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World's Single Largest / Most Boring Automaker - Toyota - Still Doesn't Want To Adopt Android Auto, May Do So "Eventually"

Android Auto and the Open Automotive Alliance currently enjoy the support of the world's largest manufacturer of passenger vehicles (Volkswagen Group) and eight of the ten largest passenger vehicle manufacturers in the world. It may surprise you, then, that Toyota, the world's largest automaker (counting commercial vehicles and buses), is not one of those eight. And it is, according to the manager of Toyota's advanced technology communications division, going to stay that way for the foreseeable future, at least in the US (presumably, this guy works for Toyota USA).

(The other manufacturer is, by the way, Peugeot. And if you watched Top Gear last night, you'll understand why that is.

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Motorola Finally Posts Kernel Source For Lollipop On 2014 Moto X [Update: Moto G (1st And 2nd Gen) And Moto E Too]

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[It's Dangerous To Go Alone] Google Takes More Proactive Steps To Combat 'Unwanted Software' Spam

Google stands to make the most money if you're online using its search engine and viewing its ads, preferably in Chrome or on an Android device. But sometimes the internet can be a tricky place to navigate safely, and that's just not good for business. So the company is continuing its push to make the web a safer place to browse on PCs and mobile devices alike.

Before you visit a webpage that tries to trick you into downloading unwanted, potentially harmful software, Chrome will now stop you and dish out an intimidating, red warning.

The site ahead contains harmful programs. Attackers ... might attempt to trick you into installing programs that harm your browsing experience (for example, by changing your homepage or showing extra ads on sites you visit).

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24 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (2/10/15 - 2/23/15)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Power Button FlashLight /Torch

Power Button Flashlight is a neat little app that lets you toggle your phone's camera LED (which everyone and their dog uses as a flashlight) by quickly tapping the power button.

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SoundHUD Is A Volume Control App Based On Noyze With Support For Silent Mode On Lollipop

The significance of SoundHUD becomes apparent only when you pay ridiculously close attention to Android news. As I'm sure most of you do, this will all fit together nicely. SoundHUD picks up where the now-defunct Noyze left off to make it easier to control the volume on your device. It also adds a simple way to get silent mode (more or less) back on Lollipop.

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Jump Rope Wear Counter Tracks Your Jumps, Integrates Sessions With Google Fit

Android Wear devices come with accelerometers, gyroscopes, and heart rate monitors so that when wearers do active things, the devices can at least attempt to track what's going on. Jump Rope Wear Counter is an Android Wear app that tries to count your jumps while jumping rope, display how many calories you've burned, and sync the information to Google Fit. For the most part, it works.

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There isn't really much to Jump Rope Wear Counter, but after trying it out for a bit, I can confirm that it's mostly accurate. It maintained a margin of error of only a few jumps.

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[Not Lollipop] Verizon Sends Out OTA To Droid Turbo With Some Minor Fixes

There were rumors of a Lollipop soak test for the Droid Turbo on Verizon a few weeks ago, and now that update is rolling out. Guess what—it's not Lollipop. The new update, version 21.44.12 is a small KitKat bug fix for some calling issues and a few other software bugs.

Here's the changelog for the new OTA.

  • Fixes for low call volume issues
  • Email application fixes
  • DROID Command Center Widget update Fixes to reflect up to date weather

The update should arrive on your device in the next few days. It's probably not something to get excited over.

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Leak: This Is Verizon's Moto E (2nd Generation) With LTE

Of the original Moto E's missing features, LTE was perhaps highest on the wish-list (well, maybe behind a front-facing camera) for the super-budget handset. The second generation Moto E - previously leaked here - will not have that problem, at least if we're talking about the version headed to Verizon. Oh, and yes: the new Moto E is going to be on Verizon, apparently. With LTE. And that picture up there is it.

This is all we've got, but the image is a dead match for the previous leak apart from the Verizon branding, so there's basically no doubt as to its legitimacy.

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Set Different Dialer Colors For Each SIM In Dual-SIM Phones

Android 5.1 is still only available on a limited number of Android One phones, but a few interesting tweaks are already on display. One feature that seems tailor-made for Android One has to do with the dual-SIM capabilities. Android 5.1 includes the ability to set a different dialer theme color for each SIM so you'll know which one you're using to place calls.

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OnePlus: Official CM12S (Android 5.0) OTA Will Land In Mid To Late March, Same With OxygenOS Release

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei stated on Twitter early this morning that the company's One and only phone will be receiving its CyanogenMod 12S update (read: Lollipop) in "mid to late" March. Pei also implied that a similar timeline was in place for the company's in-house-ish Oxygen OS ROM.

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Pei noted - in response to claims that current 12S nightlies seem stable - that "proprietary drivers, code, QA, [and] certifications" were responsible for the company missing its 90-day deadline to update the phone to Android 5.0.

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