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PSA: Bootloader Unlocking On Google Play Edition Devices Shows Each One To Have Its Own Nuances And Pitfalls

In addition to things like stock Android and being carrier-unlocked, one of the big features of Nexus and Google Play Edition devices that Android power users love is an easily unlockable bootloader. While OEMs and carriers often make a policy of locking their devices' bootloaders to prevent installation of unauthorized software, Google makes it very easy for us to tinker with devices bearing its brand. All you really need to unlock a Google device is a tool called "fastboot," which is made available through the Android SDK.

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Sony Z Ultra GPE OTA to Android 4.4.2/KOT49H Incoming - Fixes Major Bugs [Update: Direct Download]

In case you haven't been paying attention, there has been a storm of Android 4.4.2 updates for Google Play Edition devices over the past few days. It started Friday with the HTC One and Galaxy S4, and continued yesterday with the G Pad 8.3. Now, it's time for Sony Z Ultra GPE owners to get in on the action. The OTA weighs in at hefty 444 MB and, like all other recent GPE updates, will bring the phone up to date with current Nexus devices at Android 4.4.2/KOT49H.

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Receiving OTA Update to Android 4.4.2/KOT49H [Direct Download]

Following the HTC One GPE and Galaxy S4 GPE updates that rolled out over the weekend, the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is now receiving its first OTA. Rumblings about the update started as early as Friday, but we decided to wait until we had the OTA zip link. The new firmware version is Android 4.4.2/KOT49H, which brings it up to date with current Nexus devices.

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There is no official changelog with the update, so it's currently unknown what, if any, device-specific bugs may have been fixed.

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Sony Z Ultra GPE Bugs Preventing Access To Security Settings And Uninstalling Apps - Google Is Aware And Working On A Fix

As soon as the first orders for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition began arriving at users' doors, the bug reports started rolling in. While this always happen with a new handset, two of the issues quickly emerged as critical. To be more specific:

  • Attempting to access the "Security" area under the phone settings results in a crash of the settings app. This is prohibiting users from doing things like changing the screen lock, enabling installation of non-market apps, and enabling data encryption.
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LG G Flex Review: An Engineering Concept You Can Actually Buy, Not That You Necessarily Should

LG G Flex is just like a lot of modern, high-end smartphones. It has a fast processor, lots of RAM, a big battery, and a large display. Using it isn't particularly different from any other Android smartphone. And yet, hand the G Flex to almost anyone, and they will immediately notice there is something very different about it, and I'm not talking about the buttons on the back.

The G Flex is one of two phones currently on the market to use a flexible OLED panel, the other being Samsung's Galaxy Round.

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies With Android 4.4 Are Now Rolling Out For A Bunch Of Devices

Just yesterday the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10 all received their first nightlies for CyanogenMod 11. Now KitKat-flavored builds are rolling out for a slew of additional devices. The team has shared a list of devices with incoming nightlies, and while it isn't yet an exhaustive list, it does include multiple variants of the HTC One (m7att, m7spr, m7tmo, m7ul) and LG G2 (d800, d801, d802), as well as the international Galaxy SIII (i9300).

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Amazon Including 50GB Of Free Cloud Drive Storage For One Year With The Purchase Of One Of 100+ Phones

It seems like everyone is throwing free cloud storage at you to push phones, including Amazon. The retailer is offering 50GB of Amazon Cloud Drive space for one year if you buy select carrier-branded phones. In this case "select" seems to mean a whole bunch of phones – over 100 by the looks of it.

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All you have to do is pick up a phone included in the promotion, which Amazon has helpfully created a special portal for.

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[New App] Misfit Shine App Enters The Play Store, Can Sync Up The Activity Tracker With Select Android Devices

The Misfit Shine is a very versatile activity tracker, as wearers can use it strapped to their wrists, hanging from around their necks, or attached to their belts. Unfortunately, they haven't yet been able to use it with an Android device. Now that changes. Misfit Wearables has launched a companion app into the Play Store.

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The company had promised to release the app in early 2014, but they decided to roll this release out just a bit early.

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Black Friday Weekend Sales Roundup: The Best Deals On Apps, Devices, Accessories, And More [Updated Continuously]

Venturing out on Black Friday to score sweet deals is a dangerous endeavor, but the magic of the internet affords you an alternative. From the warmth and safety of your home, you can snap up the best deals – getting up at 3AM to beat everyone else is optional. We're going to keep loading this post up with relevant deals as we find them, so check back later in the day too.

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[New App] Virgin Media Launches TV Anywhere Android App In The UK, Root Users Need Not Apply

Virgin Media TV customers in the UK, you can now watch your TiVo live television service or recorded programs on your Android device, anywhere! Anywhere with a WiFi connection, that is. Assuming that you've got a phone or tablet running Android 2.3 through 4.3, but not KitKat 4.4. Oh, and you can't be rooted. Have fun!

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All kidding aside, there seem to be some serious issues with Virgin's new TV Anywhere app for Android, starting with the aforesaid KitKat support.

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