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Open GApps can now optionally install Google Assistant

Google Assistant was introduced at Google I/O last year, as a more personal voice assistant than Google Now. Since then, it has been made available on several platforms - Pixel phones, the Google Home, Android TV, and Allo. But Assistant is still unavailable on non-Pixel phones without a special build.prop tweak. Now the Open GApps team has made enabling Assistant a little easier.

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[Android Wear Manual Flashing Tutorials] How To Flash OTAs To An Asus ZenWatch

In part two of our series on manually flashing OTAs to Android Wear devices, we're going to take a look at the Asus ZenWatch.

Prerequisites

Before beginning, make sure you have the following:

  • The latest Google USB driver and platform tools, both of which can be installed via the Android SDK.
  • The OTA ZIP file that you want to flash.

How To Flash

  1. Go into the Settings app on your watch, then scroll down to "About," and tap on it.
  2. Scroll down to the build number and repeatedly tap on it until you see a toast notification telling you that you are now a developer.
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[Android Wear Manual Flashing Tutorials] How To Flash OTAs To An LG Watch Urbane

Veteran Android users, particularly those who stick to Nexus devices, are well aware of the fact that you can usually flash OTA updates manually once someone pulls a link to the actual update file. This normally provides a much better option than waiting for your device to get the update sent to it, which could take weeks. Android Wear has this functionality as well, but each watch is a little different in terms of proper procedures for doing so. We're going to run a series of posts on how to manually flash updates to each Android Wear device that supports it (sorry, Moto 360 users) in the hopes of providing some clarity on the issue.

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ADT-1 Gets Updated To Android 5.0.2 (LRX22G), OTA ZIP Available Now

If you went to Google I/O 2014, you probably treasure the ADT-1, the first Android TV set-top box that was never made available for retail purchase. It's also the first Android TV device to be updated to version 5.0.2... out of an admittedly limited field at the moment. LRX22G contains a few small changes to the core of the system for a few easy performance improvements, but nothing dramatic, so don't sweat it if you aren't part of the initial OTA rollout.

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Screenshot credit: Derek Ross

If you just can't wait, here's the OTA ZIP file - you'll need an unmodified ADT-1 and a PC to flash the file with via the ADB interface.

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OnePlus One XNPH33R OTA Is Out With Badly Needed Fixes - Here Is The Zip For Manual Flashing

The OnePlus One is receiving another OTA today - one I'm probably more excited about than any other OTA the company has released so far. Mostly because unlocking the phone and using apps has deteriorated into a constant battle with an unresponsive and very moody touchscreen. Supposedly, this update should resolve this pretty major flaw, along with a few other things which I've detailed below, including the poor battery life we covered recently.

Of course, as usual, we have the OTA file for those of you who don't want to wait for the slow rollout to hit them.

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What's New?

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OnePlus One Receives A 2nd OTA - A Hotfix That Addresses A Screen Unlock Bug Introduced By XNPH30O [Download]

There's a reason major device updates tend to roll out in stages. Some of the earlier recipients of the OnePlus One's big July OTA were hit with a bug where the PIN unlock screen did not display properly. OnePlus hasn't wasted any time hopping on this issue, and they're now pushing out a hotfix to the limited people who received the first OTA already and those who have flashed manually.

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This update is so small that the version number remains the same, XNPH30O. Below we've shared the files for people who already downloaded the July update, as well as the full OTA zip for people who haven't updated yet and want to do everything in one go.

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[Update: OTA Zip + More Changes] OnePlus One July OTA Update Bringing Android 4.4.4 Begins Rolling Out To Devices

The fashionably late July over-the-air update for the OnePlus One that bumps the handset up to Android 4.4.4 is beginning to roll out as of now and will continue through the end of the week (it's staged, with 10% rolling out first). In addition to new versions of Google apps, the update contains a cooler calibration for its screen and fixes that stop the phone from activating off-screen gestures while in your pocket.

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There's also a new Clear Image camera feature that stitches together over 10 individual photos to produce an image with a higher resolution. Here is a comparison shot with the photo of interest positioned on the right.

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CyanDelta Updater Adds Support For Paranoid Android To Spare More People From Large Nightly Updates

The CyanDelta Updater app now has support for Paranoid Android, so users of that ROM can join the likes of their CyanogenMod or OmniROM running peers in avoiding that beefy ROM update each night. Keeping up with the nightly Joneses typically requires downloading a sizable update daily, but CyanDelta addresses this situation by only pulling down delta files, which contain just the part of each update that has actually changed. The premise is simple: why download an entire ROM each day if you can simply get what's new?

To dive in, you must first download the .zip file for whichever ROM you want to run (as long as it's CyanogenMod, OmniRom, or Paranoid Android).

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Better Late Than Never - 2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi And Wi-Fi+3G Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L) OTA Urls Have Been Finally Captured

While the majority of Nexus and GPE devices have received their Android 4.4.3 OTAs relatively quickly, the rollout for certain other devices has certainly been... unusual. We still haven't heard anything about the 2013 Nexus 7 LTE, the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, or the Moto G GPE, and until today, the OTA for the 2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (I've been waiting for it to post both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G links together).

As they say, better late than never, but I'm sure owners of the abovementioned phones and tablets are not thrilled, especially those with Nexus 7s LTE that have received neither factory images nor OTAs.

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Nexus 10 And Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L) OTA Zip Urls Are Here, Flash Away

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 owners, your Android 4.4.3 OTAs have finally begun, and the zip urls have been captured. A bit later than some others, but all things considered, waiting for an Android update for an extra day or two hasn't killed anyone.

If you're not familiar with the manual installation process, it's easy - just follow the steps in our guide for an earlier update, and you'll be set up with Android 4.4.3 in no time. You don't need root, custom recoveries, or bootloader unlocks to get this done.

What's new: To get a better idea of what's new in Android 4.4.3, hit up this post and check out the updated Dialer.

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