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Lollipop 5.1.1 OTA Available Now For T-Mobile Nexus 7 2013 LTE

Today is a good day to be the proud owner of a T-Mobile Nexus 7 2013. Lollipop 5.1.1 is here with bug fixes and security enhancements in tow. The OTA actually started to show up on some devices yesterday, but your device may not have been part of the first wave of tablets receiving the update availability notification. If you haven't been invited to update yet and can't bear to wait, then you can head over now to the system tab in settings to manually initiate the software download.

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The Google Store Now Sells Skrillex-Branded Cases With Matching Live Wallpapers For The Nexus 5 And 6, Galaxy S5 And S6, And Galaxy Note 4

Remember those hints of a "Google Workshop" with user-customizable phone cases with matching wallpapers that Android Police showed off back in April? Those were really cool, huh? Well, this is not that. Unless your name is Skrillex.

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Yes indeed, the well-known dubstep perpetrator Skrillex now has his own collection of phone cases on sale in the Google Store. At the moment the "Live Case" comes in three designs, available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy Note 4.

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AOSP Developer Changelog Posted For v5.1.1_r2 (LMY47X) To 5.1.1_r3 (LMY48B), Points To Nexus 6 Update Coming Soon

Changelogs come in all shapes and sizes. Well, maybe there is just the one shape, but many different sizes. A new tag for 5.1.1_r3 turned up a few hours ago in AOSP and we've generated a list of changes the change for those who would like to know what's going on. As it turns out, this update sets a record for the smallest changelog ever, at just one lonely commit. On top of that, it's specifically for the Nexus 6 (Shamu).

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The lone commit in this release appears to be a bug fix for devices with encryption enabled. The adspd process has been set up to run with the encryption lock screen instead of after.

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Google Uploads Android 5.1.1 Factory Image For The Nexus 9 LTE (LMY47X)

The Android 5.1.1 factory image for the Wi-Fi Nexus 9 came just over a week ago, and now it's the LTE-enabled model's turn. Google has posted a factory image that bumps the tablet up to version LMY47X.

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This news comes at the same time that the Nexus 9 LTE is getting its OTA update. LTE versions of tablets tend to get updates after their Wi-Fi counterparts, but on the positive side, this wait was shorter than we've seen in the past.

Factory images provide people who have rooted or otherwise modified their devices with a way to get up to the latest version of Android.

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Nexus 5, N4, And N9 LTE Android 5.1.1 Update Now Hitting Devices—Here Are The Direct OTA Links

After seeing Android 5.1.1 hit the new Nexus tablet, the old Nexus tablet, and the Nexus-branded set-top box, it's time for Google to show its handsets some of that bugfix update lovin'. Android 5.1.1 is now hitting the Nexus 5 (version LMY48B for devices on LMY47D, LMY47B for those on LMY47I) and the Nexus 4 (LMY47V).

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Sprint gave us a heads up a week ago that the goods were on their way to the Nexus 5, but things didn't move quite so quickly. The addition of the Nexus 4 at the same time is nice to see.

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Tip: Turn On This Chrome Flag To Enable 'Show Saved Copy' Button And Load Cached Pages When Offline [Updated]

Loading up a website without a connection established is a real shame. Instead of the information you were looking for, Chrome shows you a dinosaur and an error message. You're left sitting there, out of luck.

But if there's a cached version lying around, Chrome can display that instead. There's an experimental flag available that turns this feature on. Just look for the "Enable Show Saved Copy Button" that you can find at chrome://flags/#show-saved-copy(This applies to Chrome Beta and Dev. For Chrome stable, see update.) Afterwards, you should see the button at the bottom of the screen.

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[Google And Twitter Sitting In A Tree] You Can Now View Tweets Among Search Results In The Google Search App And On The Mobile Web

Google and Twitter have rekindled their relationship, and that means users can now view tweets inside the Google Search app. Messages appear among results in a carousel, similar to images. The feature is live today for people searching in English across the US on Android, iOS, or the web. Desktop compatibility is still in the works, along with support for other countries.

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Google App v4.6 Enables Translucent Status And Navigation Bars For Google Now Screen On Custom Launchers [APK Download]

Expectations are high for each update to Google's core apps on Android. After all, we know there are going to be a lot of new features announced at I/O in less than 2 weeks. Quite a few apps have recently gone through a Material refresh, and plenty of others have seen smaller changes as they slowly coalesce around the current design guidelines. That appears to be the story with the latest Google App update. The latest version finally enables full screen mode for Google Now on devices using custom launchers.

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Prior to this release, users with the Google Now Launcher set as their default homescreen would see their Now stream with translucent status and navigation bars.

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Report: European Mobile Carriers Are Planning To Block Online Ads At The Network Level

In what would be an extremely controversial move, several European mobile carriers are reportedly working on a system to block online advertisements on their networks. Though none are named in the original report by Financial Times, the operators are said to be cooperating with Israeli startup Shine, who is developing the technology to accomplish the task. While specific timelines and details of the implementation are lacking, this would obviously have wide ramifications.

The report says multiple variations may be brought to market, possibly starting as an opt-in service. While it would block the types of ads you see on Android Police, the sponsored posts you see on social networks would be unaffected.

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Google's Self-Driving Prototype Cars Will Hit The Roads Of San Francisco Starting This Summer

Google's self-driving cars have come a long way since the days when they were Lexus SUVs stuffed with electronics. Halfway through last year the company unveiled an adorable prototype car that lacked a steering wheel and pedals. By December, the vehicle was fully functional. Models have spent the time since driving around tracks in Google test facilities.

Now they're ready to hit the streets of San Francisco at a brisk 25mph.

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These new prototypes use the same software that powers Google's existing fleet of self-driving vehicles. Those cars have logged nearly a million autonomous hours on the road. Google's math comes out to nearly 10,000 miles spent driving a week, which it says equals 75 years of typical American adult driving experience.

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