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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Fast Scroll Bars Receive Design Tweak

If you thought we had run out of details to talk about in Android's latest Lollipop iteration, think again. We'll go into 5.1 in gory detail for Getting to Know Android but in the meantime there are still a couple of little details worth pointing out individually. One of those is a tweak to fast scroll bars.

Fast scroll bars are typically used in lists of alphabetically-organized content, where users might want to quickly scroll to a particular entry or section.

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Android 5.1 Update For 2014 Moto X Adds 'Chop Twice' Action To Activate Flashlight

The Android 5.1 update for the 2014 Moto X is just starting to roll out to the Pure Edition device, and it adds all the things you're now familiar with from other devices. One new feature exclusive to the Moto X is a handy addition to Moto Actions. You can now turn the flashlight on and off with a "chop twice" gesture.

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Motorola Is Already Testing Android 5.1 For The 2014 Moto X, And Here's The Changelog

Motorola got Android 5.0 out the door to the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition within a few weeks of Nexus devices, and now the company is already testing Android 5.1. This is just a soak test, but the changelog has been posted on Motorola's customer support portal. They might take it down, but we've got all the details.

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[Trusted Butts] New "On-Body Detection" Smart Lock Mode In Android Seems To Be Hitting Some Devices

Google is currently rolling out a new smart lock mode called on-body detection. The feature, described in the screens below, uses your accelerometer to figure out when your device is in your hand or pocket, and lock when it's not. The idea being if you leave your phone sitting on a table or forget it somewhere, it will lock, preventing would-be thieves from easily accessing your data.

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Once you unlock your phone, it will stay unlocked while you're holding it or it's in your pocket.

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Android 5.1 Factory Image For Nexus Player Is Up, OTA Rolling Out

Those of you who dropped some cash on the Nexus Player might want to take a look at your update menu. The OTA for Android 5.1 is rolling out, but even if you don't have it, there's a factory image posted as well.

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The HTC One M7's Carrier Versions May, Possibly, Potentially, Get Updated To Android 5.1 After All

Yesterday, HTC's Mo Versi, the Vice President of Product Management, caused a few disgruntled sighs from the company's fans and One M7 owners by announcing that the two-year-old device wouldn't get any more major updates, including Android 5.1. That didn't apply to the Google Play Edition version of the M7, which is still set to get 5.1 in April.

But it looks like the replies Mo has received have elicited the company to take another look at the issue and consider changing its stance.

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Google Play Services 7.0 SDK Is Now Available With New Places API, Nearby Connections API, and More

Early this month, Google announced a major update to its Play services framework, which brings the version number up to 7.0 and adds several great new APIs. The SDK for this update was held back until the corresponding apk had time to make its way out to Android devices everywhere. The wait is now over, and the SDK is live. Developers are now free to incorporate all of the new APIs into their apps.

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Haters Still Get The Bird In Extended Version Of Google's 'Wear What You Want' Spot

Just before Apple's "Spring Forward" watch event last week, Google released a quick, fun, 17-second spot to promote its own wearable offerings, keeping with Android's new tagline "be together, not the same" by demonstrating that Android Wear watches already come in all sorts of shapes so you can "wear what you want."

Today, Google has released a full minute-long version of the spot, with even more watches and even more dancing. The video uses Shamir's On the Regular as a soundtrack, and features a ton of talented dancers including Dytto, Brian Smith, and dancers from StatusSilver.

"Whether you tut, pop, rock or robot," there's no denying Google's executed a creative, eye-catching spot that fits really well with Android's new brand message.

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Android Auto Has A Developer Mode, And Here's How To Enable It

On the off chance you've got Android Auto in your vehicle, you might be interested to know there's a developer mode built-in. Even if you don't have Android Auto yet, you might still be vaguely interested in an abstract sort of way. You can access it through the Android app and it only takes a few taps.

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Nexus 6 Devices With T-Mobile SIMs To Receive OTA Update To Android 5.1, Build LMY47M

Ever since Google began releasing Android 5.1 OTAs last week, there has been a bit of confusion over build numbers. The first build to get released was LMY47D, which went out to international variants as well as US models with Sprint SIM cards. The next build to surface was LMY47E, which appears to be shipping on new devices sold by Verizon, who just launched Google's flagship in stores today. It now seems that T-Mobile USA is getting its own unique build, LYM47M.

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Of particularly interesting note here is that LMY47M still uses radio version 01.02.95, which is the same one that appeared with the original LMY47D build.

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