest update from the Google Play Store, it's a good idea to have a look and see if yours is ready. And check via the link at the bottom of the post to download directly Subway Surfers 1.38.0 APK.

What do you think of this newly released update and do you like the changes Kiloo has made to its endless running game with the new theme and unlockable content?

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Requires Android: 2.2.3+

File: 42MB (Subway Surfers APK)

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