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[Ermahgerd] Verizon Apps Spotted On The Nexus 6's System Partition After The Android 5.1 Update, Rustled Jimmies Ensue

The Internet is in the midst of having a mini hemorrhage over something that, basically, doesn't matter. Shocking, right? It appears that a few people on XDA have noticed that their Nexus 6 had a couple of Verizon-specific APKs installed on the system partition after updating to Android 5.1. There are two issues at play here:

  • First, there are two APKs that are clearly identified as Verizon-specific. One is VZ Backup Assistant and the other is called VZWAPN.
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[Update: Improved Changelog Available] Developer Changelog Posted For Every Code Commit From Android 5.0.2_r1 (LRX22G) To Android 5.1.0_r1 (LMY47D)

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LG G Pad 10.1 Receives Minor Bug-Slaying OTA Software Update From Verizon

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One Month Later, Sony's Metal SmartWatch 3 Is Still MIA In The US

One month ago, Sony announced the stainless steel version of its SmartWatch 3 Wear device would be hitting stores within a week. Then it just didn't. Here we are a month later with nothing to show for it. What gives, Sony?

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Google Cooks Up Reference App To Guide Developers Toward Multi-Device Applications

It's no secret that Google advocates developing apps with multiple form factors in mind. While not all the apps in Google's own portfolio are quite up to speed on this front, apps like the ones in Google's Play suite have done a nice job so far in supporting phones and tablets alike.

But since I/O 2014, Google's been working on more than just phones and tablets. Last year saw the introduction of Android for TVs, watches, and even cars, so now is the time for developers to start thinking about how their experiences will look and feel on those new form factors.

To that end, Google has announced a new reference sample app - a music player - that's available for developers to play with.

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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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Verizon's Now Selling The DROID TURBO In Blue—Get One Before It Realizes This Color Doesn't Match Its Brand

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Google Device Assist Updated To v1.1 With Added Helpfulness, More Countries Supported, Fewer Redundant Tips [APK Download]

After its debut in December, Google's Device Assist app is getting its first update. The app offers tips and troubleshooting advice for Nexus, Android One, and Google Play Edition devices running Lollipop. You can also use Device Assist as a gateway to live support when it doesn't solve your problems. The v1.1 update adds a greater variety of help cards, small refinements to the interface and user experience, and is available in additional countries.

Device Assist is still clearly an app targeted to casual users and people that are new to Android or smartphones, so don't expect it to debug your device for you.

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The Verizon Nexus 6 Order Page Is Live, Ships On March 18th For $249.99 With 2-Year Contract

It looks like Verizon put the Nexus 6 page up just a little early. After announcing earlier today that it would start selling the Google/Motorola phablet tomorrow, the device is now up for pre-order. You'll have to wait a week to actually get your hands on it, but Verizon will take your money right now. Hey, at least you get that great Verizon logo on the back, right? Right? Guys?

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The Nexus 6 on Verizon will cost $249.99 with a new 2-year contract, and the full price is the standard $649.99. Verizon's Edge payment plan works out to $27.08 per month for 24 months.

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Multiple Online Retailers Show Huawei Watch At 349 Euro Price Point

How much will Huawei's slick new Android Wear device cost? That seems to be the major decision factor for a lot of Android Police readers, impressive looks and features aside. When Huawei announced its round Wear watch at MWC, it unaccountably forgot to mention the price, only saying that it would be available in "more than 20 countries" whenever it launches. A week later we've got a slightly better idea of what it will cost, at least in Europe: somewhere around the €349 mark.

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That's the price that Austrian retailer Conrad.at is listing the standard steel version of the watch at.

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