Most of what Google has done in lollipop is great—better design, thoughtful features, and better developer support. However, there are few wonky things going on in this first release, and it's hard to know if they're intentional or not. Case in point, the lack of silent mode on phones. Lowering the volume only offers vibrate mode, and the new priority notification system isn't going to help you.
With the release of version 6.2, Titanium Backup should now play along nicely with Android 5.0. This means rooted users who have already jumped to Lollipop can continue to use the tool to back up, restore, or freeze whichever apps they wish.
When you install the app, it's not going to look pretty. There's no Material Design to drool over, nor are there any fancy animations to catch your eye. Even the icon looks a little out of date these days. Read More
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.
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.
Are you a Verizon customer? Are you due for an upgrade on your 2-year contract? Well, go in armed with the knowledge that any 2-year agreement signed from today forward is going to have a substantially awful...er early termination clause.
The base fee of $350 is remaining the same - that's the not-bad news (I mean, it's obviously not good news). The problem is that until you're 8 full months into your contract, that ETF doesn't start declining. Read More
Not too long ago, Pushbullet got all prettied up for Android 5.0. The app is a great example of a third-party developer coating their software with Material Design dust and spreading it out to users via an update (I'm pretty sure that's how all this stuff works). Now the team has given its browser extensions the same treatment.
The goal is for the Pushbullet experience to look largely the same regardless of where you access it, whether it's the site, the extension, or the Android app. Read More
If you're a Greenify user who recently updated to Android 5.0, then you may have realized something peculiar: it was broken as crap. For me, it would constantly try to hibernate apps, but that wouldn't happen. As a result, it would try again. And again. And again. It literally drained my Nexus 5's battery twice within a four hour window. I was left with only one choice: uninstall it until an update came out. Read More
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.
If you've got a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (or SGN1012014, as I like to call it) on T-Mobile, you may want to head into Settings > About tablet > Software updates and see if there's something waiting for you. Team Magenta started pushing the 4.4.4 update out today, which also brings Download Booster along with it. Fun times.
- Update to Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- Download Booster
That's essentially the bulk of it right there. Read More
If you are one of the lucky few who were able to place an order for the Nexus 6 from Google or Motorola early on, you might want to check your email. Buyers are reporting their cards have been charged and shipping emails are going out. Interestingly, the phones are shipping directly from Shenzhen, China where they are being produced. These things are fresh off the assembly line.