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The Original Moto X Is Finally Getting Its Lollipop Soak Test

Motorola gained a lot of good will by updating its latter phones to the newest version of Android, starting with the Moto X. Even carrier-customized versions of that phone tended to get new incremental updates to KitKat long before other manufacturers' devices. But for some reason, the 2013 Moto X has lagged far behind for updates to Lollipop. Now, five months after Android 5.0 first started rolling out to Nexus devices, the OG Moto X is finally getting its Lollipop update.

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Code In Android 5.1 App Reveals Connection Between Unannounced Google VPN Service And "Nova" Carrier Project

We've heard a number of rumors about Google launching its own Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), codenamed Nova. According to reports, the service will source wireless service from Sprint and T-Mobile, but it will rely on Wi-Fi networks to bear most of the weight of both data and voice services (though VoIP). While the details of this plan still aren't clear, another piece of the puzzle just emerged that indicates Google is going to offer its own virtual private network (VPN) service, and it may be targeted specifically at Nova subscribers.

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[Update: Widget Too] Google Messenger Updated To v1.2 With Animated GIF Support And Reorganized Settings [APK Download]

Google is rolling out a new version of Messenger with a few features you might care about. It's a big jump to v1.2 from 1.0, which was the previous Play Store version. There was a v1.1 build floating around, but that was only released on Android One handsets. This one's available to everyone—eventually, or right now if you get the APK below.

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Sprint Will Now Reimburse All Your Costs If You Move Your Line From Another Carrier

Paying a few hundred dollars to cover an ETF has been done, but Sprint's new offer goes a little further. Starting today, the nation's (maybe) smallest carrier will pay "all" the costs associated with moving your number to Sprint, no matter what is owed. They are apparently serious because ctrl+f "$" returns zero results.

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GoneMAD Music Player Goes 2.0 With Material Design And Over 1,000 New Themes

The GoneMAD music player has recently (stop me if you've heard this one before) gone mad for material design in its big jump to version 2.0. The app isn't the glossiest or prettiest of the bunch, but it's a fresh upgrade that has spent the better part of a year in development.

The material theme provided out of the box is kind of basic, but the developers have seen fit to throw in over 1,000 themes to choose from.

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The LG G Flex 2 Is Now Available From Sprint For $199.99 With Contract Or $21 Per Month

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Stick Cricket 2 Swings Right, Then Left, Then Right Into The Play Store

I'm an American, and all of the people I know who are into cricket are immigrants. I would let them tell you all about the sport, but they're not the ones writing for AP, so I'll do what I can.

Basically, cricket is a sport that involves gloves and bats that isn't baseball.

Okay, now that we've gone over the basics, let's talk about Stick Cricket 2, the latest release in a very popular series of sports titles.

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[Mind Blown] YouTube Now Supports 360-Degree Videos, And You Can Watch Them On Android

We spotted some references to 360-degree videos in a YouTube APK Teardown last month, and now it's live. Google has highlighted several channels that have already published the first 360-degree videos, which are essentially moving Photospheres. They work on desktop Chrome and in the Android app. Check out the playlist below.

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New Android 5.1 Build, LMY47E, Surfaces For Nexus 6, Probably Won't Go Out To Existing Devices

As Nexus 6 owners well know, Android 5.1 / LMY47D just started rolling out to devices recently. It appears, however, that Motorola has an even more recent firmware available, build LMY47E. Further, the official filename has "VRZ" in the title, hinting that this newer build may ship on devices that are sold by Verizon. We won't know for sure until Big Red starts sending the devices out next week.

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Table Tennis Touch Serves Up Fast-Paced Ping Pong Fun In The Play Store

Are you ready to enter the unforgiving world of table tennis? If not, there's a helpful robot in Table Tennis Touch that can help you get up to speed. This game was an editor's choice on iOS when it came out last year, and now it's on Android. If that doesn't entice, you how about this? Table Tennis Touch costs $4 to buy and has zero in-app purchases. What a novel idea.

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