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[Update: Now Available] ASUS ZenWatch Now Listed In The Play Store And At Best Buy, But You Can't Buy It Yet

There are a few great choices if you want to jump into the world of Android wearables, but maybe the ZenWatch with its surprisingly reasonable price is the one to wait for. The device has popped up in the Play Store as "coming soon," but Best Buy also has it listed. However, it's sold out there. Update 11/14/14: The ZenWatch is now available for purchase in the Play Store.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop System Image For Nexus 4 (LRX21T) Now Available For Download

Turn those frowns upside-down, Nexus 4 stalwarts. Your beloved Nexus of yesteryear is finally getting that sweet, sweet Lollipop goodness in an official capacity, just as we expected. Google has posted the full system image that takes the Nexus 4 all the way to Android 5.0.

2014-11-14 13_55_04-Factory Images for Nexus Devices - Android — Google Developers

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] The Status Bar Notification Ticker Is Gone, And That's Kind Of Dumb

Before Android 5.0, notifications would display the first few lines of text in the status bar (the ticker), assuming you didn't already have the notification shade open. Lollipop introduces the idea of heads-up notifications, and Google is so smitten with it that you can't even get the ticker anymore. It's heads up, or just the icon in the status bar.

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[Be Gentle] Lollipop Nexus Devices Have An Option In The About Menu To Tell Google What You Think Of Your Phone Or Tablet

So how are you liking that Nexus phone or tablet of yours? Good? Not good? Google would like to know, but you'll have to take a quick trip to the settings to tell them. There's now a line in the About screen to send feedback to Mountain View. Try to offer constructive criticism, though.

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PSA: New Lollipop OTA Procedure On Nexus Devices Means Your Update Will Fail If Your System Is Modified In Any Way At All

Ever since the beginning, Android OTA updates have worked by patching each file on your system partition individually. With Lollipop, that is all changing, and it has some important implications for those who like to root and mod their devices.

Here's what a pre-Lollipop update script looked like:

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As shown, the recovery looks at this, finds each file, checks its signature, then applies a patch to it if it matches. This is the slow way of doing things, but it had a big benefit for rooters and those who like to mod their devices.

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Android 5.0 Build LRX21T 'Locked And Loaded' For Nexus 4, Coming 'Soon'

Nexus 4 owners will be pleased to hear that Lollipop build LRX21T is on its way for their devices. While there isn't a specific time frame for the rollout, Sascha Prüter states in a post to Google+ that the build is "locked and loaded," indicating in the comments that LRX21T is destined for the Nexus 4 some time soon.

Just Nexus 4 for now. Our goal was to use as many letters as possible for all the different devices ;)

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Sony Releases AOSP Lollipop Source Code And Driver Binaries For Xperia Z Phones

Sony is making it easier to get AOSP ROMs up and running on its flagship devices with a few goodies for developers. After showing off stock Android 5.0 running on the Xperia Z3 recently, the company has posted source code and binaries for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact.

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Running Into The Dreaded "missing system.img" Error Flashing Android 5.0 Factory Images? Here's How To Get Around It

If you're trying to flash your Nexus 5, 7, or 10 to Android 5.0 now that the factory images are out, there's nothing more infuriating than running into an error in the process. The most common error we're seeing today as part of the flashing process is the dreaded "missing system.img" dialog, which aborts the update process on the target device.

The reason this happens is because the flash-all script that comes in the image package, which most of you are undoubtedly trying to use, is attempting to flash the .img files in the update using the 'fastboot update' method, which appears to be failing for some reason for some users.

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Android Wear App Updated To 1.0.4 With Semi-Material Makeover And Fixed Lollipop Media Notifications [APK Download]

We saw a leak recently that showed off a new version of Google's Android Wear companion app, and now here it is. The design is certainly more in-line with Android 5.0 aesthetics, but it's not quite material. Also, you'll only get the new UI on Lollipop.

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Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Preview With Android Support, Includes A Lightning Fast Emulator With Some Super Cool Features

When it comes to software development, there are two very distinct camps on the subject of tools: those who prefer to keep it simple with just a text editor and a compiler, and then those who go straight for a fully-featured IDE with all the bells and whistles. For more than a decade, the undisputed champion of IDEs is Microsoft with its assorted versions of Visual Studio. Having come from years of work on Visual Studio, nothing pained me more than the first (several) times I started up Eclipse.

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