Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

19
Oct
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Searching for an app in the Play Store can be a bit of crap shoot, which is odd when it's run by a search company. Google just added a new filter to the web Play Store that lets you restrict results to only those apps with 4 or more stars. That should clear out a lot of the junk.

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17
Oct
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Priority notifications are going to be a thing in Android 5.0, but how the heck are you supposed to set something as a priority? There's actually a whole new menu for that, as well as a shortcut in the notification shade. By messing with these settings you can control what apps can bug you and when. Priority mode itself can be activated from the volume slider, so only your most important apps can get through.

17
Oct
orange

Google introduced the power saving mode in the last developer preview, and it seems to work the same this time with one notable exception—orange. Lots of orange. When you activate power saver mode, your status bar and nav bar will turn orange and stay that way until you shut off power saver.

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17
Oct
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The most fitness oriented of Android Wear devices so far is now listed in the Play Store. None other than the Sony SmartWatch 3, from the company that previously said it was sticking with its non-Android watch platform. Yeah, that went well.

2014-10-17 17_51_48-Sony SmartWatch 3 - Devices on Google Play

17
Oct
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The Nexus 9 went up for pre-order in the Play Store earlier today, but right next to it in the device list is the Nexus 6. Oh, but clicking through presents you with the dreaded "coming soon" message. At least you know where to find it when the time comes.

2014-10-17 17_22_08-Nexus 6 (32GB, Midnight Blue) - Devices on Google Play

Google will sell the Nexus 6 in blue and white colors. $649 gets you the 32GB and $699 ups it to 64GB.

17
Oct
list

You're probably familiar with the redesigned recent apps list in Android 5.0—it's a very pretty stack of cards with fluid animations. Now you won't have to worry about losing your place after a reboot. As of Lollipop, the app list will not be cleared when you turn the device off.

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17
Oct
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Previously, long-pressing a notification would offer a link to the app info page of any app that produced it. With Android 5.0 Lollipop Google is improving this functionality. Simply long-press and you get the app name and icon, as well as a link to the app notification settings. Look at how wonderfully hypnotic the animation is.

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17
Oct
2014-10-17 13_35_27-[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] You Can Now Touch Notifications When Quick Settings

Android 5.0 brings with it a big redesign of the notification and Quick Settings area, but there was a seemingly odd quirk in the first developer preview. You could see the notifications when Quick Settings was open, but you couldn't interact. Now you can.

2014-10-17 18.33.23

17
Oct
n9

After going live for pre-order on Amazon last night, the Nexus 9 is now available on the Play Store. Google has the black and white versions in 16 and 32GB capacities ready for you to claim. The sand/flesh tone/beige thing and the LTE version are still just "coming soon."

2014-10-17 13_20_54-Nexus 9 (16GB, Wi-Fi, Indigo Black) - Devices on Google Play

17
Oct
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The new developer preview of Android 5.0 includes one tweak I'm sure everyone will be happy about—the dismiss all button has returned to the notification shade. I don't think anyone seriously considered the possibility that it would be gone forever, but it's good to see it back.

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