So how are you liking that Nexus phone or tablet of yours? Good? Not good? Google would like to know, but you'll have to take a quick trip to the settings to tell them. There's now a line in the About screen to send feedback to Mountain View. Try to offer constructive criticism, though.
Ever since the beginning, Android OTA updates have worked by patching each file on your system partition individually. With Lollipop, that is all changing, and it has some important implications for those who like to root and mod their devices.
Here's what a pre-Lollipop update script looked like:
As shown, the recovery looks at this, finds each file, checks its signature, then applies a patch to it if it matches. This is the slow way of doing things, but it had a big benefit for rooters and those who like to mod their devices.
Update: It looks like the Tango tablet is available to purchase if you signed up to be on the list to buy one at Google I/O. The rest of you will, presumably, have to wait.
It looks like Google's Project Tango AR / sensor-beast tablet is headed to the Play Store soon, packing an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and a boatload of sensors. Not to mention 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, for some reason.
Nexus 4 owners will be pleased to hear that Lollipop build LRX21T is on its way for their devices. While there isn't a specific time frame for the rollout, Sascha Prüter states in a post to Google+ that the build is "locked and loaded," indicating in the comments that LRX21T is destined for the Nexus 4 some time soon.
Developer Koushik Dutta, Koush for short, is well known around these parts for any number of apps. There's the ClockworkMod ROM Manager. There's AllCast. And if you want to back up specific apps and the data that goes with them, there's Helium (formerly known as Carbon).
Helium scratches a real itch for the platform. If you purchase a new device or wipe an old one, Google can re-install your previous apps, but it usually won't pull down your settings or game saves.
Sony is making it easier to get AOSP ROMs up and running on its flagship devices with a few goodies for developers. After showing off stock Android 5.0 running on the Xperia Z3 recently, the company has posted source code and binaries for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact.
Android 5.0 is heading out to select Moto devices, Nexus owners are firing up fastboot, and the sweet smell of candy and tangibly designed interfaces are in the air. Feeling the spirit, Lyft has updated its app with a slightly more up-to-date look.
The biggest change here is the introduction of a new sidebar. It now pops out over all other UI elements.
Lyft has also removed the separator underneath the action bar and whitened things up a tad.
There's not much that's new in News & Weather 2.1. This update is all about making the interface and animations consistent with other recently-Materialized apps. We've seen exactly three new things: one, the statusbar changes color to match the action bar on Lollipop, like an increasing number of Google apps. Two, the pull-to-refresh action uses the newfangled circular refresh animation instead of a horizontal bar. And three, the hamburger menu now animates into an arrow when the slide-out menu is activated.
Adobe acquired Aviary back in September, and since then, it's gotten prettier. I mean, the app is still recognizable, but it's clearly spent some time in the gym. Hey, take it as a compliment.
With Android 5.0 OTAs rolling out to people, let's address the big thing first. Aviary should seem right at home on a device running Lollipop. This is quite possibly the most integrated the app has ever looked, even if it does still need to work out a few parts a bit more.
Google's Finance app is in desperate need of attention. If you haven't checked in on it lately, it's still stuck with Gingerbread design. No seriously, go look. Tiny header bars, legacy menus, odd layouts, and assets that look tiny or pixelated (or both) on today's high resolution devices.
Just for fun, I decided to take a look at the app and see if I could give it a fresh coat of paint, inspired by material design.