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Sony To Release New Bootloaders That Allow Devices To Boot From Recovery, Making Custom ROM Development Much Easier

Sony has recently been among the friendlier companies for custom ROM developers, but their devices still had a major hitch. They could not be booted from recovery, which meant third-party software had to modify the build system and if things went wrong, it was a lot more difficult to fix. To address this issue, Sony will begin releasing new bootloaders to allow booting from recovery.

This was first reported at FXP, home to developers who work exclusively with Sony devices to bring custom ROMs like CyanogenMod to end users.

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[Deal Alert] Trade In Any Working Tablet, Get $100 When You Purchase The New Samsung Galaxy Tab A At Best Buy

The announcement of Samsung's new Galaxy Tab A didn't generate much excitement because of its not-so-low-end price. However, you can now grab it more cheaply at Best Buy. You will receive $100 for trading in a working tablet so long as you also purchase the Tab A, which starts at $230. There are a few caveats to look out for, though.

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Why yes, that is a whole lot of fine print.

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Android Engineering Program Manager Says Nexus 9 5.1 OTAs "Aren't Far Out"

Samsung and T-Mobile are starting to roll Android 5.1.1 out to the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is crazy when you consider the Nexus 9 is still sitting there on 5.0.1. According to engineering program manager Sascha Prüter, the OTA will be ready soon. For real this time.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Gains Support From The Team Win Recovery Project

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LG Releases LG Call For Android Wear, Triggers Nerd-Rage Because It's Only For The Watch Urbane

LG just released an interesting new Wear app that allows you to initiate calls on your phone from the watch UI. Does that sound like something you want? Well, you probably can't have it because LG Call is only for the new Watch Urbane. If only LG had made that more clear, the reviews would be less vitriolic.

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Android 5.1.1 Factory Images Are Now Available For 2012 And 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7 And Nexus 10

After an early tease with the Nexus Player, it looks like Android 5.1.1 is legitimately rolling out to the Nexus family. An OTA for the Nexus 10 was spotted just a few hours ago, and now factory images and binaries have been posted for that tablet and both generations of the Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi only, for now). There haven't been any OTA reports for the two smaller tablets, but they will probably start rolling out shortly.

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Nexus 10 Receiving An OTA To Android 5.1.1

The Nexus 10 appears to be receiving its Android 5.1.1 update over-the-air. This is mainly a bugfix release, but any update is welcome news, especially on a device that's considered by some to be past its prime.

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The update weighs in at a somewhat paltry 13.9 MB and is most likely build LMY47V. We don't have a link to the OTA update ZIP file yet, but once we do, we'll update this post.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Pre-Owned Nexus 5 With 1 Year Of FreedomPop Data (Including 500MB LTE Per Month) For $200 On StackSocial

Over a year later, the Nexus 5 remains a great device. I love mine, and I have no desire to move on to the Nexus 6. The phone is increasingly difficult to find these days, so if you want one, listen up. You can currently get a pre-owned 16GB model on StackSocial for $200. This is a significant discount from the gadget's original $349.99.

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What may or may not make this deal more compelling is the inclusion of free FreedomPop service.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished LG G2 (T-Mobile) On Sale For $159.99 Through eBay

The G4 is going to be available in the coming weeks, but maybe you don't want to spend hundreds on a new flagship phone. One from a few years ago might be good enough, especially when it's available at a steep discount. Case in point, the T-Mobile LG G2 can be yours for just $160 on eBay Daily Deals.

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["OK Google, Listen To NPR"] Custom Voice Actions Launch On Android, Allow You To Control Selected 3rd Party Apps

Over on the Android Developer's Google+ page an awesome new feature for Google's voice search was just announced. A small selection of applications will now open directly when using certain voice commands. For example, you can now say, "Ok Google, find houses near me on Zillow," and Google will automatically start the Zillow app, showing a map of properties near your current location (this also works with the applications for Trulia and Realtor.com).

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