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Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 OTA update out now – factory image too!

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 OTA update out now – factory image too!

Four days after mentioning the update to the public, Google is now pushing Android 5.1.1 to the Nexus 9 tablet. This HTC-made device suffered apparent issues in-between Android 5.0 and this newest update, and this newest update is ready to roll to bring the fixes. In addition to the OTA (over the air) update, the Factory Image for this software has also been posted for your self-loaded satisfaction. OTA will only work for you if you've got a completely pure, un-edited bit of operating system under the hood.

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Nexus 9 Review: The iPad-Killer Blueprint

Nexus 9 Review: The iPad-Killer Blueprint

After a half-year on the market, the Nexus 9 remains one of the finest tablets available from any manufacturer. Like every Nexus device Google has ever offered, the HTC-made Nexus 9 was meant to be a blueprint - a benchmark for all other tablets. What we've done here is to take the Nexus 9 through the paces over a period of several months to give you an idea of what it's like to own this device for a real-life period of time, wear and tear included. Here we decide whether or not the Nexus 9 really should be considered the tablet you compare all other tablets to here and through the future.

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Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

This week the folks behind Fleksy keyboard for Android have decided to push their abilities to as many Android users as possible. For the next week, the two dollar fee for the full version of the app has been waived. Of course there is an in-app store for additional themes for keyboards, but all the good stuff is available right out the box, so to speak. If you've never tried an alternate keyboard on your Android device OR if you've used everything by Fleksy, by all means, have at it now.

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Android Lollipop may be bad for Nexus 5, Nexus 7

Android Lollipop may be bad for Nexus 5, Nexus 7

Just after we saw Apple’s newest iOS update fix a bevy of bugs (and add at least one more), it’s Google’s turn to take some heat for Android. According to posts in Google Product Forums, some Nexus users are seeing their devices lock up, sometimes for no reason at all. This seems to affect both Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 — but not the Nexus 6. There isn’t even one Android update we can point to. All we know is Lollipop might be bricking devices.

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Confirmed: performance woes back Google off Android encryption

Confirmed: performance woes back Google off Android encryption

Over the past few days, news has surfaced that Google quietly stopped forcing full-disk encryption for Android devices. After loudly thumping their chest about security, Google silently removed the requirement. At the time of discovery, it wasn’t clear why Google would do such a thing. A study found that Android handsets performed much worse when encrypted, so it was believed that was the reason Google had for yanking the encryption. Now, Google has responded, and performance is confirmed as the issue.

 

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HTC: We can’t meet our 90-day deadline for Android Lollipop

HTC: We can’t meet our 90-day deadline for Android Lollipop

When Android Lollipop hit AOSP, HTC was quick to announce they’d be updating their handsets within 90 days. In fact, they were the first OEM to give themselves a deadline for Lollipop, saying “We have the Android Lollipop code. We’ll be updating the HTC One (M8) & (M7) within 90 days form today.” That was November 3. As February draws near, fans have undoubtedly been wondering when HTC would update their handset. HTC now says they won’t meet their self-imposed deadline, and offer no new deadline for Lollipop.

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Leaked email hints at Samsung’s Lollipop upgrade plan

Leaked email hints at Samsung’s Lollipop upgrade plan

Most Android users don’t have a Nexus device, and Motorola is still not a preeminent OEM. That means most people don’t see Android updates when they’re launched, and have to wait a period of time before the manufacturer of their phone (and possibly carrier) get it together and update their handset. Plenty of reasons for the delay exist, and Google would rather we have their newest Android quickly, but most are left wanting. A leaked email suggests Samsung is priming their Experience Shop associates for Lollipop to hit in January.

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Android Lollipop memory woes resolved, fix incoming

Android Lollipop memory woes resolved, fix incoming

Launching an operating system update isn’t easy (just ask Apple). It’s especially difficult when you make a lot of visual changes, which in turn alter how the hardware is used. With Android Lollipop, users are delighted by the visual change, with it’s colorful cards and subtly useful animations. With the update came some issues, and many users reported some memory woes with Lollipop. Without much fanfare, it seems Google has identified the problem, and marked it closed for inclusion in a future Lollipop update.

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Google Play app is getting a Material Design upgrade

Google Play app is getting a Material Design upgrade

The Google Play Store app is set to see an upgrade soon, and it’s going to be a good one. This time around, Android users will see a whole lot if Material Design. From shadows to animation, the experience is about to get a lot bolder and brighter across the board. There will also be a portal to manage your account much easier, and the ability to add or change payment options, buy/redeem Google Play credit, or use PayPal.

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Moto X, Moto G will receive Android Lollipop starting today

Moto X, Moto G will receive Android Lollipop starting today

Android 5.0 Lollipop — you want it, but when will your device manufacturer give it to you? If you’ve got a new Motorola device, the answer is — well, today! Via their blog, Motorola is announcing they have begun rolling out the Lollipop update for several of their own devices, and have upgraded their device list to include one of our favorite new Motorola handsets. While limited to their Moto X and Moto G variants for now, you can expect others to roll out with Lollipop sooner than later now that the ball is rolling!

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