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WhatsApp For Android Is Invited To The "1 Billion Installs" Group Chat, Makes Fellow Member Facebook Proud

WhatsApp (8:00 am): Hey guys, thx for the invite! 😍

Facebook (8:01 am): Oh darling, wlc to the group! I just saw your Play Store install stats and noticed you crossed the magical 1 billion 🎉

Facebook (8:01 am): Dawg, here's your screenshot!

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WhatsApp (8:01 am): I've been checking the numbers, I knew it was going to happen soon. But then I got busy with this whole Call feature invite mess over the past week and I missed it.

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Streamlined And Consolidated About / Status Screen

This is decidedly not the heart-fluttering OMaGad-I-must-have-it-now-or-else feature of Android 5.1, but it's worth noting nonetheless. Remember on Android 5.0 when you headed for the About > Status screen of your phone or tablet and were greeted by a long list of information fields that you had to scroll through and try to figure out the logic behind? No? Maybe? Oh... you have already erased all previous recollections of Android 5.0. I see. Here, let me refresh your memory.

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Sprint Says The Nexus 6 Android 5.1 Update Will Be Out Today

No sooner had Google announced the Android 5.1 update, that the factory images for the new version started popping up for some Nexus devices. Notably absent, however, was Google's latest and greatest — the Nexus 6. If you're using this phone and you are impatient about getting the software update, you should be happy to know that the wait is almost over, hopefully.

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On its support pages for the Nexus 6, Sprint says that the Android 5.1 software update with build number LMY47D will be available today, March 11th 2015.

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Bookmark Sync Returns To Opera Browser For Android In The Latest Update

Back in 2004 (or thereabouts), Opera was my go-to browser. I liked that it was available on both Windows and Linux, and it just seemed faster than Firefox to me at the time. That was of course long before mobile phones were what they are now - I was probably carrying an old Nokia bar phone and changing the faceplate every three days. Good times.

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Another thing missing back in the dark days of the early 2000s was something Google really made happen with Chrome: cross-device/platform sync.

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2014 Moto X Gets Its First Official CyanogenMod Nightly

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Android WebView App Is Out Of Beta And Ready To Keep Your Lollipop Device Up To Date

Google's WebView app debuted in the Play Store a few weeks ago, but that was just a beta. Now the listing has opened up to the general public. It's still Lollipop only, but now those running Android 5.0 and higher will get the latest patches and tweaks to the system WebView automatically.

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The HTC One E9 Will Reportedly Be A Phablet With A Quad HD 5.5-Inch Screen, 3GB RAM, And 8-Core MediaTek SoC

If the M9 reveal didn't impress you, HTC looks ready to start going after other segments of the market. Through a constellation of leaks and rumors, it seems quite clear that we will soon see a phone called the E9 by HTC that won't be a mere update to last year's E8. Instead, it will be a true phablet that appears nestled somewhere between the high end and mid-range. Here's what you came here for:

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This image surfaced on the website of the TENAA, China's regulatory agency that is roughly equivalent to the FCC, along with a bare minimum specifications that indicate the phone will have a 5.5 inch screen, a 2800 mAh battery, and will be 7.54mm thick (or should I say thin?).

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Downtime Settings Now Allow You To Block All Notifications Instead Of Defaulting To Priority

Android 5.0 introduced recurring downtime as part of the new notification control scheme, and Android 5.1 brings an important enhancement to this system. You can now choose whether you want programmed downtime to trigger priority mode or block all notifications. It's all right there in the downtime settings, which you still have to dig for.

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Left: 5.0, Middle and right: 5.1

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[Deal Alert] Motorola Is Offering The Sol Republic Deck Bluetooth Speaker For Half Off, But Amazon Has It Marked Down Nearly 75%

Sol Republic's Deck Bluetooth wireless speaker is a peculiar looking creation. Significantly wider and flatter than it is tall, the portable device doesn't resemble most of its competitors on the market. Not having used the speaker myself, I can't speak for the sound, but now might just be the right time for you to find out for yourself.

Motorola is offering the Deck for $99.99, 50% off its usual price. Even better, Amazon has the product marked down to just $54.99.

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Pocket Casts Updates To v5.0 With Beautiful Material Interface, Grab Bag Of New Features

App developers of the world, take note: this is how you do a Material Design update. After quietly hammering away this major update in a private beta, the Pocket Casts team has made it public on their stable channel. Already one of the most popular and well-regarded podcast clients on Android, Pocket Casts has paired their new design with a variety of new features and refinements that make the update more than merely cosmetic.

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