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Handing over your phone to a friend or acquaintance who "just needs to make a call" can be a little nerve-wracking. Sure, this person probably won't poke around in your email or secretly send your private pictures to their Dropbox account, but you would feel better if you could be certain. Lollipop has just the feature to keep your phone secure in the hands of your friends: Screen Pinning. Now you can lock a single app into the foreground, and nobody will be able to sneak a peek at your web history.

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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

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Oct
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A robust system for sharing has been one of Android's greatest features since the launch of the OS. Despite its usefulness and how often we see it, the sharing menu has seen little more than cosmetic changes over the years. That is, until now. As of Android 5.0, the standard Sharing menu will now be ordered by priority, showing you the most used destinations at the top of your list.

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KitKat contained a simple version of this feature, but it only pushed the most recently used app to the top of the list and left the rest of the items in alphabetical order.

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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.

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Oct
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For a while now, we've been aware of an unreleased keyboard theme, shown off in screenshots of Google Chrome on the Play Store. Today, the Android 5.0 Lollipop developer preview brought us Google Keyboard 4.0 that carries both the Material Light and Dark themes. There's really not much to say about the themes that can't be communicated in images - they are similar to the keyboard included in the original dev preview, but now there's a light theme.

17
Oct
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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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Oct
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We've been waiting on a big update to Google's search app, having seen screenshots here and there that hinted at an updated design. With today's new Lollipop developer preview, the Google app's 4.0 incarnation was made available. We've got a download at the bottom of the post, but be sure to read the instructions first as getting this up and running on pre-L devices requires some extra fiddling. Also, you'll need to be rooted.

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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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Oct
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Chrome and Android have been strengthening the old Google family ties for a while now, but according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, they just got a little tighter. The WSJ reports that Hiroshi Lockheimer, who currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering for Android, has also assumed the role of Vice President of Engineering for Chrome. That would put him in charge to a greater or lesser degree of the Chrome browser on desktops, Chromebooks and similar ChromeOS hardware, and Chrome on Android and iOS, plus whatever else Google has cooking up.

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Oct
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Lollipop brings in significant changes to the way Android switches back and forth between recent apps. In KitKat, this feature worked the same way it did in Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. In short, you clicked the third icon in the navigation bar at the bottom, and the recent apps appeared as a list of thumbnails and app icons arranged into a column.

With Android 5.0, the entire look and feel changes.

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