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The Sony Xperia M5 Gets Its Over-The-Air Update To Android 5.1, PC Companion Update Also Available

Sony has been rolling out Android 5.1 updates intermittently ever since last July... up to and past the point where Android 6.0's AOSP code has been available to manufacturers. The last few devices that received bumps to 5.1 were the Xperia C4 and C5 Ultra earlier this month, and today the Xperia M5 gets the same treatment. Users can wait for the over-the-air update alert in the usual manner, or use Sony's PC Companion computer program to download and install the update manually.

This "super mid-range" M5 was launched back in August, running Android 5.0 at launch, much to the consternation of Android fans who would have preferred the latest software.

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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 (Many Left Behind On Jelly Bean) Gets Android Marshmallow Thanks To CyanogenMod 13

When a custom ROM pops up for a device that already has support, it's like watching another politician join an election. You have two options before you, which way do you go? Are you a pragmatist, ideologically driven, or someone who just wants to tinker around?

But when a phone has been neglected for years, the ROM feels more like a savior. For the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, CyanogenMod has stepped into that role.

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The 'Until Next Alarm' Bug In Do Not Disturb Mode Returns, Will Probably Be There Until Google Patches It

Well this is frustrating. The bug that caused the "Until Next Alarm" function of Android's Do Not Disturb mode to disappear, which manifested itself in late December on a number of Android phones running Lollipop 5.1 and later, is back. The timing of the month seems more than coincidental. Since the problem manifested late in December, presumably Google didn't have time to implement a fix in the latest round of scheduled Android updates.

It looks like this will keep occurring at the tail end of the month until Google fixes it - hopefully in the latest round of Nexus updates.

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Robinhood App Gets Support For Android Wear In Latest Update

Free stock trading app Robinhood came to Android phones last year, and now it's coming to your wrist. The latest update to the app adds support for Android Wear. No longer will you need to pick up your phone to track your investments like our caveman ancestors did.

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JetBlue Outfitting Its Entire A320 Fleet With Android-Based Infotainment Systems

JetBlue flies 130 A320 aircraft, and they all have pretty terrible built-in infotainment systems. That's going to change soon, though. The airline has announced a revamped design of its cabins that will include Android-powered touchscreens in the seat backs. They'll be Android-powered sure, but they might not be recognizable as Android.

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Motorola Shares Android 6.0 Open Source Kernel Files For The DROID Turbo 2

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Showtime Anytime Gets Android TV Support

You would think that a streaming video app for a TV channel would support Google's TV platform, but before today you'd be mistaken in the case of Showtime Anytime. There is finally a version of the app with Android TV support.

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Android 6.0 Soak Test Is Starting For the 2nd Gen Moto G In Brazil And India

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HTC UK Is Rolling Out Android Marshmallow To The One M8 Over The Next 48 Hours, M9 Shortly After

HTC has promised relatively speedy Marshmallow updates for the flagship One devices, but that's not as simple as flipping a switch. Even when the goods are ready to go, the company still must get the software out to numerous variants running in different countries across the world.

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Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side - Six Major Things I Think iOS Does Better Than Android

Background

I've used Android as my main mobile platform for almost six years now. My first smartphone was a Motorola CLIQ XT that I bought back in May, 2010. It ran Cupcake and though, in retrospect, the phone was a bargain basement toy, it paved my way into the Android world. As a fun experiment, I decided to ditch Google's OS entirely for two weeks and use Apple's products exclusively to see how crazy it would make me. I have owned iOS devices in the past, but I've never forced myself to convert. These days I generally flip between my Nexus 6P and my iPhone 6S Plus depending on my mood that day.

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