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Android 5.0 Lollipop: when and where to get your sugar fix

Android 5.0 Lollipop: when and where to get your sugar fix

With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has answered the biggest question of what the next Android version will be named. Now the next biggest question is when will the sugary treat roll out and to which devices. Of course, the answer to that varies for manufacturer to manufacturer, some of which are being coy about their plans. Here we will try to round up what we know and have heard so far, both official and leaked, starting, of course, from Google's own blessed device line.

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Android Lollipop’s Easter egg is a Flappy Bird spoof

Android Lollipop’s Easter egg is a Flappy Bird spoof

Flappy Bird: you've likely heard of it, and maybe have even been addicted to it. The game's immense popularity not only caused the developer to temporarily pull it from the app stores, but also spawned hundreds of clones from slapdash developers looking to make a quick buck. For this reason, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who didn't recognize the game -- or a derivative of it -- upon first look, and that is perhaps why Google chose to use it as the foundation for an Easter egg hidden in Android Lollipop.

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Sony: Android Lollipop will be on all Xperia Z devices

Sony: Android Lollipop will be on all Xperia Z devices

Though not easy to come by stateside, the Sony Xperia Z lineup makes a strong showing elsewhere in the world. Since re-dedicating themselves to mobile, Sony has made strides in improving the overall experience on their handsets. An impressive 20.7MP camera adorns the newest Xperia Z flagships, and their Android overlay is slight and appealing. Updates are sometimes the foil of an Android OEM and user, though, as the company struggles to decide how to support legacy handsets. Sony isn’t struggling with that decision at all, and will update their entire Xperia Z lineup.

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Android 5.0 still doesn’t rely on Hangouts for messaging

Android 5.0 still doesn’t rely on Hangouts for messaging

With Hangouts, which replaced Google Chat and is trying to do the same to Voice, the idea was that we’d have one app to rule all the messaging. Instead, we’ve ended up with a mixed bag of kinda-works, sorta-works, and doesn’t-work-except-for-this-one-time. The Nexus 6 artwork, which prominently shows a messaging icon (new, but obviously a messaging icon) at the bottom, we all started questioning the direction. It seems google still hasn’t quite figured out messaging.

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Motorola to update all phones to Android Lollipop

Motorola to update all phones to Android Lollipop

With Android Lollipop rolling out over the coming weeks, we’ll start hearing which devices will get the update. Motorola, who coincidentally made the Nexus 6, are first to the starting line in the Android Lollipop update race, and have announced their plans on updating their existing devices to the latest and greatest from Android. If you’ve got a Motorola device, you’ll definitely want to read this. And judging by the list, if you don’t have a Motorola device — but are concerned about timely updates — you might want one.

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Nexus 6 official: here are the details [Update]

Nexus 6 official: here are the details [Update]

The Nexus 6 is a big phone. Google is wisely marketing it as one with “more space to explore”, with “more sound to hear”. Still, a 6-inch screen encroaches on too-big for many users. The rest of the Nexus 6 is equally big, meaning Google has scaled their latest Nexus accordingly. Now that it’s out,we’re learning all about the newest Nexus flagship smartphone, and just what it brings to the table, officially. Oh, and hey, we’re finally getting Android Lollipop, too!

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Android Lollipop, Nexus 6, 9, and Player all arrive!

Android Lollipop, Nexus 6, 9, and Player all arrive!

You’ve been waiting for it, and now it’s here. The Nexus 9 has arrived, and is branded with a very small HTC logo at the bottom. All the rumors, all the chatter, it was all true. In addition to the Nexus 9, we are also getting the Nexus 6, a VERY Motorola product. In fact, it looks like a bigger Moto X, which is exactly what we’d heard it would be. As if that weren’t enough, a Nexus set-top box is also seeing the light of day.

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Google mum on Android L name, but confirms it as 5.0

Google mum on Android L name, but confirms it as 5.0

Android L is coming. Even if we don’t know what it will be named, or when it will really come out, we know it’s coming. More to the point, Google knows we know it’s coming, and they know we know they know it’s coming. Now that we’re all in some sort of tech-y spy-vs-spy espionage standoff, Google has taken to YouTube, producing a video that shows how they picked their new mascot. No offense to whoever wins, but we’re going with Oreo. Someday.

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Android L: Will it be Lollipop, or Licorice?

Android L: Will it be Lollipop, or Licorice?

Do you know who Giovanni Calabrese is? He’s the guy responsible for those shrines to Android that adorn the Google campus each time a new release is upon us. He’s also working on the latest Android monument, but isn’t being forthcoming about what it will be. In fact, Calabrese is going out of his way to troll us all a bit. Widely believed to be called “Lollipop”, Android L is being teased by the statue maker as “Licorice” (or “Liquorish”, depending on the post).

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Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Overnight the newest Material Design-friendly Google Play has come across the early release boards ready for installation. This app will be ready for download by most users on the newest versions of Android immediately if not soon. It’ll be coming with an extra-flat design consistent with the rest of Android L, the system you’ll be getting on the newest smartphones over the next year. Or on forward-thinking smartphones you’ve purchased over the past year that've promised an Android L update as you please, thank you.

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