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Mention Of 'Multiwindows' Pops Up In Android Commit

Back in October, we posted a quick look at some of Google's very early plans for multi-window functionality on Android Lollipop, a feature that had apparently been in the works since at least KitKat. The system, in a nut shell, would allow users to have two apps open at a time, scaling the apps to take up more or less space on the screen, and interact with the overview or Google Search, passing text or other data back and forth.

Today, a reader pointed out an interesting Android commit that makes mention of the feature (about which we've heard nothing official). The commit in question, made January 27th 2015, mentions "multiwindows" briefly, implying that it's a feature destined for some unspecified future release.

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] The Default Android Icon Has Finally Been Updated

You've probably seen that default icon an uncountable number of times. That little 3D Bugdroid with the cube on its chest—it's what Android assigns when something doesn't have its own icon. It's gone in Android 5.1, replaced with a new icon much more in keeping with the style of Lollipop.

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] You Can Now Change Alarm Volume From Inside The Clock App

Google has taken the lid off of Android 5.1, a minor update packed mostly with bug fixes, but that does little to remove the excitement that comes from seeing the 0 at the end of 5.0 turn into a 1. But some tweaks are included that edge over towards the new feature side of things. One such change is the ability to adjust alarm volume levels from inside the stock clock app.

To see this feature in action, just open Clock and hit your device's volume rocker. It doesn't matter which tab you're in.

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Changing alarm volume in 5.1.

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Android Now Recognizes Wi-Fi Connections With No Internet Access And Won't Automatically Reconnect To Them

You're sitting in a bar, spending $30 on beer and nachos because you're too cheap to spend $100 on a month's worth of cable for Monday Night Football. Despite the fact that the place is tiny and the walls are so thin that you can hear drivers in the street swearing at each other, it's somehow also a black hole for cellular service. So you ask the bartender for the Wi-Fi password, then ask him for the right password, then finally get connected... only to discover that the owner hasn't reset the router since the Bucs won the Super Bowl, and you'd be better off on an EDGE connection.

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Original Moto E And Oppo N3 Get First CyanogenMod Nightly ROM Builds

Even while the more corporate side of CyanogenMod makes new deals with smartphone makers and OEMs, the original "CM Team" continues to expand the ROM's lineup of officially-supported phones and tablets. Today the original Moto E (from 2014) and the Oppo N3 both get their first nightly software builds, and yes, both of them are CyanogenMod 12  (based on Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP code). You can download and flash them now.

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The Moto E is an obvious choice for a custom ROM; its rock-bottom price and relatively "clean" Android software have made it a favorite among budget-minded enthusiasts, and it doesn't feature the notifications, voice, and gesture-based extras of its big brother the Moto X (which CyanogenMod doesn't duplicate).

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The Next Android Wear Update Will Reportedly Include Wi-Fi Support, Gesture Control, And Easier Access To Apps/Contacts

In the wake of Apple's big watch announcement, Google is wasting no time talking about what it has planned for its more mature Wear platform. In the next update to Wear, Google will deploy a feature we've been anticipating for some time, as well as some previously unexpected additions.

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Google Is Uploading Android 5.1 Lollipop Source Code To AOSP Right Now [Update: Upload Complete]

As if it wasn't already news, Apple announ... Android 5.1 is officially launching today. While the latest version already made its debut on a few Android One phones, the rest of us have been (impatiently) waiting for our chance to check it out on some Nexus hardware. We're still looking for OTA packages and factory images, but it looks like Google is already busy uploading the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

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At the time of this post, the code push is only just getting started. Branches with the name lollipop-mr1-release are starting to appear under an assortment of different projects, but there are still no tags and most of the main repositories have gone untouched.

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Google Officially Announces Android 5.1, Rollout Starts Today - Dual SIM Support, HD Voice, And Device Protection

Android 5.1 is finally here, at least according to Google (they'd know, right?). The company just posted on the official Android blog that the 5.1 Lollipop update begins rolling out today, though they didn't quite specify which devices will be getting it. Granted, if it's a Nexus or GPE phone and it already has Android 5.0, you can probably count yourself in for the 5.1 party - this release is mostly bug fixes with a few features rolled in (see our feature spotlights for 5.1 here for some of them).

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Among the changes Google highlights are native dual SIM support, joining Wi-Fi networks and controlling Bluetooth settings directly from the quick settings menu, and HD voice calling.

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30 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 1/30/15—3/9/15

It's been about a year since Android Wear was announced, and here we are with a few watches and a ton of apps and faces. I hear there's some other company that announced a smartwatch recently. I think they usually sell fruit or something. Whatever, we're here to talk about all the cool new stuff you can do with your Android Wear watch. So here are the best new apps and watch faces that have come to Wear in the last few weeks.

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Wear Hydrate Me

Doctors say you should drink at least 35 liters of water per day to prevent bonus eruptus, a rare disorder in which the skeleton tries to jump out of the mouth and leave the body.

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[Android 5.1 Watch] T-Mobile Posts Android 5.1 Update Documents For Nexus 4, 5, And 7: Build LMY47D, Rollout May Begin Today

Nexus update documents on T-Mobile's website have just been updated to reflect the newest release of Android is coming: 5.1. Build LMY47D has been spotted in the wild in the past week or so numerous times, but T-Mobile's document is saying that rollout should be happening today for the Nexus 4, 5, and 7 (2013). Whether or not it's right is another question entirely.

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Android 5.1 brings tons of stability and bug fixes, as well as new features (check some of them out - here). We do not yet know if T-Mobile's update document is accurate as to timing, but we do know Android 5.1 is probably coming quite soon.

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