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Google Uploads Android 5.1.1 Factory Image For The Nexus 9 LTE (LMY47X)

The Android 5.1.1 factory image for the Wi-Fi Nexus 9 came just over a week ago, and now it's the LTE-enabled model's turn. Google has posted a factory image that bumps the tablet up to version LMY47X.

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This news comes at the same time that the Nexus 9 LTE is getting its OTA update. LTE versions of tablets tend to get updates after their Wi-Fi counterparts, but on the positive side, this wait was shorter than we've seen in the past.

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Nexus 5, N4, And N9 LTE Android 5.1.1 Update Now Hitting Devices—Here Are The Direct OTA Links

After seeing Android 5.1.1 hit the new Nexus tablet, the old Nexus tablet, and the Nexus-branded set-top box, it's time for Google to show its handsets some of that bugfix update lovin'. Android 5.1.1 is now hitting the Nexus 5 (version LMY48B for devices on LMY47D, LMY47B for those on LMY47I) and the Nexus 4 (LMY47V).

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Left: Nexus 5Right: Nexus 4

Sprint gave us a heads up a week ago that the goods were on their way to the Nexus 5, but things didn't move quite so quickly.

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Google App v4.6 Enables Translucent Status And Navigation Bars For Google Now Screen On Custom Launchers [APK Download]

Expectations are high for each update to Google's core apps on Android. After all, we know there are going to be a lot of new features announced at I/O in less than 2 weeks. Quite a few apps have recently gone through a Material refresh, and plenty of others have seen smaller changes as they slowly coalesce around the current design guidelines. That appears to be the story with the latest Google App update. The latest version finally enables full screen mode for Google Now on devices using custom launchers.

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YouTube 10.19 Adds A Permanent Cast Button, Changes Some Icons, And Might Add An Audio-Only Mode For Offline Storage [APK Download + Teardown]

YouTube updates have been rolling out about every week or two for the last couple of months. Most of the changes haven't been very big, but they're polishing up little aspects of the app in notable ways. The latest version bump doesn't bring significant modifications, either, but it's continuing the trend of small but visible changes. A permanent Cast button has been placed in the action bar and there are updated icons in the privacy selector for uploads.

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Google+ 5.5 Comes With A Built-In Help Center [APK Download]

Version 5.5 of Google+ is straightforward. About as straightforward as it gets, really. So let's just get to it.

What's New

When you select the help option at the bottom of the drop-down menu, the app will no longer shoot you out to a help page tucked inside a web browser. Now you can view that same content directly inside the app. The posts won't look drastically different, but at least Google+ will stop passing you around like a basketball downcourt.

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Google Docs And Slides Now Let You Insert Images, While Sheets And Drive Get Other Improvements [APK Download]

There's a lot to cover on Update Wednesdays, so sometimes things slip onto Thursdays. Some of you have already played around with these files, but here's an overview of what has changed.

What's New?

Google Docs and Slides now let you insert images directly into your reports and presentations. You can import photos from your gallery or snap one on the spot.

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Turns Out The Amazon Instant Video APK From A Sony TV Actually Works Really Well For Other Android TV Devices [APK Download]

Android TV may look different from vanilla Android, but underneath that tiled interface is the same operating system you know and love. That means it's possible to sideload whatever APKs you want. The thing is, without a touchscreen, most of them are pretty useless.

Take the regular Amazon Instant Video app. Besides requiring that you have the general Amazon app installed first, it fails to provide a passable experience on Android TV (which lacks an officially sanctioned Instant Video app because Amazon).

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Google Fit v1.52 Brings Distance Tracking, Calorie Estimates, A New Widget, And A Watch Face [APK Download]

Google Fit users, it's time to get off your butts and update the activity-tracking app. Version 1.52 has rolled into the Play Store, and it's ready to hit the gym with a new set of clothes and one of those fancy wristbands.

What's New?

For starters, Fit can now track distances and calories. Fire up the app to see how far you've gone and how much you've burned in the process. Google has tweaked the look a bit, and you can now group your fitness history by days, weeks, and months.

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Google I/O 2015 App v3.1.2 Beta Goes Full Material And Prepares For Another Year At Moscone [APK Download + Teardown]

Google I/O 2015 is drawing ever closer, and that means it's time to start lining things up for the big event. As tradition dictates, Google is working on a fresh update to the Google I/O app. We've now got a beta release of the app, which just started rolling out to a small group of people who signed up last year.

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Android TV Version Of The Play Store Jumps To v5.4.12 With 'Update All' Button And Larger Tiles [APK Download]

Just like on mobile, Android TV users turn to the Play Store to install new apps. An update has rolled out that bumps the software up to version 5.4.12. The most immediate difference is a tweaked look, as the interface now sports larger titles.

On the functionality front, there's now an Update All button. Presumably it bumps all of your apps up to the latest versions, just as the Play Store does on smartphones and tablets.

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