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[Update: Nexus 6 LMY47Z] [Flash All The Things] Android 5.1 OTA Roundup For Nexus And GPE Devices

Of our many jobs here at Android Police, one is to make our readers' lives easier when we can. With that in mind, here's a roundup of every known Android 5.1 OTA for every Nexus device that will be receiving it. As new ones become available, this post will be updated accordingly. Android 5.1 will be released to Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2012 and 2013), 9, and 10. As I'm sure you've guessed, there will be plenty of files to be had.

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[Update: SmartWatch 3] Android Wear 5.1 OTA Roundup

If you own an Android Wear device right now, chances are you're probably waiting patiently furiously checking for that elusive Android Wear 5.1 update. Well, we've got you covered. As the links to the OTA ZIP files become available, we will post them here. To flash these, you'll need to have ADB installed and have the Google USB drivers from the Android SDK. You'll reboot your watch into recovery mode, then select "Install Update From ADB." You can then run "adb sideload filename.zip" from a command prompt.

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[APK Download] Wear Mini Launcher Is Updated To v4.0, Comes With Flashlight, Remote Phone Lock, Music Controls

The popular Wear Mini Launcher began rolling out a major update today, going from v3.0.3 to v4.0.0. The changes may not be as large as you would expect for an increase in version number, but they are welcome nonetheless. The main additions are the ability to reorder the quick settings, a "flashlight" app available in the drawer, music controls in the menu, and the ability to remotely lock your phone.

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With the vastly improved navigation in Android Wear 5.1, some users may not feel like they need Mini Launcher as much.

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Amazon Drops The Fire Phone Price Again: $179 Unlocked, Still Including A Year Of Prime ($100 Value)

If you're a patient deal hunter and you wait long enough, Amazon might just end up paying you to take the Fire Phone off its hands. If not, the price is pretty good at the moment: $179 for the unlocked 32GB model, without a contract to be seen. That's $10 down from where it was just a little more than a month ago, $270 off the original price, and a pretty awesome deal for a phone with a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM...

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[Deal Alert] Poweradd 50W 6 Port USB Charger Only $16 After Coupon

Multi-port USB chargers are my favorite new gadget accessory. I have a couple five port chargers in my house right now, and they have become my new go-to birthday / wedding / housewarming / bachelorette party gift as they are pretty cheap and universally well received.

The last one I bought a couple months back cost about $25 dollars, but today on Amazon you can pick up the Poweradd 50W 6 port USB charger for just $15.99 after entering a coupon code ($4 off the normal price).

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Google Play Store Updated To 5.6.6 With Layout Changes And Possible Groundwork For Kids' Accounts [APK Download And Mini-Teardown]

There's a new version of the Play Store rolling out, and that means you're probably obsessively hunting for the APK. Well, we've got that. More importantly we've taken a look inside the APK to see if there's anything of note. There are some minor layout alterations, but also some interesting clues inside.

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Left: older layout, Right: newer layout - ignore the Nexus S

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[Deal Alert] 'The Rainbow Collections' Play: Kids - An Album Of Classic Children's Music - Is Free On Google Play

Attention parents! Google has some free music on Google Play today to make your next family road trip a pleasure for your children and torture for you. Play: Music, by The Rainbow Collections, is currently free. This timeless collection of wonderful(ly annoying) children's music contains classics such as 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star', 'Row Your Boat', and 'Old MacDonald'.

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As much as I have tried to educate my two boys that eighties rock is far better road trip music material, they still prefer this dreadful stuff.

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[Deal Alert] 15,000 mAh Portable Charger With 3A Combined Output And Dual Charging From KMASHI Is $13.99 After Coupon

There are fewer accessory purchases I have appreciated more than my portable USB charger. This one, with a truly massive capacity, is a mere $13.99 after applying its coupon on Amazon. It checks all the boxes you'd look for in an external battery of its kind, with support for speedy 2A charging output in one port and another available for simultaneous charging at conventional speeds. There is an indicator to let you know how much charge it has left, which is handier than you would think.

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Samsung Lays Out Plans For Slimmer Batteries And Camera Sensors, Faster Charging In Coming Product Generations

In a public presentation, Samsung has discussed some of the technical-oriented plans they have for the next few years. These can be summed up as all in the service of reducing the size of components and making them more efficient. Concrete goals include making batteries smaller but also more energy-dense, reducing charge time, and slimming down camera sensors.

According to their talk, their batteries now have a density of 700Wh/l (Watt-hour per liter).

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Android 5.1 OTA Rolling Out To 2nd Gen Moto X And Moto E LTE On US Cellular

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