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[APK Teardown] Google Play Services 6.5 Adds Android Auto, Smart Profiles, Lockbox, Kid Accounts, And Expands On The Mysterious Firmware Updater

Since the launch of Android 5.0 last month, the sheer number of app updates has been magnificent – and downright overwhelming. Believe it or not, most of the new versions haven't done much more than add Lollipop support and splash a fresh coat of Materialized paint on the UIs. Seriously, we've been checking. This isn't entirely a bad thing, as it's giving me time to work on some other projects...

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PSA: Unused Dynamic Quick Settings Toggles On Android Lollipop Will Disappear After A Month, But This Trick Makes Them Go Away Now

Google made a lot of interesting changes in its Quick Settings and Notifications drawer in Android Lollipop. One of these is the addition of dynamic toggles that don't clutter the drawer for everyone, but only appear once a user activates the corresponding option from Settings. This applies for example to the Hostpot and Invert Colors toggles. The problem is that once these toggles attach to your Quick Settings, there doesn't seem to be a way to make them go away, even when you switch the action back off.

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Nexus 6 Gets Official TWRP Custom Recovery

TWRP support for the Nexus 9 went live just a bit earlier today, and now the Nexus 6 is getting in on the action. TeamWin Recovery Project version 2.8.2.0 is ready for your flashing pleasure, just head over to the TWRP site to get it. Here, again, is the changelog for TWRP 2.8.2.0, which is the build specifically released to better support Android 5.0 Lollipop.

-Pull in all changes from Android 5.0 lollipop into TWRP
-Add decrypt support for Android 5.0 lollipop encrypted partitions including automatic decrypt when the default_password is in use
-Revert some changes to exFAT that were breaking exFAT support on some devices
-Other minor fixes and updates

To install, you simply need to unlock the bootloader and flash the .img recovery file in fastboot.

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First Nexus 6 Factory Image Is Live (LRX21O), As Is Updated LRX21V Build For Nexus Player

Yesterday, Google posted the latest factory image for the Nexus 9 (the third one so far), but still had yet to release a factory image for the Nexus 6. Well, LRX21O just went live on the Google Developers site, marking the first available image for Shamu.

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This is the version Nexus 6's purchased from retailers today are being upgraded to out of the box, as well, many of which shipped with the LNX07M build, presumably a considerably older ROM.

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Leaked Screenshots Of Lollipop On The HTC One M8 Show How Sense May Look On Top Of Android 5.0

Our Nexus phones and tablets may have tasted Lollipop now, but we're still waiting for other devices to get to the sweetness of Android 5.0. This update brings the most significant changes we've seen since Ice Cream Sandwich, only much of Google's visual overhaul will disappear behind various manufacturers' custom UIs. That leaves us to wonder just how much of Lollipop folks will get to see on devices such as the HTC One M8.

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[Update 2: LRX21R & LRX21V Added] Developer Changelogs Posted For Each Lollipop Build From 5.0.0_r2 (LRX21M) To 5.0.0_r7 (LRX21V)

It's not unusual to see slightly customized builds of Android rolling out to Nexus devices shortly after the release of a new version. It certainly happened a few times with KitKat, and it looks like Lollipop is on track to do the same. As the rush of factory images and OTAs roll out, AOSP is also receiving commits for the new device-specific builds; and Al Sutton was quick to put out changelogs for each version.

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Google Runs A Fit Developer Challenge To Fatten Up The Ecosystem And Make Everybody Healthier

We've all seen it happen. A great technology, service, or platform comes out, but without a solid base of users and apps, it fails to gain traction. Google wants to see the Fit API work out, and developers have been called upon to help make that happen. If you know how to write an Android app, and you've got a great idea for something that will get people off the couch and into the gym, you're invited to join the Google Fit Developer Challenge.

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Google Posts Updated LRX21R Factory Image For Nexus 9

LRX21R started going out as an OTA for Nexus 9 users on the LRX21Q build yesterday, but today Google has posted the complete factory image. You can get it here.

Hopefully this new R build will upgrade users currently stuck on LRX21L (the OTA to Q simply fails), though we don't know that for certain, as it's currently only rolling out in OTA form for those on the Q build.

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[Update: Ships With Google Apps] Nokia Announces N1 Tablet With Lollipop, 7.9" 4:3 Display, 64-Bit Intel Processor, Reversible MicroUSB Connector

Nokia is taking the stage today at Slush 2014, the Eurasian tech incubator event in Helsinki, to announce its N1 tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is the original Nokia we're talking about here, the one still in Finland, that includes all the divisions that didn't get bought by Microsoft. Part of me wants to scream, "You should have taken this route 4 years ago!" while the other is just too happy to see Nokia standing on its feet and trying something again — while also reviving the Nseries monicker.

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Circa Brings Customizable Animated Notifications To Your Android Wear Device

Android Wear is based on the idea of cards with all of your data and notification content on them. However, it's still Android and that means developers can play around with that model. Circa is an attempt to make notifications more attractive with a cool animation and configurable colors.

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