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Droid Turbo Android 5.1 Soak Test Is Rolling Out, Could Be Final Later This Week

One day we will live in a world where the Droid Turbo has Android 5.1. We don't right now, but this brave new world is just over the horizon. Motorola is sending out a soak test right now to users who are part of the beta group, and it could come to everyone else later this week.

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Verizon Officially Announces The Second-Gen Moto X Android 5.1 OTA Update

It's only been a few days since we heard of the soak test, but it looks like it's been successful enough for Motorola and Verizon to fast track the latest Moto X 2014 update. Verizon announced the Android 5.1 over-the-air update in its usual way, so at least some users should see the update alert by the end of the day. The rest of you will be waiting for up to a week or more, unless you manage to track down the OTA ZIP file from a user forum.

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Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi Gets A New Android 5.1.1 Factory Image (LMY48G) But There's Not Much Inside

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Moto G 2015 Press Renders Leak Ahead Of Official Announcement

It's getting to be the time of year when Motorola announces its new smartphones, and the 2015 Moto G has been especially leaky. We've seen some blurry-cam shots and a dark video so far, but now the HD press renders have leaked courtesy of TechnoBuffalo.

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BRAWL Brings A Twisted 'Adults Only' Take On Bomberman To The SHIELD Tablet And SHIELD Android TV

Remember Bomberman? You know, that cute little maze-based puzzle game that got infinitely more fun when you played it with friends? Right, well imagine a Bomberman game... set in a schlocky slasher movie. That's basically BRAWL, the latest console pilgrim to come exclusively to NVIDIA'S SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Android TV. It's also notably the first Android game we've seen on the Play Store with an "Adults only" 18+ ESRB rating, though that might be a mistake - the game's trailer (which looks like it's taken from the PS4 version) brands it with the slightly less salacious M rating.

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Many Happy Returns: Google+ Is Four Years Old Today

Love it or loathe it - and plenty of people seem to do both - it doesn't look like Google's most recent attempt at a social network is going anywhere soon. Today marks four years since Google+ was first introduced as an invite-only beta, after which it rapidly expanded with an Android app and hooks into nearly every Google web and mobile service. Google continues to update and refine Google+ on a regular basis.

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The Chromium Team Is Implementing Reader Mode Again, Now Being Tested In Chrome Dev

Back in Chrome v39, we got a look at a reader mode not unlike many other mobile browsers such as Firefox. However, it didn't even leave Chrome Beta before getting hidden in the flags menu. Features that were not originally in flags but later moved there tend not to come back. Well, the latest Chrome Dev, v45, features a revamped version of reader mode. Now, on pages the browser decides could benefit from it, it gives a prompt that says "make page mobile-friendly." Tapping on that brings the user to a slightly redesigned reader view, though it isn't described as such anywhere.

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Google Aims To Improve Ad Experience By Eliminating Accidental Clicks

If you're a user, accidentally clicking an ad on a mobile site or in the middle of a game is frustrating. If you're an advertiser, accidental clicks lead to lower conversion rates. Accidental clicks are just bad all the way around.

To that end, Google is introducing new mechanisms to prevent as many accidental clicks as possible.

First, Google is blocking clicks that happen close to the edge of the ad image.

Second, Google will block clicks on app icons for in-app interstitial ads, so you won't need high precision to hit the little X button and return to your game.

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Motorola Is Moving Forward With 1st Gen Moto G LTE Android 5.1 Soak Test Today, 1st Gen Moto E Starting Next Week

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[Deal Alert] Buy An ASUS ZenWatch For $150 (25% Off) On Newegg And Receive A $10 Gift Card

Compared to other "premium" Android Wear watches, the ASUS ZenWatch is kind of square. No, I mean it's literally a square. Okay, technically it's a rectangle, but you know what I'm getting at here. When manufacturers decide they're going to fancy up their Android Wear devices, they tend to make them circular, as was the case with the Moto 360 or the LG Watch Urbane. Not so with this one.

The ASUS ZenWatch sells on the Play Store for $200. You can get it for $15 less on Amazon, at the moment, Newegg will let you walk out with one for just $150.

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