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Nexus 9 and Nexus Player factory images are now available

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Following the update of the AOSP repository with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has made available the Lollipop factory images for the Nexus Player (fugu) and Nexus 9 Wi-Fi (volantis) tablet.

The binary image files allow you to restore the two devices to their original factory firmware. Read more »

iFixit tears down Nexus 9, gives it poor repairability score

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The freshly launched Nexus 9 got the iFixit teardown. The HTC-made slate received the poor repairability score of 3.

As expected, the iFixit disassembly of the Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet reveals a number of details. Read more »

Dropbox and Microsoft will let you edit Office files from the Dropbox app, access Dropbox from Office

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Dropbox and Microsoft have announced that they’ve teamed up to make your mobile productivity experience better on iOS and Android. Soon the Dropbox app will work with Microsoft’s Office apps for the aforementioned platforms, and viceversa.

You’ll be able to edit Office files from the Dropbox app as well as sync changes across your devices. All edits will be automatically saved to your Dropbox. Read more »

Nvidia Shield tablet will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop update this month

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If you were wondering what the first non-Nexus device to get the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop would be, we might have the answer today. And slightly unexpectedly, it looks like it won’t be a product from one of the big Android makers (in terms of sales). Rather, we’re talking about Nvidia’s Shield tablet.

The company best known for its graphics processors has published a video on YouTube in which it teases the upcoming update. The rollout time frame of “November” is mentioned quite a few times, so we’re assuming Nvidia’s engineers are pretty sure they’ll be able to pull it off. Read more »

Gmail 5.0 for Android arrives, supports non-Gmail accounts

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Google has updated the Gmail app for Android to version 5.0 and has completely overhauled it, both visually and under the hood. The new app sports a user interface abiding to the Material Design standards, even on pre-5.0 devices.

The big functional change is that the Gmail app now supports 3rd party email accounts with POP and IMAP. This means you can add your Outlook, Yahoo or custom work email without any problems and eliminate the need for a separate app. Read more »

Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop code in the AOSP repositories

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Google has commenced pushing Android 5.0 Lollipop source code to the Android Open Source Project repository. In addition to the actual source code, the company has also updated the documentation behind it. It outlines all the changes that developers need to make in order to successfully build the latest version of Android for themselves.

Going under the title “lollipop-release”, the AOSP Lollipop version sports a build number LRX21M and a lot of hardware is covered in the device-specific repositories. We’re happy to see the first-generation Nexus 7 there. Read more »

Google Calendar app for Android gets redesigned

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The Google Calendar app for Android is the latest to get filled with Material Design. But its newest update is also packing a few new features, so it’s not all about the looks.

The new app is available today on Android 5.0 Lollipop – or, specifically, on the HTC Nexus 9 tablet, which so far is the only device to run the latest version of the OS. The app will, however, work on all devices running Android 4.1 or later. It’s expected to make its way to the Google Play Store “in the coming weeks”. Read more »

HTC Nexus 9 now available with same-day in-store pickup at Best Buy

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Today is the official launch day for the HTC-made Google Nexus 9 tablet. Of course you can go ahead and order one from the Play Store, in which case it will be delivered to you within two business days, but what if you don’t want to wait that long?

That’s where Best Buy comes in, as it turns out. The retailer is offering you the possibility to order a Nexus 9 from its website, and pick it up from one of its stores – today. Or tomorrow, if you so wish. But the point is that same-day in-store pickup is possible for the Nexus 9 at Best Buy. Read more »

Moto 360 and LG G Watch R are officially on their way to AT&T

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AT&T has announced a bunch of phones today, but it apparently didn’t want to disappoint smartwatch fans either. So, the carrier has officially unveiled that it will sell both the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R.

These are currently the only round smartwatches running Android Wear, Google’s spinoff OS for wearables. While the Moto 360′s display isn’t perfectly round, the one in LG’s effort is slightly smaller. Read more »

Gmail 5.0 for Android leaks, brings Material Design

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We have seen the 5.0 version of Gmail app for Android a while back. The app has already been included in Android Lollipop update but those of us who are still on KitKat and older versions of Android can now get the 5.0 update, albeit through a leaked APK.

Android Police has managed to get their hands on the APK and uploaded it for the rest of us. Read more »

Weekend poll: Motorola Nexus 6 – hot or not?

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Earlier this week, we spent some quality time with the Motorola Nexus 6 ahead of its retail launch in November. We did quite like it, but now’s the time to hear your opinion on it – is it hot or not?

Before answering the question, though, we’ll give you a brief rundown of the Motorola-made Nexus 6. It’s a large, 6″ smartphone and for the first time in a while it’s priced to match the most high-end offerings out there. Read more »

Google reportedly working on cross-platform local file sharing service

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Google appears to have a cross-platform local file sharing service on the way. Dubbed Copresence, the upcoming offering will reportedly be a cross between Apple AirDrop and Android Beam.

Copresence will allow iOS and Android users to exchange a plethora of information that includes files, messages, photos, and directions among others. Read more »

BBM gets Timed Messages and Message Retraction across platforms

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BlackBerry’s Messenger app has received an update today, which brings with it two new features. Timed Messages allows you to set a timer when sending a message. When that expires, the message you sent will disappear from the BBM chat.

With Message Retraction, you can ‘take back’ something you sent – after the fact. The message disappears from the chat for the person you sent it to as soon as you retract it. Read more »

Google Now and Siri beat Cortana at answering tough questions

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Now that all three major mobile platforms have their own personal assistants, we’re all wondering how well each of them performs at different tasks. The latest study doesn’t look good for Cortana, Microsoft’s attempt in this space.

This particular test is all about tough questions. Google Now, Siri, and Cortana were all asked difficult things, through a random question generator created by two developers. Read more »

Google Wallet update brings material design and automatic bank transfers

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Google Wallet has been updated with several nice features. One of them is the option to set up a recurring bank transfer to automatically add funds to your Wallet account.

You can set up the recurring bank transfer on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis and cancel it any time. Google says that there are no fees or minimum balance requirements for the automatic transfer. If your balance gets low, you can set an alert to remind you to add funds. Read more »