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[Update: Android 5.1.1 For The Nexus 9 WiFi] Google Is Posting Android 5.1 Factory Images For Nexus Devices

Google has made Android 5.1 official and that means Nexus updates. Factory images are starting to pop up on the developer page, so you can easily get your device back to stock no matter what unspeakable things you've done to it. All the images we have so far are linked below.

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Latest Play Music Update Extends Artwork And Navigation Menu Through Notification Bar, And More [APK Download]

A fresh release of Play Music is going out to devices, and it brings a bit more consistency to another one of Google's apps. Now the navigation menu that extends from the side of the screen will reach up through the notification bar.

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Left: Old, Right: New.

That's not the only element of the interface that's reaching upwards. When you go to play a track, you will find that the album artwork extends to the top of the screen as well.

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Waze 3.9.4 Brings Traffic Bar, Better U-Turns, Speed Improvements, And More [APK Download]

Waze has bumped its Android app up to version 3.9.4, and it's asserting that the app is faster. How much faster? 85%. That's an oddly specific number, but whatever. All that matters is that users should be able to pull up locations and routes more quickly.

The big feature in this release is the new Traffic Bar. This little meter gives you an estimate of how long you will be stuck in a traffic jam.

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Chrome For Android Updated To Version 41 With Pull-To-Refresh Functionality [APK Download]

There's a new version of Chrome Beta available in the Play Store, though it doesn't seem to add a whole lot to the app itself. That means that the features from the last beta graduate to the stable build, which you can get in the Play Store (if you're patient) or at the APK Mirror link below (if you're not). The biggest user-facing change is the ability to "pull" down from the top of a page to refresh it, a gesture already seen in various other Google apps like Gmail.

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[Update: Notifications Working!] Chrome Beta Bumped To Version 42 With 'Site Notifications' And Not Much Else [APK Download]

Hey Google, I know that this is a beta release of Chrome for Android, but a little explanation on your update page would be very helpful. For example, what exactly are site notifications, as alluded to with the text "get the latest updates from sites with notifications?" Presumably they'll show up in Chrome Beta 42 when initiated by a website, but will that be when you're on that particular page, when you're using Chrome, or will the notification be presented in Android's notification bar?

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BeyondPod 4.1 Update Brings Dark Theme, Compact Cards, Android Wear App, And More [APK Download]

The BeyondPod team has recently rolled out its largest update since the big 4.0 transition, introducing a number of features to please longtime fans and Lollipop users alike.

For the former, a dark theme has arrived, and while it isn't default like the old version of the podcast manager, it's available for folks who find the new standard look too bright. There's also the option to reduce card size, allowing you to fit more information on-screen at once.

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Google Opinion Rewards Gets A Minor Update With Reliability And UI Improvements [APK Download]

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Google Calendar 5.1 Hotfix Update Fixes The 'Unable To Launch Event' Error When Downloading APKs And Other Files [APK Download]

When Google updated Calendar to version 5.1 last week, it introduced a bug that hit users with an "unable to launch event" message whenever they tried to launch an APK downloaded using Chrome or the stock Android browser. Now the company has pushed out a hotfix update intended to do away with the problem.

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This bug prevented some users from launching the apps they downloaded in our APK download posts, but we were able to get around this issue by rolling out a server tweak for APK Mirror.

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Google Releases New Creative Preview App That Lets You Test Ads On Your Android Device [APK Download]

Google has released a new app by the name of Creative Preview, and despite the captivating name, most of us won't find the software particularly exciting.

You see, Creative Preview serves a singular purpose. It allows users to preview ads using the Google Mobile Ads SDK without having to traffic a real one. You can push creatives, as these ads are called, from DoubleClick Studio to your Android device and preview them on the smaller screen.

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Play Store v5.3.5 Update Rolling Out With UI Tweaks, More Specific Preferences, And An 'Update All' Button For Notifications [APK Download]

A fresh update to the Play Store just started rolling out to devices and it has a few pleasant improvements. The most notable of the changes land squarely in the realm of visual refinements, but there are a couple of functional tweaks, as well. If you can't wait to get your hands on the new version, the download link is at the bottom.

What's New

Let's start with some visual changes.

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